Sean is a science journalist, editor, copywriter and subeditor with two decades’ experience. He joined the Turing as a consultant science writer to bring examples of the Turing’s pioneering research and activities to life through engaging case studies for a range of channels and audiences, and to support the Institute in creating broader impact narratives.
Sean joins the Turing following a 14-year stint at New Scientist – the world’s most successful popular-science magazine. The first 10 years of that was spent as a subeditor, the last four as an editor in the features section, where the subscription-driving premium content lives. He also hosted the Engineering Stage at the New Scientist Live science festival in 2018.
As a New Scientist editor, Sean commissioned, edited and wrote a variety of top-class science journalism for print and web, with a focus on the people behind the breakthroughs. He has interviewed the very best in their fields, including chess legend Garry Kasparov, Virgin Galactic’s chief test-pilot, David MacKay, 3D-bioprinting pioneer, Jennifer Lewis, chief economist for the Bank of England, Andy Haldane, and the Nobel Prize winner for the discovery of graphene, Andre Geim.
As a subeditor at New Scientist, Sean wrestled complex pieces of science writing into engaging, flowing prose, came up with killer headlines, and ensured diagrams and graphics served to enhance the journalism, not confuse it.
Before science journalism, Sean spent years in advertising copywriting and producing live television (whisper it: Richard & Judy).