David Ryan

Junior Copywriter , Commanding Copy Available for work

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Not many writers are scientific, arty and familiar with the business world. I'm unusual in that respect.

I'm a physicist who became an award-winning journalist, who was drawn to business magazines, had a sideline writing about entertainment and then moved into copywriting. Versatile, eh?

As a copywriter, I specialise in B2B projects and case studies. In part, that's why Elite Business magazine relies on me to write its advertorial supplements.

My physics background made me a rational, methodical thinker and a diligent researcher. Moving into journalism, these qualities came in extremely handy.

My work is succinct and waffle-free. It has the accuracy and rigour of a scientific report, but, thanks to my 30 years in newspapers and magazines, in never dry or stodgy.

As a freelance writer and editor in London, I worked extensively on titles such as Marketing Week, The Lawyer, the Financial Times' Investment Adviser and a string of B2B magazines.

Being copy editor of CNBC Business involved rewriting articles from foreign correspondents (most of whom spoke English as a second language) in an engaging, conversational style. A useful talent to have!

My non-fiction book George Orwell on Screen was one of the Times Literary Supplement's books of the year 2018. Why do I mention this? Because I work hard and excel at whatever I turn my hand to.

In 2019, I gained a copywriting diploma with distinction from the College of Media and Publishing.

It wasn't hard to adjust. Not after decades of writing eye-catching headlines, breathing life into other people's articles, interviewing captains of industry (and Ryan Gosling, before he was famous) and crafting copy that sings.

On time, in the right tone, to the correct length, to the client's evident satisfaction.

If you'd like to work with me, I'd love to hear from you.


Co Durham

07779 175215



  • Advertisements
  • Brochures and leaflets
  • Content marketing
  • Copy-editing
  • Digital and SEO copywriting
  • PR and Journalism
  • Tone of voice
  • B2B
  • B2C
  • Business, finance and law
  • Science and Technology
  • Sport, travel and leisure
Qualifications & Awards
Diploma in copywriting, College of Media and Publishing, distinction (2019)

Newsquest (Essex) feature writer of the year (1998)

BT Merit Award as one of the four best candidates in the UK to pass the National Council for the Training of Journalists' senior reporter exams (1994)

Darlington & Stockton Times Award for the year's best journalism student at Darlington College Technology (1992)

I also have a BSc in physics (1990), so science and technology don't faze me. I've a methodical mind!


Bottomline supplement

A B2B report aimed at SMBs that routinely need to chase up invoices. It shows how Bottomline's digital payments system can help.

Platinum Property Partners supplement

A 20-page Elite Franchise publication, including three case studies, an interview with the CEO and advice on property investment.

Andromeda Solutions website

At short notice, I wrapped my head around the IT support business for North East firm Andromeda Solutions.

Inner City Digital, Middlesbrough

This web-design firm hired me to rewrite its website in 2019. You can read the delighted testimonial on my own site.

ActionCoach advertorial

In 2017, Elite Business magazine commissioned three advertorials from me for the ActionCoach franchise.

The Walt Disney Company, mobile games

I talk to the senior vice president of Disney Mobile for CNBC Business.

LanzaTech, New Zealand

My report on the Kiwi cleantech firm for CNBC Business.

Gieves & Hawkes, Savile Row, London

A CNBC Business cover story about the high-class West End tailor's American expansion plans.

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