The SfEP is fortunate in being able to call on a wealth of experience for its workshop and online trainers. All the tutors who carry out training for the SfEP are also full-time proofreaders and editors, and between them they cover a vast range of subject matter and different ways of working.
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Margaret is an experienced proofreader, copy-editor, project manager and editorial trainer, delivering in-house training for a range of clients in publishing and in business. She is a tutor on the Publishing Training Centre's online 'Grammar at work' module and on the PTC's distance-learning course 'Basic proofreading', of which she is senior co-author with Gillian Clarke (see below). She is also a mentor in proofreading and copy-editing on the SfEP's mentoring scheme and is author of Proofreading Practice: Exercises with model answers and commentary (2nd edition, 2017) and Copy-editing: A Guide for Proofreaders (2017).
Shelagh has worked as a freelance proofreader and editor for 10 years on a wide variety of publications, from books to online journals and publications for business. Though based in the UK, she has a global client base. She combines proofreading and editing work with tutoring for the SfEP and in-house training.
Catherine is a professional editor, proofreader and writer specialising in the healthcare field. She has nearly 15 years' experience working both on a freelance basis and in-house with medical communication and education agencies, pharmaceutical companies and journal publishers. She thoroughly enjoys tutoring, and has designed and conducted bespoke in-house courses in editing and proofreading. Outside the editorial world, she is a qualified UK Athletics running coach who works with athletes at her local club.
Petra has been working as a freelance proofreader, proof collator, copy-editor and development editor since 2012, after a career in nursing spanning nearly two decades. She works mainly for trade publishers in areas as diverse as medical textbooks, German language teaching and general non-fiction, but her heart belongs to fiction titles. Petra is an Advanced Professional Member of the SfEP.
Averill specialises in all types of fiction editing, and enjoys working directly with authors, whether they aim to publish via the agent/traditional publishing route or through self-publishing. She is an Advanced Professional Member of the SfEP, Chair of AFEPI Ireland (the Irish editors’ association), founder of EPANI (the Northern Irish editors’ group), and a partner member of ALLi (the Alliance of Independent Authors).
Originally from the UK but now based in Australia, Hilary has worked as a scientist, university lecturer and technical editor, both in-house and freelance. She has edited and managed the production of publications in life sciences, environment, agriculture and social sciences; assisted expert committees in drafting reports; and contributed to systematic literature reviews. Over the past 8 years, Hilary has developed and delivered numerous training courses in writing, editing and working effectively with MS Word.
Co-author with Margaret Aherne (see above) of the Publishing Training Centre's distance-learning course 'Basic proofreading', Gillian has been teaching copy-editing and proofreading skills for a number of years, including for the PTC.
Caroline has worked in publishing for more than 25 years, initially in Berlin and Oxford, and then at Cambridge University Press, where she trained copy-editors for 15 years. Freelance since 2005, she specialises in copy-editing and editorial training in the humanities and social sciences. She is a tutor on the Publishing Training Centre's 'Copy-editing by distance learning' course and co-editor of the fourth edition of Butcher's Copy-editing.
Fiona is passionate about language and about bringing writing to life. An Advanced Professional Member of the SfEP, she has more than 30 years' experience as an editor working on a wide range of publications from illustrated books to websites. Fiona runs the 'Essentials of grammar' course for Gloucestershire Enterprise Ltd and has been an SfEP tutor since 2007.
Following a varied career in government, Ray has been a freelance writer and editor since 2010. He has edited over 80 books on a wide range of subjects, including fiction, history, sport, travel adventure, true crime, self-help, autobiography and the Classic FM Quiz Book. He has already had ten of his own books published, and his TV and radio appearances to discuss his books have included The One Show, BBC Breakfast (yes, on the famous sofa!), Sky News and Radio 5 Live. His lifelong passions are travel, history and languages, and he has a working knowledge of French, German and Italian. He is an Advanced Professional Member of the SfEP.
Hester has been working as a copy-editor and proofreader for a decade. She specialises in copy-editing academic books and journals in humanities subjects for a variety of publishers and educational institutions. She also works directly with individual academic authors, particularly in development editing for non-native speakers. Before moving into editorial work, she was an academic historian and museum curator.
Annie has been an editor throughout her career, starting in trade non-fiction and mass-market paperback publishing, then working for a number of non-profit organisations, before concentrating on editing in the humanities and social sciences. She now works as a freelance proofreader, copy-editor and project manager for a number of academic publishers, and has experience of typesetting in Quark and InDesign.
In the 1980s Lucy proofread medical insurance forms. From 1990 she was a copy-editor at Macmillan in London. She headed the proof collation department at the New Grove Dictionary of Opera and then at the Dictionary of Art, later becoming its managing editor. In 1995 she moved to Scotland and went freelance; she paused for 10 years (babies), then picked up freelancing again. Lucy is based in Glasgow. She copy-edits and proofreads, mostly academic books and textbooks, and is a mentor in proofreading for the SfEP. She is an amateur cellist and singer. Her degree was in French.
