Content and community manager, consultancy (editorial), copy-editing, corporate communications, editorial training, journalism, on-screen editing, page layout, project management, proofreading, rewriting, substantive editing, technical writing, typesetting, web page/site editing, writing
Architecture, building/construction, built environment, climate change, conservation (general, energy, green issues), construction industry, construction materials and products, content, current affairs, education (GCSE, A level, undergraduate, sciences), engineering (general, electronic), environment/energy, environmental studies (general, renewable technologies), life sciences, management (Civil Service), materials science, physics, planning/surveying (buildings), project management, sciences (academic, philosophy of science, popular)
I welcome enquiries from clients who require copy-editing and proofreading.
I also accept commissions for writing (e.g. promotional articles, chapters or whole books, professional manuals and guides, or corporate communications such as websites, press releases and annual reports). I can often accommodate small projects at short notice.
** Taking bookings for: October and November 2017 **
For more than 25 years I have helped clients to communicate with their target audiences. In-house experience includes editing science journals, writing for business-to-business magazines and managing membership communications. Since turning freelance in 2000, I have provided a range of writing and editorial services, and I was a visiting tutor for the Publishing Training Centre (PTC) from 2008 to 2014.
In 2003 I launched a monthly email newsletter on sustainable construction for undergraduates called Get Sust!, which I published independently for eight years. From 2011 to 2015, Get Sust! was published by NBS (RIBA Enterprises).
I have also helped to develop several websites and related communities, and have experience as an online community manager. Related skills/experience include: use of content management systems such as Drupal, Joomla and WordPress; Google Analytics; writing and deploying surveys (e.g. SurveyMonkey); and managing mailing lists and creating newsletters (e.g. MailChimp).
Books, company literature, distance learning materials, educational materials, journals, magazines, manuals, multi-author books, newsletters, newspapers, online materials, websites
Advanced feature writing (2013), User experience (UX) (2012), Digital proofreading (2011), Advanced copy-editing (2009), Grappling with grammar (2008), Website design and website management (2005)
Aconex, BRE, Central Office of Information, Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, ConstructionSkills, Elektra, Forum for the Future, NBS, RIBA Enterprises, RICS Books, Royal Forestry Society, Stonham Housing Association
Qualifications and awards
- BA (Joint Hons) Physics & Music
- Postgraduate Diploma in Science Communication
Freelance since 2000.
In-house employment (most recent first):
- 1999–2000 Building Research Establishment (BRE), editor of Insight (online newsletter)
- 1996–99 BRE, managing editor, Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme
- 1994–96 Central Office of Information, overseas events publicity manager
- 1991–94 AEEU/EETPU, communications manager
- 1989–91 journalist, Electronic Product Design magazine
- 1988–89 Chapman & Hall, copy-editor, science journals (incl. Journal of Materials Science).