Skills & Experience

e-bookSkills

• Diploma in Proofreading and also proofreading experience in conjunction with a Rough Guides freelance Editor
• Web design training & SEO knowledge
• 4 years’ experience combining all the above as a successful online content writer
• BA Hons Degree in Modern English Studies with Journalism

Experience

Article & Blog Writing – Executive Coach
2012 to present
Writing articles and blog posts for a former professional tennis coach turned professional executive coach working with ambitious corporate and private clients on performance and career engagement issues. These have included CEO’s, partners and directors in the big four Accountancy practices, insolvency practitioners, bankers and a number of Private Equity professionals. Since March 2013, several of the articles I have produced for Rob have been published on major HR websites including HR Zone, HR Review and HR Matters, the latter on which I have also now secured Rob a permanent, monthly homepage feature. 

Editorial for B2B magazine – New Business Matters
2011 – 2013
In addition to assisting the owner on various projects, my articles were published between August 2011 and January 2014 to this bi-monthly business to business journal (print & digital). Only one company per trade or profession is permitted to advertise or write articles in the magazine and these are also published to their website. Click here to read their Testimonial.

Article & Blog Writing – Numbertel
2011 – 2013
Since August 2011 I have written over 30 webpages, blog posts and articles for Numbertel, which supplies business telephone numbers and call manager services to a wide range of industry sectors including insurance, legal, finance, leisure and trade services. Click here to read their Testimonial.

Social Media Consultant & Trainer – Inventory Clerk
2011 – 2012
Providing Social Media and website consultancy and training for the largest UK network of inventory clerks and commissioned to design and write bespoke Social Media training packages across Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and to be rolled out to the 50+ UK-wide franchise owners.  Inventory Clerk provides UK-wide Landlords and Letting Agents with an online inventory system, whose founder has also worked working with IBM and Dragon dictation systems to develop their voice recognition and dictation software, pioneering their use in inventory management.

Article & Blog Writer – Bonallack & Bishop Solicitors
2011 – 2012
Between August 2011 and November 2012 I wrote nearly 150 articles for Bonallack & Bishop Solicitors, a rapidly growing solicitors based in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset offering a full range of legal services to business and private clients. These articles were published and distributed across a range of legal websites, forums and blogs in addition to their own website. Click here to read their Testimonial

Social Media Consultant & Trainer
2011 –  present
Blog and article writing for a wide range of clients across different sectors and professions. Business to Business training in Social Media, WordPress and other online platforms. Writing bespoke e-learning Social Media modules for in-house employees training. Advising businesses on how to increase online brand visibility and influence in target markets. Website Design, Build & Maintenance using WordPress

Interview Transcriber – Leicester University
2010 – 2012
Transcribing lengthy, highly-confidential interviews of sensitive content for the School of Health & Social Studies at Leicester University. Produced 100% accurate work to tight deadlines in very challenging situations of up to four different speakers. Click here to read their Testimonial.

Executive Assistant
2004 – 2010  London & Bournemouth

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with ability to articulate in plain English
  • Copy Typing speed of 60 wpm, Teeline Shorthand qualification, minute taking skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong analytical skills with research interest and experience
  • Excellent communication, management, prioritisation and organisational skills
  • Excellent telephone manner and client interfacing skills and experience
  • Experience of working in very pressurised, challenging environments
  • Fast, accurate data entry skills supported by Distinction in Microsoft Access Databases
  • Highly IT literate with advanced Microsoft Office experience and qualifications 
  • Keen eye for detail supported by Diploma in Proofreading 
  • People management experience: training, supervising and mentoring 
  • Website and Intranet design and experience

Proofreading & Editing – Rough Guides
1998
Unpaid work experience with a freelance editor of the Rough Guides, leading publisher of travel and reference information, whilst studying for Diploma in Proofreading. This entailed using the proofreading symbols learnt and applying this new-found knowledge in a commercial environment.

Training & Development

2011  Creative Writing – Arts University, Bournemouth
2009  Feature Writing, City University, London
2009  Food & Wine Journalism – City University
2007  Introduction to Project Management – City University, London
2007  Teeline Shorthand Certificate (Distinction) – Pitman Training, London

2006  Microsoft Office Advanced Diploma (Distinction) – Pitman Training, London
2005  Wines & Spirits Diploma (globally recognised) – Wine & Spirit Education Trust, London
2001  RSA Word Processing Diploma (Distinction), York Technical College
2000  Proofreading Diploma (Merit), Regent Academy, London
1998  Teaching English as a Foreign Language Diploma (Distinction) – English Language Centre, London

Education

1994 – 1997  BA (Hons) Modern English Studies & Journalism – University of Bedfordshire
1992 – 1994  A levels in English Language, German & History – York Sixth Form College
1987 – 1992  GCSEs in English Language, Maths & 9 others – Sexey’s School, Somerset

Interests

Travel, writing & reading, Keen writer and reader who enjoys attending writing and reading groups. Regular theatre and cinema goer with interest in the Art Deco period. Also enjoy cycling, rollerblading, walking, skiing, food & wine, comedy and music.  

Referees available on request.

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