- Agency Republic
- BBC RAW
- Caburn Hope
- Channel 4 Scrapbook
- Channel 4 News
- Channel 5
- First Direct
- Grand Union
- The Holiday Place
- Microsoft Developer Network
- NHS institute for innovation
- Pete Townshend
- Red Dwarf
- UK Cabinet Office
- Virgin Holidays
- Worth Digital
I am a freelance digital project manager and certified Scrum Master with many years of agency experience, working on a fancy assortment of blue-chip and leftfield clients. I was the sole web producer for the first Channel 5 site in 2000 managing a team of 20 designers, programmers and editorial staff. Recently I’ve worked with Channel 4 News, NBC, Wellcome Library, DACS and The Week magazine. I am currently working on the 4oD app for Android devices as well as projects for iOS.
I am creative and technically minded, with a solid marketing background. I have a Marketing degree with practical skills in film, radio, design and print production. Most of all, I love digital, social media and technology – I have been working as a PM since 1999 and I still kick each day out of the park.
Have a look through my client list, to the left, to the left. And scroll down for testimonials.
I bring: impeccable front-line management; a pro-active personality; two great eyes for detail; a knowledge of industry trends; meaningful project planning and real empathy. I can use Agile methods or Prince 2 and I fit seamlessly into your way of working.
I will get involved from conception to manage the whole process and deliver work on time and on budget. I am a team leader when needed and I have proven my ability to operate at director level.
I work with easily with developers, I talk positioning with designers, clarity with copywriters and SEO with your online marketers. I mostly use Google Apps, Trello, Basecamp, Dropbox, Jira and Mac Tools but can pick up whatever you use easily. I came up with the concept and UX for the “Where to Eat” app, now available on the App Store.
My sitemaps will make sense to your board members and I’m gentle with the least technical. I produce proposals, briefs and presentations of a high quality and my communication skills are exceptional.
I am a co-founder of The Arc Alliance, mentoring a brilliant freelance creative team as they grow a new business: in our first year we have delivered successful work to clients as diverse as FX Channel and the World Health Organisation.
In June 2011 I started SheSays Brighton: a network for women in media, digital and creative industries with live events featuring inspiring speakers. I also organise annual fund-raising music festival Midwinter Picnic. I’ve also produced and presented a weekly live broadcast two hour radio show on Phoenix FM. I like art and design, yoga, sci-fi, 90s indie music, travelling and learning new skills.
Tell me about your project and I will help you out, I’m flexible.
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“Rifa is an organised, efficient and extremely personable Project Manager. Her ability in managing a full project lifecycle as part of a 3rd party supplier team is superb. Under demanding circumstances she managed priorities, processes and made us feel that we were the only project she was working on. I would not hesitate to work with Rifa on other projects.”
“As a manager dealing with both the client and internal staff, Rifa was excellent at making sure all team members had what they needed in a timely fashion. She can balance many different work streams at the same time, and takes responsibility seriously.”
“Efficient, thoughtful and incredibly supportive, Rifa was an integral part of the team at Clearleft and on the projects she managed. An incredible asset for any team lucky enough to work with her.”
“Loved working with Rifa. She’s everything you need from a project manager – diligent, flexible, creative – managing more than I’d dare consider. What’s more, she’s part of every team she manages. In my experience, that’s pretty rare in the PM world.”
“Rifa is the one… She’s a highly experienced, extremely skilled project manager who’ll put your mind at rest and earn the respect and friendship of your entire team. This is what she did for ribot and she was only with us for three short weeks! Expectations met and truly exceeded we simply cannot recommend Rifa highly enough. Please come back and see us soon!”
“At Clearleft I worked with Rifa on multiple concurrent projects with different clients. She is extremely accomplished at adapting to the working practices of different organisations, and at managing the complex client/agency relationships that come with that. She works very well with all types of stakeholders from senior executives to developers and designers, providing the right amount of detail and support when required. Rifa brought an efficient and calming influence to some tough projects. I always appreciated this and thoroughly enjoyed working with her.”
“Rifa is an excellent person to have on a team; organised, responsive, and empathic to client needs. Rifa is also highly supportive of creative processes, never letting the management stuff get in the way of the creating bit. Recommended!”
“I’ve worked on several large projects that Rifa has project managed. Each of these projects has gone smoothly, and this is in no doubt down to Rifa’s project management style. She has a unique ability to keep projects calm and stress levels minimised throughout the team. She’s incredibly supportive, without interfering, and clients adore her friendly personality. Rifa is a highly experienced and talented project manager and I’d love to work with her again.”
