Even in wellies, I don't conform to the stereotype of the editor of a farming magazine. That's because I'm not a professional farmer – but I am a professional editor, and Reed Business Information (RBI) has given me the chance to gain enormous and varied experience over 30 years.
In my time here, I've worked on titles that serve markets from social workers and doctors to HR professionals and retailers. A lot of my work is in change management – revisiting team structures, launching new products and revising editorial content. Today, as editor/editorial director of Farmers Weekly, my job involves overseeing all content produced for the audience wherever it appears: in print, online and face to face. I'm also a brand champion, making sure that the core values of the brands stand true, both internally and externally. As a senior editor, I believe it is also important to contribute to the wider corporate approach on content and support the centre on issues such as training and development of all editorial staff and the evolution of content strategy. The job is all about people and driving forward the business and our products.
RBI is a phenomenal business. It's a real global player but, at the same time, you can work in small, autonomous business units where you can take responsibility and create your own opportunities. I've benefited from extraordinarily diverse and professional training, and this has helped me grow as a person as well as supporting my career. Although I'm based in Sutton, Greater London, I've been all over the world for RBI and I can truthfully say that the job has never felt like going to work – it's been such fun and a real privilege to do.