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Focus on Event Management

Dona McCullagh

In my work with Professor Jeremy Begbie I have organised a variety of multidisciplinary events. These included the project management of Duke in Cambridge 2012, a week of academic, social and artistic events in collaboration with the Easter at King’s festival of music and services. With a budget of £24,000 and over 50 participants from the US, Britain and Ireland, the week included:

Profile Areas of expertise Over my working life I have developed a wide range of expertise to a high standard in three complementary areas:

• three-day colloquium Divinity Faculty

• graphic design and media communications

• 2 multi-artform concerts King’s College Chapel and Clare College Chapel

• publications management

• 2 photography exhibitions King’s College Chapel and The Corpus Playroom • buffets/receptions in 5 venues • closing banquet for participants Queens’ College, The Old Hall

Focus on Graphic Design I have worked on numerous graphic design projects, which include: • logos • CD cover inserts and labels • book cover design • magazines and newsletters • posters and flyers • PVC conference banners • exhibition displays • postcards and bookmarks • concert programmes and tickets • promotional merchandise • greetings cards and notelets • business cards and letterheads • newspaper and web adverts

• event management My particular focus has been to bring these skills into engagement with cross-disciplinary research objectives.

Career motivation I am highly motivated to put my experience and skills to use in ways that support initiatives that I believe will have an impact for the good of the wider world, and in ways that serve the communities in which I live and work, and the causes that they represent.

Distinctive Contribution ‘Bifocal’ project management My particular strength is in bringing my experience and skills to bear in the planning and implementation of projects. Having been involved in both the academic and practical side of a variety of projects from inception to completion, I bring an understanding of the full lifecycle of a project that can positively influence its planning and progress, with the result that the project is completed within the projected timeframe, on budget and with significant outcomes beyond its lifespan. It is my experience that the best results come when the big picture is seen through the lens of planning details, and detail is focused on in light of the long-term vision. This big picture/detailed planning ‘bifocal’ methodology is, I believe, key to project success and impact, alongside the ability to commit fully to a plan while remaining flexible and receptive to change as it progresses.


Focus on Publishing In the course of my work I have dealt with the following mainstream publishers and have a good understanding of their house styles and publishing processes:

Current Positions

(and date commenced)

Employment 2009 Communications Officer (20 hrs/wk) Ridley Hall, Cambridge (Anglican theological college)

• Oxford University Press

Pro-bono and voluntary work

• Cambridge University Press

2013 Project Co-developer Pro bono work towards the establishment of a Cambridge-based initiative, involving project planning, fundraising and communications design work. For more details see: 2011 Churchwarden Parish of St Michael and All Angels Caldecote with Childerley 2009 Founding member, Friends of Caldecote Church Pro bono design, event and publications management to support the fundraising work of this not-for-profit group.

• Ashgate • Baker Academic • Eerdmans • InterVarsity Press • Hodder & Stoughton • Wipf & Stock I have worked on over 180 articles, chapters and books, contributing a range of editorial skills including: • Commenting on drafts • Copy editing • Proofreading • Preparation of manuscripts in publisher’s house style • Acting as point of contact between contributors and publishers • Handling of copyright permissions and preparation of figures • Index and glossary compilation • Liaison with publishers from submission to post-publication I undertook all of the above tasks during the preparation of a 500pp volume of collected essays with a total of 17 international contributors, including writing the index and a glossary of over 150 musical terms.

Current Memberships 2009 2009 2009 2008

(and date commenced)

Ely Diocesan Communications Advisory Group Ely Diocesan Synod Bourn Deanery Synod Caldecote with Childerley Parochial Church Council

Previous Positions 2006–2013 2003–2009 2007–2009 2007–2009 2001–2007 2000–2003 1997–2003

Research and Personal Assistant to Professor Jeremy Begbie Website designer (self-employed) Administrative Receptionist, Ridley Hall Cambridge Website Design and Maintenance, Ridley Hall Cambridge Sales and Editorial Assistant, Grove Books Ltd Domestic Assistant, The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology Domestic Assistant, The Canonesses of St Augustine, Cambridge

Education 2001 1997 1994 1992 1992

MA in Classics St John’s College, The University of Cambridge BA (Hons) in Classics: 2.1 with distinction in Latin Prose Composition St John’s College, The University of Cambridge A-Levels at Grade A: English, Art, Latin Watford Grammar School for Girls A/O Level at Grade A: French for Business Studies Watford Grammar School for Girls Nine GCSEs at Grade A Watford Grammar School for Girls


Focus on Web Design Over the years I have designed, maintained and collaborated on over a dozen websites. Sites currently under my management are: • • • •

Computer Skills Category

Current Expertise

Past Experience

Multimedia & graphics

Adobe Photoshop Audio and video editors Adobe InDesign

Adobe Illustrator Adobe Flash Microsoft Publisher

Desktop Publishing

Microsoft PowerPoint Microsoft Excel

Presentation Spreadsheets & databases

Microsoft Word Windows XP and 7

Word processing Operating Systems

Microsoft Access Filemaker Pro Endnote Mac OS

Web design & coding

HTML Joomla Wordpress

Web ecommerce

RomanCart Microsoft Outlook Evernote Google Calendar & Drive Twitter; Facebook; YouTube; ISSUU

Workflow & organisation Social media Communications

CSS PHP Drupal Adobe Dreamweaver ActinicCatalog

Accurate touch typist, 75wpm; Search engine optimisation; SurveyMoz (online surveys); MailChimp (e-newsletters); JustGiving (fundraising); QR codes

Related skills & software knowledge

Interests Photography – although a personal pastime, my photography has provided raw materials for design work, including the cover of a recent Oxford University Press hardback, and enabled me to work well with professional photographers commissioned in the course of my work. In 2002 I was official photographer during a visit by HRH The Prince of Wales to Ridley Hall in Cambridge. Personal finance – I enjoy managing my household finances, including researching savings vehicles and budgeting for projects such as a recent major house extension. Other personal interests include solving cryptic crosswords, mountain walking and following current affairs.

Additional information The following annexes to this CV are available on request: • List of publications for which I have provided editorial assistance • Further information on events managed • Digital portfolios of graphic and web design work References are available on request. –3–

Dona McCullagh - Curriculum Vitae  
Dona McCullagh - Curriculum Vitae