Directory of Editors

Marie Campbell

Marie CampbellSfEP Intermediate Member

Specialisms: proofreading, writing

Preferred subject areas: fiction, business communications; work in any area considered

I offer proofreading services and will consider work in any area, although my particular specialisms include fiction and business communications.

I’m a freelance writer and proofreader with over 20 years of experience in the public sector. I have extensive experience in writing, editing and proofreading internal and external communication products, learning and development material, presentations, newsletters, reports, minutes and fraud referrals.

I have completed training via the SfEP, Publishing Training Centre and Publishing Scotland, and also trained with the Plain English Campaign.

Recent work has included proofreading books (fiction and non-fiction), CVs and business communications and academic essays.

I also write fiction, and contribute to an online magazine, Lothian Life.

For further information, please see my website, or contact me to discuss your requirements.


Sarah Campbell

SfEP Professional Member

Specialisms: copy-editing, proofreading, (re)writing, research

Preferred subject areas: arts, humanities, social science; academic, non-fiction, fiction, educational materials

I offer professional copy-editing and proofreading services across a wide range of subjects. Following 25 years in academic and government social research, I draw on my experience of undertaking, commissioning, managing and publishing social policy and public sector research and professional training in copy-editing and proofreading.

I’ve built up an extensive portfolio for a range of clients including Birlinn, Routledge and Policy Press. Projects include copy-editing multi and single author academic books and journal articles, non-fiction books and a thriller, as well as proofreading theses and dissertations and editing material translated into English. I often work with authors for whom English is a second language.

I’m committed to ensuring that you get your message across clearly and accurately in your preferred format, bringing attention to detail and sensitivity to matters of style.

Mobile: +44 (0)7851 064381

Joanna Chisholm

Joanna ChisholmSfEP Advanced Professional Member

Specialisms: copy-editing, proofreading, project managing, typesetting

Preferred subject areas: general non-fiction, gardening, sports

I am an experienced professional who offers a reliable, efficient and friendly service and who has a City & Guilds Licentiateship Award in Editorial Skills. I am comfortable handling all editorial, design and typesetting tasks involved in producing an illustrated or unillustrated book, magazine or brochure, from delivery by an author through to print-ready PDFs.

I have edited a wide range of non-fiction including instruction manuals, encyclopedias, academic tomes, transport history, popular biographies and profiles of dramatists. Bestsellers on which I have worked include World Atlas of Golf (Hamlyn) and the RHS A–Z Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers (Dorling Kindersley).

I trade under the name of Wordsense Ltd. For further information please email me (, visit my LinkedIn entry or click on the logo below to view my website.

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Catherine Clarke Ouhib

catherine-clarke-ouhibSfEP Intermediate Level Member

Specialisms: copy-editing, proofreading and writing.

Preferred subject areas: history, politics, social science, world religions, other non-fiction work.

I have an MA in History from Edinburgh University and have taken courses with the SfEP in copy-editing and proofreading. I have copy-edited magazine articles and proofread work for humanities students whose first language is not English.
I also write for SISTERS magazine, so I am always mindful of respecting the author’s voice when editing work.

I usually work in Word using Track Changes or on a Google document. I can work on paper using BSI symbols or on a PDF.


Gillian Cloke

Gill H&S1SfEP Entry-Level Member

I have worked in editing since 1998, freelance since 2005. I have experience in commissioning, writing, project management, development and editing to production. I’m also a published author in my own right (with Routledge) – so am experienced in both sides of the debate!

I offer the complete range of editing services – trouble-shooting a specialty! Project managing, writing / re-writing, research, copy-editing. Experienced working in education, history, music, religion, medicine, architecture, literature and advocacy (mental health, disability rights, special needs, elder care).
Satisfied clients include Routledge, Cambridge University Press, Birlinn, Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).


Christine Crack

SfEP Entry-Level Member

Specialisms: copy-editing, proofreading, editorial management

Preferred subject areas: academic – psychology, business management, Information Technology, computer science, women’s studies, literature, history, technical or business documentation/reports, newsletters, blogs

I have a BA (Joint Honours) English Literature/Modern History and MSc in Information Systems. My first career was in publishing and I have 12 years editorial experience (legal and academic books)- working initially for The Royal Society of Chemistry as a production assistant then Sweet & Maxwell Ltd as an editorial assistant and later as a desk editor (where I was trained inhouse as a copy editor and proofreader). I have since worked as a production editor for Simon & Schuster Ltd on a range of academic titles managing the process through from manuscript to bound copy, briefing and commissioning typesetters, designers, copy-editors and proofreaders. I have also worked on a freelance basis as a copy-editor for the law journals of CCH Ltd (I lived in Sydney for a few years) and for clients back in the UK including Manchester University Press.

I changed career path from publishing to IT in 1995 and have a strong IT/business change background with extensive experience in the programme management office (PMO) function across a breadth of private and public sector clients including Scottish Government, Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the financial banking services. I am a PRINCE2 practitioner trained with an indepth knowledge of the practical application of this methodology. I have worked with the key deliverables of technical and business documentation associated with the full project life cycle – providing a quality assurance check via tracked changes for consistency of format, content and structure – and maintained the electronic document library for respective projects/programmes. I have recently completed the proofreading of a psychology book for John Wiley & Sons Ltd (January 2017).

