I’m a freelance writer and editor specialising in law, business and technology*. In April 2014 I celebrated 10 years as a freelancer!
Before going freelance I was employed (I know, how quaint) by Screen Digest as a research analyst and by Euromoney as editor of the weekly newsletter Broadcasting Strategy and Finance Week. I’ve also worked for the European research and communications firm Analytica.
Before that, back in the mists of ancient time, I spent eight years at Balliol College, Oxford completing a B.A. in History and French and then a D.Phil in History. My doctoral thesis dealt with the politics of Gaullism in France between 1958 and 1969. I spent a year in France researching this and going to see lots and lots and lots of films.
I’m originally from Loughborough, the small town between Nottingham and Leicester which is famous for sport. I am not famous for sport. I used to play a lot of tennis though and still do a reasonable amount of running.
I occasionally attempt to use the fact that I was born in Nottingham to claim that I am a Northerner. Sometimes people are convinced, as long as I don’t tell them I have supported Arsenal (a club my Sheffield Wednesday-supporting father HATED, apparently) since about 1978. I don’t think you can really call yourself a Northerner if you follow the Arsenal – can you?
I was diagnosed with kidney failure in February 2010. I had developed a condition called IgA nephropathy – no, I’d never heard of it either. I had a transplant in October 2012. One of my brothers donated a kidney, so I was one of the lucky ones as I managed to avoid dialysis and going on the waiting list.
* (… and not the comedian best known for his impressions of Scottish footballers. However, I am 25% Scottish, and do occasionally forget to resist the temptation to crack terrible jokes.)