Résumé

April 2, 2008

Owen Wallis
Aged 29, UK national
W owenwallis.co.uk
E wallitzio at yahoo.com
L http://uk.linkedin.com/in/owenwallis

About me

I have international agency experience in both creative and account management roles. Able to take on a project from conception to delivery and beyond, my skills fall across design, programming and project management.

I’ve experienced a range of jobs; from designer, to coder, to project manager. I can talk geek and I can talk to real people. My favourite thing in the world is diluting complex user, tech and business requirements into something brilliantly simple and elegant to use. I love creating the best possible user experiences that people want to use again and again.

As General Manager for HMC I oversee the day-to-day operational aspects of all project team responsibilities. I’m in charge of UX for our museum and live event projects, I also produce website wireframes for Twofour Digital (our parent company). I direct client services and am responsible for the quality of all client relationships. I serve as senior management representative for all clients and help to drive creative, developmental and technical development strategy. I take great pleasure in greenhousing innovative delivery platforms for brands and identifying new business opportunities within existing and new clients.

Previously I worked for NetX (part of BBDO), one of the largest, most awarded, and most successful digital agencies in Australia. I produced work for the Vodafone, Universal Pictures, Westpac and Hoyts accounts.

Before heading to Australia I headed up the interactive team at Twofour Digital, doubling the size of the team in my time there and creating a range of compelling and award winning work for Audi, BBC, BLF, RSPB and Volkswagen.

Clients

Audi, BBC, British Energy, British Heart Foundation, Cadbury, CERN, DMGT, Driving Standards Agency, Epson, Houses of Parliament, Hoyts, Kelloggs, Living Coasts, Nationwide, Pfizer, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Reuters, Royal Horticultural Society, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, TUI, Universal Pictures, Volkswagen, Yaffa, Westpac

Awards

IVCA Bronze Award 2010: Best Experiential Events for The Streamliner
IVCA LiveCom Award 2009: Highly commended in the Sports category for The Audi Experience
IVCA LiveCom Award 2009: Highly commended in the Festival category for The Audi Experience
MIA Gold 2009: Overall trophy for Make My Body Younger
MIA Gold 2009: Best Television series for Make My Body Younger
OMNI Bronze Award 2008: Best Website for Penguin Academy at Living Coasts
MIA Gold 2008: Outstanding contribution award for HMC Interactive
MIA Gold 2007: Best Microsite for Volkswagen Express Visual Check
IVCA Silver Award 2007: Best Internal Interactive Media for Volkswagen Express Visual Check
IVCA Silver award 2004: Best Website for Big Lottery Fund Consultation Forum

Skills

UX
User goals, Business goals, Learning outcomes, Competitor research, Pitching, Workshops, Site maps, User flows, Use cases, Lo and Hi-fidelity wireframes, OAT, UAT, Accessibility.

Project management
MS Project, Agile, Functional specifications, PIDs, Scheduling and delegating tasks to project teams, Writing proposals, Attending sales and pitch meetings, Daily client loving.

Senior management
Directing client services and taking responsibility for quality of client relationships, Helping to drive creative, developmental, UX and technical development strategy, Developing ideas for new business, market and competitor research, Costing, consultancy and analysis, Training and mentoring.

Design and programming
Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, ActionScript.

Working knowledge of web database integration
ASP.net, PHP, MySQL, XML.

Delivery formats
Webcasts, DVD, CDROM, USB, Web, Print, PC and MAC compatibility, Shadow tracking, Gestural interfaces, Augmented reality, Interactive floors / walls / ceilings.

Interests

Kickboxing, video games, snorkelling, snowboarding, running, soccer, music, travelling, cycling, surfing, driving (full clean UK driving license), married to UK spouse.

Professional experience

09-Current
HMC Interactive (UK)
General Manager

Summary of Duties:
Overseeing day-to-day operational aspects of project team responsibilities.
Producing, project managing and account managing all projects using MS Project and MS Visio
Directing client services and taking responsibility for quality of all client relationships
Serving as senior management representative for all clients.
Helping to drive creative, developmental, UX and technical development strategy
Giving individual or group training and mentoring
Writing proposals, attending sales and pitch meetings
Developing ideas for new business, market and competitor research
Costing, consultancy and analysis

Owens passion for user experiences and technology has always inspired me. His knowledge and insight of how people engage with technology has time and time again proved its weight in gold during projects both great and small. His understanding of the complete production process from inception to delivery has been of critical value and he has the ability and insight to identify where and how to keep projects under control, on schedule and deliver amazing experiences for end users. He is a fantastic colleague and friend and no matter what task he turns to you know you are in safe hands. If ever someone was looking for expertise in the realm of user experiences and production processes Owen would be the person I would turn to and put my faith in.” Luke Angell, Pervasive Interface Specialist, HMC Interactive

Not only a great manager, Owen also has a critical awareness of digital design and development – as well as brilliantly creative thinking – that mark him as a cut above others – if you want an original idea in a world of repetition, he’s the person to talk to. I also lived with Owen for a while, which is a testament to his tolerent attitude and unending patience!” Chris Weight, Interactive Media Producer, Twofour

I have worked with Owen for a number of years and quite simply find him an excellent, professional manager of our creative team. Owen understands the combination of creativity and technical ability, and can work well with everyone from Artists to Geeks, a rare skill to find. Owen is motivated and hard working, and always adds a personal approach to all of his client relationships. I feel proud to have him on my team, and I am amazed at his mature approach and advanced skills for someone of such a young age. He outshines managers with twice his experience.” Adam Montandon, Specialist Consultant for Creative Businesses

