Peter Wood Cotterill

Mattingley, North-East Hampshire, UK


Published freelance writer and copyeditor/copywriter: Also widely experienced in marketing and public/media relations

Work History

My working ‘career’ has spanned: - polishing the ends of combs in an Addis Brush factory - 2 days; - trainee British Rail despatch clerk in Cambridge goods yard - 4 weeks; - cashier/teller Cambridge Trustee Savings Bank - 9 months; - Southern Rhodesia Government civil service (Native Affairs Admin - 4 months; Rhodes Matopos Estate Agriculture Research Station - 3 years); - Commercial Union insurance office in Bulawayo, accident/motor insurance underwriter - 2 years; - Hitchhiking journey zigzagging the length of Africa and across Europe to return to England - 9 months; - Rank Organisation, London (marketing) - 6 months; - National Employers’ Mutual, Salisbury, Rhodesia - accident insurance manager across Central African Federation - 4 years; - North London insurance brokerage, general manager - 8 years; - Confederation Life (of Canada) - Reading and London, rising to head of marketing, sales training and press and media relations - 17 years; - freelance marketing/PR consultant and copywriter/editor - ongoing.


Matriculation - distinctions in eight subjects
Skegness Grammar (Lincs.); Sudbury Grammar (Suffolk)


English Pen; Royal Society of Literature; Chelsea Arts Club.