About Draftproof

Robert Holden, based in the west of Ireland

Robert Holden - Proofreader and Editor


My work background includes English teaching for EFL and ESOL, literacy, communications and secondary-level examinations. I have also worked as a reporter, purchaser, typesetter and as the administrator of a theatre school. Alongside these, I was a church pastor for over 20 years, setting up its charity status and governance, and I have helped to establish two other charities and served on their boards.


Areas of Interest

While proofreading does not normally require specialist knowledge of the topic, when it comes to more involved editing, it’s helpful if writer and editor share a vocabulary.

My work with university presses is in the Humanities and Social Sciences field, primarily linguistics, religion, education and history. Other areas of interest include current affairs, international and community development, arts and culture, the charity sector, and theatre.


Outside Work

As if all the words in the day job weren’t enough, I read for fun and often have my head in a script getting ready to go on stage. I’m also privileged to live somewhere I can swim outdoors and walk in the hills.



I have a first-class degree in English language, a post-graduate diploma in newspaper journalism and a certificate in teaching English as a foreign language. I passed my proofreading training with distinction and have copy editing qualifications.

I am a Professional Member of the Chartered Institute of Editors and Proofreaders (CIEP), following their code of practice and committed to continuing professional development. I co-coordinate an online group for CIEP editors based all over Europe and the Americas and am part of the conference team for the CIEP's annual conference in Glasgow in September 2023.

Expert Proofreading & Editing Services

Putting the final polish on your text so that nothing stands between you and your readers