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Summary

I am wired to connect with people.  An energetic, results driven professional with strong  communication skills. I have experience in business development and business innovations focusing on  improving the  lives and prospects of young people in the UK through building high impact opportunities. I'm drawn to organisations that define their purpose by their contribution to society. I believe Education is a vehicle to change the quality of life for individuals.

Work  History

Sept 2015Present

Director

Spark! Education Business Partnership

Lead and manage Spark! as a successful organisation with a clear vision and strategy to achieve its objectives. Focusing on;

  1. Setting strategy and direction.
  2. Modeling and setting the company’s culture.
  3. Building and leading the team.
  4. Allocating capital to the company’s priorities.

Lead and manage the Charity’s financial strategy in order to secure the long term future of the charity.

  • developing a 5 year financial strategy that where possible maintains current and also secures new funding opportunities and streams, to sustain the Charity
  •  deploying staff and resources effectively
  •  ensuring that young people benefit fully from funding and grant applications
  •  ensuring full compliance with agreed financial standards and the requirements of external funding bodies / contracts
  • Proactively develop and lead implementation of risk management strategies across all service delivery.
  • Proactively seeking  funding and service partnership opportunities.

 Manage communication with the Board of trustees  by creating reports,  leading quarterly meetings with trustees and other subcommittee members.

Lead ongoing development of the Charity's services to support businesses and schools including identification of potential investors, setting  a clear vision for national service delivery that is locally tailored.

 Strong critical analysis and thinking skills |  Strong commitment to improve the working lives and prospects of  young people in the UK |  Ability to lead quality, service delivery | Knowledge of social/charity sector

Dec 2011Sept 2015

Head of School Services

Spark! Education Business Partnership

Commissioning, brokering and delivering up to 50 +events for school partners each year, this includes leading the process with schools, colleagues and business partners  to plan annual  programmes. Recruitment of new industry partners is vital to our work and I have successfully built a powerful network of contacts in schools and businesses. I am drawn to the development  of new activities and ensure established activities remain relevant to the National Curriculum. I believe my strengths include:

Project Management | Training and Development | School Engagement | Community Engagement | | Communication

20042011

Work Related Learning Coordinator

Richmond Education Business Partnership

I started my working life as an Apprentice, and then delivered London Borough of Richmond’s Work Experience service.  From speaking to students, to carrying out health and safety assessments at organisations, I have supported many schools and businesses  to measure productivity and evaluate outcomes.  ''Ruby brings  tremendous passion for inspiring young people and quality to leading our service delivery team'' -  Previous Manager

Education & Training

May 2015May 2015

International Leadership Programme

Jordan, Middle East

The International Leadership Programme (ILP) is an innovative leadership development opportunity which aims to develop leadership skills,  critical thinking about global issues and motivation to becoming more involved in local communities. The programme  brings together 80 international young leaders aged 25-35 to participate in a two week residential training conference, featuring world-renowned leadership trainers and speakers, designed to enhance their skills as potential leaders of the future. The Summit includes leadership skills workshops, inspirational sessions on global issues such as poverty and sustainability, and visits to projects in the local area which demonstrate leadership in action.

20132013

PTTLS Training for delivery and training

Advanced Training
The PTTLS Award is the first step on the teacher training qualification ladder for anyone wanting to teach in the post compulsory education and training sector. This assessment is made up of the following units: Facilitate learning and development for individuals, understanding inclusive learning and teaching in the lifelong sector,principles of assessments, manage learning and development.

20102012

Degree in Education in Context

St Mary's University, Twickenham

For people working directly with children, to build on their knowledge and experience through study at higher education level. The programme will help to enhance their understanding of their current professional roles.

Skills

Partnerships

A track record of creating strategic partnerships with employers, securing levels of engagement that enable successful delivery of programmes. Confident in collaborating with key stakeholders to ensure maximum success whilst maintaining professional standards and positively promoting education.

Business Strategy

With over 10 years of experience in education - business partnerships, I have the ability to lead organisational visioning and the development of business  sustainability & operational efficiency. I am a dynamic, forward thinking business professional,  with a proven ability to drive teams to succeed, adding value and contributing in terms of revenue growth and cost reduction, whilst ensuring the demands of the customer are at the forefront. I have distinct skills in the operational activities and the ability to "re-engineer" new business development, including the appropriate management of marketing and sales.

Project Management

My proactive, positive and clear approach to service delivery allows me problem solve complex matters and review outcomes. I  effectively plan each project and manage resources for the best possible outcomes. I have extensive experience in shaping opportunities for schools to consulting with high level businesses on new initiatives, always exceeding expectations.

Leadership

A  resourceful solution-seeker with excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to engage and influence internal and external partners.

I am able to motivate and ensure team members achieve the highest standards in planning, service delivery through effective performance management. I have the flexibility to a thrive in a varied and challenging environment whilst making the most of my excellent time management skills and high level of integrity.

Financial Management

 Ability to compile and analyse  financial data ( forecasting and budgeting)  Experienced in managing a limited budget and being resourceful. Responsibilites have included preparing reports and evaluating financial performance data, also  providing input and recommendations to contribute towards decision making processes. I have led team projects to establish a funding strategy for school services, designed to meet  operating costs and payments required.

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