Meet the team
I'm an editor and proofreader with a background in industry and business consulting.
I specialise in business communications and online content, as well as educational and academic publishing.
I edit books, business documents, technical documents, video, audio and podcast scripts, websites, blogs and text for online content.
My clients include business writers, SMEs, large organisations, educational and academic publishers, non-fiction authors and independent writers.
I am a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP). I did my initial publishing training with the PTC (Publishing Training Centre) and qualified with distinction.
I'm Scottish, live in Devon, UK, and work remotely with clients worldwide.
How did I end up in publishing?
Well, I got into publishing in a roundabout way – picking up other skills along the way …
Having completed a BA in Business Management with French and German and then an MSc in Operational Research (applied maths) in Glasgow in the 1980s, I worked in the steel industry in Scotland as a process engineer and did research into artificial intelligence (AI) for an engineering consultancy. I then spent a few years working in Zürich and a short time in Paris and London, where I taught English.
In the early 1990s, I joined a management consulting firm and, for the next 14 years, worked throughout Europe delivering business improvement projects in the automotive, chemical, FMCG, food, energy and manufacturing sectors.
In 2008 I began to do editorial work for various businesses, so I decided to retrain as an editor and proofreader. I started my own editorial company in 2011.
What do I get up to when I'm not at my desk?
Trail running: 10K, half marathons and marathons.
Music: I play flute and saxophone in various jazz bands and music ensembles.
Painting: using oils, acrylics and pastels.
I enjoy hosting Airbnb guests at home in Devon (https://airbnb.com/h/southmoor-a-georgian-country-home-by-the-coast).
I love to cook and bake, and also enjoy reading, gardening and calligraphy.
Glencoe Marathon Gathering (2016). Turned 50 and decided to take up running. Ran my first two half marathons that year.
The following year it was time to try a marathon. What a feeling – got the running bug!
Vintage gigs with my tenor sax.
Slàinte, Saluti, Skål, Salud, Santé, Prost, 健康 (Kenkō), 身体健康 (Shēntǐ jiànkāng), صحة جيدة (sihat jayida), अच्छा स्वास्थ्य (achchha svaasthy)
BA Business Management with French and German
Strathcyde Business School, Strathcyde University, Glasgow
Implemented statistical process control (SPC) methodologies to manage quality in the manufacture of seamless tubes and casing pipes for the oil and gas industry.