Ashanti Dreamweaver

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Objective

A Creative Executive with many years experience in many sectors including: ICT Administration, Data Management, along with several years working in the Charity/Non-Profit Sector, Customer Services, Communications and UK Central Government Departments.  Seeking to finance creative initiatives via Crowdfunding sources.

Profile

A motivated, personable professional with a successful track record across various sectors, including Business, Private, Public and Government. Possesses a talent for technology and quickly mastering it, having completed numerous courses, holding a BSc. Honours Degree in Computing and Multimedia, as well as other IT related qualifications. Diplomatic and tactful with professionals and non-professionals at all levels.  Accustomed to handling sensitive, confidential records, working within the remit of The Official Secrets Act (signed 4th April 2016). 

In January 2015 passed a UK Government Vetting and Counter Terrorist Check (CTC) process which expires in 2019.


Flexible and versatile – able to maintain a sense of humour under pressure. Poised, competent with demonstrated ability to easily transcend cultural differences. Thrive in creative environments, having a background in the performing arts, as well as being a published writer.


Skills Summary

  • Strategic Planning
  • Scheduling
  • Diary Management
  • Time Management
  • Events Management
  • Management                          Development
  • Project Development
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Report Preparation
  • Professional                            Presentations
  • Written Correspondence
  • Secretarial/PA
  • Administration
  • General Office Skills
  • Internet Savvy
  • Legal Skills Training

  • Internal Consultancy
  • Customer Services
  • Membership Services
  • Marketing
  • Market Research
  • Brand Promotion
  • Telephone Interviewing
  • Quality Promotion                        Management
  • Public Speaking
  • Effective Communications
  • Image Profiling                            /Development
  • Civil Court Training 

  • Profit Focussed
  • Results Focussed
  • Computer Savvy
  • Front-Office                          Operations
  • Back-Office Operations
  • Database Design
  • Database                            Administration
  • ICT Administration
  • System Maintenance
  • Authoring (Technical)
  • Software Testing
  • Helpdesk Enquiries
  • Auditing
  • Effective Presentation          Skills
  • Excellent Research              Skills
  • Criminal Court                      Training 

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY

COMMUNICATION: REPORTS/PRESENTATIONS/TECHNOLOGY 

  • Investigate and prepare complex reports regarding member organizations as well as meeting        briefs for team of directors prior to meetings.
  • Author professional correspondence to directors and external professionals.
  • Design and deliver templates for forms and questionnaires.
  • Rapidly learn and master various computer applications and software.
  • Good working knowledge of various software packages.
  • Good public speaking skills.

CUSTOMER SERVICE/PROBLEM SOLVING

  • Involved in front-office operations, providing impeccable customer service.
  • Involved in software testing.
  • Test and implement web-based databases:
    • Produce reports on defects.
    • Produce technical manual and information on use of database.
  • Update database contact systems
  • Provision of administrative support to executives and directors.
  • Conduct telephone interviews with members of survey panels and focus groups.
  • Promotion and management of membership organisation:
    • Managing membership database.
    • Dealing with telephone queries from members and general public.
    • Dealing with applications for new and existing members.
    • Production of membership lists, reports and statistical data.
    • Distribution of magazines, newsletters on behalf of regional branches and specialist                groups.

DETAIL MASTERY & ORGANIZATION

  • Manage all aspects of Chief Operating Officer’s daily schedule and diary (London First).
  • Manage arrangements for internal and external meetings for COO and team of directors              (London First).
  • Provision of secretarial support for COO and team of directors (London First).
  • Assist Events Manager in organisation and administration of events.
  • Attend and manage small sector events in liaison with Events Manager.
  • Maintain electronic filing of all reports and correspondence.
  • Management, preparation of member lists, mail merges, database administration                          (keywording).
  • Preparation of audio-visual presentations.
  • Facilitate meetings.

CAREER HISTORY

MAGELLAN-FIFTEEN20 - London (NOVEMBER 2013 - PRESENT)

Founder & CEO

Magellan-Fifteen20 (MF20,) was launched on 8th December 2013 and is a Project formed as a long-term ongoing Initiative to resource and crowd fund my projects in Film, Media, Photographic and Art Projects. It will also seek to develop new talent and the projects of others in the long-term.



ASHANTI DREAMWEAVER - London (APRIL 2010 to PRESENT)

Joint CEO & Creative Director

Ashanti Dreamweaver is about the new and the original, as well as doing things differently. We are about getting people to look at things differently through creative projects that covers new, original writing, be this short dramas, play, novels or screenplays. Our intention is produce new work we can present to potential investors with a view to getting them financed and produced. My role as Joint CEO is to conduct research, writing proposals concerning the projects we have in development, as well as supporting the creative and writing process where I can.

