CV narrative

Advertising and Design

I started out as a production controller, then became a copywriter, ending up as a Creative Director, devising and writing press, poster, television, cinema and radio advertising, corporate and sales literature, direct mail, merchandising and promotions. Also responsible for receiving, refining and managing client briefs and for presentation of solutions.

1997 onward: Freelance Writer and Communications Consultant

Work for Antenna Audio has included:

2005: audio tour script for RHS gardens, Wisley

2005: audio tour (PDA) script for the Royal Institution

2005: updating audio tour script for Warwick Castle

Work for the Science Museum (NMSI) has included:

2005: film script for Caspian Energy Centre, Azerbaijan (Science Museum Solutions and BP)

2005: text for graphic panels re-interpreting the steam engines

2005: text for graphic panels, Spitfire Exhibition, Battle of Britain 65th anniversary

2004: text for the new Energy Gallery

2004: concept and text for the Dana Centre, winning a D&AD nomination (writing in design)

1993 - 1997: Creative Director, Ware Anthony Rust, Cambridge
Burnham Mustard, Ciba-Geigy Araldite, Harper Collins, Titleist, Typhoon

1990 - 1993: Creative Director, Razor Creative Independent, Suffolk
Aldeburgh Foundation, Credit Insurance Association, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, Eastern Arts Board

1988 - 1990: Creative Director, Billington Jackson, London
3Com, Fila, Lever Industrial, Majestic Wine Warehouses, Riley, Spalding Sports, Thorn EMI Business Communications

1985 - 1988: Creative Director, Howell Jones Schneider Weaver, London
Aer Lingus, Astor Cruises, Britannia Airways, Eastbourne Tourism & Leisure, Europcar, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, MFI

1982 - 1985: Joint Creative Director, Ware Anthony Rust, Cambridge
Britvic, Green Giant Foods, Tobler Suchard, Watney Mann National Sales

1978 - 1981: Copywriter, Bartlett Ray and Jarvis, Norwich
Barratt Homes, Heatrae Sadia, Jawa-CZ motorcycles, Marconi, Ransomes & Rapier

1976- 1978: Copywriter, Dorland, London
British Leyland, Phoenix Assurance, Triplex Windscreens

1974 - 1976: Copywriter, Geers Gross, London
Bristol-Myers, Cadbury Schweppes, Spillers Homepride, Unicliffe, WD & HO Wills

1972 - 1974: Controller, Junior Copywriter, J. Walter Thompson, London
Access, Berger Paints, Holiday Inns, Spillers

Screenwriting career summary

2007: Developing further projects with Giles Foden

2005: Commissioned to write screen adaptation of “Zanzibar” by Giles Foden

2002: 3rd draft of “Oracle” in development with Red Eye Pictures (aka Gauvain Productions) and Open Road Films, with financial assistance from Scottish Screen

2002: Chosen as member of Script Factory Writer’s Group 

2001: First Take Films (Anglia TV) “Storylab” project – one of 8 writers devising and writing an 8 episode Precinct Drama series

2001: Screenplay “Rolling In It” in development with Joanna Wilsher Productions

2001: Rehearsed reading of “Oracle” at Script Factory event, Edinburgh International Film Festival

2001: 2nd draft of “The Oracle of Essex Road” in development with Gauvain Productions, with financial assistance from Scottish Screen

2000: Commissioned to write original play, "The Parfitts’ Progress", for Laxfield Children’s Drama Club: three public performances in November

2000 “The Oracle of Essex Road” in development with Gauvain Productions, with financial assistance from Scottish Screen

1999: Screenplay “The Oracle of Essex Road” Shortlisted for Orange Prize for Screenwriting

1997: Adaptation of The Jungle Book for Laxfield Children’s Drama Club: three public performances in November

Screenwriting training:

2003: Arista Adaptation course, through Screen East

2003: Arista Business of Development course

2002: Euroscript Workshop, France (part-funded by Film Council bursary)

2001: Arista Story Editor Workshop, Denmark (part-funded by Film Council bursary)

2000: Script Reader’s course at The Script Factory

1999: John Truby Advanced Story Structure Course

1999: Writers’ Lab, Raindance

1994: National Film and Television School Short Course Unit: Scriptwriting for Film and Television (Tutor: Colin Tucker)

1990: Robert McKee Story Analysis Course

1989: Robert McKee Story Structure Course


2007:  MA in ‘Writing the Visual’ from Norwich School of Art and Design, course leader George Szirtes.