A little about what I do
Telling business stories in a regional, national and international context.
Helping clients to tell their stories and explain complex ideas so that they are easily understood.
Collating copy from various sources, creating editorial style guides and editing for accuracy, clarity and consistency.
From the blog
I’ve been in Doha, Qatar, writing about the $10.4bn Barzan Gas Project for RasGas. Working with The Point again and other media partners, we’ve been developing a commemorative book – 166+ pages – over a period of around six months. Barzan is one of the world’s largest natural gas projects to date, and the book […]
I’m finalising the latest “country” feature for RasGas magazine. It’s focusing on Italy’s economy and I’ve uncovered a lot of surprises. In the north, in regions like the Veneto, business is booming. Italy is changing fast, so it’s not the poor relation in Europe that you might expect. Far from it, I’m finding… The story will be published in […]
Working with The Point, I’ve been writing the copy for a series of 10 brochures for Arcadis. They’re one of the world’s largest consultancies in natural and built assets, so it’s been a fantastic project. I’ve interviewed their global sector leads in sectors ranging from bridges to urban transportation, finding out the key concerns. For […]
It’s really good to see this completed project for RCPsych (The Royal College of Psychiatrists). I’ve been working with BSI experts and the RCPsych team to reduce a large number of standards to two sets – in-patient care and community care. It’s been a complex project involving a lot of conceptual thinking. The streamlined set has removed duplication, […]
Belgium’s history, location and ambition give it a unique strategic advantage. My latest feature for RasGas magazine explains why this country and its economy are important for Europe. It’s a small country with a big strategic position, at a crossroads in Europe where maritime and overland trade routes meet. It’s the heart of Europe, hosting the European […]
I’ve been writing for RasGas magazine on Taiwan’s economy. It’s everyone’s idea of a success story: one of the four Asia ‘tiger economies’, manufacturing more of the world’s IT products than anyone else – but things are not quite as simple as that. There’s a complex (and politically tense) relationship with China. Most of Taiwan’s manufacturing […]
Working with public and private sector clients regionally, nationally and internationally
Arcadis, Netherlands • British Standards Institute (BSI) • The Cabinet Office • Capgemini • Crown Prosecution Service • Department for Education and Skills • ExxonMobil • Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) • HM Treasury • House of Commons • Improvement and Development Agency(I&DeA) • IACCM (International Association for Commercial and Contract Management), USA • KPMG • London Borough of Lambeth • Maersk • National Archives • NHS Executive • Norfolk County Council • Office of Government Commerce • Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC) • RasGas, Qatar • Strategic Forum for Construction • The Scottish Parliament • The Stationery Office (TSO) • Van Haren Publishing, Netherlands.
More about Format Words
“In 1989 I set up Format Design, based in Norwich. I led a small team of writers, editors and designers – we specialised in communicating complex messages in ways that were easy to understand and attractively presented. Our clients were primarily in UK central government, including HM Treasury, Cabinet Office, the House of Commons and the Scottish Parliament.
We researched, wrote and published content on topics such as procurement, project management and construction, including best practice guides that are widely used in the UK public sector and internationally.
In 2009 I decided to set up a new company, Format Words, to specialise in what interests me most: writing about business-focused topics.”