Tanya Garland

Managing Director

tanya.garland@coolblue.co.uk

Tanya Garland

Managing Director

Tanya set up Cool Blue in 1999 and since then, the agency has grown its client roster to include FTSE 100 companies and some of the UK’s most respected brands.

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

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

Ben Clarke-Groom

Associate Director

Ben Clarke-Groom

Associate Director

A results-driven public relations and social media expert, Ben has more than ten years’ experience of planning and delivering high-profile integrated campaigns for leading lifestyle and property brands.

With a focus on interiors, lifestyle and property, his enviable address book includes the very best contacts in home interest and lifestyle.

Passionate about creating real engagement, Ben ensures all campaign activities are fully integrated across traditional PR, social media and web.

June Kelly

Senior Account Director

June Kelly

Senior Account Director

June works across the planning and delivery of integrated campaigns, and she directs the PR team.

Her experience includes print, broadcast and digital media, and she has considerable knowledge and understanding of numerous subject areas, including manufacturing, property, regeneration, science, technology, energy and higher education.

June spent more than a decade as a chief news reporter on newspapers within the Trinity Mirror group. As a former journalist, she knows how to communicate directly with key opinion formers and information providers, and is fully conversant with the social, economic and political complexion of the North East.

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.

Ben Robinson

Head of Digital

Ben Robinson

Head of Digital

Ben leads Cool Blue’s digital team and he is an authority on the development and implementation of a wide range of digital solutions. They include developing web and mobile apps, social media, e-commerce, digital and real-world platforms.

His skill set ranges from server-side to client-side standards-compliant web development in numerous 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.

Ben attended Sunderland University where he graduated in internet information systems. He gained extensive experience working for some of the North’s top creative web development firms before joining Cool Blue.

Sophie O'Mahony

Account Director

Sophie O'Mahony

Account Director

At Cool Blue, Sophie has delivered fully integrated campaigns for property, financial services, law, higher education, social enterprises and technology companies, while also creating sector research and insights.

She specialises in digital communications and her analytical approach was honed during her years as a researcher at a leading research consultancy. This experience, combined with her psychology degree from Durham University, has led Sophie to specialise in fine-tuning campaigns across multiple channels to deliver the best possible results.

Tom Keighley

Senior Account Manager

Tom Keighley

Senior Account Manager

Tom plans and delivers fully integrated campaigns, content marketing campaigns, and business and news-focused media relations campaigns.

As an experienced former business journalist who worked at the region’s busiest newspaper, The Journal, for several years before joining Cool Blue, he knows the businesses, politics and key influencers of the North East extremely well.

Tom’s career developed alongside the evolution of news into a constantly changing digital product and was also instrumental in setting up a major North East online news platform, BDaily.

As a result, he is fully conversant with the requirements for online and offline news channels. He is also a high-scoring graduate of the Squared Online Academy, a prestigious Google-endorsed digital marketing qualification.

David Baird

Account Director

David Baird

Account Director

David is a highly experienced marketing professional with a strong record of delivering high-profile online and offline campaigns and collateral for leading brands including P&G, Nike, the NHS, Barker and Stonehouse, Northumberland County Council.

He puts his knowledge to good use by managing key accounts from brief to delivery. David takes the time to understand client needs and uses his insights and experience to add value throughout each step of their projects.

He has a first-class honours degree in marketing .

Tracy Appleby

Head of Creative

Tracy Appleby

Head of Creative

Tracy leads the design team in the development of creative activities across a range of sectors including property, retail, manufacturing, financial and professional services.

With more than 15 years' experience, she has developed creative campaigns for national accounts including Harveys, Lloyds TSB, Pizza Express and the National Trust.

A perfectionist with a keen eye, Tracy has art directed major campaigns and photography shoots. As a brand specialist, she has built and developed several brands throughout her career, ensuring a cohesive and clear proposition is communicated across all touch points.

Tracy also has a strong business sense, which is at the forefront of all her work. She works on all channels and platforms including TV, cinema, point of sale, direct mail, press and online advertising.

Kevin Smith

Studio Manager

Kevin Smith

Studio Manager

Kevin has an in-depth knowledge of design, artwork, print and digital and an understanding of what turns ordinary into great work .

A highly experienced studio manager, his 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.