Other areas I am involved in are:-

  • Preparation of work in theatre and major motion pictures.
  • Working and developing projects for performance.
  • Developing and writing projects.
  • Contributing Editor - Digital World Wired
  • Social Media Journalist.

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR (JUNE 2013 - PRESENT)

Brook Street (Strand) • 1 Southampton Street • London • WC2R 0LR • January 2015 to Present

Position Held: Administrator

Position Description – Provision of solutions and administration support on a contract basis.


Executive Officer (Finance – Subject to Counter Terrorism Check) – Home Office/IICSA, London

February 2017 to Present

Position Description – Supporting Finance team to process complex financial and procurement transactions including invoices for timely payment as part of Public Inquiry.

Main duties include:-

  • Managing mailbox, prioritising queries in collaboration with colleagues to support work                  of the Inquiry.
  • Average processing of complex payments of payroll nature for varied terms of                              employment in the Inquiry.
  • Support the Inquiry with any low value procurement activity where specialist                                  suppliers need to be set up on Finance system.
  • Ensure invoice payment targets, maintaining stakeholder relationships.
  • Monitor and manage mailbox with volumes of work coming on finance and                                      procurement activities.


Business Support Administrator (Subject to Disclosure Scotland)

Passenger Business Services, Department of Transport, Great Minster House, London, SW1 4DR.

May 2016 to October 2016


  • Security Liaison Officer (SLO)
  • Business Records Officer (BRO
  • Business Hub Administration
  • IT Focal Point
  • Audio-Visual Technician

Position Description – The Passenger Services Business Hub co-ordinates corporate requirements on the behalf of the Managing Director and Passenger Services. This includes arranging accommodation, IT/Security requirements (SLO), Business Records (BRO), Business Continuity and New Entrant Induction. As a member of a very professional team, provide support to help people use ‘Self-service’ facilities (train ticket bookings, hospitality etc.), managing equipment and pool resources for the Directorate which includes: laptops; projectors and organising audio-visual equipment and setting up rooms for meetings.

Key Tasks & Responsibilities

Provision of general support across the whole of Passenger Services (a team of approximately 250 people):-

Preparation and maintenance of “Welcome” materials for new colleagues. (Business Hub            Administrator)
  • Management of generic email Inbox. (PassengerServicesHub)
  • Management and loaning out of laptop computers from a pool resource of fifty machines.              (IT Focal Point, Business Hub Administrator)
  • Offer advice and guidance on meeting rooms and travel bookings. (Business Hub                        Administrator, IT Focal Point)
  • Deal with general office management issues. (Business Hub Administrator)
  • Support IT account liaison, security, records management and Business Continuity. (SLO,            IT Focal Point, BRO)
  • Promoting Security issues, administer issuing of photo security passes and replacements.            (SLO)
  • Act as controller for Directorate Approved File Plan (AFP) – Register paper filing systems            (BRO)
  • Ensure paper filing systems comply with requirements of Public Records, Data Protections            and Freedom of Information Acts. (BRO)
  • Specialised training in creating new folders in the AFP. (BRO)
  • Liaising with Corporate Records Management Service (CRMS). (BRO)
  • Liaison between IT Service Helpdesk and Directorate. (IT Focal Point, Business Hub                    Administrator)
  • First point of contact for IT-related issues, acquiring laptops and Blackberry Smartphones            for work purposes. (IT-Focal Point, Business Hub Administrator, SLO)
  • Support Passenger Services with industry-facing events. (Business Hub Administrator)
  • Support other areas of Directorate – written correspondence with members of the public              and Members of Parliament. (Business Hub Administrator)
  • Responsible for management and implementation of Audio-Visual issues within Directorate.          (Audio-Visual Technician)

Administrator (subject to The Official Secrets Act – Signed on 4th April 2016)

The Royal Parks Department (TRP) – St. James’s Park and The Green Park – London

4th April 2016 to 22nd April 2016

Position Description – Provision of Front Office Service; Assisting Administration Officer and Manager in the provision of administration and back office support for the Park Manager and Assistant Park Manager, ensuring a high standard of customer service is provided for visitors and users of the Park.

