I’m a creative, independent person who is pursuing a career in the media and charity sectors. I have a wide understanding of international politics and media and would like to use my skills to make a difference to the world’s imperfect institutional mechanisms. Since April 2016 I have worked as the Communications Coordinator for Wikimedia UK, the UK chapter of the global Wikimedia movement which supports Wikipedia and its sister projects. In this wide-ranging role, I have been responsible for social media management, press outreach, copy writing and editing, as well as event organising, community relations, content creation and project development. I have improved my creative skills at graphic design, video editing and effects, report publishing and photography, and helped to increase the public recognition of the charity’s work.
City University London 2007 – 2008, MA, International Politics and Human Rights (Distinction)
Nottingham University 2004 – 2007, BA, English Studies (2.1)
Wikimedia UK, Communications Coordinator (04/2016 – Present)
Doing communications for Wikimedia UK has been a unique challenge; to promote Wikipedia, one of the biggest internet sites with the capacity of a small charity. As a brand, Wikipedia is quite misunderstood, and most people are unaware that it is a non-commercial website run by a network of interdependent charities. We also have an unusual message, promoting open knowledge and the Wikimedia projects to a diverse audience of cultural and educational institutions, the national press, our community, and parent charity, the Wikimedia Foundation. I held full responsibility for communications within the organisation, and significantly improved engagement with the charity’s social media accounts, taking the Twitter account from 4000 to 15000 followers. I used my experience as a freelance journalist to write for websites like OpenDemocracy and New Statesman about our work, taking on a public speaking role, doing outreach at schools, library groups and public events, and helping to organise events. I’m proud of the work I have done to improve the brand recognition of Wikimedia UK, especially with educational institutions who are increasingly looking at Wikimedia as a valuable partner, with some course leaders beginning to include Wikimedia projects in their courses.
DeHavilland, Political Analyst (09/2015 – 04/2016)
I worked as a party conference reporter for political consultancy DeHavilland, covering side events at party conferences and writing briefings on the subjects discussed.
Freelance Journalist, Journalist and filmmaker (01/2013 – Present)
I have written for numerous websites including the Guardian, Independent, Vice, OpenDemocracy, Huffington Post, Dazed and Global Voices covering international political issues in the Middle East and Turkey, cybersecurity and social issues in the UK. From April to October 2015, I worked on a film project exploring reactions to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Through this work, I learned how to use editing and post-production software (Final Cut Pro X, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, DaVinci Resolve), and have used these skills to make various kinds of visual media.
Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, Advocacy/Press Officer (06/2011 – 2013)
I was responsible for research projects, such as a large report on all human rights violations in Bahrain during 2011, as well as research into UK links with the Bahrain government, including arms and surveillance equipment sales. I conducted media outreach including writing for The Guardian’s Comment is Free and The Huffington Post, drafting copy for parliamentary questions, statements, press releases and public speaking at universities on behalf of the organisation.
Transparency International, Freelance Contributor (09/2014 – 05/2015)
I was a contributor to TI’s Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index 2015, writing on and researching defence procurement practices one of the Gulf Arab states and reviewing the reports written by other contributors on two more Gulf Arab states.
Locality, Trainee Community Organiser (07/2013 – 07/2014)
I worked on a housing estate near Brixton where I organised community projects in line with Locality’s Root Solutions Listening Matters (RSLM) framework for community organising. I listened to residents on the estate by door knocking and attending meetings of various groups in the area, allowing me to find collaborative ways to improve social problems.
Imperial War Museums, Research Administrator (03/2013 – 07/2013)
I organised the logistical support for the Research Department. I did media and stakeholder outreach so that IWM’s research work reached the widest possible audience, helping to disseminate projects and make others aware of the resources IWM provides to outside researchers.
Four Communications, Intern (2012): Market research and media monitoring for clients like The Crown Estate
Parliamentary Human Rights Group, Intern (2012): I worked with Ann Clwyd MP’s office, supporting her human rights advocacy within Parliament.
Minority Rights Group, Intern (2012) I supported the Sri Lanka conflict prevention programme, researching the current situation of Tamils, Muslims and other minorities in Sri Lanka.
Office of Sir Menzies Campbell MP, Intern (2004): I assisted the work of Campbell’s parliamentary office helping to draft correspondence, reply to questions, research speeches and administer the office.
Office of Congressman Mark Kirk, Intern (2004): I replied to letters from constituents, took visitors on tours of the Capitol building, and helped administer the congressional office..
Having studied French at school, I lived in Grenoble, France for a year and received an intermediate certificate in French from Stendhal University in Grenoble. My partner is Turkish and I have been learning Turkish for the past two years, taking two classes in Turkish at City Lit in London in 2018.
I have studied music production with a short course at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London in 2014, learning to produce music with Final Cut Pro. In 2018 I took an intensive week long class in Adobe After Effects at Academy Class in London in 2018. I have extensive experience using content management software to manage a blog, and I have been a Wikimedia editor since 2015. In my work with Wikimedia UK, I have used and become proficient at many of the Adobe programmes, including Photoshop, Lightroom, InDesign, Premiere Pro and After Effects.