Project management

This page shows work where I have been involved with Project management:


Interim Digital Communications Manager for the Technology Strategy Board (since August 2013 to December 2013):
 
Technology Strategy Board (now InnovateUK)
The Technology Strategy Board is the UK's government-backed innovation agency designed to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation.


Since being promoted from web publisher I headed up a small e-communications team looking after the corporate website and its development, e-newsletters and social media. I also project managed the creation and continued development of various other associated websites and microsites for the organisation. For example, the European innovation funding website Horizon 2020 and digital canvas The Future is Here.


Tags:  Technology Strategy Board  Technology  Project management  B2B  Websites  Consumer  Editing  Innovation  Business  Science  





Project manager for the creation, development and population of Horizon 2020 (www.horizon2020.org.uk) (December 2013):
 
Horizon 2020
Horizon 2020 is the EU's research and innovation programme covering 2014 to 2020, with a proposed budget of Ä79 billion. Horizon 2020 offers important opportunities for UK businesses and researchers to find finance, networks and partnerships for innovation.


I project managed the creation, development and population of Horizon 2020 (www.h2020uk.org) - the UK face of a multi-billion Euro European innovation funding programme (previously known as FP7) which provides UK companies, universities, public bodies and other organisations access to national contact points (advisers on the various areas the programme covers e.g. energy, space etc), information on calls (competitions), news and events.


Tags:  Horizon 2020  Innovation  Project management  B2B  Websites  Editing  Finance  





Editor/project manager/curator for Futureishere.org (December 2013):
 
The Future Is Here
Have you seen a glimpse of the future today? Make your claim by simply adding #futureishere to Instagram, Twitter or Flickr image. Submit images that you think represent the future and the best will be showcased on this site (within 24hrs of uploading). If your shot is good enough you could win a lovely prize from the Design Museum.


I helped project manage, edit and curate this digital canvas which allowed people to send tweets, Flickr and Instagram photos that they felt represented the future, with regular prizes given out for those voted the best, designed to promote a Design Museum exhibition.


Tags:  Futureishere.org  Finance  Project management  B2B  Websites  Innovation  Social networking  





Content & Context Editor for Gabble (since February 2013 to December 2013):
 
Gabble
Gabble is striving to build a universal visual language to power next generation 'text-to-image' apps.


In this role I organise the visual database for the site, apps and games. I have also helped organise a Gabble hack day to make use of the site's API as well as being involved with suggesting and developing applications and games using the Gabble database.

Pikipik, released in October 2013, was our first picture/meaning game. I helped develop the app and wrote and edited the questions for the game. It can be seen here: https://itunes.apple.com/app/pikipik/id718771698


Tags:  Gabble  Social networking  Editing  Consumer  Websites  Apps  Entertainment  Gaming  Project management  Startups  





Helped develop, write the questions for and edit an iPad quiz game designed to use the Gabble image database. (October 2013):
 
Pikipik
Find the link, guess the word and beat the competition in this addictive words and pictures game.



Gabble is striving to build a universal visual language to power next generation 'text-to-image' apps. Pikipik, released in October 2013, was our first picture/meaning game. I helped develop and test the app and write and edit the questions for the game.


Tags:  Gabble  Quiz  Apps  Project management  Consumer  App  Children  Entertainment  Writing  Startups  





Creator and editor of Comedy-Songs.com (from September 2011 to October 2013):
 
Comedy-songs.com
The place for funny songs and funny musicians.


I designed, created, edit and write for www.comedy-songs.com.


Tags:  Comedy-Songs.com  Comedy  Editing  Consumer  Websites  Music  Project management  Writing  





Web Publisher for the Technology Strategy Board (since January 2013 to July 2013):
 
Technology Strategy Board (now InnovateUK)
The Technology Strategy Board is the UK's government-backed innovation agency designed to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation.


I was part of a core team responsible for creating and managing content for the corporate website for the UK government's innovation agency. I also helped to develop the organisation's social media strategy.

I was instrumental with the redesign of the site when it was migrated to a LifeRay CMS platform. I helped populate content, find appropriate images, capture bugs, prioritise tasks (in JIRA), suggest development solutions, test user journeys and co-ordinated between the project lead, editorial and design teams to ensure a smooth transition for on-going users of the website.


Tags:  Technology Strategy Board  Technology  Editing  B2B  Websites  Project management  Innovation  Business  Science  





Operations editor for TechRadar (from October 2008 to December 2012):
 
TechRadar
The largest UK-based consumer technology news and reviews site (and now rapidly growing in the US and Australia).


Techradar.com is the UKís biggest technology review site (as of September 2012, TechRadar was being read by more than 17 million unique users, with over 4 million of those from the UK) and I oversaw the siteís workflow for separate teams in Bath, London, Australia and the US.

I was responsible for the day-to-day running of TechRadar, ensuring news, features and reviews were delivered on time, to a high editorial standard and to the volume agreed to a strict content strategy. I policed the content to ensure it followed TechRadarís style, implementing and reinforcing our SEO strategy (including finding and monitoring keywords, in-linking, tipping and using social networks to build our community) and constantly updated our online style guide with CMS tutorials and best practice documents.

