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BIOGRAPHY / CV

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

 

January 2015 – present

Freelance copywriter, journalist and sub-editor. Recent/ongoing clients and projects:

  • Bert & May, Features Editor and Copywriter - I'm responsible for overseeing and creating printed and digital marketing material, online feature content (including interviews and trend pieces), Instagram Guides, website copy and mailers 

  • Tonic Communications, Sub-Editor and Copywriter - I edit Tonic's newsletter and provide content support/press release writing services 

  • Boutique hotel client, Content Editor and and Copywriter - A short-term project requiring me to review all digital content (both editorial and promotional) for a luxury boutique hotel in Spain. I'm 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

  • Rhapsody Media - Copywriting services including full website copy, e-learning scripts and blog content

  • Metro newspaper - Regular travel features and opinion columns 

  • Square Mile magazine - Travel, interiors, food and drink and men's fashion features

  • Foodism magazine - Travel features and food and drink round-up pieces

  • GQ Style - Sub-Editing (in-house)

  • Hedge magazine - Luxury travel features

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

  • I have also written for Wedding Magazine, Tempus, attitude.co.uk and luxurylondon.co.uk 

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.

 

April 2015 – January 2020 

Sub-editor, Square Up Media (Freelance, in-house) 

I was solely responsible for sub-editing Square Mile, Hedge, Foodism and Escapism magazines. This included grammar and sense checking, headlines and standfirsts, pull quotes, proofing and rewrites to ensure every article adhered to house style and tone. 

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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