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Mike Halson

Mike Halson MA Oxon DipM DMS

Highly experienced manager and team leader; strategic thinker with the ability to find creative solutions. Background in translation, publishing, journalism, public relations, web editing, content management, copywriting and quality assurance. Familiar with social media, blogs, analytics and SEO.

Skills and competencies

  • Management: planning, budgeting, KPIs, reporting, metrics, recruitment, team-leading, training, client liaison
  • Online editorial: website checking, copyediting, subediting, proofreading, commissioning, copywriting, SEO, social media, analytics
  • Project planning and project management
  • Writing: copywriting, blogs, articles, brochures, corporate documents
  • Applications: Microsoft Office; InDesign, Quark, Photoshop, Fireworks; Sitecore, Drupal, MediaSurface, Dreamweaver

Key Achievements

Web management and editing

  • Over 5 years, recruited, trained and managed successful and stable team of web quality assurance specialists in the UK, mainland Europe and India.
  • Managed quality assurance/subediting function, delivering against against KPIs and budgets on dozens of corporate website builds. Also oversaw preparation and timely go-live of company results. Clients included Prudential, Tesco, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce, BP, EasyJet and many more.
  • Professionalised the planning, scheduling and workflow process at Investis: managed schedule to push numerous time-critical projects and site maintenance jobs through the pipeline; designed, built and administered a company-wide planning database; created project management and resource metrics systems.
  • Worked as lead Web Editor on key website and annual report builds for FTSE100 companies as well as leading European organisations such as RWE, Shell, Bulgari and UniCredit.

Marketing and PR

  • Managed PR for the world's biggest photography prize (The Citibank Private Bank Photography Prize). Recruited judges, wrote competition rules, managed entries, set up judges' meetings, organised exhibition and award ceremony, persuaded Lord Snowdon to present the trophy.
  • Managed promotion and media management for Tornado Insider of international high-tech conferences in Stockholm, Munich and London.
  • Took my singles company Single Living (www.single-living.com) online and set up very successful marketing and media relations programme (see Media appearances below).

Media appearances

  • As a singles expert, have appeared on numerous TV and radio programmes, including BBC One - News, Breakfast, Kilroy, Esther, Vanessa; BBC 5 Live - Mayo; BBC Radio 4 - Today, PM.
  • Former regular guest on phone-in programmes including Anna Raeburn's award-winning show on Talk Radio and 'Up All night' on Radio 5 Live.
  • Also featured and mentioning in hundreds of national newspaper and magazine articles, including the Times, Guardian, Independent, Mail, Mirror, Sun and London Evening Standard.

Book and magazine publishing

  • Key role in turning around failing book business at Marshall Cavendish. Hired and trained new editors and designers. Scrapped existing publishing plans and replaced with new programme that matched the company's profile and resources. Coached new sales and marketing team; created and introduced revolutionary new costing/profitability calculator.

  • Author and commissioning editor of a number of successful children's non-fiction titles.

  • Editor of IT Mag (men's lifestyle magazine) and Single Living Magazine (now Single Living E-zine); subeditor on BBC Parenting and BBC Music magazines.


2010-2011 Sitemorse - Resource and Delivery Manager

2004-2010 Investis

2008-2010 Head of Subediting

2007-2008 Web Manager & Resource Manager

2008-2010 Head of Subediting

2002-2004 Freelance editor and PR consultant

2001-2002 Chelgate Public Relations - Senior Consultant

1998-2000 IT Mag - Editor

  • Edited and wrote for free men's lifestyle magazine - everything from page designs to photoshoots and celebrity interviews.

1996-1998 Drum Venture Communications - Senior PR Consultant

1995 Time-Life Books for Children - Senior Editor

  • Head of long-established book club for children
  • Managed book club team
  • Negotiated deals with publishers and attended international book fairs

1992-1995 Marshall Cavendish - Managing Editor, Books

  • Managed the books creation team of in-house and freelance writers, editors and designers
  • Met with clients and partners to sell and discuss new book concepts
  • Attended book fairs in Frankfurt and Bologna

1990-1992 Grisewood & Dempsey- Editor, Non-fiction

  • Devised, wrote and edited several non-fiction titles; designed page spreads and commissioned artwork from leading illustrators

1988-1990 Wm Collins (now HarperCollins) - Editor, Non-fiction

  • Commissioned, wrote and edited several non-fiction titles
  • Project-managed several photo shoots

1984-1987 NFER-NELSON (now GL Assessment) - Commissioning Editor

  • Commissioned and edited educational research books

1982-1984 M H Randall (now RWS Group) - Translator and checker

  • Translated technical documents and patent applications from German and French into English

Education and qualifications

Chartered Institute of Marketing

  • Diploma in Marketing (DipM)

University of Westminster

  • Diploma in Management Studies with Distinction (DMS)

St Catherine's College, University of Oxford

  • Upper Second Class Joint Honours Degree (French and German)

Warwick School - scholar

  • 8 'O' Levels; 4 'A' Levels: English (A), French (A), German (A), General Studies (B)

Interests and skills

  • Travel, cinema, skiing, golf
  • Presenting hospital radio shows
  • Fluent French and German; conversational Spanish; basic Czech