I am an experienced journalist, who worked at editor level in UK regional newspapers before becoming editor of a business magazine.
For the past five years I have been freelancing on business and finance magazines, including 18 months as a sub-editor at the Financial Times in London.
After more than 20 years in journalism I can produce professionally written features on almost any topic, although business/finance is my speciality.
I am also a fast and accurate copy editor. My formal newspaper training enables me to turn turgid prose into bright, readable copy, and I have a good understanding of legal issues, including copyright and defamation. I always hit deadlines.
I often produce publications on a contract basis, most recently for AltAssets (www.altassets.net), which involved helping the company to design and edit the launch issues of two magazines.
I spent five years as editor of Better Business magazine, where I was responsible for writing cover stories, liaising with freelancers, and commissioning features and photographs, together with all aspects of design and production.
I have a thorough knowledge of the business sector, from start-up to corporate level, and I can write and/or edit copy quickly and accurately. My formal newspaper training (NCTJ) means I have a good understanding of legal issues, including copyright and defamation.
I have also written an e-book, and I am well-placed to help writers with this type of project.
National Council for the Training of Journalists
New Media Horizons
Freelance editor, sub-editor and writer
2007 - Present
Freelance sub-editor on various titles including The Times, Mortgage Strategy, Recruiter, Fund Strategy, Citywire, and most recently 18 months at Investment Adviser, part of the Financial Times stable of magazines, where I acted as de facto deputy chief sub for six months.
Freelance production editor for AltAssets (www.altassets.net), working from home. As well as ongoing subbing work, I helped the company to design and produce the launch issues of two magazines.
Freelance writing and sub-editing for Square Mile, the high-end City lifestyle magazine.
Freelance writing contracts for the Daily Telegraph, Future Publishing, RICS Business and Practical Boat Owner.
2000 - 2007
Editor, Better Business magazine, Active Information, Chepstow (now Cobweb Information, Newcastle). Consumer magazine aimed at business start-up market. Responsible for writing and commissioning articles, attending expos and meeting key industry figures, design, subbing, and seeing finished product off to print, working from home. Left when role was taken in-house by new owners in Newcastle.
2000 - 2000
Assistant Editor, Business Money magazine, Street, Somerset. Left to take up post as Editor of Better Business.
Dorset Community Newspapers
1995 - 2000
Founder, editor and production editor, Guardian Newspapers, Dorchester, Dorset. Three-edition, weekly newspapers series with free distribution of 10,000 and editorial staff of two reporters and two part-time sub-editors. In addition to my main role as editor, responsibilities included all aspects of product development. However, although the newspaper was very popular as an editorial vehicle, we struggled to make it commercially viable, and eventually had to wind up the company.
Dorset Evening Echo
1995 - 1995
Deputy Editor, Dorset Evening Echo, Weymouth, Dorset.
Responsibilities included overseeing production and deputising for the editor during his absence setting up a new training programme. Having seen the opportunities in the nearby county town, which had no newspaper of its own, I set about founding the Dorchester Guardian.