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I am a consultant in culture, content and communications, working primarily with organisations in the arts, built environment and heritage sectors. I graduated with a BA in English Language & Literature from the University of Oxford, and am now living and working in London. I have five years tutoring experience, and have helped over 50 individual students to achieve their academic potential and ambitions, with many going on to top schools and universities.
I charge time/travel expenses at £10 an hour within London.
2013 – 2016 Oxford University, St Edmund Hall
Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature (2.1)
2014 CELTA qualification (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)
2011 – 2013 Godalming Sixth-Form College (Surrey, UK)
A Levels: English (A) / History (A) / Philosophy (A*)
2016 – present London Editor at The Cambridge Humanities Review
The Cambridge Humanities Review is a termly arts journal covering topics in the humanities including art, literature, history, architecture, music, and more.
• I manage and direct the journal’s London team, and its general presence and activities in the city – namely, its development, promotion, distribution, and events across London.
• Recently, I independently organised a sold-out event hosted at the London Review Bookshop, with speakers including the celebrated writer and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips.
May 2017 –
April 2018 Marketing & Communications at The Landmark Trust (Historic Buildings Charity)
• Digital marketing & communications – Strategising communications. Managing social media using automation platforms alongside Google analytics. Running email campaigns.
• Project management – Managing all aspects of the ‘Young Landmarkers’ membership scheme including development, administration, and events programming.
• Editorial – Developing editorial strategy and content. Researching and writing on the Trust’s philosophy, work, and buildings from both commercial and engagement perspectives, and for a range of digital as well as print media.
• Content production - Managing the logistics, filming and production of a new promotional video for the Trust with a budget of over £20,000, and also produced the Trust's first ever series of podcasts.
• CMS – Maintaining and updating the Trust’s website.
2017 Administrative & Events Assistant at The University of Surrey, Guildford School of Acting
• Assisting with the administration and logistics of day to day operations in a busy university department, including timetables and scheduling, buildings maintenance, and stock.
• Oversaw digital marketing for the Guildford International Music Festival, and assisted with events coordination.
2016 Editorial & Research Intern at The Institute of Art and Ideas
• Carrying out research and analysis in the arts and in philosophy, and in the markets surrounding these fields.
• Ideas generation, and event planning and organisation.
• Liaising with a wide range of speakers, partners, customers, and institutions.
Environmental Training Course with Operation New World
I was awarded a place on a week-long course on the island of Corsica, where – with the guidance and mentorship of industry professionals – I learned how to conduct a range of environmental surveys and assessments, culminating in a provisional environmental impact assessment of an area of the Corsican coastline.
Practice, Place Purpose – a symposium at Exeter University
Recently, I attended a conference exploring the "the purpose and practice of place-based contemporary arts commissioning", bringing together around 90 delegates from major organisations including the National Trust, the Forestry Commission, the Canal and River Trust, the Churches Conservation Trust, and other agencies and practices, along with a number of artists and academics, for open debate and discussion.
President, Socrates Society (2014 - 2016)
Socrates Society was a popular, informal philosophy society at Oxford University. Speakers would give a talk on any topic of their choosing - provided it was approached philosophically - which would be followed by the ever-successful combination of discussion and wine. As President, I was responsible for all aspects of the events programme (curating speakers and topics, organising venues), as well as for developing the society and its membership.
SKILLS & INTERESTS
Driving: I hold a full, clean driving license.
Languages: Intermediate French.
‘Exploration’: There is little (to none) of the world left to discover. But in the words of T. S. Eliot, “we shall not cease from exploration” – the world is inexhaustible, and so is our experience of it. My most recent explorative undertaking was to canoe the Thames from Oxford to Weybridge – a distance of 113 miles – camping along the way. I am also a keen rural and urban walker, and enjoy travel abroad.
“A resourceful, highly intelligent student, capable of excellent work, quick thinking and flexibility”
- Lucy Newlyn (Fellow and Professor of English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University)
“An invaluable asset... able to turn his hand to any task required, quickly, efficiently and with a level of competency that instilled confidence in those around him. As such, I can highly recommend Will as an employee.”
- Nancy Edwards (Marketing, PR & Events Manager at Dunsfold Park Ltd.)
“Will brought depth and creativity to content generation, particularly through his erudite prose in our regular blogs and his proactive influencer strategy… We’ve missed Will’s considered and innovative approach.”
- Vanessa Shaw (Head of Marketing & Communications at The Landmark Trust)
Will is patient, supportive, approachable and friendly. He adapts his teaching style to your needs as a student and does a lot of preparation for all his lessons. Will goes the extra mile to get the very best from whoever he is working with. Highly recommended
Will has over 5 years of experience tutoring a variety of students in different subjects at different levels. The most important thing about his tuition style is his adaptability to the needs of his student, reflecting his commitment to seeing the achieving results his tutees are capable of in reaching their full potential.
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