About

I have been a freelance scientific and medical copy-​editor since 2003. In 2006, when a client and I were both disap­pointed with the standard of work from the type­setter that they had engaged, I thought that surely I could do a better job myself. So I proposed to that client that I would imme­di­ately invest in the necessary software and training with the aim of doing the type­setting of their next book. They trusted me enough to accept this proposal, and I have since gone on to typeset more than 20 of their subsequent books.

I grew up in South Africa where I obtained a BSc Chem­istry degree from the University of Cape Town. I then worked at a nuclear power station for six years in a variety of roles, including, at age 24, a year as the acting head of the Radiochem­istry Department.

In 1998 the oppor­tunity arose to move to the UK and I changed career to scientific, tech­nical and medical (STM) publishing, where I held the following positions:

  • Edit­orial Assistant, Journal of Chemical Tech­nology and Biotech­nology and Pesticide Science (Society of Chemical Industry, London)
  • Editor, The UK Biotech­nology Directory and The European Biotech­nology Directory (PJB Public­a­tions, London)
  • Public­a­tions Editor (Royal College of Obstet­ri­cians and Gynae­co­lo­gists, London)
  • Edit­orial Office Manager, British Journal of Cancer (Cancer Research UK, London)

Since 2008, I have been the Exec­utive Editor of the journal School Science Review, which is published by the Asso­ci­ation for Science Education (ASE). I also do all the type­setting of this quarterly full-​colour journal.

In 2016, I moved from London to Melbourne, possibly perman­ently. I am continuing to provide my services to my estab­lished UK client base. The timezone difference between Australia and Europe is frequently proving to be an advantage for both parties when next-​day turn­around is required. Enquiries from Australian clients are also welcome.

Other interests

  • Early music: playing the harp­si­chord and baroque cello in small ensembles and in a large amateur baroque orchestra that I co-​founded in 2002 in London; in Melbourne I have joined a baroque chamber music ensemble and regu­larly play the harp­si­chord in their public concerts.
  • Digital photo­graphy: land­scape and property photo­graphy, and image optim­isation in Photoshop
  • Motor­cycle touring

Recent Posts

Police Management of Property and Exhibits for the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office

Police Management of Property and ExhibitsCopy-​editing this audit report on how Victoria Police manages the vast amount of lost, found, created, surrendered and seized property
that comes into its possession, for the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO). Copy-​editing was carried out in July 2018, with the final report being tabled in the Victorian Parliament on 5 September 2018.

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  3. Patient information leaflet Comments Off on Patient information leaflet
  4. School Science Review, June 2018 issue Comments Off on School Science Review, June 2018 issue
  5. Patient information leaflets Comments Off on Patient information leaflets
  6. Managing the Municipal and Industrial Landfill Levy for the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office Comments Off on Managing the Municipal and Industrial Landfill Levy for the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office
  7. School Science Review, March 2018 issue Comments Off on School Science Review, March 2018 issue
  8. Patient information leaflet Comments Off on Patient information leaflet
  9. Essential Obstetric Skills training manuals Comments Off on Essential Obstetric Skills training manuals
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  11. School Science Review, December 2017 issue Comments Off on School Science Review, December 2017 issue
  12. Corporate communications, social media posts and technical documents for OCSiAl Comments Off on Corporate communications, social media posts and technical documents for OCSiAl
  13. Belsize Baroque Orchestra programme notes Comments Off on Belsize Baroque Orchestra programme notes
  14. Additional chapters on gender-​based violence (violence against women) for the RCOG Essential Gynaecology Skills training manuals Comments Off on Additional chapters on gender-​based violence (violence against women) for the RCOG Essential Gynaecology Skills training manuals
  15. School Science Review, September 2017 issue Comments Off on School Science Review, September 2017 issue
  16. RCOG Essential Gynaecology Skills training manuals Comments Off on RCOG Essential Gynaecology Skills training manuals
  17. French translations of best practice papers on postpartum family planning and on comprehensive abortion care Comments Off on French translations of best practice papers on postpartum family planning and on comprehensive abortion care
  18. Patient information leaflets Comments Off on Patient information leaflets
  19. Social media posts, corporate communications and technical documents for OCSiAl Comments Off on Social media posts, corporate communications and technical documents for OCSiAl
  20. Belsize Baroque Orchestra programme notes Comments Off on Belsize Baroque Orchestra programme notes
  21. Each Baby Counts: summary report on 2015 data Comments Off on Each Baby Counts: summary report on 2015 data
  22. School Science Review, June 2017 issue Comments Off on School Science Review, June 2017 issue
  23. School Science Review, March 2017 issue Comments Off on School Science Review, March 2017 issue
  24. Survey report on maternal mental health Comments Off on Survey report on maternal mental health
  25. Corporate communications, social media posts and technical documents for OCSiAl Comments Off on Corporate communications, social media posts and technical documents for OCSiAl
  26. Belsize Baroque Orchestra programme notes Comments Off on Belsize Baroque Orchestra programme notes
  27. School Science Review, December 2016 issue Comments Off on School Science Review, December 2016 issue
  28. Patient information leaflets Comments Off on Patient information leaflets
  29. A-​level physics (year 2) revision guide for Letts Educational (HarperCollins) Comments Off on A-​level physics (year 2) revision guide for Letts Educational (HarperCollins)
  30. Belsize Baroque Orchestra programme notes Comments Off on Belsize Baroque Orchestra programme notes
  31. Patient information leaflets Comments Off on Patient information leaflets
  32. School Science Review, September 2016 issue Comments Off on School Science Review, September 2016 issue
  33. A-​level physics (year 1) revision guide for Letts Educational (HarperCollins) Comments Off on A-​level physics (year 1) revision guide for Letts Educational (HarperCollins)
  34. Patient information leaflets Comments Off on Patient information leaflets
  35. The Language of Mathematics in Science: A Guide for Teachers of 11–16 Science Comments Off on The Language of Mathematics in Science: A Guide for Teachers of 11–16 Science
  36. School Science Review, June 2016 issue Comments Off on School Science Review, June 2016 issue
  37. Belsize Baroque Orchestra programme notes Comments Off on Belsize Baroque Orchestra programme notes
  38. School Science Review, March 2016 issue Comments Off on School Science Review, March 2016 issue
  39. Belsize Baroque Orchestra programme notes Comments Off on Belsize Baroque Orchestra programme notes
  40. GBS Audit - second report Comments Off on GBS Audit - second report
  41. Network meta-​analysis of treatments for multiple myeloma Comments Off on Network meta-​analysis of treatments for multiple myeloma
  42. Patient information leaflet on ovarian cancer Comments Off on Patient information leaflet on ovarian cancer
  43. Making parenting work for children’s mental health Comments Off on Making parenting work for children’s mental health
  44. School Science Review, December 2015 issue Comments Off on School Science Review, December 2015 issue
  45. Responsible Innovation Comments Off on Responsible Innovation
  46. Training manuals on postpartum family planning and on comprehensive abortion care Comments Off on Training manuals on postpartum family planning and on comprehensive abortion care
  47. Peacemaking and the Extractive Industries Comments Off on Peacemaking and the Extractive Industries
  48. School Science Review, September 2015 issue Comments Off on School Science Review, September 2015 issue
  49. A-​level chemistry textbook Comments Off on A-​level chemistry textbook