Career History

ITP Publishing, Dubai UAE
October 2013 - Present

Freelance Art Editor

Designing page layouts for leading lifestyle magazine titles in the UAE including Esquire, OK!, Grazia, Ahlan! and Hot 100 supplements. I provide cover for art editors and also additional design support during busy times.

Unplugged Design, Global
Founder / Album Artwork Designer
UK Self Employed  04/2007 - Present

I have established a successful UK business which produces album artwork for professional musicians. I have worked with musicians and albums printers globally, mainly clients who session for famous global artists. I organise my own accounts, advertising, run my own social media campaigns as well as actively look for new business.

People Agency, Dubai UAE
Freelance / Part Time Creative Lead
November 2013 - March 2014

Concept and design of artwork for a social media agency. Working with clients such as Nando's and ADCB, creating artwork for Twitter, Wordpress, Instagram and Facebook.

Senior Graphic Designer & Team Manager Your Salon Store
Part of the Beauty Developments Group
10/2012 - 07/2013

Within this team manager role, I was responsible for all design projects for a new division of the business. I developed the company branding and project managed the concept, design and completion of a high quality mail order catalogue. I researched and created the design of a comprehensive e-commerce website as well as exhibition stand artwork and additional marketing collateral. This pressured role included developing relationships with global suppliers and printers, arranging the print of 32,000 356pp catalogues to a strict deadline and working to printer's technical requirements. I was also responsible for social network design, editing and manipulating images, photography, HTML design for e-campaigns and web page design. Within this role I managed a team which included a graphic designer and an assistant. I motivated my team by teaching them additional design skills to strengthen their roles within the department. I enjoyed developing positive and respectful working relationships with them.

Graphic Designer
Hive of Beauty, Simply the Group
Part of The Beauty Developments Group 07/2010- 10/2012

I was the sole graphic designer for a thriving UK beauty wholesale business and a chain of spas and salons. My role included the concept, branding and packaging design for 4 lines of professional beauty products, managing the design development of approximately 1000 lines of beauty product packaging and working with international printers. This role also included the design of brochures, marketing literature and exhibition stands. I also gained photography experience using a Digital SLR, working with raw file formats, studio lighting and editing images for print and web. I also designed 2 websites and designed social network sites.

Graphic Designer
Computershare Voucher Services
Previously Busy Bees 12/2007-05/2010

As the sole company graphic designer within a busy marketing department, I was responsible for producing artwork for the UK's largest Childcare Voucher company and largest chain of nurseries in the UK, with a £300 million turnover. I project managed and executed the company rebrand which was completed to a strict timescale. I also re-designed internal and external literature, merchandise and building signage as well as supporting the launch of an advertising campaign. I completed over 200 new pieces of artwork to a set deadlines as well as the company brand style guide. I designed multi-lingual literature including French, Punjabi and Urdu as well as working with high profile brands including Royal Mail, Boots and Asda. I worked daily with printers and created external banners, a-boards, flags, local media adverts and posters for nurseries all over the UK.

Marketing & Design Officer
Birmingham Hippodrome
Working with a design agency, I administered the design of promotional artwork for a large, leading UK theatre. I project managed a 360 degree photography project for the website. I administered the website, wrote creative copy, arranged advertising and co-marketed opportunities with other event companies. I also developed a micro website to promote the theatres pantomime.

Design & Press Officer
Wycombe Swan Theatre

Within this creative role I designed marketing literature and artwork for the website. I designed adverts for local media, logos and imagery for the website. I also wrote and sent weekly press releases, organised press launches and photoshoots with local and national press, spoke to journalists on a daily basis arranging interviews with celebrities and press nights. I researched promotional opportunities for shows as well as managing a small print distribution team where we organised visual displays around the town centre.

Package Knowledge (PC & MAC)
Advanced skills in Adobe CS2- CS6 including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.
Knowledge of QuarkXpress, digital design, confident using Expression Web, CMS and basic editing in HTML.
Competent in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and Powerpoint. 

Nov 2008 - Jan 2009: Dreamweaver; Solihull College
Sep 2005 - Jul 2006: Graphic Design: Computer Aided Design and Illustration
Sep 2004:  Gained the 'TMA Introduction to Arts Marketing' Award.
2000 - 2003 University Degree: BA Honours Film & Drama Production.
1997 - 1999  A-Levels:  Art & Design, Performing Arts, English Literature.
1995 - 1997  GCSE: Art & Design, Drama, English, Maths, History