I haven't taken the most traditional route to get to where I am today, but I think that's part of what makes me a great hire. My combined experience within design and communications means I can bring a unique skillset to branding and marketing - an understanding of both the power of language and strong visuals. While I've built up my technical skills and knowledge of design through on-the-job experience, my academic background provides me with a solid foundation of excellent written and verbal communication, research skills, and attention to detail. I'm currently open to new freelance and full-time opportunities, so if you're interested in working with me, please get in touch.
The journey so far...
Very happy to finally graduate and get on with something a little more practical.
Spending a lot of time with a letter press
and printing ink
Finished school with A*A*BB at A-level and 11 GCSEs
Got married and started taking on my first freelance illustration commissions
Graduated from Queen Mary, University of London with a First Class BA in English Literature
Left Hurst Street Press and St Hugh's to start a new job as a Communications Officer in the Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach department at Oxford. Proudest achievements:
project-managing the undergraduate prospectus: liaising with external designers and printers, and around 300 internal stakeholders;
contributing to the university’s undergraduate website (over 350 web pages and 16.5 million annual visitors);
assisting on production of podcasts on various topics including "Oxford Interviews" and "Fees & Finance";
being appointed department lead on the storage and maintenance of a GDPR-compliant image library, including running an annual student photoshoot;
writing and designing newsletters via MailChimp and Adestra for various demographics including teachers and prospective applicants, with a collective reach of c.30,000.
Stayed in Oxford and started work at St Hugh's College as a Graduate Admissions Officer. Proudest moments:
covering a communications position on top of my normal role - running all social media platforms and website content for six months;
designing and writing an informal staff introduction booklet, now employed by HR as part of official inductions;
project managing a student photo shoot for college publicity materials in conjunction with the Development Office;
being chosen as an example of best practice in the university for my admissions process, and asked to share it with over 50 colleagues.
being nominated as Chair of Staff Committee, the representative for non-managerial staff.
Co-founded Hurst Street Press, an independent publisher, producing
books using traditional techniques of
printing and binding. Proudest
building a WordPress website and eCommerce platform from scratch;
developing a social media strategy and various marketing campaigns on Facebook and Instagram;
managing a diverse portfolio of events from panel discussions to book launches for 100+ guest events in London, Oxford and Bristol.
seeing our books stocked in Blackwell's, Foyle's, Daunt Books and the LRB Bookshop;
Moved to Godalming in Surrey, continuing to work remotely for Oxford until October, when I left to start freelance work. Proudest
achievements so far:
designing a wide range of art prints and paper goods featuring my original illustrations, and selling them around the world (from Finland to Canada).
building a Wix website and eCommerce platform and social media presence from scratch;
Graduated from the University of Oxford with an MSt in English Literature
Would I be a good fit?
Mac OS X
WordPress, Wix, Drupal
+3 years graphic design experience (editorial, web design & brand assets)
Illustration (digital & vector-based)
Professional copy-writing & proofreading experience
Social media campaigning