B.A. in History and Philosophy, University College Dublin (UCD), 1985: Double first-class honours and scholarship in Philosophy.
Also awarded the Pierce Malone Scholarship in Philosophy (a scholarship based on the corpus of written work presented by the top student for the BA [Honours] Degree examination in each of the NUI constituent universities) and the Maureen Wall Memorial Medal in History.
M.A. (by major thesis) in Philosophy, UCD, 1994: first-class honours.
Training and professional development
Practical Mark-up of PDFs (SfEP, 2018)
Between 1998 and 2010, I worked for the H.W. Wilson Company, a U.S. educational and academic publisher. I began as a writer and progressed through the various editorial ranks to become Senior Editor in charge of the company’s Humanities Department, in which capacity I was responsible for the training of writers and editors as well as for meeting exacting weekly and monthly publishing targets. As Senior Editor, I was in charge of a team consisting of eight full-time staff, with additional freelance writers and editors as required. I have also worked as a public affairs consultant, specialising in the health and voluntary sectors; as a Senior Tutor in Philosophy and Ethics at University College Dublin; and as an administrator in the Quality, Risk and Consumer Affairs Department at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin.
Copy-editing, developmental editing, proofreading, fact-checking, copy-writing, readers’ reports/manuscript assessments
Books, journal articles, policy papers and reports, text for blogs and websites
Public service; educational and academic texts; arts and humanities; business; the health sector
The HSE, Gill Education, Forum Publications, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
Examples of work undertaken
Copy-editing: River Basin Management Plan for Ireland, 2018-2021, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DHPLG), 2018; An Evaluation of the Gay Men’s Health Service Sexual Health Outreach Programme, HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme (2018); Bringing Back Homes: Manual for the Reuse of Existing Buildings, DHPLG, 2018; William Shakespeare’s Macbeth: Full Text and Study Notes (Forum Publications, 2017); two editions of the Leaving Cert poetry textbook This is Poetry (Forum Publications, 2018 and forthcoming in 2019, respectively); and Seasons, an annotated English-language poetry anthology (Forum Publications, 2018).
I have also recently written chapters for a forthcoming textbook on Geography and have proofread Gill Education’s Junior Cycle Geography textbook Cyclone (2018), and its associated workbook.
I am a creative, resourceful and painstaking editor, technical writer, proofreader and researcher. I very much enjoy shaping written and online content in the most effective way possible. To this process I also bring extensive experience as a manager (in the educational publishing sector), as an educator and as an administrator (in the health sector).