I have a Certificate in Internal Communications, with Distinction, from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, London (2014)

¶ I was named “Overall winner 2014” for my course and presented with a special certificate and award.

Marc Wright, the CIPR Internal Communication Certificate’s lead judge, said of my assignment:

“An astute case study that raised key issues around the challenges of engagement in an organisation where managers are recruited for their journalistic skills first.The reading list is extensive and the references impressive. An honest appraisal of an organisation’s challenges.”

I hold a Master of Journalism from the University of Queensland, Australia (1994-1995)

¶ A summarised version of my thesis was published in Australian Studies in Journalism (Number 5, Department of Journalism, University of Queensland; pp. 213-239) under the title The Age’s Coverage of the Environment, 1984-1994.

I hold a Bachelor of Planning and Design First Class Honours from the University of Melbourne, Australia (1988-1991)

¶ Majored in environmental planning.

During my career I have attended regular one-day training courses on all facets of publishing, including sub-editing, media law, investigative journalism, blogging, writing for the web, online editing, SEO, digital journalism, social media and  Google Analytics.

I am PC and Mac literate and proficient in the use of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), various flat planning solutions (VIP, Emagine) and a range of CMS (Censhare, WordPress, Typepad and bespoke systems).