I am a proofreader and copy editor specialising in business documentation and academic publications in the fields of science, technology and mathematics.
Having achieved a PhD in Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics at Newcastle University, followed by fifteen years in the IT industry, I have a thorough knowledge of scientific and technological communications challenges, with an appreciation of the importance of adhering to timelines and providing excellent customer service.
As a member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, the organisation supporting professional editors and proofreaders in the UK, I follow the industry standard methods for proof-editing and proofreading. I have completed several SfEP and Publishing Training Centre proofreading courses and am currently working through the PTC Essential Copy-Editing course.
Skills and experience
In addition to the proofreading experience gained since becoming a freelancer, the years spent in the IT industry have given me 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: Freelance proofreader & proof-editor at JT Foster Proofreading
2014 – 2016: Applications testing & development lead at Hewlett Packard Enterprise
2012 – 2014: Graduate manager at Hewlett Packard
2010 – 2012: Incident team manager at Hewlett Packard
2007 – 2009: Business analysis & design lead at Electronic Data Systems
2001 – 2007: System test, development & design at 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.’ at Newcastle University
1997: BSc (First Class Honours) Astronomy and Astrophysics at Newcastle University
Professional development includes:
2018: Proofreading theses and dissertations (Society for Editors and Proofreaders)
2017: Basic Proofreading V5 (Publishing Training Centre)
2016: Introduction to proofreading (Society for Editors and Proofreaders)
2016: Certified ScrumMaster (Radtac)
I was born in the South of England, grew up in the Midlands and I now live in the North East. I am lucky enough to have made my home in the beautiful seaside village of Tynemouth with my husband and daughter. I regularly read with children in my daughter’s school, which makes me very aware of the complexities and richness of this language. I’ve been amazed and delighted with the children’s increasing proficiency in the mechanics of reading and their ever-improving comprehension, as well as their enthusiasm for books.