Val Culley – CV

I am an East Midlands freelance journalist with a specialist interest in Italy, writing about its lifestyle, culture and language and its many attributes as a holiday destination.Val Culley

As a holder of the Institute of Linguists Diploma in Italian, I can speak, translate from and understand the Italian language well.

I travel to Italy several times a year and have built up a detailed knowledge of a number of different regions.

For more than 20 years I have been a member of the Dante Alighieri Society, the society for promoting the Italian language and culture abroad.

In March 2010 I launched to provide advice and information for visitors to Bergamo in Lombardia and the surrounding area. This was followed by the launch in 2011 of

I have more than 30 years’ journalistic experience and am a holder of the NCTJ Proficiency Certificate.

Career to date:

Freelance journalist writing about travel and providing communications services to clients since 2010.

Head of Information and Publications for Nottinghamshire Police 2008 – 2010. (I was in charge of an internal and external newspaper, corporate publications, internal communications, the force website and intranet.)

Marketing and Public Relations Officer for Nottinghamshire Police 2002 -2008. (I wrote newsletters, leaflets and press releases and produced marketing campaigns to promote Nottinghamshire Police in a positive way.)

Freelance journalist between1984 and 2002. (I worked for a range of clients, including television companies, provincial newspapers and local authorities, writing press releases, features, newspapers and tourism brochures. I also worked as a casual sub editor for the Sun and the Mirror.

Publications Manager for British Gas PR department 1981 -1984. (I brought out a monthly internal newspaper and corporate publications.)

Journalist with the Morning Telegraph newspaper in Sheffield 1977 – 1981. (I started as a news reporter, then trained to be a sub-editor and then became a sports writer/sports sub-editor.)

Journalist with the Nottingham Evening Post 1973 -1977. (I trained as a journalist with the Nottingham Evening Post, obtaining my NCTJ Proficiency Certificate in 1976.)


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