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Cat’s been working in writing and editing for 30 years. She trained as a newspaper reporter, writing news and features, and also editing and laying out pages.
She has covered magistrates and crown courts, industrial tribunals, parliamentary committees, local health authority meetings, parish, district and county council meetings, inquests, murder trials and many other trials, as well as interviewing celebrities and people of interest.
She then worked for many years on a magazine that covered anything to do with positive change, from organic gardening to architecture, building, funerals, you name it. She ran the editorial side of the magazine, finding content, writing, editing and training. She also wrote a very popular column for 16 years.
Alongside that she also worked as the writer/editor for the Soil Association’s Living Earth magazine, giving her an in-depth knowledge of organic farming and farming-related environmental and animal welfare issues.
And then for the Natural Environment Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council as editor of their public magazines and also deputy head of communications.
For this, she edited and rewrote some pretty heavy-duty science to make it palatable for public consumption. Topics included synthetic biology, genomics, epigenetics, climate change, flooding, polar science, pollution and much more.
This work involved writing corporate documents such as annual reports and marketing documents. Her remit also involved making sure that all communications were written in plain English.
Cat went freelance, writing and editing for SciDev.net, and many other clients, including ghostwriting and editing books, and also as an editor for the members’ magazines of the charity/pressure group Population Matters.
Alongside all of this, she’s also been working as a professional qualified gardener for 22 years, working in all aspects of horticulture.
She also spent a couple of years working with Treework Environmental Practice, researching and writing documents on pollarding and other forms of tree work for the then director Nev Fay. Through him, she also edited the National Tree Safety Group guidance book on common sense safety management of trees.
She’s been working as a social media and website copywriter for about 7 years now. Clients have included dentists, solicitors, landscape gardening companies, wheelchair manufacturers, and beauty therapy companies.
She currently also works as the administrator for an independent financial adviser, and is currently studying for my Royal Horticultural Society Level 3 horticulture qualification.
If it’s to do with money, environmental science, law, biotech, horticulture or forward-thinking innovation, then Cat’s your woman.