Having majored in Physics for my Bachelor of Science degree at the University of London, and completed a Master of Science in Applied and Modern Optics at the University of Reading, I worked for a variety of companies and defence organisations before becoming a teacher of physics and science. After visiting New Zealand on sabbatical leave, we emigrated to New Zealand, settling in Christchurch. After a few more years teaching physics, I moved to the University of Canterbury as Science Outreach Coordinator.
With the intention of setting up my own business I gained a Diploma in Proofreading and Editing from the New Zealand Institute of Business Studies in September 2015. Proper Words, my proofreading and editing business, was set up in early 2016. I now devote myself full-time to my editing work, and am a Professional Member of the Institute of Professional Editors.