Profile

I'm a writer and editor who has worked for some of the biggest names in business, consumer and customer publishing and for membership and campaigning organisations. I'm currently Group Chief Sub-Editor for an agency called Sunday, which was PPA Content Agency of the Year 2019 and shortlisted in 2020. 

 

Over the years I've worked on some great projects, often from launch, and I've really enjoyed building teams, taking on new challenges and dealing with the people who are essential to the success of any enterprise. I'm a confident public speaker, and comfortable operating in meetings and group events.  

 

 

I began working in the trade when I finished a degree in social sciences at the Polytechnic of Central London, taking a job at the Time Out Group as a writer and sub-editor on consumer guides. I went on to work as a layout sub and writer in the business press until landing a job on the subs' desk of Take a Break magazine in its heyday, when readership reached over two million a week.

 

Over the next few years I worked on some of the biggest-selling consumer titles in the UK, and was Deputy Chief Sub on the team that launched Heat magazine. I spent a month based in Rotterdam working as a writer and editor on UEFA's official website covering the Euro 2000 international football tournament, helping the site to become the first to rack up over one billion hits.

 

I was Chief Sub on a number of consumer and customer publishing titles until taking on a role in project development for H Bauer, where I worked until setting up a freelance business. Over the next three years I taught journalism at a number of colleges, worked for charities, trade unions and consultancies and wrote regularly about finance, the media, culture and technology for a number of publications and websites.

 

I returned to staff employment when I was approached to become Group Chief Sub at a startup content agency, Progressive, and worked there as the agency grew to employ around 100 staff, before moving to Sunday.

 

I've written and worked on 16 books, including two award-winning official publications for Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and the official history of the National Union of Teachers. My written work has appeared regularly in the national press and specialist websites and I'm a regular guest on a number of football podcasts.

 

I'm co-chair of the Supporters' Trust at Tottenham Hotspur FC, a formally-constituted voluntary organisation representing fans at club and national level. The role involves dealing with senior figures in the game and a significant amount of casework. 

Contact me at martincloake@mac.com

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