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James McCarthy

33 b De La Warr Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex. TN40 2JA (Home) 01424 733568 (Mobile) 07850 046901 (Email) jim@macasso.com

Personal Statement:

Dedicated to developing change and congru- ence in clients. Empathic plus dedicated to own inner growth. Self-aware - always seeking to learn and grow. Good listener - caring and compassionate. Excellent inter-personal and communications skills. Places high value on an authentic, energetic and positive outlook, which often inspires others. I honour an ability to understand and connect with a variety of people.

July 2001- Current

Published Author of Non Fiction Historical Music Books. Key Skills - Liaison with key figures in the music industry, detailed extensive research; involving interviews, organisational capabilities, dissect- ing information, notation, having the ability to translate this information into an informative ex- citing story telling. Involved in the art direction, design co-ordination and layout of all the books and ensuring strict deadlines are met.

Book Titles –

Voices of Latin Rock – Foreword by Carlos Santana

– Published by Hal Leonard USA

Bob Marley The Trenchtown Graphic Novel

– Published by Omnibus Books

Sex Pistols - The Graphic Novel – Published by Omnibus Books

Kano Bad Company – Published by Rebellion UK

Tupac Shakur Death Rap – Published by Omnibus Books

Bad Company – Published by DC/ Rebellion

edition Bad Company Goodbye Cruel World- Published by

Rebellion UK

Eminem In My Skin – Published by Omnibus Books Godspeed – The Kurt Cobain Graphic Novel

– Published by Omnibus Books

CD Liner essays – Sony-Legacy (New York USA) Santana Third Album -Best of Jose Feliciano -

Santana Playlist

Summary Key + Technical Skills:

Project overview and management. Interper- sonal counselling skills: both one-on-one and in groups. Good level of humanistic awareness with clients both on spiritual and practical evels. Transferable communication skills enhanced further in the publishing industry. Seeks new responsibilities and uses initiative, self-sufficient.

Personal Interests:

I enjoy music concerts in many forms, Jazz, Latin music and Classical amongst many genres, hence the books published. Dancing salsa, walking, cycling and jogging.

July 2004 – January 2009

Co- Founder and Entertainment Project


Voices of Latin Rock Concerts:

Autism Awareness Charity. (USA)

Through the success of my book Voices of Latin Rock, which was well received and applauded in the publishing industry, we put together an annual Latin Rock Concert, which benefited one of my favourite charities. Our initial concert in 2004, with some top artists including Carlos Santana, held six hundred people in the audience, based at historic Bimbo’s nightclub in San Francisco, which raised thousands of dollars for the charity, to our most recent concert which this year (2009) was held at The Warfield Theatre, San Francisco to an audience of two thousand, with major lea gue artists including Sheila E, War and other major Latin Artists.

Key Skills: Contractual releases, licensing Agreements, client liaison and hospitality. Organisation of equipment hire, Concert and seating supervision, administrational duties, including finance, dealing with budgets. http://www.voicesoflatinrock.com/

May 1996 – June 2001

Addictions Counsellor/Manager Kenward Trust – Uckfield

Kenward Trust is a major rehabilitation charity based in Kent and Sussex.

Key Skills: Project and people management and administrative duties. Counselling individuals and groups with addic- tion issues. Running Lewes Probation contract involving liaising with Police and Probation Of- ficers. Handling client roster. Writing reports and taking detailed client notes,

Qualifications gained during employment

• Certificate in Counselling Skills 1999

• Certificate in Counselling Theory 1999

• Certificate Drugs and Alcohol Counselling 1998

• Certificate in Group Work Training 1998

• Certificate in HIV, Hepatitis, Risks, Prevention of Infection 1998

• Certificate of Introduction to Counselling Skills Level 3 1998

• Certificate of Introduction to Counselling Skills Level 2 1998

• Certificate of Introduction to Counselling Skills Level 1 1998

• Certificate of Basic Group Work Skills 1997

• Certificate of Working with Problem Drug Users


• City and Guilds Basic Counselling Skills 1996

1985 - 1996

Comic Book Artist - 2000 AD Fleetway Publications

I worked on originating the following comic strip characters for 2000AD; Britain’s largest-selling comic publication. Bad Company, Bix Barton, The Grudgefather, Kid Cyborg.

Key Skills: Visualising, designing, and liaising with scriptwriters to produce fresh innovative con- temporary graphics. Working to strict publica- tion deadlines.

1977 – Current

Freelance Illustrator and Designer

Key Skills: Client liaison, project supervision, co- ordinating artists, working to deadlines.

Pulse Magazine (Sussex) Future Publications (Bath) Coopers Lybrand and Deloitte Cassels Educational Heinnemann Publishers Longman Publishers Spectrum Communications Associated TV Sage Film Productions Mitchell Beazley (Part of Octopus Books) British Tourist Board


(Professional) Godfrey Featherstone MBE. Kenward Trust Director, (01622 812838)

(Personal) Karl Hopper-Young. MSc. FPFS.CFP. (Chartered Financial Planner). Sussex IFA Ltd. Chartered Financial Planners. 01323 441788