Laura Ripper

Advanced Professional Member
Location New Mills, HIGH PEAK, Derbyshire
Mobile 07737 820 530
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  • Plain-English editing
  • Non-native English
  • On-screen editing and proofreading
  • Website editing
  • Copy-editing


  • Marketing materials
  • Company literature
  • PhD theses
  • Government reports
  • Websites
  • Journal articles
  • Course materials
  • School reports

Qualifications and awards

  • BA English Studies (2:1), University of Exeter
  • Professional Certificate in Marketing (Level 4), Chartered Institute of Marketing
  • Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), International House London


  • 2012 onwards: Independent copy-editor and proofreader
  • 2010–2013: Communications officer, Digital Outreach
  • 2008–2010: Editor, Foundations
  • 2004–2007: Editor, Plain English Campaign

Recent training

  • Annual conference (SfEP) 2019, 2018 and 2017
  • Editing with Word (SfEP) 2018
  • References (SfEP) 2016
  • Copy-editing Headway (SfEP) 2016
  • Brush up your grammar (SfEP) 2016

Recent clients

  • Door22 Creative
  • Kääntämö Translations
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Metro Communications
  • Osprey Games
  • Royal Life Saving Society
  • Plane Saver Credit Union
  • Premier League Charitable Fund
  • Rethink Press
  • Social Value Lab
  • The University of Sheffield
  • The University of York
  • Independent non-fiction authors (academic authors, PhD students)


  • Public information (in plain English)
  • Public sector (education, housing, environment, elderly people, people with disabilities, digital literacy, procurement)
  • Not-for-profit sector
  • Local government
  • Marketing (B2B, B2C)
  • Academic (humanities, theses and dissertations)
  • Business (reports, marketing, company literature)
  • Interests (board games and puzzles, cats, adventure)
  • English as a foreign language
  • Development (organisation, personal)


We were going round in circles with our website text and needed a breakthrough. Laura got to grips with everything really quickly and did a super-fantastic job consistent with the “business text – plain english” brief. She’s professional, easy to work with and really great at her job. What is there not to love? Marks out of 10? 20!

Peter Matthews, Founder & CEO, Metro Communications

Laura was the copy editor for Scotland’s State of the Environment report, 2014. The report summarises the condition of Scotland's environment and the challenges it faces, and was written by over 30 authors from 13 different organisations. Copy-editing the 85,000 words produced was obviously a challenge and Laura's input was indispensable. Laura worked with us to refine the text, not only ensuring consistency but also improving the language and challenging us to tell a clear story to our audience. She was efficient, met punishing deadlines and quickly grasped the ethos of what we were trying to achieve, then helped ensure we lived up to it. Her constructive criticism and the clarity of her language significantly improved the final report.

Nathan Critchlow-Watton, SEPA, chair of the SoE Editorial Group

Thank you so much for your help with the thesis. It has been invaluable. I feel so much more confident now handing it in. It's been great that you have questioned me so that I have had to re-think some things again and write them in a clearer way. I will definitely recommend your services to anyone in need.

Mari, PhD student, psychology

In my experience, Laura Ripper's proofreading is excellent. She is highly skilled in her work and provides a tailored service. She not only corrects inconsistencies with sensitivity to the text but she seeks to find the voice of the author in order to really understand the script. Her proof suggestions are wise as well as detailed, increasing the impact of the writing, and giving me new confidence in my work. Highly recommended.

Alison, author