I am a highly motivated, versatile and organised editor and writer with over 18 years’ experience in various media sectors including children’s, travel, ELT, health and social care, and architecture and design. I am passionate about disseminating content through print, visual, and digital formats. I work well under pressure, can meet tight deadlines, can balance a heavy workload and have an excellent eye for detail. I have skills in using ProTrak workflow system, Microsoft Office, InDesign, WordPress, Ektron, custom made content management systems, and basic HTML and CSS.
Project manager • August 2106 – present
Independent contractor managing production workflow of between 30–40 academic titles for Taylor and Francis
Writer/editor • September 2000 – present
some commissions include:
World Architecture News Brighton
News editor • February 2015 – July 2015
Writing, editing, generating and researching relevant online news stories in international architecture.
Pavilion Publishing and Media Brighton
Managing editor • June 2009 – December 2014
I managed a team of two editors and three designers. In my first year I increased team productivity from 10 to 40 new print and digital titles per year. I also worked closely with the marketing team to develop new catalogues, blogs, website content, social media and marketing material, and communicate metadata. I have brought in extra revenue from foreign rights sales and copyright licences, have implemented the ebook strategy, and have established the company editorial style guide.
Editor of magazines, journals, books and training materials • September 2006 – June 2009
Project managed three monthly magazines, four quarterly journals, books and training materials.
Panorama Holiday Group Brighton
Assistant studio manager • February 2002 – September 2006
Managed a team of two co-ordinators, two photo-co-ordinators in an in-house travel brochure production studio.
Egmont Fleetway London
Editor – Thomas the Tank Engine and Disney magazines • April 1999 – September 2000
Edited the popular fortnightly Thomas the Tank Engine magazine and oversaw creation of covers and local pages of the UK editions of Egmont’s co-publications Winnie The Pooh, Disney and Me, and Disney’s Princess.
Marvel Comics Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Assistant editor • January 1997-April 1999
Contributed to Art Attack, Thomas the Tank Engine and Sooty magazines.
Yes Educational Centre Eastbourne, East Sussex
Teacher of English as a foreign language • June 1993 – September 1996
Masters Degree – Modern Comparative Literature The University of Sussex • September 1994
Bachelors Degree – French The University of Connecticut, USA • May 1992
This also included one year at The University of Rouen, France where I achieved The Superior Diploma of French studies for foreign speakers and The Practical Certificate of Business and Economic French of the Chamber of Commerce of Paris.
Professional development courses:
Introduction to Fiction Editing The Society for Editors and Proofreaders • August 2015
CCE course in Creative Writing The University of Sussex • 2010
BTEC PDC in Graphic Design City College Brighton and Hove • June 2002
RSA CTEFL St. Giles College, Brighton • June 1993
Professional member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders
Management committee of QueenSpark Books – charity community publisher