Personnel Profiles

Member A
Experience: Director of “Veggies”. Co-ordinates volunteers who work at the Rainbow Centre. Experienced in business administration and accounts. Has basic Food Hygiene and First Aid At Work certificates. Competent in woodwork and metalwork. Also experienced in painting and building work with an HND in Urban Land Management/ Building Studies.
Character Strengths: A good communicator at all levels; able to motivate others; a good sense of humour; hard working.
Other Information: A singer in local Nottingham Clarion Choir; an organic allotment gardener; member of “Pedals”(Nottingham Cycle Campaign) .

Member B
Experience: A founder member and director of “Veggies” catering company. Fifteen years experience of running outside catering and food production co-op. Basic Food Hygiene certificate. A compiler of national networking directory, self published in print and on the Internet. Skilled in research and general administration. Volunteer Co-Ordinator. Library Co-Ordinator having established book search facilities on the Rainbow computer system and borrowing procedure.
Character Strengths: Highly motivated. Committed. Good time keeping. Able to communicate at all levels.
Other Information: A home owner and father; self taught computer literacy with word processing packages, databases, Internet and graphics software.

Member C
Experience: Involved with the Rainbow Centre for 7 years, I am currently the Treasurer of the Rainbow Centre, and has been a Director of “Veggies” catering company for four years. I also have seven years experience in Vegetarian catering. He has a BSc in Philosophy.
Character Strengths: A good deal of financial/ accounting/ book keeping skills; patient, good natured personality.
Other Information: Interests include reading, history and politics. Basic food hygiene certificate.

Member D
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Experience: Experienced in catering through working in the Rainbow Centre café, in “Veggies” mobile stall and previously running his own mobile catering business. Also has bar and cellar experience (The Old Castle Inn ‘96-’97 and The Cookie Club ’97)
Relevant Qualifications: Basic Food Hygiene Certificate, CLAIT 1
Character Strengths: Experience of working both within a group and under his own initiative. A good listener and communicator at all levels.
Other information: Member of local Housing Co-op “NEDS”; member of Forest Fields Independent Residents Association.

Member E
Experience: Experienced café and bar worker with cellar experience. With a degree in Botany he is currently working as a freelance science writer.
Relevant Qualifications: First Aid at Work Certificate. Computer literate.
Character Strengths: A highly motivated person who is also capable of inspiring and motivating others. I actively enjoy getting jobs done and know how to act on his own initiative.
Other Information: Secretary of NEDS housing co-op; keen allotment gardener.

Member F
Experience: Experienced café worker and caterer with “Veggies”, I have been involved with the Rainbow Centre for the last two years as the main computer hardware technician, having “built” several of his own computers in the past. Basic DIY skills and experience of working in the building trade. I also have a BA Honours degree in Human Education.
Character Strengths: I have worked with many different individuals and groups on different projects/events over the last two years and takes pride in the work he does.
Other Information: Member of “Liberation” housing co-op; enjoys painting and creative art.

Member G
Experience: A freelance music reviewer /writer who enjoys making his own music with studio equipment that he has built up. Experience in putting on art exhibitions and applying for funds for art projects. Self taught graphic designer.
Character Strengths: Able to communicate with all range of people; a good sense of humour.
Other information: Good links with local artists and musicians.

Member H
Experience: One of the founder members of the current Rainbow Centre café, he has been involved at the centre for the last 3-4 years, and has done occasional catering with “Veggies” at outdoor events for the past 7 years. With a BA Honours degree in Countryside Management, he is a founder member and company director of “Wild Things”, an ecological education workers co-op. This has led to him making lots of contacts with in Nottinghamshire country parks, schools and many independent education centres. For the last three years he has have been a part time youth worker for Bestwood Youth Project, and has recently become a fully qualified youth worker. He has extensive experience of an “organiser” role within current Rainbow Centre and various campaign groups. First Aid certificate.
Character Strengths: A high amount of initiative, a hard worker and many years experience of structuring his time to get tasks done. Good with people, and listening to different viewpoints means that he is able to diffuse situations and give reassurance both with adults and teenagers.
Other Information: Member of NEDS housing co-op; interest in green technology and sustainable living habits.

Member I
Experience: Another founder member of the Rainbow centre cafe and a founder member and company director of Wild Things Ecological Education Collective. Catering experience through cafe and “Veggies” mobile catering company. A BA Honours degree in English Literature. Qualified Youth worker for last three years on Bestwood Estate in Nottingham. Extensive experience of working with children from a variety of backgrounds and with a wide variety of needs. Experience of organising and running events for children’s groups, and environmental education workshops for adults.
Character Strengths: Good listening and facilitation skills. Experienced in communicating with all age groups. Well motivated and hardworking with good time management.
Other Information: Member of NEDS housing co-op; First Aid At Work certificate.

