About me

eleanor birdI've worked in communications throughout  my career, in several huge organisations and then, since 2000, as an independent consultant and freelance writer. My work experience has spanned financial services, heritage/environment and a health trade union - in business, charity and voluntary sectors. Since setting up my own business, I've written for clients from UNESCO to the Royal Shakespeare Company and Oxford Brookes University to Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. I have also returned to my academic roots and now teach community classes in art history.

Brief CV

1987-1993:  Willis plc, an international insurance broker, based in The City of London. I rose from graduate trainee to a manager of UK marketing, developing good understanding of the culture and needs of a large, private sector business.

1993-1996: The National Trust, Thames & Chilterns Region, where as Assistant Public Affairs manager I was responsible for, among other things, publications, advertising and supporter relations for the Trust region with the largest membership base. I developed a strong interest in environmental and heritage conservation and also drew on my academic background in history and architectural history.

1997-2000: Royal College of Nursing, Communications Officer, based at the headquarters of one of the UK's largest trade unions. Here, I created a new, weekly newsletter for the 300,000 RCN members, improved the members' magazine and produced a range of clinical and employment relations publications. I also developed internal communications for staff and the elected Council. I still write regularly for the RCN.

2000+  Freelance writer. I work independently for a range of clients, and also as an associate with design companies and the heritage interpretation consultancy, Interpretaction.

2010+ Art history lecturer. I am a Visiting Lecturer for the University of South Wales, as well as lecturing independently in the local area.

on ben wyvis, at 1000 metresInterests: When I'm not at the keyboard or white board, I enjoy travelling, walking, photography, painting and creative writing. For five years I was chair and deputy chair of Monmouth Women's Festival, running a series of events to mark International Women's Day. 

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