Originally from the US, I’ve spent the majority of my working life in the UK, starting as a non-fiction commissioning editor in book publishing. Going freelance, I initially worked for publishers, but was soon asked to become an editorial consultant for Channel 4 Television, part of a team that produced ‘back-up’ for television programmes – first, in print, then online. In addition, I was editor of the Channel 4 History website for seven years.
More recently, I was a freelance contractor for the (UK) Department for International Development, and deputy managing editor for BeGrand.net – a government-funded website for grandparents. I’ve also done quite a bit of copywriting for the English Heritage/Historic England website, and training and consultancy for the Energy Saving Trust.
In addition, I co-created and taught two courses on writing and editing for the web – one for the Publishing Training Centre and the other for the Society for Editors and Proofreaders. I’m an advanced professional member of the SfEP and was its internet director for eight years. I’ve expanded my teaching to include half-day seminars for the University of the Arts London, Kingston University, Excerpta Medica (Amsterdam) and the European Central Bank (Frankfurt), and a two-day course at Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar.
On a personal level, I’m increasingly involved with the local community in my part of west London. Previously I was on the executive of the Acton Business Forum, and I event-managed two consecutive Acton Christmas Fairs. I’m currently a trustee and chair of Acton Community Forum.