Mobile: 07734 696310

Belinda Cunnison

Belinda CunnisonSfEP Professional Member

Specialisms: copy-editing

Preferred subject areas: humanities and social sciences

I have been proofreading and (mainly) copy-editing book manuscripts for publishers since 2000, and have also worked in other non-fiction formats. I understand the importance of clear written communication and know how distracting small errors and verbal infelicities can be to the reader. I can ensure that your document is clear, accurate and ready for use.

I have a track record in editing academic writing in humanities and social sciences, often by writers whose first language is not English. For at least the last ten years most assignments have been carried out on screen with the aid of tracking facilities, enabling the client to accept or reject changes.

Recent clients include Edinburgh University Press, ECPR Press and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (Glasgow).

Telephone: 0131 467 4237
Mobile: 07766 966421

Lesley Ellen

Lesley EllenSfEP Advanced Professional Member

Specialisms: copy-editing, proofreading, speech writing, written communications

Preferred subject areas: public policy¸ government, politics, economics, French language and literature, marketing, tourism, travel

I have an MA (Hons) in French with subsidiary German, Post-graduate Diploma in European Marketing and Languages, Post-graduate Diploma in Public Administration.

I offer professional editing, proofreading, and written communication services to organisations, businesses, academics and individuals. Having worked in corporate services in the public sector for over 25 years, I have extensive experience of writing and editing corporate documents and communications including: speeches, internal communications, client communications, policy reports, annual reports, funding bids, newsletters, press releases, minutes, website content, business letters, recruitment packs and promotional materials.

I have trained as a copy-editor and proofreader through courses provided by the SfEP.

Please email me or visit my website for further information.


Angela Gardner

Angela GardnerSfEP Professional Member

Specialisms: copywriting, copy-editing and proofreading

Preferred subject areas: business, education, science, technology, public affairs, chemistry

I work with words to create products that are clear, accurate, well-structured and effective. I have experience of many different formats, styles and requirements. Clients include publishers, businesses, public bodies and charities. Macmillan Education described me as ‘a very sharp editor, and a pleasure to work with’; an author writing for Routledge said my input was ‘invaluable’; and a global training company praised my ‘process, punctuality and thoroughness’.

I have a BSc (Hons) in Polymer Science & Technology (Chemistry) and achieved Distinction in the Publishing Training Centre Basic Proofreading course.

I established the public affairs consultancy AJ Enterprises in 1994 following 10 years with BP, first as research technologist then as senior public affairs officer. I also research, write and publish the learning and skills digest, Informed Scotland.

Twitter: @ajentscotland

Kat Harvey

kat-harveySfEP Entry-Level Member

Specialisms: Line editing, copy-editing, proofreading, ghostwriting

Preferred subject areas: Genre fiction, creative non-fiction, history, crime, sci-fi/fantasy, romance, thriller, erotica, adventure, paranormal

I’m Kat, editor and proofreader, avid consumer of stories, based in central Scotland, accepting work from all over the world. I provide professional editing and proofreading services to writers of genre fiction and creative non-fiction.

I am supportive, enthusiastic, approachable, creative and efficient. I love reading and aim to help bring as many good books into the world as possible. Editing is my passion. You can rely on me to give your work the respect it deserves, giving definition to your voice without drowning it out.

I provide a free sample edit so that you can see if you like my approach before hiring me. Trained in proofreading and copy-editing by the SfEP and Chapterhouse, I am also a member of the Association of Independent Publishing Professionals.


Shirley Henderson

Shirley HendersonSfEP Advanced Professional Member

Specialisms: clear editing and writing for print/web

Preferred subject areas: public/third sector information materials, equalities, gender-based violence, rights-based/legal, social research/policy, social/environmental

A language graduate, I have run my successful copy-editing/copywriting business for over 20 years. Previously, I was an information officer for a Scottish charity and then managed a guidance project for women returners.

My ethos is about making sure that written communication is open and honest, and understandable to target readers; a client described me as the ‘queen of clarity’.

Recent projects:

  • Parenting Across Scotland (monthly bulletin/web articles/annual report)
  • Social Research Association (Research Matters quarterly magazine/Social
  • Research Practice biennial journal)
  • Crofting Connections (case studies; summary of academic evaluation)
  • Scottish Government Equalities Unit (Equally Safe monthly bulletin)
  • Legal Services Agency (preventing eviction)
  • Victim Support Scotland (volunteer information)
  • media coop (website for Shakti Women’s Aid)
  • Blake Stevenson Ltd (policy paper for environmental charity)


Liz Hunter

Liz Hunter photoSfEP Professional Member

Specialisms: copy-editing, writing

Preferred subject areas: social sciences, literature, art

Humbie Editorial is based in the beautiful East Lothian countryside. I provide everything for the client from a spelling and grammar check to a substantial copy-edit which looks at consistency, layout, reference formatting and appropriateness of language.

