Welcome to my first blog and to my website. By way of introduction, I am a Freelance Journalist who writes and sub-edits for several print and online publications, including The Daily Telegraph, The Times and The Sunday Times to name but a few. During my 15 years in the industry, I have had a number of interesting jobs, from a Senior Researcher/Writer on Which? magazine to Deputy Business Editor on Bermuda’s daily national newspaper The Royal Gazette.
Starting off in journalism, I cut my teeth on local papers, beginning on The Dorking and Leatherhead Advertiser in Surrey as a News Reporter and Business Editor. Working my way up the ranks, after a short stint as Senior Sports Reporter at The Surrey Mirror and The Crawley News, I became Deputy Sports Editor at the group’s flagship paper, The Croydon Advertiser, while working shifts as a Sub-Editor on The Sunday Times sports desk at the weekends.
It wasn’t long before I got itchy feet and, after a successful interview, I was offered the role of Deputy Business Editor at The Royal Gazette in Bermuda. After five fun-filled years in the sun, I decided it was time to return home. On my first day of freelancing, having impressed the editor sufficiently, I was fortunate enough to be offered the post of News Editor at Insurance Times and Global Reinsurance in London, where I gained an invaluable insight into the operations of some of the UK’s leading financial services companies.
Having specialised in insurance, my next move was a natural one to become Senior Researcher/Writer at Which?, covering general insurance and other personal finance issues, where I had the opportunity to really hone my research and investigative skills.
Two years ago, I decided to branch out on my own and to go freelance. I set up my own writing and editing services business, dividing my time between travelling up to London to do sub-editing shifts on the nationals and writing from home for magazines and online publications in the UK and US. What I love most about being a freelancer is the variety of work that I do – one day I may be working on an in-depth feature on the risk of 3D-printing and the next I may be working to deadline in the cut and thrust of a Saturday afternoon on the sports desk of a major UK national newspaper.