Originally from South Wales, I now live in Somerset, England, with my partner and our two gorgeous children dogs. I’ve worked in publishing since 2006, initially in-house and subsequently freelance. For seven years I also had a nonprofit career in Cardiff, Wales, where I worked as a policy campaigner (and unofficial in-house writer and editor!). I kept a foot in the door of the publishing world, though, taking on freelance editing jobs on an ad-hoc basis alongside my nonprofit work.
In 2015 I left the nonprofit sector to do a Master’s degree, after which I decided to see if I could make a go of editing and proofreading as a full-time career. And I haven’t looked back since! My main passions are reading and writing, so this is truly my dream job.
Apart from my love of a well-constructed sentence (hey, we all have our thing), I’m into electronic music, spicy food, left-wing politics and travelling in my campervan.
That’s me in a nutshell – nice to ‘meet’ you!
I specialise in the subjects of social policy, social sciences and social justice, and in working with academics and nonprofits.
The following are particular subject specialisms:
- Austerity and welfare reform in the UK and Europe
- Capitalism and neoliberalism
- Charities, nonprofits and NGOs
- Civil society, social movements and social change
- Critical and cultural theory
- Devolution in the UK (particularly the Welsh context)
- Equalities in theory, law, policy and practice
- Gender studies
- Human rights in theory, law, policy and practice
- LGBTQI issues
- Policy studies
- Politics and government
- Qualitative research methods and research ethics
- ‘Race’ and postcolonial studies
- Sexualities and queer theory
- Social class, poverty and inequality
- Social justice
- Social policy
- Violence against women and children
- Women’s studies and history
I am also conversant in the following subjects:
- Art, art history and visual culture
- Business and management studies
- Counselling and psychotherapy
- Creative writing
- English literature
- Environment and climate change
- International relations
- Social work
It’s worth noting that copy-editing and proofreading require excellent editorial skills rather than in-depth subject knowledge. However, substantive editing and writing do require subject-specific expertise.
Editorial and publishing
- I have worked a a freelance editorial professional since 2006. In this time, I have worked for publishing giants (e.g. Routledge, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press); NGOs and think tanks (e.g. Amnesty International, RESULTS UK, The FrameWorks Institute); public bodies (e.g. Centre for Public Scrutiny); universities (e.g. LSE, Cardiff, Birmingham), independent publishers (e.g. Hammer-On Press) and numerous academics and postgraduates.
- From 2006-7, I worked at the University of Wales Press as a Production and Editorial Assistant. This gave me an excellent insight into all aspects of the publishing process, from commissioning to final product, as well as the nature of academic publishing.
- From 2008-15, I worked in policy and research roles in the voluntary sector. I predominantly focused on gender equality, violence against women and human rights. I worked with the UN, the UK and Welsh Governments, other NGOs and service providers.
- I was responsible for producing written materials for audiences ranging from policymakers to the public. This included policy and research reports, legislation recommendations, press releases, campaign documents, organisational reports, parliamentary briefings, social media, web copy and more.
- I have worked with international NGOs and local social justice organisations, including Amnesty International, Oxfam, Welsh Women’s Aid, the Wales Violence Against Women Action Group, Abortion Support Network, People’s Assembly and many others.
- I bring this experience to my freelance work for nonprofits, and am proud to offer a discount for smaller charities and social justice organisations.
- 2014: Awarded a full ESRC scholarship for a PhD in Social Policy at the University of Bristol.
- 2014: MSc in Gender Studies (Research Methods), University of Leeds. Pass with Distinction. Awarded the School Excellence Prize for the School of Sociology and Social Policy.
- 2006: BA English Literature and Cultural Criticism, Cardiff University, 2:1.
Professional qualifications and memberships
- I received my initial training in copy-editing and proofreading with UK industry leaders, the Publishing Training Centre.
- I regularly take courses to develop my skills as part of my commitment to continuing professional development.
- I am a Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), which sets the standards for the profession in the UK.