We’re not like most other full-service marketing agencies. Really we’re not. We live on a farm, work without ego and banish bureaucracy. It’s what works for us – and works wonders for our clients.

Cultivating creativity

Now when you live on a farm, inspiration just comes naturally. Perhaps it’s the picture-perfect setting. Or the chirpy soundtrack on repeat. However, we believe our great ideas come from our award-winning people. They’re a hardworking bunch, but never hard work. And they love what they do, which is coming up with ideas that surprise and deliver at every turn.

Our creative roots date back to 1999, when there was just one of us. Since then, the tea round has grown to over 20. And we don’t plan on stopping there. We remain as hungry as ever to deliver ideas that drive business and spark conversation. It’s why we continue to seek out the best talent and bravest clients. People and brands that continually challenge us, push us and keep us on our toes. But above all, want to have fun along the way.

Meet the team

We’re an energetic bunch at 8848. You’ll find daring storytellers and dedicated designers. Marketing experts and PR specialists. The list goes on. But while we each have our own specialist subject, all of us work in the exact same way – with honesty, humility and humour. It’s what makes working on the farm so rewarding. Come and see for yourself.

  • Hazel Crawford

    Hazel Crawford
    Managing Director

    Fearless and fabulous in equal measure, Hazel founded Connect PR with Rob Hampton in 1999. Cut to almost 20 years later and Hazel has shaped that business into the forward-thinking, full-service agency you’ll find today. Widely considered one of the Midlands’ leading young business women, Hazel was also the driving force behind making Aspley Farm the headquarters of 8848.

  • James Garrison

    James Garrison
    Account Director

    When it comes to knowing what makes clients smile and the media tick, few are more skilled than James. Joining us in 2011, like everyone else in the 8848 team James is committed to creating engaging and effective campaigns for clients and securing the best possible outcome across all channels.

  • Adrian Wilde

    Adrian Wilde
    Creative Director

    Always questioning, always challenging and always first to roll up his sleeves, 8848 snapped up Adrian at the start of 2018. His brief? To lead a fresh creative direction and drive the agency’s creative output. While his results already speak for themselves, it’s his collaborative nature and ego-free approach that clients and colleagues appreciate most.

  • Liz Collingridge

    Liz Collingridge
    Business Development Director

    Never shy to ask difficult questions, Liz is renowned for her boundless energy and insightful interpretation of business and customer needs, supporting her clients’ strategic thinking and accurately communicating those needs to the wider agency team.

  • Emma Taggart

    Emma Taggart
    Digital Account Director

    Marketing insight expert. Check. Customer journey aficionado. Check. Sunny disposition. Triple check. The latest addition to our growing digital crew, Emma brings a fresh perspective and can-do attitude to everything she works on. Her results-led approach has benefitted a diverse range of clients, from automotive to health and fitness.

  • Charlotte Penn

    Charlotte Penn
    Account Director

    Charlotte is our data expert. And our GDPR expert. Not to mentioned one of the most knowledgeable marketers on the farm thanks to her 20+ years of B2B and B2C experience. However, it’s Charlotte’s love for data that ensures our creative campaigns don’t just target the right people, but consistently hit the mark.

  • Caroline Garbett

    Caroline Garbett
    Account Director

    Caroline’s clients benefit from skilfully executed creative campaigns, engaging social media programmes and authoritative crisis handling. Although she majors in PR, her wealth of journalism and in-house experience is also widely employed by the 8848 marketing team. Be foolish not to really.

  • Sue Foster

    Sue Foster
    Account Director

    One of our most versatile and commercially minded team members, Sue uses her organisational skills and endless creativity to deliver explosive strategic campaigns across all channels.

  • Nicky Hind

    Nicky Hind
    Account Director

    Whether it’s a small charity or a FTSE 100 company, Nicky’s deliberate and calm approach is used to develop measurable creative solutions that change perceptions and cement relationships. And like all the 8848 team, Nicky specialises in tailoring campaigns to suit the practical needs and aspirations of every client.

  • Sam Taylor

    Sam Taylor
    Senior Account Manager

    Our resident wordsmith, proofreader and editor supremo, Sam’s our good grammar guru when we’re unsure whether we need a preposition or conjunction. As a former newspaper editor of 20 years, it’s fair to say Sam has an eye for a story and is highly adept at switching between copy styles.

  • Sean Wozencroft

    Sean Wozencroft
    Account Manager

    Sean has eight years of media experience having started out as a journalist with a leading regional newspaper before joining 8848 in 2014. With a degree in journalism, he has a passion for engaging press releases and in bringing brands to the forefront in the trade press.

