Web-Writer, storyteller, word-crafter
Cambridge, United Kingdom | Internet
I am a writer and strategist who likes to help people tell their stories. I came from the world of the web – writing here and there on places like ReadWriteWeb and ZDNet – and spent a few years as a community person at Talis for the emerging technology community of the Semantic Web.
My job titles have worked their way through guest author to evangelist and community manager, and – most fun so far – editor. From podcasting and writing, to creating community engagement plans for an incubated startup, I’ve tended to work around content and people, but try to keep my eye on big ideas.
Content chap at Fluent Cambridge
Community Manager at ScraperWiki and Kasabi
Evangelist for the Semantic Web at Talis
Digital Marketer for Horse of the Year Show
Specialties: evangelism, editing, writing, content strategy, community management, story-telling, teaching writing, blogging, social media, market research, engagement, market research
Content Strategist (2013 - Present)
Fluent (Cambridge) Ltd
Fluent creates clever online software to get businesses thriving on the web. Fluent is also how we work. From consultancy and development to content and design, we aim for simple, free-flowing websites that are easy to understand and use.
Co-Founder (2008 - Present)
Nonprofit, 1-10 employees, Internet
Several years ago, a friend Dean "Leu" Thorne and I started a little get-together for web-industry professionals in Shropshire.
The little gathering soon gathered momentum, and has met without fail every month since. It's provided opportunities for "geeks" to socialise and build relationships with other developers, designers, engineers and suchlike in Shropshire.
Now co-lead with Kirsty Burgoine, Shropgeek has staged events and continued to grow.
It's not for profit, but for profitable gathering.
Guest Writer (2007 - Present)
Freelance Writer and Blogger
Writing and Editing
Over the years, I have written for a variety of publishers—mainly about the web. These have included the industry sites ReadWriteWeb and ZDNet, and various blogs focused on topics such as open data, the semantic web, and data journalism.
A very short selection can be seen in my publications section.
Community Manager (2013 - 2013)
This description will evolve as I join the team at ScraperWiki, a silicon-valley style startup in Liverpool built to support data scientists and those interested in getting info from the web.
Community Manager (2012 - 2013)
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Privately Held, 201-500 employees, Publishing
I helped Emerald prepare for its first digital community offerings, looked after interns, and built up a working group within the company to support their online efforts. It worked like a kind of internal consultant on many projects across divisions as part of the Digital team.
Community Manager (2011 - 2012)
Privately Held, 11-50 employees, Internet
As Kasabi moves into its own business, I continue to look after the user community and communication strategies for telling Kasabi's story effectively.
Community Manager (2011 - 2011)
Writing and Editing
Kasabi is an incubator project of Talis, and I get to introduce Kasabi to interesting developers, and help make it better by learning and sharing what works well and what doesn't. So far, it's been quite a strategic, and the startup-style means I've been able to work on a wide range of projects: events, marketing materials, surveys, analytics and setting up and trying out the communication infrastructure for our community.
Platform Evangelist (2008 - 2011)
Privately Held, Information Technology and Services
I work as an evangelist for the Talis Platform, a Semantic Web data environment. I edit Nodalities Magazine (http://www.talis.com/nodalities), and help to communicate what we're doing here at Talis. In communication, I also help with the high-level view of the Platform and related technologies, and advise the SMT on trends and ideas.
New Media Executive (2007 - 2007)
Grandstand Media, organisers of The world's most famous horse show—Horse of the Year Show—emloyed me to manage their electronic marketing and online presence. During that time, I project-managed the development of two large-scale websites with the aim to "recreate the impact of the live events on the screen."
I also updated Grandstand's electronic marketing, bringing the directors up to speed with some of the basics of online community management. I worked with the marketing manager to create content, from the sites and newsletters to the events' programmes.
I was also responsible for furthering Grandstand's brand marketing on the web—their primary marketing tool—and for developing content with the marketing department.
Skills & Expertise
Blogging, Social Media, Content Strategy, New Media, Social Networking, Content Management, Publishing, Editing, Writing, HTML, Digital Strategy, Semantic Web, Public Speaking, Newsletters, Journalism, Technical Writing, Web Content, Community Engagement, Market Research, Copywriting, Content Development, Community Management, Feature Articles, Strategic Communications, Social Media Marketing, Marketing, Editorial, Event Management, Wordpress, Teaching Writing, Copy Editing, Publications, Proofreading, Product Evangelism, Online Publishing, Digital Media, Strategy, Creative Direction, Start-ups, SEO, Digital Marketing, Feature Writing, Communications Strategy