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
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
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
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.
- Katie Davis
While most marketeers seem to crave the glamour of consumer brands, our Katie prefers to get her hands dirty with B2B and trade accounts. A seasoned professional, experienced in juggling the competing demands of multiple large-scale client projects and delivering fantastic results on time and on budget. Mastermind specialist subject: gaskets and seals.
- Caroline Garbett
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.
- 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.
- Sue Foster
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.
- Nick Taylor
An obsessive attention to detail ensures Apple Mac and sci-fi fanatic Nick has been delivering great design and artwork for more than 20 years. When not in front of a screen, he can be found exploring Snowdonia or drawing inspiration from National Trust and English Heritage sites.
- 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.
- Konnie Sinton
Social Media Director
Konnie specialises in creating impactful social media campaigns, built on real customer insight to help brands earn the love and trust of new and existing fans and followers. With more than eight years of agency and client-side experience, she has helped brand convert offline experiences into online conversations in the UK and overseas.
- Nicky Hind
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
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 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
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.
- Natalie Moore
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.
- Judith Sanders
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Caroline Sweetman
Our spreadsheet queen, Caroline helps all the 8848 team look after their clients. With more than 22 years of agency experience, she provides a safe pair of hands and friendly support across all accounts. Away from work, Cal loves going for long walks with her lovable Staffie and there’s no theatre stage show she hasn’t seen.
- 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
Junior 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.
- 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.
- Callum MacPherson
Junior Account Executive
We do like to pick the cream of the crop when it comes to graduates, and Callum is no exception. As part of his degree in marketing management (first class honours) he discovered a love of PR and social media during a work placement with Wolverhampton Wanderers, and is now turning that passion into creative content for a range of 8848 clients.