BRITISH and NEW ZEALAND citizenship
ENGLISH and FRENCH
· Strong project
development skills including strategic planning, project management and
coordination, and communications over a broad range of sectors
· Extensive experience in
tourism – from client relations to marketing
· Excellent research,
editorial and communication skills and knowledge of word
processing programs, Excel, and website content management systems
Undergraduate qualifications in Anthropology and Psychology
and Post-graduate studies in Anthropology and Development Studies
Languages: English, French
Languages: English, French, Italian
2009 - Present
Paris Vacation Apartments
Manager for a leading provider of luxury serviced apartments for the tourist
as part of a small team in the management and expansion of a portfolio of short-term
holiday rental apartments in Paris. My role is diverse, and includes: managing enquiries,
reservations and payments, welcoming guests to their apartments and being
available during their stay, marketing and expansion of our client base and
portfolio of apartments, website content and writing of material, liaising with
apartment owners and tradesmen, and organising and overseeing apartment
improvements and renovations.
In 2011 I was responsible for creating and launching Vacation London Apartments
– setting up the London operation based on our Paris model. I continue to
manage this branch of the company, traveling between Paris and London
frequently. Key responsibilities include: in depth market research, budget
management and financial planning, finding and purchasing two South Kensington
properties (combined value approximately £3.5m), renovation/refurbishment,
furnishing, and the employment and ongoing management of staff. Our occupancy
rate has gone from 0% to 75-80% in fewer than 3 years, and we are continuing to
improve. My position also involves finding new apartments to manage as part of
the Vacation London Apartment portfolio, and negotiating with property owners.
negotiation and communication skills;
Provision of a
very high level of customer service, attention to detail and ability to resolve
problems quickly and effectively;
Ability to work
under pressure, autonomously and as part of a team;
planning and business development skills acquired by being a key member of
a small but rapidly expanding company.
2007 - 2009
Moved from New Zealand to Paris, France.
Taught English to adults and children at Berlitz Language School.
Worked as a volunteer for a N.G.O. specialising in supporting educational
programmes in Africa.
Spent two months in Kenya at Ngare Ndare farm helping the Dyers school their
ponies and accompanying guests from Borana Lodge on rides.
2003 - 2007
Property Manager of a large block of studio
accommodation in Palmerston North, N.Z.Working
closely with the owners in the acquisition, property development and project
management of transforming a motel into a block of 36 flats. My role included budget control, management
of employees, administrative tasks, some booking in of tenants and building up
contacts with local institutions as a marketing strategy.
During this time I also co- purchased and project
managed the relocation, renovation and full refurbishment and landscaping of a rural
residence on 10 acres for re-sale. This involved practical hands-on renovation
skills, as well as the co-ordination of tradesmen.
University tutor of Anthropology 102 at Victoria
University. ‘Tutor assessment’ available.
2000 - 2002 Worked as an office temp in various
Wellington businesses during my under-graduate degree.
1997 - 1999 Gap Years
for Nicoli Fife at an International Eventing Yard and Stud farm, schooling
young horses and competing.
Worked at a photography studio part time
managing bookings while producing my own horses, riding for other people and
giving riding lessons.Overseas travel, including several months schooling horses and
ponies at Ngare Ndare farm in Kenya,
and accompanying tourist rides.
Education / Qualifications
2003 - 2006Post-graduate studies – Anthropology and
Development Studies, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.
Publication in a French and Australian journal of an article on the
Self-Determination of the Saharawi people in the Western Sahara.
Thematic focus on the application of an anthropological approach
in development practice.
Academic record available – A average.
2000 - 2002Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and
Psychology (double major), Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand.
1996 - 1997 St. Peter’s Secondary School,
Cambridge, New Zealand - A Bursary.
1990 - 1996Sherborne Preparatory School, Dorset,
U.K and Millfield School, Somerset,
U.K. - G.C.S.E. completion.
have always been my primary interest, and throughout my life, wherever I have
moved, I have always ridden.
I competed a lot as a teenager and in my early twenties, and during my first
couple of years at university continued to ride for other people before being
able to keep my own horses again. I have extensive experience bringing on young
horses and preparing them for re-sale. Since moving to France I have continued
to ride in clubs and to help people with their young horses. I have been lucky
enough to be accepted twice for a course at the Ecole Nationale d’Equitation
under the tutorship of riders from the Cadre Noir.
My other interests include travel, singing, food and reading.