I’m Lorna Parsons. I work predominantly in Architecture & the Built Environment, and I also work alongside Web Developers. This is a site mainly about small business management, web2.0 & technology, and online marketing & communications.
Using my skills and experience I offer a Office Management and Business Development consultancy service to SMEs, particularly those in the Built Environment.
I relish finding ways for small businesses to communicate and market themselves more effectively and I work with SMEs, locally and nationally, to find ways to increase productivity and ultimately improve the efficiency of their business. I have several years of experience at management level so am able to offer strategic advice on business development.
Over the last few years, my work has extended beyond an office-based role. Most recently I was invited to be a Visiting Lecturer for the Part 3 course at Birmingham School of Architecture at BCU. I also worked for MADE as their Social Media Advisor during 2010 and 2011, and I helped to bring an element of Web2.0 to the CABE Urban Design Summer School in 2010. I’m proud to have been one of the co-organisers of not one, but two very successful Be2Camp Brum events in 2009 and 2010, and try to get involved with other Be2Camp events around the country.
In my spare time, I am Chair of the Management Committee for Sutton Coldfield Local, a hyperlocal website and not-for-profit community programme aimed at helping Sutton Coldfield find its digital voice. I was chair of the West Midlands Forum for Tomorrow between March 2010 and March 2011 and was recently invited back as a speaker to talk about the work I’ve done with web-enabled Neighbourhood Planning.
I’m passionate about Architecture so I’ve created Telling Storeys: a photo-based project that shares knowledge about Birmingham’s architecture. If you use Twitter, follow @TellingStoreys for regular updates.
I’m also a wife, a mum-to-be and a keen cook.
Here’s my LinkedIn profile for a full run-down of my career to date.