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Professional editor and copywriter offering speedy and accurate job turnaround. Specialises in editing for the tertiary education (including PhD theses), business, marketing and scientific genres. Business career in information technology and consulting before moving into editing ten years ago. Has specific capability in working with authors whose first language is not English. Jobs include documents edited to US style. Edits are generally conducted in accordance with the Australian Style Guide (Style manual, For authors, editors and printers, Sixth edition, John Wiley, 2003), unless the client wishes their own style guide used.
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Freelance editor and copywriter.

Mar 2001

Management experience gained over an extensive business career prior to becoming a freelance editor. Full details of my professional history before moving into editing are available on request.


BSc (Mathematicss, Matematical Physics, Chemistry)

1968 - 1971 (3 years)

Graduate Diploma in Computing Science, Canberra College of Advanced

1974 - 1975 (1 year)

Various courses via Society of Editors (NSW): Web editing; Typography; Structural editing; Grammar essentials; Copyediting; Effective writing.

2005 - 2012 (7 years)


Professional Member (2001)

Society of Editors, NSW

Vice president (20010-11), Treasurer (2007), committee member (2012)

Member (2011)

Australian Society for Technical Communication (NSW)


Member (1995)

Business Excellence Awards Evaluation Panel

Not active from 2012.

ISO 9000 Lead Auditor (2002)

Bywater Camac

Lecturer/tutor (2000)

University of Technology, Sydney

Lecturer/tutor (sessional) at UTS - Masters Business (IT) 1998-2000

Lecturer/tutor (sessional) (2007)

Central Queensland University (Sydney

Informatics & Communications 2004-2007

Lecturer (2003)

Australian Quality College (now Standards Australia

Various courses delivered 1996-2003


ISO 9000 audit reports

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Business Excellence Awards reports

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International Customer Service Standard (ICSS) assessments and reports

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