Resume

Freelance Journalist, Award Winning Project Coordinator, Arts Marketer, Governance Officer and passionate advocate for a variety of causes

Training

The Influential Presenter
Horizon Training, 2019/2020

Records Management
PDP, 2019

Project Management
GBS, 2018

Effective Data Visualisation
UMG, 2018

Freedom of Information
PDP, 2019
Act Now, 2017

Data Protection
PDP, 2017

The Successful Team Member
GBS, 2017

Online Marketing
Level 4 Accredited Diploma via Shaw Academy, 2015

Education

BA (Journalism & Broadcasting)
First Class Hons
The University of Salford, 2013

A-Levels
Film Studies (A), Media Studies (A), English Language (C), English Literature (C)
Bury College, 2003

AS-Levels
General Knowledge (B), History (C)
Bury College, 2002/2003

GCSEs
10 subjects – 5xA, 2xB, 3xC, 1xD
Siddal Moor, Heywood, 2001

About Me

I am a client-focussed team player from an entertainment journalism/marketing background, with a track record for championing great work and getting results. Always looking for a fresh challenge with organisations and individuals who share my passion for creating positive change in the cultural sector.

What I Do

Feature Writing

Interviews

News

Proof-reading and sub-editing

Reviews

Press Releases

Social Media Campaigns

Presenting & Podcasts

Experience

Officer, Information Team at Arts Council England
(May 2016 – January 2019, June 2020 – Present)

Initially joining the team as an Administrator in 2016, I became an Assistant in 2017, left the team in 2019 and returned in 2020. I became an Officer in 2021. My duties involve:

• Responding to Freedom of Information requests and Rights Requests (GDPR/DPA)
• Handling Parliamentary Questions and DCMS Briefing requests
• Tracking Information Security Breaches
• Membership of the Information Governance Subcommittee
• Refreshing and renewing processes and logs, setting up and developing services, storage systems and conventions, and training documentation

Project Coordinator, Digital Culture Network at Arts Council England
(January 2019 to June 2020)

18 month role to coordinate the setup and ongoing work of the Digital Culture Network: Arts Council England’s £1.1m transformation initiative to digitally up-skill the culture sector. Whilst working in this role, I received an ‘ACE People’ award for efficient project management and teamwork.

• Being an effective central contact point for both internal and external stakeholders, and supporting the Network’s implementation, development and monitoring.
• Coordinating a team of Tech Champions: assigning workload, managing travel arrangements and meeting organisation when required.
• Developing and maintaining management processes, stakeholder reporting and data analysis
• Working closely with external partners to enhance the CRM software, proactively dealing with quality control
• Developing the Network’s internal and external communications: working with stakeholders to coordinate announcements; driving content planning meetings; writing copy for press releases; providing editorial support to other team members for website, newsletter and events material.
• Commissioning consultants to develop the Network’s website, maintaining a working relationship with them and an understanding of the back-end procedures involved in hosting the platform. Leading on the final stages of development and deployment for a successful launch.
• Maintaining financial procedures around purchase orders and budgetary spend

Assistant, Digital Marketing and Communication at Arts Council England
(August 2015 to April 2016)

Successfully creating an internal Image Bank for use across external communications, getting buy-in across the organisation for a sizable change in process and culture. I was also involved in the production of films for the Creative Case for Diversity and Culture Matters campaigns, sourcing footage, confirming legal permissions, arranging filming on location, offline editing, scripting and promotional campaigns. Alongside this, I raised and receipted purchase orders, booked meetings, travel and accommodation for the team, developed social media plans and maintained external channels.

Editor in Chief at The Velvet Onion
(January 2010 to May 2018)

Founded and led an online news website promoting an interconnected group of comedians, actors and other performers to 40,000 monthly readers in 161 countries. I developed strong relationships with artists, agents, press offices, venues, publishers, production companies and broadcasters, including the BBC, Channel 4, Sky Atlantic and UK TV.

I managed a writing team, and developed a house style to maintain a coherent brand across all platforms, whilst ensuring expenditure remained within budget.

By identifying resources, chasing suppliers and clients, and maintaining communication, this long term project allowed us to be involved in major promotional campaigns for a range of high-profile projects and artists including Noel Fielding, Adam Kay, Matt Berry, Sarah Kendall and many more. These campaigns involved a variety of different elements, from exclusive interviews, live events and interactive competitions to behind the scenes documentaries, ticket presales and discount codes.

TVO has made contributions to various promotional campaigns including:
• Television and Radio: Luxury Comedy, House of Fools, Crims, Mongrels, The Windsors, Brian Pern, The IT Crowd, Man vs Ride, Alice’s Wunderland, Carnival of Monsters
• Film: Sightseers, A Field in England, The Harry Hill Movie, Submarine, Bunny and the Bull
• Print: The Scribblings of a Madcap Shambleton, Brenda Monk is Funny, Tiny Acts of Rebellion
• West End: Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense, The Ladykillers, Holes
• Edinburgh Fringe: Rich Fulcher, Colin Hoult, Paul Foot, Adam Kay, Katy Brand, Rachel Stubbings
• London Comedy Scene: The Forgery Club, Spank!, Austentatious, Kill Phil, The Mighty Boosh, Sarah Kendall

Assistant Marketing Officer at Oldham Coliseum Theatre
(February 2015 to May 2015)

Maintained social media channels and Patronbase ticketing systems; commissioned print, liaised with suppliers and distributors; designed and submitted advertisements for print and web; developed engaging online content to increase digital engagement; defined and created targeted mail-outs; designed and instigated systems to ensure accuracy and availability of display materials.

Reviewer at Music News
(February 2013 to April 2015)

I wrote reviews and conducted interviews for Music News, working autonomously to sourced information from PR offices and artists. Articles had to be concise, topical and entertaining, with self generated headlines and commentaries, that I then submitted via the site CMS. Many of my articles were cited as the featured pieces on the front page of the website and in its email newsletter, and reviews were often reprinted on artist websites.

Digital Content Promoter at 24:7 Theatre Festival
(February 2014 to February 2015)

• Developed new and existing online platforms, including social networks.
• Wrote regular blogs, editorial copy, press releases and guidebook content.
• Advised individual productions on social media marketing.
• Filmed and edited video interviews with festival writers.
• Instigated a new system for digital and print archives.
• Assisted organisation of promotional events.

Presenter at Shock Radio
(October 2012 to May 2013)

After co-presenting weekly themed show Truffle Shuffle in 2012, I launched weekly solo show Don’t Do This in 2013. The fast paced shows featured music, discussion and features around popular culture. adhering to relevant broadcasting standards and regulations. Using my audio editing skills I created radio edits of music tracks and high quality show jingles. I encouraged cross promotion by bringing in guest presenters, and promoted a long-running fundraising endeavour for cancer charity KidsCan.

Other Freelance Clients
(2007 to Present)

I’ve generated content for various clients including Queen Productions, Buzzfeed, We Are Cult, Such Small Portions and Channel M.

Retail Roles
(2003 – 2014)

My earlier career involved various managerial roles in retailers: Blockbuster (2003-2005), Music Zone/Fopp (2005-2007), WH Smith (2007-2009), Past Times (2010-2011) and o2 Telefonica (2011-2014).

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