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Curriculum Vitae

Freelance Communications Consultant

Wellington

August 2004 - current

Offering strategic and online communications advice and writing to a variety of clients. I am currently providing change communications advice to the Community Pharmacy Services Programme. Prior to this, I was the acting Internal Communications Manager at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Before this, I provided strategic change and internal communications advice to major transformation programmes at the New Zealand Police and the New Zealand Defence Force.

Online Communications Executive

Telecom - Wellington

December 2001 - July 2004

Providing strategic online communications advice for communicating with Telecom's internal audience of 7,000 Trans-Tasman staff.

Tripled readership of Telecom's online news centre, Pulse, provided strategic management of CEO Theresa Gattung's intranet site, coporate Intranet portal About Us and the corporate section of Telecom's website.

Undertook content usability for both Intranet and Internet content.

Project managed the introduction of webcasting as a communications tool for both external and internal announcements.

Presented to a variety of conferences (CHINZ) and organisations (PRINZ Wellington, Department of Internal Affairs, Massey University students) on online internal communications and, with Telecom usability expert Brian Norris, on introducing usability to Telecom.*

Passed, with distinction (85 percent), the Advanced Certificate of Internet Marketing in March 2003.

* Proceedings of the 4th Annual Conference of the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction NZ chapter, 3-4 July 2003, University of Otago. Copy of paper available on request

Communications Consultant

Wellington

July 2001 - December 2001

Offering expertise in public/media relations, writing, editing, and web content.

Senior Communications Adviser

Department of Corrections - Wellington

May 2000 - June 2001

Two roles including providing strategic media advice, producing and implementing communications plans and managing communications for inmate employment.

Freelance Communications Consultant

Wellington

March 1999 - April 2000

Offered writing and editing expertise as well as media liaison and media strategy advice. Included project for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as part of the Solomon Islands Taxation Assistance Programme.

Press secretary

Labour Media Unit, Parliament - Wellington

October1997 - February 1999

Worked with a range of Labour MPs. Portfolio areas included health, social welfare, housing, ACC, conservation and environment.

Victoria University

Bachelor of Arts - politics and psychology

February 1995 - October 1997


Senior Media Officer

New Zealand Police - Wellington

July 1993 - February 1995

Senior media adviser at Police National Headquarters. Strategic and operational advice for national issues and major inquiries.

Senior Secretary

Financial Times - London

March - June 1993

Secretarial duties for UK Trade Advertisement Manager and Agency Group Manager in Advertisement Trade Sales Department.

Travelling

Africa

August 1992 - February 1993


Senior Secretary

Financial Times - London

June 1991 - July 1992

Secretarial duties for UK Trade Advertisement Manager and Agency Group Manager in Advertisement Trade Sales Department.

Temporary Secretary

Love and Tate - London

March - May 1991

Various temporary secretarial assignments in companies throughout London.

Travelling

Canada

January - February 1991


Media Officer

New Zealand Police - Wellington

May 1988 - December 1990

Media adviser based at Police National Headquarters.

Journalist

Putaruru Press - Putaruru

December 1986 - April 1988

General journalist covering wide range of issues in the South Waikato.

Education

Victoria University of Wellington

Bachelor of Arts - Politics and psychology

1995 - 1997

Auckland Institute of Technology

Diploma in Journalism

1986

Epsom Girls Grammar

University Entrance and sixth form certificate

1985



References are available on request.