An experienced news and features writer and editor who has worked at media companies including The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, The i newspaper, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. Working with teams of journalists – both face-to-face and remotely – is second nature and I and have years of experience of commissioning, editing and re-writing copy to comply with house style and maximise its impact. I believe I’m personable and calm under pressure, yet accustomed to managing teams effectively. I have a strong visual sense that enables me to create pages – digital or print – that employ words, images and graphics to maximum effect.
News features editor, the i newspaper
July 2016 - present
Conceive, commission and edit news features for the Saturday edition of the i newspaper. News features are a crucial component of the relaunched Saturday paper and I work with staffers and freelancers to ensure the right mix of stories with plenty of news lines.
Freelance writer, The Sydney Morning Herald
July 2016 - present
Writing long form profiles of major arts and entertainment figures for the Spectrum section of the SMH. Subjects include Ai Wei Wei, Michael Clark, Jonas Kaufmann, Big Boi, Pipilotti Rist, Anri Sala, Jonny Greenwood, Tori Amos and Christian Louboutin.
Assistant News Editor, the i newspaper
March 2016 - July 2016
Pulling together daily news lists, commissioning journalists and taking news conference.
News Editor, The Independent on Sunday
Independent Print Ltd
January 2015 - March 2016
Pulling together a list of news and news features and presenting it to conference. Commissioning copy and editing the results. Also working closely with graphic artists and picture editors to ensure the best results on the page.
Editor, The Week Middle East
October 2013 - December 2014
Relocated to Dubai, UAE to set up, launch and edit the first Middle East edition of the weekly news magazine. Recruited writers - both Arabic and European - trained production staff and established systems to make use of copy from US and UK editions.
Assistant Editor, The Week online
January 2012 - October 2013
Commissioning and editing the work of staffers and freelancers as well as writing and uploading my own stories. Making best use of SEO and analytics to guide editing choices.
Journalist and Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald
July 1995 - December 2011
The SMH was voted Newspaper of the Year two years running during my tenure as news editor. Prior to that position I was night news editor and I held a variety of other jobs including Arts Editor, Senior Features Writer, Metro Editor and Entertainment Writer.
Journalist and Editor, The Australian
August 1988 - July 1995
Started at Australia's national broadsheet as a technology writer before transferring to general reporting on the news desk. Subsequent roles included features writer on The Australian magazine, health reporter, arts writer and pop culture writer.
1983 - 1986
Graduated with a B.A in English, 2-1.
Barton Peveril College, Hampshire
1980 - 1982
English S-Level – grade 1
English A-Level – grade B
Geography A-Level – grade A
Economics A-Level – grade C
Thornden School, Hampshire
1975 - 1980
Nine GCSEs, graded A - C, including Maths, English and Science. CSE grade 1 in Photography.