I am a proofreader and copy-editor specialising in academic publications and business documentation in science, technology and mathematics.
Having achieved a PhD in physics at Newcastle University and spent 15 years in the IT industry, I have a thorough knowledge of scientific and technological communication challenges and an appreciation of the importance of adhering to timelines and providing excellent customer service.
As a member of the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading (CIEP), formerly the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), the organisation supporting professional editors and proofreaders in the UK, I follow the industry standard methods for copy-editing and proofreading. I have completed several CIEP/SfEP and Publishing Training Centre (PTC) courses, including the PTC Essential Copy-Editing course.
Skills and experience
In addition to the proofreading experience gained since becoming self-employed, my time in the IT industry provided me with skills in adapting written communication to meet the expectations of the intended audience, whether they were a technical business reviewer, an inexperienced team member or a non-technical consumer.
2017–present: Proofreader & copy-editor; JT Foster Proofreading
2014–2016: Applications testing & development lead; Hewlett Packard Enterprise
2012–2014: Graduate manager; Hewlett Packard
2010–2012: Incident team manager; Hewlett Packard
2007–2009: Business analysis & design lead; Electronic Data Systems
2001–2007: System test, development & design; Electronic Data Systems
2001: PhD ‘Theoretical studies of slow collisions: elastic electron scattering from positive ions, charge transfer in one-electron ion-ion systems and mutual neutralization of H–/D– and H+2‘; Newcastle University
1997: BSc (First Class Honours) Astronomy and Astrophysics; Newcastle University
2020: Editing with Word; CIEP
2019: Essential Copy-Editing; PTC
2018: Proofreading Theses and Dissertations; SfEP
2017: Basic Proofreading V5; PTC
2016: Introduction to Proofreading; SfEP
2016: Certified ScrumMaster; Radtac
I was born in southern England, grew up in the midlands, and then headed north east. I now live in the seaside village of Tynemouth with my family. When my daughter was little, I volunteered to read with kids in her school. These enthusiastic learners enhanced my appreciation of the richness, complexities and barking-mad inconsistencies of the English language.