I graduated from the University of Sussex in 1987 and began my publishing career in 1992 as assistant editor, and subsequently managing editor, at Book Guild Publishing. In 1994 I joined Open University Press (OpenUp) as production editor and the following year was appointed books editor at GMC Publications. I went freelance in 1997.

In the early years I worked extensively with Open University Press on academic titles and with Wayland (soon to become Hodder Wayland) on illustrated children's educational titles including The Age of Castles, The World Wars, History Through Poetry and History Beneath Your Feet.

In the early 2000s I began working for William Reed Business Media as a freelance sub-editor on their magazine Convenience Store and later became sub-editor of another Reed publication, Shopping Centre. I also delivered training days for William Reed staff on the mysterious art of proofreading.

More recently I have worked extensively on web-based editing projects for the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), as well as on projects for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Last year I became the editor/project manager for Salariya's latest run of You Wouldn't Want to Live Without illustrated children's books.

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