CV

Profile

I’m a communications professional with 26 years’ experience in print, digital and online media. Enthusiastic, talented and always up for a challenge, I am able to create original, engaging content for a wide variety of audiences to very high standards. I also have extensive project, staff and budget management experience, as well as proven client liaison skills.

Experience

Freelance writer, editor and journalist – February 2013 to date

As a proactive freelancer I daily meet the challenge of winning business from new and existing clients – from pitching ideas to ensuring my work is delivered on time and to consistently high standards. In the last two years I’ve produced a wide variety of content for Future Publishing, content marketing agency Future Fusion, IDG and Intelligenti Publishing. This includes writing news, reviews and in-depth features as well as subbing, editing and project management of whole magazines and websites, commissioning content and managing staff.

Deputy editor, Future Publishing – 2011-2013

Worked at deputy editor level on two different Future publications – MacFormat and Computer Arts. My responsibilities on both titles included coming up with ideas for news, reviews and feature articles and then either writing them myself or commissioning them out to third-parties. I also took responsibility, while on Computer Arts, for managing its website and social media pages, increasing the quality and frequency of online content for the title’s highly engaged and active international audience.

Freelance writer, editor and journalist – 2008-2011

As a successful freelancer I regularly pitched for and won repeat commissions from leading UK publishers and content agencies including Future Publishing, Future Fusion, John Brown and Republic, often working on key client accounts such as John Lewis, O2, Orange and Tesco. I also produced press materials (including press releases) for a leading travel sector client as well as for Edelman PR.

Associate editor, Future Publishing – 2005-2008

Worked as part of the senior management team on the launch one of Future’s biggest website launches – TechRadar.com. Here I enjoyed developing the editorial strategy and managing the editorial team as well as writing, editing and commissioning content for the website. I was also actively involved in representing the website at international industry exhibitions and events, developing key industry contacts and acting as a spokesperson for the site on TV and radio. Within two years from launch TechRadar regularly attracted two million unique users per month.

Freelance writer, editor and journalist – 2002-2004

As a successful freelancer I regularly pitched for and won repeat commissions from leading UK publishers, including Future Publishing, BBC Origin (now Immediate Media) and Media 10 for whom I wrote a regular column for Channel 4’s Grand Designs Magazine. I was also selected to work as a key member of the editorial launch team for Digital Home Magazine with responsibility for writing, commissioning, editing and project management.

Editor, Future Publishing – 1997-2002

Worked as the technology reviews editor of T3 magazine before being promoted to editor in June 2000. Responsibilities included writing, editing and commissioning a wide variety of content for publication; developing the editorial strategy and project management. I also enjoyed representing the magazine on TV and radio, as well as at international exhibitions and events.

Education

Teesside University, Middlesbrough — BA (Hons) Humanities (English specialism), 1987.

Skills

Writing for the reader; understanding client needs; matching writing style to customer tone of voice; turning complex topics into engaging and highly readable content; working with fellow creatives to produce work to very high standards; developing positive working relationships with industry professionals at all levels; interviewing skills; good working knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop and Microsoft Office; good working knowledge of digital magazine and website content management systems such as WordPress; project management (including responsibility for budgets and staff); commercial awareness; SEO; content strategy.

Referrals

Supplied on request.