About

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I help people use digital technologies and transform how they do service delivery. I write, speak and build things for the web. I am based in Bristol. I work for Bristol Cuture, Part of Bristol City Council as Head of Transformation.

During University I started a small web design business in 2003 called tribehut which is pretty quiet these days.

The work on this site is licensed as follows – This work by Zak Mensah is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

You can find me at @zakmensah or zakmensah at googlemail.com

Quick professional history

2015 -Present Head of Transformation, Bristol Culture

2014 Head of Digital, Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

July 2013 – Digital Manager, Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

2008 – June 2013 : Advisor for JISC Digital Media at the University of Bristol

2006-2008: Learning Technologist at the University of Leicester

2005: ICT worker for Bristol City Council (Managed Desktop project)

2003 – present: Worked as a freelance web designer

2001 – 2005: Achieved 1st Class Hons degree in Multimedia Computing

Speaking events

 

 

Full list of speaking engagements.

Professional Writing

I regularly get asked for biographies so below are several you can use and amend as you see fit:

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Zak Mensah Head of Transformation for Bristol Culture, Bristol City Council. I’m excited about helping our 180 person service make a ruckus by focusing on the needs of our 1 Million+ visitors. I’m focusing on helping us to become a cultural business and embedding digital and emerging practice throughout the service. I’ve been on the web since the late 90s and have watched the web permeate every corner of our lives. I write at www.zakmensah.co.uk. You can follow me on twitter at @zakmensah
How can I help?

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Under 300 words
Zak Mensah
Head of Transformation for Bristol Culture, Bristol City Council

How can I help?

I’m excited about helping our 180 person service to make a ruckus by focusing on the needs of our 1 Million+ visitors.
I make up one quarter of our senior management team overseeing user research, making money through retail and cafes/private hire, fundraising, modern records, film office and digital team. I’m encouraging us to become ‘digital by default’.
My mission is to ensure our people, skills and services are adaptable to the rapidly changing landscape as a cultural business. We’re experimenting with different ways of doing things including business models, partnerships, KPIs in the arts, and sharing as much as possible publicly through channels like http://labs.bristolmuseums.org.uk/

My background is in staff development and digital and I’ve been on the web since the late 90s and have watched the web permeate every corner of our lives. I write at www.zakmensah.co.uk. You can follow me on twitter at @zakmensah

Before coming to the arts sector in 2013, I helped small businesses, charities, Jisc, Universities and the Heritage Lottery Fund to ‘do’ digital well.

I want to make a ruckus.