Here are comments from some of the lovely people I have worked with…
Viv has been a solid rock over recent times as a co-collaborator in the Conflict Transformation Weave. We have hosted mediations and developed systems of support together. Viv has amongst her strengths, clear visions for better systems and a light touch when implementing them.
Viv is highly valued by all within the GMHAN. She plays a pivotal role as a sense-maker, a facilitator of open space conversations, a mediator and a gatherer, analyser and communicator of data. Her work in GM Transformation Lab adds trusted mentor, accomplished trainer and gentle guide to her skills and gifts.
Viv has been invaluable. We required her assistance in developing a technical brief for a new project. She listened to the challenge, understood where our needs lay and brought a wealth of experience. What is also great about Viv is her delivery – it is simple and reassuring. You can test her and your own thinking from lots of different angles and she will entertain all manner of random questions. By bringing this open and patient approach, the process has greater validity. She was also willing to try a novel approach to the process, reflecting the unique needs of our project. Such is her contribution that we have asked for her continued support on the project.
I loved working with Viv on Oxfam’s ‘Behind the Brands’ global website. It was a complex and important project with many stakeholders. As a technologist Viv has a deep practical understanding of how to design and implement solutions. But it was her role as a strategist that I most valued. She has a rare ability to step back from an issue, see the big picture but always with an eye on practical details and the realities of implementation. She helped us assess, prioritise and clarify our requirements and was instrumental in turning those into a feasible project. She is also a passionate and committed person whose values shine in everything she does.
Viv played a crucial role in the development of both the strategy and production of amnesty.org. Her skills and knowledge are both varied and in-depth allowing her to always find the right questions to ask to bring us to the keys issues we had to resolve. Viv’s user centric approach ensured we always fully understood the implications and basis for our decisions leading to a site that was designed around our external users needs rather than our internal politics or assumptions. She’s a pleasure to work with, creative, collaborative and able to add a voice of reason wherever it’s needed.
Viv has been fantastic at helping us understand our technical and digital needs. She has produced a practical digital audit based on a clear assessment of our current system and has made recommendations for our immediate and longer term priorities. She is passionate about social causes and is generous in her approach to her work. We are hoping to be able to continue working with her for some time to come.
Iain Mitchell, Group Engineering Manager at the BBC.
Vivs combination of analytical and technical skills enables her to get you the right solution in the minimal amount of time. She focusses upon solving problems, using technology where appropriate rather than for technology’s sake. Viv genuinely cares about the work she does and is always open to feedback and learning new things.
Viv has been unfailingly professional, adaptable, and seems to have what can only be a genuine passion for the movement and for furthering the human rights cause.
Viv has a huge talent for almost instantly understanding requirements, that’s a great skill to have. What she does away from work is a real inspiration too…so thanks for that it really has opened my eyes!
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