MBA (Liverpool), Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute –
I have business interests in both the UK and in Spain.
U P Publications Ltd now concentrates on the publishing of books – http://www.uppbooks.com – our books are available through all major UK Book Shops and from amazon.co.uk, amazon.com (and through most big online bookstores)
Marina Alta Business Club http://www.mabusinessclub.com supports English Speaking Businesses in the Marina alta Region of Spain – through networking, discussions, talks, sharing information, advertising through our magazines http://www.mabc.biz – meets once a month. In addition to the services that we offer our members, direct, we sponsor the Grapevine International stable of magazines including Javea Grapevine and Lanzarote Grapevine (full colour online 106 pages plus) and Live in Spain Magazine (Glossy, on iPad, iPhone and Android)
Specialties: SME Support, mentoring, promotion, networking and management. Publishing, Editorial, writing, Information research and exchange, website development and applying unlimited enthusiasm to every project undertaken!
Managing Director – U P Publications Ltd
October 2003 – Present
Our primary business is Book Publication. As members of the Independent Publishers Guild and The Publishers’ Association we are pleased to have a mixture of books and some excellent authors writing for us. A selection of our most popular books can be seen at http://www.uppbooks.com.
The company started Wising UP! Magazine in 2003 – Over 10,000 Cambridgeshire readers used to read each issue. For a long while, the website had similar content – B2B and B2C articles – aimed at upskilling, career and Business improvement opportunities, help and advice. The www.wising-up.co.uk website has now been revised and is now the review site for our books and authors and where our catalogues and literary magazines will appear over the next few months
Manager – Marina Alta Business Club SL
February 2006 – Present
Business Networking Club Based in the Marina Alta Region of the North Costa Blanca Spain – supporting English Speaking Businesses in Spain – sponsors ‘Live in Spain’ Magazine and the ‘ Grapevine International’ magazines. www.mabc.biz – you can follow the Grapevine Magazines on www.grapevine.international
Managing Editor – Live in Spain Magazine
July 2013 – Present Spain
Founded by Richard Collins – “Live in Spain” Magazine is a full colour online ‘glossy’ magazine – currently available on iPad, iPhone and Android Platforms. Whether you already Live in Spain or are just researching the concept, you are sure to find something here to whet your appetite or pique your interest! I am delighted to be the editor and thoroughly enjoy collating and sourcing the many photo rich cultural and lifestyle articles we include each issue
Managing Editor – Grapevine Magazines
May 2013 – Present Xabia, Spain
Grapevine International is a growing stable of glossy community magazines online, with Fuengirola, Barcelona and a host of Costa del Sol based magazines coming soon. YOu can listen to a recent podcast interview about me and the magazines here – Javea Grapevine, Jávea’s oldest English Magazine now averages over 100 pages of local community news and articles in full colour online www.javeagrapevine.com – it includes comprehensive local restaurant guides, language hints and local events and articles and is completely free. It is a pleasure to be part of keeping this popular magazine at the heart of the community. Lanzarote Grapevine Magazine started in the Summer of 2014 (www.lanzarotegrapevine.com). Barcelona Grapevine Magazine Launched soon after (www.barcelonagrapevine.com).
Chairman – Conservatives Abroad, Javea
April 2012 – February 2014 and February 2015 to date
Offering an information conduit for UK Citizens living and working in this area of Spain. Working with members and the Committee to provide interesting social and fund-raising activities.
Company Manager – The Learning Centre Ltd
2001 – 2003
Responsible to the Board of Directors, my work included strategy, overview, sales, customer service, HR policies, face to face and e-training, company management, regional networking, public speaking, committee work, marketing and associated leaflet/web/graphic design. I was brought into the failing business as a Change Manager. My over-arching achievement was to take the Company through three major accreditations in my first eighteen months (IiP, SFEDI and Guidance Accreditation Board – now MATRIX) and, in the process, to persuade Peterborough City Council to bring the company’s business and its staff into the Council under TUPE.
CDR Co-ordinator (plus Social Services Webmaster) – Peterborough City Council
January 2000 – October 2001
Employed to set up a Voluntary Register of Children With Disabilities in Peterborough – the job involved considerable inter-service co-ordination and the development and maintenance of several Steering Committees. One of my greatest achievements in this post was making such an impact that I was invited to stay on several committees for a further year, in an advisory capacity. Another was being able to work with the Area Child Protection Committee, creating one of the first regional ACPC websites in the UK and through their sponsorship creating a full Directory of Local and National Services, Sports and Leisure and Support groups and mechanisms for families with Children with disabilities. I designed, set up and maintained a 170 page website for Social services and developed various publications
Customer Service Manager – DSG Retail Manager (DSG International plc)
January 1994 – 2000
Various posts – I started in Sales and Business Account Management but on completing in-house management exams, became Customer Service Manager and managed the Technical and Customer Service departments in various multi-million turnover PC World Superstores. Having worked in Peterborough, Nottingham, Sheffield and Lincoln and also been involved in the delivery of training programmes to staff and customers, I left primarily because I became unhappy with Customer Service Policy changes and trends within the company. Two years after I left, the business was restructured and the separate management of Customer Service and Technical departments within stores was discontinued.
1979 – 1995
With a husband in the RAF and constantly on the move, I ran a variety of small franchises – using and building expertise in DTP, management, networking and sales. I organised exhibitions, edited small circulation magazines, learned stock control, marketing, public speaking and accounting as well as the various key IT skills and company management skills I used to re-launch my career on return to the UK in 1989. I owned and ran an Antiques Business for over 13 years and in 1992 started a small Desk Top Publishing business specialising in the support of new SMEs. Innovative (and niche filling) it was successful, but ‘of its time’. The cost of the equipment and software required to keep the product ahead of that made by amateur DTP enthusiasts was prohibitive and the opening of a local Computer Superstore in 1994 made it strategically more sound to join and grow with the opposition than to fight it!
Liverpool University – MBA – SME Business Management
2003 – 2006
If you wish to write an article for any of our online magazines Live in Spain Magazine, Javea Grapevine and the new Brands that we are bringing online during 2014 or want to express an interest in the Marina Alta Business Club or in publishing, then I will be delighted to hear from you. Please use the Contact Form and leave your details and the nature of your enquiry. Thank you
Additional Info – I write, design, create, am a keen photographer and an even better image manipulator. Oddly all have been useful skills – from advertising and graphic design to creating magazines or websites, managing businesses and advising on Change Management.