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Alex Marks
Alex Marks is Managing Director at Fresh and Frank Consulting. The company was founded by senior marketing and media professionals who held positions in client companies such as eBay, Microsoft and Capital Radio. They are impartial, objective and offer clear thinking to help businesses grow. This experience combined with a collaborative, fluid and flexible approach to maximising business success is why they are chosen by clients. Find out more at
Alex is responsible for the marketing and communications activity for getmemedia. She also manages the partnership relationships with ISBA, The Marketing Society and Haymarket group. 
Andy Sutherden
Andy Sutherden is Global Head of Sports Marketing & Sponsorship at Hill & Knowlton, Inc. - the leading international communications consultancy, providing services to local, multinational and global clients. The firm is headquartered in New York, with 81 offices in 44 countries, as well as an extensive associate network. The agency is part of WPP, one of the world's largest communications services groups.

For more than 15 years, H&K has activated its global network to work on some of the industry’s highest profile FIFA World Cup and Euro sponsor programmes. It has also been a trusted partner to bid and organising committees, governing bodies, federations and commercial sponsors on every Olympic Games since 2000. The team currently represents six London 2012 sponsors and is responsible for multi-market programmes for some of the world’s most famous brands: adidas, HSBC, P&G, Visa and Castrol. H&K has also been a long-term partner of other blue chip companies, including Carling, Aviva and Gillette.
Claire Wright Strategy Consultant at Radio Advertising Bureau Blogger on
Claire has  over 15 years’ experience in the media industry as both agency planner and media owner.  Before joining the RAB as a Strategy Consultant in Sept 2010, she worked in the radio sales team at Bauer Media. She had particular responsibility for the film category working closely with the likes of Paramount, Warner Bros and Disney.

Claire also worked in magazine sales for Bauer and at CBS Outdoor. Before working on the media owner side Claire spent 3 years in planning and buying at Mindshare where she worked on Ford, Argos and Boots amongst others. Her experience has made her a passionate advocate of radio’s beyond the spot & digital abilities.
Emma Caswell
Emma is a Content Planner who also relishes in a bit of copywriting and social media. In her spare time she can usually be found either at a festival, enjoying a cocktail, or out shoe shopping.
Frances Dickens, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Astus
Frances Dickens is the chief executive and co-founder of Astus, the UK’s biggest media barter company. In launching Astus ten years ago with co-founder Paul Jackson, Frances pioneered a new ethical approach to media barter in the UK which focused on delivery first, and on positioning barter as an innovative business process involving first line stock rather than distressed inventory. As a result she helped transform perceptions of media barter in the UK which is now seen as smart business practice by companies from SMEs to large corporates.

Francis Turner has worked within the marketing and media industry for over 10 years. In that time, he has co-founded a start-up content agency and launched the UK’s first native ad network in the form of Content Amp. In 2014, Francis and his co-founder Dale merged Content Amp with Adyoulike ( to create Europe’s leading native ad platform and network. Francis is a respected professional in the UK digital media landscape, with involvement in the IAB and AOP, where he has led the discussion and understanding into what native advertising is and the opportunities it presents within the digital sector and marketing industry more broadly.
Gina Rembe, Researcher Contagious blog
Gina joined Contagious as a researcher in October 2011, working closely with the intelligence resource Feed, in-house consultancy Insider and the Contagious Magazine editorial team. Contagious operates at the intersection of marketing communications, new technology and consumer behaviour, and has become an indispensable strategic resource and creative reference tool for brands and communications agencies around the world.

On a day-to-day basis, Gina is in contact with advertising agencies around the globe in order to discover and source the latest and greatest stories for Contagious. Originally from Berlin, she has since lived and worked in London, Wellington, Toronto and Amsterdam.
Guest blogger
At getmemedia, we work with over 300 media owners and have an audience of 17,000 marketing and agency members. Here, we'll be sharing the views of our audience, if you'd like to take part as a guest blogger - please contact

Jonathan has worked in Direct Marketing for more than 20 years. His previous roles include Managing Director of Omnicom’s Claydon Heeley, Chief Executive of WPP’s RMG Connect and President, EMEA of Carlson Marketing where he was also a member of the global executive committee. Following Carlson Marketing’s acquisition by Aimia in 2009, Jonathan served as Chief Development Officer, EMEA of the combined company. Jonathan holds a postgraduate diploma in marketing and became a Fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing in 2004.
Julie Roberts, Senior Account Manager, Multiply
Julie Roberts is an experienced communications professional specialising in internal communications, employee engagement and the social workplace.  

She has worked both in-house for the Royal Bank of Scotland Group and agency side consulting for Barclaycard, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Life, Tesco Bank, Hymans Robertson, Microsoft and Nokia, developing and delivering highly effective communication campaigns covering brand experience and events, change management, employee branding, intranet development, (internal) public relations and corporate communication and learning & development.

