Ralph Mills Curriculum Vitae 4
editing, photography, marketing. Member of the Creative
Industry team of marketing professionals.
and Communications Manager, Ergo Computing UK Ltd, Nottingham
marketing team of three (Marketing Co-ordinator, Web Developer,
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.
Manager, PLATO computer-assisted learning, British Columbia
Learning (Canada), Inc., Vancouver:
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!
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.
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.
much of 1997 I was travelling
in the USA and Canada . On returning to Vancouver I wrote, and carried
out contract research work.
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.
August 1998 I rejoined PLATO Learning (UK) Ltd. as an Account Manager
in the UK.
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.
carried out feature writing commissions.
(Hons) ARCS; Zoology
Imperial College, University of
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.
Buyer Magazine, London printing trade magazine
I-SPY Books, Polystyle Publications, London children's
News, Kent local weekly newspaper
Elsevier/North-Holland Scientific Publishers, Shannon, Eire
scientific learned journals
Communications Department, Dewe Rogerson, London business
magazines, newspapers, annual reports and newsletters for Trafalgar
House, RTZ, BICC, BP, TSB, Department of Transport and others
Science, Faversham Secondary School, Kent
Biology, Central Foundation Girls School, London
Science, Bishop Auckland Technical College, Co. Durham
District #16, Southern Okanagan (now #53, South Okanagan/Similkameen)
research on alternate school and web-based schooling
Communities Initiative, Oliver, B.C. research into health
of small rural community
Music Classical (oboe player)/
Folk (tin whistle player)