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• Developing and nurturing an extensive network of the most talented communications professionals (both in-house and consultancy, candidates and clients alike), with more than 1,400 meaningful LinkedIn connections • Successfully managing multiple briefs and stakeholders, providing consultancy and advice; began exceeding my financial targets within six months and have always maintained a profitable desk • Building high-performance, integrated communication functions and teams; placing both permanent and interim communications professionals into businesses including KPMG, Barclays, Deloitte, PWC, Network Rail, Clyde & Co, Kingfisher, Countrywide, Carnival, Selfridges, HSBC and Rolls Royce • Organizing of both internal and external events in the UK and globally, with responsibility for the planning, co-ordination and execution of a variety of events including networking breakfasts, roadshows, research presentations, market insight and thought leadership discussions • Lead Consultant over past three years for the team’s largest annual event, IC Showcase. Responsible for full event planning and management of the project throughout its entire lifecycle, ensuring each client experience was of the highest standard • Managing project plans, timelines, event budgets, contract negotiations, tracking spend and ensuring suppliers were paid promptly and internal clients expectations were managed • Analysing post event feedback from internal and external clients • Working closely with our Marketing function to increase / improve VMA Group’s digital presence and profile; including advisory input on the development and launch of a new website (content collation, creation and editing and user experience and testing) and social media channel management (LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook) • Running VMA Group’s ‘Rising Stars’ initiative (networking events and awards) which was adopted globally before being taken up as the guiding vision and mission statement for VMA Direct – VMA’s new entry-level comms resourcing arm • Direct management of team assistant and mentoring of two junior Consultants who have gone onto become highly successful in their own right
• Managing a large pool of candidates for a team of recruitment consultants, ensuring their files meet flawless compliance standards before employment commences • Organising UK and international travel: including transport, visas and hotels • Responsible for the organisation of corporate events (conferences, seminars and workshops) • Arranging work social functions (staff Christmas parties, summer receptions, etc) • Monitoring business development and coordinating sales meetings • Creating PowerPoint presentations • Maintaining extensive contact database • Updating the company website • Organising advertising in various forms of media • Working as part of the general Compliance team which involves reception duties, office management, and general administrative tasks • Responsible for the company passing an external Audit from the REC (Quality Mark) and receiving an unprecedented 100% pass rate
• Extensive diary management • Created complex travel itineraries • Accompanied MD on construction site visits around the country and abroad • Attended all meetings, and was responsible for creating agendas and taking minutes • Scheduled meetings and conference calls across multiple time zones • Gatekeeping/ambassadorial service • Dealt with prioritising, preparing and drafting responses for all e-mail correspondence • Screened telephone calls • Provided general administrative support to satellite office in Brussels • Processed monthly expenses • Liaised with contractors for regular progress reports, and to arrange update meetings • Sourced products for show homes • Undertook numerous personal tasks • Responsible for a fleet of 70 MD-owned vehicles