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I have extensive knowledge of administrative practices, maintaining office and administrative systems, and learning and adapting to new systems where appropriate. I have implemented new processes, line management responsibility and providing administrative support to a board of Trustees and senior managers. I have worked in high pressure environments, working with different teams and supporting more than one manager at once, when necessary. I have substantial knowledge of casework, within a complaint handling environment and project management experience. I have the excellent problem solving skills and customer service skills in high pressure environments. Experience of change management and building and maintain relationships. I currently work as a self-employed administrator for the Design History Society (DHS). The DHS is the leading organisation promoting the study of global design histories, bringing together and supporting all those engaged in the subject - students, researchers, educators, designers, designer-makers, critics and curators. I have implemented new administrative process and provide administrative support to the Board of Trustees and the Journal of Design History Editors. I have BA in Design, an MA in Postcolonial Cultures & Global Policy and am currently a PhD student at Brighton University. My PhD research focus is fashion and textiles produced in Jamaica during 1950-1975, exploring notions of class, race and gender and the role of design in the construction of a national identity.
Office management, instituting administration processes, administrative support for Design History Society trustees and Journal of Design History Editorial Board (EB). Social media management, processing trustees and expense claims, ad hoc duties.
Sept 2013 to current Duties: Maintain membership databases, issue membership and leadership and development training invoices. Process membership fees, invoices and expense claims, coordinate with CHEAD’s book keeper and maintaining financial filing systems. Provide administrative support to the Executive Secretary as required.
Assist Design History Senior Lecturer with seminars, discussing readings with the students and encouraging discussions amongst group. Supply feedback to senior lecturer at close of each session. Provide feedback on dissertation ideas and essay plans to students. Assist Illustration lecturer with the delivery of practical workshops, and help students with idea development, provide constructive feedback to students and feedback to lecturer at close of each session.
Design and develop personal development opportunities for staff network members. Manage attendance, actively tackled poor performance, inspire my team through setting and communicating a clear vision, develop trust across the team. Conduct regular staff appraisals, providing constructive manage recruitment and selection process for Regional Representatives and new MoJ staff members. Provide advice to Ministers and Senior managers, report and submission writing. Manage and deliver membership survey; launched mentoring programme, conduct desk research, design and create content for literature for events and workshops, manage budgets, delivering value for money, develop and maintain professional relationships. Used evidence to assess policies, projects and programmes. Deliver services against the business plan and accurately forecast work, improve Judicial complaints handling processes and set achievable targets for excellent customer service.
Jamaica has an extremely complex history and as Fradera argues, there are few places in the world that have witnessed as much destruction and political competition as the Caribbean (Fradera: 2011). Much has been written about this history, particularly its social and political history. Far less has been written about its design history. The role design has played in the remaking of the Caribbean is an important one, particularly the role of fashion and textiles. As Saucier points out, ‘Fashion has been one of the ways in which people of the African diaspora have created their sense of self, sense of community, and sense of place. Bodily practices have been almost as important as political manifestos in the struggle for freedom, agency and identity’ (Saucier,2011). My research considers the ways in which fashion and textiles, produced in Jamaica during 1950-1975, were employed to navigate shifting subjectivities in a nation undergoing transition. In particular, it considers how national identities were constructed in a period of decolonisation and how fashion and textiles were utilised in this process. Examining the complex relationship between colony and metropole and subsequent narratives, Interrogating acts of resistance to Empire that formed part of the struggle for independence and the role of design in resisting /accommodating a British, European global aesthetic is key in this critique.
Award for research travel costs http://www.designhistorysociety.org/awards/overview