Me

Odd Sandals houses an online biography to promote my freelance marketing/event management work and a blog to share some random writing.

I have tons of experience in marketing (both corporate and in the arts), event management, project coordination and other creative endeavours – you can scroll down to read the ins and outs of my CV.

Professional work

Now

Various freelance work (from social media marketing to event management).

Currently working as a Marketing/Event Manager with creative agency Urban Foundry (Unit Nineteen, Uplands Market, Last Clothing & other projects).

Since 2010, employed as a part-time Project Officer for University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) looking after the Creative Bubble project. This is a joint initiative with Swansea BID that promotes student entrepreneurship via pop-up shops, performances & exhibitions. It also seeks to impact upon Swansea economically, socially and culturally.

Taught Arts Marketing to Performing Arts degree students and project managed Olion (Arts Council Wales/ESF £500,000 Reach the Heights initiative) – this involved working with a number of arts organisations to set up art based projects with young people who were NEET (not in education, employment or training).

Other work

1997 – 2004, Senior Account Manager, The Gate Worldwide (advertising agency), London

Worked on numerous advertising accounts including Legal & General, Investec Group, Welsh Development Agency, IFA Promotion, Universal Records and Scope. This involved managing the TV & radio commercials, press ads and direct mail requirements of clients. Highlights included spending time in South Africa to launch a TV campaign for Investec (the iconic zebra) and launching the ‘Time to Get Equal’ campaign for the charity Scope.

Paper qualifications

2:1 BA (Hons) Performing Arts at University of Wales Trinity Saint David (graduated 2011)

2:1 BA (Hons) History & English at Plymouth University (graduated 1994)

3 A-Levels from Gower College (or Gorseinon College as it was then)

9 GCSEs from Bishopston Comprehensive School

What else…

Very computer literate – big social media and gadget geek.

Having lived in both Swansea and London, I tend to veer between the ethos of both. Interested in the powerful fusion of creativity with strategic business thinking.

A lover of yoga and vegan food, The Cure and quality cocktails.

The small print…

To leave you with a professional image of me, some random jobs have been omitted; a stint in Argos, M&S, brand promo-girl work (including some embarrassing costume work), acting in low budget films, ‘blink and you miss me’ appearances in Gavin & Stacey, music videos and other TV productions. There has also been a bit of waitressing and a week of being a not very scary (or competent) Glastonbury Festival security guard.