Interest

In my leisure time I read. My love for reading was instilled by my paternal grandmother who

at the young age of six banned me to the "reading room" if ever I uttered the words "I'm

bored".

Over the years serial killing plots became a firm favourite. I love my country and

continent and reading about African politics and cultures therefore a natural addition to my

reading list.

Listening to music brings "peace to the soul" and although my favourites are Il Divo and

Sarah Brightman I love most music.

I feed my creative side by writing poetry mostly inspired by everyday experiences and

events.

Summary

During my almost 40 years of working experience I spent 18 with NICRO, a national NGO widely recognised for their innovative, effective service delivery within the criminal justice arena. Their core services focus on the development of restorative justice and crime prevention initiatives. They provide services to young offenders and youth at risk of committing crime and coming into conflict with the law; incarcerated persons, released prisoners and their families; victims of crime and violence; and communities affected by crime and poverty.

During this time with them in the Fundraising and Marketing Department I gained valuable working experience and respect for all human beings like no other career could ever have taught me. 

My working experience includes:

  • Personal Assistant
  • Office Management
  • Staff Management
  • Fundraising
  • Marketing & Media
  • Administration, Finance & Budget
  • National Events & Campaigns
  • Creative Work and Editing – eg Annual Reports
  • Corporate Identity
  • Website Management
  • Proposals & Progress Reports to Donors
  • Donor Research & Liaison with Donors
  • Database Management
  • Social Networking
  • Media Liaison

My strong points are that I am organised, have meticulous attention to detail, database management, strong all-round administrative experience and my personal passion, meeting deadlines. My all-round administration experience and "getting it done", positive attitude goes a long way when implementing office systems and ensuring the smooth general operation of any office.

Post NICRO I met David Alexander a Social Engineering Specialist and together we created Scam Stop Education and Awareness, a channel to be of service to South Africa and our members from around the globe. The primary mission of the organisation is the provision of education, information and advice to the community to empower them to protect themselves. I am the co- founder of Scam Stop Education and Awareness and it operated on a voluntary basis.

These scams run the whole gamut from Advance Fee (419) scams, to bogus job offers to work in other countries, too buy or sell schemes, false lottery winnings, phishing e mails or web sites; the list of current, possible or potential scams is endless.

Scams, schemes and fraud are part of our everyday lives. We may not always be aware when something we are dealing with is a scam or fraud and Scam Stop Education and Awareness tried to rectify that.

As a leading South African authority on all forms of dementia, DEMENTIA SA strives to minimize the impact that dementia has on individuals, families and communities. By taking an innovative approach to service delivery that includes all relevant constituencies, DEMENTIA SA is the leading provider of awareness, information, education and support services to all those affected by dementia. It vigorously advocates the rights and dignity of those living with dementia. All services are supported by ongoing research.

Work History

Work History
Oct 2009 - Jan 2012

Public Relations & Marketing

Dementia SA

As a leading South African authority on all forms of dementia, DEMENTIA SA strives to minimize the impact that dementia has on individuals, families and communities. By taking an innovative approach to service delivery that includes all relevant constituencies, DEMENTIA SA is the leading provider of awareness, information, education and support services to all those affected by dementia. It vigorously advocates the rights and dignity of those living with dementia. All services are supported by ongoing research.

Responsible for: Personal Assistant, Public Relations, Marketing, Social Networking, Fundraising, Proposals and Progress Reports, Supervision of Administrative Staff, HR, IT, Manage and maintain the website, newsletters/publications, Counselling and Statistics.These functions ebbed and flowed as the organisation required. An interesting and exciting portfolio and an organisation doing sterling work in communities where dementia is still a disease unknown by many.

Feb 2009 - Dec 2009

National Director

Scam Stop Education and Awareness

Responsible for: Executing the mission and vision of the organisations as directed bythe Operational Plan and Budget; Compiling budgets, operational plans and strategies; Finances and assets as directed by the organisation constitution; Administration oversight including finances, members, staff,sponsors, donors and other stakeholders; Fundraising and Sponsorships;Social networking with members and all other stakeholders; Overall vision and strategic direction of the organisation inconjunction with the Management Committee and stakeholders; Public Relations; Marketing & Branding; Liaison with: Management Committee, Government Departments, Sponsors and Donors, other NGOs and Voluntary Orgnanisations, Media and all other Stakeholders

Jan 1991 - Jan 2009

National Coordinator - Marketing

NICRO National Office

Responsible for:

Fundraising: Effective planning and control of development strategies and plansto achieve fundraising targets; monitor other fundraising efforts inthe sector; proposals and progress reports coordination (deadlines); relationship building - existing and potential donors; researchfor new donors and explore partnership possibilities; Contracts (grants).

