Valerie Ann Higgins

Senior Innovation Strategist

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

Skills

 

  • Consulting
  • Art Direction Design
  • Experience Design
  • Trend Theme Research
  • Business Strategy
  • Creative Content
  • Applied Innovation
  • Client Creative Services
  • Strategic Brand Management

Work history

Currently

Senior Innovation Strategist

Idea Couture

Mar 2012
  • Project Lead and Client Services I am responsible for building strong client relationships as well as project visions. I am often tasked with the job of setting objectives, engaging with stakeholders, initiating and executing strategy, knowing when to recalibrate, maintaining the highest quality standard and tracking project status. It is also my job to ensure that upon successful completion of any project, a debrief is completed and learnings are shared. I work closely with clients, departmental leads and other partners to ensure the most collaborative and effective working style. Strategic Market Foresight My role requires diligent research around identifying changes within the market, industry, and broader socioeconomic global contexts. I am often tasked with creating future scenarios that illustrate different organisational strategies and innovation hypotheses. I also activate and facilitate strategic dialogues that engage key stakeholders with macro themed scenarios and future state vignettes. Content Strategy I work to achieve project goals by maximizing the impact of content across a diverse range of mediums. I am also responsible for ensuring we get the maximum business value out of content, taking into consideration its purpose, management, production, delivery, measurement and re-use. Story Telling I believe that the most powerful form of consumer and user connection happens through the art of story telling. I have helped my clients articulate their goals and ambitions, finding new ways to translate their mission into content. Using my strong research skills and natural empathy, I have helped build deep brand and business narratives which have successfully connected with audiences, driving engagement, building loyalty and bringing to life special, shared moments. Design Strategy As a highly visual thinker, I greatly enjoy collaborating with designers, researchers, product managers, product marketers and engineers to ensure that the written and visual content is not only cohesive but beautiful. Information Design I am, by nature, an organised individual, and in this role am able to make use of my natural communication skills to sift through and arrange complex information into easy to navigate and simple to use informational structures.

2011

Senior Design Strategist

Planet Advertising Design P/L Singapore

Feb 2010 - Mar 2011
  • Clients Include: Guardian Pharmacy Ltd, Panasonic Asia, Kraft Foods Asia, Carlsberg Group, Nippon, Mos Burger

2006

Senior Graphic Designer

Insight Design and Communication Perth, Australia

Mar 2005 - Feb 2006
  • Clients Include: Monadelphous Group, Woodside Petroleum Limited, TAFE WA, RAC WA

Education

2016

Finance, Marketing, Branding, Strategy, Supply Chain, Production, Logistics

London College of Fashion

Sep 2014 - Apr 2016
  • Executive Master of Business in Apparel, Fashion and Luxury - Finished with distinction

2004

Art Directions, Typography, Communication Design, Experience Design

Parsons School Of Design, New York City, New York

Jul 2000 - Apr 2004
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design