Freelance Writer CV

Kate Goldstone – Freelance writer CV

Education

  • 9 O’ levels including Maths, English Literature and English Language (Middlesbrough)
  • 3 A’ levels: Geology B, English Literature B, Art D (Middlesbrough)
  • Arts Degree Foundation Course: graded A+ (Middlesbrough)
  • BA Honours Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration, 2:1 (Brighton University College of Art and Design)

Life after art college

After art college I spent five years trying to make a living out of art. I hated it. The very fact of having to ‘create’ for money, to order, took all the joy out of it. I was miserable. So I decided to change tack.

Temping for an insurance company, I realised insurance was actually quite interesting. No, don’t laugh 😉 A year after joining Royal & Sun Alliance as a junior property insurance underwriter, I was snapped up by the head office direct marketing department. They spotted an innate talent for marketing long before I realised it myself.

I am also part-qualified as an Associate of the Institute of British Insurers, a professional qualification I took to prove that, despite my arts background, I had a businesslike head on my shoulders. I stopped taking the exams as soon as I moved into financial services direct marketing, since the qualification was no longer relevant enough to be worth the pain!

My copywriting and marketing career

Before staring out as a freelance writer in early 2006, I worked my way up the direct marketing corporate ladder. Starting with the most recent, I worked with:

  • Sutton Winson Ltd, the insurance brokers, as Marketing Executive
  • Folgate Warren Hill Risk Solutions Ltd, the insurance brokers, as Marketing Manager
  • An internet start-up company, as part time Marketing Director (then the so-called internet bubble burst)
  • London & Edinburgh, an insurance company, as Assistant Marketing Manager
  • Cornhill Insurance as Marketing Controller
  • CGA, an independent insurance brokerage, as Marketing Executive
  • Royal & Sun Alliance, as Marketing Assistant

I also worked as a Direct Marketing Consultant, on a contract basis, for two and a half years with a diverse range of companies including various City financial services organisations and Nature magazine.

Any questions?

Feel free to ask questions and I’ll provide the fine detail.