Your words are my business. For 25+ years, I've worked as a magazine editor, writer and head of content. My experience spans the commercial, charity and not-for-profit sectors. I am an experienced, empathic leader, and former Senior Management Team member with experience in managing teams and budgets.
PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE
June 2019 - January 2022
MARKETING MANAGER, ABILITYNET
AbilityNet empowers disabled and older people through technology. In this role, I promoted our FREE services, including writing blogs, engaging with social media, and running webinars.
I commissioned a range of thought leadership and white papers to promote the organisation's digital accessibility services. I contributed to strategy across Free Services and Digital Accessibility.
July 2015 - May 2019
HEAD OF CONTENT (HEALTHCARE INNOVATION), BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION
As a member of the Senior Management Team, I helped define the content and wider strategy across the directorate. I led a strategic review of content putting digital and customers first. I also helped procure a new warehouse supplier realising annual savings (cost-avoidance) of £300k. I led a 15-strong team and managed a budget of several million. I worked closely with the marketing and digital teams to develop new healthcare products.
September 2012 - June 2015
EDITOR HEART MATTERS, BHF
I edited the BHF's flagship membership title, Heart Matters. Under my editorship, the magazine won a CorpComms award two years in a row. I ensured that the magazine followed brand guidelines and tone of voice. Under my editorship, we migrated to a new CMS. Website traffic increased by 100% year on year.
Jan 2008 - Sept 2012
EDITOR, WHICH? COMPUTING
Under my editorship, the magazine became the UK’s biggest-selling title in its sector; year-on-year revenue grew 8% (2010-2011) retention up 7.2%. The magazine was awarded the Crystal Mark for Plain English. I was twice shortlisted for Editor of the Year (Special Interest Magazines) by the British Society of Magazine Editors.
EXAMPLES OF MY WORK
At AbilityNet, I worked to elevate the charity's brand reputation and position it as a D&I thought leader. I created blogs and white papers, hosted webinars and more.
For much of my early career, I wrote editorial news and features about technology. I commissioned in-house and freelance writers.
MY EXPERIENCE (CTD.)
March 2005 - Dec 2007
ASSISTANT EDITOR, WHICH? COMPUTING
On being promoted from a senior researcher, I: was acting editor while the editor was on maternity leave, edited group tests and features and the 16-page supplement that accompanied each issue
April 2002 -Feb 2005
SENIOR RESEARCHER, WHICH? COMPUTING
In this role, I sourced and commissioned external laboratories to test products, analysed the results and turned this into engaging copy for print and web. I also edited news and features.
Aug 2000 - March 2002
FREELANCE WRITER AND EDITOR (VARIOUS); NEWS EDITOR, CONNECT!
I wrote for various publications including The Guardian (tech), FT Business magazines, Sunday Times (tech), PC Pro and Web User. Prior to this, I was headhunted as news editor for Connect! (a consumer technology magazine). However, for financial reasons Future pulled the publication before launch.
Sept 1995 - July 2000
NEWS AND FEATURES EDITOR, PC PRO
During this period, I was promoted from staff writer to news editor, and then the news and features editor. In my role, I commissioned and edited features from a pool of freelance writers, wrote and edited a 12-page news section, represented the magazine at conferences including Comdex (US) and CeBit (Germany), was a media spokesperson (radio and TV), and was shortlisted as editorial employee of the year.
MSC CREATIVE WRITING FOR THERAPEUTIC PURPOSES
The course combined counselling theory with theories relating to the therapeutic nature of writing. My dissertation was a poetic inquiry into motherhood and identity.
BA HONS HISTORY WITH MEDIA STUDIES (2.1)
COLLEGE OF ST MARK AND ST JOHN, PLYMOUTH
I studied History with Media Studies, which included a study of renaissace and reformation, and film studies including the female gaze and screwball comedy.
NVQ LEVEL 4 CERTIFICATE IN JOURNALISM STUDIES, JOURNALISM TRAINING CENTRE, MITCHAM
The NVQ was practically led and we created a weekly magazine learning news and features writing, and production.