I’m a freelance feature writer and lecturer with more than 20 years’ experience in showbiz and women's interest journalism.
Contributing to lifestyle features and interviews for the national press, I also create and edit copy for brands and companies, and can be consulted on all aspects of editorial content.
Additionally, I am currently working in a comms and fundraising role at the Lotus Flower charity, which supports women and girl conflict survivors.
Previously, I have worked as an Editorial Manager in the marketing division of the world’s biggest leisure and tourism company. Before embarking on my freelance career, I was Editor of a major women’s weekly title, and have also worked as a digital editor within the UK’s largest online magazine publishing house.
In every area of my work, I am meticulous about grammar, accuracy and tone of voice, and always ensure copy reads well and is legally sound. I can work to the tightest of deadlines while always remaining calm, and have a can-do approach – whether I’m working on a magazine launch, a media campaign or a 2,000-word feature.
Since 2017, I have also been the Course Leader in Magazine Journalism & Production at the University of Gloucestershire.
Skills & Qualifications
Senior NCTJ qualification
BA Hons in English; University of Kent, 1996-9
100 wpm shorthand
Trained in CMS
Freelance journalist/ content editor
March 2013 - present
I write features, interviews and news stories for titles including The Sun, The Mirror, Daily Mail, Independent, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Express, The People, Red, Marie Claire, Grazia, Look, Fabulous, new!, Hello!, OK!, Candis, Best, Woman’s Own and Woman.
Outside of journalism, I am a content editor for brands and charities. This includes writing commercial brochure copy, blogs, press releases, case studies and social media posts, as well as website copy.
Course Leader, Magazine Journalism & Production, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham
September 2017 - present
Editorial Manager (Acting) - TUI
October 2015 - April 2016
As Acting Editorial Manager at travel firm TUI, incorporating Thomson and First Choice holidays, I managed a team of 13 writers on a freelance basis. Responsible for multi-platform content, my role involved editing web, brochure and blog copy, as well as overseeing SEO strategy, social media and marketing campaigns.
I wrote a major British biography of singer Beyoncé for Hodder & Stoughton, which was also published in China, Australia, Germany and France. In addition, I ghostwrote a celebrity autobiography.
Digital Editor (Acting) - Hearst Magazines
September 2014 - May 2015
I edited Hearst’s BestDaily website on a freelance basis, which comprised celebrity news, health, beauty and fashion. This required thorough knowledge of Content Management Systems, social media and SEO.
Editor - Northern & Shell
March 2011 - March 2013
As Editor of the women’s weekly, Star, I led a team of 25 and was responsible for editing and planning content across 108 pages each week. This involved commissioning features, managing strict budgets, implementing sales strategies, working with Advertising, and liaising with PRs.
Deputy Editor, Star magazine, February 2006 – March 2011
Assistant Editor, Star magazine, July 2004 – January 2006
News Editor, Star magazine, January 2004 – July 2004
Feature writer - Sunday Mirror
August 2002 - December 2003
News Editor - Surrey Mirror Group
May 2001 - August 2002