I have been writing, editing and adapting educational material for over 25 years, first as an editor and publisher for Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press and then as a a freelance writer, editor and lexicographer, with clients including Cambridge, Oxford, Cengage and Alphary.
My expertise is in editing language reference material, including dictionaries and grammars, coursebooks and self-study titles. I have outstanding language skills (native English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and German), with degrees in languages and applied linguistics, and I am also skilled in content and copy editing, proofreading, and adapting material.
I write, edit and adapt educational material for print and digital formats. Clients have included Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Cengage and Alphary, an ed tech startup specializing in adaptive learning.
• management of Cambridge Dictionaries Online, the market-leading dictionary website; leading the team to deliver strategic goals; commissioning dictionary and ancillary content; liaising with technical partners to build strategy and maximize traffic and revenue; partnering with external collaborators, including K Dictionaries, Playlingo and Memrise. During my leadership the site achieved remarkable success, with over 8M unique visitors a month and almost 2M Facebook likes, as well as a massive increase in revenue.
• management of the dictionaries, vocabulary, grammar and skills lists; monitoring of performance; identifying publishing opportunities and priorities; researching, specifying and commissioning new products from external suppliers and authors; delivery of products for print, online, e-book and app formats, to tight schedules and budgets; leading publishing teams; liaising with production and technical teams to ensure effective delivery; building and maintaining relationships with authors, suppliers and external collaborators
• Chief Editor of Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, Fourth edition
• liaising with sales and marketing teams to develop effective promotion and sales strategy; representing the company at international conferences, including presenting new titles
Responsible for several areas of a successful dictionaries list, including the bilingual list for Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Latin America, as well as major monolingual titles and components (Oxford Collocations Dictionary; Oxford Phrasal Verbs Dictionary; Oxford 3000), in print and digital formats.
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I have over 10 years experience in editing. I have worked in the primary UK curriculum and school improvement, secondary, and ELT sectors.
ELT, education, wellbeing/lifestyle and fiction copyeditor and proofreader with vast experience in Trade/ELT publishing and online learning.