Beck Laxton joined AOTOS in 2016 as their first administrator, and has found her varied career and experience as an amateur singer great assets.
She worked for ten years for digital agency MRM as a user experience architect, building large and complex websites for clients as diverse as NatWest, Microsoft, and the Home Office. She then moved into the charity sector, building an online forum for the Fatherhood Institute, steering the Energy Saving Trust through two website rebuilds, and building a staff intranet for the Royal Town Planning Institute. Her speciality is finding language, navigation and processes that make sense to users.
She has worked as a magazine production editor, sub-editor, designer and editor on titles for Music Maker, Sound on Sound and Emap, and currently produces a prize-winning 48-page village magazine. She was an information design consultant for Siegel and Gale, helping financial clients put their leaflets, statements and legal documents into clear, user-focused language; she still enjoys running a red pencil through gobbledegook.
Away from the computer, she runs the Company of Musicians, organising ad hoc workshops with expert tutors for very good amateur singers, focusing on Tudor music sung in consort – she also lives in a Tudor house and does Tudor re-enactment in her spare time, hand-sewing authentic costumes and speaking Tudor English, so has one foot firmly in the sixteenth century.