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BIOGRAPHY / CV

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

February 2021 – present

Content Editor and Copywriter (Freelance)

A short-term project requiring me to review all digital content (both editorial and promotional) for a luxury boutique hotel in Spain. I'll be working with the client to establish a strong tone of voice for the brand, rewrite the website, create and implement social media plans and output, launch a blog and newsletter, and explore further marketing opportunities.

November 2020 – present

Features Editor and Copywriter, Bert & May (Freelance)

Responsible for overseeing and creating digital creative output including marketing material, blogs, social posts and website content.
 

May 2018 – present

Co-founder, BeSeen Social (Freelance)

Social media and website management, copywriting, sub-editing, content creation and creative editorial for clients including Tonic PR & Communications, Rhapsody Media, Poon’s, Red Farm.

 

January 2015 – present

Freelance journalist, copywriter and sub-editor

Recent and current projects include:

  • Travel features and opinion columns for Metro newspaper (print edition) 

  • Copywriting for Rhapsody Media, including blog posts, e-learning scripts and content for websites

  • Sub-editing Square Up Media's magazine portfolio - Hedge, Square Mile, Foodism and Escapism magazines (in-house)

  • Sub-editing for GQ Style (in-house)

  • Lifestyle, culture, property, interiors, food and drink and interview pieces for London Resident magazine portfolio and theresident.co.uk

  • Travel, food and drink and lifestyle features for luxurylondon.co.uk

  • I have also written features for Wedding Magazine, Tempus and attitude.co.uk, and provided sub-editing, copywriting and proofreading services for various clients on an ad-hoc basis. 

January 2011 – January 2015

Editor – The Richmond Resident and Westside Resident, Archant Life

  • Planning, commissioning, writing and subbing two glossy local lifestyle titles (24 issues per year)

  • Creating compelling, original content

  • Managing budgets

  • Sourcing covers and writing coverlines

  • Arranging photoshoots

  • Heavily involved in multiple redesigns of both titles

  • Generating and uploading web stories daily to www.theresident.co.uk

  • Successfully maintaining and developing social networking sites

  • Working closely with sales to accommodate client needs, generate creative solutions and maximise revenue potential

  • Working closely with design team to perfect layout of pages

  • Using InDesign and CMS software (Citrix P Series) on a daily basis

  • Flatplanning

 

January 2008 – December 2010

Assistant Editor – SW and SW19, Archant Life

Assisting the editor of SW, and working as section editor of SW19. This role included:

  • Planning, commissioning and writing features across both titles

  • Conducting interviews

  • Sourcing images

  • Organising events

  • Uploading content onto the website

  • Interacting with readers and clients

  • Contributing to other Archant Life publications

 

September 2006 – December 2007

Assistant editor, SW and rise magazines, Archant Life

  • Writing health and beauty, food and drink, shopping, property and events pages

  • Interviewing local celebrities/people of interest for profiles and features

  • Solely responsible for uploading content onto the SW website when it first launched

 

September 2005 – September 2006

Editorial Assistant, Archant Life

  • Assisting editors across all London titles with research, writing what’s on, news and property pages

  • Researching and writing smaller features

  • Attending social events and representing the titles at PR launches

  • Meeting clients


March 2005 – September 2005 (7 months)

Office Manager/ Sales Support, Archant life

  • General magazine administrative responsibilities. A role where excellent organisation was key

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

SEO training, NCTJ Subbing Course

University College Chichester

BA (Hons) English and Media Studies

Richmond Upon Thames College

2 A Levels – English and Media Studies

AS Level – Spanish

Burntwood School

11 GCSEs A-C

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