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, copyeditor, 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. She is also a mentor in proofreading and copyediting 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.
After careers as secondary physics teacher and FE electronics lecturer, Paul started self publishing books in 1984, and then published an Acorn computer magazine for 20 years. Since 2005 he’s earned a living freelancing as a proofreader and copy-editor, gaining Advanced Membership of the SfEP in 2006 and an LCGI in Editorial Skills in 2009. He uses his self-taught skills in programming to create computer tools (macros) that enable proofreaders and editors to work faster and produce a more consistent end product.
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, copyeditor 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 freelancer. 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.
For 25 years Denise worked as a chartered physiotherapist in the NHS, before leaving in 2011 to retrain as a proofreader and copy-editor. She became an Advanced Professional Member in 2015. Based in Glasgow, she splits her work between educational publishing, particularly English Language Teaching materials, and working with organisations and businesses, large and small. She has run sessions at SfEP conferences on a variety of topics and became SfEP marketing and PR director in 2017. When she has spare time, Denise volunteers at large sporting events, loiters on social media and tries in vain to keep on top of her family's activities.
Caroline has worked in publishing for more than 25 years, initially in Berlin and Oxford, and then at Cambridge University Press, where she trained copyeditors for 15 years. Freelance since 2005, she specialises in copyediting 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.
Luke Finley set up Luke Finley Editorial in 2013/14 and is an Advanced Professional Member of the SfEP. Most of his working life until 2014 was spent in the voluntary and public sectors, which gave him a keen interest in plain English and trying to persuade people to communicate more clearly. He also wrote and delivered various kinds of training. As an editor, he has presented on plain English at two SfEP conferences and, with Laura Ripper and Sarah Carr, wrote the SfEP guide Editing into Plain English.
Sarah has been working as an editor and proofreader since 2000. She began her freelance career by proofreading exam papers and now edits and proofreads an increasingly wide variety of material, including fiction and poetry; children’s fiction and activity books; commercial and charity sector reports; and academic books and journals, with subject matter ranging from architecture to yoga therapy (she is still looking for a ‘z’). She has a BA in French Literature and Language and an MA in Celtic Studies. Sarah is an Advanced Professional Member of the SfEP and an SfEP Accredited Proofreader.
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.
Jane began her editorial career working for STM publisher Chapman & Hall on the Earth Sciences list. She has been a freelance copy-editor and proofreader since 1998. Jane works for a variety of clients, including publishers, self-publishing authors and businesses, on a wide range of subjects, including fiction, education, travel, nature, conservation and psychology. She is an Advanced Professional Member of the SfEP and the co-ordinator of the Bedfordshire & Buckinghamshire local group.
Hester has been working as a copyeditor and proofreader for a decade. She specialises in copyediting 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.
After his careers as teacher and lorry driver, Gerard trained as an indexer in 1990. Since then he's also freelanced as a proofreader, copy-editor, writer, mentor and trainer, working mostly at night for trade and academic publishers, national and international bodies, universities, businesses and individuals.
Gerard became an Advanced Member of the SfEP in 1998 and received an LCGI in Editorial Skills in 2010. He lives near the Roman Wall in Cumbria.
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, copyeditor and project manager for a number of academic publishers, and has experience of typesetting in Quark and InDesign.
Liz has more than twenty years' experience as an editor and proofreader, having worked in-house for four different publishers. She has been freelance since 2008, and specialises in highly illustrated non-fiction books for a range of publishing clients, as well as technical proofreading. She is an Advanced Professional Member of the SfEP, and has worked as a proofreading and copy-editing mentor since 2012. She also edits the SfEP's external newsletter, Editorial Excellence. Liz lives in Somerset in the UK.
After 20 years in publishing working in both print and digital mediums, the time came for Jane to venture out on her own and she set up JaneAde Publishing Solutions in June 2014. Jane works primarily as a project manager (print and digital) but, using a variety of skills gained across a broad range of publishing activities, also undertakes instructional design, interactive content management and editorial work. The move to the freelance market has enabled Jane to (most of the time) maximise the work–life balance, looking after a young family as well as doing a job she loves.
Antonia has worked as a freelance and in-house editor for 25 years. She is an Advanced Professional Member of the SfEP. Her background is in languages and she originally trained as a Modern Languages Editor for HarperCollinsPublishers. Today she works for a wide range of book publishers (including Hachette, Pearson and CUP) on educational and trade non-fiction lists. She offers development editing, copyediting, proofreading and project management in diverse areas, including business, law and psychology. An experienced tutor, she created and delivered a course in copyediting and proofreading for adult learners in Cambridge, where she is based.
In the 1980s Lucy proofread medical insurance forms. From 1990 she was a copyeditor 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 copyedits 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.
After studying Latin, Greek and Hebrew at university and gaining a PhD on the subject of infancy in ancient Greece, Susan reared some infants of her own. The experience of researching and writing a couple of commissioned historical books sparked an interest in editing. She joined the SfEP in 2000 and started training as a proofreader and editor, becoming an Advanced (now Advanced Professional) member in 2004 and an LCGI in 2010. She works mainly for educational and academic publishers, academic institutions and administrative bodies. She enjoys involvement in the SfEP Glasgow group, which she helped to start up, and is a mentor in proofreading for the SfEP.
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 copyediting 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.
Merle qualified as a librarian after taking a degree in Greek and Russian. She switched to providing editorial services, mainly copy-editing, to a range of clients, mainly academic and general non-fiction publishers. She is an Advanced Professional Member of the SfEP and one of its team of web-content editors.
Laura Ripper is a self-employed copy-editor and an Advanced Professional Member of the SfEP. She started out at Plain English Campaign in 2004, editing documents for private companies and public-sector organisations. After that she joined Foundations and then Digital Outreach – companies that worked with charities on behalf of the UK government. As an editor, she helped these companies communicate clearly with various audiences. She has also taught English as a foreign language in Russia and China. She continues to specialise in plain English and, with Luke Finley and Sarah Carr, has written the SfEP guide Editing into Plain English.
A freelance copyeditor 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.
Abi has worked as an copy-editor and editorial project manager since the start of the millennium. After eight years working in-house – for business-to-business publishers, a trade publisher and a quango – Abi started her own editorial services business in 2009 and is now an Advanced Professional Member of the SfEP. She works with a wide array of clients on an even wider array of publications, with particular subject soft spots for linguistics and social policy.
Richard has been working as a freelance copyeditor 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 copyeditor 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 copyediting.
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.
Melanie Thompson has worked in publishing, journalism and PR since 1988. Her first job was assistant editor for Chapman & Hall science journals. She became a freelance editor/writer in 2000 and joined the SfEP shortly after that (Advanced Member). She has been a visiting tutor for PTC (Copy-Editing Skills) and joined the SfEP’s team of trainers in 2017.
Katherine trained as a journalist and after spells as chief sub-editor of a daily newspaper and senior media officer for the police, now specialises in fiction. She works mainly with independent authors and small publishers. She is an Advanced Professional Member of the SfEP and wrote the SfEP guide Getting Started in Fiction Editing. She is also a partner member of ALLi (the Alliance of Independent Authors) and a member of the Editing Globally collective. She particularly enjoys training other editors and is based in Aberdeenshire.
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.