Lesley Ellen

Advanced Professional Member
Location EllenEditorial, EDINBURGH
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Web www.elleneditorial.com


Copy-editing, on-screen editing, on-screen proofreading, editing non-native English, copywriting, speech writing


Journal articles, research papers, policy reports, government reports, business documents, marketing and promotional materials, funding applications, theses and dissertations, websites, text translated into English, CVs and personal communications

Qualifications and awards

MA (Hons) French with subsidiary German (language and literature), Postgraduate Diploma in European Marketing and Languages (French and German), Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration. 


Since 2013, I have copy-edited and proofread a variety of documents including research reports, journal articles, working papers, promotional materials, translated documents and university prospectuses. I have worked with individuals and research institutes in the UK and further afield. Many of my clients have English as a second language. 


Editing with Word (2016), Efficient copy-editing (2016), References (2016), Brush up your grammar (2015), Copy-editing 2: Progress (2014), On-screen editing 1 & 2 (2014), Introduction to proofreading (2013)

Microsoft Office modules (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) (Pitman Training 2013)
PRINCE2 – Foundation level (APM Group 2004)


Recent and current clients include:

  • An international institute in the field of development economics research 
  • Shelter Scotland
  • National Galleries of Scotland
  • Frontier Economics Ltd
  • Biuro Tlumaczen UZUS (translation agency)
  • Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
  • Public sector organisations and non-departmental public bodies
  • M@n@gement journal
  • Individual academics
  • Private individuals


Public policy, government, politics, current affairs, economics, development economics, sustainable development, international relations, marketing, corporate communications and business management


'Lesley Ellen proofread the Commission on Housing and Wellbeing’s final report: A blueprint for Scotland’s future. I was delighted with the service provided; Lesley’s meticulous attention to detail and professional approach provided me with peace of mind knowing that every effort had been made to ensure accuracy and consistency throughout this high-level report. I highly recommend EllenEditorial and will be using the service again.'

Paul Bradley, Regional Campaigns and Public Affairs Officer, Shelter Scotland

'Lesley Ellen cooperates with us regularly, proofreading and copyediting all sorts of documents translated by Polish translators and researchers, such as research papers, books, business documents, website content, corporate materials, etc. She checks them for grammatical, linguistic and logical correctness and makes sure they are written in polished, error-free English. Many articles copyedited by Lesley have been successfully published in renowned international journals. Lesley is professional, fast, meticulous and has a wonderful attitude. She is always ready to explain matters that may be problematic or unclear to non-native speakers of English. Her comments and suggestions are invaluable. She offers a friendly, efficient and confidential service. It has been a pleasure working with her. I would definitely recommend the service of EllenEditorial.'

Barbara Komorowska, Owner, UZUS Translation Agency, Poznań, Poland

'After receiving feedback on my initial submission to an economics journal, I engaged Lesley Ellen to copy-edit the paper before resubmission. Lesley was meticulous, professional, efficient and friendly -- a pleasure to work with. I'm delighted to say that with Lesley's help my paper has now been approved for publication. I would highly recommend her editing services and I would certainly work with her again in the future.'

Declan French, Senior Lecturer, Queen's University Belfast

'Your job was GREAT ! You are definitely the best copy editor I have worked with for 15 years.  So, thank you.' 

Professor, French Business School