Member J
Experience: She has a degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies and qualified as a nurse in 1995, and has worked as an auxiliary nurse at Queens Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital since then. With catering experience through the cafe at the Rainbow Centre as well as with “Veggies”, She has co-ordinated meals for large groups of people at various events.
Character Strengths: Open minded and hard working. Able to communicate at all levels. Experience of counselling people and dealing with members of the public. Good humoured and easy to get along with.
Other Information: A talented cook and a keen gardener, with her allotment; member of NEDS housing co-op; interests include alternative medicine, wine making and clothes making. She is about to start a part-time correspondence course in herbal medicine.

Member K
Experience: She is a graduate in Ecology. She has a lot of catering experience through the Rainbow Centre and previously at a co-operatively run vegetarian restaurant,- The Treehouse, Dove St, Norwich. A professional musician, She started a Nottingham based company called the “Kids Ceildh” earlier this year and had a successful summer putting on events for various children’s groups, including the Council’s Summer Play Festival. She has had lots of experience in organising gigs with the band that she plays in, and as a member of a national network of musicians.
Character Strengths: Well motivated and hardworking. She enjoys interacting with people from all sections of the community. Good initiative and time management.
Other Information: A keen allotment gardener; enjoys cooking and is well practised at catering for large numbers; experienced facilitator in meetings; some experience in research and fund-raising.

Member L
Experience: He has three years experience in helping run the cafe at the current Rainbow Centre as well as doing outdoor events with “Veggies”. He has taken an active role in the day to day running of the centre as a whole, so has administration experience complimented by an A-level in Business studies and Communication Studies. With DIY skills and welding experience, he has helped with the building of a straw bale “house” at Eco-works on Hungerhill Allotments. Character Strengths: Well motivated; always willing to help others when needed; can act on my own initiative; energetic.
Other Information: Interests include politics and media and sustainable living.

Member M
Experience: Formerly a bar manager, he has a NVQ level 1 & 2 in serving food and drink and is experienced in all aspects of the practical running of a bar such as cellar duties and stock taking. He has an ONC in sound engineering/ music technology and is a musician with experience of organising concerts/gigs. He has plenty of experience of working within a group and is a qualified First Aider.
Character Strengths: Friendly, out going personality. Takes pride in his work and has good time management skills.
Other Information: He has good links with Nottingham musicians and is currently playing in two local bands.

Member N
Experience: Experienced bar worker with two years experience of helping run the current Rainbow cafe. He is a Bachelor of Medical Sciences from Nottingham University and a qualified First Aider. He sat on Nottingham Student Unions’ council for two years and was a delegate for the union for NUS conference and on the Union Environment committee for three years. Andrew also served on the off-campus junior common room committee for 2 years and Rutland Hall JCR for 1 year. During his time at University he set up and organised a university environmental society, Action for Earth. He is computer literate and helped to create the Rainbow Centre website. He has since then designed and maintained other websites.
Character Strengths: Good at working on his own initiative and easy to get along with; a good facilitator and, through working in various unions/groups experienced in consensus decision making.

Member O
Experience: Currently working part time for the charity “Mencap” as office administration clerk. Past jobs include bar staff and waitressing. A BTEC First in Business and Finance, a BA Honours degree in Philosophy with Woman’s Studies. Experienced in administration and basic book keeping as well as word processing and graphics.
Character Strengths: Hard working; used to working with other people ; experienced in dealing with the public both face to face and over the phone.
Other Information: Some fund-raising experience.

Member P
Experience: Has helped to run an environmental information network. Has also worked for the Wildlife Trust so has experience of fund raising, publicity, journalism and dealing with the press and public. With a PCV license she has worked for Bellamy Coaches (Nottingham) earlier this year as a bus driver. Past bar work and waitressing experience.
Character Strengths: Out spoken and lively, She likes meeting new people; assertive and confident, good at getting things done; used to working on her own initiative.
Other Information: Lots of experience of working within a group and consensus decision making. An allotment holder with an interest in permaculture.

Member Q
Experience: BSc Honours in Music Technology & Audio Systems Design. Studio and electrical engineer with necessary skills and experience of setting up mixing desks for bands etc. He is capable of fixing and testing electrical equipment and is computer literate. Some catering experience with “Veggies”.
Character Strengths: An amiable character who finds it easy to get on with other people; good at working either within a group or on his own; sensitive and respectful of others; well motivated with a desire to do the job to the best of his ability.
Other Information: Interests include meditation, music (being a musician) and computers; has good contacts in the music industry.

Member R
Experience: Two years experience working as a vegan chef and waitress in a vegan workers co-operative “Salamanders Restaurant” Nottingham. Currently works at “Squeak” a new vegan restaurant, that replaced “Salamander”. Two years working with “Veggies Catering Company”.
Character Strengths: A hard worker who is extremely reliable, with good time keeping skills. Friendly attitude which holds her in good stead when dealing with customers, and other members of the public.
Other information: An Organic gardener in spare time.

Member S
Experience: He has 5 years experience of catering with Veggies and The Rainbow Centre. He is a trained residential social worker and nursery nurse. He is also an ex-assistant manager of the Castle Pub in Nottingham (1988) he also has extensive retail experience from time as a sales assistant.
Character strengths: He is friendly, cheerful and highly organised with good time keeping skills.
Other information: He has 21 years of bicycle maintenance experience.

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