Alan Pedder

Freelance writer and editor with over 20 years' experience in
creating and shaping high-quality content for print and digital projects.

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Freelance Medical Writer / Editor

2006 – present

Throughout my freelance career in healthcare I have been fortunate to work alongside a broad range of clients from healthcare communications, healthcare advertising, medical education and publishing, and regulatory and HEOR. My specialist areas include oncology, immunology, rheumatology, dermatology, ophthalmology and neuroscience, and I am deeply interested in mental health and HIV research.

Current and previous clients:

Healthcare communications (UK, France and Italy)

Ashfield Healthcare, AS&K Mercury, BioScience Communications, Hamell, The Hive Group, Informa, Novartis in-house, Nucleus Global, Omnicom Health Group, OPEN Health, Option K, Syneos Health Communications, VMLYRx

Healthcare commercial (UK)

FCB Health London, FCB Health Hampshire, McCann Health, Publicis Group

Medical education and publishing (UK, France and Germany)

European Medical Journal, Oxford University Press, Remedica Medical Education & Publishing, Wolters-Kluwer/Springer

Regulatory and HEOR (UK and US)

AXON, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Asclepius Analytics, Celgene/BMS

Freelance Creative Copywriter

2005 – present

Creative writing and occasional photography for charities, travel and tourism organisations, and the entertainment industry. I also founded and co-edited a successful independent feminist music magazine (Wears The Trousers, online and in print) for 8 years (2005–2013).

A selection of organisations / publications I have worked with internationally:

Charities and Non-Profits (UK and Sweden)

Epilepsy Action, Marie Curie Cancer Care, REX Animation Film Festival, WaterAid

Travel and Tourism (UK, US, Hong Kong, and Turkey)

Alaçatı Tourism Board, Cathay Pacific,, Passion Passport

Music Publications (UK)

Drowned In Sound, End of the Road Festival programme, Get In Her Ears, musicOMH, Music Week, The Line Of Best Fit

Other outlets (UK and Turkey)

Close-Up Film, reFRESH Magazine, TRT World, Yabangee

Medical Editor @ NICE

2007 – 2012

I worked at NICE for 2.5 days/week in the Publishing department, first as a freelancer then as a member of staff. My role involved working on clinical guidelines, technology appraisals, pathways, interventional procedures guidance, the Shared Learning Database, and NHS quality standards, and writing patient information leaflets.

Senior Editor @ Remedica

2003 – 2006

This challenging and enjoyable role involved the running of up to seven quarterly medical journals at once. I began as an Editorial Assistant and was promoted three times within 18 months to the role of Senior Editor. Along the way, I was involved at every stage: commissioning, copyediting, writing, proofreading, client/author management, sales and production. In addition to my own titles, I provided editorial support for several others, at times contributing to over 80 issues per year. As Senior Editor, it was also my responsibility to guide and train new members of staff, to attend international events and to research new titles.

Assistant Statistician @ Celltech Group

1999 – 2000

This support role included serious adverse event reporting, quality control of data, developing and writing randomisation plans, statistical analysis plans and study protocols. My primary role was to analyse, interpret and present results of a Phase 2 rheumatoid arthritis study and to assist with the writing of regulatory submissions. Celltech Group is now a part of UCB Pharma.