Ralph Mills Curriculum Vitae — 4

Present occupation

Director, ConBrio Associates
Writing, editing, photography, marketing. Member of the Creative Industry team of marketing professionals.
Recent employment

Marketing and Communications Manager, Ergo Computing UK Ltd, Nottingham
Managed marketing team of three (Marketing Co-ordinator, Web Developer, Events Co-ordinator).
I performed the hands-on duties of a marketing executive in a medium-sized IT manufacturing company. The company had a strict self-sufficiency policy, with the majority of marketing activities being carried out in-house, with no use of external creative, PR or advertising agencies and limited use of external printers. The position involved a considerable amount of practical activity, especially copy-writing, graphics, case studies, desktop publishing, layout and design, sales support, printing production control, photography, image manipulation, exhibition stand design and creation, presentation design etc.
Account Manager, PLATO computer-assisted learning, British Columbia
TRO Learning (Canada), Inc., Vancouver:
In my three years with TRO Learning in Vancouver I not only significantly increased the B.C. client base and achieved my sales quotas, but rose to be number two in the company in percentage of quota sold. All this with no previous experience in sales!
PLATO Learning Inc. is a Minneapolis-based company that develops and markets PLATO software to schools, colleges, First Nations, community-based organisations and the workplace . The company has moved strongly into the Internet to provide the first "real" high-quality computer-assisted courseware provided through this medium.
I expanded the use of PLATO in schools and school districts throughout British Columbia, and established its use in province-wide Community Skills Centres. I also set up the first workplace learning centres in lumber and other companies. I added PLATO to the resources of B.C.'s much-respected Open Learning Agency, and initialised negotiations with BCTel (PLATO courseware is to be included in its Sympatico Internet schoolroom). I also created Canadian PLATO, a country-wide newsletter for clients and prospects.
For much of 1997 I was travelling in the USA and Canada . On returning to Vancouver I wrote, and carried out contract research work.
Virtual schooling
My next research project was for School District No. 53 (Okanagan Similkameen), researching the feasibility of creating an electronic, Internet-based school for students learning at home.
In Britain
In August 1998 I rejoined PLATO Learning (UK) Ltd. as an Account Manager in the UK.
Freelance Web Development
I resigned from PLATO Learning in April 2000 to focus on freelance communications work. My first contract was to build a large-scale web site for Cranford Community College.
Freelance Writing
I carried out feature writing commissions.

B.Sc. (Hons) ARCS; Zoology
Imperial College, University of London


Since first volunteering as a schoolboy on the excavation of a medieval manor house, I have worked on enough rescue excavations to have lost count, all over Britain. I have been employed by the UK Ministry of Works, the Department of the Environment, English Heritage, The National Trust, the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit and other field archaeology organisations such as the Hertfordshire Archaeology Trust. I have been involved in excavation, direction and supervision of staff and volunteers, training, public relations, surveying, recording of features and artifacts, illustration, conservation and publication.

Staff Writer:
Print Buyer Magazine, London — printing trade magazine
I-SPY Books, Polystyle Publications, London — children's books
District Editor:
Faversham News, Kent — local weekly newspaper
Copy Editor:
Elsevier/North-Holland Scientific Publishers, Shannon, Eire — scientific learned journals
Corporate Communications Department, Dewe Rogerson, London — business magazines, newspapers, annual reports and newsletters for Trafalgar House, RTZ, BICC, BP, TSB, Department of Transport and others

Other employment
Maths/General Science, Faversham Secondary School, Kent
Human Biology, Central Foundation Girls School, London
Hairdressing Science, Bishop Auckland Technical College, Co. Durham
School District #16, Southern Okanagan (now #53, South Okanagan/Similkameen) — research on alternate school and web-based schooling
Healthy Communities Initiative, Oliver, B.C. — research into health of small rural community

Hiking/cycle touring
Music — Classical (oboe player)/ Folk (tin whistle player)
Industrial archaeology