about me

professional info

January 2009 - present

Freelance - Desktop publishing, proofreading, WiX website designer, virtual assistant, social media management

Work includes designing research templates, layout and proofreading of investor reports and presentations, editing and proofreading government tenders and proposals, layout and design and proofreading of accounting textbooks (from concept to final print), converting accounting textbooks into e-learning modules for internet access, annual/ interim results presentations, designing and maintaining websites using WiX, training potential new DTP staff, formatting high-end proposals, creating stylesheets and proofreading standards, setting up social media accounts and managing them, e-publishing books on Kindle and assisting clients telephonically.

I also sometimes teach English online to speakers of other languages.

Free Food* Diner & Takeaway: Responsible for all design, the creation and maintenance of website and social media accounts, maintenance of POS system, and day-to-day virtual assistance (telephone, email and TeamViewer). When I am in Johannesburg, I also take orders and serve customers when I am at Free Food* as well as stand in when the owner needs to run errands.

Packages used: Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Visio), InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro, TeamViewer, SmartTrade POS, Yoco POS, Social Media (Facebook, Instagram), Skype

skills

​Microsoft Word

Microsoft Powerpoint

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Visio

(Power User of all the above)

Microsoft Office training

Adobe CS (Basic-Intermediate)

Adobe Acrobat Pro (Advanced)

Mindful editing

Proofreading

WiX website designer

TEFL/TESOL qualified teacher

On-line English teacher

languages

English

work experience

2010 - present

Part-Time, Contract, Freelance, Retainer

​2009 - present

​Work includes designing research templates, editing and proofreading government tenders and proposals, layout and design and proofreading of accounting textbooks and investment banking research documents (from concept to final print), converting accounting textbooks into e-learning modules for internet access (using MS Powerpoint and Articulate Engage), annual/interim results presentations, redrawing maps and diagrams (either in MS Powerpoint or Adobe Illustrator), drawing basic and intensive organograms (in MS Visio), and training new DTP staff/personal assistants.
Teaching English to speakers of other languages.

2010 - present

Deutsche Securities (Pty) Ltd (Deutsche Bank)

August 1996 - December 2008

PC Based – Microsoft Word, Excel & Powerpoint, Visio
Financial Packages – I-Net Bridge, Bloomberg, DB Value Guide, Datastream
Worked with 16 Top 5 Analysts in the Equities Research team (Industrials, Financials, Strategy, Economics and Quantitative). Publications, Presentations, Visit Notes, Internet Administration including submitting research to Bloomberg, FirstCall and I/B/E/S. Design document templates, product support, help Editor supervise junior DTP staff, train junior DTP staff. Edit and proofread publications and presentations. Liaise with Compliance.

Pastel Software (Pty) Ltd (now Softline)
December 1990 - July 1996

PC Based – Microsoft Word, Doc-To-Help, Paint Shop Pro, Corel Ventura, CorelDraw, Perform, Pagemaker
Handled all in-house design and layout of software and training manuals, product brochures, leaflets, newsletters, logo design and price lists, from conceptualisation to repro and printing. Converted product manuals into on-line Help files. Compiled indexes for all software manuals. Trained and supported staff on Microsoft Word and Doc-To-Help. Rewrote all departmental procedures and maintained in-house procedure manual. Maintained Pastel’s Home Page on the internet.

Galley Publishing Systems
January 1989 - May 1990

PC Based – Ventura, Pagemaker and CorelDraw
Worked under the guidance of Charl Durand learning design and layout of Which? Publications and desktop publishing principles. Also designed letterheads, business cards, invitations, menus and brochures for other bureau clients.

education
Townsend Girls High School, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

1981 - 1987

1985 - GCE Ordinary Level (UK)
English, French, Mathematics, Geography, History, Physics & Chemistry, Biology


1986 - GCE Advanced Level (UK)
English, French and History (Did not write examinations as parents relocated)


Extracurricular activities
1981-1985
Member of the school Choir


1982
Won an award for the Best Student of the English Language


1984
Member of the school Basketball Team


1984
Member of the school Computer Team
Wrote programs in BASIC aimed to help students learn the French language


1985-1986
Member of the school Toastmasters Club


1986
Bulawayo Junior City Council
Held the position of Public Relations Officer
Main duties included liaising with the media, fund-raising, organising the Miss Teen Queen competition and representing the youth