About us

We’re a diverse team of copywriters, copyeditors, proofreaders, translators and designers.

Your words are in safe hands

At Tate & Clayburn, customer satisfaction is our number one priority – and it shows. Our clients consistently give us top marks for customer service. We like to think that’s thanks to our responsive and friendly team, our rapid turnaround times, our excellent value for money and, above all, our commitment to quality.

What sets us apart

Not only have we been awarded the internationally recognised ISO:9001 quality management certification, we’re also constantly reviewing and improving our processes so we can offer our customers the best possible service. Our quality assurance process is designed to give you peace of mind.
We put care and thought into each and every job, big or small. We take the time to understand your objectives and requirements in detail. That way we can select the right language expert for the job and deliver exactly what you need. And we’re on hand to go through any queries until you’re completely satisfied with the end result.
Many of our clients have demanding project schedules or tight publishing deadlines – and sometimes those goalposts have to move at short notice. We have the capacity to deliver large projects at speed while still offering the very best customer service. With our flexible team of professional proofreaders, editors, writers and translators, we can usually adapt to whatever you need to throw at us, and with little warning. The bottom line: less stress and more time focused on what you do best.
We aim to work in whatever way suits you best. We can take entire projects off your hands – such as writing, translating and proofreading a website or seeing a report through from the early drafts to the final proofs – but we’re also delighted to slot in seamlessly alongside in-house teams. If you’re London-based, we can even come into your office when face-to-face collaboration is key. Whatever your project, we’re always happy to talk over the best way of working together to lighten your load.
Many of our clients have worked with us for years. Over time, we build up a detailed picture of your needs and get to know your work inside out – it’s just like having an in-house editorial or translation team, but with 100% scalable capacity.
Tate & Clayburn is trusted by clients for whom confidentiality and quality are of paramount importance, such as EU institutions and the UK government.
We’ve made a point of bringing together a team of people who love their jobs and are passionate about getting your work just right. In our annual customer survey 2020, our clients gave us 10 out of 10 for customer service. We’re also a multilingual bunch, so if you don’t feel at home in English, we’ll do our best to communicate in your preferred language.

Our team

We’re a team of content creators obsessed with getting every little detail just right.


Rosie Tate


Rosie co-founded Tate & Clayburn in 2012 and her work focuses on overseeing projects for a broad range of government, B2B, third sector and academic clients, as well as managing the business more broadly. A first-class Oxford University languages graduate with an MA in Documentary Filmmaking, she’s an experienced editor, writer and producer, having worked for Oxford University Press, the BBC and Save the Children. As well as running Tate & Clayburn, Rosie loves sampling world cuisines, the cinema and swimming in open water (sometimes year round). She speaks French, Spanish and Italian.

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Peter Clayburn


Peter co-founded Tate & Clayburn in 2012 and manages all areas of the business, with a focus on editorial projects for international institutions. He holds a first-class Modern Languages degree from Oxford University and an MA in Conference Interpreting from Geneva’s École de Traduction et d’Interprétation. He has over a decade’s experience as a linguist, working for the likes of the UN and EU institutions. Since Peter started learning languages at the age of 11, he hasn’t been able to stop. He speaks French, Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese and is currently tinkering with Russian.


Fran Hamilton​

Operations Manager

Fran manages projects, oversees quality management, and generally keeps things shipshape at Tate & Clayburn. She’s our resident whizz when it comes to improving workflows and delivering the best possible customer service, and we rely on her to shoot troubles great and small. Before joining Tate & Clayburn in 2018, Fran worked as an English teacher and freelance editor. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Oxford University and an MA in Screenwriting from LCC. In her spare time, Fran enjoys creative knitting projects, making documentaries and volunteering for her local library of things.

Alice Horne

Alice Horne

Senior Editor

Alice leads on all things editorial at Tate & Clayburn. She holds a First in English and Related Literature (University of York) and has publishing experience to match, having worked in-house for Haus Publishing and DK. She also recently obtained a Distinction in her Graduate Diploma in French Studies at Birkbeck and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Editors and Proofreaders. When she’s not waving her editorial wand or wowing us with her eye for detail, Alice can be found cooking up veggie delights, reading novels or running distances that make the rest of us feel exhausted just hearing about it.

