Download PDF

Summary

During my almost 45 years of working experience I spent 22 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 Contracts
  • 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.

I worked for a political party for a year and experienced how the wheels turn in the political arena. A valuable and exciting experience it was. 

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 and short journals, mostly inspired by everyday experiences and events.

Work experience

20142018

Business Development Coordinator

NICRO
20132014

Fundraising Executive

Political Party
Oct 2009Jan 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 2009Dec 2009

National Director

Scam Stop Education and Awareness

Responsible for: Executing the mission and vision of the organisations as directed by the 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 in conjunction 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 1991Jan 2009

National Coordinator - Fundraising, Marketing & Media

NICRO National Office

Responsible for:

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

PR & Marketing: Production of all marketing materials; corporate publications such as annual report, internal/external newsletter; art brochures; stationery (letterheads/business cards; banners/signage); management and maintenance 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 ran multiple years. All of the events included the following: media campaign, fundraising campaign; administrative systems, logistics etc. 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 monitor internal processes, systems and procedures, Electronic filing 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 (full function – flights, accommodation, venue); confidential matters; taking of minutes at board meetings; all admin tasks related to appointments and resignations; media clipping records; public relations; reconciling of subsidies from state departments; salaries for Head Office staff; PAYE; UIF; all cheques and cheque requisitions; creditors; pettycash for Head Office and four branches

Mar 1975Dec 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).