Marketing and communications consultant Christina Lister, who specialises in working with museums and heritage sites, has been announced as Runner-up in the National Freelancer of the Year Awards 2015, run by IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed.
The Awards were announced at a ceremony in London on National Freelancers’ Day on 12th November, where finalists working across the country from a huge variety of sectors attended. The awards are designed to recognise excellence in freelancing, and applicants were judged on the strength of their portfolio and their passion and commitment to freelancing.
Christina undertakes marketing and communications work, providing strategy development; training delivery and workshop facilitation; and campaign implementation. She has been freelancing for almost three years, having previously worked as communications manager at Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) and at Tribe PR. Her clients have included the University of Cambridge’s Museum of Zoology; Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery; museum development organisation SHARE Museums East; Cambridge Museum of Technology; the North Norfolk Stories project; the Association for Suffolk Museums; and the King’s Lynn Arts Centre.
She also undertakes speaking engagements and contributes to industry blogs and media and is a passionate advocate for freelancers, co-founding @museumfreelance on Twitter and the Museum Freelance Network UK on LinkedIn.
Christina Lister said: “Being chosen as a runner-up in these prestigious national awards is a huge honour and to receive recognition by peers and the freelance industry for the work I do means a lot. It was humbling to be part of such a talented group of finalists and great to be flying the flag for freelancers who work in the museums sector.”
Her success comes as a national survey by IPSE shows that freelancers love what they do. Almost nine in ten (86%) of the UK’s freelancers agree that they are very satisfied with the way they work.
The research also found that the majority of freelancers chose to work this way because they like to be their own boss (79%) and because it provides a better work/life balance (69%). This demonstrates that independence and flexibility are the two most common reasons people go freelance.
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Notes to editors
The survey results are calculated based on the responses to a series of questions surrounding freelancers’ motivations, work intentions and challenges, as part of an IPSE survey conducted between 21 September and 4 October 2015. Respondents who replied to the survey comprised of IPSE members as well as freelancers who use Upwork. A total of 696 respondents completed the survey.
IPSE, the Association for Independent Professionals and the Self Employed, is the representative body for the UK’s self-employed community, including freelancers, contractors, consultants and independent professionals. IPSE was formerly PCG (Professional Contractors Group) and changed to IPSE in September 2014 to encompass all self-employed professionals. Ipse is also the Latin word meaning ‘self’ and is pronounced ‘ipp-say’.