Lesley McLean

Editorial Manager Humour/Properties & Licensing

  • LocationMethley, Leeds, United Kingdom



  • Word
  • Coaching
  • Design Direction
  • Planning Scheduling
  • Project Managment
  • Writing and Editing
  • Editing Proofreading
  • Writing Poetry/prose
  • Editorial Management
  • Editorial Writing
  • Design Concept Development
  • Staffing Management
  • Writing Comedy
  • Editorial Concepts
  • Writing Copy for Print

Work history


Editorial Manager Humour, Properties and Licensing

Hallmark UK

Jan 2005
  • Editorial Manager for all humour, properties and licensed cards. Includes managing editorial team, editing, writing, reviewing and ideating content, as well as developing strategies along with peers, coaching staff, working with designers and creative managers, and writing publicity and other content.


Assistant Information Officer

Department for Work and Pensions

Mar 1994 - May 2004
  • Communications work in Marketing, Press Office and for Intermediaries. Included editorial /production management on various publications across 12 languages. Also writing press releases and lines to take, handling journalist's calls, script writing for adverts, audio tapes and other material. Expert in Plain English application.


Newspaper Sub-editor

DC Thomson CO Ltd

May 1989 - May 1994
  • Progressed through ranks starting as a Journalism Trainee, qualifying as a news sub-editor for The Dundee Courier, moving onto the sports desk as sub-editor, and graduating into regional sub running local newspaper editions. Job consisted of planning news pages, prioritising stories to space, allocating work, dealing with reporters and photographers, working closely with peers to plan editions. Also sub-editor for Sunday Post and rugby union reporter on weekend shifts.



Communication Studies

Fife College of Technology

Aug 1987 - May 1989
  • SHND in Communications incl Advertising, Publiciity, Marketing, Market Research, Philosophy, English and Art.



Plain English Award

  • Awarded for project managing and developing an intranet site for government staff to help them produce letters in plain English for people on or applying for benefits. http://www.plainenglish.co.uk