Curriculum Vitae

Seeking an opportunity to use my energy, enthusiasm and communication skills to help a progressive organisation  


Bachelor of Arts English major (3.7 GPA). Massey University, New Zealand. 2014. 
Writing and communication papers include:
Feature Writing, Health Writing, Advanced Creative Writing, Life Writing, Speech Writing, Travel Writing, Editing & Publishing, Investigative Journalism, Professional & E-Business Writing, Business Communication.

Sports Massage Therapy Diploma (Distinction). London School of Sports Massage.
Montessori Early Years Education Diploma (Distinction). London School of Modern Montessori.
Cambridge GCSE ‘A’ levels: English (A), History (B), French (B). Goffs Grammar School, Hertfordshire, UK.

Employment History

Volunteer Pin badge fundraiser, Norfolk. Part-time.December 2017-present. RSPB, Eastern England.
Volunteer Little Tern Warden.
Part-time.June2017-August 2017. RSPB, East Norfolk.
Freelance Writer. 2015-present. Home-based for UK and international clients.
Website: Blog:  Contributor: Medium  
FB: Twitter: @TracyBrighten1  

Return to UK, 2016.
Chocolate Shop/Café Co-owner and Co-manager. Full-time. March 2010-May 2016.
Theobroma Chocolate Lounge, Palmerston North, New Zealand.
University Student. Part-time. 2008-2012. Full-time. Feb 2013-Nov 2014.  
Contract Computer Analyst /Programmer. Part-time. 2005-2006.
Progressive Enterprises Ltd., Auckland, New Zealand.
Emigration to New Zealand, 2004.
Assignment Marker. Part-time. 2003.
London School of Sports Massage, UK.
Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist. Full-time. 2001-2003. 
Self-employed, Bedfordshire, UK.
Contract Computer Analyst/Programmer. Part-time. 1998-1999.
Computer Corporation of America, Slough, Berkshire, UK.
Montessori Early Years Education Assistant. Part-time. 1993-1994.
Little Cheverells Montessori, Markyate, Hertfordshire, UK.
Volunteer Young Athletes Coach. 2001-2003.
Bedford Athletics Club, Bedfordshire, UK.
Volunteer Parent Fundraiser. 1995-1999.
Firs Lower School Parent Teachers Association, Bedfordshire, UK.
Contract Computer Analyst/Programmer. Full-time. 1987-1990.
Thames Television. Reuters. Shell Oil, UK.
Computer Analyst/Programmer. Full-time. 1980-1987.
Thomson Holidays. United Dominions Trust. Tesco Stores PLC, UK.


Fish Publishing Short Memoir Prize 2016: short-listed with ‘Happy as a Pig’.
Massey Extramural Scholarship recipient, 2014.
Massey Top Extramural Student in Business Communication, 2014.
Massey Certificate of Excellence in Extramural Professional & E-Business Writing, 2014.
Massey Top Extramural Student in Investigative Reporting, 2013.
Massey Top Extramural Student in Speech Writing, 2013.
Massey Pro-chancellor’s Extramural Speech Writing Award, 2013.
British Masters Athletics Federation Track & Field Championships, 2000: W35 400m winner.
Member of Great Britain athletics team (4x400m relay), 1984 Olympic Games, Los Angeles.

Written Communication Experience

  • News and feature writing. Researching and writing on health, nature, education, and sustainable living
  • Blogging. News, features, personal essays and opinion posts for clients, my blog and Medium
  • Science writing. Communicating scientific research in clear, concise, easy-to-understand language
  • Creative writing. Short stories and poetry
  • Creative non-fiction. Travel, health and wildlife stories, speeches, and memoir
  • Academic writing. Expository, analytical and argumentative essays
  • Business writing. E-mails, memos, letters and reports
  • Revising, editing & proofreading. Editing client projects for relevance, clarity and accuracy. Proofreading son’s university Honours thesis and daughter’s Master’s thesis
  • Social media. Facebook and Twitter posts related to wildlife, animal welfare, and health stories and news
  • Digital marketing. Using SEO, content marketing, and social media marketing to promote my writing and editing business
  • Forum discussion. Online forum posts using language and tone for effective communication
  • E-mail. External communication with café franchisor, retail centre management, suppliers and customers in café management role. Internal communication with café staff members
  • Work plans. Business plan, study plans, I.T. system test plans, massage treatment plans

Oral Communication Experience

  • Customer service. Engage in friendly, attentive and respectful communication. Accept feedback and find acceptable solutions and improvements. Aim to exceed client expectations. 
  • Franchise inspection. Listen to inspection feedback and effectively communicate operational issues
  • Staff performance. Praise staff members as appropriate, correcting poor performance privately 
  • Sports massage treatment. Inform client of problem, treatment and rehabilitation with sensitivity and clarity

Research Experience

  • News and features for news websites. Research on health, nature, education and animal welfare
  • Blog posts and long-form articles for clients. Research on health, green living and education
  • Undergraduate study. Research on English literature, Western philosophy, wildlife conservation and mental health. Synthesise large volumes of information into a coherent summary with accurate referencing
  • Immigration to NZ. Extensive online research on immigration requirements including visas, health, MAFF regulations, as well as where to live in Auckland based on schooling, employment and facilities
  • House build. Sourcing products related to kitchen, bathrooms and landscaping
  • Franchise business purchase. Research the franchise process as well as individual franchises

Business & Management Experience

  • Problem solving. Resolve customer queries, product damage, franchisor and staff performance issues, looking for positive and co-operative solutions for a win-win result. Massage client diagnosis/ treatment plan
  • Planning & organising. Plan food menu, new products, weekly specials, stock rotation, ordering
  • Recruiting & training. Arrange job advertisements, interviews, trials, training 
  • Rostering. Plan for staff, public, and school holidays, and local events that affect trade
  • Merchandising. Source, price and display products, with attention to seasonal demands
  • Marketing. Promote new café products, specials and seasonal products in-store and on Facebook. Promote blog posts and related news on Facebook and Twitter

Computer Experience

  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Word to create documents such as letters, reports and assignments
  • Familiar with Excel to create spreadsheets for retail product prices, work plans and rosters
  • Proficient in the use of search engines for research purposes
  • Understand computer programming processes, including logic, coding and testing