Curriculum Vitae

Samantha Lewis

Editor, copy writer, writer & project manager

Career to date

Company: Absolute Publishing/freelancer
Date: March 2005-current
Position/responsibilities: Associate Editor of Absolute Publishing (office and home based depending on project). My role includes editing bespoke projects such as A Taste of Israel magazine distributed by Waitrose; ABTA Golf magazine and ABTA Dailies published at World Travel Market. Three years as copywriter for corporate publication Hyatt Life. Previous positions include beauty and fashion editor of the glossy consumer magazine Spa Secrets. Published travel articles in National Geographic Traveller UK, The Times Online; The Times and Telegraph supplements.

Company: AOL UK
Position: Travel Editor and Senior Programming Manager
Date: January 2000-February 2005
Responsibilities: Commissioned and edited content for over 2.5 million unique users; initiated new ideas to engage users. Managed a small team through three redesigns to deadline working closely with information architects to develop search and integrate relevant editorial with booking functionality and intuitive navigation. Acted as PR spokesperson and networked within the industry.

Company: Reed Business Information Ltd
Positions: Sub Editor, Features Reporter, Deputy Features Editor & Supplements Editor of Travel Weekly, weekly travel trade newspaper
Date: March 1996 to January 2000
Responsibilities: Produced supplements and features from flat plan to print.

Company: Link House Magazines
Position: Sub Editor of Land Rover World and Off Road & 4WD magazines
Date: August 1995-March 1996
Responsibilities: Edited news and features; wrote captions and headlines.

Company: Outbound Newspapers
Position: Travel Journalist on five different monthly travel publications
Date: November 1993-August 1995
Responsibilities: Wrote articles, captions and headlines; layout of pages.

IT skills

Working knowledge of Indesign/WordPress/PowerPoint/Excel/Word/Apple Macs and PCs.

Education & training

1990 to 1993
Louisiana State University (LSU) USA
Bachelor of Arts degree in history and journalism, GPA 3.55

1988 to 1990
University College of Swansea (UCS) Wales

1985 to 1988
Kelly College Boarding School, Tavistock, Devon Three A-Levels and nine O-Levels

Personal achievements

Selected to swim in the Commonwealth Games, Edinburgh, 1986
Member of the Welsh International Swim Squad 1982 to 1993
Competed (and completed!) the London Marathon, 1999
Academic and sports scholarships at three schools & universities
Passed Stage I and II BHS horse riding exams, 2009 & 2010, entered for Stage III

Interests

Competitive equestrian (British Eventing and British Dressage), travel and sports (Muay Thai, kick boxing and yoga).