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Work experience

May 2015Jul 2015

PROJECT OFFICER, INNOVATIVE COMMUNITIES        

RDP  Community Regeneration Team, Carmarthenshire County Council

Economic Development and Community Regeneration encompassing Project Research & Reporting (Axis 4 Innovative Communities capacity building projects), Regeneration (Carmarthen North ward) and Future Town development (Digital High Street) using Results based Action (RBA)

Sep 2014Apr 2015

DIGITAL INCLUSION OUTREACH OFFICER                             

Digital Welfare West / Communities 2.0 Project    

plemented, developed and delivered digital training programmes in priority areas. Created resources, engagement events and Digital Inclusion Elearning Module for county-wide front- line staff deployment. Bought in to “troubleshoot” project, met targets within compressed timeframe and successfully ran formal project closure process.

Supported 167 beneficiaries (Communities First areas) through 278 hours of Digital Literacy training to front line staff in Jobcentres, Contact Centres, Libraries, Community Housing and third-sector support organisations.

Project support included USDL videoconferencing (supporting JCP+ clients in geographically remote areas). Retained as interim Project Officer on Communities 2.0 and E-government projects until March 2015. Excellent feedback received on role from all stakeholders.

Mar 2014Mar 2014

FOUNDATION DEGREE VALIDATION EXTERNAL PANELLIST.            

University of South Wales

Panellist undertaking suitability review for Business Studies Foundation Degree at Gwent College

Feb 2011Feb 2014

ENTERPRISE, SKILLS AND DEVELOPMENT OFFICER. 

IEGPD, Aberystwyth University 

Identified and developed Continuous Professional development (CPD), work based learning and consultancy / employability opportunities. Created income generation opportunities by bid writing and tender submission. Focused on business development, employability & widening access.  

  • Managed 2 CPD projects: German ESOL teachers; Child's World International Conference bringing in £55,000 of additional funding
  • HEFCW enhancement project – Widening Access (Graham Funding)
  • Co-developed bids for JISC TFL TAP TABLET Assessment Programme, CILT Modern Foreign Languages/Welsh Baccalaureate and BSL projects
  • Developed two new 180 credit Higher Education programmes, Education and Work, and Welsh Traditional Crafts, along with 10/20 credit modules in Social Networking and International Visits
  • Member of UALL, CILN, S&CW Regional Learning Partnership, Welsh Social Enterprise Coalition
  • Powys Adult Community Learning management committee.
  • Critical friend Carmarthen/Ceredigion ACLs.
Nov 2010Jun 2013

MBA SUPERVISOR.                                                              

Swansea Metropolitan University

Supported / motivated graduate students to identify and focus on effective research methodology

Sep 2009May 2010

E LEARNING ADVISOR (Libraries and Information Science Sector) 

JISC Regional Support Centre RSC Wales      

Focused on stimulating interest, supporting, advising and creating innovation in Technology Facilitated learning.

Organised presentation events at 16 FE/HE institutions, including Green ICT and Learner Voice.

Aug 2005Jul 2009

E LEARNING MANAGER. 

Directorate of Business Development. Swansea College     

Matrix management of 52 staff across Swansea Learndirect Partnership, Generated income of £350,000 p.a, developed a cost recovery portfolio, and successfully integrated Elearning into Faculties.

Projects successfully managed from 5/99 – 7/09, meeting all Estyn, JISC and ESF / ERDF KPIs include:  

  • JISC Recite/Wales (repurposed online course development, blended and didactic delivery and online/SMS support of ICT/NVQ 4 Management and NVQ 3 Healthcare courses)
  • Etraining Network Foundation Degree (System Security/ Ecommerce module developer)
  • University for Industry/Home Office (Life in UK Test centre).
  • Learndirect Employability Shell
  • WULF (Union led courses at Colourcare, Royal Mail, and British Telecom, Cardiff)
  • KEF Knowledge Exploitation Fund Innovation Strategy industry intervention projects; ERDF
  • WDA/DTI Window on Wales Mobile network pilot. Epassport Pilot.
Aug 2000Aug 2005

BUSINESS CURRICULUM MANAGER.      

  The Business College. Swansea College          

Leadership of team of 16. Annual revenue of £450,000, Ecommerce Consultancy and Cisco, Microsoft and CompTIA academies.

SME E commerce Consultant on European Social Fund ESF Opportunity Wales programme.

Nov 1999Aug 2000

ICT TEAM LEADER. 

Cygnus Online. Swansea College                                                        

Operational management of a team of 12 (Cygnus Business Centre). Annual revenue of £325,000, Leadership for NVQ ICT/business programmes.

Sep 1995Nov 1999

IT STAFF TRAINER; GNVQ CO-ORDINATOR.        

