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 have recently completed 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 & 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
2019: Essential Copy-Editing; Publishing Training Centre
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 where I live with my husband, daughter and two cats. I have regularly volunteered in my daughter’s school, often helping children with reading, which has given me a new appreciation of the complexities and richness of the 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.