Karen Wells, BSc Horticulture

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Karen Wells, BSc Horticulture
Profi le
After graduating from Writtle College with a BSc in Horticulture, Karen & her
business partner ran Mulberry Landscapes, a garden design & landscaping business,
for three years. In 1996 Karen sidestepped into web & graphic design - ever since
she has been working wonders in the education, commercial & charity sectors,
including the University of Cambridge & the NHS.
A voluntary director of Saffron Walden Community Interest Company
(experienced in the world of corporate identity, marketing, social media, content
creation & SEO), in January 2011 Karen branded Walden Local Food & created a
smart new website. Since then she has been implementing a content led marketing
strategy, which includes writing for The Herts & Essex Observer. Through books,
observation & experimentation, Karen has honed her food styling, creative culinary
& photography skills, publishing a series of mouth-watering recipes on the WLF
website. In recent months turnover has increased fourfold.
Employment history
Freelance graphic/web designer, self employed: Tingri [2010 - now]
Design, HTML, CSS, SEO & the art of content led marketing & social media (www.tingri.co.uk).
Director: Saffron Walden Community Interest Company/Walden Local Food [2008 - now]
Established, branded & marketed community enterprise selling locally grown produce. Content
led marketing strategy including articles on local events, food & people, plus foraging series for
the Herts & Essex Observer. Press releases/content for local newspapers & magazines including
Essex Life & Mwaah! Self taught food styling & photography for series of own published recipes
(www.waldenlocalfood.co.uk).
Designer: Rawgarden/Boonproducts [2010 - 2011]
Immersed in web/graphic design, marketing, SEO, content creation, Google Analytics & social me-
dia within online sales of garden products. Ten CMS driven ecommerce websites with PHP/SQL
developer. Eye-catching package design for fi repit range (rawgarden.co.uk/boonproducts.co.uk).
Shop manager: Fulbourn Manor Florists (Burwash Manor branch) [2009]
A day in the life of a lone fl orist - opening the shop, using eye for colour & balance to create
bespoke bouquets & provide excellent customer service, closing the shop & cashing up.
Designer: Lente [2008 - now]
Making curious felt items & art works from a range of natural materials (www.lente.co.uk).
Graphic/web designer, festival organisation team member: Akashi Project [July - Oct 2007]
Fusion of art, music, dance & food to celebrate ideas for challenging climate change.
Graphic/web designer: Histopathology Training Schools/ECRIC (NHS) [2006 - 2007]
Styling & populating PathNet (CMS driven OLE ). Corporate styling & annual report.
Learning Technologist (Design): CBCU/CARET (NHS/UCAM) [2004 - 2006]
Tackling the design & usability issues within the clinical students CMS driven online learning
environment (ERWeb), plus teaching (group/1-to-1) medical staff system maintenance. Designing/
skinning other websites & producing supporting educational & publicity materials.
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Employment history (continued)
Design & Communication Team Leader: CARET (UCAM) [2003 - 2004]
Coordinating a team of fi ve who created & implemented the house brand, promoting the face
of CARET both internally & externally. Creating project identities & contributing design skills to
teams developing projects such as rEvolution, Medieval Imaginations, Transferable Skills & w4b.
Educational Resources Coordinator: CBCU (NHS) [1997 - 2003]
Originated CARET/CBCU brand for web/paper based teaching & promotional material
(including large format, smartcards, posters, leafl ets). Cultivated CALReviews website & helped
to mould ERWeb (both ASP) alongside the creation of further websites, touchscreen applications,
database user interfaces & ‘wedgets’.
Electronic Publishing Assistant: Elsevier Science [1997 - 1998]
Checking scientifi c journal fi gures/SGML conversion accuracy for Science Direct, meeting
deadlines with the Electronic Publishing team & liaising with outsourced graphic illustrators.
Information Manager: University of Cambridge PGMDE (NHS/UCAM) [1996 - 1997]
Database management & pioneered PGMDE & Specialist Registrar Recruitment Unit websites.