I oversaw the production and art budget, commissioning freelance staff to provide the cover the editorial teams needed on a weekly basis, balancing costs with demand to ensure we did not overspend. I also compiled and sent the weekly newsletter.


Tags:  TechRadar  Technology  Editing  Consumer  Websites  Project management  





Operations editor for PC Plus (from October 2007 to September 2008):
 
PC Plus
PC Plus is written for and by people passionate about the very latest computing technology.



I was responsible for organising the workflow, and subbing and proofing the pages, for a monthly newsstand IT magazine. I also wrote and compiled the readers' letters section. I also trained two production assistants.

Tags:  PC Plus  Technology  Editing  Consumer  Magazines  Project management  Writing  





Editor and co-producer of Jiggy.co.uk (from September 1999 to September 2007):
 
Jiggy.co.uk
Jiggy is written by students all over the UK. The best articles are used for the magazine, which is e-mailed to Jiggy members every month


Producer and editor of the first free national email magazine written for students by students.

Example text:

Feature written for student website www.jiggy.co.uk (1999):

Fatboy Slim on Brighton Beach


'Iíve created a monsterí said Fatboy Slim after the second Brighton Big Beach Boutique. If heíd said it to me Iíd have told him it was a very well-behaved monster, despite the reports currently hitting the media.

Picture the scene Ė a beautiful day on the beach, the sun beaming down on thousands of friendly chatting dancing party-goers, all there to see one of the most famous DJs in the land. Whatís more, this DJ has organised and paid for the festival in his home town out of the goodness of his own heart (and maybe for a few extra record sales, or is that too cynical?). The only downside is that instead of the expected 60,000 people turning up, a quarter of a million people did instead.

So why did 250,000 people turn up, you may ask? Fatboy Slim, with the approval of Brighton and Hove Council, invited everyone in Britain via a national advertising campaign provided by E4. So in actual fact only 0.4% of the people he invited turned up. His estimate was even more modest Ė what a guy.

Despite the poor turnout, it was a little crowded but - as long as you didnít want to go to the toilet or extend your hands out horizontally Ė it was an awe-inspiring sight. The vastness of the crowd and the buzz of anticipation had to be seen to be believed. And when the music started I have never seen so many people dancing (or bouncing on the spot, with their hands in the air).

Of course, there are always a few people who arenít so much bad apples as have just had too much bad apple juice. I, for example, was foolish enough to tell one person to stop pushing past me. This was apparently a call to war as his very angry friend suddenly rushed at me with violent intent. He tried to grab me and hit me at the same time, so I cleverly outwitted him by moving backwards. This meant the punch he delivered didnít hurt in the slightest. As I straightened up from my usual slouched position I was grabbed by two very large chaps who held me back and told me to calm down. All Iíd done was give my would-be-attacker a hurt look. By the time I explained this to these actually rather mellow guys, my adversary had disappeared and I was left surrounded by a very sympathetic crowd. So sympathetic in fact that I may stage being hit in the next festival Iím in.

We witnessed other bits of violence as well Ė outside one bar, the third biggest bloke in the world seemed desperate to start a fight with the second biggest bloke in the world. Fortunately THE biggest bloke in the world stepped in and stopped it. And thatís what made me feel good about the festival Ė for every troublemaker there were 100 people going out of their way to stop them making trouble. And, as Iím used to London people who can walk past a mugging victim if theyíre late for work, thatís very rare for me.

So buoyed by my experiences of people caring for their fellow man, and the numerous alcoholic beverages Iíd consumed, my friends and I boogied away until the plug was pulled. Once it was over, we headed for the stairs. We werenít going to, but when the 250,000 people behind us decided they were, we didnít have much choice. The crush was intense, letís not pretend otherwise Ė but Iíve been in much worse situations in indoor pop concerts. I remember watching REM and standing on other peoples knees in an effort to stay upright as the crowd swayed to and fro. So we stumbled off the beach, a mass of humanity united in the need to leave the crowds behind and escape the very boring man on the stage reading out safety instructions.

I had little experience of the Ďinsanityí reported in the sensationalist press which has probably severely dented the festivalís future. For an event of its unexpected size the figures mentioned for injuries were beaten on percentages by a drunken barbeque held at my house. The girl who fell over the side of the promenade didnít do that until three hours after the concert had finished. Iím not sure Fatboy Slim can be held responsible for that one. And the other casualties seem mostly to have been caused by drunk people jumping off or climbing up and falling off the pier or promenade. To stop that happening youíd need one police officer per drunk to go: ĎDo you really think hanging off that parapet is a good idea?í

This was an exceptional concert Ė and not one that should damage the future of other outdoor festivals. With a little more preparation, a realistic outlook and some sensible plans any town could hold a festival twice the size. And when they do Iíll be first in line.

Tags:  Jiggy.co.uk  Student  Editing  Consumer  Websites  Project management  Writing