Caroline Righton has worked in the media and communications industry all her life on newspapers, radio and TV.
She trained as a journalist in the South West and has worked for all the major UK broadcasters. She read the national news for the BBC and Sky for many years and was a main news anchor during the Gulf War. She worked for both the BBC and ITV’s breakfast programmes and was the face of Channel Four Daily’s Business News in the Nineties.
She set up her own independent production business which was bought out by a large corporate media company and became Managing Director of their broadcast division in Central London. She worked closely with their corporate clients and has media coached senior personnel of many blue-chip companies.
She became a Programme Controller at ITV in 1999.
In 2003 she wrote The Life Audit, a personal development and self-help plan that has been published worldwide as a best selling book, including in America, and translated into Chinese, Japanese, French and Dutch. Its associated website has members from 25 countries.
Since then she has travelled to America, Asia and Africa conducting seminars, presenting to large audiences and carrying out life auditing workshops. Talking about the book, she has featured on national television here in the UK and on CBS’s top rating Early Show in the U.S.
She was selected as a Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for the new Cornish Seat of St Austell and Newquay to fight the General Election in 2010. Her main campaigning issues were the rural economy, especially farming, health, small businesses and fairer funding especially in education. She was greatly supported by David Cameron and senior members of the then Shadow Cabinet who paid many visits to the constituency to campaign with her. She lost by 657 votes but achieved a swing of more than 5%.
After the election she resumed her career as a Media and Communications consultant with Aston Getty Limited, a public affairs company, who have clients in the private and public sector.
A keen needlewoman, she and her designer sister, Elaine, created a multi-style dress. The Original One, which was featured in national media and has sold all over the world.
Caroline has been married to Mark for 37 years and has two grown up sons. Her interests include local history, theatre, walking, music and cooking.