Experience & Achievements

Eco Freelance Support

Delivering Eco Freelance Support services to clients in Ireland and Europe.  Commenced collaboration with venue Conscious Earth Healing Retreats June 2018 to firmly establish the venue in the wellness field in Algarve, Portugal.

Project, Venue & Event Management, Web & Business Development    |    October 2017 to present


Co-Founder:  Eco Freelance Support

Project managed Gold Certified Ecotourism venue, Crann Og Eco Farm. Authored applications attaining Gold certification from Ecotourism Ireland and greatly enhanced internet presence, revenue, image/brand, customer satisfaction, collaborations, guest experiences, packages and products.  Supported owners in developing new aspects to the project and their professional development.  Refined ecotourism experience, managed venue and hosted third party events, including international organisations.  Professional content creation for digital and print media in Ireland and abroad.  Renovations, maintenance and eco building.

Project & Change Management, Venue & Event Management, Web Development    |    December 2015 to October 2017


Resident Manager:  Crann Og Eco Farm, Ireland

Managed ecotourism business and third party hosted events.  Steered venue to Gold Certification by Ecotourism Ireland and increased tourism trade and revenue.  Recommended and conducted changes and enhancements to venue and marketing.  Building and renovations and contributed to daily operation of ecofarm and intentional community.

Manager, Community Member    |    September 2014 to December 2015


Staff:  Gyreum Ecolodge, Ireland

Commenced as volunteer then became staff member.  Eco building, renovations and refurbishments.  Assisted event hosting and catering. hospitality and customer satisfaction.  Supervisor for practical components of Erasmus and Da Vinci Intern 3 month residential programs.  Massage therapist for residential yoga retreats.  Member of Gyreum team for making of Ireland’s TG4 documentary about WWOOFing and volunteering, featuring the Gyreum as the first stop in a pan European adventure.

Volunteer, Staff, Eco Builder, Foreman, Hospitality, Masseur    |    November 2011 to March 2014


Project Manager:  Moulin Du Trou, France

Conversion of agricultural hangar and attached stone houses into a modern, stylish gite and home complex. Managed project, sub-contractors and completed extensive buildling and renovation works, interior and exterior, to a high standard.

Project Manager, Builder    |    January 2009 to January 2011


Freelance Builder & Renovator:  France & Holland

Various building and structural renovation projects, including two new build houses.

Builder, Carpenter    |    2008


Freelance Builder, Hospitality Business Operator:  France

Various building and renovation projects, one of the highlights being La Maison de la Riviere, completion of refurbishment of 1860’s Maison de Maître to a guesthouse retaining original ‘art nouveau’ features. Established a B & B business in La Maison, authored website content and marketed the sale of the property for the owner.

Builder, B&B operator   2004 to 2007


Foreman:  Chateau de Saint Ferriol, France

Renovation of a 16th – 18th century castle and three adjoining cottages. Renovations and refurbishments using traditional techniques and materials, which I learned on site. Completed works on all parts of the project and brought innovative solutions to a range of logistical problems. Assisted in converting two cottages to holiday rental properties, conducted a range of both preparatory and finish work on the castle. Devised schedules and forecasts for future works on the castle and third cottage, prepared designs and reports for the Batiment de France (preservation authority).

Foreman, Builder, Carpenter    |    2002 to 2004


Therapist, Workshop Leader:  Medicine Wheel Clinic, Australia

Massage and reflexology therapist, and workshop group leader. Assisted owner in management of clinic and rationalise business.

Reflexologist, Masseur, Group Leader, Management   |    2000 to 2001


Physical Therapist:  Freelance & Tactile Regeneration Pty Ltd, Australia

Soft tissue therapist locum in private nursing home and freelance physical therapist with home and mobile service.

Reflexologist, Masseur    |    2000


Director & Consultant:  Eco Management Systems, Australia

Regulator liaison regarding land tenure, environmental and cultural issues. Liaison with Aboriginal Claimant Groups in archaeological and ethnographic surveys for mining project expansions. Annual environmental reports, notices of intent, environmental management systems, care and maintenance plans.  Design, costing and management of land reclamation programs. Operational and infrastructure design incorporating environmental, archaeological and ethnographic sites. Environmental monitoring programs across all aspects of mining and exploration operations. Management of multi-disciplinary teams of consultants.

Project Management, Environmental Management Systems, Stakeholder Liaison    |    1998 – 2000


Environmental Coordinator: Australian Resouces, Australia

Developed corporate and site environmental policies. Site environmental auditing and reporting.  Training and supervision of environmental staff. Mine decommissioning schedules, budgets and Unconditional Performance Bond (UPB) reduction strategies. Stake-holder group liaison including regional landowners, local government and Aboriginal Claimant Groups. Coordination of Notices of Intent for mining extensions and new mining developments. Scheduling, costing and management of mine site reclamation, dewatering and environmental monitoring.

Project Management, Environmental Management Systems    |    1997 – 1998


Environmental Manager:  Arimco Mining Pty Ltd, Australia

Open cut and underground mine dewatering, mine site reclamation, environmental monitoring, project extensions and mine decommissioning. Mine site and exploration revegetation schedules and management. Notice of Intent studies for mining extensions. Supervision of specialist consultants conducting archaeological, ethnographic, flora, fauna and hydrogeological surveys. Liaison with stakeholder groups.  Environmentally sensitive infrastructure design.

Environmental monitoring including ground and potable waters, soil and revegetation.   Ventilation manager for airborne contaminants, such as asbestos, silica and lead, in surface and underground mining, haulage, laboratory and milling. Statutory reporting to regulators on ground water extraction, land disturbance and reclamation. Site awarded the Department of Minerals and Energy Western Australia (DME) Environmental Excellence Award 1995 in the Mineral Operations Sector. Site awarded a DME Certificate of Merit for Environmental Management 1997.

Environmental Management, Land Reclamation     |    1994 – 1997


Senior Mining Technician:  Arimco Mining Pty Ltd, Australia

Crew Supervision. Pit dewatering program monitoring. Mine site revegetation coordination. Mining production data collation and reporting. Open pit ventilation technician. Supervise small scale mining contractors at remote operations. Statutory reporting to Government departments on ground water usage, land clearing, rehabilitation and ventilation monitoring. Occupational Health and Safety Representative for all mining operations.

Mining, Land Reclamation, Ventilation, Safety     |    1990 – 1994


Mineral Exploration:  Arimco Mining Pty Ltd,  1988 – 1990

Covering all aspects of modern mineral exploration for gold and base metals, often living in very remote locations and severe climatic conditions.

Field Crew      |    1988 – 1990


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