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I have recently graduated with a First Class Honours Degree from The University of Bolton studying for a BDes Special Effects Development. I am very passionate about all fields of Special Effects and hope to continue my success at university in a working environment. My passion for this industry gives me the drive to apply myself to any task assigned to me to the best of my capabilities. I consider myself to be a friendly and approachable person, I am able to work in a team as well as in any individual roles. I am very pro-active in self-development, and in the absence of a line manager, I have more than enough initiative to keep myself busy with productive tasks.

 
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THE UNIVERSITY OF BOLTON | 2009-2011

BDes Special Effects Development.

Graduated with Honours, First Class

THE SHEFFIELD COLLEGE | 2001-2003

BTEC HND Multimedia Design.

Graduated with a Merit Award

ROTHERHAM COLLEGE OF ARTS & TECHNOLOGY (RCAT) | 1999-2001

BTEC National Diploma Graphic Design.

Graduated with a Merit+ Award

WICKERSLEY COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL | 1994-1999

Eight GCSE's Grade C and Above Including English & Maths).

 
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Claims Assessor, Aviva Health UK Ltd. Sheffield S6 3BR | Mar 2013 - Present

During a recent internal restructuring of the Aviva business, of which Asprea was a sister company, the department that i worked in was made redundant due to duplication of roles within the business. I was successfully transferred into Health Insurance team and now reaching the end of my training as a claims assessor. The main duty of this role is to gather details of symptoms or conditions and explore the history in order to validate the policy holders claim.

Operations Support, Asprea, Sheffield, S11 8JJ | Nov 2011 - Mar 2013

In this role i was working on the Operations Support Team within Asprea, a buildings insurance claim management company working on behalf of Aviva insurance. Main duties involved arranging visits for building surveyors to visit customers properties to assess and validate their insurance claims..

Customer Service Advisor, Capita, Sheffield | Oct 2011 - Nov 2011

Worked as a customer service and sales advisor on the Marks & Spencer contract for a short period of time. I was unable to stay in this position due to limited time on the contract and was offered a permanent position at Asprea.

Warehouse Operative, Unipart Rail, Doncaster | July 2011 - October 2011

I have worked here since graduating from University. The post is temporary through the recruitment agency, Adecco. My daily duties involve receiving parts from the external suppliers and book them into the depots database as well as keeping the work area free from discarded packaging to meet the strict Health & Safety regulations.

CASE NOTE FACILITATOR, NHS TRUST, ROTHERHAM DISTRICT GENERAL HOSPITAL | July 2010 - Sept 2010

This was a temporary position through the recruitment agency, Adecco. A typical day as a case note facilitator would involve preparing patient files for their appointments with the doctors throughout the hospital, ensuring that the physician has all the information available to them. Due to the nature of this work, the Data Protections Act plays a big part in the office and thorough training was provided. Professionalism is crucial when dealing with doctors, secretaries and most importantly, the patients.

HELP DESK OPERATOR, FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, CARILLION, ROTHERHAM. 2005-2009

This role involved maintaining internal and external properties of HSBC Banks in the UK. My main duties were call handling and dealing with requests from clients in branches, head offices and tenanted areas. The head offices have engineers based on site, I have to ensure jobs are attended & completed within agreed timescales, dealing with both internal and external contractors. I also play a big part in dealing with calls from HSBC tenants, letting agents, landlords and estates managers depending on the building they are calling from. These properties tended to be high priority buildings including residential and commercial. My role was to ensure excellent customer service to our client, acting promptly and professionally to get their issues resolved with minimum fuss and meeting critical service level agreement (SLA) timescales, I also had to carry out client satisfaction inspections to maintain the standards of service provided to the client.

TEAM LEADER OF COLLECTION DRIVERS, INITIAL CITY LINK, ROTHERHAM. 2004-2005

Collecting parcels from companies in the South Yorkshire area, to be redirected to their destination. My responsibilities in the Team Leader role included managing the team, their collection route, and ensuring they were on schedule and back in time for the main distribution of parcels from the depot to Initial City Link depots across the UK.

FLARE BARTENDER/BAR SUPERVISOR, BEACH NIGHTCLUB, ROTHERHAM. 2001-2004

In my 3 years with Ultimate Leisure (Owners of Beach Nightclub) I progressed from glass collector through to bar supervisor/cellar supervisor in 2 years. My Responsibilities as a bar supervisor entailed cash management, stock control, bar staff management, ensuring a high standard of hygiene on and around the bar. Staff training was also a key part of the role to ensure that the all staff worked to the same standard including entertaining the clientele with bar tricks, Flair Bartending and generally having a good time. As the cellar supervisor, my responsibilities were similar, with additional stock control duties (placing orders with suppliers). I was also trained to handle hazardous materials for beer line cleaning.


 
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ZOMCO: WASTE MANAGEMENT & BODY DISPOSAL

I was approached by a lecturer of the course, to provide and apply some 3D transfers on some actors for a Zombie Mockumentary short film in production at Salford University. Having created the appliances using gelatin and Bondo, I spent the day on set with a team of makeup artists applying the prosthetic pieces.

“SECRET THOUGHTS”

During my studies, my lecturer approached the students with a live brief from the production manager of the Octagon Theatre. The task was to design and build a radio controlled robot for their stage production of “Secret Thoughts”. Another students concept was chosen and I volunteered to assist with the build of the robot. My responsibilities in this task involved re configuring a radio controlled car to house an additional servo to rotate the top of the robot, fitting external power switches to the new body, and constructing the lens housing for the front of the robot.

SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER

Due to the success of the team building the robot, the production manager approached me to make some prop pie cases for their new production of “Sweeny Todd”. I had to make thirty pie crusts from vacuum formed plastic to fit on an existing dish. The production manager was very happy with the results, and I was credited in the program of the show.

FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND “SIXTEEN” MUSIC VIDEO

I was approached by a graduate of the Special Effects course to assist him on the set of the new music video for the band Funeral For A Friend. Our task was to turn clear plastic corrugated sheets into an old rusted tin shack roof. The production company Sitcom Soldiers, were more than impressed with our finished product and invited me to stay on set to help control the lighting during the shoot. This experience I found to be invaluable, taking the leap from a university project to working at Panalux Studios with a professional team.

 
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Manual Skills

GRP Laminating
Woodworking (Powered & Hand Tools)
Working to Technical Drawings
Painting & Finishing of models
Airbrush Painting

Software Proficiencies

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Explosives Awareness Course

Completed during my studies at University. The two day course gave me an introduction to the use of pyrotechnics and explosives in TV & Film.

First Aid Certificate

This one day training course was completed in April 2011and focused on First Aid administration in places 'off the beaten track' for outdoor adventurers

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