Brands and organisations to benefit from his creativity and project management skills include Carlsberg, Scottish Hydro Electric, Visit Britain and the NHS.

Sarah Gibbs

Senior Account Director

Sarah Gibbs

Senior Account Director

Sarah is a passionate and experienced PR professional with extensive knowledge in the interiors and property sectors. She has spearheaded and implemented fully integrated, creative campaigns for leading brands such as Crown Paints, Harveys, Morsø, AGA Cookshop and Harvey Jones.

As a specialist in crafting identifiable visual identities both for household names and new kids on the block, Sarah excels in coordinating multi-purpose editorial shoots, creating engaging brand materials and hosting full-scale press events.

She has nurtured a strong network of contacts across online and offline media to ensure outstanding results.

Jonathan Aldridge

Account Manager

Jonathan Aldridge

Account Manager

Jonathan plans and delivers integrated campaigns across sectors including manufacturing, technology, property and the public sector.

He is a talented marketing communications professional who established his career at the heart of Westminster within the Department for Work and Pensions, the UK’s largest government department.

As a senior manager, he was heavily involved in shaping marketing communications strategy to affect behavioural change and the resulting work won numerous awards from a range of professional bodies.

Prior to this, he worked in the London office of leading international multi-disciplinary agency Teneo Blue Rubicon, delivering integrated campaigns for well-known international brands and the London 2012 Olympics.

Jonathan has an MA in English from Cambridge University.

Lucy Bowes

Account Manager

Lucy Bowes

Account Manager

Lucy specialises in brand activation, social media and integrated marketing communications across a range of sectors including interiors, retail, property and design.

Her work delivers great national results for clients ranging across interiors and property.

Lucy has worked in social and digital marketing communications since graduating in psychology from Durham University .

Adrienne Hunter

Content Production

Adrienne Hunter

Content Production

Adrienne has worked with Cool Blue for many years delivering integrated campaigns in education, property, manufacturing and the public sector.

With an extensive career in newspapers including stints as the editorial director of a regional newspaper group and 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.

Kristin Neely

Account Manager

Kristin Neely

Account Manager

Kristin is an enthusiastic and dynamic public relations account manager specialising in interiors. He has worked with a wide spectrum of brands in the sector, from paints to blinds and furniture to fabric houses.

Kristin has built a reputation for securing targeted coverage in national broadsheets, leading magazines, websites and blogs. With extensive experience of managing editorial photoshoots, developing media assets and hosting press events, he devises campaigns that not only excite the press but meet business goals too.

Stacey McIntosh

Account Manager

Stacey McIntosh

Account Manager

Stacey is a former news and business journalist with 15 years’ experience of working in journalism and PR.

He has worked at print and online publications including Metro and International Business Times, as well as being a contributing writer for a range of lifestyle and health titles including GQ and Men’s Fitness.

Prior to joining Cool Blue, he managed all aspects of internal and external communications, including social media strategy, at international video games company Ubisoft. Stacey now manages integrated campaigns in enterprise, manufacturing and education as well as delivering a range of design and digital projects. Stacey graduated from Bournemouth University with a degree in journalism.

Chloe Watson

Senior Account Executive

Chloe Watson

Senior Account Executive

Chloe has an impressive range of experience working on integrated campaigns for clients in retail, interiors, house building and education.

With a keen interest and specialism in social and digital media campaigning, she also provides advice and support to colleagues and clients across a full range of social activity including social commerce and community engagement.

Isobel Surridge

Account Executive

Isobel Surridge

Account Executive

Izzi is an enthusiastic communications professional with a background as a copywriter and content creator.

She has written articles and blog posts for a variety for clients and has an excellent knowledge of social media.

Izzi has worked in account executive and copywriting roles since graduating in politics from Northumbria University.

Sarah Hawkins

Junior Account Executive

Sarah Hawkins

Junior Account Executive

Sarah has a thorough understanding of the retail and interiors sector, and has been involved in raising brand awareness and communicating key messages with consumers.

With a key focus on digital and social media campaigning, Sarah has a confident and creative approach to planning and delivering thoughtfully tailored and targeted campaigns, delivering great results.

Sarah joined our team after gaining three years of advertising experience while working on interior titles such as House & Garden and The World of Interiors, as well as fashion titles including Vogue .

