Jessica Sims

Strategic Initiatives Coordinator, Management Division

+44 (0)113 343 0704
+44 (0)113 343 2635
Professional, Management, Staff, Workplace Behaviour Research Centre (WBRC), Research Centres, Divisions
2.07 Charles Thackrah

MA, Kingston University in partnership with the Design Museum
BA (Hons), Northumbria University

As Strategic Initiatives Coordinator for the Management Division, I am piloting a new programme as a spin-off to Leaders in Residence titled Future Leaders. Future Leaders will focus on more recent Management Division alumni connecting through an online network to link up and stay connected past graduating. The Future Leaders will work with our current students through conference days and mini mentoring sessions to guide students easily into the world of work past academia.

As well as Future Leaders I support the Leaders in Residence programme. A network of 90 CEO’s, Partners, Managing Directors and Entrepreneurs, 60% of whom are alumni.  The Leaders interact with students through conference days which are held as part of compulsory core modules throughout the year. Much of the activity centres on mini mentoring and round table discussions which encourages the students to improve their commercial awareness, understand leadership and management (and the differences) and support their individual personal development.

‘Insightful’, ‘inspiring’, ‘informative’ and ‘motivational’ were the top four words used by our first year students to describe their experience working with the Leaders.

By connecting the theory, we teach real world practice and continuously seek to improve the student experience.

My previous experience directly influenced my development into the role as Student Education & Engagement Coordinator, specifically within an engagement remit. I have previously worked on engagement projects with the British Council, Natural History Museum, British Museum and the South African charity; Wola Nani. I have also worked closely with the North East Art Teachers Education Network on pitching for funding from the Arts Council and running a successful arts education programme with a range of galleries based in the North East of England.

Previous roles:

2015-2016 Research Centre Coordinator, Management Division, Leeds University Business School
2011-2015 PA and Research Centre Administrator, Management Division, Leeds University Business School
2011-2011 Gallery Assistant, Carpenters Workshop Gallery (Mayfair), London
2010–2010 Venice Architecture Beinnale Steward, British Council, Venice
2008-2009 Education Project Manager & Gallery Assistant, VANE Contemporary Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

Previous projects:

  • Wola Nani at TENT London, London Design Festival - Co-Curator/ Project Manager, 2010
  • British Council; Legacy of the World Expo - Co-Curator, 2010
  • Concrete Hermit Gallery: 'Pick Me Up' at Somerset House, Co-Curator, 2010
  • British Museum: Marketing the African Galleries - Co-Curator, 2010
  • Natural History Museum: Cocoon re-design - Co-Curator, 2010
  • Architecture Foundation: 'Rock, Paper Scissors' exhibition - Co-Curator, 2009
  • VANE Contemporary Art Gallery: Education Programme - Project Manager, 2009

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