Jill started her working life as a graduate bi-lingual secretary, working for an oriental carpet import/export business in The Barbican in London, UK. She improved her written and spoken German language skills and attended several trade fairs in Germany.
Then, after a brief spell in Northampton working in a pensions department, she returned to London, where she worked as the Personal Assistant to the Senior Partner of a large, multi-national company of Chartered Quantity Surveyors.
After seven years she decided it was time to move on and joined Mars Corporate Services in their legal department in Slough, UK, but within a couple of months was invited back to her old firm in order to lead a new Marketing and Business Development Department – a great opportunity to branch out, travel and become part of the decision-making team.
Career progression was suspended by the arrival of two children, so Jill became a full time Mum for the next few years, taking part-time jobs along the way. Jill helped to run a local Toy Library and was actively involved in the children’s schools, acting as Secretary and then Chair, of the Parent Teacher Association.
Shortly after this, Jill was employed by Surrey Police as civilian staff and became Neighbourhood Watch Manager for Farnham and Waverley districts, in Surrey, UK. She then joined their role-play team, helping to train new police recruits. This involved enacting different scenarios in real-life settings, in order to put the trainees on the spot and test their skill levels. Her roles included a drug dealer, a nasty neighbour, a thief, plus a serial shoplifter in a major supermarket; much to the bemusement of the other shoppers, who usually failed to spot the signs announcing that a Police training exercise was in progress!
Jill was instrumental in establishing Oleum Khaos Limited, bringing to the fore her Linguistic, Administrative and Company Secretary, plus Marketing, skills. She currently looks after the property business, as well as providing many of the Business Assistance Services.
Stoke Park Girls’ Grammar, Coventry, UK.
University of London, Bedford College, B.A. German (Hons.), Italian Subsidiary.
Attended Munich University between 1976-77.
English Language Assistant in a girls’ school in Bonn-Bad Godesberg, Germany.
Secretarial Training: City of London Polytechnic Postgraduate Secretarial Course with German and Spanish.
1979 – 1981
Secretary to German Export Manager, OCM Ltd, London, UK.
Shorthand/typing in German & English. Co-ordinated weekly despatch of carpets to the Continent; liaised with Customs and clearing agents, arranged and attended German trade fairs.
October 1981 – September 1982
Secretary to Group Compensation Manager, Rockware Glass Ltd, Northampton, UK. Pensions, Life Assurance, Health Schemes, Salaries.
October 1982 – March 1989
Personal Assistant to a Senior Partner at Davis Langdon & Everest, London, UK.
March 1989 – July 1989
Personal Assistant to the Legal Manager, Mars Corporate Services, Slough, UK.
July 1989 – March 1994
Director of Marketing, Davis Langdon & Everest, London, UK.
In charge of a busy Marketing and Business Development department, organised and attended corporate events in UK and abroad, produced Company brochures using state of the art desktop publishing equipment.
May 2004 to present
Director, Oleum Khaos Ltd. UK.
Responsible for Company Administration, Business Assistance Services and Property Management.
July 2003 – July 2005
Neighbourhood Watch Manager, Surrey Police, Farnham, UK.
Initially for Farnham and then for the Borough of Waverley, Surrey, UK; as a member of the Crime Reduction Department. Maintained a database of crimes committed for monthly circulation to NHW members. Setting up new Watches; advising on home security, assisting the Crime Reduction Officer.
October 2007 – May 2009
Role-Play Team, Surrey Police, Guildford, UK.
As part of Police Training Department, both at Police HQ in Guildford and in the community, role plays as a drug dealer, thief, nuisance neighbour and expert shoplifter.
June 2008 – January 2010
Exam Invigilator, Weydon Secondary School, Farnham, UK.