CV

The Digital Inclusion coordinator for Citizens Online Bristol, getting seniors online by day and by night a video producer, creative thinker,  entrepreneur and events organiser, fundraising for Awamu.

CURRENT ROLES AND PROJECTS

January 2013 – Present
Citizens Online Bristol Co-ordinator  and Bristol City Council

Managing a team of 15 volunteers, I co-ordinate 11 beginners computer clubs a week for the over 55’s and people with a disability in Bristol. I work closely with Bristol City Council and partner agencies to co-ordinate classes in libraries, community venues and day centres.  The courses tackle issues of social isolation enabling people to contact their friends, family, doctors and new communities online as well as skilling learners to access government and local services, save money and have fun. The project aims to address the three main barriers to people getting online; kit, connection and skills. We refer people to our partner computer reuse scheme, give advice on getting connected and providing the computer skills through our courses . BT fund the 3 year project and we’re set to well exceed the target of teaching 2000 people to get online in 3 years, with the Bristol project being the most successful out of 15 cities in the UK.   I have implemented Agile project management and scrums for our in house team, increasing the projects efficiency and output.  The project is based at City Hall in Bristol in partnership with the council, but I will often be out and about teaching and presenting on the monetary and social benefits of being online or setting up new courses and partnerships.  Check our website for more info and the following video for a glimpse at who comes on our courses.

August 2009 – Present

Co-director Magic Lantern Film Club

The organisation of Magic Lantern Film Club events where we screen films in unique locations in Bristol raising money for Awamu (below).  We have put on 24 events to date ranging from a bank heist movie in an old bank vault, a cycle-powered al-fresco screening, a pancake fueled scout hut screening and a screening of Nosferatu with a live score in a cathedral. Current total raised £4651! Fun-o-meter 100%   www.magiclanternfilmclub.com

June 2011 – Present
Co-director – Awamu CIC, Kampala, Uganda & UK.

Fundraiser, Film maker and Development Worker

It’s simple and more than fairly traded….for every beautiful item produced and sold there is an equally beautiful change happening in the communities of our tailors in Kampala – every penny raised through sales and donations is used to support orphaned and vulnerable children and to train women with the skills they need to support their families.   I have twice visited the communities we work with in Kampala slums, setting up libraries, meeting with the woman and children,  making documentaries and seeing first hand where our fundraising monies are going to.  My role is mainly fundraising along with marketing and promotion of our online shop.  Check our our website for more info and videos of the project  www.awamu.co.uk

EDUCATION

MA Interactive Multimedia – Bath Spa University – Distinction (HTML, Critical Theory, Usability, Video, Flash)
Final project – www.goelemental.co.uk

BA Fine Art, (additional module in chemistry) – Oxford Brookes University – 2:1 specialised in performance, Interventions and Film.

Programmes, Experience and Languages proficient in
Final cut pro, Filming, Sound, Lighting, Directing, HTML, XML, CSS, Photoshop, Flash, Director, Soundtrack Pro, Audacity. Recent examples of  BBC video work on Sky at Night magazine here and Flash www.cineworlddigital.co.uk

Events Organising and Promotion
I organise on average 5 events a year, including fundraising nights with Magic Lantern film Club, creative workshops and club nights. I co-managed the green team in my past employment enthusing 20% of the 240 staff to help garden a community urban plot. I’m also a core member of The Love of it, helping organise unique interactive events at festivals throughout the UK and Spain.  Through my charity and public art work I have gained extensive experience in public speaking and performance, liaising with City Councils, professional bodies and communities to make things happen!

Further projects and experience

November 2006 – December 2012
Multimedia Manager – Immediate Media Bristol  (formerly BBC Magazines Bristol)
The management and implementation of multimedia developments across 21 websites and magazine brands, including BBC Gardens Illustrated, Cross-Stitching and BBC Sky at night magazine. Developments include the filming, editing and post production of all videos created in-house; enthusing staff to present on camera, training on basic video editing and working on corporate presentations. With experience in audio editing and recording I oversaw podcast production and audio work.  Initially hired to create cd-roms my broad skill set moved with the technology as I learned Flash for digital magazines and animated advertising and HTML5 basics for video on the web.  I heavily promoted the use of social media for our brands, creating viral videos, user polls and encouraging user-based content.  I project managed many digital productions such as the monthly Cineworld Digital magazine and iPad offerings and became a advocate for Agile project management and scrums.

November 2012 – December 2013
Co-Founder Secret Circus Shop, Cabot Circus, Bristol
secretcircusA pop-up gallery, event space and gift shop in Cabot Circus shopping quarter.  Enthusing over  35 artists to get involved Secret Circus was born on November 16th with local hero Big Jeff cutting the ribbon.  A profitable enterprise over a 6 weeks with Michelle Owen we undertook the branding, marketing, weekly events, recruiting and managing voluntary staff, setting sales targets and liasing with artists and Cabot Circus.

December 2008 – July 2009
Co-Founder WalcotMart Shop, Walcot Street, Bath
Launch and co-ownership of a gallery and gift shop in the aritisan quarter of Bath for a 7 month lease.

February 2002 – Sep 2003
Research Assistant – Social Sculpture Research Unit Oxford Brookes University.
Website design for a fair trade banana project www.exchange-values.org with artist and farmers. Creation of an archive and database of articles/literature relating to social sculpture and other art and social processes. Facilitation of a unit commissioning new projects and critical writing in the field, initiating seminars and events.

March 2002 – August 2003
Sales Assistant – The Natural History Museum, Oxford (Sundays)
Selling a variety of zoological artefacts and books at the shop in this amazingly interesting museum.

December 2001 – February 2002
Fundraising Department Assistant – OXFAM.
Assisting departmental managers and executives in their commitment of raising over £100m per year. Understanding of the workings of a global charity fundraising department, from major donors, to events, corporate fundraising and direct marketing.

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Raised £2000 to buy a permanent ping pong table in the bear pit in Bristol.  Encouraged local companies, Kings of Ping, immediate Media, Qype and the NHS to help raise money to improve this local area.
  • Worked with Asylum Seekers in Brighton to create a fun and insightful documentary about the differences between their country and the UK.
  • Cycled London to Paris in 3 days with Awamu supporters, collectively raising over £12,000

 

 

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