Qualifications & Experience

I have received a certificate of distinction for the industry-recognised Basic Proofreading course and a certificate of merit for the Basic Editing course, both run by the Publishing Training Centre, London. I will continue my training with the Publishing Training Centre and the Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading.


Prior to this I achieved a BSc in biochemistry and molecular biology with first class honours and worked for twelve years in diagnostic laboratories in the NHS in various disciplines including biochemistry, histopathology, molecular pathology and molecular genetics.


As a biomedical scientist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council I acquired a broad set of technical and analytical skills. As well as gaining a wealth of experience in all aspects of the laboratory environment in a healthcare setting, I developed the ability to work accurately and efficiently while maintaining my concentration for prolonged periods.

‘It was tremendous to find a proofreader with a scientific background. I felt you really grasped the subject matter being discussed making the process so easy. Thank you for a very proficient, professional and timely service I’m delighted with the outcome. I will not hesitate to recommend you to scientific colleagues in the future.’

Louise Brown, healthcare scientist

In addition to my training I have experience of working with the following both for English speakers and for those with English as a second language:

  • academic book manuscripts for publication with Routledge and Taylor & Francis

  • academic papers written by academic researchers and research groups

  • dissertations and PhD theses 

  • essays and reports

  • healthcare-related pro-formas and annual reports

  • job applications and CVs

  • portfolio entries for biomedical scientists working towards the IBMS Registration Training Portfolio and the IBMS Specialist Diploma.

Subject areas I have worked with include the following:

  • a wide variety of scientific subjects including biochemistry, biochemistry in pregnancy, biomedical science, chemistry, fertility studies, genetics and pathology

  • cultural studies

  • construction management

  • health and safety

  • healthcare in the areas of mental health, care for people with dementia, and obstetrics 

  • interior design

  • leisure studies and tourism studies

  • marketing and branding

  • media studies and event studies

  • museum theatre

  • nationalism and internationalism

  • online learning environments

  • politics.

K O’Donnell Proofreading

Freelance Proofreading and Copy-editing

Based in Paisley, near Glasgow, Scotland