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Detailed history

OVERVIEW

  • Over 10 years of business experience as a managing director of a successful e-learning consultancy
  • Track record of successful project management of large e-learning initiatives and ability to lead through motivation and hands on involvement
  • Extensive experience in managing and coordinating delivery of learning through Learning Management Systems
  • Experience of using emerging technologies to create service innovation with a keen eye for market opportunities
  • Strong understanding of business systems within corporate environments
  • Strong focus on solutions and results driven
  • Excellent leadership skills with an ability to inspire and share a vision
  • 4 years of experience of delivering research at University level

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Instructional Designer at Southern Institute of Technology.
OCTOBER 2013 – CURRENT

  • Support and train writers and content experts to ensure that materials received exceed expectations
  • Manage the material development process through coordinating writers, subject experts, Programme Managers and Instructional Designers to ensure consistent output of quality learning materials
  • Provide professional development support in the use of Learning Management Systems and eLearning for SIT2LRN staff and facilitators
  • Evaluate and improve learner experience through service and system improvements
  • Evaluate, pilot and implement new opportunities within the distance learning framework
  • Plan and facilitate training events and ongoing development of facilitators for SIT2LRN

Achievements:

  • Noticeable improvement of service delivery through system logic changes
  • Increased quality and speed of course material development through implementing systems and procedures
  • Established framework and internal partnerships ensuring continuous improvement of content and delivery while concentrating on fully utilising the wealth of resources and knowledge available

Facilitator and Course Developer, Subject Area Expert at Southern Institute of Technology.
MARCH 2014 – CURRENT (CONTRACT BASIS)

  • Develop and write course materials for the Diploma in Photography
  • Facilitate and teach on the practical photography and media culture course
  • Develop and write content and assessment for the Bachelor of Applied Management

Achievements:

  • Identified Learning Management System potential that allowed for an increase in quality of delivery of learning while saving resources and reducing risk
  • Increased student participation

Chief Developer, Design Consultant, Partner in Boite de Conserve TOPO, conservation management software.
AUGUST 2013 – CURRENT

  • Early stage feasibility study, service design, software development hands on and management. Post launch involvement mainly in an advisory capacity
  • Consultation on marketing planning and access to new markets

Achievements:

  • Release of a highly innovative software product that has proved invaluable to a number of Belgian and French museums in managing restoration data for their collections.
  • Opened doors to partner business and provided significant strategic advantages

Managing Director of multimedia consultancy Bright Creatives Limited.
JULY 2004 – CURRENT

  • Development of eLearning strategies and applications for large private sector and public sector organisations such as the British National Health Service. Responsible for taking projects from initial proposal stage through to final delivery. Tasks include; costing, detailed project planning and management, conceptualisation and developing design briefs, client liaison and managing client expectations, outsourcing and coordinating production, hands on design involvement and problem solving at all levels
  • Identifying new opportunities and emerging markets for eLearning applications leading to new product development. Tasks include; market research, strategic planning, financial management, training needs analysis, sourcing content experts, service/instructional design, planning and coordinating production, brand identity, sales and marketing strategies
  • Video and multimedia production for public and private sector organisations, including Siemens, Maersk and Allseas. Tasks include; costing and pitching, production management, client liaison and hands on design and production involvement
  • Current involvement predominantly advisory and financial management, mainly in relation to mental health training and equality and diversity products

Achievements:

  • Development and continuous improvement of innovative software based learning services for the NHS that have delivered vital support in the Mental Health sector for over 10 years.
  • Added value to business services in the North East of England through continuously aiming for service excellence
  • Set new strategic direction by realising and focusing on the potential of IP in the business and moving away from merely service provision
  • Forged strong links and lasting friendships with people in the region

Visiting Lecturer, Northumbria University. Curriculum development (BA Degree in Multimedia Design)
SEPTEMBER 2005-JUNE 2006

  • Teaching and assessment in the areas of television graphics, video production, interaction design and multimedia design, User Interface design
  • One-to-one tutoring / mentoring and technical assistance with video post-production, Flash / Action Script, and online application development

Achievements:

  • Fostered talent and added business understanding and expertise to an otherwise academically focused programme of study
  • Hopefully inspired students but certainly was inspired by the creative and solution focused minds of many bright students.

New Media Designer / Senior Research Assistant at the Centre for Design Research, Northumbria University.
DECEMBER 2001 – JULY 2004

  • Commercial and in-house design consultancy work: concept generation, graphical interface design, content generation (e.g. video production, photography) and web authoring
  • Research: integration of diverse media, both traditional and modern, in eLearning applications
  • Teaching: multimedia, interface design and usability

Achievements:

  • Pioneering of innovative eLearning services using emerging new media technologies
  • Established high standards and processes for development of media based learning content

TECHNICAL SKILLS

  • Extensive experience in online software development: database design, scripting and programming
  • In depth understanding of Moodle and Blackboard LMS, including backend development
  • Video / photography production and post-production
  • Multimedia and publishing design applications
  • Experience with a variety of rapid e-learning development programmes such as Articulate and Captivate
  • Other software: Microsoft Office, Excel and Project
  • Very versatile technology user and fast learner

QUALIFICATIONS

2016: Te Wānanga o Aotearoa / Certificate in Te Ara Reo Māori (ongoing)
2014: Southern Institute of Technology, Invercargill / Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Learning (ongoing)
2003: Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne / MA Design Practice
2000: Durham University / Diploma Japanese
1999: University of East London / BA (Hons) Fine Art (1st Class)
1996: Winchester School of Art / Foundation in Art and Design
1995: Ecole de Recherche Graphique, Brussels, Belgium (graphic/ comic arts)