Hugh began conducting special music groups for adults with learning difficulties in his studio around 15 years ago, working for companies such as Enable, Life Options and Quarriers and "making a difference" on a daily basis. In early 2016, he began working for Swan & Horn full time.
He is an accomplished, versatile and oft-published musician and song writer, with a long history of recording and performing in Britain and abroad. He still contributes to specialist music magazines and websites, and is currently working on a new solo album and writing a training guide for leaders of music activities.
In the 1980s, I studied biomedical science at Westminster University and followed through to a PhD at St Thomas' Hospital with London University (but stopped at MSc level). I then moved into academic/STM publishing, taking on roles as a medical writer of clinical books and videos for Adelphi, a biomedical journals editor for Taylor & Francis, and a project manager of medical publications, workshops and conferences for Adis/Springer. I also worked for ICI Pharmaceuticals for a while, but it was not for me! In the early 1990s, I moved to Scotland to settle down and start a family, and worked as the editorial manager for Crossaig/ISI Thomson, one of the first digital publishing companies in the world, working primarily for Elsevier and Roche Pharmaceuticals.
Hugh has worked in the music industry for his entire career, owning companies in retail, wholesale and studio-recording as well as running music therapy sessions for adults with developmental, learning and mental health issues.
With all his business acumen, he was instrumental in setting up Swan & Horn, where he is responsible for admin, stock control, order fulfilment and providing tea and toasties.
I set up my first company, Shoreline BioMedical, in 2000, with the status of Advanced Professional Member of the SfEP. Shoreline is still going strong, serving STM academics, clinicians and healthcare organisations worldwide. Swan & Horn was driven by my passion to satisfy my creative side, to "make" books containing messages I want to promote.
During my long career, I have edited thousands of printed and online publications and healhcare information systems. I have edited and authored articles, book chapters, reports and web documents of every kind. In my spare time, I am writing a series of healthcare books. Swan & Horn began commissioning its own titles in 2011 and has a string of books in the pipeline for 2018–19.