Principal’s Office/Management & Professional  Studies, Swansea College   

 Expedited and solidified cultural change from print to electronic operations, saving£30,000 in paper utilisation and 12 hours per month in staff time, improved operational performance of 490 staff. Began education career at Swansea College as an Information Technology Key Skills trainer. Progressively promoted through 8 significant roles to eLearning Development Manager.   

Feb 1992Nov 1994

COURSE MANAGER.  2/92 - 11/94

Employment Services / Learn a Living, Morriston                            

Guidance, re-motivation and counselling on JobPlan JobClub & Job Review Workshop programmes

Oct 1987Sep 1992

VOLUNTARY ROLES

Various Companies and Organisations

Purple Routes Project Trustee (2013-15)

ILT (Information Learning technology) Champion | ACE Academic Champion of Enterprise (2011-13)

ILT (Information Learning technology) Champion | ACE Academic Champion of Enterprise (2001-09)

Chair, IT Wales Advanced Technical Special Interest Group (2005-07)

Young Enterprise Business Advisor  (2005-7)

Student advisor / counselor (1986-90)

 Market Researcher  (1991)

Rsearcher, K-Gold Radio, St Louis, Missouri, USA (1988-89)

Education

Sep 1999Feb 2002

MBA: Masters in Business Administration                

University of Glamorgan   (UoGaP)        

Dissertation: Management Information Systems in a Further Education Environment

Oct 1997Jul 1998

Post Graduate Certificate in Education PGCE (FE/HE)

University of Wales College Newport (UWCN)

Professional Teaching Certification

Sep 1986Jun 1990

BA (Joint Hons) American History & Politics                           

University of East Anglia (UEA)

Dissertaion:  American Air Power 1945-49

Aug 1988Aug 1989

Multi-disiplinary Studies

Washington Unviersity, St Louis, Missouri, USA

Junior Year Abroad

Certifications

Jun 2015Jul 2015

Diploma in Sustainable Development

Alison.com/MOOC
Jun 2015Jun 2015

Diploma in Supply Chain Management

Alison.com/MOOC
May 2015May 2015

Introduction to JobSearch Skills

Alison.com/MOOC
Jul 2014Jul 2014

DBS Enhanced Certificate (CRB)                                                                                                  

Disclosure & Barring Service

001445538243 

Mar 2014Mar 2014

PRINCE 2 (Foundation & Practitioner)          REACT/USW                                                 

University of South Wales

 Projects in Controlled Environments Project Management Certificate                     

Oct 2013Oct 2013

First Aid at Work (FAAW) Certificate                             

CDSAP, Aberystwyth University
Mar 2012Jan 2013

Leadership Programme                                           

CDSAP, Aberystwyth University         
Nov 2012Nov 2012

Social & eMarketing Certificate                                            

Emarketing Association          
Nov 2011Dec 2011

Diploma in Business Management                                             

MOOC/Alison         

Online

Sep 2010Nov 2010

ILM Level 3 Entrepreneurship                              

 ILM/GoWales                                                 

Industry Leadership & Management Association

Sep 2007Sep 2007

Convergence+

CompTIA
Jul 2007Jul 2007

Security+

CompTIA
Apr 2007Apr 2007

IT Project+

CompTIA
Mar 2007Mar 2007

iNet+

CompTIA
Feb 2007Feb 2007

Network+

CompTIA
Jan 2007Jan 2007

A+ Software & Hardware

CompTIA
Jun 2006Jun 2006

CIM Introductory Marketing Certificate                                   

Chartered Institute of Marketing
May 2005Sep 2005

D34 / V1   Internal Verifier Qualification      

Training & Development Lead Body (TDLB)

TDLB

Jan 2005Mar 2005

D32 / D33/ A1 Assessor qualification

Training & Development Lead Body (TDLB)

Jan 2004Apr 2004

Certified ICT Business Consultant                  

ATEB/TMB                                                      

SFEDI No 7065

Feb 2004Feb 2004

Ecommerce Advisor Certificate                                                        

ECIC, Cardiff University

Ecommerce Information Centre

Jan 2000Feb 2000

ECDL                    

British Computer Society BCS

European Computer Driving Licence

Sep 1998Oct 1999

Operations Management Certificate CMI 4        

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

Dual Qualiifcation with NVQ 4 Operations Management Certificate

Sep 1995Aug 1998

CIT

RSA/Cambridge Board                        

Cambridge Information Technology  - 10 Certficates including Teaching using IT

Sep 1997Sep 1997

CLAIT+

RSA/Cambridge Board                        

Computer Literacy & Information Technology

Jan 1993Jul 1995

HNC Multimedia & Product Design                                                                             

Swansea Institute of Higer Education  (SIHE )
Nov 1994Nov 1994

Job Plan Leader Certificate

Employment Services  (now DFSE)                                                                                            
Apr 1994Sep 1994

Diploma in Advanced Investigative Techniques

AIPI

Online Programme