My Career…

February 13, 2019 By Phil Curry



·       Reporting

·       Research

·       Interviewing

·       Sub-editing

·       Proofreading


       Project Management

·       People management

·       Redesign experience

·       Budgetary control

·       Analytics

·       Website development



·       MS Word

·       MS Excel

·       Photoshop

·       InDesign

·       Video editing



·       Clean driving licence

·       Social media awareness

·       CMS understanding

·       WordPress site design



Career history

Aftermarket Magazine – November 2013 – March 2017


  • Editing this industry-leading magazine focusing on the vehicle repair and service market
  • Writing features based around latest topics and product specific areas to inform readers of challenges the industry faces and the latest products and services for their businesses
  • Working with manufacturers of equipment for the industry and leading bodies representing garages, equipment manufacturers and the motor industry as a whole
  • Sourcing contributors for business and technical stories that will strike a chord with our 30,000 readers
  • Sub-editing contributions to the magazine house style and checking for spelling, grammatical and factual errors
  • Writing for both print (10 issues a year) and online via the Aftermarket website
  • Organising Top Technician, a UK-wide competition to find the industry’s best automotive technician, including online and practical rounds and a training event.
  • Moved with magazine when it was acquired by DFA Media in August 2015


Smithers Pira – February 2011 – November 2013

Assistant Editor

  • Responsible for running the company’s +Plastic Electronics magazine and a number of trade e-journals surrounding food packaging and lighting markets
  • Wrote features and market reports about innovations in flexible and organic electronics, including OLED displays and lighting and OPV systems, as well as anti-counterfeiting measures and LED lighting systems
  • Interviewed academics, CEOs and experts in an expanding electronic market
  • Put together white papers on areas such as OLED lighting in vehicles and wearable technology
  • Worked to re-develop the +Plastic Electronics website and move it behind a pay wall
  • Analysed analytics and trends to see what content readers enjoyed, and planning more in these regions.


Disability Product News – October 2009 – November 2010


  • Wrote for both trade and consumers of disability products including wheelchairs, crutches, beds, mobility scooters and vehicles
  • Commissioned writers and leading a design team to create an engaging magazine that covers two different types of reader
  • Planned advance features and working with advertisers to ensure their needs and those of the reader are met
  • Led a redesign of the magazine, including a rebranding and expansion in freelance staff
  • Reviewed vehicles for the mobility section


Practical Motorhome – January 2008 – June 2009

Technical Writer

  • Created and wrote features on the technical side of motorhomes
  • Worked with contributors to answer reader queries and develop step-by-step features
  • Planned and conducted travel articles, leading photo shoots and planning trips
  • Arranged and conducted vehicle reviews
  • Arranged reviews and competitions of consumer products
  • Represented the title at various shows throughout the UK, and motorhome launches in Europe


Car Audio Retailer – January 2005 – January 2007

Features Editor / Editor

  • Began as Features Editor and took over the magazine as Editor in January 2006
  • Planned, arranged and wrote features on consumer products in the in-car entertainment industry for trade readers
  • Worked with leading consumer product manufacturers to bring relevant content to readers on areas including head-units, speakers, subwoofers and satellite navigation systems
  • Organised the magazine’s annual EXPO trade show and judging at the annual ICE Award


Qualifications and Achievements

South East Essex College (September 2002 – July 2005)

  • Journalism (BA Honours) – 2:1
  • Essex Enquirer Award for Academic Achievement
  • Nominated for Beacon Award (For College Publications)

Palmers Sixth Form College (September 1998 – July 2000)

  • Media and Communication (GNVQ Advanced) – Distinction
  • Communication Studies (A Level) – B

The Laindon High School (September 1993 – July 1998)

  • 12 GCSE’s at grade A-C including English, Maths and Science.