Orbell Communications

Communicating Your Message

Biography

PERSONAL & CAREER PROFILE

I have worked in graphic design, marketing and communications for 20 years in the fields of travel, insurance and the Internet. Below are a few key tasks that I have worked on during that period.

  • The writing and design of company magazines
  • Design of all company print material and merchandising items
  • Social networking controller
  • Sourcing suppliers for print production and merchandising
  • Writing copy for press releases
  • Taking PR calls from journalists
  • Updating company websites
  • Co-organising quarterly member meetings and overseas trade shows
  • Running company design studio facility

I am proficient with both Mac and PC platforms and use InDesign, PhotoShop, ImageReady and Illustrator on a regular basis. I have also produced a five minute promotional DVD using iMovie for the CeBIT international trade show in Germany.

Courses attended: Developing a Web Site: Hands-on, Media skills training, How to Write Successful Newsletters & Press Releases, Copywriting, Quark Xpress, PhotoShop, Freehand, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Dreamweaver, Time Management, Health & Safety, Fire Marshalling

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • 2 GCE ‘A’ Levels in Graphic Design and Business Studies
  • 1 City & Guilds Media Techniques (Print Journalism)
  • 4 GCE ‘O’ Level passes in Mathematics, Physics, Art and Technical Drawing
  • 4 CSE Grade 1 passes (equivalent to ‘O’ Level) in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and History
  • 1 EMFEC Certificate in Information Technology

ACHIEVEMENTS & OTHER INFORMATION

  • Personal Development – I recently gained a Certificate in Personal Development Coaching from the Coaching Academy and attended a Tony Robbins seminar where I walked across glowing hot coals
  • Creative writing – In 2005 I made the final 200 out of 5000 entrants in the BBC’s ‘The Last Laugh’ national sitcom writing competition and had a sketch performed on the London stage with satirical comedy show, NewsRevue earlier this year
  • Sport – I have run four London Marathons, the London Duathlon, several half-marathons and 10Ks raising nearly £2,500 for Arthritis Research, Age Concern, Mind and local community projects
  • Community – I have held roles within the local Neighbourhood Council on the PR side and am similarly involved with the village Carnival organisation committee
  • Socialising – I enjoy spending time at local restaurants, bars and tourist attractions as well as attending concerts, theatre events, museums and art galleries

If you would like to learn more about how I came to be where I am at this point in my life, please read my career overview as seen in my post Is it better to work in a large corporation or a small business?

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