My name is Phil Clisby and I am a freelance journalist. I have 16 years’ publishing experience working in a variety of roles, such as production manager, sub-editor, layout sub, writer and designer. I have also been involved with new launches and redesigns. In effect, I can turn my hand to anything.
My last full-time role saw me production managing more than 30 issues annually across 12 different publications, contributing articles and blogs, editing, and designing pages and adverts, among other responsibilities.
As a freelancer, I can provide a number of services: production management, sub-editing, page layout, advert and brochure design, news and feature writing, copywriting and blogging.
People I have worked for recently include Reed Business Information, Progressive Content, Last Word Media, Gecko Publishing, DiversityQ.com, Legal Week Events, BioPhorum Operations Group and Condé Nast Traveller.
I have experience of a number of different genres – from finance to football and from business to travel – covering B2B, B2C, consumer and contract publishing. I have been employed by some notable publishing houses – H. Bauer Publishing, Incisive Media, Press Holdings Media Group and Gecko Publishing – across a diverse array of titles, including: Travel Africa, ZiNG Caribbean (for LIAT airline), msafiri (for Kenya Airways) and Rafiki (a staff magazine for Kenya Airways), Investment Week, Bloomberg Money, The Business, Cut and Soccer Investor.
I know the importance of meeting deadlines, can work to the tightest or broadest of briefs, and am comfortable liaising with clients, printers, writers, designers, editors and publishers throughout the production process.
Qualification-wise, I trained at the Journalism Training Centre in Mitcham, receiving the Best Production Editor award for that year’s intake.
On a personal level, I am married with a 10-year-old son. I am a Chelsea season ticket holder, having been a supporter through thick and thin. Mostly thin. I like to keep healthy, regularly running and swimming, and I can just about still manage to kick a football around. I love to travel and enjoy reading, comedy and music. I am also a school governor.
I live in Wokingham, near Reading, so am within easy reach of London and surrounding areas should you need me to come into your office. Otherwise, I am fully set up to work from home.
This site gives you a flavour of what I have done and what I can do to help your business…