When Mel ran her first business selling educational books to U.S families, during her summers at University, she learnt innovative sales, business and management skills. This, along side, her MSc in Film and TV, enabled her not only to become a Producer, but to also provide bespoke business training to the creative industries.
Mel also put her knowledge into practice and jointly won the ‘Socially responsive’ category at MIPTV’s 360 degree competition for a web and mobile app.
In the early 200o's Mel took a sabbatical as a business coach for SBR Consulting. She worked with clients including: Npower, Business in the Community, Robert Half and Pathway Recruitment.
In 2007, Mel went to San Francisco to learn how to deliver world cafe and open space technology formats as she found that companies working collaboratively with their teams dramatically improved the success of change management.
This enabled her to strategic facilitate, knowledge and skill sharing across industries. and in 2007, became the Programme Director of the London Games Fringe, a collaborative festival bringing together many creative sectors as well as directing 2012 Social Media Week London and was the Theme Champion for Business Models and Growth for the Creative Industries.
Recently, Mel was the Business lead at the Open Data Institute and also designed and delivered courses including the Open data in Practice and the Open Data Train The Trainer which created over 60 registered trainers from all over the world.