Bernadette graduated from St Mary's College, University of Surrey with a degree in Sociology and Media Arts. She attended the London College of Communication and graduated with a PgDip in Broadcast Journalism in 2007. After working in local radio as a Broadcast Journalist, she joined the Wildlife Trust as Communications Officer and subsequently Macmillan Cancer Support in London as Regional Communications Officer covering London, Anglia and the South East.
Bernadette joined the University of Suffolk in October 2014 as Communications Officer; acting as the first point of call for media enquiries and promoting the University through print, broadcast and online media. Bernadette became Communications Manager in February 2018 and is an Accredited PR Practitioner with the CIPR.