Vanessa Couchman



Highly skilled writer/researcher/journalist and consultant with experience of running own company since 1997.

Specialist in corporate written communications in English for public and private sector clients, in the UK and internationally.  Many examples of publications, including research reports, annual reports, corporate plans and strategies, information brochures and leaflets, advertorials, procedures manuals, corporate governance manuals, bid and tender documents.

Also an experienced journalist, writing features about French property, culture and lifestyle for a wide range of publications.

Extensive management and board-level experience in both the public and private sectors: formerly a member of the Audit Commission’s executive management board; managed a large team of value for money consultants; has worked extensively at board level on consultancy and writing assignments with executive and non-executive directors.


10 ‘O’ levels, 3 ‘A’ levels, 1 ‘S’ Level

Somerville College, Oxford University – BA (Hons) Modern History, 2.1

Warwick Business School – Masters in Business Administration, distinction

1997 – present

Self-employed writer and management consultant, with own company, OFB International s.a.r.l.

1990-97 Audit Commission

Associate Controller – Member of the Commission’s Executive Management Board, responsible for strategic planning, press & public relations, running Controller’s office, managing corporate projects.

Head of Midlands Regional Projects Unit – Responsible for delivering the region’s value for money (VFM) audit programme and developing a range of local projects for audited bodies, with a team of 25 staff.

Project Manager – Responsible for own portfolio of projects on a range of topics.

1989-90 MBA

Career break while taking Masters in Business Administration

1979-89 Publishing industry

Worked as an editor and publisher in the academic and higher/further education publishing industry: Clio Press, Macmillan Publishers and Pinter Publishers.

*  A detailed resumé is available on request (via contact).

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