Having completed a degree in English and a Masters in film and literature at Hull University, I first went into journalism at the Hull Daily Mail in 2000, where I gained an NVQ Level 4 in production journalism and became a senior sub-editor.
I later worked for the Press Association in various roles including Teletext assistant editor and TV listings operations manager, as well as editing the PA’s main news wire and working on sports pages for national and regional newspapers.
My current role is managing director of my own company, Hawk Editorial, which in October 2012 became the new publisher of H&E naturist magazine, an 88/92-page title which is the oldest and most popular naturist magazine in the world. I edit, design and write for the magazine, as well as run the day-to-day business, including retail and advertising. I also continue to work for the Press Association part-time, sub-editing on the Daily Telegraph, across supplements, news features and news. Other recent work has included being on the organising committee of the 2017 Hull Day of Dance, and being responsible for all the publicity including logo, website, programme and social media.
I am also a freelance writer, and past assignments have included a debate on naked calendars for the Guardian, and regular features and interviews for Coaching Edge magazine (aimed at sports coaches of all levels).
I am a qualified proofreader: I hold a Merit in Basic Proofreading, as well as a qualification in Copy-Editing, both from the Publishing Training Centre (these are the only industry-recognised qualifications). I have also studied presentation skills and lesson planning, having passed the City & Guilds 730/1 Delivering Learning course.
I can turn my hand to a variety of subjects, from the arts and culture to sport, current affairs and technology.
Please contact me if you are interested in contributing to H&E, or would like to discuss my proofreading/writing services.