Paula Carter

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With 10 years project management experience in the public, private and third sectors, I bring a keen intellect and a clear head to any situation.

Originally an archaeologist working mainly in the Middle East, I have since worked with scientific, heritage and commercial organisations and have a wealth of experience with organisations of all shapes and sizes.

At the British Museum I managed a programme of over 90 events a year including state visits, exhibition openings, advocacy programme of events and Annual Trustees’ and Patrons’ Dinners. 

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  • I managed the annual programme of museum-hosted events, prioritising and scheduling the time scales and resources for each one, working on up to 10 large scale events at any one time. Prepared and monitored the museum-hosted events budget (£300 000)
  • Designed and implemented an organisation-wide strategy to manage the guestlists for all museum-hosted events, enabling all stakeholders (internal and external) to contribute effectively to large prestigious events
  • I reviewed and redefined the accreditation documentation for Museum Accredited Event Contractors
  • I worked closely with the Policy Officer on the programme of advocacy events aiming to inform decision makers, influencers and potential advocates. This resulted in an extensive guest list being created and a regular series of breakfasts being scheduled to maximise the Museum's impact in the wider community.

Other notable events which I managed included:

  • The British Museum Guardian Public Forums
  • The Annual Trustees and Patrons Dinners
  • The Opening receptions for all exhibitions
  • State Visits
  • the Ceremony of Remembrance (the culmination of a public day commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Parliamentary Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade)

At the BAS I planned and delivered the UK National Science Week including publicity, marketing, partnerships and a new flagship project each year. This broad experience proves invaluable when working with wide ranging teams on projects of all scales. 

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  • I initiated and project managed a successful UK wide partnership between the BAS and the Woodland Trust for National Science Week 2004. This project also brought in media partners including the BBC and Focus magazine
  • I organised the annual press and public launches of National Science Week as well as a series of exhibitions and seminars (both public and private) leading up to and taking place during the week itself
  • I provided support and advice to 5 000 National Science Week organisers across the UK through web-based content, printed resources and personal communications. Information included advice on how to select venues; order logistical requirements including catering, furniture and AV; provide appropriate information to guests/delegates
  • I developed and managed a web-based database through which all organisers could request information, register their own events for the online and printed programmes and update their personal contact details
  • I developed a new evaluation process for National Science Week (NSW), integrating both quantitative and qualitative techniques and using external evaluators to maximise the potential of the data. In particular this was aimed at improving the quality of NSW events across the UK to maintain common standards
  • as a member of a European panel (EUSCEA) I evaluated science weeks across Europe in order to establish best practices for the wider science communication community

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