About me

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I'm Jenny Williamson, a freelance proofreader, copyeditor and writer based in London.

My background

Although I've always surrounded myself with books, I haven't always been a proofreader, copyeditor and writer. 

Before I changed careers, I went on a roundabout tour to understand the world in an array of ways. This took me through a law degree, a master's in mangement and into finance as a chartered accountant. I began work as an auditor, working with lots of different organisations in a range of sectors.

I later moved into international development, and learned a huge amount about charity governance, grant-making, fundraising and programme design.

But I always loved language and jumped at every chance to work with words. I wrote and edited briefing papers and process notes, and commercial narratives for bids. I proofread typeset proofs of financial statements. I checked all manner of documents for colleagues.

Finally I realised that this was what I really loved! 

What I do now

As a freelancer, I help my clients publish work that they know they can feel confident in. I focus on the language so that you can focus on the stories you want to tell!

I've completed a range of projects, including proofreading group financial statements; writing guidelines on inclusive swing dancing; and bid writing and editing.

My qualifications

I've taken industry-standard training from the Society for Editors and Proofreaders on proofreading and copyediting.

As well as being a qualified chartered accountant (ACA), I have a bachelor's degree in law, a master's degree in management and a postgraduate diploma in public management (with a focus on public policy).

I'm endlessly curious and love working with a range of subjects.

Find out more

For full details of my background, check out my LinkedIn page