Dr Neil James
Dr Neil James is Executive Director of the Plain English Foundation in Australia, which combines plain English training, editing and evaluation with a campaign for more ethical public language.
Neil initially worked in government, the media and publishing before completing a doctorate in English at the University of Sydney. He then applied this blend of academic, literary and professional experience by establishing the Foundation with Dr Peta Spear in 2003. It has since trained more than 15,000 professionals in plain language.
As a writer, Neil has published three books and over 80 articles and essays on language and literature. Writing at Work (Allen and Unwin, 2007) has become a standard reference on plain language in workplace writing. His most recent book Modern Manglish (Scribe, 2011) looks at the lighter side of public language and gobbledegook. His articles have appeared in publications as diverse as the Drum, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Times Literary Supplement and the Daily Telegraph.
Neil is also a regular speaker about public language in the media throughout Australia, where he features on the ABC and Fairfax radio networks. He presents regularly at Australian and international events, and in 2008 was elected to chair the International Plain Language Working Group that is developing international standards for plain language. He is also the current Vice President of PLAIN.