Bernadette Ballantyne is a freelance journalist and editor with a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering and membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers. She uses her unique background to report on infrastructure related topics both in the UK and overseas. She is a regular contributor to Infrastructure Intelligence, Middle East Economic Digest, New Civil Engineer, Underground Utilities, Tunnels & Tunnelling International and Cranes Today.
As a working parent Bernadette also blogs on The Huffington Post about balancing work and family life with recent posts covering massive tantrums (not her own – those of her 3 year old) impact of the Queen’s Speech on family life, and coping with poorly children when you have work to do.
Prior to becoming a freelance writer in 2008, Bernadette was the features editor at Middle East Economic Digest (MEED). As such she has travelled extensively throughout the Gulf region covering a range of business sectors from banking & finance, capital markets and real estate to power & water, construction and energy. She remains a regular contributor to the title and recent reports include supplements on wastewater and tunnelling, an extensive report on Gulf power and desalination requirements, and in-depth study on healthcare investment and analysis of the executive education market.
Bernadette began her journalism career at New Civil Engineer magazine, which lured her away from her role as a graduate design engineer working in the water department of a leading consultancy. Within weeks she found herself jumping on a plane to report on a fatal structural collapse and discovered a natural talent for reactive news reporting and uncovering vital information that would help the engineering community on future projects. This took her all over the world from the US and Europe to the Middle East and India. Within four years she became the news editor, the youngest person to hold this position and the first female to do so. Again she remains a regular contributor to this title where her work includes the management of supplements and special reports on major infrastructure, as well as contributing news and features.
Bernadette also uses her expertise to support leading consultants in bespoke research and analysis. Activities here include identifying trends in data and conducting interviews with experts to create hard hitting and useful research reports. She also sharies her experiences with students by giving guest lectures at Universities. For corporate clients Bernadette also writes for the in-house titles of some of the UK’s leading firms as well as international organisations.
Her writing style incorporates news and analysis pieces, interviews, commentary, features and longer in depth reports as required. Bernadette is an avid user of social media, using a variety of channels to provide news and updates on her work and research.
Bernadette has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering with Environmental Management (MEng hons) from Manchester University and a professional certificate in journalism from the Professional Publishers Association (PPA). She has also completed a number of professional training courses in journalism and management including. Bernadette has tried and failed to learn Arabic and continues to study French.