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Claudia Spelman

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  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsEvent Manager - PR Manager - Operations Manager

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About me

Hello there! If you're looking for an events professional, a budding archivist, a PR whizz or just someone to give you a good laugh, I'm your woman. I have extensive experience within the events industry and, because I'm history obsessed (mostly with the Tudors), you'll mostly find me oggling at a Holbein or some rare taxidermy in some of London's finest institutions.

Skills

  • Event Planning
  • Art and Creative Direction
  • History
  • Natural History
  • Theatre
  • Food Beverage
  • Art Display
  • Archival Research
  • Creative Research
  • Art Fashion

Work history

Currently

PR Assistant

Not-Another-Bill

May 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Internship
  • Not Another Bill is a small e-commerce subscription company that sends a luxury gift to our customers in the post every month. My current role as PR intern requires me to speak and consolidate customer queries, write copy for our sites, newsletter and blog as well as garner contacts in various industries- specifically to crack the corporate gifting market. I am currently working on setting up a number of workshops for bloggers and other corporate clients to attend. - Events management and curation - Contacting potential further clients and extending our PR database - Curation of newsletter and blog content - lead copywriter - Packing and shipping of gifts - Working with luxury brands and liaising with high-end designers and craftsmen.

2017

Event Manager

Searcys at The Barbican

Jan 2017 - May 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • The Barbican Centre is a world class arts and learning centre and the largest conference hub in Europe. Over 1.1 million people enter the Barbican's doors each year and the number continues to grow as a result of the venue's popularity and iconic architecture. As an events manager for the in house catering team, Searcy's, a huge responsibility rests on my shoulders. Working in operations means I oversee large scale events, such as graduation for King's College; personal and intimate events, such as weddings; and provide a five star service for high profile guests such as Selfridges, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Family. The role requires you to be quick on your feet as well as maintaining a service of care towards guests, to look after and manage large numbers of staff (including agency staff), liaise with high profile guests and Barbican event managers, attend tastings and liaise with banqueting chefs, order and hire linen, stock, glassware and crockery and maintaining a rather large cellar. Often events run all day through to the evening so a can- do attitude is a must. Due to the size of the building multiple events take place concurrently and I am always running around the building to oversee the event's logistics. (A colleague from the London Symphony Orchestra once commented that I am 'everywhere, all at once'!) I continue to work freelance for the Barbican centre on occasional evenings and weekends in addition to my new role as a PR intern for Not Another Bill.

2016

Creative Events Assistant

Party Ingredients

May 2016 - Dec 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • My role as Creative Events Assistant for Party Ingredients centrally surrounded the curation of how our events looked but I went above and beyond my official role to make every event as memorable as the last. - Event management skills - organising large numbers of staff - High level organisational skills - preparing and planning logistically difficult events - Impeccable time management - essential to events work, particularly in Livery Halls - Multitasking - the run of events never ceases, I am working on up to twenty projects at any time - Leading the marketing strategy for City of London Venues - Saddlers’ Hall, Apothecaries’ Hall - Lead on company rebrand - curation of new website and other marketing material - Newsletter content curation - Historical events - Creative display with luxury goods and food 

2016

VR Technician

Bearded Kitten

Mar 2016 - Apr 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • My position was an acting role for their most recent immersive theatre event 'Virtually Dead', promoting HTC's new Vive virtual reality headsets. The production sold out within 5 minutes of opening and I was present for the press night, to which we received five-star reviews in all the major press outlets. - First time virtual reality and theatre were used together - Equipment control and troubleshooting, diagnostic care of Vive technology - Improvisational acting and theatre - one to one engagement - Costume management - Prepared to step in other roles if necessary (staff illness etc), script memorisation

2015

Widening Participation Tutor

University of Sussex

Mar 2015 - Apr 2015
  • Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Full Time
  • The role involved working with gifted and talented year ten students who have an interest in further education at uni- versity. Using selected original archival material from the Mass Observation Archive, the aim of the project was to engage first-generation scholars with historical material surrounding WWI and the centenary. - Teaching and learning engagement skills - Management of historical material within conservation guidelines - Research - Local history engagement - Oral history studies


2016

Volunteer Archivist

Booth Museum of Natural History

Oct 2013 - Jan 2016
  • Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Freelance
  • I was tasked with the enormous project of photographing, editing and uploading pictures of the museum's hidden exhibits which, unfortunately, cannot be displayed downstairs in the public part of the museum. - Photography and photoshop editing - Categorisation and archiving (MIMSY) - Conservation work and careful specimen care - Private collection care - Bespoke research - results now reside in the museum

Education

2015

BA (Hons) : History 2:1

University of Sussex

Sep 2011 - May 2015
  • Falmer, Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Whilst studying history at the University of Sussex I have developed the ability to analyse and reflect on key events and ideas as well as an ability to assimilate, research and select information. I am competent at managing large and diverse quantities of information and selecting relevant and appropriate details. I am also becoming a skilled researcher often seeking out and investigating primary data sources locally, nationally and abroad. Studying history has given me the confidence to challenge established views and debate alternative perspectives putting forward clear and concise arguments. I have simultaneously developed a knowledge and understanding of a wide range of different societies and peoples as well as an appreciation of the diversity of historical specialisms and approaches. It was one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever had the pleasure of being a part of and the skills I have acquired as a result can be applied to almost all working environments.

2011

GCSEs and A-Levels

Christ's Hospital School

Sep 2006 - May 2011
  • Horsham, United Kingdom
  • GCSES: 4 A*s, 6 A’s, 1 B 
 English- A* History- A* Religious Studies- A* Drama- A* German- A Physical Education- A Biology- A Physics- A Chemistry- A Science (AQA- Year 9)- A Maths- B A Level: 2 A*’s, 1 B English- A* Theatre Studies- A* (highest grade attained on record) History- B