As Chief Executive gained considerable experience running a charity and a company, including visioning, developing long-term business plans, answering to a board, establishing relationships with strategic stakeholders, developing policies, procedures, bid-writing and fund-raising.
As Development Manager gained additional experience in creating partnership projects, as well as experience in developing membership recruitment.
Experience of governance gained through being part of the Members’ Council at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, a Trustee at Community House & Friends of Cotteridge Park, and Director of HamFisted! theatre company.
Experience of developing, planning and implementing a complex and varied schedule of work with multiple partners, stakeholders and departments
Budgeting & Fundraising:
As Chief Executive & General Manager responsible for running an annual budget of £0.3million, setting and achieving challenging fundraising targets, overseeing project budgets.
As Chief Executive, General Manager and Development Manager extensive experience of developing projects between different external partners
Extensive experience of successful bid-writing for Lottery distributors (such as Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England), trusts & foundations (such as Esmee Fairbairn and Children in Need), Landfill Communities Fund distributors and local authority grants.
As Development Manager gained experience of running Face to Face, Door to Door and online membership recruitment campaigns, including working with partners to set up a new Face to Face recruitment subsidiary.
Authored or co-authored successful grant or funding applications of over £1.4 million during different roles
Management & Administration:
As Chief Executive & General Manager responsible for all operational and financial aspects of the company’s ambitious volume of work.
Extensive experience of management of both in-house teams and organising freelance workers and volunteers. Also managing relationships within the team, with other departments, and with other stakeholders
Extensive project management experience with a variety of types of projects in roles as Chief Executive, Development Manager, Production & Stage Manager and General Manager
Booking and administration of events and activities, including risk assessments. Liaison with clients, members of the public, venues and other professionals, and troubleshooting both before the events and on site.
Desk top publishing and website design experience (see IT and Internet below)
Full clean driving licence.
IT and Internet Experience:
Minor in Computer Graphics as part of BA (Hons) Communication and Media Production degree (First class honours).
Significantly developed The Play House’s IT infrastructure and online presence, developing a comprehensive and interactive online learning resource. Significantly increased The Play House’s & Wildlife Trust’s online presence through Facebook and Twitter
Experience with both Mac & Windows including Subscriber & Filemaker Pro databases, desk top publishing through QuarkXpress, Adobe Pagemaker & InDesign, and a variety of CAD and graphics packages.
Experience of HTML programming; authoring and operating sites through WordPress, GoogleSites and Blogger; working with social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and LinkedIn.