Julie currently works for Multiply – an award winning marketing and communications agency where ideas are lovingly handcrafted into highly effective communication campaigns.  Multiply focuses its talents on three core areas of ‘Thinking’, ‘Learning’ and ‘Doing’.  
Karen Stacey
Karen started her career in media in 1985 working at Independent Radio Sales. In 1992 she moved to Channel 4 and became part of the management team when the channel decided to sell its own airtime.  Once there she helped lead the team that convinced advertisers and agencies to trade television in a completely new way and saw a brand change its image and become a commercial success.

In 1997 she returned to her first love, radio, and helped on Air, a sovereign sales operation. She has been a key player in driving radio’s commercial success and was made Broadcast Sales Director of Advertising in December 2004 responsible for all television and radio sales and strategy. With H Bauer’s purchase of consumer division, Karen retained the position of Broadcast Sales Director.

Karen has been a key leader of a dynamic and winning radio sales team that has picked up an unprecedented four in a row “Campaign Radio Sales team of the Year”. These awards are a clear indication of the team spirit that Karen has engendered over the years. Innovation has been a key part of Karen’s approach to sales.

Karen added the Bauer Cross Media team to her list of responsibilities. Her multi media background and extensive media knowledge was invaluable as this team capitalised on the strengths of the Bauer brand portfolio. Karen’s determination and leadership skills were a core factor in driving this team to greater success.
Kelsey Martin
Kelsey is responsible for the marketing and communications activity for getmemedia. She manages the partnership relationships with ISBA, The Marketing Society and Haymarket group. 

Having graduated from The University of Birmingham with a BA (Hons) degree in Sociology, Laura recently joined getmemedia as our Marketing Executive. Her previous experience spans both agency and in-house marketing. Laura now manages all the marketing and communications activity for with Lee. This includes maintaining relationships with our members and partners such as ISBA and the Marketing Society and coordinating networking events.

Lee has an eclectic background covering many areas of marketing. Starting out life as a public sector marketer he implemented a social media marketing strategy for UK Trade & Investment and instigated their digital marketing activity. He then moved into B2B services marketing and digital marketing for a wide range of FMCG and charity sector clients. Most recently he has undertaken marketing within the music industry and in the technology sector. Lee holds a degree in Photography from Falmouth College of Arts and is a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Martin Shellaker Director at SMP - Creative Marketing Agency

Martin has over 20 years experience of working with multi-national clients and brands across three continents: Europe, North America & Asia. He joined smp at the end of 2000 and during this time has played a key role in helping the agency develop and grow.

In particular, he has driven the development of intellectual property for the agency - most recently PromoSignatures, a unique planning tool which helps predict the promotional responsiveness of a brand (outlined in his recently published White Paper) and a ROI predictive model for experiential campaigns.

Martin’s experience spans many categories including: Retail, Pharmaceuticals, Travel, Drink & Beverages, Utilities, Food, Tobacco, Toiletries & Cosmetics, Household & Domestic and Alcoholic Drinks. Martin is currently responsible for the agency's business development.

smp is an independent creative marketing agency with over 30 years experience of delivering award-winning multi-disciplined campaigns. Our offer is straightforward. We help you sell more.

Matt Beech Account Director at smp - Creative Marketing Agency

Matt has over 8 years experience gained across multiple sectors and disciplines and has played a key role in developing smp's experiential offering.

He led the project to create our bespoke predictive ROI model for experiential campaigns, giving the agency the unique ability to provide its clients with scientific-based estimates on how well a campaign will return against any given level of investment, prior to that investment being made. 

Matt is currently the lead contact for brands including: Andrex (experiential), Bavaria Beer, Church & Dwight (all brands - including Arm & Hammer, Batiste & femfresh) & Brothers Cider.

Matt has experience in the following sectors: Pharmaceuticals, Travel, Drink & Beverages, Food, Tobacco, Consumer Durables, Toiletries & Cosmetics, Household & Domestic and Alcoholic Drinks.

smp is an independent creative marketing agency with over 30 years experience of delivering award-winning multi-disciplined campaigns. Our offer is straightforward. We help you sell more.

Pete Davis
Pete is the founder of With a degree in PR and 10 years commercial experience at Nestle UK he has worked both as a client, within Sales and Brand Management, and in the service side acting in both a PR, Sponsorship and Media Controller role.
Peter Mcneile
Peter McNeile is Head of Sponsorship at Cheltenham Racecourse, the market leader in Jump racing, staging world class sporting events from October – May and hosting over 400,000 spectators each season, including the iconic Cheltenham Festival each March.

Horse racing is the second most popular sport in the UK at large in terms of spectator footfall and revenues, staging racing every day of the week, and attracting over 6m spectators every year. Peter has a wealth of racecourse management experience at Cheltenham, Warwick, Kempton Park and Newmarket over more than 20 years. Responsible for the creation, sale and delivery of some of the foremost properties in the sport, he handles many of the sport’s current sponsor names and develops new communication channels to leverage their association, and to broaden consumer interest in the sport.

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