About me

The story so far…

  • Born in London (0 – 12yrs), grew up in France (12 – 20yrs), studied at Sussex University (BA Hons Philosophy w/ French) living in Brussels (9yrs+).
  • Professional endorsements include skateboard media, law firms and projects funded by the European Commission.
  • Extra-curricular activities include skateboarding, kung fu, snooker, cycling and maintaining websites dedicated to the Belgian skate scene, Hip Hop culture, technology and literature.
  • The worst job is one with limitations and no satisfaction.
  • The best job is one that motivates you to get up in the morning and stay awake at night.

Skills

Languages :

  • Bilingual French / English
  • Written / Spoken Spanish (A-level)

Computer skills :

  • Operating Systems : Windows XP / Vista / 7, Mac OS Snow Leopard
  • Microsoft Office 2010 (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Visio, Office Communicator, Access)
  • Content Management Systems : Vignette, Plone, Robohelp 6.0, Dreamweaver 8, Microsoft Sharepoint
  • Internet : Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome
  • Design : Quark X-press, Adobe, Photoshop Elements

Experience

September 2012 – Present:
Digital Communications & IT for the European Telecommunications and Network Operators Association (ETNO), Brussels, Belgium

  • Project coordination and Content Management of website
  • Sourcing and distribution of news and communications
  • Maintaining contact databases
  • In-house information technology contact person

August 2011 – September 2012:
Unemployed

  • Actively seeking work
  • Working on various skateboard related projects
  • Active promotion of independent skate brands
  • Training
  • Writing

January – July 2011:
Legal Editor for White & Case LLP, Brussels, Belgium

  • Draft, edit and proof-read internal and external communications
  • Manage marketing document library
  • Compile pitches
  • Liaise with and submit documents for legal directories

April 2010 – January 2011:
Project Assistant / Content Manager European Regional Information Society Association, Brussels, Belgium

  • Drafting, editing and publishing content for the Eris@ website and sister portals (www.broadband-europe.eu /www.de-lan.eu)
  • Composing templates for monthly newsletters, presentations, press releases
  • Managing contact databases and mailing lists
  • Various administrative tasks

November 2007 – January 2010:
Marketing and Communications Officer for Laga and Deloitte Tax, Diegem (Brussels), Belgium

  • Writing, editing and publishing all content for the Laga website
  • Editing and publishing content for the Deloitte Belgium website (Tax) Composing internal, external and B2B newsletters.
  • Contact database management (Microsoft Excel, Access and Internet Content Management Systems)
  • Train and facilitate voice over IP system (Microsoft Office Communicator)
  • Maintaining stockroom and distribution of promotional items and brochures.

March – November 2007:
Copywriter / Technical Communications for Bureau van Dijk Electronic Publishing in Brussels, Belgium

  • Editing and writing help documents for Internet and DVD CD-Rom applications
  • Generating and publishing copy using Content Management Systems (Robohelp 6.0, Dreamweaver…)
  • Translating English to French and vice-versa

2004-2006
Freelance Journalist, Member of the National Union of Journalists

  • Assistant editor for the Skate Zine at www.caughtinthecrossfire.com (since 2002)
  • News editor for Ride On Magazine (since 2004), France
  • Active Freelance for Sidewalk Magazine (since 2003) UK
  • Staff writer and news editor for Flatspot Magazine, Belgium
  • News Editor for Thrasher Magazine France.

Education

2003
London School of Journalism Diploma

  • Quark X-Press
  • Interviewing
  • Reviews
  • Sub-editing
  • News reporting for TV and radio

1999-2002
BA/Hons Philosophy with French (2:2), University of Sussex, Brighton

  • Research, oral and written presentations
  • Writing, Dissertation –Modern European Mind Modern European Literature and Thought “The tears of a clown make the whole world laugh…” On Language and Interpretation …
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