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Carnival Engagement Co-ordinator

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About me

My varied education has allowed me to harness essential skills and knowledge relating to two specialist subject areas – media and arts/events management. Coupled with my previous work experience, this has included moving and still image, sound design, festival/events context and practice, museums & exhibitions, research methods, community outreach, education programmes, marketing and business planning in addition to the various stages of the organisation and execution of events and arts/culture/heritage projects. I am enthusiastic about arts and culture as an effective way to bring communities together, and believe strongly in making this accessible to everyone. Specific interests within arts and festival management lie in logistical planning, community outreach, impact research and environmental sustainability.


  • Administration
  • Logistics
  • Event Organisation
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Social Media
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Event Coordination
  • Project Event Management
  • Research Methodologies
  • Community Outreach
  • Arts Programming
  • Environmentally Sustainable Practices
  • Festivals
  • Museums Culture
  • Carnival Production
  • Risk Assessment

Work history


Carnival Engagement Co-ordinator

Brouhaha International

Mar 2016 - Aug 2016
  • Liaising with local community groups regarding carnival involvement and participation in outreach sessions, in addition to organisation, programming and logistical planning of the seasonal calendar.


European Voluntary Service Project Destination Carnival

Goa Tourism Development Corporation

Jan 2016 - Mar 2016
  • Cultural exchange project in India for Goa carnival, hosted by Goa Tourism Development Corporation. This involved meeting with organisers and artists to learn about the structure and operation, plus assisting a Liverpool artist to construct static puppets installed at the festival venue. I also provided support for an associated project which saw dancers from South Africa, the UK and India collaborate to take part in four carnival parades across Goa.


Event Co-ordinator

Quays Culture

Dec 2015 - Dec 2015
  • This role involved responsibility for the safe operation and daily rig/derig of three public art installations. I managed a team of volunteers and interacted with the public to engage, inform and collect evaluative data.


Festival Co-ordinator

Brouhaha International

May 2015 - Aug 2015
  • Organisation, programming and logistical planning of Brouhaha's impressive international calendar of carnival parades, festivals and community outreach projects. This was a management placement undertaken as part of my Master's studies, and I also completed a dissertation report based on my time at Brouhaha entitled 'An analytical investigation into Brouhaha International's projects and the achievement of its social impact aims using a Program Action Logic Model'. My employment history also includes several retail positions spanning five years during my studies.



Master of Science with Distinction in Cultural Events Management

De Montfort University

Aug 2014 - Aug 2015
  • Modules: - Research Methodology: 72% - Festivals and Events Practice: 71% - Events Leadership: 70% - Marketing for the Creative Entrepreneur: 70% - Animating Places: 73% - Museum and Exhibition Design: 73% - Business Planning for the Creative Entrepreneur: 69% - Work-based project (dissertation): 74%


Bachelor of Science First Class Honours Degree in Media Production

De Montfort University

Aug 2011 - May 2014
  • Final Year Modules - Post-production for Video and Film: 78% - Technology Project (Dissertation): 70% - Audio Post-production: 81% - Advanced Imaging Technology: 77% Other modules included: Electronic Sound & Vision, Video & Imaging Techniques, Television Production, Media Capture & Processing, Multimedia (Web Design & Animation), Technology Fundamentals.


A Levels in Psychology, Photography Media Studies

Barrow Hall College

Aug 2009 - May 2011
  • A Levels in Psychology, Photography & Media Studies grade B


Gcses BTEC

Great Sankey High School

Aug 2004 - Jun 2009
  • 8 GCSEs grade A - C including English and Maths BTEC First Diploma in Performing Arts (equivalent to 2 GCSEs) grade Merit



Haley Sharpe Design Postgraduate Award

  • An award in recognition for academic achievement, in particular an analytical report on the design and content interpretation of the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, which received a Distinction mark of 78% in the Museum & Exhibition Design module.