Andrew Johnston  |  Trainer, editor and consultant

I specialize in editing, writing and training for international agencies and non-government organizations. I am an editor with 25 years’ newspaper experience in New Zealand and Europe, including 11 years at the International Herald Tribune in Paris, where I was deputy editor of the editorial pages from 2001 to 2007. In 2009, I founded my own consultancy.

Since 2013 I have given more than 170 writing skills workshops in 20 countries for staff from more than 200 international organizations. I specialise in helping policy, research and communications staff write clearly for a wide, non-specialist audience.

As well as leading writing workshops, I write and edit publications for a wide range of agencies, particularly in the development field. I have edited the Africa Progress Report (2012-2016) and the UN’s major annual education report (the EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2010-2014). Recent clients include the African Development Bank, International Energy Agency, Kofi Annan Foundation, Global Witness,  OECD, Robert Carr Fund.

I bring to my editing work a deep regard for language developed in my other life as a poet and critic.

I’ve published six collections of poetry and edited two poetry anthologies (see

I won New Zealand’s national poetry award in 2017 (for Fits & Starts) and 1994 (for How to Talk).

Andrew Johnston | | +336-6517-3966