Jane has worked with books for all her working life (which is rather more years than she cares to admit), having started life as a librarian in the field of mining and metallurgy. While raising her two children, she started a freelance editing business, which she maintained for 15 years before going back into full-time employment as Head of Publishing for a medical Royal College, publishing a varied booklist, several journals and an online distance-learning programme, together with a plethora of official reports. Part of her role involved training editors, authors, administrative staff and anyone else who was interested in copy-editing and proofreading. Now retired and living in the glorious Wye valley, she has resurrected her freelance editorial business and has also expanded into consultancy and hen-keeping.
Leah is based near Cambridge and has been working as a freelance editor since 2006. Her background is in languages and linguistics but she enjoys editing texts on a wide range of subjects across the humanities and social sciences, from animal welfare in the eighteenth century to Buddhist ethics. She also project-manages the production of encyclopaedias and enjoys working with other freelancers in the process.
Peter works as a music book editor and music engraver and increasingly as a composer. His song cycle Sea, Shore and Tide was chosen by the London Schubert Players for their 2011 programme, and the Texas-based Madera Wind Quintet performed and recorded his Ultramarine in 2012. He is the author of Learning to Read Music (How To Books) and co-author of Pop Music: The text book (Peters Edition).
Sarah was taught grammar rigorously at her French primary school, and conceived a lifelong passion for getting words to play nicely together. After teaching languages for a few years, she found her home in editorial work and the SfEP. She has been proofreading and editing for 20 years, mainly teaching materials (languages and ELT) and academic history, with occasional forays into music and the social sciences.
Penny provides writing, editing and strategic-level communications support to a wide range of non-publishers, from public and voluntary sector organisations to multinational service providers and manufacturers.
After more than 20 years in the IT industry as a technical editor and writer, Sarah became a freelance editorial professional in 2002. She works on academic books and journals, and her main subject areas are social sciences, music, business and IT. She's delivered SfEP courses for staff at the House of Lords and House of Commons, Wiley–Blackwell and L'Oréal. She's now learning Welsh, the language of her ancestors, following a move back to her roots in south-west Wales.
A freelance copy-editor specialising in academic and reference works, Rosemary was managing editor of the Grove dictionaries of music and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and latterly at Thames & Hudson. Besides her SfEP courses, she has created and taught workshops for corporate clients and industry bodies in Britain and abroad.
Richard has been working as a freelance copy-editor and proofreader since 2012. Prior to that he worked for 20 years in IT. His clients include many trade publishers and literary consultancies, as well as an increasing number of self-publishers. He is a Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. He has also written both fiction and non-fiction for a number of years, and has edited the Philip Roth Society Newsletter since 2008.
Tamsin began her publishing career as an assistant editor at Penguin, after reading English at university and studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in Printing and Publishing Studies. Between periods working in the Gambia and South Africa, she worked at OUP on the World's Classics list before going freelance in 1997. Her time is divided fairly equally between fiction and non-fiction, primarily for publishing companies but with some private clients too. Based in Oxford, she is a tutor on the Publishing Training Centre's 'Basic proofreading' course and is an Advanced Professional Member of the SfEP.
Lorraine has been a freelance copy-editor and proofreader for 13 years. She specialises in academic monographs on law and music, but manages to come up for air by also working on highly illustrated craft books and books on fashion and the fashion industry. She is an Advanced Professional Member of the SfEP and also a mentor in proofreading and copy-editing.
Mairi worked as an in-house editor/managing editor for 10 years with Cambridge University Press and Longman. She has been a freelance editor and editorial project manager since 1989, working mainly on academic books and journals for a variety of publishers and corporate organisations. She worked as a part-time lecturer/tutor in editing on the Edinburgh Napier University publishing course for 10 years and has run tailored courses in proofreading since 2001.
Helen White is a freelance proofreader and copywriter with more than 15 years of editorial experience. She is an Advanced Professional Member of the SfEP. Before going freelance, she worked as a BBC journalist and in marketing roles for the New Vic Theatre in Staffordshire and a Swiss process engineering firm. These days she mainly works with corporate clients and publishers.
Gale has worked as a freelance and in-house editor for over 20 years, both in the UK and Hong Kong, and is an Advanced Professional Member of the SfEP. She originally learned her editing skills on the job, before honing them with various courses with the SfEP and PTC. She has always read voraciously, and enjoys helping authors to restructure their books into a good read. When working in-house Gale specialised in children's fiction, but now spends much of her working time editing all kinds of fiction for self-publishing authors and publishing houses, with a little bit of non-fiction, academic proofreading and training thrown in for variety.