With a career in journalism, business and communication, working in senior positions for companies such as Harpers, Dow Jones and BAA, I now run my own consultancy business Purple Pear, which specialises in communications, publishing and training. We work on a contract basis for a number of organisations.
I have worked on a variety of skills development projects including managing this FEU project which focuses on helping to provide business skills for freelance members of the creative unions.
Previously a senior manager in the Facilities Managements sector, working with organisations such as IBM, ASDA, BAT, UKAEA, MoD, Dept of Transport and the Police, I now enjoy an interesting and varied self-employed portfolio career.
I have my own business Lumier Coaching, offering career coaching, training and support to groups and individuals, and as an NUJ member, I use my business background to provide PR and marketing support to small businesses.
I have co-written, developed and delivered CV writing, interview skills and mentoring training for the NUJ, which has included providing 1-2-1 sessions.
I look forward to putting all my experience to good use to support this amazing project.
As the project administrator, my role encompasses a range of administrative responsibilities including co-ordination of training events, collation of data and the provision of information.
As well as this, I film and edit videos of project events, help write the FEU training blog and update the website. My acting skills recently proved useful in one of our project workshops in which I took part in forum theatre staged as a method to illustrate the ways in which we can improve the way we communicate.
Basically, like many freelances, I am constantly learning new skills so that I am able to support my acting career and develop a marketable and interesting portfolio.
I have been an Equity member for several years and am a working actor, writer and director with a background in developing training for community as well as corporate projects.
Equity - Marketing, Events, Training And Membership Services Manager
Part of my role includes writing and producing many of the union's publications including the Equity Guides Series. I am responsible for the Equity website and other initiatives such as training for members as well as working on joint training projects with sister entertainment industry unions.
I also organise Equity events and the union's presence at industry events such as the Edinburgh Festivals, Leicester Comedy Festival, National Student Drama Festival, Magicians Convention, Vox, Move It - where I often lead workshops and seminars about working professionally in the entertainment industry. I have responsibility for various key Equity membership benefits including the Careers Advice and Job Information Services.
Musicians' Union - Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer
As Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Official at the Musicians’ Union, I work with members, employers and organisations to drive social change through the creation of inclusive policies, cultures and campaigns.
I also provide advice and advocacy support for under-represented members and those who experience discrimination.
National Union of Journalists - Campaigns and Communications Officer
I am a journalist and have worked for newspapers including the Sunday Mirror, Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and Times Educational Supplement, as well as for a range of publications, including women's magazines, as a freelance.
I edited the education journal 14-19 Skills Bulletin and have written the biography of Eamonn O'Kane, education union general secretary and Irish civil rights activist.
Before joining the NUJ, I worked as the media affairs officer for the TUC's unionlearn.
Writers' Guild - Organiser (recruitment, training & events)
I am responsible for WGGB’s recruitment activity, events and training. I'm also editor of the weekly member ebulletin.