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High School, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. Seven GCEs passed, including English Literature & Economics at A level (Grades C & D). Completed National Council for Trainee Journalists Qualifying Course at Preston Polytechnic, now the University of Central Lancashire.

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October 2007-April 2008: Editor of Fenestra's ezine, FJ Weekly. Also editor of Fenestra Journal for two issues.

Previous posts

1998-September 2007: Editor of Glass & Glazing Products, a monthly magazine published by Unity Media Plc based in Sevenoaks, Kent. GGP is the most successful of ten magazines serving the £3bn replacement window industry. Its biggest issue typically has 200+ A4 pages and it is almost always 100+ pages. I developed an email list for marketing directors, public relations agencies and correspondents. This keeps them informed about what's going on at the magazine and encourages involvement. It was very well received. I also launched an entirely new title called Conservatory Magazine which has been enthusiastically taken up by the market and made a profit from issue one.

My responsibilities have included managing the work of up to two assistants and developing their skills. I also managed a fairly large team of freelancers, including a cartoonist and a crossword compiler.

Feb 1996-to 1998: Editor of Master Builder & Roofing monthly magazines published by Warner Group Publications Plc. Master Builder is the official journal of the Federation of Master Builders and goes to the 15,000 members of the FMB, Roofing is an independent magazine which was originally founded by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors but is now wholly owned by Warners.

August 1983-Feb 1996: Editor of Solid Fuel & Fireplaces, the magazine for UK coal retailers. Published by Harper Trade Journals, Harling House, 47-51 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0BS.

This monthly title had a circulation of about 8,000. I trained three junior journalists in the dozen years I was there. One of them is now a sub on a daily newspaper in Perth, Australia. Another took up a fairly senior news desk post at The Independent while the third now has a child but retains her links with the industry by doing regular subbing shifts at The Observer.

February 1982-August 1983: Deputy editor of H&V News, the heating and ventilating industry weekly, published by Maclaren's (now EMAP). I joined H&V News as assistant editor but was quickly promoted to number two, deputy editor. The magazine, a weekly in a highly competitive market, had an editorial team of five. Here I learnt a little of the art of management and attended meetings of section heads. H&V News also gave me the chance to see a large part of Europe. I left the magazine to become an editor.

February 1979-February 1982: National news reporter at Building Trades Journal (International Thomson Magazines).

At BTJ I was part of the four person general news team, covering major national political and industrial stories. I also wrote several lengthy business feature articles (up to 10,000 words) including a series on Enterprise Zones, notably Belfast. Although a business magazine, BTJ sold more than 20,000 copies on news stands and benefited (or suffered) from severe competition. At BTJ I was given formal training in layout & design and management.

October 1977-February 1979: Arts & Leisure guide editor, Gazette series of newspapers in west London (Westminster Press, based in Acton).

1976-1977: Reporter Doncaster Evening Post.

1973-1976: Junior journalist at the London & Essex Guardian Newspaper Series, east London. Appointed Health Correspondent in 1976.


Born 30/11/1952 in south London. Divorced, with a son who is taking a teacher training course in Sheffield and a daughter who teaches science at secondary school. While working for International Thomson Magazines I took in house courses on the subjects of industrial relations & management, and layout & design. I am familiar with several different dtp systems including Quark (which I use virtually every day). I have extensive experience of working with printers, correspondents, captains of industry, Government officials and politicians. I have spent half my career working in crowded editorial offices. I have taught shorthand classes twice a week to a group of younger journalists at Unity Media. It goes almost without saying that I am also a self starter. For many years I worked in a home office and I currently have my own high spec Mac at home with the latest version of Quark.

Computers are a passion for me and I enjoy using all types of software as well as programing. I have created a substantial library of programs in FoxPro, which is amongst the most sophisticated database languages. I use the Internet every day and I have a personal site

My main enthusiasm is video making. A few years ago I went on a course to learn how to edit videos, then bought the state of the art software (Final Cut Studio) as well as a professional video camera and started to make videos which I distribute on DVD. My other interests include family history, photography (I took some of the photos for the various magazines I edited), Scrabble, and swimming. I usually run or swim a kilometre at least once a week. I have a full driving licence, am a touch typist and write shorthand. I am a non smoker.
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