Main duties include:-

  • Ensure the Park Reception is well presented during opening hours.
  • Telephone enquiries and general correspondence.
  • General Park information – Maintain stocks of leaflets and booklets.
  • Liaise with other parks within the Royal Parks.
  • Sort incoming and outgoing post.
  • Authorise and issue a variety of Park Permits.
  • Take credit card payments – issuing sales receipts.
  • Congestion Charge issues and payments.
  • Scanning documents and archiving using digital data storage system.
  • Providing technical support where required.

Export Opportunities Executive (Counter Terrorism Check Clearance)

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) – Department of Business & Innovation Services (BIS) - London

November 2015 to April 2016

Position Description – As a team member of Trace Services, main duties and activities involved:-

  • Editing content and writing original content for UKTI Website.
  • Editing and publishing global business opportunities onto UKTI’s ‘Exporting is Great                      Website'.
  • Assisting with UKTI Digital Strategy, maintaining and editing content on UKTI’s old website,            ensuring content matches that on new website before the old site is closed down.
  • Assistant Operational Research Analyst (Counter Terrorism Check Clearance).


UK Export Finance (UKEF) – Horse Guards – London – October 2015 to November 2015

Position Description – Categorising expenses on 2014/15 Travel and Subsistence Claim forms into 50 categories as part of the Review of UKEF Travel Policy and Expenditure. The aim to ensure information is produced ready to inform an HR review of Travel and Subsistence at the beginning of November 2015.

Main duties and activities involved:-

  • Categorise expenses from paper-based Travel and Subsistence expenses forms into ten              main categories (e.g. UK Hotels, Overseas Hotels) using a simple Excel model with drop                down menus and full paper instructions.
  • Enter information from multiple forms onto a spreadsheet.
  • Check the class and flexibility of rail travel via receipt/ticket information attached to form.
  • Check the class of air travel via receipt/ticket attached to the form.
  • For each case analyse the sum of expenses entered ensuring it equals those provided by            senior manager using formulaic information provided.Working to specified targets within                specific time frames.
  • Produce directory list of overseas locations where hotel stays were made and the price paid        for the room. Also obtain the correct HMRC rate cap for that specific city and country.

Executive Assistant - Education Finance Agency (EFA) – Department of Education London –   May 2015 to August 2015
Position Description – Team player and dynamic self-starter in a busy office as part of a constantly evolving business environment. Duties involved:-
  • Organisation, arranging and facilitating meetings for the CMT and other teams within EFA            Capital Group.
  • Ensure all invitations to meeting and workshops are sent out on a timely basis and                        attendance to events confirmed.
  • Book rooms for meetings and other facilities required to conduct meetings – arranging                  refreshments, meeting facilities and equipment as required.
  • Where necessary record meetings and produce minutes and action lists.
  • Provision of Administrative support.
  • Charged with:-

    • Collating and analysing fairly complex information or data, submitting results in a written                 report.
    • Overseeing administrative procedures and processes.Assisting with budget preparation and        control when required.Acting as liaison with internal and external sources.
    • Preparation of routine correspondence.Investigating job processes and producing job                  guidelines for specific tasks.
    • Printing and production of papers for board meetings other corporate meetings.

    Administration Officer (Ministerial Correspondence) – Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG) (Counter Terrorism Check Clearance)
    March 2015 to April 2015

    Position Description – Caseload Management of email (and digital conversion of postal correspondence,) to the Secretary of State and redirected correspondence from other Government sources, relevant to the DCLG. Management of such caseloads. Also involved in allocating correspondence to the relevant officials within the DCLG and external Government sources.


    Executive Officer (Management Information Reporting) – Home Office, London
    January 2015

    Position Description – Producing management and statistical information for senior and local managers, in addition to responding to Parliamentary Questions and providing data for Freedom of Information requests (FOI).


    Ship Shape Pay, 12 London Mews, Paddington, London, W2 1HY

    Umbrella Company – Pursuit of Employment, Career and Commercial interests.

    Position Description – Provision of business and presentation solutions in addition to administration support on a contractual basis.


  • Awards Event Moderator (PR Week Awards) - Haymarket Events, London - July 2013
  •        Position Description - Assisting in the preparation of Event, meeting and greeting the                    judges and nominees for the various categories of Awards. Also moderated the time                    allowed for nominees to make their presentations for the Awards. 

    (PFJ Recruitment)

  • Account Manager (Business 4 Better Event) - UBM, London - June 2013
  •        Position Description – Promoting Event by contacting CEOs and influential people at board          level of large-scale organizations, to advise them of the Event forwarding invitations to                  attend and being their point of contact should they have further queries or require                        additional information.

