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Who are Clearly Stated?

Clearly Stated is a family business (mother and son), with both of us having pursued independent careers before moving into the field of technical communication. This gives us a unique combination of skills and knowledge that we can draw on, and means that we are comfortable working in a variety of industries and sectors.

We do what we do for two reasons:

  • We want to help people get the most out of their investments in technological products and services, so they actually help in their work and personal lives instead of becoming a hurdle to overcome.
  • We want to help those who develop technical products and services to have their achievements recognised. Too often a great product is hidden behind extremely poor or non-existent documentation and explanation.

Alison Peck

I started Clearly Stated in 2004, with 10 years’ experience in the profession. This is my second career – I qualified as a nurse and practised for a number of years. This background knowledge has been extremely useful for several of our clients.

Alison Peck

I specialise in explaining how software works to people who need to use it to do a job but who do not consider themselves to be ‘technical’. I work primarily in the health care and education sectors, but also have a good knowledge of secure messaging systems. I have worked with clients whose businesses are in online retail, advice and identity management.

I have been an associate lecturer for the Open University on one of their first-level technology courses since 2007, and have been teaching business and technical writing skills since 2005.

I have an MA in Technical Communication awarded by Sheffield Hallam University in 2005 and an MA in Online and Distance Education awarded by the Open University in 2014.

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I am a Fellow of the ISTC (Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators), which is the professional association for technical communicators in the UK. This means my experience has been recognised by my peers.

To retain my status as a Fellow, I have to demonstrate my commitment to keep my knowledge and skills current by maintaining a record of my learning (continuous professional development or CPD).

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I am also a Fellow of ITOL (Institute of Training and Occupational Learning).

Download a copy of CV in PDF format An outline of my experience is provided in my CV.

Andrew Peck

Andrew Peck

I have a Molecular Science degree from the Open University and an MA in English Language Teaching awarded by Nottingham Trent University. I have taught in Higher Education in the UK, China and Oman, and I often found myself planning training and writing courses and materials. On my return to the UK in 2012, I joined Clearly Stated as a technical author.

I am an army reservist and have SC clearance. I tend to spend my time in uniform writing reports and analysis on a variety of topics. I find that working in such a structured and results-critical environment gives me a lot of transferable skills I can bring to bear on client projects. I relish being ‘first on the scene’ and genuinely enjoy creating new documentation where none has existed before; this often leads to clients finding themselves with the findings from a lot of informal testing as I explore their product.

My background in teaching English to non-native speakers has provided me with practical experience in ensuring that written communications are as clear and unambiguous as possible. I have presented at conference on the subject of cultural interference in technical communication.

I tend to take contracts with a defence, scientific or educational bias, but am generally comfortable with software documentation regardless of sector.

Logo indicating that Andrew is a certified Member of the ISTC

I am a Member of the ISTC (Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators), which is the professional association for technical communicators in the UK. This means I have sufficient experience to be accepted for this grade.

Our professional code of conduct states that I must update my knowledge and skills – this is not a problem as I love learning something new.

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I am also a Fellow of ITOL (Institute of Training and Occupational Learning).

Download a copy of CV in PDF format An outline of my experience is provided in my CV.

 

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