Living by the sea, writing and spending time with the family have been my priorities since returning to Dorset. After 10 years as a publisher I went back to my first love – writing and editing features. I've spent almost 20 years creating specialist content for national media companies, including Time Inc and Immediate Media. I'm still doing this, but now I get to throw in a few of my own projects too – such as launching a series of TV travel books.
You can see from my portfolio, that I'm pretty much an all-rounder. I've worked in the men's, women's, craft and entertainment sectors, but more recently I've specialised in travel, coast, marine and countryside brands.
NEWS AND REVIEWS
Awards / certificates
Freelance writer/ Features editor, TI Media
2017 - current
Writing, editing and commissioning content for TI Media's Marine portfolio, specifically Practical Boat Owner and Yachting Monthly. I also publish travel guides on popular film and TV locations.
Freelance travel and countryside writer,
2014 - current
Pitching ideas and producing features on everything from apes in India to megaliths in Brittany for national consumer and customer brands.
Publisher, Immediate Media
Hair, Weddings and Craft portfolio 2012 - 2014
Driving circulation and profit, dreaming up knitting gifts, swooning over wedding gowns and arguing the case for purple hair on the cover...
Up-to-Speed Media 2010 - 2012
My students had just 10 weeks to learn the art of subbing and the business of magazines. I had a 100% pass rate. NCTJ-approved course.
Publisher / launch editor, Listed
Regional entertainment magazines 2007 - 2012
Editing two magazines and websites, as well as reviewing gigs, writing, selling ads and attending festivals across Dorset and Hampshire.
News and Features Editor, Time Inc
Marine portfolio 2005 - 2007
An enjoyable mix of yacht charters in the Med and lab-testing for diesel bug. Obviously I preferred the diesel bug.
Sub-editor, Time Inc
Marine portfolio 2003 - 2005
Sub-editor and acting production editor on Practical Boat Owner following a stint as editorial assistant on Motorboats Monthly.
ILM Cert. in Leadership
Immediate Media Mag of Year 2012
Bournemouth Entrepreneur of Year
PPA Professional Cert. in Journalism
PTC Shortlisted New Journalist
IPC Highly Commended Writer
Did I really do THIS?