    (PFJ Recruitment)

    SEPTEMBER 2006 to JUNE 2010

    CONTRACT ADMINISTRATOR                

    ProspectUs • 20-22 Stukeley Street, London WC2B 2LR

    AUDIO-VISUAL TECHNICIAN King’s College London (SEPTEMBER 2008 to APRIL 2010)

    • Assist in the preparation for and operation of video conferences, including on an                          international      basis
    • Assist with video and recording work such as the recording of conferences and lectures
    • Carry out video and audio dubbing work as required
    • Assist with graphic design work including DVD cover design and labels for recordings made          within the AV Department
    • Ensure lecture theatres, classrooms and seminar rooms are equipped as required for                  timetabled teaching commitments
    • Provision of audio-visual, video and computer data projection facilities in lecture theatres,            classrooms and other venues.
    (ProspectUs)

    TELEPHONE EXECUTIVE Opinion Leader Research – London (MAY 2008 to AUG 2008)

    Reporting to project Research Executive, provided administrative support. Interviewed members of survey panels and focus groups, producing statistical data on the results of information received from interviews.

    (ProspectUs)

    JANUARY 2008 to MAY 2008

    FREELANCING: As Actor, Model, Writer & Researcher

    NOVEMBER to DECEMBER 2007

    ADMINISTRATOR/TECHNICAL AUTHOR National Council for Youth Voluntary Services (NCVYS) – London

    Reporting to the project manager, tested Organisation’s new Web-based Database, producing reports on any defects, as well as producing technical manual and information for use of Database. Also checking and updating details of contacts database.

    (ProspectUs)

    AUGUST 2007 – NOVEMBER 2007

    EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT London First - London

    Reporting to Chief Operating Officer provided administrative and secretarial support for COO and London First.

    Essential Tasks included:-
    • Managing the diaries of COO and assigned team.
    • Managing the administration resource on a day-to-day basis to meet management team                requirements.
    • Arrange meetings with members and stakeholders at senior level.

           Provide support in follow up contact of members and stakeholders.


    Key Tasks included:-

    • Ensure electronic filing of all reports and correspondence is maintained.
    • Attend and manage small sector events in liaison with events manager.
    • Managing preparation of member lists, mail merges, database administration (keywording),          preparation of audio-visual presentations, sorting post and provision of reception cover as          required.
    • Assisting event manager in administration of events including attendance as necessary.
    (ProspectUs)

    JANUARY 2007 TO JULY 2007

    MEMBERSHIP EXECUTIVE (CILIP) Charter Institute of Librarian & Information Professionals – London
    • Managing the membership database
    • Dealing with telephone queries from members and general public
    • Dealing with applications for new and renewing members
    • Producing lists, reports and statistics
    • Distributing magazines and newsletters on behalf of Branches and Groups
    • Promoting the CILIP brand
    • Assisting with the development of activities that recruit and retain members
    • Gaining an overview of the CILIP Carnegie/Kate Greenaway Book Awards
    • Gaining an overview of the Membership and Marketing Activities of CILIP and organisation            generally
    (ProspectUs)

    DECEMBER 2006

    Secretarial Administrator - King’s College London

    Provision of administrative and reception support within Department of Engineering

    (ProspectUs)

    NOVEMEBER 2006

    November 2006 - Telesales – National Families & Parenting Institute (NFPI) – London

    Liaison to voluntary organisations throughout the UK of NFPI’s Conference in London

    (ProspectUs)

    OCTOBER 2006

    Auditor – Charities Evaluation Service – London

    Responsible for high level IT audit of Organisation including all equipment

    (ProspectUs)

    SEPTEMBER 2006 to OCTOBER 2006

    Secretarial Administrator (Division of Engineering) – King’s College London

    Provision of administrative and reception support within Department of Engineering

    (ProspectUs)


    TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS

    Online Workshops/Courses, FutureLearn (2015 – Present).
      Certificate in Coaching Academy’s Personal Coaching Event (2015).
        Workshops/Courses, London Metropolitan University Alumni (2012 – Present).
          Civil & Criminal Court Training, SAS Law School, London (2011).
            Legal Skills & Court Training, SAS Law School, London
                Civil Courts: Certificate of Pass and Competence (2011)
                Civil Courts: Certificate of Attendance (2011).
            BSc(Hons) Computing & Multimedia (2002)
            Certificate in Higher Education
            City and Guilds Advanced Diploma in IT – (NVQ levels II & III)
            City and Guild Diploma in Applications Programming
            Computeach Diploma in Management Data
            Computeach Certificate of Completion (Computer Studies)
            Effective communication & presentation skills
            Facilitation Masterclass (via London First)