What I Do
I am an experienced journalist, editor and writer based in Bourne, near Peterborough, and work as a freelance for national and regional magazines, newspapers, news websites and media agencies throughout the UK and Europe. I have been Managing Editor of ROOM – The Space Journal since November 2015.
I trained with newspaper and magazine group EMAP, working on the Spalding Guardian, Peterborough Evening Telegraph and Angling Times, and also reported for the Lincs Echo and enjoyed a stint on the Portsmouth Evening News.
I was deputy editor of Highways & Transportation and then Spaceflight magazine for three years, and later worked as an editor for the European Space Agency in France and the Netherlands, producing more than 20 astronaut mission newspapers.
I was appointed Editor of Spaceflight in 2001, managing the magazine’s content, production and an international team of contributors at the same time as running my own award-winning media agency (SimComm Europe) in Hampshire.
After a decade in the editor’s chair of Spaceflight, I reported on the final flights of the US Space Shuttle from Florida before returning to work as a freelance journalist, writer and editor.
I write regular news and features for Air Cargo Week, AIR International, BBC science website and many other business and trade publications, as well as providing conference news coverage for the Paris-based International Astronautical Federation (IAF) during annual International Astronautical Congresses in Naples, Italy, Beijing, China, and Toronto, Canada.
I have also assisted with the writing and editing of several books, including Barry Weir’s Driving Ambition, and have contributed chapters and sections to a number of space-related publications.
My blog The Lighthouse Keeper was started to provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Press Site during the final flights of the Space Shuttle but has expanded to cover news and comment on a range of topical interests, including travel.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a requirement for any kind of freelance writing or editing work.