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John Dunn

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Full name John Dunn
Country United Kingdom
Primary language English
Specialist areas

Engineering, manufacturing industry, food industry, SMEs, enterprise & innovation, e-commerce, e-commerce for chemical industry, commercial property, shopping centre management, legal profession

Editorial work News writing, Features writing, Editing, Sub-editing
Last updated 26-04-2013 13:25


Versatile freelance journalist and writer with 30 years experience of writing and editing magazines and newspapers concerned with business, commerce, industry and technology. Former Editor of Professional Engineering and former Deputy Editor of The Engineer.

Recent freelance commissions:
 temporary editor of Chemistry & Industry, the magazine of the Society of Chemical Industry, during editor’s maternity leave
 feature and news writing for The Engineer, the fortnightly news magazine for manufacturing industry
 writing about factory maintenance issues for Plant & Works Engineering
 writing booklet illustrating role machine tools play in our lives for Machine Technologies Association
 regular features and research update column for Food Manufacture, the magazine of the food processing industry
 conference organiser for Penton Media's TEAM exhibition at the NEC, November 2003. The TEAM exhibition is nine shows: Computers in Manufacturing, Design Engineering Show, Inspex, Tooling, Factory Automation, Factory Services, Contract Manufacturing, Fluid Power, and Drives Motors & Controls.
 writing case histories on major chemical companies for Yorkshire Forward, the Yorkshire-Humberside regional development agency
 writring brochures on Centres of Industrial Collaboration (engineering, chemicals etc) for Yorkshire Forward
 feature writing for retail property magazines Shopping Centre and Zone A (magazine of the UK shopping centre industry)
 wrote website for a UK regional development agency to promote careers in opto-electronics
 brochure writing for commercial property companies and advisors
 wrote brochure for The New West End Company - the company set up to improve shopping environment in London's West End (Oxford St, Regent St and Bond St - designated as a Business Improvement District, or BID)


1998 to present. Freelance journalist.

1994 to 1998. Three and a half years as Editor of Professional Engineering, the 80,000 circulation magazine of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Responsible for its transfer to London and its relaunch and redesign as the fortnightly business magazine for manufacturing engineering. Also contributed articles to the Financial Times.

1984 to 1994. Ten years with The Engineer, the fortnightly news magazine for manufacturing industry, last four years as Deputy Editor. Contributed regularly to the Financial Times.

1978 to 1984. Six years as Editor of Production Engineer, monthly magazine of the Institution of Production Engineers.

1977 to 1978. One year as assistant editor with public relations company, responsible for production of a number of in-house company magazines.

1970 to 1977. Four years as Assistant Editor of Manufacturing Management. Two years as Editor of incentive travel newspaper International Fairs & Conferences. One year as Assistant Editor of International Freighting Weekly.

1968 to 1970. Two years as Assistant Editor of scientific quarterly Ultrasonics and Assistant Editor of Non-Destructive Testing.

1967 to 1968. Six months as Editor of local weekly newspaper Northampton Advertiser.

1965 to 1967. First job. Two years as sales promotion assistant with Avon Cosmetics, print buying and proof reading for sales catalogue.

Other work

Scripted and fronted 20 minute Japanese TV programme for Japanese business channel about developments in machine tools.

Interviewed on BBC Breakfast TV at height of machine tools to Iraq inquiry.

Interviewed on London Radio about my article on connection between children with autism and fathers who are engineers.

Interviewed on BBC World Service about the business of refurbishing old machinery.

Speeches to IMechE branch meetings and presentations to institution committees and boards.

Presentation to Food Manufacturing Engineering Group on automation in the food industry

Other experience

Took correspondence course on advertising and public relations. Been on numerous courses covering libel, copyright, financial reporting, subbing, design, and improving writing style. Attended three-day residential course on inter-personal skills.

Awarded several commendations for ‘Business Writer of the Year’ and feature writing.


Wyggeston Boys Grammar School, Leicester, 1955 to 1962. Seven O-levels, three A-levels (Maths, Physics, Chemistry).

University of St Andrews. Failed physics degree!



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