Pamela Symes is a freelance writer who runs her own consultancy, Ampersand.  She is a Scots/New Zealander now living in Glasgow, but retains links with her Ngai Tahu roots in the South Island of New Zealand.

Giving the silent a voice has been a lifelong concern.  With a background in journalism (radio and television) and as an academic lawyer in Cambridge and London, she has helped put the case for minority groups and those who struggle to find a voice.  Her professional work with Ampersand has covered a range of research and communication assignments with Scottish universities and the government's economic development agency (Scottish Enterprise) including teaching communication skills.  Finding new and creative ways to 'get the message across' has recently involved poetry and storytelling.

Areas of Expertise

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Making complex information more accessible

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Advocacy skills

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Creative expression

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Communication for the 'unheard'

 

Qualifications

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Studied English and Economics in New Zealand before studying Economics and Law at Cambridge, followed by postgraduate research

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MA (Cantab) 1981

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Member of Scottish Forum for Effective Communication

 

Not-for-Profit Work

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Barnardo's: Giving children back their future - Befriending

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Friends of the River Kelvin (FORK) - Schools Liaison

 

Other Relevant Experience

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Campaigned and written on a range of family law issues

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Environmental concerns and volunteering

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Economic development

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Science/arts/communities interface

 

 

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