Here's some more about me.

After my completing my PhD I trained as a copy editor and proofreader. I spent several years copy editing and proofreading scholarly books and articles in house before going freelance.

I became business owner in 2000, and turned this into a full-time venture in 2004. In 2008 I added project management to my skill set.

As an independent publishing professional I have worked for companies large and small, on books, journals, school textbooks and digital resources.

Previous employment

PORTLAND PRESS: Editorial Assistant 1997–1999, Staff Editor 1999–2004

  • Copy editor and proofreader on the Biochemical Journal and Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry, and many and varied book projects. I also worked on The Biochemist magazine, rewriting, copy editing and proofreading articles.

Training and continuing professional development

  • Introduction to Copy-editing (Publishing Training Centre, London)
  • Introduction to Proofreading (Publishing Training Centre, London)
  • Editing Illustrations (Publishing Training Centre, London)
  • Microsoft Word 97 (beginners and advanced; London)
  • Internet and Web Page Design (University of Durham)
  • Editorial Project Management (Publishing Training Centre, London, 2011)
  • Digital Editing (Publishing Training Centre, London, 2012)
  • Rewriting and Substantive Editing (Publishing Training Centre, London, 2013)
  • Adobe Authorised training course: Adobe InDesign CS6 (Certitec, Glasgow, 2014)
  • Word Macros workshop (November 2015; organised by me as SfEP local group coordinator)
  • Publishing Training Centre annual tutors’ workshop (London, every October, 2008–present)
  • SfEP Mini-Conference (Edinburgh, May 2017)
  • Orthopaedics and Trauma editorial board meetings (London, annual)
  • Paediatrics and Child Heath editorial board meetings (London, annual)
  • Project Management Tools for All (Publishing Training Centre, London, 2018)
  • SfEP Professional Development Day: Educational Publishing Update (London, November 2018)
  • SfEP North-East Publishing Conference (May 2019; part of organising committee)


January 1994–December 1996

PhD Research Degree, Department of Biology, University College London
The genetics of ageing in the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster
PhD received in July 1997

October 1990–July 1993

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (1st class), University of Birmingham

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