Events management and communications professional with a strong work ethic and a passion for music. Experience in corporate, fundraising, charity, creative, music events and festivals. Always strive to improve and overcome challenges.
Responsible for leading and supporting the organisation of a number of events in the University's calendar such as alumni, corporate and fundraising events both in the UK and overseas. External venues include: British Embassy, Washington D.C, USA; British Ambassador's Residence, Athens, Greece; Nobel Peace Centre, Oslo, Norway; Middle Temple, London. Instrumental in delivering the first ever summer graduations at Kingston University. The graduations ceremonies are our biggest annual event accommodating over 5,000 graduates and 16,000 guests across two weeks of the academic year. Responsible for liaising with venue managers, suppliers and key stakeholders for all event types, building strong relationships and an excellent reputation. Spearheaded communications in the events team, which resulted in my role shifting in focus and gaining full responsibility for developing effective communications and marketing schedules and activities. This includes managing the graduations and events websites. Created a complex student communications plan to ensure we were maximising all channels to get messages across to final year students. This resulted in a significant reduction of queries from students as we were able to get clear, concise information out in a timely manner. Recruited and managed 80 events assistants, consisting of enthusiastic student ambassadors retaining some of them even after they graduate. Made significant changes to both recruitment and management processes which has resulted in a higher retention of assistants, staying longer than one academic year and a major improvement in team work and staff morale. Trained, developed and test many IT systems, including event registration systems; databases and an academic gowning and attendance booking system. My involvement has resulted in simplifying processes, improving functionality making them more practical for many team members and enhancing data for the University.
Responsible for two aspects of the Oxjam Music Festival in the region of South London, Surrey, Sussex and Kent; which takes place throughout the month of October. 1. Management of 12 teams organising multi-venue music festivals in their local areas in aid of Oxfam. My main focus was to motivate and aid the teams in their fundraising activity to meet their targets. 2. Management and recruitment of volunteers who sign up to the Oxjam music festival to put on one-off music events all over the region. Achievements in post: • My region raised over £50,000 as a result of all the events that took place during Oxjam 2013 • Short-listed, interviewed and recruited 12 Oxjam event mangers in the region whom all contributed to the overall total • Ensured teams stuck to objectives and deadlines and kept align with Oxfam's policies • Championed Oxjam within the region, encouraging as many volunteers as possible to sign up to organise Oxjam events which resulted in higher engagement and more money being raised • Successfully coached and motivated key volunteers and teams, helping them to develop their skills and overcome barriers and find solutions • Played an active role within the core Oxjam team which helped shape strategy and develop the festival as a whole • Created and manage social media pages for the region to support all Oxjam events that are happening creating a larger engagement and united the region as a larger community • Delivered presentations at conferences to share my own event and marketing experiences from previous job roles, including my own Oxjam event.
An exploration into various forms of media and how it effects our society and culture. Specialist knowledge gained includes; communcation, technology, IT and web skills and a 10,000 word Dissertation entitled: Music Download Culture (Awarded First Class). This was an investigation into the battle between the music industry and piracy. It focused on how music download culture has changed music consumption within audiences and what business strategies have been implemented to try and stop piracy.