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Editor: Philippa (Pippa) Carron

Writing in the Gap

BSc Hons (ANU), PhD (ANU 1985), Photojournalism Diploma (Australian College of Journalism, 1999), Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training (Spherion Education, 2002)


  • Editing—Substantive editing, copyediting, verification editing, proofreading, editing for plain English; specialist in editing scientific and technical documents for plain English; editing of academic theses (Honours, Masters and PhD); fiction editing
  • Other services—Technical research and writing; Scribing, Minutes; Manuscript assessment; Training and personalised coaching services in writing and editing
  • Subject fields—Science, environment, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, natural resource management, health, medicine, complementary medicine, biotechnology, industry, R&D, innovation
  • Media—Reports, annual reports, training manuals, procedure manuals, user manuals, brochures, flyers fact sheets, FAQ, theses, technical manuals, handbooks, contracts, tender documents

Specific projects

Dr Carron has been writing and editing reports for government for over 30 years. Recent specific examples include:

  • rewriting and editing of 120 pages of work instruction manuals and conversion to plain English for CHC Affordable Housing (February 2015)
  • substantive edit and copy edit the draft the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation Research, Development and Extension Plan for Allison Mortlock (April 2015)
  • substantive edit, copy edit and proofread some 600 pages of technical report on gas access arrangements for Mr Phillip Deamer, Manager, Gas Access Regulation, ActewAGL (June 2015) — see testimonial below
  • substantive edit, copy editing and proofread some 80 pages of report on a survey of associates of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia for Ms Theresa Layton, Director, Yarrendale Enterprises Pty Ltd (August 2015) — see testimonial below



ActewAGL Distribution

Dr Pippa Carron provided editing services for ActewAGL Distribution in June 2015. The work comprised a substantive edit of a major submission of 90 pages, plus 14 appendixes of some 450 pages. She then carried out a complete copy edit of all the documents two weeks later. The material was highly complex and required considerable attention to detail of numbers and technical terminology. She provided essential advice on editing standards and options for in-house style decisions. Her flexibility in work hours and rapid turn-around of edited documents assisted my team meet its very tight deadline. I found Dr Carron to be both highly professional and very personable in all her communications (in person, by phone and by email). She was open, friendly and agreeable at all times, and gave me great confidence that the final product would be as good as it could be given the very tight time constraints my team was working under. I have no hesitation in recommending Dr Carron for any editing or proofreading job, however large or small, and however technical.

  • Philip Deamer, Manager, Gas Access Regulation, ActewAGL (August 2015)

Yarrendale Enterprises Pty Ltd

 In August 2015 I engaged Dr Pippa Carron to provide editing services for large, 60-page report which contained technical law court language, extensive data analysis and complex cross referencing. With the audience for the report comprising primarily judges and executives, it was critical that the report be grammatically correct, consistent and highly polished. Pippa’s editing went above and beyond what I expected. Not only did she complete a thorough copy edit, she significantly improved the report through her attention to detail in all areas including cross referencing and labelling of figures. Pippa was professional to deal with. She delivered her materials on time and to the highest quality standard. She was willing to work outside of standard working hours to ensure that the report was complete. I have no hesitation in recommending Pippa to others and look forward to working with her again.

  • Theresa Layton, Director, Yarrendale Enterprises Pty Ltd (August 2015)

More than 30 years experience writing and editing in academia, the public sector and the private sector. Over 12 years experience providing training courses in grammar,punctuation and plain English skills to public servants. Extensive experience working with a broad range of topics and media. Great attention to detail and very client friendly.