I’ve signed on as Communications Manager with the Auckland Arts Festival, until the end of April 2021, and will be the point of contact for all media enquiries.
We’ve just announced the first three shows from the programme, which will be launched in full on 25 November. AAF 2021 will be 100% Aotearoa, which I’m very excited about. It’s a chance to celebrate local artists, and support them and the wider sector at a challenging time.
Watch the online reveal, which introduces this year’s theme of Aroha, and launches shows from Che-Fu and The Kratez, who will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Che’s seminal album Navigator with an all-ages show at Auckland Town Hall; choral gem Taonga Moana, featuring a composition by Warren Maxwell (Trinity Roots, Little Bushman); and Pūmanawa, an epic kapa haka event I can’t wait to witness.
It was a pleasure to work with New Zealand Alternative to refresh and update their website. NZA is an Aotearoa-based group of thought leaders, working to creatively and inclusively discuss and shape an active international role for Aotearoa that honours Te Tiriti o Waitangi, challenges structures of power and inequality and promotes environmental and social justice.
I’ve been volunteering with Manchester social centre Partisan’s Media and Print team since October 2019, and recently joined the organisation’s co-op — a smaller group of dedicated collective members who take care of the day-to-day running of Partisan, including office management, event coordination, finances and licensing issues. Most members of the co-op are volunteers, but it includes five paid part-time staff members.
I primarily support with communications tasks, like updating the website and social media, as well as bigger picture brand and identity work.
Simon Maillet is a French bladesmith, currently based in Sheffield. I wrote some copy for his new website, which features eight prototypes for the bespoke carbon steel knives that Simon makes to order.
Designed with his core clientele in mind — working chefs — Simon’s knives are first and foremost tools, but they also make beautiful gifts for anyone who appreciates culinary things.
I’m currently working with The Open University’s Student Hub Live team as a Communications and Engagement consultant, to refresh the project’s branding and develop a long-term communications and social media strategy.
I recently supported Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations (GMCVO) to write up case studies related to their Ambition for Ageing project, a £10.2 million programme aimed at reducing social isolation amongst older people across Greater Manchester.
I loved working with the team at Manchester’s Portico Library, editing the exhibition labels for their new exhibition Fancy Pants. The exhibition presents titles from the Library’s collection alongside new artworks that examine how dress and costume’s relationships with gender, class, power and identity have always been complicated.
I recently took on a full time role as Communications Manager for the Open University’s Learning and Teaching Innovation portfolio. The role sees me lead on internal communications for the University’s 450-person Translation department, which oversees the procurement, development and production, and delivery of the OU’s many distance learning modules.
I also lead on the University’s National Student Survey (NSS) campaign, and supporting work in relation to increasing student satisfaction and improving the student journey — as well as internal campaigns around commercial projects, including the OU’s FutureLearn offering and the DfE-funded Bringing Learning to Life project.
The role required a relocation, and I am now based in Milton Keynes (UK), the site of the University’s physical campus.