I'm a freelance editor who has been working in print and online media for over 20 years. Employed by top companies such as Future Publishing, Redwood, River and Dennis, I've been privileged to be able to edit and launch magazines in a wide range of markets from consumer technology and internet design to travel and lifestyle.
NEWSSTAND... CUSTOMER MAGS... WEBSITES
I have launched (and relaunched) newsstand publications, customer magazines and websites and been involved in conceptual projects aimed at winning new business.
My most recent projects are Passport, an inflight magazine for Monarch Airlines and The Post, a print mag offering intelligent editorial for 50-something readers. Prior to this, I've edited magazines for Virgin Holidays, Virgin Trains, Sega and Co-Op Travel, while on the newsstand I relaunched gadget mag, T3, and headed up Future's technology portfolio.
PITCHING FOR NEW BUSINESS
I'm frequently involved in new business pitches, coming up with the editorial proposal and pitching creative concepts to the client. I've found I'm particularly skilled at coming up with innovating ideas that build communities around a brand, increasing points of contact between clients and their customers.
In the past I've pitched editorial ideas to the likes of Sony, Thomas Cook and Yell.
Virgin Holidays' Rock & Roam and Monarch's Passport are examples of travel magazines where I pitched the concept to the client, won the business then went on to launch and edit the titles on an ongoing basis.
With my experience in travel journalism, I also write travel articles (such as this feature on the artistic merits of the Munich subway). I have also written over 50 travel-related stories for the Staysure website, covering favourite holiday hotspots, buying abroad and expat issues.
As well as these editorial skills, I'm a keen photographer. This means I not only have a good eye for what makes a striking cover, I'm more than happy to take my own photos when I'm out and about. Having launched both Computer Arts and Advanced Photoshop magazines onto UK newsstands, I'm fairly skilled at photo-retouching, too. Examples of my photographic work can be found here.
In my time I've been shortlisted for (and, on occasion, won) a range of industry awards from the likes of PPA, BSME,APA and Total Publishing. Here I am receiving the APA Award for Best Travel and Leisure magazine for Virgin Holidays' Rock & Roam.