Christopher Turnbull

Christopher Turnbull

Work History

Work History
Sep 2011 - Present

Principal - Public Relations

tba: The Becher Agency

Provided strategic business advice and crisis management advice to public and private sector clients, focusing on communicating and achieving organizational goals. Counseled executives and leaders regarding objectives and plans to achieve those objectives. Regularly liaised with members of the media, community organizations, the public and others to achieve results for clients.

Client work:

2007 - 2011

Project Manager (Sr. Business Continuity Officer)

World Bank Group

Responsible for developing, implementing and continuously improving the business continuity program, projects, processes and activities for the World Bank Group, a sister agency of the United Nations and the globe's preeminent multilateral development bank.

  • Trusted adviser to executive leadership on response to international crises.
  • Designed, implemented and facilitated more than 40 management training programs focused on leadership in crisis across the globe, reaching more than 500 staff in the span of 30 months.Training program had demonstrable effects as managers responded to crises.
  • Designed and facilitated more than 100 simulations to assess management response to emergencies.
  • Authored or co-authored multiple senior management and board papers.
  • Developed, maintained and updated multiple business continuity and emergency response planning documents.
  • Managed budget of $200,000 and led team of 10 consultants to complete business continuity plans for 250+ business units in Washington, DC.
  • Developed strong partnerships across the organization and with United Nations agencies.

Awards and Recognition:  Promoted three times in the span of two years.  Received nine commendations from peers and managers for outstanding accomplishments and contributions.  Recognized as an Emerging Leader by management and Human Resources.

2005 - 2007

Analyst

TABB Group

Participated as a team member and eventually managed client projects for this financial services consulting firm.  Developed emergency management and business continuity plans, simulations, training programs and senior management papers.  Drafted new business proposals.  Client work included:

  • World Bank Group, Washington, DC -- Interviewed business leaders to understand their business functions and developed contingency plans, emergency management plans, and policies to address their needs.
  • The International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC - Planned for and facilitated institutional pandemic flu exercise.
  • Ross University School of Medicine - Dominica, West Indies -- Conducted physical security assessment to improve security management program.
2006 - 2006

Graduate Teaching Assistant

University of Maryland University College

Assisted professors in teaching graduate courses in marketing.Developed lectures, evaluated student assignments, and advised students on writing.Taught courses in "Marketing Ethics and Jurisprudence" and "Consumer Behavior."

2004 - 2005

Proposal Development Specialist

Robbins-Gioia, LLC

Facilitated proposal process for this project management consulting firm. Managed and facilitated proposal development process to ensure proposals were written in compliance with customer specifications and editorial standards.

2002 - 2004

Management Consultant (Volunteer)

Government of St. Kitts & Nevis

Advised and supported various ministries of government (Government Information Services, Social Development and Tourism) in the areas of training, project management and communication.

  • Managed, coordinated and developed strategic communication plan for national clean-up campaign.
    • Developed and implemented outreach program to introduce national clean-up campaign to communities around the island.
    • Developed strong public-private partnerships.
  • Consulted with St. Kitts Tourism Authority (SKTA) CEO and Board of Directors to develop a comprehensive marketing and public relations strategy for the island’s tourism product.
    • Assisted in planning Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) conference. Developed and promoted activities such as hikes and historical tours to encourage conference participants to interact with government tourism officials.
    • Led SKTA’s first advertising and public relations agency review and selection process.
    • Wrote briefings for executive tourism officials, including Minister of Tourism, feature articles about SKTA, request-for-proposals and news releases.
  • Produced Government Information Services weekly radio program entitled “In Touch,” relaying information about St. Kitts/Nevis government programs.
    • Trained staff on process for producing weekly radio program.
2003 - 2004

Founder and Leader (Volunteer)

Ross Volunteer Corps

Created and led this organization to allow Ross University community members to serve the greater St. Kitts community with government support.Developed strong public-private partnerships and placed four volunteers to assist various government agencies.

  • Received commendation for outstanding contribution to the St. Kitts and Ross University communities.
2000 - 2002

Account Manager

John Lambert Associates

Provided strategic public relations, and media relations advice to various clients (e.g. government, technology, healthcare, service industries) for this public relations and advertising firm.

  • Consistently managed multiple projects at one time.
  • Experience with media relations on local, regional and national level
    • Regularly worked with reporters to ensure client messages were relayed correctly.
    • Skilled at developing unique story angles and new communication approaches.
  • Coordinated media relations during crisis events
  • Wrote news releases focused on such things as community affairs, business performance, educational programs, public awareness, entertainment and publicity.
  • Other writing assignments included catalogues, newsletters, public service announcements, scripts, advertisements, speeches and feature articles.

Education

Education
1996 - 2000

Bachelor of Arts

Roanoke College

Major topic of study: CommunicationGPA: 3.42 (Cum Laude)

  • Omicron Delta Kappa: National Leadership Honor Society
  • Sigma Tau Delta: National English Honor Society
  • Full Tuition Scholarship based on academic merit (four years)
  • Honors Scholar (four years)

Skills

Skills

Computer

Social networking sites (Facebook, Linked-In, etc.), Sharepoint, Lotus Notes, Lexus-Nexus, Adobe Premiere, Macintosh and Microsoft operating systems.

Certifications

Certifications
Oct 2008 - Present

Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP)

DRI