Our Team

Cool Blue is a team of creative individuals working together to find fresh ways to bring our clients’ brands, products and services to life.

Whether that’s through the intelligent use of PR, social media, marketing, design or digital campaigns our winning work creates differentiation and competitive advantage for our clients.

We have a human touch, a flair for the original and an unfailing ability to deliver outstanding results, and that’s why our growing list of clients represents some of the UK’s best-known brands.

Newcastle Team

Tanya Garland
Tanya Garland
Managing Director
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Tanya Garland

Managing Director

Tanya set up Cool Blue 15 years ago following roles with Hill & Knowlton and JWT. Since then the agency has grown its client roster to include FTSE 100 companies as well as some of the UK’s most respected brands.

Apart from leading and growing the business, Tanya’s interest and expertise is focused on the relationship between brand development and design. This has lead to an extensive portfolio of award winning creative communications work spanning lifestyle to science and education to regeneration.

Tanya enjoys taking a hands-on role with clients working on brand positioning campaigns and developing perception of brand through enhanced design.
June Kelly
June Kelly
Account Director
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June Kelly

Account Director

June is well-qualified for her specialist role in media relations as she spent more than a decade as a chief news reporter on newspapers within the Trinity Mirror group. As a journalist she also knows how to communicate directly with key opinion formers and information providers.

She has generated millions of pounds worth of coverage for Cool Blue’s clients across print, broadcast and digital media and has considerable knowledge and experience of a variety of subject areas, including: science, technology, energy, higher education and regeneration.

Experienced at dealing with a range of stakeholders, her work has been consistently recognised as among the best in the UK by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
Sophie O'Mahony
Sophie O'Mahony
Account Director
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Sophie O'Mahony

Account Director

Sophie has worked in PR for over 10 years. After completing her BSc Psychology degree at Durham University she began her career in PR working on large scale national campaigns.

Since joining Cool Blue she has delivered fully integrated campaigns for financial services, law, higher education, social enterprises and technology. These experiences, coupled with a PR professional’s creativity and flair, mean that Sophie devises and implements highly effective strategic campaigns which deliver fantastic results. Her work has been consistently recognised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations as some of the best in the UK.
Jess Mayhew
Jess Mayhew
Account Manager
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Jess Mayhew

Account Manager

Jess is an experienced PR professional who has handled international campaigns for some of the world’s best known consumer and technology brands including JVC Electronics, Fujifilm, Polaroid, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson.

During her time at Cool Blue Jess has managed a number of large-scale digital, design, social media and PR campaigns for clients in the legal, retail, digital and social enterprise sectors.

Jess’ work has been consistently recognised as some of the best in the UK by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
Laura Emmerson
Laura Emmerson
Account Manager
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Laura Emmerson

Account Manager

A qualified journalist and experienced PR practitioner, Laura has a broad range of experience. Her understanding of the media was established by working with some of the biggest media agencies including CBS Outdoor, Publicis Groupe and Global Radio.

As a journalist she has written for a number of lifestyle and business magazines, while her PR experience includes brand building campaigns for clients including Kopparberg, Brand Alley and ScS. She enjoys writing creative content for multi-media channels and coming up with innovative ideas that take her clients’ PR activity to the next level.
Hannah Davies
Hannah Davies
Account Manager
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Hannah Davies

Account Manager

Hannah is an expert in the media makeup of the North East having worked for 10 years across The Journal, The Sunday Sun, The Metro North East, The Gateshead Post and BBC Radio Newcastle. She worked in student radio and newspapers at Manchester University before moving to London to work for a publishing company.

After joining The Journal, Hannah won Features Writer of the Year and was heavily involved in content development for The Journal.

Since joining Cool Blue Hannah has led award-winning campaigns for Digital City, Gentoo, Winns Solicitors and Applied Graphene Science.

She is an adept user of social media within her campaign work.
Julie Martin
Julie Martin
Account Manager
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Julie Martin

Account Manager

Julie is a highly experienced award-winning digital editor and journalist. She has a fantastic understanding of the North East landscape and its business communities. Julie is former head of multimedia for Trinity Mirror and launched and edited a series of community websites which were awarded Online Community of the Year by the Association of Online Publishers.

She has an MA in Multimedia Journalism and led a newsroom of traditional print journalists into the digital arena, helping them develop online skills in order to reach a wider audience and drive community engagement.

Julie also helped Trinity Mirror recruit an army of community journalists to publish news items to a series of award-winning hyper-local websites.
Adrienne Hunter
Adrienne Hunter
Account Manager
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Adrienne Hunter

Account Manager

With an extensive career in newspapers including stints as the editorial director of a regional newspaper group and as the award-winning features editor of a major regional daily, Adrienne has an insider’s knowledge of the media.

This is complemented by a strong track record in corporate and internal communications with both private and public sector organisations including BT, Tata Steel, Yorkshire Housing Group and the Government’s Department of Communities.

