About Vivs

Long & Ferguson is

Vivs Long-Ferguson

I am a creative, proactive professional with a strong background in private and public services sectors. I have worked in two specific areas during my career; administration and engagement.

For the first part of worklife I was a senior Executive Assistant at board level, liaising with directors and Trustees. I worked for a number of corporate organisations in London, Birmingham and Manchester including Bank of New York, Citibank, Richard Ellis, Chesterton, King Sturge. I also worked freelance as an Executive PA which provided great experience to develop my people skills.

For the latter part of my career  I worked for Eversheds and for a long period with the RSA focusing on people and relationship management. I have developed sponsorship opportunities, developed fundraising campaigns and created events for corporate clients and membership organisations. Recently I focused on developing volunteer and stakeholder engagement strategies that inspire people to participate and work with organisations.

For over 20 years I have been designing and delivering event activity from regular networks to major corporate social hospitality. I have organised conferences, meetings and discussion dinners. I can deliver workshops, lectures, debates and forums.

Now I provide freelance bespoke, professional administration and support for individuals and organisations. I specialise in creating tailored online marketing expertise and stakeholder management through events, networks and activity. I am used to working with people at all levels and happy to work on the big ideas as well as the practical administration stuff.

Originally from London, I now live in Stockport, South Manchester with my husband, Jim and our dogs.

CV

Experience, Education & Training
Arts Marketing CIMA
Open University Arts Foundation
Volunteer Management
BFI Film Genre
Commerce & Office Practice (6th Form)
2017 – present
Freelance administration services provider focused on three core areas, enagement (social media, events & activity), content marketing and virtual assistant administration.

2000 – 2017
During this period I undertook a number of roles with the RSA. Key achievements included developing a volunteer engagement strategy, managing stakeholder relationships and develop strategic partnerships with the Society. I managed a team of 6 providing operational and communication support for RSA members across the UK. We delivered and supported over 300 events annually across the whole of the UK. 

1995 – 1998
For several years I worked with Eversheds in their Birmingham office responsible for their corporate sponsorship and events programmes. Managing an events budget of £100k I developed activities for clients that were engaging and effective. A mix of small unique events to major conferences.

1982 – 1995
Based in London and then Birmingham working as PA for several organisations in both the banking, property sectors on a long-term contract and interim basis including:

  • Bank of New York 
  • Citibank
  • Richard Ellis
  • King Sturge & Co
  • Elliot Son & Boyton
  • Chesterton
  • Oscar Faber

Jim Ferguson

Long & Ferguson is a partnership. Along with my administration, engagement skills Jim provides additional resources focused on finances. A trained management account with many years experience as a senior Finance Director Jim advises on financial strategy and long-term planning, financial project management, forecasting, accounting and corporate fundraising. Jim has experience of strategic business review plus cash flow and reporting, asset management, business planning, management controls, eCommerce consultancy, review accounting systems. Jim can undertake business financial planning, prepare invoices and chase outstanding payments.