About me


A cub reporter on manoeuvres with the Hexham Courant
Cub reporter David Ryan on manoeuvres in Northumberland with the Hexham Courant

I became a journalist in 1992, initially on local papers in England. Which is odd for a physics graduate.

After spells at the Hexham Courant, The News (Portsmouth) and Colchester's Evening Gazette, in 1999 I wound up in London, working for the now defunct Highbury & Islington Express (High&I).

As sister paper to the Hampstead & Highgate Express (Ham&High) - surely the poshest local rag in the world - the High&I boasted an extensive arts section.

This meant that I got to interview lots of showbiz types, either because they lived in Islington or were appearing on stage there.

Ultimately, I became the paper's arts and features editor.

In 2001, however, I went freelance. I've largely worked as a sub-editor since then, mostly on magazines in London.

Climbing a karri tree in Western Australia
Climbing a karri tree in Western Australia

From time to time, I'd take a year or two off to go travelling. I've been to nearly 70 countries - it's hard to be exact, as the status of places such as Palestine and Kosovo is contentious. At some point, I'll be writing a series of short ebooks about my travels.    

From 2010-12, I subbed a magazine called CNBC Business. As you'll see from my cuttings page, I also wrote features for it, at one point flying to Beijing to interview Mont Blanc's chief executive (and attend a big party with Nicolas Cage, Jessica Alba and Naomi Watts).

As a sub, I've worked for the likes of Tatler, The Observer, The Independent, the FT's Financial Adviser, Funds Europe, Marketing Week, The Lawyer, StrategicRISK, Money Marketing, Boat International, Mortgage Strategy, Event, Press Gazette, Conde Nast Traveller, Screen International, Drapers, Inside Housing, Marketing Direct, Conference & Incentive Travel, Square Meal Venues & Events, GP... the list goes on. Still, it's made me a mine of information. 

I've set up this site to advertise my services as a writer and editor. And to blog. I'm well on my way to finishing my first book, which is very exciting. Watch this space...   

If you're interested in my services, please feel free to contact me.