I graduated from Royal Holloway College, London University, with a degree in English and an ambition to write. Taking the long way round, I studied for a diploma in Publishing Production at the London College of Printing and from there, went on to hone my skills as a subeditor on titles such as Architects’ Journal and Estates Times.
After some time-out travelling the world, I eventually fulfilled my writing dream and moved onto the features desk at business-to-business weekly Caterer & Hotelkeeper (now The Caterer). Within a few years I became features editor with a remit to commission and edit as well as write.
In 2003, I made a break from office life to set up as a freelance – a move that has forced me to be even more versatile as a writer and editor. Besides writing about the effect on hospitality from world events such as Covid-19 and Foot & Mouth, commissions have ranged from restaurant and hotel design to mental health to sustainability. I’ve also covered conferences for news desks, done a stint as acting managing editor on the former restaurant glossy, Chain Leader, written podcast scripts, blogs and website content for corporate clients. I’ve even produced a Start your own Business booklet for property agent Christie & Co and researched and written a number of business trend reports on subjects ranging from the growth of the UK retail coffee market to the hottest new restaurant concepts.
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