Owen is an exceptional professional with outstanding managerial, client-facing and account handling skills. He is supportive and focused and efficiently delivers projects seamlessly and on schedule. I would highly recommend Owen for any managerial position and it would be a privilege and honour if I ever work with him again.” Izzie Arandia-Richards, Sales & Marketing Manager, PCAD

Owen is a proven multitasking whirlwind that I can rely on to do the most complex of tasks and manage projects that require creative and fast thinking. His client management is second to none and team organization focused. He has brought stability to what can be the totally random world of HMC Interactive and is invaluable in regards to keeping company on track, on target and continuing to grow…. an asset is an understatement to describe Owen.” Korash Sanjideh, Managing Director – Chew TV Network

07-08
HMC Interactive
Innovation architect

Summary of duties:
The scheduling of design and development of all client projects
The production of wireframes, data flows and site maps for all client projects
User acceptance testing on all projects

Working with Owen was great fun! Owen was my team leader for Chew TV and I loved our teamwork and exchange of ideas. Owen is a clear communicator and has an open minded spirit. His graphic and interactive skills are excellent, as well as his refreshing ideas. His accurate and hands-on mentality was very strong and he is capable to keep an overview in hectic situations.” Anaïs Van Delft, Graphic Designer at Xerox

Owen is great at coming up with fantastic concepts and visualisations under tight timeframes. He is always enthusiastic and a great guy to work with!” Julian Roberts, Owner, Carbon Global Ltd

06-07
NetX (Australia)
Producer

Summary of Duties:
Producing, project managing and account managing projects using MS Project and MS Visio.
Writing proposals, attending sales and pitch meetings to agree build and delivery specifications.
Client management, developing ideas for new business, market and competitor research.
Evaluating schedule needs according to deadlines, assigning new work and meeting sales targets.

Owen was a highly valued member of the team at NetX. He worked across a range of projects and clients, always enthusiastic and always committed. And he loved Australia. It was a pleasure to work with him.” Jules Hall, Managing Director at The Hallway

I worked with Owen on a gigantic project – one of those huge ones that drags out, has changes coming from everywhere and everything from a tech, creative and managerial perspective is all in flux. Owen not only managed to hold things together, but also kept things moving forward on a positive step – right down to the finest details. I’d happily work with Owen again – in fact, i’d look forward to it.” Peter Franc, Art Director, Iridiumetric

Owen was a valued colleague at NetX. He has a sound understanding of interactive design. In his role as a Producer he demonstrated a high degree of professionalism. Owen approached his work with a positive and good humoured attitude under sometimes challenging circumstances.” Joshua Rowe, Digital Creative Director at M&C Saatchi

Owen was a pleasure to work with. He worked on a number of major projects bringing solid technical insight and expertise. His dedication to these projects was unparalleled and went far beyond the call of duty and he still found time to train and teach others. He was an asset to NetX and I would definitely work with him again.” Trina So, Strategy Manager at MediaSmart

05-06
Twofour Digital (UK)
Creative services manager

Summary of Duties:
Producing, maintaining and repairing projects in HTML/Flash/Photoshop.
Overseeing quality control of the department’s client work, taking necessary action to communicate, advise and assist according to performance levels.
Writing proposals, attending sales and pitch meetings to agree build and delivery specifications.
Client management, developing ideas for new business, market and competitor research.
Costing, consultancy and analysis.
Evaluating schedule needs according to deadlines, assigning new work and meeting sales targets.

Having worked with Owen for a number of years it has show me that there are not many creative and technically brilliant people around like Owen – his ability to manage a project and come up with original ideas is amazing – although not working directly with Owen anymore we continue to run work past each other for critique and inspiration – a valued colleague and friend.” Ben Stirling, Art Director, Benstirling.co.uk

Throughout my time working with Owen I was impressed by his organisational and creative skills. He was a great motivator and delegated successfully whilst overseeing projects he initiated. Owen’s eye for detail was always exemplary throughout every production and project.” Zoë Appleby, Senior Designer at Twofour Digital

Creative, diligent and enthusiastic – Owen will bring new ideas and a fresh approach to any project.” Clive Martyn, Head of Commercial Operations at Twofour

04-05
Twofour Digital
Senior art director

Summary of Duties:
Producing, maintaining and repairing projects in HTML/Flash/Photoshop.
Overseeing quality control of the department’s client work, taking necessary action to communicate, advise and assist according to performance levels.
Writing proposals, attending sales and pitch meetings to agree build and delivery specifications.

03-04
Twofour Digital
Art director

Summary of Duties:
Producing, maintaining and repairing projects in HTML/Flash/Photoshop.

01-02
Twofour Digital
Work placement

Summary of Duties:
Producing, maintaining and repairing projects in HTML/Flash/Photoshop.

Education

99-03
University of Plymouth (UK)
BSc Media Lab Arts (Batchelor of Science – First Class with Honours)

Owen has always been a bright and talented creative. His natural ability to problem solve and think in methodic ways helped me through many projects during my University years. In any academic class you have a select few that shine above the rest, Owen has a unique way of accepting technology and pushing it far beyond expectations. I would employ Owen without question, there is nothing else I can add to that.” Richard Cook, Director of Product Management at SPIL Games

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