Adrienne’s journalistic skills were recently rewarded by the achievement of an MA in journalism at the University of Sunderland, awarded with distinction.
Ian Benet
Ian Benet
Account Manager
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Ian Benet

Account Manager

In 2013 Ian was awarded the North East Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year Award by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

He graduated from Sunderland University with a BA in Public Relations. The university was the first in the country to offer a social media module and Ian was one of the first students to complete it. He has since brought this expertise to bear on many of Cool Blue’s large scale campaigns.

Ian has devised and implemented integrated campaigns for a number of B2B and B2C clients including the Business & Enterprise Group, Digital City, Newcastle City Council and Sunderland College.
Lottie King
Lottie King
Account Executive
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Lottie King

Account Executive

Lottie works across a range of sectors including retail, lifestyle and education to support client campaign activity. She delivers media relations, social media  and digital campaign activity preparing reports and analytics against client objectives on an ongoing basis.

Lottie has a flair for community campaigns and played a key part in attracting over 27,000 people to the inaugural Festival of Thrift in Darlington, County Durham.

Studio

Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith
Studio Manager
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Kevin Smith

Studio Manager

A highly experienced studio manager, Kevin’s career in the creative industries spans more than 20 years. With a strong belief in attention to detail and robust methodology Kevin secured IS0 9001 accreditation to Cool Blue’s business and studio systems.

Kevin has an in-depth knowledge of design, artwork, print and digital work and an understanding of what turns ordinary into great work.  Brands and organisations to benefit from his creativity and project management skills include Carlsberg, Scottish Hydro Electric, Visit Britain and the NHS.
Neil Fletcher
Neil Fletcher
Senior Creative
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Neil Fletcher

Senior Creative

Neil is head of Cool Blue’s design team, planning and delivering creative campaigns for a range of clients that never fail to provide the wow factor.

He has more than 12 years’ experience and a portfolio of stunning examples of print and digital design.

Working with a range of clients across retail, professional services, recruitment, property, B2B and regeneration Neil has a reputation for excellence and innovation.

He has produced award-winning work for FTSE 100 companies including Unilever and Johnson Matthey and highly differentiated campaigns for exciting high growth businesses such as Story Homes, Barker & Stonehouse and Clinkards.

As well as being a talented graphic designer Neil is also an exceptional illustrator which can bring another dimension for clients seeking truly bespoke designs.
Fallon Armstrong
Fallon Armstrong
Senior Creative
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Fallon Armstrong

Senior Creative

Keeping abreast of consumer trends and the latest ‘must haves’ means Fallon is able to lead the way in digital design, illustration and photography.

She’s worked with international, national and regional brands, and her portfolio includes concepts for John Cullen lighting, L’Oreal, Redken and Occa Home.

Fallon has an MA in design professional practice and a BA Hons in fashion marketing. All of that knowledge mixed with a unique sense of style and originality means she’s continually producing eye-catching, engaging, fresh-thinking designs for a range of clients across a variety of sectors.
Michael Watts
Michael Watts
Senior Creative
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Michael Watts

Senior Creative

Michael has over 10 years' experience working with an impressive client list such as Bet365, NHS, Berghaus, Land Securities,

Barker & Stonehouse and Benfield Motor Group.

He believes passionately in ideas and they’re at the heart of everything he does. Whether they’re the big powerful ideas that help businesses take a significant leap forward, clever ideas that fly under the radar straight to their mark or simple sweet-spot ideas that resonate with everyone they touch Michael will ace the creative challenge.

Michael specialises in brand identities and fully integrated campaigns.
Tracy Cormack
Tracy Cormack
Senior Creative
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Tracy Cormack

Senior Creative

With over 15 years industry experience, Tracy has worked on a huge range of sectors for local and national accounts including Harveys, Lloyds TSB, Pizza Express and the National Trust to name but a few.

Not just about pretty pictures, Tracy has a strong business sense, which is at the forefront of all her design work. She’s worked on just about every platform going from TV to cinema, digital to direct mail. A perfectionist with a keen eye, Tracy has art directed major campaigns and photography shoots.

A brand specialist, Tracy has built and developed several brands throughout her career, ensuring a cohesive and clear proposition is communicated across all touch points.
Lee Thompson
Lee Thompson
Creative Designer
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Lee Thompson

Creative Designer

Lee has more than ten years’ experience in the fields of graphic design and print. He previously worked as the design account handler for a leading regional media organisation.

He has top-notch art-working skills with a flair for creative design and is well practised at working to tight deadlines and under pressure. Lee works across a range of client materials and campaigns and always delivers the goods.
Ben Robinson
Ben Robinson
Head of Digital
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Ben Robinson

Head of Digital

Ben attended Sunderland University where he graduated in Internet Information Systems.

He gained experience working for some of the North East’s top creative web development firms and now leads Cool Blue’s digital team.

He is an authority on the development and implementation of a wide range of digital solutions from developing web and mobile apps, to social media, ecommerce, and digital to real world platforms.

His wide skill-set ranges from server-side to client-side standards compliant web development in a range of languages, through database engineering, graphic design, and electronic prototyping to create interactive electronic devices.

His work also allows him to indulge his interest in emerging technology of all kinds.
Chris Neale
Chris Neale
Lead Developer
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Chris Neale

Lead Developer

Apart from working at some of the UK’s most innovative digital companies Chris has also created bespoke digital products and services during his time running his own tech company.

