I've been a working journalist for around 30 years, and for the last 20 years I have been a freelance editor, reporter, feature writer and corporate projects writer and editor. Before 1990: I used to
I've been a working journalist for around 30 years, and for the last 20 years I have been a freelance editor, reporter, feature writer and corporate projects writer and editor.
Before 1990: I used to work for the University of the Arts London Student Union, where I was responsible for all the union's printing and communications needs. This was a one-year student sabbatical ending in 1990.
As a student, I was the sports editor of London University's London Student newspaper, and worked for a number of other college publications, including being the editor of several.
I trained as a journalist on the one year London College of Communication (formerly London College of Printing) course, gaining my qualification in magazine journalism in 1989.
In addition, I have a BTEC National Diploma in Business and Finance taken at the same college. This was gained in 1988.
From 1990: I was a reporter at VNU channel business title PC Dealer, before leaving in 1991.
From 1991: I was a reporter, then the news editor of PrintWeek at Haymarket, before leaving in 1994 to go freelance.
From 1994: Before I joined Computer Weekly in June 1998 as a staffer, I was a freelance for 4.5 years from 1994, writing for a large number of magazines, including major titles outside the IT sector, for instance: FourFourTwo, Accountancy Age, Local Government Chronicle, PR Week, UK Press Gazette, PrintWeek, Horticulture Week, Planning Week, Processing News, Newspaper Focus, The Engineer and Contract Journal.
From June 1998: Before I became a freelance again in July 2000, I was the deputy technical editor of Computer Weekly, which is one of the UK leaders in business IT journalism. On the magazine I specialised in networks and telecoms.
During my staff stint at Computer Weekly from 1998, I also completed and passed a City & Guilds course in Networks and Telecoms at City University, London.
From July 2000: Freelance after leaving Computer Weekly magazine: I left CW after over two years to go freelance in July 2000, and since then I have worked for a range of business IT titles and websites, including: Computer Weekly, Computing, IT Week, Communications News, Network News, IT Pro, Working in Comms, Broadband, Forbes, IT Europa, Lightwave Europe, Computerworld, Mobile Commerce, Business & Technology, Techweek Europe, ZDNet, Silicon.com, ComputerworldUK, CIO, Network World, CFO, MacWorld, PC Advisor, Charity Times, ITProPortal, M2M, IoT Now, Vanilla Plus, IoT Now Transport, The Evolving Enterprise, Tech Trends, Optical Connections and Data Economy, among many others.
I was also a long-term editorial consultant for the Communications Management Association (CMA) through a retainer. The CMA works under the umbrella of the British Computer Society. In addition, my period as a freelance since 2000 has seen me complete extensive corporate writing and media training projects for the likes of Nokia, IBM, BT, Orange, Logica, Siemens and Verizon Business.
From 2005: In 2009, I completed a 4.5 year stint as the main freelance news reporter/editor for TechTarget's enterprise IT title Computer Weekly (www.computerweekly.com). This five days a week job took up most of my time, although I carried on freelancing for others during this period.
From 2009: I was previously the freelance launch editor of www.documentmanagementnews.com, which was a news site operated by document management software firm Version One – part of the Advanced technology solutions group. This role was for a year – again, I wrote for others too.
From 2010: I was previously the main daily freelance newswire writer for IDG's enterprise IT title ComputerworldUK (www.computerworlduk.com) for five years, while also writing for others.
From January 2015 until January 2017: I was the freelance editor of ChannelBiz.co.uk, the sister IT channels (distributors, resellers and service providers) site of enterprise IT title Techweek Europe (now Silicon UK).
Since February 2017: I have been the main daily news freelance contributor for pan-European IT channels (distributors, resellers and service providers) website IT Europa (www.iteuropa.com).
Since March 2018: I have been the main daily news freelance contributor for global cloud services and data centre website Data Economy (www.broad-group.com/News).
Recent corporate writing clients include Tibco Analytics, HPE, Nuance Communications, Blue Yonder, Vodafone, SAP, SES, Turner & Townsend, Vantage Data Centers and Box, among others.
General enterprise IT, networks, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, SD-WAN, SDN, SDDC, AI, VR, AR, telecoms, mobile, security, IoT, data storage, databases, public sector, government, Windows, Linux, Java, outsourcing, PaaS, IaaS, cloud computing, SaaS, virtualisation, remote and flexible working, banking, charities, channel, IT distributors and resellers and any other type of business IT. Also media training and corporate writing/whitepapers. I also do consumer technology stuff and write for non-technology sectors - see my biography.