About Us

Perfect Proofreaders are a team of qualified and experienced editors. They come from diverse backgrounds and specialise in a range of fields. All of them are dedicated to making your words the best they can be. Send us your words – we make them perfect. 

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Welcome to Perfect Proofreaders

Simon Tagg – Perfect Proofreaders is the brainchild of ESL teacher Simon Tagg. After over twenty-five years working with speakers of English as a second language, he has embarked upon a joint venture with Alan Clarke to found Perfect Proofreaders. They aim to provide high-quality proofreading services, with fast turnaround times and a guaranteed level of service for their clients.

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Welcome to Perfect Proofreaders

Alan Clarke – Alan is a co-founder of Perfect Proofreaders. He has extensive industry experience going back to 1968 where he began his career as an apprentice compositor (one of the last people in England to complete a seven-year apprenticeship). He has expert knowledge in typesetting, offset printing, letterpress printing, print finishing, book binding, camera work, plate making and film assembly. He has been involved in ensuring the highest standards are met in print for over four decades. He has worked in England, Germany, Hong Kong and all over South East Asia. Alan developed our proprietary ‘8 steps’ proofreading method, and we still use his ‘eagle eye’ technique as part of our process. He has over twenty years of experience working in the medical transcription industry. Alan now oversees our QA for citations and references in academic documents.

Our Mission

Perfect Proofreaders specialise in final-stage proofreading. We are the last line of defence for errors. Our target is simple; our target is perfection. We have a clear, simple and fair payment policy for our clients. We have a clear, simple and fair levy for our editors. We guarantee completion times.

We ‘double proof’ all documents as standard using our proprietary ‘8 Steps’ method.

We aim to be perfect.

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Membership: 21760

Charted Institute of Editing and Proofreading

The Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading is the most recognised Institute in the industry. Listed below are courses to be completed in the near future:

Entry Level Member (March 2022)

Proofreading 1: Introduction
Proofreading 2: Headway
Proofreading 3: Progress

Copyediting 1: Introduction
Copyediting 2: Headway
Copyediting 3: Progress

Web editing
Medical Editing
Art of Querying
Editing Digital Content
Plain English for Editors
Word for Practical Editing
Introduction to Fiction Editing
Proofreading Theses & Dissertations
Getting to Grips with Grammar and Punctuation

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The Publishing Training Centre

Essential Proofreading – Editorial Skills One
Proofreading PDF documents
Essential Grammar

Professional Proofreading Courses

1) Knowadays

Formerly Proofreading Academy
Proofreading Course (completed June 2022)

2) Edit Republic

High-Level Proofreading Pro (completed July 2022)
The Art of Line Editing

3) Universal Class

Proofreading and Copy-Editing (completed April 2022)
Punctuation and Grammar

4) Linkedin Learning

Proofreading and Editing course (completed March 2022)

5) Proofread Anywhere

General Proofreading: Theory and Practice (completed August 2022)
Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice

Professional Certification

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NCRA Certification

National Court Reporters Association

Editors Canada – Organisation upholding professional editorial standards. They are the only body to provide professional certification for proofreaders. Obtaining this qualification is my goal. Five years working as a professional proofreader is required before taking the stringent test. 

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Masters Degree TESOL – Academic degree qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Bachelors Degree TEFL – Academic degreee qualification  in Teaching English as a Foreign Language 

Our Proofreaders

Simon Tagg (UK)

ESL specialist

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Alan Clarke (UK)

Citations & References

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Martyn Beaton (UK)

Quality Assurance

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 Paul Sleat  (AUS)

     Academic Papers

  Carl Reeves (USA)

      Aviation/ ESL


    Dan Herick (USA)

      Science Fiction

       Bill Brown (UK)


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  Charles McDowell (USA)


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   Mike Dunaway (USA)

   Military/ Historical

        Lara Hawkins (SA)

   Websites/ Transcription

 Michael Lovett (USA)

  ESL/ Business

      Markus Hoebinger (GER)

   German Language Specialist

Associate Editors 

Perfect Proofreaders work with external editors. They are all currently working as proofreaders independently and support our team on a freelance basis. We always try to choose the best editor for your document, and our associate editors help us match any particular specialisms or skill sets required to provide the highest level of service to you.  Please click the picture for editor bios. 

Angus Hilton
Angus Hilton (UK)
Jeremiah Quinto
Jeremiah Quinto (AUS)
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Michelle van Aswegen (SA)
Daniel Simmons
Daniel Simmons (UK)

Join us!

We are always looking for keen, enthusiastic proofreaders to join our growing team. You work ‘with’ us, not ‘for’ us and we are all here to help each other serve the client to the highest of standards. All proofreaders work on a freelance basis at times to suit. No minimums. Helpful, encouraging feedback. Payment is on the SAME DAY a document is completed. Any currency, any country. You can work from anywhere – as little or as much as you want. Sound good?  

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