A selection of my recent roles are outlined below. For a full summary of my background, please get in touch and I will send a copy of my CV by email.
Country Publications Ltd
Working on a wide range of media, including magazines (Dalesman, Cumbria, Countryman, Down Your Way and Lakeland Walker), books, calendars and websites. Responsibilities include design and layout of magazine covers and spreads, as well as promotional materials and website graphics; book cover design; production of digital magazine editions for phones and tablets; photo research; proofreading; administration of both static and WordPress websites; management of pay-per-click ad campaigns.
Schools Linking Network
October 2013-October 2014
Editing educational resources, company documents and web pages; SEO web content writing and editing; WordPress website and Moodle VLE administration; design and layout of both printed and online materials; e-marketing and social media engagement; writing press releases and news items.
February 2013-October 2013
Design and artworking for client press advertisements; copywriting, editing and design/layout for newsletters, technical manuals and mailshots; ghost-writing client blog posts; responsibility for client social media presences, including content sourcing and analytics monitoring; web page design and HTML/CSS coding; copy-editing of web pages and client literature, and design of bespoke graphics for websites, literature and POS items.
Bingley Rural Magazine
October 2012-November 2013
Monthly magazine with circulation of 5700. Responsibilities included design-to-print; feature writing; sourcing and sub-editing content; proofreading; selling advertising space; budget management; producing advertisement artwork; managing companion website (www.bingleyruralmag.co.uk). This magazine has now merged with another publication, The Local Leader, for which I occasionally provide feature articles.
Freelance Editor, Web and Print Designer
Oliphant Publishing Services/Melting Clock
Freelance editing, proofreading and copywriting for publishing companies including Collins ELT, as well as a number of businesses. Also provide design-to-print for business literature, including logo design, business cards, brochures, flyers, letterheads, posters and POS items such as banners, in addition to static and WordPress website development under my Melting Clock brand (www.meltingclockdesign.co.uk). Through Oliphant (www.oliphant-services.co.uk), I also provide book production, distribution and marketing services to independent authors looking to self-publish their work.
Independence Educational Publishers
November 2007-May 2012
Responsible for two series, ’Issues’ for A-Level students and ‘Issues Today’ for Key Stage 3, as well as marketing materials and a members-only online resource, ‘Issues Online’. Titles covered a range of social issues, such as smoking, sexual health and the environment. During my time at Independence, I worked on nearly 300 publications. Responsibilities included researching content, commissioning illustrations, design and layout for covers and spreads, online content management, writing exercises and glossaries, creating graphs and sourcing photographs.
Cambridge Publishing Management
Handling a diverse range of projects for a number of clients, including travel guides and Key Stage 3 literacy titles. Responsibilities included project management; commissioning authors, photographers, cartographers and other freelancers; preparing and managing budgets; photo research; seeking copyright permissions, and liaising with clients.
BA Hons English Literature
Class II Division I (2:1). While attending university, I used my free time to produce a number of college publications. These included the Collingwood College magazine, WoodWord; the 2002 JCR handbook for new students; the 2003 yearbook for graduating finalists, and a satirical website based on university life.
A-Levels x 4
Bingley Grammar School (Sixth Form)
Religious Studies – A; English Language – A; General Studies – A; English Literature – B
GCSEs x 11
Bingley Grammar School
English Language – A*, English Literature – A*, History – A*, Maths – A*, Religious Studies – A*, French – A*, German – A, Food Technology – A, Chemistry – A, Biology – B, Physics – B
I am a warranted leader for Girlguiding UK, running a local Ranger unit for girls aged 14-plus, and I also volunteer with the Woodcraft Folk youth organisation.
Additionally, I am a member of the management committee for my local community centre, as well as a member of the village gala committee.
Other interests include rambling, reading, creative writing, local history, knitting and crochet.