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I am a communications, governance, policy, public affairs and strategy professional. I am particularly adept at getting to grips with new subject areas and developing effective influencing strategies.

I have 12 years experience of developing strategy, policy and communications, advising senior people, negotiating with government, improving stakeholder engagement, forming collaborative partnerships, managing campaigns and events, and writing for all media.

  • August 2016 – present | Freelance | Consultant

    March 2014 – July 2016 (redundancy) | Signature | Senior Policy Adviser

    May 2012 – January 2014 | The Philosophy Foundation | Specialist Philosophy Teacher

    August 2010 – December 2012 | Volunteering England | Senior Policy Officer

    July 2009 – July 2010 | British Veterinary Association | Policy Officer

    February – July 2009 | Arthritis Care | Policy & Campaigns Manager

    September 2008 – January 2009 | Universities UK | Policy Officer (maternity cover)

    June – August 2008 | Centre for Charity Effectiveness | Research Assistant (temporary)

    August 2007 – May 2008 | Liverpool Guild of Students | Policy & Communications Adviser (contract)

    January 2007 – August 2007 | Freelance | Consultant

    January 2004 – December 2006 | KCLSU | Democratic Services Coordinator/Policy Adviser

  • 2014 – present | community theatre group actor, director, web designer, playwright, committee member

    2013-14 | pro bono policy and communications consultant for small not-for-profit organisations

    2009 | established and ran a local spoken word event

    2007-9 | communications for a local annual music festival and an amateur musician

    2007-9 | blog writing for a local online radio station

    2005-6 | committee member with the Association of Managers in Students’ Union

    2000-3 | university newspaper writer & coordination of two university societies

    1994-97 | elected students’ union officer and theatre group member at FE college

  • 2017 | Line management (2 days)

    2014 | Level 2 Certificate in British Sign Language

    2014 | Level 1 Award in British Sign Language

    2012 | The Philosophy Foundation Specialist Philosophy Teacher Levels I & II

    2012 | Applying The Thinking Environment to the workplace (1 day)

    2011 | The Spontaneity Shop Improvisation Levels I & II

    2010 | IFE Fire Marshal (0.5 day)

    2009 | First Aid at Work (3 days)

    2008 | Basic Parliamentary Procedure (1 day)

    2008 | Microsoft Excel Level 2 (1 day)

    2006 | Managing Change (1 day)

    2005 | Equality & Diversity champion training (8 days)

    2005 | Advanced Train the Trainer (2 days)

    2005 | Being Appraised (1 day)

    2005 | Mentoring (1 day)

    2004 | Train the Trainer (1 day)

    2004 | Health & Safety at Work (1 day)

    1997 | RSA Word Processor Operator Level II (9 months)

  • 2000-2003 | University of North London | Upper Second Class Philosophy BA (Hons)

    1994-1997 | Orpington College of Further Education | A Level Sociology (A), English Literature (B), Government & Politics (B), Philosophy (C), Theatre Studies (C)

    1989-1994 | Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School | Nine GCSE’s (3 As, 4 Bs, 2 Cs)

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