I am a very fast learner who relishes learning new skills and meeting new people. I tend to thrive in social situations and know how to develop a casual rapport with almost anyone whilst remaining highly professional and focused. My cultural awareness and lateral thinking skills are both particularly strong and I enjoy overcoming challenges with finesse. I have always enjoyed keeping up to date with social trends and emerging technology, as I believe we are living within the most rapidly evolving society in history. With this in mind, I tend to be very creative and enjoy discovering new, unorthodox solutions to problems.
In May 2016 I joined the team at Kaizo, an independent, award-winning top 50 PR agency, as an Account Executive focusing on the Technology sector. This role has allowed me to develop my communications and account management skills whilst building awareness and generating media interest for B2B tech brands in cloud, enterprise, software, big data, security, and storage. I have also had the opportunity here to get involved with B2C and consumer/lifestyle work.
An excellent learning opportunity within a dynamic and knowledgeable team, this internship taught me a vast range of skills and greatly boosted my understanding of corporate affairs, particularly in the areas of Finance and the Healthcare industry. This allowed me to greatly develop my commercial awareness alongside my existing language and creative skills. I greatly enjoyed my time at CSC where I gained vital PR/IR experience through working on IPOs, financial communications, global healthcare events, crisis management and rebranding strategy. My responsibilities included performing research and market analysis, drafting press releases and investor relations copy, attendance of board meetings, designing corporate presentations, organising and attending conferences and seminars, maintaining various live databases and providing general support to every member of the team as and when it was required.
This position allowed me to continue my lifelong involvement with charity as well as giving me a wide range of duties and responsibilities including work on: Risk Assessment, Corporate Research, CRM Database Management, Fundraising Proposals, Cases for Support, Designing & Producing Programme Frameworks, Analysing and Presenting Data (Microsoft Excel and others), Soliciting Major Donors, Booking Travel & Visas, Compiling Travel Guides, Launching Social Media Campaigns, Presenting Budgets. There were many elements of social media, advertising and comms work within this role and so it allowed me to continue building my budding interest in markets and public relations.
Working at such a well loved and respected community institution has taught me a great deal about the importance of client rapport in hospitality, as well as exposing me to the inner business machinations of a busy grassroots level sporting club which also hosts prestigious international tournaments.
During 2014 I joined the staff of Wordplay Magazine on a casual basis, writing various journalistic pieces and reviews which were published both online and in print.
I helped in the pre-production process for an upcoming feature film and took on responsibilities such as accompanying the director to casting sessions, performing interviews with potential actors and actresses and helping to conceptualise other aspects of creative direction.
Due to a personal setback in the final year of my university study leading to an extra year of assessment, I decided that my time would best be spent gaining some work experience and a wage. As a result, I opted to take on a full time job in the kitchens at John Lewis whilst I completed my final year, taking holiday for exams and submitting coursework via post. This extra challenge allowed me to keep busy, practise taking responsibillity and dealing with customers on a daily basis and help to build and integrate myself into different teams. During my time at John Lewis I was given several extra responsibilities including that of Customer Service Manager- a role requiring me to take the lead on any customer queries & complaints, security issues and emergencies. I also wrote regularly for the in-house newspaper and was often involved with promotional strategy on the shop floor.
At Magic Bus I undertook a variety of roles (mostly overseas) which included CSS admin, event organisation, social media launches, large scale corporate advertising campaigns, fundraising galas with celebrity endorsement, attendance of board meetings and political events, sales and distribution deal making at business fairs.
In the summer of 2007, at the age of 18, I flew out to Namibia where I lived with a local family, the father of whom was an important figure in the world of Namibian sport. For just over two months I lived and worked with him and UK Sport, the local sports authorities and several top global stars, brands and government leaders in order to promote, plan and organise one of the largest international development events in the world.
Economics course with heavily social elements. Included modules on marketing, game theory, management & organisational behaviour, sustainability and research.