Personal Details




Lorraine Beck


South West




Animals & Wildlife, Architecture, Art, General Stock / Royalty Free, History, Natural World, People & Culture / Lifestyle, Travel, Geography & Culture

Work Experience

I am a freelance picture researcher with experience of working on a wide range of educational and ELT titles for European, Middle Eastern, African and Caribbean markets. These have included textbooks, support materials and digital products and current publishers I work with include Macmillan Education and Cengage Learning. I have also worked on a series of five Social Science textbooks for Liberia for a publisher based in Ghana and a Secondary School atlas for a Nigerian publisher. I am happy to work from lists of preferred suppliers or independently and negotiate budgets and license details.


Macmillan Education
Cengage Learning
Winmat Publishers Ltd (Ghana)
Rombic Concepts Ltd (Nigeria)


Postgraduate Diploma in Publishing (West Herts College)
BA (Hons) English Language and Literature (University of Manchester)

Languages Spoken


Other Skills

Over 10 years working in editorial services and production roles for major UK publishing houses including Macmillan and Heinemann. This previous experience and technical knowledge of production mean I can select photographs which will reproduce best; I can have informed discussions with the needs of designers and editorial colleagues and I can supply very accurate credit copy.

Public Contact Details

19 Falkland Road
RG14 6NY
Tel: 01635 31799

Employment Details

Company Name

Lorraine Beck Freelance Picture Research

Work Address

19 Falkland Road
RG14 6NY

Work Telephone

01635 31799

Current Status

Full Time Freelance

Employment History

From 06/13 to present: Freelance Picture Researcher
Macmillan Education 06/13 to 02/15
I have researched images for a variety of titles including a reader for the Middle East (Abu Dhabi Education Council), a higher education sociology textbook for the Caribbean, 3 titles from an English language course for teenagers and 6 levels of digital flashcards for a primary English course.
Winmat Publishers Ltd 03/14 to 08/14
I worked for a publisher in Ghana on five social science textbooks for the Liberian market. As well as finding images, . I used picture libraries in the UK and also obtained pictures from individuals and organisations West Africa.
10/14 to 03/15 Cengage Learning
I worked on two social studies readers and two pupil’s books for ADEC (the Abu Dhabi Education Council). Images came from sources both in the UK and the Middle East.
04/15 to present Rombic Concepts Ltd
I am researching photos for a secondary school atlas for a Nigerian publisher. I am setting the budget and negotiating all prices, license details and payment arrangements.

Do you have experience in working from a prepared list of pictures required?


Do you have experience in devising own list of images from manuscript or synopsis?


Do you have experience in visiting commercial agencies to make own selection?


Do you have experience in visiting museums / libraries to make own selection?


Do you have experience in obtaining pictures from private collectors?


Do you have experience in obtaining pictures from individual photographers?


Do you have experience in obtaining pictures from outside the UK?


Do you have experience in commissioning photography?


Do you have experience in commissioning other researchers?


Do you have experience in negotiating reproduction fees?


Do you have experience in devising budget for book / project?


Do you have experience in responsibility for keeping project within budget?


Do you have experience in returning pictures to sources?


Do you have experience in using digital pictures / picture sources?


Your C.V.

Name: Lorraine Beck
Address: 19 Falkland Road, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 6NY
Telephone: 01635 31799 / 07840935863
Key skills:
Researching photography from a brief
Sourcing images from a wide range of suppliers including agencies, museums, artists, educational institutions and private individuals
Managing multiple complex projects simultaneously
Negotiating fees and maintaining budgets and schedules
Tracing and clearing copyright including third party copyright
Maintaining clear records and providing regular progress updates
Preparing accurate picture credits
Liaising with designers, editorial staff, authors and running selection meetings
Preparing final materials for archiving
Familiarity with image databases, file transfer, digital publishing requirements

Career history
From 06/13 to present: Freelance Picture Researcher
I have worked on a variety of projects including primary and secondary ELT books and digital products, educational books for the Caribbean market and a series of social science textbooks for the Liberian market for a publisher based in Ghana. I can obtain images from a wide range of sources and am happy to work either from lists of preferred suppliers or independently. I can work within tight budgets and schedules whilst not compromising image quality.

From 06/09 to 09/09: Content Project Editor, Cengage Learning, Andover
I handled all pre-press tasks from design to final files for titles including both print and website product. When I left the company I was asked to continue working on a freelance basis copyediting a solely website-based catering course.

From 08/05 to 01/09: Consultant, Publishing Services Department, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke
I ran a project to set up a digital workflow for the Scholarly and Reference and College Publishing divisions which together produce 600 titles per year. My role was to specify a workflow whereby authors could deliver online and the whole editing and proofing process could be done online including final files being sent to the printer. The project involved liaising with a wide range of staff and suppliers in the UK and overseas; setting up and running training and information sessions for commissioning editors, publishing services staff and freelance suppliers; running regular review meetings; and ensuring that all aspects of the project were followed through.
As a result of the success of this project I was asked to give a presentation on change management to Macmillan’s IT management team. I was also asked to give a presentation to MA Publishing students at the London College of Communication.

From 12/02 to 10/03: Maternity cover for Senior Production Controller, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke
I was responsible for the production of the further education languages list including audio materials and packaging and for the major reference list including The Grants Register.

From 12/02 to 10/03: Macmillan Education Ltd, Oxford
I worked on a contract basis setting up a photographic archive for the African Publishing Group.

From 06/96 to 10/00: Publishing Services Manager, Academic Division, Macmillan Press Ltd, Basingstoke
I managed a team of 6 in-house staff and 12 freelance copyeditors handling 400 titles per year from copyediting, typesetting and proofreading to producing final print and web files, including text and cover design. I was a member of the 3-person project team responsible for designing and setting up the Macmillan Online Library – Economics to enhance the company’s web presence.
During this time I attended Macmillan’s management training course and participated in the company’s mentoring scheme.

From 10/95 to 06/96: Production Manager, Radcliffe Medical Press, Abingdon
I was responsible for a varied list of monochrome and colour medical titles including producing publicity materials.

From 04/94 to 10/95: Production Controller, Heinemann Educational Books, Oxford
Responsible for the secondary geography, science, business studies and primary library reference titles including setting and maintaining schedules; producing costings; and liaising with design and editorial departments and printers in the UK, Europe and the Far East. I travelled to Spain to visit print suppliers during this time.

From 04/90 to 04/94: Production Controller/Senior Production Controller, Macmillan Press Ltd, Basingstoke
I handled the production of a variety of lists during this time including 4-colour school textbooks, two major directories, high level science books, academic monographs and finally the further education publishing list which included colour and monochrome titles, and a languages list including audio cassettes, cds and their associated packaging.
In 1994 I was awarded a Major Scholarship Award from the Stationers’ and Newspaper Makers’ Company to travel to the USA to research new electronic production opportunities. I also attended Pira’s IEPRC Conference in Oslo as part of this project and edited the conference proceedings for publication.

From 1989 to 1990
Postgraduate Diploma in Publishing West Herts College, Watford.
From 1986 to 1989
BA Hons (2,ii) in English Language and Literature
University of Manchester, Manchester.
From 1984 to 1986
GCE A Levels English A, Economics B, French B.
Queen Mary’s Sixth Form College, Basingstoke.
From 1979 to 1984
GCE O Levels English Language A, French A, English Literature B, Maths B, Pure Maths B, Physics B, Spanish B, Italian B, History B, Art C, Geography C.
Harriet Costello School, Basingstoke.

Other relevant training
2013 Picture Research, The Publishing Training Centre
Course run by Sally Cole

References available upon request


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