Katie Kearns


Consultant editor


Katie is an experienced editor who recently left the Foundation to set up her own consultancy, Katie Kearns Editing Services. She still works closely with us and loves helping writers connect with their readers.

Some highlights from her work with the Foundation include:

  • Verbumetric® writing evaluations that have sparked agency-wide plain English reforms
  • report templates that streamlined a major NSW agency's planning processes
  • a substantive plain English overhaul of an essential guide for students
  • template letters that clearly but sensitively advise readers of the outcome of an investigation, appeal or application
  • an in-depth edit of a web resource that equips community service workers to prepare their clients for emergencies.

Katie began her editing career as an educational publisher and worked with many Foundation clients such as the Department of Human Services, NSW Health, and the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Victoria.

Professional qualifications

  • Master of Publishing (University of Sydney)
  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Sydney)


Katie is a member of PLAIN and keeps up with the latest developments in plain language.

She has also appeared on the judging panel for WriteMark's Plain English Awards, judging entries in the People's Choice category.