Back in the summer I completed the level 4 Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS). It is first stage of a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in Lifelong learning and is required to gain ‘Qualified Teacher, Learning & Skills Status’ in the UK. Not that I’m becoming a teacher but the qualification is required for all teachers to be able to teach in the further education sector in the UK. I thought it would be nice to have on hand for the occasional corporate training I deliver.
For my ‘micro-teach’ I decided to be a little bit different and cover the topic of surviving a zombie apocalypse. Let me know if you think I’d survive…
Applied Trends started as the corporate entity from which I carry out consulting and freelance work. Today I help organisations move to Google Apps to save on IT costs and revamp their business with an improved but simplified toolset.
I also build lead generating websites and manage web marketing and social media campaigns on behalf of clients.
Prior work has included; Training and consultancy in the safe and effective use of Web 2.0 technology. Coordinating the delivery of web based technical solutions revolving around social software. Project management of IT projects.
Customers have included:
Kent County Council, Pfizer, PVRI, GSK, Whatever sa/nv, Unilever, Johnson and Johnson, Profile Development and Training, Enabling UK
I provide consultancy and project management to University schools and faculties on the delivery of web projects.
Overall I’ve spent 10 years in and out of the Pharmaceutical industry as an IT Project Manager. I’ve implemented Phase I numberswiki.com
Management Systems, managed the largest clinical trial database in the industry and even implemented the industry’s very first global wiki.
In 2009 I co-founded ASA Interactive as a collaboration with Profile Development and Training. ASA Interactive work specifically with work-based training providers and internal training departments to design and deliver e-learning and web solutions. My role has been to lead on the strategic technology offering and to plan and execute business development strategies.
Yay, something I love. Along with Drupal, over the years I’ve set-up a number of WordPress sites for small to large businesses.
I’ve been involved with SharePoint projects on and off for a few years including portal development, training, e-learning development and project management. Not my favourite technology to work with but work none the less.
In 2009 I developed a training package called the ‘Smart Web Workshop’. Attendees of this training are mostly small to medium sized local businesses. The Smart Web Workshop helps businesses get to grips with social media, web marketing and some advanced information management.
In 2010 I was asked by Oracle to take part in a research report around Enterprise 2.0. I also sat on a team of Enterprise 2.0 experts for the launch of Oracle’s European Enterprise 2.0 initiatives. The research report can be found here.
In 2009 I was contracted by Kent County Council to develop the Pic and Mix web service and deliver training to local businesses. About Pic and Mix:
- To make publicly available information – things like crime statistics, employment information, business information – more accessible.
- We also wanted to provide tools that would enable people to ‘pic and mix’ data to create customised information.
- And last but not least, we wanted to provide a platform where people could share this information and discuss ways in which it could be used.
I’m proud to have been working with the Knowledge Plaza team since before product launch. I worked with the guys as a lead project manager and consultant from 2008 to 2011. Knowledge Plaza is an enterprise platform for social knowledge sharing and collaboration.
Over the year’s I’ve set-up and customised a number of Drupal sites. By far my favourite CMS along with WordPress (for those who consider WordPress a CMS!).
I often speak at conferences on the topic of Enterprise 2.0 or Social Business Software. This started in 2006 when one of my presentations, Meet Charlie – What is Enterprise 2.0?, went rather viral.