For those who don’t know me, I’m Chris. I live in Liverpool and I’m currently on the hunt for a job. A proper one, in the North West, one that makes me feel like I’m doing something useful. I’d love something in the field of festivals, events or related PR, I’d even consider working in a field. Something that works to support creative talent or doing something truly useful in the community or charity sector.
I have a BSc in Communication Studies, an MSc in Public Relations and events, I’ve studied creative business management, event management and I’ve even managed to squeeze in a photography course, neither of which was responsible for the award I won. No siree… So where do I start? I’m Irish. Let me tell you a story.
We ended up in Liverpool a few years ago as the good Doctor was offered a post at the University of Liverpool that was too good to refuse. Since we arrived I’ve dabbled here and there, producing stuff for Getintothis, and The Thin Air, stuff with words. And Pictures. The photography site is still going strong.
When we arrived I spent 6 months working with Victim Support to bring change to how victims services are managed and I raised 350k. Since those days the job front has been a little, well, dry. So, after working a couple of jobs I’d rather not repeat, I made a drastic decision and hauled my ass off to University. Again… In the words of Frank Sinatra, I picked myself up and got back in the race.
I was warned before I moved here that the charity sector wasn’t in great shape. Hell, I’d been using the charity sector here as a warning when talking about accountability and watching politicians closely. So, back to University it was. I opted for the MSc in PR with Events. After having managed bars, written press releases, curated event calendars, created national advertising campaigns, designed and delivered festivals, created websites and social media accounts and hosted hundreds of live shows, I figured I knew a thing or two about it and thought…
Well, whats the worst that could happen?
It was a joy. I learned stuff I hadn’t come across before and feel like I’ve managed to do something interesting by way of a dissertation. Reader, I have written a dissertation on independent festivals that includes more ‘fucks’ than is reasonable in an academic text. It was a great few months getting stuck into something and getting into that level of detail. But here’s the crunch. I need a job. Soon.
Let the sales pitch begin!
Alongside the job that shall not be named I’ve been freelancing for the last few years, working on project development; managing websites and social; doing a bit of event design and delivery; stage and artist management and a host of other oddjobs.
I’ve been delivering events for 15 years, working with partners across a range of organisations. I’m expert at creating conversations and managing communication. I can take the hassle out of stakeholder relationships and create enjoyable, useful engagement tools. I can develop networks, create partnerships and deliver everything from business events to national consultation projects.
I love a good problem.
I’ve worked with a ton of lovely folk, from OhYeah Belfast through to Belfast Music Week with MTV, Bushmills Live, Belfast Festival, Sound City, Electric Picnic, The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival I developed the Oxjam Festival, delivering four festivals in Belfast, the first of their kind in the UK, delivering over 60 events. The Oxjam model has been used internationally and raised over £3,500,000.
Currently, I’m dipping my toes in the water with Atlantic Sessions on the North Coast. Though not for much longer, have you been near that ocean in the winter? Come November I’ll be the one in the big coat, crying. I produce content for Getintothis, The Thin Air and Folk and Tumble . Pieces have included themes as diverse as The Turner Prize win for Granby4Streets, finding coffee and music on Bold Street and old REM albums. (A host of that is available on the words page)
I’ve delivered projects with Youthnet, developed income streams, delivered training and supported organisations in crisis. I helped develop a Code of Good Governance for Northern Ireland and a sector led Quality Assurance Framework for Youth Services in Northern Ireland. Both much more exciting than their monikers suggest.
I was Chairperson of the Belfast Fairtrade Committee, responsible for City accreditation in two national boards and managing partnerships across the UK. I launched the now annual Fairtrade Belfast awards. I worked with the Northern Ireland Co-operative to widen the organisation’s demographic and create new partnerships. I produced marketing campaigns, managed fundraising events, delivered training and recruitment programmes.
I’ve made tea, made policy, created educational activities; I’ve trained, tamed, tallied; I’ve managed diaries, breakdowns, meltdowns, washouts, washed floors, served pints and done just about every job in the book. I am game for just about anything.
I would love to have a chat!
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What people say…
Chris is a tremendous ally who has supported the Oh Yeah music centre since the very early days. He is a friend, a councilor, an expert in youth services and he scrubs a good floor. In the past few years, he has taken a keen interest in photography and he made this into a personal dynamic. His music shots have bite and drama. He has documented a lot of the changes in music around the city. His portraits are cool.
I fully endorse this chap.
Journalist, NME, WORD, BBC
Chris has been an official photographer for CQAF for five years. He is a technically gifted photographer with a great eye for the key shot and is as adept at careful composition as he is at beautifully capturing the moment be it at a rock or comedy performance or an audience reaction. I’d have no hesitation in recommending him for any kind photographic work; such is his talent and versatility.
Oh, and he’s a very dependable and decent bloke as well!
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
Chris has developed close working relationships with key artists, practitioners, venues, and promoters. His reputation for being dedicated, committed and his ability to deliver to tight deadlines has led to him being an invaluable member of the team.
I have known Chris for years and have worked with him in a number of capacities. With his running of gigs for Oxfam in Belfast and promoting local music in many ways he is always a consummate professional. An all round decent chap that does what he says he will. A credit to the Northern Irish nation!
Chris is a top bloke and a great photographer. He’s documented several projects for Oh Yeah and Love Music Hate Racism, and always delivers the goods.
The Ohyeah Centre