Annabelle Dance

Annabelle Dance

Editor & Project Manager

Annabelle works across a variety of editing and writing projects at Tate & Clayburn. She has a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford and a PhD in French from New York University, as well as previous experience working in HR and communications. Annabelle’s wide-ranging experience shines through in her work: we’ve yet to find a text that she can’t whip into shape. Having lived in Paris, Berlin and New York, she now throws herself into London’s cultural scene whenever she’s away from her desk, squeezing in as many exhibitions, talks and gigs as possible (and then sharing her recommendations with the team). She speaks French and German.

Izzy Holme

Izzy Holme

Editor & Proofreader

Izzy brings a thorough approach and meticulous eye to our editing and proofreading projects. She excels when it comes to absorbing complex style guides and perfecting a text in line with a client’s brief. Before joining Tate & Clayburn, Izzy worked as an editor in legal research publishing. She holds a BA in Film Studies from the University of Exeter and an MA in Screenwriting from the London College of Communication. When she’s not editing, Izzy loves writing fiction, playing guitar and practising yoga.

Therese Sliney​

Therese Sliney

Finance Administrator

Therese deals with the day-to-day finances of the company and keeps the books ship shape. Previously, Therese taught English at all levels of secondary for over 20 years. As well as having a degree in English and History, she also has an MA in Victorian Studies (University of Leicester) and an MA in Special and Inclusive Education (University College London). Having lived in France and Egypt, Therese speaks fluent French and some Arabic. She enjoys swimming, cooking and getting lost in books or nature.

Our experts

Our in-house team is supported by a fantastic team of hand-picked copywriters, editors, proofreaders, designers and translators. Given our obsession with quality, we’re pretty fussy about who we work with. All our freelancers meet our strict criteria: they excel at what they do, they’ve successfully completed our rigorous onboarding process and of course they’re subject to our strict quality assurance procedures. Once they’re on board, they become key and often long-standing members of our team. This close-knit way of working is what enables us to deliver outstanding work.


Our story

Tate & Clayburn was born out of a shared love of language and a passion for the written word.

Rosie Tate and Peter Clayburn, both armed with first-class degrees in Modern Languages from Oxford University, had forged successful careers in publishing, working for the likes of the BBC, the UN and Oxford University Press.

In 2012, convinced that there was a need for editing and proofreading services that focused on outstanding quality, they founded what was then called The Proofreading Company with the aim of filling that gap.

With happy customers asking for help on an ever greater variety of projects, the business soon started offering design, copywriting and translation services too.

In 2020, the company achieved certification for compliance with internationally recognised quality management standard ISO 9001:2015, demonstrating its commitment to continuous improvement and customer care.

Soon after, The Proofreading Company rebranded as Tate & Clayburn to reflect the range of writing services it had come to offer. The company is now proud to work with an exciting range of clients across the world, from EU institutions and the UK government to a plethora of leading brands and academic researchers.


At Tate & Clayburn, quality is at the heart of everything we do. We never compromise on it at any stage of our process.

We take the time to understand your expectations before we start work so we can meet or exceed them.
We’ve built our team around a shared ambition of being the best in the business. We only work with professionals who are driven by that goal and fit with our values.
We have a strict quality assurance process in place to make sure the work we produce lives up to our high standards – and yours.
Tate & Clayburn has achieved ISO 9001:2015, the internationally recognised quality certification. This means that we’re held to our promises by independent external auditors and we never lose sight of our commitment to quality.
We strive to make Tate & Clayburn a great place to work for every member of our team so that we can continue to attract the talent we need – and because we love it when our colleagues come to work with smiles on their faces.
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Translation services

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ISO 9001

ISO 9001: our quality promise

We’ve achieved certification for the globally recognised ISO 9001:2015 quality management standard. That means rigorous quality assurance processes, an unyielding focus on customer satisfaction and independent external auditing to hold us to our promises.

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Our values

At Tate & Clayburn, our values guide every decision we make. They’re the yardstick we measure ourselves against when we’re looking back at what we’ve done. They shape our relationships – with clients, colleagues and suppliers.

Obsessive about excellence?

We’re regularly on the lookout for exceptional people to join our team.

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