Angela Gardner

AJ Enterprises
Membership Grade
Advanced Professional Member

About Angela

Experienced copyeditor and proofreader based in Edinburgh, offering a professional, friendly service.

I work with words to create products that are clear, accurate, well-structured and effective. I have over 20 years' freelance experience, working in many different formats and styles for a wide range of clients including publishers, corporates, academics, education, policy and research bodies and third sector organisations. I have particular expertise in education, skills, business, science and technology.

After 10 years working for BP, first as a research technologist then in corporate communications, I know how to write for business and am analytical, methodical, balanced and focused in my approach. With experience of working at the interface between education and business, including writing and publishing the learning & skills digest Informed Scotland which I founded in 2012, I am skilled at interpreting specialist text for the lay reader.

I achieved distinction in the industry-recognised Proofreading by Distance Learning course run by the Publishing Training Centre in 2006. I am an active member of the CIEP Edinburgh local group and the Edinburgh Editors' Network.

For more information see my website and email [email protected] with any enquiries.


Books, company literature, conference/event reports, directories/yearbooks, educational materials, government reports, illustrated books, journals, magazines, multi-author books, newsletters, online materials, theses and dissertations, websites

Qualifications and awards

BSc Polymer Science & Technology (Chemistry)


Freelance since 1994


CIEP conferences, 2023, 2020; Introduction to fiction editing (CIEP) 2020; Practical mark-up of PDFs (SfEP) 2017; On-screen editing 1 and 2 (SfEP) 2011; Basic proofreading by distance learning – distinction (Publishing Training Centre) 2006


Macmillan Education, HarperCollins, Florence Production Ltd, EVERFI, Virtual College, Winmat Publishers Ltd, British Educational Research Association (BERA), Commonwealth Secretariat, Scotland's Futures Forum, Goodison Group in Scotland, Sunrise Setting Ltd, Education Scotland, Heedi Graphic Design, 3rd Horizons Ltd, Apex Training & Development Ltd, Be Personnel Ltd, Beyond Green Advisors Ltd, Brooklands New Media Ltd, Field Studies Council, Queen Margaret University, SAAS, Northern Ireland Department for the Economy, academic students


Business, business to business, public affairs, small businesses, business education, chemistry, education (primary, secondary, further & higher), sciences, engineering, management, manufacturing, materials science, polymer science & technology, skills development, academic research, technology, creative non-fiction (narrative non-fiction), fiction proofreading (literary, dystopian, science fiction)


'Angela’s copyediting and proofreading work for us has been consistently excellent and thorough. She is responsive and punctual, unfailingly diplomatic in her feedback to and communication with authors, and in all respects a pleasure to work with.'

Ross Fulton, Publications Manager, the Commonwealth Secretariat

'Angela is a very sharp editor, and a pleasure to work with. She has a keen eye for detail, is collaborative and gave insightful advice to help improve not only the project she was working on, but the series as a whole. She repeatedly went the extra mile while working to very tight deadlines to make sure that the book was finished on time and looked great. An absolute star.

Holly Edgar, former Managing Editor, Caribbean, Macmillan Education

'Working with Angela has been great. As a copy-editor, she strikes a good balance between the needs of authors and the need to get the book produced. Her suggestions and advice – and her copy-editing – are thoughtful and designed to help the author and the publisher realise the book they wanted.'

Professor Paul Joyce, Leeds Beckett University

'Angela produced a great blog on a challenging subject. I was delighted with the result – she did a really good job with a difficult piece of writing!'

Daniel Heuman, CEO & Founder, Intelligent Editing Ltd

'We are delighted to be working with AJ Enterprises, we always receive prompt attention and they offer a truly thorough proofreading service with accuracy, speed and of course, meticulous attention to detail. And to top it all off, Angela is a real pleasure to deal with.'

Heedi Graphic Design



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