Highly skilled and experienced professional with a solid track record in arts administration, creative industries and retail. Trusted and respected by heads of organisations – in business, arts and education – to deliver exceptional quality work on time and that adds value. Extensive management experience in small business, retail, voluntary, arts and charitable sectors.
Set up Beanphoto in 2004 and built an enviable client list and a first-class reputation. Finalist in the Professional Photographer of the Year awards, 2013.
Training & Professional Development
Certificate in Digital Skills: Social Media (2021). Achieved 97% overall.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
2004 - Present
Self Employed Photographer/Arts Administrator at Beanphoto.
Established myself as a skilled and respected commercial photographer with a distinctive style. Built up strong business relationships with clients including Morecambe BID, Lancaster City Council and More Music. Solely responsible for all aspects of the business including planning, social media and marketing, networking, website design and SEO, book design, client management, financial management and reporting and all photography and image editing. Use my strong interpersonal skills to put people at their ease. This is particularly important with wedding photography – dealing with nervous couples and their extended families. Punctual and reliable.
Small business management
IT Skills - MS Office/Excel/Wordpress/Photoshop/Lightroom
Talented and effective networker
Social marketing for small businesses
Business development, strategic planning and change management
Ensuring high levels of customer service
Working to and consistently meeting deadlines
West End Million
2017 - Present
Administrative support (7.5 hrs per week) for this resident-led community partnership working to improve the West End area of Morecambe. Work closely with the chairperson and the organisation’s groups undertaking email and grant application admin. Arrange and take minutes at meetings, website and social media management and act as the public point of contact.
Acting as public point of contact
Lancaster Arts Partnership
2014 - Present
Administrative role (10 hrs per month) for this consortium of 20 local arts and cultural organisations, working closely with the chairperson. I manage the website, newsletters, social media, minute all meetings and other duties.
Social Media Marketing
Morecambe Artist Colony
Morecambe , UK
2014 - Present
Founded and co-run this dynamic, ever-growing arts organisation whose mission is to help regenerate Morecambe through the arts. Helped secure around100 businesses and individuals as members. Responsible for finances, website, membership, newsletters, social media channels and act as the first point of contact.
Social Media Marketing
Box Office Coordinator
Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts
2013 - 2013
A fixed-term, transition position filling in whilst a new box office coordinator was sought. Fully trained in the use of the PatronBase box office software system. Dealing with the public politely and effectively as front of house staff. Cash reconciliation, database management.
PatronBase box office software system
Front of House skills
Finance & Admin Manager
Lancaster Literature Festival
2003 - 2012
A key role as part of this well-established literature festival, publisher and development agency. Managed the office, successful and extensive financial planning and reporting, managed statistical information, box office, marketing, website content, databases. Prepared and wrote funding applications. Managed the bookshop, project management, trained staff and volunteer. Friendly and professional first point of contact for all public activity, secretarial duties to the Board of Directors, artist liaison, diary management, proofreading, administration of all organisational policies and customer databases. Also completed a foundation course in audience development.
Financial planning and reporting
Preparing and writing funding applications/evaluations
Statistical information management
Website development/content management
PA to Artistic Director
2005 - 2006
Undertook inter-continental liaison, provided administrative support, wrote reports and monitored project development for this Arts Council initiative which promoted cross-cultural development between emergent African writers and UK-based mentors.
Self-Employed Internet Bookseller
2001 - 2006
Set up this internet-based business. Bought and sold collectable modern first edition fiction books. Implemented marketing and publicity strategies, customer management, managed databases, finance, stock control, email systems and website design. Certificate of Proficiency in Photoshop, 2004.
Marketing & Publicity Officer
Lancaster & District CVS Volunteer Information Centre.
2001 - 2003