Deborah Webb

Deborah Webb – Editor

Editor/proofreader: experience in post-doc level books to EYFS and primary KS1 via academic articles, theses and commercial reports


A freelance editor and proofreader, I have experience in editing post-doctoral level books through to primary school science via research reports, academic journal contributions and dissertations. Coupled with a background in environmental consultancy, I provide clients with the technical knowledge necessary for work in a wide variety of subject areas including science and maths.
Business & Management Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences Education & Reference Engineering Health & Wellbeing Life Sciences Math & Science Nature Parenting & Families Physics & Chemistry Sports & Outdoors
English (UK) English (US)
  • Basic Proofreading Publishing Training Centre
  • Accreditation as a Clerk to Governance Bodies in Education; with Merit
  • Diploma in Acoustics & Noise Control Institute of Acoustics/University of Derby; Pass with 2 merits
  • MSc Environmental & Pollution Control University of Manchester
  • BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, University of York

Work experience

Oxford University Press

Sep, 2022 — Present

Oxfordshire County Council

Jul, 2011 — Jul, 2017 (almost 6 years)

Deborah also acts as the Clerk to Governors for three schools and the Board of Directors of a Multi-Academy Company and has achieved a nationally recognised qualification “The Accredited Clerk” with merit.


Jan, 2009 — Present

• Development edit of GCSE materials for online support resources (Physics, Biology and Chemistry): internationally renowned educational publisher
• Development edit on Primary Science materials for Abu Dhabi Education Council: Harper Collins
• Development edit on new Primary Science Curriculum materials: Harper Collins “Snap Science” series
• Language editing for Health, Technology and Society series book: S Bateman, Inquiring into Human Enhancement (12 chapters plus tables)
• Proofread of FE prospectus: North Tyneside Council, Adult Learning Alliance
• Language editing for biomaterials book: K Mallick, Bone substitute materials (12 chapters plus figures and tables)
• Language editing for Electronic materials and technology book: O Kononchuk and B Nguyen, Silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology: Manufacture and applications (14 chapters plus figures and tables)
• Copy-edited brochure and website copy for Literary Festival
• Edited journal article: Changes in professionalism: an example of the development of a chef (50pp)

Warwick Business School

Sep, 2000 — Dec, 2005 (over 5 years)

Spent five years in Higher Education sector, ultimately managing a research group within Warwick Business School. Editing and proofreading of research reports & articles; journal contributions & exposure to peer-review process.

SGS Environment

Oct, 1991 — Dec, 1999 (about 8 years)

Extensive experience gained during eight years in environmental consultancy in the UK and overseas: writing, editing and proofreading reports on: environmental & occupational noise, vibration, EIA, air & water quality, contaminated land, landfill monitoring. Desk study work (e.g. acquisition audits). Auditing experience: ISO 14001 and ISO 9001.


Implantable sensor systems offer great potential for enhanced medical care and improved quality of life, consequently leading to major investment in this exciting field. Implantable sensor systems for medical applications provides a wide-ranging overview of th... read more
Magnesium (Mg) alloys are receiving increasing attention due to their abundance, light weight, castability, formability, mechanical properties and corrosion performance. By selecting the appropriate combination of materials, coatings and surface modifications,... read more
Light water reactors (LWRs) are the predominant class of nuclear power reactors in operation today; however, ageing and degradation can influence both their performance and lifetime. Knowledge of these factors is therefore critical to safe, continuous operatio... read more
Given its importance to consumer safety, fire resistant textiles are one of the fastest growing sectors in industrial textiles. Handbook of fire resistant textiles provides a comprehensive review of the considerable advances that have occurred in the field of ... read more
Nanomaterial technologies can be used to fabricate high-performance biomaterials with tailored physical, chemical, and biological properties. They are therefore an area of interest for emerging biomedical technologies such as scaffolding, tissue regeneration, ... read more
Optical coatings, including mirrors, anti-reflection coatings, beam splitters, and filters, are an integral part of most modern optical systems. Optical thin films and coatings provides an overview of thin film materials, the properties, design and manufacture... read more
The development and deployment of membrane technologies continues to advance thanks to innovative materials and novel engineering approaches. Membranes for clean and renewable power applications introduces the principles and concepts of membrane technology and... read more
Rapid Prototyping of Biomaterials: Principles and Applications provides a comprehensive review of established and emerging rapid prototyping technologies (such as bioprinting) for medical applications. Rapid prototyping, also known as layer manufacturing, addi... read more
Computational Modelling of Biomechanics and Biotribology in the Musculoskeletal System reviews how a wide range of materials are modelled and how this modelling is applied. Computational modelling is increasingly important in the design and manufacture of biom... read more
Smart polymers are polymers that respond to different stimuli or changes in the environment. Smart Polymers and their Applications reviews the types, synthesis, properties, and applications of smart polymers. Chapters in part one focus on types of polymers, in... read more
Silk is increasingly being used as a biomaterial for tissue engineering applications, as well as sutures, due to its unique mechanical and chemical properties. Silk Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine discusses the properties of silk ... read more

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