For most of my life I have been based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom, but have worked nationally and internationally.
- I am a dedicated, diplomatic, articulate, strategic, and passionate person, extremely enthusiastic about ethical technology, communications, agitprop, and direct democracy.
- In addition to being a lifelong graphic artist, I have excellent English skills (written and spoken), and possess a wealth of experience in coordinating projects, facilitating workshops, mediation, and community coaching, and am comfortable at public speaking to crowds of any size.
- I’m also an experienced documentary scriptwriter, researcher, and all-round documentarian.
- I have created dozens of websites for different causes, I’m efficient with most smartphones, tablets, and computers, and am well-versed in open source operating systems of various distributions for varying devices.
- I have worked almost entirely in the non-profit sector for over twenty years, at various levels.
- In recent years most of my work has been in facilitation and community coaching, while I’ve also developed my portfolio of art.
- I’ve written for numerous media platforms, from Now Then to The Scavenger and the award-winning zine La Bouche, as well as local newspapers, creating content for both columns and feature articles, in addition to being a regular guest on local BBC Radio, before ending my already-tumultuous relationship with establishment media entirely.
- In 2014 I was elected as a year-long trustee for the Viking Supporters Cooperative where I was appointed media/press officer, and that same year co-founded the leftist women's association football club AFC Unity, for whom I created the distinctive and popular brand for kit, banners, posters, and merchandise, and also devised and coached collectivist Cruyff-influenced "Barcajax" play, for almost seven years.
- In 2010 I founded Libre Digital, where I still work on the FreeTech Project.
- I was elected to the board of Laurier Students Public Interest Research Group (LSPIRG) at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, in 2008.
- I was a founding member of the board of Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance (ROAR) in 2006, remaining until 2008, during which time I played a key role in helping the group gain a 99-year lease on a Victorian school building to transform it into an independent arts centre.
- From 2003 until 2007 I worked on SilenceBreaker Films, a South Yorkshire community organisation run by a committee, engaging disadvantaged communities in filmmaking, including creating features and documentaries critiquing consumer culture, for which I devised Meadowhell.co.uk, a satirical website parodying the official site of one of Europe’s largest shopping complexes, Meadowhall, leading to some publicity (Meadowhall since purchased Meadowhell.co.uk and redirected it to their actual site).
- At the same time, I also organised and MC’d for a series of small, local Love Music, Hate Racism concerts in South Yorkshire.
- I started out working as a youth and community worker and videographer for Rotherham Council back in 2002, following a period of volunteering.
- I was pulled from school at age 11 and taught at home by my mother, so my formal qualifications from established institutions have been few and far between, but include a Dip HE in Combined Media from Leeds University, an NOCN Level 2 Certificate in Managing Voluntary & Community Organisations, as well as PTLLS, Youth Work Skills Level 2, in addition to Coaching, First Aid and Safeguarding from the FA.
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