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February 2014 — Present
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Public Relations and Communications Consultant
Working with clients to improve communications both internal and external, particularly in the use of social media including Facebook and Twitter.
I completed six hours of continuing professional development in February 2014.
At the end of February 2014, I completed the first year (of two) of continuing professional development towards the Accredited Practitioner status with the CIPR.
I am continuing to study towards the project management qualifications of the APM.
Preparing and issuing press releases for MLA.
Maintaining website content for MLA's website.
Preparing Constituency Report (newsletter sent to each household in constituency).
Researched and developed internal reports for example a report on proposed Parliamentary boundary changes.
HIVBlogger is an award-winning blog that educates people about the reality of living with HIV in the 21st century. The story of my life, living with HIV, since I was first diagnosed in March 2009 to the present. Written occasionally, there are highs and lows, but most importantly honesty and openness about living with a virus that many would like to hide.
I have had various volunteer roles with The Scout Association at both local and national levels. Since December 2012, I have been Assistant District Commissioner (Public Relations) for Bedford, UK, and since June 2013 I am also one of the Trustees of Bedford District Scout Council.
I also support both local and national Scouting as a member of various Scout Active Support Units including:
· Bedford District Scout Active Support Unit (2012– )
· National Catholic Scout Fellowship (2009– )
· FLAGS National Scout Active Support Unit (LGBT) (2009–13)
· International Scout Active Support Unit (2009– )
During the progress of the Sexual Offences Bill through Parliament in 2003, I researched and drafted amendments to the Bill to extend it in its entirety to Northern Ireland. Following a meeting with the Northern Ireland Officer, it was agreed by HM Government to propose some of our amendments in the House of Lords which were then passed into law.
This helped to establish the principle that the UK Parliament could legislate for Northern Ireland in primary legislation when there was no functioning devolved Assembly leading to the inclusion of Northern Ireland in the Civil Partnerships Act 2004.
The IAG acts as a critical friend to the police service, not as an independent group but as a forum where independent advisors can give independent advice on the development and review of policy, procedure and practices identified by the Police in partnership with the IAG. The IAG role is not one of formal scrutiny, but ensures the policies, procedures and practices of the Service meet the strategic aims of the EDHR strategy and provide a safeguard against the service disadvantaging any section of the community through lack of understanding, ignorance or mistaken beliefs, as set out by Macpherson.
Small print and design company supporting local organisations and companies in branding, social media, and public relations.
Managed recruitment, retention, and deployment of local volunteers in Northern Ireland for the referendum on the voting system. Northern Ireland was the most successful region in the campaign. Part of leadership team running local events highlighting the campaign around Northern Ireland.
Wrote copy for local campaign website.
responsible for budgetary adherence and planning for charity (then called The HIV Support Centre) with turnover in excess of £250,000 per annum
As Company Secretary
responsible for ensuring compliance with all relevant legislation and regulations.
I played before, during, and after two services each week as well as on Holy Days of Obligation. This involved liaising with the parish clergy to find suitable hymns and music in general for the liturgical year.
Responsible for design, production, and organisation of delivery of local newsletters to different parts of MLA’s constituency. Particular highlight included the campaign against closure of main road link for 4,000 residents to rest of local community during improvements to M2 motorway in Newtownabbey.
Temporary role supporting the processing of examination scripts.
Responsible for designing, typesetting, and preparing for print of various publications including booklets, leaflets, posters, and liturgical sheets.
General administration duties including typing, audio-typing, data entry, diary management, filing both paper-based and online, and liaising with other departments.
Various placements including:
· In the NHS, I worked as a Secretary to a Consultant Neurologist in the Radcliffe Infirmary, ensuring that all medical records were updated after clinics, and letters sent to relevant practitioners and patients.
· Within the Oxfordshire Business Education Partnership, part of the county council, I was responsible for the maintenance of the database of possible work experience placements, checking against paper records and forms sent in by employers, and schools.
I also carried out general office duties like organisation of stationery in the office, and general typing as required.
· In Stonham Housing Association, I was responsible for processing finance claims and expenditure for housing association projects. Redesigned information sheets about the Oxfordshire Projects.
As a temporary administrator in the Relocation Project for Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, I was responsible for servicing ten committees, taking and circulating minutes, arranging meetings using online diaries, booking rooms, and liaising with the secretaries of key stakeholders in the project.
I also designed and continued the administration of a system for booking members of hospital staff on tours of the new hospital.
I was responsible as part of the parish ministry team for pastoral visiting of the people of the parish as well as assisting in daily services in church.
As a volunteer I was responsible for the design, typesetting, and production of the monthly Parish Magazine. I also designed new brand identity for the Parish which included new noticeboards which are still in use (2014).
I opened and ran constituency office in Newtownabbey for the South Antrim constituency assisting members of the public with benefits, housing, planning and other issues as required.
We had a successful joint campaign between our office and that of Peter Black AM (in the National Assembly for Wales) to stop the inclusion of phone numbers for Child Line appearing on mobile phone bills. This was a particular problem as it could further endanger children who may have suffered abuse. As part of the campaign I wrote to the chief executives of the four main UK mobile phone companies asking for their assistance.
Stood for election to Newtownabbey Borough Council in the Macedon District Electoral Area. Whilst not elected, I did achieve the objectives that we had for the campaign of raising the Alliance vote in the area both in number and percentage of the vote.
I assisted in the Assembly office of Eileen Bell who was then MLA for North Down. This included assisting with the drafting of questions to ministers, correspondence on behalf of constituents and general correspondence.
Customer-facing role including cash handling and stock management in busy petrol station with supermarket attached.
Customer-facing role including cash handling and stock management in busy newsagent's and confectioner's in Ballymena town centre.
As a barman in busy hotel with nightclub attached, I served customers at the bar, handled cash, managed stock in the bar, and also assisted with the set up of the hotel for conferences and dinners.
Whilst a student at the University College of Ripon & York St John, I worked in the Students’ Union bar as a barman serving customers, handling cash, restocking the bar, with an eye on security as well.
I archived the first sixteen years of my father's practice as a chartered civil and structural engineer. This included ensuring all documents were secured in the correct order and in the correct file and then the files in date order in archive boxes for easy retrieval.
Keston View Press was based in Beckenham, Kent and then in Calstock, Cornwall. All work was done using movable type and an Albion hand press.
I assisted my grandfather there in many summers when I was staying with him. It was there that I first learnt something of typography and making sure that the information that the reader needed is to the fore.