About & CV

Olaf Jensen – writer

I am an experienced writer and marketing professional, with a record of producing lucid, compelling creative and marketing copy, including blogs, articles and editorials, emails, web pages and social media.

Over the course of my career I have tackled health and safety, security, events, travel and hospitality, football, logistics and much more—my history degree has certainly equipped me to research and understand unfamiliar topics. I have consistently been able to adapt my writing to different audiences, as a result.

In each full time job I have expanded the scope of my role by developing a reputation as adaptable, fluent writer. I have been tasked with writing important press releases and ghostwriting for senior figures, and in my last job I was in demand from different areas of the business, including event teams in the Middle East.

I am also a freelance writer—please find my rates here, and my portfolio of work here.

Employment

Barbour EHS, Writer
April 2021–present

Major subscription-only legislation and documentation service providing information, legal registers and templates to help companies remain compliant with international health, safety and environmental law.

  • Sourced and wrote summaries of health, safety, environment, facilities, and international stories, prosecutions, guides, reports and consultations for the weekly subscribers’ news briefing, working closely with the rest of the editorial team to ensure each edition was completed and published on time
  • Produced highly-praised summaries of essential health, safety and environment legislation aimed at subscribers, outlining the key details of each law to help companies remain compliant and understand the evolving legislative landscape

Informa Markets, Copywriter
October 2018–November 2020

Covering a broad portfolio of corporate events/tradeshows (health and safety, facilities management, security, fire, logistics, container shipping, National Business Awards) within the content marketing team, working with various internal stakeholders.

  • Created and edited compelling copy to support exhibitor and visitor promotion and other year-round marketing campaigns, including emails, websites, blogs, articles, press releases, adverts, video scripts, interviews, eBooks and other marketing collateral
  • Developed bespoke messaging targeting segmented audience groups, successfully adapting tone, form and structure for each B2B and B2C medium
  • Produced content according to SEO principles, based on my own and my digital marketing colleagues’ plans
  • Led and developed projects including eBooks, managing stakeholders to provide content/interviews, working with the team to produce marketing strategies and creating collateral such as videos, social media posts and press releases
  • Supported the marketing team with regular copywriting workshops, including one on event messaging during the pandemic
  • Took on extra duties during the pandemic to support a diminished team, including strategic planning for content marketing
  • Established a reputation that extended across the company, with skills utilised by events teams in the London and Middle East, senior executives, operations team – frequently trusted to ghost write editorials, including one published in a supplement in the Times

HotelREZ Hotels & Resorts, Content Manager
November 2016–May 2018

HotelREZ Hotels & Resorts is a leading hotel representation company providing revenue, sales, distribution and marketing to around 1,000 hotels worldwide. I worked as the company’s sole content manager, with a small but diverse team in the company’s London office before it was closed down in May 2018.

  • Sole responsibility for B2B and B2C website content, a consumer travel blog, general travel/hospitality industry articles, email marketing, press releases and ghost-writing for the CEO
  • Managed a consumer travel blog featuring hotels and destinations, performing original research, sourcing free-use images and publicising on social channels
  • Undertook an extensive content audit of hotel and location descriptions for the Global Distribution Systems (GDS) and the HotelREZ consumer website, communicating to travel agents, clients and hospitality professionals and improve the reach of HotelREZ’s offering
Other work

Freelance Writer
Jan 2017–present

Blogs, articles, web copy, editing. Clients include Informa Markets, Cityscape Intelligence, the British Business Excellence Awards, Eventogy, among others.

The Armchair Historian, scriptwriter
March–October 2021

Writing video scripts for the popular history YouTube channel “The Armchair Historian”, with 1.3 million subscribers and between 500,000 and 8 million views per video. Working closely with the research and editorial team to ensure factual accuracy and consistency with brand voice

Confederation of Independent Football Associations (CONIFA), Media team volunteer
May 2018–January 2020

Media team volunteer producing on-the-whistle match reports and articles for football matches between unrecognised nations and stateless ethnic/cultural minorities, including attending tournaments in London (2018) and Nagorno-Karabakh (2019).

Hitchin & South Liberal Democrats, Membership Development Officer
August 2018–April 2019

Membership Development Officer, welcoming new members to the local branch, contacting lapsing members to encourage rejoining, and producing a membership report for executive meetings.

Work experience

Demomedia/Eventogy, Content Editor
August 2016–September 2016

Content Editor at a digital design agency with a focus on Eventogy, an events service, working closely with a small team of developers and designers. Wrote and ghost-wrote blogs for the Eventogy website; managed social media channels. Frequently offered freelance blog-writing work

Earthport, PR and Marketing Intern
July 2016–August 2016

PR & Marketing Intern for a global payments provider. Wrote copy for internal communications; prepared awards pitches; drew up a social media strategy for the company’s Twitter and LinkedIn profiles; edited and sent out a daily email campaign.

Wardour, Editorial team work experience
August 2015

Produced copy for clients including a monthly newsletter for the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment and web copy for Heineken; performed client research in Canary Wharf on behalf of client EY.

Deutsche Bank, GTB Marketing work experience
July 2015

Education

University of York
October 2013–June 2016

BA History, 2:1

The Priory School, Hitchin
September 2006–July 2013

A-Levels: History, A; English Literature, A; Government & Politics, B