I am a British-born journalist who grew up in the Netherlands. I attended a Dutch secondary school (VWO) and an English university, graduated with an honours degree in Eng Lit., then trained as a reporter and worked for several large British regional newspapers before joining the Guardian in London. I have been a professional English editor and writer for more than 20 years, in print and latterly on the web, on the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph.
I have an active interest in the development and educational possibilities of the internet, and am a keen researcher and blogger on shipping history (Lost at Sea), some of which was also published in the Guardian.
I have done editing/proofreading work for Chatham House, the British Academy and Global Witness (UK), the OSCE/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (Poland), the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (Germany), erinnern.at (Austria), Brand eins magazine (Germany) and What on Earth publications (UK) among others, and regularly edit and translate for the Anne Frank Stichting (Netherlands).
I was assistant production editor/writer on the Guardian Europe partnership project with De Volkskrant, Dagens Nyheter, Aftenposten, Liberation, Die Tageszeitung and others during the 1990s, and am fluent in Dutch with basic French and German.