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Serial No: 8900

List top 5 skills: creative, editing, management, presenting, writing
Short Bio:

An award-winning author, and highly experienced editor, I have been involved in publishing for over 20 years. Working with small and international publishers, and in both the public and private sectors, I have established excellent business contacts, worked with, and managed, widely dispersed teams, provided bespoke editorial and writing training to businesses and schools, and developed a valuable and transferable skill set for the publishing industry. I have written commercial best-sellers as a ghost writer and am published internationally.

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August 2009 – Present: Full-time author

Authoring a range of books for the children’s and young adult market, working with a wide range of international publishers, including Hodder Children’s, Puffin, and Random House. (See attached biography for full list of publictions to date)

Working as ghost-writer for an international name with three books published to date, and two more contracted for 2014/15

Providing creative writing days to schools across the country, working small groups of varying ages and abilities, as well as presenting to larger groups

Shortlisted for Lancashire Book of the Year 2013

Winner Leeds Children’s Book Award 2011

Shortlisted for Calderdale Book Award 2011

Appearing at various literature festivals, including Bristol, Cheltenham, and Bestival

March 2007 – August 2009: Managing Editor, Ofsted, Bristol

Managing a team of editors, proof-readers and administrators

Monitoring reports through the editorial, proof-reading and quality assurance process

Providing editorial advice, support and training to reports production teams, and government inspectors, nationally

Attending inspections as editorial advisor

Providing bespoke individual and group training

April 2005 – March 2007: Senior Editor, Adult Learning Inspectorate, Coventry

Managing and motivating a team of editors

Quality assuring editors’ work

Attending inspections as editorial advisor

Providing bespoke individual and group training

Contributing and editing articles for national training publication Talisman

April 2001 – April 2005: Editor, Adult Learning Inspectorate

Scheduling of individual reports to tight timescale

Editing to high standards and various agreed house styles

Liaising with report writers to quality assure information and accuracy and provide feedback

Contributing and editing articles for the national training publication Talisman

2000 – 2001: Freelance work

Contracted to compile and edit magazine for CPAS, Warwick

Contracted to manage production of quarterly magazine for Rural Stress Information Network

Employed during the FMD crisis to take stress-related calls, source relevant help and take donations

Independent report on rural youth work commissioned and published by Arthur Rank Centre, including questionnaire design, data collection and analysis on Excel

Six months on a world-class salmon farm in Scotland

1999 – 2000: Managing Editor/Writer Blue Sky Brands Ltd, Kent

Managing, commissioning, editing and contributing to, ‘Men’s Quest’ magazine and website

Contributing articles, managing and responding to reader input

Working to tight time-scales and within a fixed budget

Overseeing production and liaising at all levels with printers, press, writers and editors

1998 – 1999: Publications Manager, CPAS, Warwick

Responsible for developing and managing young people’s publications’ department

Managing and developing their full-colour magazine for youth leaders

Writing/commissioning articles, sourcing writers, picture research and signing off proofs

Time-tabling future issues and developing/encouraging in-house writers

1996 – 1998: Commissioning Editor/Writer Kevin Mayhew Publishers

Responsible for establishing new publications department

Writing material for publication

Examining market trends and responding with appropriate titles

Commissioning artwork, editing and preparing selected manuscripts

Liaising with artists, designers and production managers

Commissioning and publishing an average of four titles per month

1991 – 1992: Full-time Volunteer Instructor, Marrick Priory

Teaching groups of varying abilities outdoor activities

Instruction of: climbing; caving; canoeing; abseiling; archery; etc.

Maintenance of equipment and grounds and co-ordination of domestic tasks

Responsible for first aid



2:1 BA (Hons) Outdoor Ed with Qualified Teacher Status, Lancaster University

10 GCSEs, 3 ‘A’ Levels

Professional training

Intensive touch-typing course (1996)

Grammar course (1997)

Copy editing course (1998)

Ten-week writing course (1999)

Plain English (2004)

Career Coaching (CIPD, 2006)

Writing for the Web (2004)

Quark (2004)

Photoshop (2004)

Management Skills (2005)

Feature Writing (2005)

Advanced Quark (2006)