I work mainly on social science academic texts for publishers and on articles
and PhDs for students and academics, often those who have English as a
second language. I also work on a freelance basis editing the Official Report (Hansard) for the Scottish Parliament.

Recent satisfied customers include ecpr, Wearset, Swales, the Oxford Language Editing Service, the Norwegian Defence Institute and Quantic at the University of Glasgow.


David Inglis

SfEP Intermediate Member

Specialisms: proofreading, editing, writing

Preferred subject areas: technical material, motorsport (and cars in general), biography and autobiography, academic books/literature, history, fiction, comedy

I have a BA (Hons) in English Studies and Film and Media Studies. I worked in a quality assurance role before working as an editor in the oil and gas industry.

I provide proofreading and editing services, and can help you to write copy for a website, brochure or similar. I cater for businesses looking for help with things like:

  • Training material
  • Processes and procedures
  • Bids and tenders
  • Marketing copy
  • Press releases
  • Website content

I also work with small businesses, publishers and private individuals, and am happy to help in any way I can, for example:

  • Proofreading a restaurant menu
  • Editing content for a company brochure
  • Editing/proofreading books and magazines
  • Providing editorial support for a dissertation or article


Christina Morris

Christina MorrisSfEP Advanced Professional Member

Specialisms: copy-editing, proofreading, copy rewriting, research

Preferred subject areas: science, education, law

I have a BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences, PhD in Plant Sciences, Postgraduate Certificate of Education (Biology) and a law degree, LLB (Hons).

I offer a professional, timely and accurate service to clients including academics, professional organisations, publishers, businesses and individuals. I have extensive experience of scientific materials, particularly journal papers, grant applications, and teaching/assessment materials, gained from over 25 years in science research, education and management. I also provide editorial services specifically tailored to law academics, practitioners and writers, my expertise including academic publications, advice documents, contracts and patent applications.

I have trained as a copy editor and proofreader through courses offered by the SfEP and other providers internationally. I established CMEditorial in 2013.

Recent editing projects have extended to fields as diverse as Islamic finance and aspects of social science.


Lewis Packwood

Lewis in Helsinki croppedSfEP Professional Member

Specialisms: writing, copy-editing, proofreading

Preferred subject areas: life sciences, technology, academic publishing, video games, travel

I’m a freelance writer and copy editor with over ten years of experience in the publishing sector. I’ve worked for Nature, New Scientist and Cell Press, and I’ve written articles for Skyscanner, IBM, Eurogamer and Kotaku UK, among others. I co-write the blogs A Most Agreeable Pastime and 101 Films You Should Have Seen.


Alison Platts

Alison PlattsSfEP Professional Member

Specialisms: copy-editing, proofreading, writing, rewriting

Preferred subject areas: social sciences, social policy, social research, government and governance, justice, health and social care

I am a freelance editor and researcher. I offer a range of editorial services including proofreading, copy-editing, writing and rewriting. I will consider work in any area, but have particular knowledge in the fields of social science, social policy, social research, government and governance, and additional expertise in the areas of justice, and health and social care. Recent commissions have included academic theses, research reports, corporate literature and educational resources.

I have a degree in social policy and a background in social research, and am particularly interested in work that makes use of both my research and editorial skills.

I provide a quality service, and bring professionalism, integrity and attention to detail to all my work.


Verity Shaw

verity-shawSfEP Intermediate-Level Member

Specialisms: copy-editing, proofreading, anglicising, rewriting, indexing

Preferred subject areas: fiction, history, art history, illustrated art catalogues, illustrated cookery books, modern architecture

With over 230 freelance editorial projects under my belt, I relish every new challenge!

Past and present clients include the Ashmolean Museum, the British Library, Collins, Edinburgh University Press, Granta, HarperCollins, the National Museum of Scotland, Portobello Books, Thames & Hudson and Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

The diversity of my client list is only matched by the sheer variety of subject-matter I enjoy working on: from 200,000 words on world religions to The Times Great Irish Lives, Obituaries; from plays by Shakespeare to murder mysteries by Agatha Christie to historical ones by Bernard Cornwall; from Chelsea Football Club’s Personal Pension Plan to beautifully illustrated cookery books by Nigel Slater and tomes on modern architecture.

Email me, please, to discuss how I can help you.


Juliet Wilberforce

SfEP Entry-Level Member

Specialisms: proofreading and copy-editing

Preferred subject areas: Latin, French, humanities, health, education, additional support needs and children’s play advocacy

I possess a BA (Honours) in Latin, training in Medieval Latin translation for archives, and a Postgraduate Diploma in European Languages and Marketing. I have undertaken proofreading and copy-editing training with SfEP.

My editorial experience includes academic journal publishing (public health and medical education). I have also edited newsletters, annual reports and how-to guides for charities and medical societies. Associated skills are commissioning articles, copy-writing, event marketing, strategic and project management.

I welcome all enquiries (including those from academic students) and can offer a fresh eye, high standards and some editorial polish. I work on screen or on paper. I pride myself on being able to meet deadlines so please contact me to discuss your project and timescale.

Phone: 07539 677287