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My career so far...
Freelance writer and editor
Education
BA Hons (first class) in French and English literature, University of Reading

A levels in English, French and Maths

nine GCSEs

Training
(all of the following were short courses lasting one to three days, except where noted)

Writing

feature writing

freelance journalism

interviewing for journalists

plain English copywriting

creative writing (two
years of evening classes)

storytelling (one term of evening classes)

scriptwriting for film and TV


Multimedia

website management

introduction to HTML

new ways to make journalism pay (encompassing blogging and social media)

making the most of digital media

digital photography

digital photo library management

making short films for organising and campaigning


Management and personal effectiveness

management styles

conducting appraisals for personal and professional development

time management


Equality

diversity and equal opportunities

making your writing accessible

disability equality awareness

Software packages
Microsoft Office

Adobe InDesign

Quark XPress

Adobe Acrobat

Adobe GoLive (basic)

Adobe Photoshop (basic)

Pinnacle Studio (basic)

Additional information
clean UK driving licence
and own car

able to work from home or anywhere from London to the south coast

member of the National Union of Journalists

French speaker

Outside of work
family and friends

ballet, yoga and swimming

creative writing

film, theatre and music

parent governor at a primary academy trust

parent rep for local
SureStart centre

July 2014- present

I’m enjoying the variety and flexibility of freelancing. Highlights so far include:

  • Researching and writing Choosing Childcare, a 200-page handbook for parents, published by Cross Publishing.
  • Editing, updating and doing SEO for the Dove Self-Esteem Project, a huge suite of educational resources for a major global brand.
  • Writing, subbing and picture editing prospectuses and web content for Regent’s University London.
  • Reporting on shared parental leave for The Guardian.
  • Writing rhyming children’s stories for Christmas promotional campaigns by outdoor ad giant JC Decaux.
  • Working with design agency pslondon on a high-end impact report for a £600m fundraising campaign by King's College London.
  • Devising a series of features on children’s development, play and learning for the Pre-school Learning Alliance.
  • Producing factsheets and web content on childcare and school-readiness for the Professional Association for Childcare & Early Years and NetMums.
  • Project-managing The Regent's Report 2015: Europe’s Neighbours, a showcase annual report of 80,000 words by 35 international contributors.

Editor, The Teacher, National Union of Teachers, London
July 2006 - June 2014*

I'm proud to have been the first female editor of The Teacher, the National Union of Teachers' magazine, in its 130-year history – a role that involved managing an annual budget of over £1.6m and a team of three staff. The 52-page magazine, published twice a term, keeps 330,000 teachers in England and Wales abreast of news and developments at the NUT and in the worlds of education and trade unionism. The role drew on my full range of editorial and journalistic skills: writing features and news stories; interviewing; reporting; commissioning articles and artwork; sub-editing; page layout (in InDesign); picture research and editing (in Photoshop); proof-reading; print-buying; online presence; reader correspondence; and liaising with an array of contributors and suppliers.

* including two periods of maternity leave and one year job-sharing.

A few achievements...

  • Redesigning and relaunching The Teacher in 2007.
  • Winning the 'Best Magazine' title at the 2008 TUC Communications Awards.
  • Launching online and tablet-friendly editions.
  • Successfully job-sharing the editor’s role for a year.
  • Securing big-name interviews and contributions, from Children’s Laureates and Olympic gold medallists, amongst others.

Publications editor, then (from 2002 onwards) senior publications editor, National Childminding Association (now Pacey), Bromley
July 1999 - June 2006

I worked at NCMA during a time of unprecedented growth and change for the association and childcare sector. My main responsibility was Who Minds?, the 48-page, quarterly membership magazine, circulation of which grew from 42,000 to 52,000 under my editorship. The job entailed planning, budgeting, commissioning, writing, sub-editing and proofing the magazine, as well as engaging the services of designers, printers, mailing houses and market researchers. I also produced a huge variety of other resources, from policy documents to party hats!

A few achievements...

  • Gaining the Plain English Campaign’s Crystal Mark for the NCMA Guide to Choosing the Right Childminder, which had a print run of almost a million.
  • Helping to implement a new NCMA logo and brand identity.
  • Working in partnership with Ofsted and the Department for Education to produce special magazines to guide childminders through changes to childcare inspections.
  • Developing NCMA’s nanny membership scheme and supporting materials, including researching and writing handbooks for nannies and parents.
  • Winning the runner-up prize in the ‘best association magazine’ category at the 2006 MemCom (membership communications) awards.

Editor, Armstrong International, then Lloyds of London Press
(now Informa Group), London
August 1997 – July 1999

I had sole responsibility for two international business journals, Internal Communication and Focus on Change Management. The role involved researching, commissioning and sub-editing best practice case studies from Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies and management consultants. I also wrote about news, trends and top tips in internal communication and change management, and typeset both journals (in Quark XPress).

Other work experience
As a student, I did work placements on the National Magazine Company’s Country Living magazine, on Virgin Atlantic’s internal magazine, The Globe, and at TV production company, MayaVision. I was a features writer and listings editor for my university newspaper and an editor of my school yearbook. I had early freelance work published in the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian.