Who are we?

Each of our editors has extensive academic experience and are skilled at editing assignments, reports and theses.

Our Editors

Dr Kathie Brown.

Kathie has a PhD in cell biology from the Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, a Master of Public Health from The University of Sydney, and a first class Honours degree in Science from the ANU. She is currently studying for a Diploma in Project Management. Kathie has worked at The John Curtin School of Medical Research, ANU as a medical researcher; at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, ANU; and at the National Centre for Indigenous Genomics, ANU. She has extensive experience in academic writing having written numerous essays, two theses and published papers in international, peer-reviewed scientific journals. Her scientific training has given her the ability to write in a clear and concise manner and a keen eye for detail. This in combination with her love of good literature and her strong desire to help students improve their writing, come together to make her an ideal editor and proofreader.  Kathy is a professional member of the Canberra Society of Editors.

Dr Nicola van Dijk

Nicola has a double degree in English and Archaeology from Auckland University (BA), a Masters degree in Archaeology also from Auckland University, a second Masters degree from the Australian National University (Master of Liberal Arts in Museums and Collections) and a PhD in Biological Anthropology from the Australian National University.   Nicola has considerable academic writing experience (two theses and many published papers, reports etc).  In addition she has extensive teaching experience in both Australian and NZ Universities and has taught English as a second language as both a full-time and part-time job.  She continues to work with Indigenous students through the ANU Tjabal Centre and has supervised honours and masters students at the ANU also.  She has had consultation experience with Indigenous communities in the ACT and throughout the Pacific region.   She also enjoys working with international students and is aware of the unique challenges that they face.  Nicola has had considerable editing experience through her work with students and colleagues, as well as reports and other documents over many disciplines.  Nicola is a professional member of the Canberra Society of Editors.

Mr. Nic Notapietro

Nic is a former diplomat and senior official in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade  and previously the Australian Agency for International Development, with over thirty years’ experience in working in government. He also worked as a journalist earlier in his career.

Nic has extensive experience in preparing and editing high level briefs, media releases and reports for government ministers and parliamentarians, as well as evaluation, design and monitoring reports for government programs. Nic has particular expertise in working with clients to ‘declutter’ technical or complex documents so they are accessible to the lay reader. He also has substantial experience in working in close liaison with evaluators and client agencies to get evaluation and review documents ready for public presentation, without compromising substance.

Nic particularly enjoys working with overseas students to help them express their ideas as clearly and well as possible. Nic has an English honours degree from the University of Western Australia.