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National newspapers

The Times (Times 2, Legal), The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer (Cash), The Guardian (g2, Society, Education), Financial Times, The Sun, The Mail on Sunday, Today, The European, The Independent on Sunday, The Independent (Education), The Daily Express, The Daily Mirror. Also published under the pseudonym of Jason Andrews in The Independent and The Guardian.

Business-to-business publications

Super Marketing, Baking Update, British Baker, Frozen and Chilled Foods, Food F.I.P.P, Morning Advertiser, Publican, Asian Business (contributing business editor), Tax Free Marketing, Beauty Counter, Marketing, Restaurant Magazine, Financial Director, Good Food Retailing, CTN, Catering, Professional Wholesaler (business news editor), Retail World (Consultant Editor), Independent Retail News, Independent Grocer, Retail News Agent, Motor Trade Executive, UK Editor Food & Drink Daily, Supermarket News (USA), Caterer & Hotel Keeper, Electrical Times, Retail Newsagent, Hairdressers’ Journal, The Fitness Business, Mondial Food and Drink Index, Club Mirror, Financial Times Food Business, Retail Jeweller, Salon Business, Creative Head, Off-licence News, Independent Travel News, Travel Weekly, Convenience Store, Multiple Buyer and Retailer, The Grocer, Magazine Week, Press Gazette, Retail Week, Eurofood, Forecourt Retailer, Trucking International, Checkout, Total Business, World Finance, Estates Review, Super Marketing, Drinks Marketing, Marketing, Marketing Week, Fine Food Digest, QuickBite.

Freelance managing editor, Peach Report.

Corporate

Band and Brown (BT case studies), Pet Care Trust (press releases), Wella (Salon Daily website), Habia (health & safety manual), Dexterous Media (features for contracted magazines),  Wardour (Hays Journal), The Costco Connection, Sands,  John Brown (NatWest Business Sense), Shop.com, DRA PR (press releases), Grist (Personal business, Whiteboard, Risk Specialist).

Freelance Editor SalonFocus and consultant to the National Hairdressers’ Federation November 2007 to October 2010:
I launched the magazine for the National Hairdressers’ Federation (NHF’s) with Eileen Lawson, incoming secretary general. The brief was to devise a hard-nosed bimonthly business magazine that did not shy from in-depth news investigations and exclusives. The magazine has evolved from being a good first effort at launch to a groundbreaking best-in-class magazine that is highly regarded among the readership. My responsibilities included sourcing, writing, editing contributors’ copy, commissioning, image sourcing, issue planning, proofing, strategising. The editorship of the magazine was central to the NHF’s PR strategy and there were synergies with the job of editor of its magazine so I was put on a monthly retainer to write press releases.

During my time contracted to the NHF I also:

  • Created the organisation’s media database
  • Wrote the editorial for Strategy for the 21st Century, a document that transformed the NHF
  • Produced the editorial for the NHF’s annual report and accounts to the members and the annual report to the National Executive Council
  • Provided the text for the organisation’s online shop and provided news updates online
  • Wrote speeches for the NHF president and coached him in delivery
  • Wrote and proofed other corporate literature, liaising with designers
  • Personal adviser on media and strategy matters to the secretary general
  • Spearheaded the organisation’s CuttheVAT campaign, a long-term lobbying effort to get the rate of VAT for hairdressing services reduced as permitted under EU law.

Online

Chemical News and Intelligence, Farmers' Weekly Interactive, Just-food.com, Martin Information, Packaging Hub, Candaco Ltd.

EGi – an award-winning web portal for the commercial property sector. I meticulously go through all the print versions of the national newspapers and summarise every article of relevance to subscribers. The longevity of this contract is testimony to the quality of what I produce. I have produced similar services to this over the years in other sectors, sub-contracting other freelance journalists.

Consumer 

Graduate Scientist and Engineer, Educational Courses In America and Britain, American in Britain, Home & Family, Uncovered, Jewish Chronicle.

Regionals

Manchester Evening News, Evening Standard.

Staff jobs

Trainee, Fleet Street News Agency 1984-1985
In my first six months I covered a siege at a chemist’s which made the front page of the London Evening Standard.

Features editor, Drinks Marketing 1985-1986
Involved in everything on this three-person monthly title from feature writing through to preparation for printers. Regularly contributed exclusive news.

Middlesex Country Press 1986
Feature writer/ restaurant reviewer.

Super Marketing (RBI) 1986-1990
Deputy features editor Super Marketing
Deputy news editor Super Marketing
News editor Super Marketing
Deputy editor Super Marketing
It was during my tenure on the news desk that Super Marketing became the publication City analysts and national news business journalists had to read because of the exclusive content that I motivated my team to generate. Journalists on my team went on to achieve great career success and often cited the training I gave them.

 

 

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