Garden Designer (self employed): Mulberry Landscapes [1993 - 1996]
From hand drawn, cost effective designs to concept communication to clients, suppliers &
sub-contractors. Part of the landscaping team & ran nursery. Created the business brand &
marketing material. Member of the team for the Princes Youth Business Trust garden, Hampton
Court Flower Show 1992.
Placement Student: Landscape Architecture Department, Dudley MBC [1991 - 1992]
Landscape designs for public areas, liaising with clients/contractors. Included time as a warden,
(Wren’s Nest NNR), fl oral decorator & gardener (Birmingham Botanic Gardens & NCCPG
ceanothus, penstemon & gladioli collections at Wollescote Hall).
Qualifi cations
TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) - i-to-i [2006]
BSc Horticulture (distinction) - Hertfordshire University/Writtle College [1993]
A Levels - Biology, Chemistry, English Literature, Psychology [1989]
O Levels/GSCEs - Maths, Biology, Chemistry, German, Geography, Art, Fabric Design, English
Language & Literature [1987]
Graded Tests - French & German, levels I & II
Skills & experience
• Ceaselessly creative spark - lit & raring to go
• Experienced in HTML, CSS & CMS - happy to twiddle with JQUERY & around other code
• Social media for businesses - Twitter, Facebook, email campaigns, blogging & journalism
• Content creation & marketing marvel - from newspaper/magazine articles to tweets, from
keyword rich SEO copy to slogans
• Practiced in the art branding, including a wide array logo designs
• Eye for detail & accuracy proven throughout work history
• Team player & highly motivated individual who enjoys working with people & the public
• Ability to work within a budget & balance quality with cost
• Experience of large & small business cultures in commercial, charity & academic environments
• Inspired & driven personality - friendly, approachable manner & sharp sense of humour
• Proven organisational skills to initiate, manage & complete projects to a deadline
• Competent user of a broad range of design media, software & hardware
• Excellent verbal communication skills developed through client liaison & teaching
• Creation of print ready fi les & printer liaison
• Not too shabby when it comes to photography
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Training & courses
IT: SEO, CSS, HTML, Accessibility, Fundamentals of art & design, typography & software
listed below. Cambridge Wordfest: Life writing. Enterprising Women: Marketing on a
shoestring. Bushcraft Magazine: Woodland fungal foray. Neals Yard: Vegetarian nutrition,
aromatherapy. Cambridge Botanic Gardens: Tree & grass identifi cation. WoadInc:
Natural plant dyes. Spiral Seed: Permaculture. Love Food Hate Waste: Sustainable
cookery at Cambridge Cookery School. Various creative courses: Felting, paper making,
ceramics, pottery, photography.
Software (MAC & PC)
Adobe: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Fireworks. Microsoft Offi ce.
WordPress
Personal pursuits
Waist deep in creativity: Felt making, photography, culinary creations
Stop becoming chair shaped: Pilates, gardening, yoga
Promoting local food production: Voluntary director, Saffron Walden Community Interest
Company
Consultancy
Web & graphic design. For portfolio see: www.tingri.co.uk
Achievements
Series of six articles on foraging & one covering nettles for the Herts & Essex Observer [2011]
The mog blog, a month in the life of a cat - www.singingadifferenttuna.com [2010]
Oxfam walk, 12 miles [2009]
Kennel Club good citizen dog scheme - puppy socialisation award; bronze & silver awards [2008]
Oxfam walk, 9 miles [2008]
Three month adventure trip including Everest Base Camp Trek [2007]
Race for Life, raising nearly £400 - www.raceforlife.org [2006]
Ashdon 3k run [2006]
Created balanced living website - www.greenbamboo.org.uk [2005]
‘Ran-a-mile’, raising over £450 - www.sportrelief.com [2004]
Designed/created Jubilee Garden For Addenbrookes Hospital [2003]
Contact
Email: karentingri.co.uk Twitter: sanguisorba Web: www.tingri.co.uk
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