Since 1986 I have worked in publishing as a proofreader, copy-editor, project manager and tutor/mentor, for a variety of clients in both academic (Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences) and trade publishing, as well as directly with authors on developing their work.
My teaching commitments cover both regular, scheduled courses for Publishing Scotland and the Publishing Training Centre as well as in-house courses arranged on demand: clients include Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Pearson Education, HarperCollins, the Scottish Qualifications Authority and Bloomsbury Publishing, as well as businesses such as Standard Life, the Mental Welfare Commission of Scotland and Baillie Gifford.
I am co-author with Gillian Clarke of the Publishing Training Centre’s distance learning course ‘Basic Proofreading’, as well as being a tutor on both that course and the PTC's online ‘Grammar at Work’.
I am a founder member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders, for whom I teach training courses in the Bristol area; I am also a mentor in proofreading and copy-editing on the SfEP’s mentoring scheme.
An interesting aspect of my project management work (for Blackwell Publishers) was being commissioned to create and set copy-editing and project management tests, then to mark them and give feedback on the applicants and mentor them through their first jobs.