  • Sarah Dutton

    Sarah Dutton
    Account Manager

    For 25 years, Sarah has brought hunger and energy to the industry. Always looking for the next challenge, Sarah pushes the team at 8848 to continually strive for perfection and embrace new working practices. After all, that’s what keeps things interesting.

  • Judith Sanders

    Judith Sanders
    Account Manager

    With an in-built understanding of what the media wants and needs, Judith’s journalistic skills are used at 8848 to help clients consistently grab the right headlines. Judith can also often be found sharing her 20 years of experience with other areas of the business, helping to reinforce our one team, one goal mindset.

  • Natalie Moore

    Natalie Moore
    Account Manager

    Cool, calm and classy, Natalie delivers knockout content for social media and traditional marketing channels. Her first in English Language makes her a team go-to for copywriting, and an insightful, considered approach promises positive professional results for a range of consumer and trade clients. Also has a killer shoe collection.

  • Stuart Glover

    Stuart Glover
    Digital Content Manager

    With the ability to lead integrated digital and social media campaigns from concept to execution, Stuart is our go-to guy when it comes to content that cuts through the noise. Stuart puts his clients at the heart of everything he does ensuring each digital approach he creates is as individual as they are.

  • Charlotte Greenhalgh

    Charlotte Greenhalgh
    Senior Account Executive

    In a team of confident communicators, Charlotte’s unique narrative voice is impossible to miss. With experience in social media strategy, campaign management, lead generation and reporting, Charlotte’s creative-led approach and cross-platform content always delivers killer results.

  • Charlotte Lem

    Charlotte Lem
    Digital Account Executive

    One of our latest graduate recruits, Charlotte has already proved an asset, impressing colleagues and clients with her unflappable good nature and work ethic. No surprise really – she left uni with a first class honours degree in multi-media journalism and scooped the Express & Star Award for Excellence in Journalism and The Nicholas Jones Media Prize for Outstanding Final Year Project. Definitely one to watch.

  • Jackie Winfield

    Jackie Winfield
    Finance and Operations Director

    With more than 20 years’ agency support experience, Jackie is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of 8848’s accounts, purchasing and invoicing. In what is often a bustling work environment, her composed and exhaustive approach is invaluable in maintaining effective day-to-day operations.

  • Chris Shein

    Chris Shein
    Video News Executive

    With more than a decade of industry experience shooting corporate films and primetime TV shows, Chris brings more than just a touch of star quality to the 8848 team. He brings levelheadedness. And an ability to react to ever-changing situations to squeeze the most from every shoot.

  • Jon Woodrow

    John Woodrow
    Head of IT Solutions

    Building databases. Optimising platforms. Delivering best practice marketing strategies. It’s fair to say Jon puts his 20 years (ish) of IT expertise to brilliantly effective use on a daily basis for our clients. And not only does he laugh in the face of tight deadlines, he genuinely knows what all those random buttons in Excel do.

  • Stuart Buck

    Stuart Buck
    Senior Developer

    Stu’s our technical guru. For 12+ years he’s worked as a full stack developer and is responsible for ensuring all our software is both bang up-to-date and bang on the money. That said, we often forget what he looks like as he’s always got his head down building automation tools, writing scripts and perfecting front-end web pages.

  • Kay Reeves

    Kay Reeves
    Client Services Co-ordinator

    Calm. Considered. Pragmatic. That’s our Kay. With a wealth of retail sector experience spanning over 15 years, Kay’s meticulous management approach ensures many of our key contact centre accounts are run with military precision day in, day out.

  • Faye Jacques

    Faye Jacques
    Customer Management Specialist

    In her former life, Faye worked in management and customer service for several heavyweight retailers. The result? Faye understands the importance of smashing client expectations and ensures we never fall into the trap of overpromising only to underdeliver. As a busy mum of three, Faye’s also perfected the art of project juggling.

  • Steve Bishop

    Steve Bishop
    Customer Management Specialist

    Steve loves to talk, whether with business owners, tradespeople or titans of finance. Hardly surprising then that he’s our leading outbound specialist. In fact, we don’t know anyone who gets more out of a phone call than Steve, whether that’s customer research, lead generation or just a good old-fashioned data cleanse.

  • Teresa Middleton

    Teresa Middleton
    Customer Management Specialist

    Teresa’s relaxed and calming nature makes her a natural on the phone. Which is lucky, as she’s always on the blower helping our clients with their inbound call handling, outbound telemarketing and pretty much everything in between. And did we mention her silky smooth voice?

  • Olivia Moreton

    Olivia Moreton
    Customer Management Specialist

    8848’s queen of multitasking. Whether it’s balancing inbound enquiries with outbound telemarketing, or juggling time sensitive marketing with essential admin, Olivia’s can-do attitude is infectious. And it’s been that way since she first joined the business over 13 years ago.


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