I have ten years of experience working in professional, academic and trade publishing, both in commissioning and content development roles. My most recent role was Senior Commissioning Editor for an independent trade publisher of business books where I helped authors to shape publishing proposals in the areas of data analytics, neuroscience for business, coaching, change management, and learning and development. Two of these titles were shortlisted for the 2017 CMI Management Book of the Year. I take great satisfaction in helping both new and experienced authors to turn ideas – even those in their earliest stages – into viable publishing opportunities.
I have worked across a variety of subjects from film, philosophy and history to economics, psychology and even soil mechanics! As a content developer, I have worked across all non-fiction subject areas in the humanities and social sciences, mostly at undergraduate and Masters level. I am skilled in providing authors with objective feedback that helps them to shape their content to meet the needs of their audience, advising on structure, tone, level and consistency. I recognise that not all authors have the same needs or expectations about what they would like to achieve and so the author-editor relationship is always tailored.
Commissioning of all titles in the areas of human resource management, change management, project management, organization development, and learning and development.
Commissioning and overseeing development of all titles in areas of management, coaching, and learning and development.
Commissioning and development of all secondary school science educational resources including digital assets such as video and test banks.
Developing manuscripts and online resources in all humanities and social sciences subjects including philosophy, history, film, economics, geography, architecture and law.
Market research and project management of all books in psychology, counselling and psychotherapy.
Understanding how employees' brains work enables organizations to build cultures, design structures and processes that help people to be more innovative, productive and engaged. This has lasting impact in terms of meeting business objectives and becoming an employer of choice. We need to change the way we manage change in organizations: by understanding the brain we can do this better. Neurosc... read more
Studying Human Resource Management
AS Critical Thinking for AQA is the definitive textbook for students of the current AQA Advanced Subsidiary Level syllabus. Structured very closely around the AQA specification, it covers the two units of the AS level in an exceptionally clear and student-friendly style. The chapters are helpfully subdivided into short digestible passages, and include: intended learning objectives at the begin... read more
Neuroscience for Learning and Development is about the psychology and neuroscience that underpins effective and successful training and learning. It introduces the latest research and concepts and suggests practical tools, techniques and ideas to improve how trainers train and how people learn. Readers will find new and more effective ways of working and will discover a sound basis for good pr... read more
Reviews of the previous editions: 'John Oakland is the doyen of civilization studies.' British Studies Now 'This is a first rate, lucidly written text.' G.E.C. Paton, Aston University 'Suitable above all because it covers so many areas of contemporary institutions ...a useful reference work.' Patrick Leech, University of Bologna 'Strikes a balance between providing up-to-date information and b... read more
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More than 24 years' experience on fiction and non-fiction titles as an editor, developer, writer and proofer – eBooks, online and in print.
I am an editor and writer with a mission to make everything I work on the best it can be. I specialise in non-fiction and children's books.