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About me

I am a Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP), and have developed my skills through their in-house training courses in both proofreading (1: Introduction and 2: Progress) and copy-editing (1: Introduction and 2: Progress). I have also taken advantage of the SfEP’s six-month mentoring scheme in proofreading.

Prior to starting my freelance editing business in 2015, I worked in IT for 22 years, employed first by Lloyd’s of London and then British Airways. I have an MSc in Information Technology from Teesside University and a BA (Hons) in Law and Music from the University of Keele. Before my IT career, I spent three years in the legal profession as a Legal Executive for a firm of solicitors in Newcastle.

Outside of work, I am an active musician, and sing tenor in two local choirs. I spend most of my spare time writing, with my current project being a book on the history of the football club of my home town, Consett. I was the club’s matchday programme editor for five years. I am also an artist and have been successful in selling several paintings.

As for the name, I answer to John Paul, JP or Paul – never just John!