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MY WORK HISTORY
  • Freelance writer and editor 

    Since 2008, I have worked as a freelance writer and editor for companies including the British Red Cross, Oxfam, Marie Curie, Plan UK, Yelp, Planetary Collective, Expedia and Travel + Escape. I write and edit all forms of copy including articles, campaign materials, speeches, mobile apps, web pages, case studies, social media content and blogs.

    I specialise in both the charity and travel sectors.

    2008 – present

  • Director

    Bridges and Balloons Creative

    I co-run a small creative agency, providing branding, social media, design, copywriting and video services. We have worked with companies including Visit Britain, Expedia, and a local social enterprise cafe in Bristol.

    March 2016 – present

  • Magazine editor

    Marie Curie

    I edit Marie Curie’s bi-monthly magazine for staff and volunteers. The 20-page magazine includes news, features and interviews about the charity’s work and the subject of palliative care.

    April 2016 – present

  • Writer

    Oh Comely magazine

    I write features, interviews and narrative non-fiction for Oh Comely magazine. People I have interviewed include Lionel Shriver, Lydia Cacho and Andrew Bird.

    March 2011 – present

  • Travel and lifestyle blogger

    Bridges and Balloons

    Bridges and Balloons is an award-winning travel-lifestyle blog, featuring travel stories, photos, videos, personal tales, interviews, curated content, and practical guides. It focuses on places worth sharing – the special finds and expereinces that you can’t wait to tell people about.

    Aside from the design, I am responsible for all roles on the website – writer, editor, programmer, interviewer, photographer, project manager, marketeer and social media specialist. It combines everything I have trained in and worked on professionally.

    I have collaborated on campaigns for companies including Visit Britain, Lonely Planet, and Visit Finland.

    February 2012 – present

  • Online editor

    Plan UK

    I managed, produced, commissioned and edited content for Plan UK’s website. This was a short-term contract that required someone who could grasp the role quickly. Whilst at Plan I also provided consultancy on its online content and SEO strategies, as well as providing blogging training to key staff members.

    Feb – June 2015

  • Writer

    British Red Cross

    At the British Red Cross, I wrote and edited content across all internal and external communication channels including the website, blog, mobile app, campaigns, social media and Red Cross Life magazine. My specialism was fundraising.

    October 2009 – January 2012

  • Online communications assistant 

    The Brooke

    Temporary position writing and editing content for the organisation’s website. I also advised on its new social media strategy.

    August – October 2009

  • Communications assistant

    Oxfam International

    Temporary position as assistant to campaign co-ordinator. I managed and wrote online internal communications, and researched and advised on online campaigning techniques.

    June – September 2009

     

  • News and features writer

    CMPi Media

    I was selected for a competitive graduate traineeship at CMPi Media. This included four months on Building Design, and one month each at TTG and Theme, writing news and features.

    July – December 2008

  • Editorial assistant / Social media consultant

    Oxfam GB

    Project managed and contributed to areas of Oxfam’s youth website. Ran a social media campaign about the G8. I was offered and I accepted a job as a social media consultant following my initial internship.

    October 2006 – June 2007

  • Features editor

    Londoners

    I managed the features section of an online magazine about things to do in London, which I co-founded at journalism school. The website was nominated for a Guardian Student Media Award.

    March 2008 – Sept 2009

  • “Victoria’s a great, creative writer who’s comfortable writing on pretty much any topic or for any audience. She’s got great digital skills and is also very calm, which is helpful! I’d recommend her to anyone looking for a talented freelance copywriter or editor – you’ll be in good hands.”

    Charles Williams, British Red Cross
  • “I always relish the opportunity to work with Victoria. She is a talented writer and interviewer, whose perceptiveness, sincere warmth and engaging approach set her apart. Her professionalism and reliability are obvious in everything she does.”

    Liz Bennet, Editor, Oh Comely Magazine
Qualifications

BA English (2:1)

Kings College London

2003 – 2006

Postgraduate diploma, Magazine journalism (Merit)

City University, London <>2007 – 2008

Foundation studies in counselling and psychotherapy (Merit)

CCPE, London

Jan 2011 – Jan 2012

 

Skills
Copywriting
Interviews
Blogging
Copyediting
Website creation
Public speaking
Content management
Proof reading
Speech writing
Computer skills
Wordpress
Photoshop
InDesign
MS Office

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