I was born and raised in London. After studying at Purcell School of Music and the Royal College of Music as a classical musician, I went on to do a degree in languages (Dutch and French) at University College London. After some years working as a composer/performing artist signed to Island/Universal, I started working as a freelance journalist, translator and editor, writing a number of feature articles and reviews for magazines including Time Out Amsterdam, as well as devising web content for a number of clients in the creative and commercial sectors. I was also a staff writer for TopWriters in London.
Subsequently, I worked for 4 years at the Communications Office of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Whilst at the UvA, I was responsible for a number of innovations:
- Established and wrote the ‘UvA in the Spotlight’ section: interviews conducted with innovative and world-renowned professors and researchers from the University including Louise Fresco, Erik Verlinde and Susan Bogels.
- Developed and wrote the ‘UvA English Style Guide’ used throughout the University.
- Designed and taught the ‘UvA Web Writing Course’, a course held twice annually dealing with key translation, editing and writing concepts offered to UvA employees from all units, faculties and affiliated institutes.
- Contributed to and helped design the new UvAweb launched in autumn 2012, winner of the ‘Benchmark HO 2013’ prize for best website awarded by ‘ScienceGuide’. I helped design the navigation structure and write new content.
See the portfolio section for examples of work.