TIM ALBERT writer and trainer
TIM ALBERTwriter and trainer

About Tim Albert

My life in three paragraphs

I was born in 1947 and had a happy childhood in Wimbledon. I had a less happy time in a boarding school on a hilltop in Berkshire and then worked everything out by studying psychology and sociology at Surrey University.

     In the 1970s I trained as a journalist in Tavistock. I moved to London and started working on national newspapers, specialising in education. In the 1980s I became a medical journalist.

     In 1990 I set up as a trainer, specialising in writing and editing skills for health professionals. I moved on from training in 2007 and now spend my time living with my wife Barbara in Leatherhead, where I write books, cultivate my garden (see below).


I have written four books on medical writing, a memoir and a travel book. 


I have given talks to Rotary and Probus Clubs, Womens Institutes, and the University of the Third Age/


Two of the courses I devised and ran are available with accredited trainers. .

Previous positions:


Formal training on the IPC Newspaper Training Scheme, Devon;

Freelance journalist based in London, working as writer and sub-editor for Guardian, Times, Times Education Supplements, Observer, New Society;

Education correspondent, New Statesman;

Assistant Editor (Training), Nassau Tribune, Bahamas;

Executive Editor, World Medicine; Editor, BMA News Review; 

Publisher and editor of Short Words.



Founder and Principal Trainer at Tim Albert Training;

Visiting Fellow, Medical Writing, University of Southampton;

Editorial Training Adviser to the British Medical Association;

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.



Committee member and deputy chairman, Medical Journalists Association; 

Council member, Committee on Publication Ethics;

Judge, BUPA Communication Awards;

Expert by Experience, Care Quality Commission;

President d'Honneur, Wimereux Cricket Club, France.

Snaps from the garden

Watching the seasons unfold ...

 A Boomer Visits America Coast-To-Coast By Greyhound Bus: 1969 And 2019 - Forbes magazine

Slow travel by train: getting there is part of the journeyMore Time to Travel

BBC Radio Surrey: to hear my interview with Sarah Gorrell about my USA bus tours, click here

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