Writer / Editor / Project Manager / WordPress / Podcasts
Hi, and thanks for visiting.
My key skill is communication; in writing and the spoken word. To tell people’s stories, and to inform readers and listeners quickly and succinctly.
Specialist areas I enjoy writing about include business, employment, real estate, insurance and consumer finance. Professional interests extend to keeping abreast of social issues, health, education and politics – domestic and international.
It was my interest in local politics that led me to join my local paper in the 80s. As a reporter I covered everything from crime, inquests and politics to issues that mattered to members of my community.
In a few short years I rose up the ranks to become chief sub-editor and deputy editor of my local paper; overseeing 14 regional editions every week.
I spent a few years in corporate comms in the 90s before leaving the bright lights and gaiety of London for Auckland; having been offered a job at the New Zealand Herald in 2000.
On a daily/weekly basis I use WordPress, InDesign, Photoshop, Audition (podcast/audio production) and the MailChimp EDM. Now and again I’ll use video editing software such as Premiere Pro; I have shot and edited two budget docos and a self-help video, and edited a few corporate productions.
Apart from writing for many of the country’s top publishers, and managing numerous titles, I have also run my own magazine and website, Viewfinder, for hobby movie-makers (a business I sold). You can download an example PDF here.