PR & Marketing: Production of all marketing materials; corporate publications such asannual report, internal/external newsletter; art brochures; stationery ( letterheads/business cards; banners/signage); management andmaintenance of website; stock levels of marketing materials;external stakeholders; public relations (donors, media and other stakeholders)

Special Events and National Campaigns: National Art Competition (Prison Art); National Safety campaign(Blow the Whistle Against Crime); National Essay competition (Write for a safer South Africa). The campaigns and competition ranmultiple years. All of the events included the following: mediacampaign, fundraising campaign; administrative systems, logisticsetc. Direct Mail Campaign -between June and December 2008. Every second year logistics of the Biennial General Meeting for approximately 120 people (logistics, co-ordination and oversight of).

Finance & Administration: Annual budget and plan; monitor budget; implement and monitorinternal processes, systems and procedures, Electronicfiling system (development and maintenance).

Database Management: Developed and managed key contacts database

Training: Within own area of expertise

Trade marking: Trade marking of logos, classes etc from 1996 till 2008

The early years at NICRO: Travel arrangements; arranging seminars and board meetings (fullfunction – flights, accommodation, venue); confidential matters;taking of minutes; all admin tasks related to appointments andresignations; media clipping records; public relations; reconciling ofsubsidies from state departments; salaries for Head Office staff;PAYE; UIF; all cheques and cheque requisitions; creditors; pettycash for Head Office and four branches

Mar 1975 - Dec 1990

Various

Various

Various Sectors & Companies

Hotel, Manufacturing, Engineering & Government

During this period I worked almost 8 years in the hotel industry.I cut my teeth in the trade working at 2 star hotels in the late 70s and early 80s.Training whilst working in all aspects of the business taught me how to manage a restaurant, kitchen bedrooms, reservations, front office – basically all aspects of the day-to-day operation of a small hotel.I spent two years in the furniture manufacturing and retail industry and two years for the government at the Department of Public Works (tenders, contracts and quotations).

Skills

Skills

Various

  Skills   Damelin Correspondence College Manager Development (Managing yourself, managing others, managing the organisation) 1 year I have not written the exams as candidates had the choice to either write exams or complete all assignments – I did this course as a refresher for own development)   University of Stellenbosch Business School Management Programme for NGOs & NPOs Business Computer Applications, Financial Management, Principles of Project Management, Marketing, Environmental Scanning & Business Plans, Legal Environment for NPOs, Leadership 5 days   Centre for Extra-Mural Studies University of Cape Town Winter School Course 2 days Report Writing   TCS (Transformational Consulting Services) Interpersonal Leadership One-to-one Communication for Success, Coaching, Feedback, Assertiveness & Handling Conflict 3 days   Centre for Extra-Mural Studies Winter School Course 1 Day Understanding and using financial reports   University of Cape Town Citizen Base Initiative Resource Mobilisation Workshop 3 days   5th International Workshop on Resource Mobilisation   Mobilising Resources for Civic Action 3 days   NPRT (Non-Profit Resource Training) Fundi Fundraising System 2 days   ER24 First Aid Level 1 2 days   Dementia SA Introduction to Dementia Training Workshop 1 day   Damelin Management School Public Relations Three month course Course Completed Cape Town – 1993   Success Correspondence College Senior Certificate Subjects English Higher (HG) Afrikaans Higher (HG) Ethnology/Criminology (SG)   J G Meiring High School Goodwood – Cape Town Standard Nine 1971 – 1974   Inhouse Training   Colonial Mutual – Letter Writing Colonial Mutual – Business Writing Marcow Bros – Hotel Management   IT Training Excel 2000 – Level 1 Excel 2000 – Level 2 Access 2000 – Level 1 Project 2000 – Level 1 Project 2000 – Level 2 Microsoft Windows Microsoft Word Corel – Word Perfect Corel – Paradox Q & A Amstrad Wordstar Professional Write Printmaster II Novell Accounting Package (Open Item) Harvard Grahphics Getting things done with Outlook (2010)