Sharon W.
Cape TownSouth Africa
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Financial services communications strategist, writer and editor

If you are looking for someone who is passionate about communicating, has a deep understanding of anything to do with the investment, financial services or fintech industries, as well as personal finance and the global economy, get hold of me. I am skilled at distilling complex concepts into engaging content that stands out from the crowd and combine these with visual elements (infographics, images, graphics) that make the messaging even more powerful. I am an experienced writer, editor, communications manager and strategist, as well as former financial journalist, who became a communications consultant and freelance writer this year after working as a communications manager in the asset management industry for more than a decade. Before that I was a financial journalist for 15 years, covering economics, financial markets, the financial services sector and personal finance. I started out my career as an assistant economist at one of South Africa's largest banks. I am skilled at writing across a wide range of communications mediums, including websites, publications, brochures and social media. I can write insightful, research-based thought leadership articles and white papers, as well as short, punchy and engaging content and infographics. As Head of Communications at two of South Africa’s largest asset management companies, I managed a team of communications professionals. We produced a range of annual thought leadership publications, monthly magazines and an online blog. I conceptualised, set up and was publisher and editor of Richer Life, a monthly financial lifestyle magazine, produced and distributed in conjunction with Finance Week, a leading weekly financial publication. During my journalism career, I wrote an average of one cover story a month as economics editor for Finance Week in the mid-nineties. A few years later I covered the banking sector for Financial Mail during a period of significant activity for the industry, with many small, boutique investment banks setting up in competition with the “big four” banks. I conceptualised, set up and was publisher and editor of Richer Life, a monthly financial lifestyle magazine, produced and distributed in conjunction with Finance Week, a leading weekly financial publication. As a result of my interest in what it takes to be a true leader, I partnered with Business Report and Corporate Research Foundation in producing, writing and editing my brainchild, the annual South Africa’s Leading Managers publication. I edit efficiently and with a light touch, focusing on enhancing the rhythm and energy of the writing and always honouring the voice of the author, while making sure there are no grammar gremlins or typos. I have strong strategic communications and content marketing skills and am proactive, energised and passionate about my vocation.

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Skills

  • Web Content Strategy
  • Content Editing
  • Social Media Strategy
  • Technical Writing
  • Financial Writing
  • Web Content Development
  • Communications