Clive is the founder and lead writer, editor and reporting strategist for The Corporate Reporters. Previously a soldier, cabin attendant for South African Airways (SAA), trade union executive and restaurateur, Clive found his niche as a ‘long form’ copywriter for advertising agencies and large corporations. For the past 22 years, Clive has written annual reports and complex business proposals, evolving over the years into a thought leader in the integrated and sustainability concepts that began sweeping through corporate reporting after the 2008 global economic crisis. When not at the keyboard or visualising corporate reporting strategies, Clive and his wife are irrepressible travelers, especially to destinations with intriguing cultures and compelling scuba diving sites.
As project manager, Bethany conquers deadlines, guiding the flow of project creation and allocating sections of work for completion in line with our clients' expectations. Beth is also adept at digging through, analysing and assembling material into working drafts for writers and clients to tackle with minimum delay. When not at her desk, Beth is a devoted homemaker, mother and partner who handmakes classic tie-dye t-shirts and bed covers to order, while also renowned as a talented gardener and landscaper.
Megan is a talented writer and technically skilled editor and proofreader who brings the insights of a well-travelled millennial into the mix. Like Clive, Megan was previously cabin crew, although for Emirates and more than two decades after Clive offered his last sky-high beverage… Organised and energetic, Megan is a keen originator of content for websites and social media. After a long day at the creative rockface, Megan turns her attention to fine food and travel - heading out to engage Johannesburg’s cutting-edge ‘foodie’ scene and avidly seizing opportunities to traverse local and foreign lands.
After 27 years as a fulltime specialist financial journalist and newspaper text editor, I started a freelance business offering media liaison, writing and language practitioner services in 2009. I am well qualified for the task, holding an MA in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand and BA (Hons) in Industrial Communications from North-West University. As much as I dreamed of travel writing, I turned out more of a travelling corporate scribe. With the remote working trend all the rage, I often serve my South African clients while exploring distant places. I am a member of the Southern African Freelancers’ Association (Safrea) and serve on the Outside Panel of Unisa’s Directorate: Language Services.
I am a proofreader. Born with a red pen in one hand and thesaurus in the other. Ha, the book, not the dinosaur! I proofread annual reports and minutes of meetings for a range of clients, including The Corporate Reporters, MultiChoice, Media24, Naspers and Nedbank. Let me know, I’ll gladly manoeuvre your ‘there', ‘they’re' and ‘theirs’ into their rightful places.
Marina Pearson founded Language Finesse in 1989. Her success secret is notably insightful work and unfailing service. An award-winning language practitioner, she has authored, edited, translated, proofread, rewritten and indexed more books than she has space to keep, on every subject from art to zoology. Four textbooks she wrote are still in use in schools and universities. She now concentrates on content generation, text editing and writing for corporate clients, as well as rewriting material in plain language as required by legislation. Past and present clients are a who’s who of South African book publishers and corporations.