“Rifa is the only project manager I’ve ever worked with that I’ve invited over to Sunday lunch with my family. That says all you should need to know about her personality and demeanour. Unfussy and calm, she is a master of the art of intervening only when necessary, a rare skill in project management. And a welcome skill, for those of us who just like to get on with the job. I look forward to my next project managed by Rifa.”
“Rifa possesses the perfect balance of authority and approachability that is crucial for an effective project manager. A pleasure to work with.”
“It’s been a pleasure working with Rifa. She is a thoroughly organised, highly experienced and enthusiastic project manager, and always wears a smile.”
“Rifa’s confidence in her convictions and experience in digital gives much needed structure to often fluid projects. Rifa is professional, succinct and personable and can steer a client in the correct direction. A pleasure to work with as well as a wealth of digital project management skill means she is always top of the list for bliink.”
“Rifa is very motivating and inspiring person to work with. She has the capacity pull together huge projects both as a volunteer (for She Says) and as a project manager for multiple projects at once (at Clearleft). Her approach is warm, calm, inventive, organised, professional and human.”
“Rifa has a wealth of knowledge and expertise both as a Digital Project Director and as a team leader. She has the ability to cut through the complex technical problems and make things simple! She stays calm and reassuring under pressure. I hope to work with Rifa again one day.”
“Rifa is very professional and has the ability to manage multiple workstreams whilst retaining her sense of humour and professionalism. She is extremely experienced in a wide variety of digital projects and I would have no hesitation in working with her again.”
“When we worked together I found Rifa great to work with. Rifa is one of the nicest and professional Project Managers I have worked with. She was always approachable and positive, but also kept a close eye on all of her projects to make sure nothing went a miss. I would happily recommend Rifa and would jump at the chance to work with her again.”
“Rifa worked with Worth on a significant website and CD-ROM based learning project for the NHS. Rifa is great fun to work with, good with clients, and an organised and highly effective project manager.”
“Rifa is a very experienced digital project manager and an absolute pleasure to work with.”
“Rifa is a great Digital Project Manager and an absolute joy to work with. We have worked together over the last few months on a project for the Cabinet Office, where she has demonstrated good digital expertise, great people skills, with the client and our internal team, and has managed the project smoothly. I look forward to working with Rifa again.”
“Rifa was a delight to work with and had a real passion to get this done whilst ensuring both internal and external clients were happy at the same time. It was a formulative time for the company and there is no doubt that Rifa’s openness, honesty and integrity rubbed off on others and helped us get to where we are today.”
“Rifa is a pleasure to work with, using her wealth of experience in the field to help produce great results and bring a project to life, no matter how demanding the brief.”
“Rifa was a super technical project director, always composed and a pleasure to work with on our digital projects together.”
“Rifa is an excellent digital project manager and has extremely good communication skills. I have worked with her on a number of projects and it has always been a pleasure. I am looking forward to the next project.”
“I had the pleasure of working with Rifa for about a year. She was always competent and very cheerful. Although we worked in different offices, it was a pleasure to speak with her on the phone, which happened quite a few times per day. Her project management of the projects I was involved in was top rate, wish I had someone like that where I currently work.”
“Rifa is a very talented and knowledgeable Digital Project Director and is a great asset to Caburn Hope. She is able to bridge the gap between technical and non-technical staff, and was very adept at explaining complex issues to clients. She was always a calming influence under pressure and has strong project management skills.”
“I was fortunate enough to work with Rifa early on in my career. At the time she had already acquired a deep understanding of the commercial pressures and general needs of our customers. The insight she had brought our company put in place the structures needed by a digital creative team. I would love to work with her again, it was fun, and I would recommend her appreciation for our industry without any hesitation.”
“I worked alongside Rifa on a number of creative projects at Agency Republic I found Rifa to be very hardworking, delivered on time and a real pleasure to work with.”
“Rifa is currently working with me on a national scale project. The work has had to be done mostly on a virtual basis due to geography and she has still managed a remarkable rapport with myself and clients. She communicates well throughout and has managed the workload within a tight timeframe. She has an excellent technical knowledge and is therefore able to negotiate well with suppliers. She is a pleasure to work with. “
“I briefly worked with Rifa on a project where I found her to be diligent and hard-working, and a pleasure to work with”
“Rifa works hard at any task she’s given and was a pleasure to work with. It was the crazy days of the dot com boom so business was very busy. Rifa managed a number of accounts for Clockwork Web and did this well. I have no hesitation in recommending her.”