I am qualified in language and management, having a first-class BA (Hons) in French and Scandinavian Language and Linguistics with Teaching English as a Foreign Language, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree. I am also in my final year of counsellor training, studying for a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at Cheshire Therapy Centre; my placement is in bereavement support.
I am an Advanced Professional Member of the Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SfEP – click on the logo to the right), and a member of Clarity and the Plain Language Association InterNational (PLAIN). I have served as coordinator of the SfEP’s North West local group, UK representative of Clarity, and secretary of PLAIN. I also belong to the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, as a student member.
I have management experience in both public and private sectors. Following a spell with Touche Ross accountants, I worked in the National Health Service (NHS) for eight years as a general manager. During this time, I was seconded to the University of Manchester for a year, as Fellow in Health Service Management. I established Carr Consultancy in 1997, and have been self-employed ever since.
Alongside my freelance work, I served as Honorary Fellow with the Institute of Medicine, Law and Bioethics, University of Manchester from 1998 to 2002; and as Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Public Policy and Management, University of Manchester, from 2002 to 2005. I am currently an associate of Plain Language Commission (PLC) and a faculty member at NHS R&D North West.
I enjoy writing for publication, and have written a book (Tackling NHS Jargon: getting the message across, Radcliffe Medical Press, 2002); course (Writing in Plain Language: Clearer Letters and Emails, PLC, 2006), two guides (Editing into Plain Language: Working for non-publishers, SfEP, 2011, reprinted with updates in 2014; and Communicating with Older People: Writing in plain English, PLC, 2016), several book chapters, and many journal and website articles. Click on the cover pictures to find out more; Communicating with Older People is a free download.
Carr Consultancy provides freelance wordsmith services to a range of organisations – small and large – in the public and private sectors:
Specialities include academic texts (papers, chapters, learning materials, assignments, essays, dissertations and theses), corporate information and public information in the fields of counselling, psychotherapy, bereavement and personal development.
- Writing – I’ll craft a professional text tailored to your audience, using the information you supply.
- Rewriting – I'll use the information in your document, restructuring and rewording it to create a high-quality text.
- Summarising – I’ll produce a summary tailored to your audience.
- Editing – I’ll suggest stylistic, structural and substantive changes to ensure the text is clear, correct and consistent.
- Proofreading – I’ll spot typographical, linguistic and positional errors on a proof, and mark corrections.
- Readability testing – I’ll assess how suitable your document is for your target readers.
Prices depend on the specific nature of the task, length of document and standard of English of any existing materials. Do contact me for a quote: I believe I offer excellent value for money.
To get in touch, please email or call on 07977 058496.