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Stephen Kent

Curriculum Vitae

Summary

In my most recent position as a corporate waiter at the Emirates Stadium (London), I was was responsible for looking after (including running drinks) for up to 15 guests at a time. This included recommending wines and drinks to accompany their meals, pouring drinks, cleaning the tables and being approachable at all times.  
I have a full, clean UK driving license and I am always prompt and reliable when called upon for work and any other tasks I am given. 

Work experience

Dec 2011Feb 2018

Match Day Waiter

Delaware North Companies (UK) Limited 

I worked most football match days at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in their prestigious W/M Club restaurants. I worked my way up from Bar Supervisor (2011) to the position of a waiter in the M Club (2013). I also worked at Wembley Stadium for the first three years of this job, including in the FA's corporate restaurant where I served guests including former England Managers Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson.

My main roles in the M Club include; looking after five tables (up to 15 guests), making sure that the menu is described properly, suggesting wines, serving drinks, clearing tables and assisting with the clean-down and relaying at the end of the day. I also have a passion for football, so I often get on well with the guests, chatting about the match or other sports.

Mar 2010Jan 2013

Bar Supervisor

J D Wetherspoon PLC

My first full job was with pub company J D Wetherspoon, where I worked as a bar supervisor. I worked full time during the summer before I went to university (2010) and then had several part-time roles when I returned during the summer holidays over the following four years. 

My main roles included pouring drinks and taking food orders from the customers, maintaining a high cleanliness standard for the bar area, and working with my fellow team members to ensure the smoothest and most efficient working environment possible.

Aug 2017Present

Pokemon Professor/League Leader

Self-employed

For the past year my main focus has been as an events organiser, league leader, player and professor of the Pokemon Trading Card Game. I host weekly Pokemon League sessions on Tuesday & Thursday afternoon for 10-20 kids and adults in Eastbourne and Hastings, as well as travel all across the world playing and working at large 200+ people Pokemon Regional and International tournaments. 

May 2014May 2018

Magazine Editor & Events Organiser

The Guild of Energists Ltd.

My most recent full-time position was with The Guild of Energists (GoE) as the editor and designer of its quarterly journal-style magazine, The Energist.

Amongst the responsibilities I have, include:

  • Sourcing and proofreading 36 pages worth of articles and case stories from our members
  • Importing the articles to Serif PagePlus and organising the content for the best visual effect
  • Writing content and features such as my editors letter, news stories and opinion pieces
  • Liaising with the printers to ensure printing and shipping is prompt and on time
  • Increasing revenue for The GoE  by selling advertising for the magazine
  • Promoting the magazine after publication to encourage further subscribers

I also do a lot of social media and digital work for The GoE, creating images, banners and posting updates to Facebook, editing and uploading content on its website (GoE.ac), and helping to create the digital version of The Energist (every edition can be viewed for free at: e.TheAMT.com) 

In the past years I was involved more heavily with the events management side of The GoE. This includes co-organising our annual conference the past two years at The View Hotel, Eastbourne, where we had over 100 delegates in attendance. I also was solely responsible for planning and organising a two-day live workshop in May (2015) teaching an all-day self-help workshop in 2017.

Oct 2010Present

Founder & Content Editor

MaximumSnooker.com

In October 2010 I set up the snooker news/features website MaximumSnooker.com and it has gone from strength-to-strength in the past four years, including generating revenue through banner/image advertising and article sponsorships.

Maximum Snooker also has a strong emphasis on social media, with 2,800+ followers on Twitter and 1,200+ likes on Facebook. I try and keep both platforms updated regularly, as well as engaging with my followers. I also have a YouTube channel with the most popular video having over 40,000 views.

Through my work with MaximumSnooker, I have organised and conducted interviews with many top professional snooker players, including; Steve Davis, Jimmy White, John Higgins and Neil Robertson, as well as other leading figures such as Barry Hearn, Michaela Tabb and Rolf Kalb.

Oct 2012Jul 2014

Sports Reporter

Johnston Publishing Ltd.

During my studies I worked in a paid freelance capacity for the Eastbourne Herald newspaper. I have written over 20 articles for the paper and its website, these are mostly football match reports, but I have also written feature interviews and other articles.

Additionally in August 2013, I spent a week's work experience at the office of the Eastbourne Herald. As well as sourcing and writing articles for the newspaper, I learned the basics of how their content management system works and how they source their photographs.

Mar 2013Mar 2013

Video Producer & Editor

World Snooker Limited

I spent a week of work experience with World Snooker, the main tournament organisers for professional snooker, at the PTC Grand Finals 2013 in Galway, Ireland. My main role was a video producer, where I would film and interview all the winning players after their matches finished. Afterwards I would upload the edited videos on to a YouTube channel that I created specifically for the event.

I also wrote two articles during the event that were published on the World Snooker website, these were an interview with one of the players (Kurt Maflin) and a match preview of the final.

Education

Sep 2010May 2014

Sports Journalism

University of East London

BA with Merit - May 2014

Relevant Modules:

  • Radio Journalism
  • Understanding the Culture Industries
  • Multimedia Sports Reporting
  • Working in the Culture Industries (Work Placement)
  • Magazine Media
  • Media Law, Ethics & Regulation
Sep 2008Jun 2010

BTEC National Diploma for IT Practitioners

Sussex Downs College

Distinction, Merit, Merit - July 2010

Relevant modules:

  • Computer Systems
  • Advanced Database Skills
  • Advanced Spreadsheet Skills
  • IT Systems Analysis and Design
  • Principles of Software Design and Development
  • Event Driven Programming

Interests & Hobbies

  • Swimming
  • Judo (close to obtaining my black belt)
  • Sports (Football, Snooker, Athletics)
  • Travelling (full UK driving license)
  • Photography
  • Video Games
  • Board Games
  • Films
  • Cooking