He has a passion for new web technologies and developing highly usable software for the web. His work spans a wide range of languages, platforms and channels turning his hand very ably from front-end to back-end solutions meaning that he’s highly experienced in each step of the development process.

Chris is also an excellent problem solver who is adept at finding solutions to digital challenges and likes nothing more than getting stuck into tasks that require agile thinking and a combination of skills.
Katie McNamara
Katie McNamara
Social & Online Strategy
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Katie McNamara

Social & Online Strategy

Listed in the 2013 Drapers ‘30 Under 30 Ones to Watch’ and shortlisted for the 2013 Retail Week Retail Ambassadors Programme, Katie has been recognised as one of the UK’s rising social strategy stars.

Katie knows what people want to talk about online, how to drive engagement and bring brands to life on social platforms.

She has spent the last five years developing highly successful social and digital marketing campaigns as Brand Content Manager for Very.co.uk and as Web Content Editor for Marks & Spencer.

Katie’s expertise includes comprehensive brand marketing, commercial understanding of social media campaigning and the ability to fully integrate digital and offline campaigns that produce commercial results.
Élann Carel
Élann Carel
Social Strategy Executive
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Élann Carel

Social Strategy Executive

Élann has an interest in the development of social media marketing and a keen awareness of the next ‘big thing’. After graduating three years ago she worked in London at Google’s ‘Wildfire’ team to assist clients with social marketing management.

Originally from South Africa Élann has been in the UK for 12 years. Before joining Cool Blue she fulfilled a desire to learn and explore by travelling the world visiting 21 countries in ten months.

Her role at Cool Blue sees her bring together her previous experience and expert skills to provide the best social media solutions for clients.

London Team

Ben Groom
Ben Groom
Associate Director
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Ben Groom

Associate Director

A results driven public relations and social media expert, Ben has over ten years’ experience planning and delivering high profile integrated campaigns for leading brands including C.P. Hart, Dualit and Feather & Black.

With a focus on interiors, lifestyle and hospitality, his enviable address book includes the very best contacts in luxury goods, home-interest and food and drinks.

Passionate about creating real engagement Ben ensures that all campaign activities are fully integrated across traditional PR, social media and web.
Natacha Toledo
Natacha Toledo
Studio Account Manager
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Natacha Toledo

Studio Account Manager

Natacha has 10 years’ experience and expertise in project management within integrated creative agencies and large international organisations.

She is adept at ensuring that projects are planned and delivered to clients’ agreed goals, budgets and timelines.

Her role is to create a seamless client experience across projects, ensuring success against campaign goals and efficiency in the process.

To do this Natacha works across Cool Blue’s PR, Marketing and Design Studio teams ensuring that projects flow smoothly and that all milestones are met.

 
Hannah Waugh
Hannah Waugh
Account Manager
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Hannah Waugh

Account Manager

A dynamic and experienced interiors PR professional, Hannah’s agency experience has led her to work with over 30 brands within the home interiors and lifestyle sector.

Extremely well-connected, Hannah has built and nurtured a strong network of key industry contacts with ongoing relationships across both print and online media. Above all, she applies her specialist knowledge and sound understanding of how the media works to develop game-changing campaigns.

Her work has taken numerous brands to a new level of positive exposure amongst media and consumers.
Lucy Bowes
Lucy Bowes
Account Executive
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Lucy Bowes

Account Executive

Since graduating from Durham University, Lucy has worked in consumer PR with brands such as Calligaris managing their presence at Clerkenwell Design Week.

Specialising in media relations, brand activation and event management Lucy has an extensive knowledge of the design sector and has been involved in raising brand awareness with media and the public through a range of creative campaigns and activities.

Her work delivers great results for clients, helping to increase awareness across a range of audiences.

Financial and Administrative Team

Trudi Chapman
Trudi Chapman
Commercial Manager
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Trudi Chapman

Commercial Manager

Trudi is in charge of all things financial at Cool Blue. She is responsible for managing key accounts  and ensures the smooth running of the business.  Making the financial wheels go round and generally shepherding a team of creatives into keeping their client files up to date isn’t the easiest of jobs but Trudi delivers the goods.
Aileen Duncan
Aileen Duncan
Administrator
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Aileen Duncan

Administrator

Aileen ensures a smooth running office. Making the essential office services seem a breeze she deals with all-comers to Cool Blue with her charming smile and maybe even a slice of her homemade cake!
Holly Rowley
Holly Rowley
Administrator
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Holly Rowley

Administrator

Contact

We'd love to hear from you, whether you're a client that's looking for a winning campaign or a potential new member of our tribe.
LONDON
Audley House
12/12a Margaret Street
London
W1W 8RH
T: 020 3102 8640
london@coolblue.co.uk
NEWCASTLE
Toffee Factory
Lower Steenberg's Yard
Newcastle Upon Tyne
NE1 2DF
T: 0191 375 9150
newcastle@coolblue.co.uk
MIDDLESBROUGH
Plenary BV House
Queens Square
Middlesbrough
TS2 1PA
T: 01642 351011
middlesbrough@coolblue.co.uk