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A creative thinker and problem solver with a range of practical skills to hand, I can take on a broad range of tasks, and add value to your project in a variety of ways
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Jun 2012 - Jun 2012 (1 month)

Analysing travel- and geography-related material published by John Murray in the period 1780-1860 to discover design patterns in the use of so-called 'paratextual' devices. These include title pages, tables of contents, footnotes, illustrations, running headers and so on. The research is in support of a chapter being written by Dr Bill Bell for a forthcoming book on Murray's travel literature.

Production assistant

Aug 2010 - Jun 2011 (10 months)

Assisting Dr Bill Bell to prepare a web site for the British Academy-funded workshop series, 'The Transnational History of the Book, 1800-1950'. Principal tasks: preparing magazine-style articles from notes provided by workshop topic leaders (approximately 27 in all), sourcing and selecting images to accompany articles, liaising with authors, information services, rights holders and the project director.

Editorial Assistant

Jan 2010 - Dec 2011 (1 year)

Assisting Dr Pauline Phemister with the reviews section of the bi-monthly journal. Principal tasks: Copy editing, proof reading, preparing books received list, sending copies of reviews to publishers.


May 2008

Covering Scotland's concert scene--mostly Edinburgh but occasionally Glasgow too; principally the two national orchestras (the RSNO and the SCO), and the Edinburgh International Festival.

Production assistant

May 2001 - Jan 2005 (3 years)

Responsible for maintaining the classified recruitment advertising (with one other); Sub-editing the news site (one shift a week)

Technical associate

Mar 1996 - Feb 1997 (11 months)

Core project: Socrates (European Commission DGXXII) Adult Education in Museums: a database of museum-based adult education projects aimed at identifying and developing best practice across the European Community. Key tasks: Advising on equipment and document production. Database/web project development (MS Access 97). Liaising in the development of an e-mail conference for the core project coordinators (FirstClass). Editorial management of final report. Project development on related funding bids.


Sep 1994 - Jun 1997 (2 years)

Providing first-line technical assistance to students and staff using Novell network running Microsoft business applications.

Production editor

Jun 1990 - Sep 1994 (4 years)

Chapman Publishing's core product is a literary magazine published quarterly in Edinburgh. CP also publishes books of poetry, and organises literary events throughout Scotland. Key tasks: project management for each magazine issue and book assessing submissions (Chapman receives some 1,000+ per year) coordinating contributions typesetting/design (FrameMaker/CorelDraw) liaison with editors, authors and illustrators commissioning reviews copy-editing/sub-editing/proofreading developing

Technical Support Coordinator

Jan 1987 - Sep 1989 (2 years)

Key tasks: liaison between customers and technical staff for veterinary practice computer software running under Concurrent DOS and XENIX authoring user's manual for 'Expert', an integrated database and accounts system engineering and maintenance work



2004 - 2010 (6 years)

MSc Cultural Policy & Administration

1995 - 1996 (1 year)

HND Business Systems Analysis

1989 - 1990 (1 year)


1975 - 1978 (3 years)


Bronze Medal (1984)

Royal Society for the Arts

Royal Society of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce Bronze Medal RSA II Typewriting

Enhanced Disclosure (2007)

Disclosure Scotland

Certification required for working with children under UK legislation


Adult Education and the Museum

The Case Studies (with Dr. Gabriele Stöger), chapter in Adult Education and the Museum: Final Report of the Socrates Project TM-AE-1-995-DE-1, ed. Brian Martin, 2000

Does Scotland Need a Traditional Music Development Agency?

Internal report on public consultation, Scottish Arts Council, March 1996

The Migrant on the Rock: Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Complexity, and George Mackay Brown

Article on Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Complexity, and George Mackay Brown, Edinburgh Review No. 92: The Divining Rod, ed. Robert Alan Jamieson & Gavin Wallace, 1994


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