Ruby Fell

Junior Account Executive

Ruby Fell

Junior Account Executive

Ruby has an eye for classic fashion and design, thanks to her experience in vintage retail and working with the Geffrye Museum of the Home in Shoreditch, London. With an enthusiasm for interiors and innovative approach to projects, Ruby showcases her creative flare throughout all assignments she is tasked with.

Fallon Armstrong

Senior Creative

Fallon Armstrong

Senior Creative

Fallon has worked with leading brands including L’Oreal, Redken, Duresta and Matthew Williamson. Her role involves brand development, design concept development and art direction.

All of that knowledge mixed with a unique sense of style and originality means she’s continually producing eye-catching, engaging, fresh-thinking creative concepts for a range of clients across a variety of sectors.

Fallon has an MA in design professional practice and a BA Hons in fashion marketing.

Gavin Downey

Senior Creative

Gavin Downey

Senior Creative

Gavin has worked with a wide range of leading brands within the North East region and beyond, and is highly experienced in the complexities of branding projects. He takes a thoughtful and thorough approach to the process, resulting in high-quality creative concepts that work across all mediums.

Gavin took the leading role in the recent rebrand of the North East Chamber of Commerce and played a key role in the inception, development and implementation of Thirteen Group’s brand following the merger of Fabrick and Vela. He also worked on the branding of Fabrick and has delivered brand refresh work for the National Railway Museum at York.

Lee Thompson

Designer

Lee Thompson

Designer

Lee has top-notch art-working skills and he works across a range of client materials and campaigns. He has a flair for creative design and is well versed at working under pressure and to tight deadlines.

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

Pete Gardner

Designer

Pete Gardner

Designer

Pete graduated from Northumbria University in graphic design, and in the eight years since, he has worked for prestigious clients including Mercedes-Benz, Knight Frank, Fortnum & Mason and Newcastle University Business School.

He is an expert in creating brand identities and has a specialism in illustration.

Pete’s emphasis as a graphic designer is on giving clients first-class service, responding to their requirements while maintaining a high level of creativity that results in a unique response and end product.

Lee Freeman

Artworker

Lee Freeman

Artworker

Lee has more than 16 years’ experience working across a range of sectors for top name brands, including Jennings Motors, Reid Furniture, Cargo Home Shop, Harveys Furniture and Lloyd Motor Group.

Fast and efficient, Lee is keen to keep on improving his skills and keeps up with the latest technology.

Adam Mills

Web Developer

Adam Mills

Web Developer

A graduate in web and multimedia from Teesside University, Adam’s expertise is found at the cutting edge of both the technical and design areas of web development.

He specialises in mark-up languages including HTML 5, CSS3 and JavaScript/jQuery, other key skills include the creation of mobile platforms and responsive design.

Adam’s work includes web and app development for clients across a range of sectors.

Mari Olsen

Marketing Executive

Mari Olsen

Marketing Executive

Mari is Cool Blue’s very own Norwegian. Since graduating with a degree in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies from Newcastle University, she has quickly acquired a vast amount of experience working with a variety of local, regional and international clients from different sectors. Passionate about online and social media, you can always count on Mari to be up to speed with the latest trends and tools. With her enthusiastic attitude she always goes all in to fully grasp the client’s requirements.

Trudi Chapman

Commercial Manager

Trudi Chapman

Commercial Manager

Trudi leads the financial and administrative teams at Cool Blue.

She is responsible for managing key accounts and works closely with the senior management team to ensure the smooth running of the business.

Aileen Duncan

Administrator

Aileen Duncan

Administrator

Aileen delivers the administrative and essential office services. It’s a multifaceted job, which she does with a smile and a warm welcome to all.

Why Choose us

Telling the story of what makes you different and special to generate bottom-line improvements is what we excel at. Whether that’s by using new words or technologies, fresh ideas or alternative channels, we’ll give you plenty of ways to make your business gain clear momentum.

Integrated Services

Using all types of content from digital, print and design to social media, marketing and web, our team has the know-how to make your good story great.

Knowledge

Our team of industry experts and insiders bring a huge depth and breadth of specialist knowledge to our clients’ projects.

Ideas

Working across a range of sectors brings an ideas-driven creative richness to all of our client projects.

Results

Our 20-year reputation has been built on consistently delivering outstanding results for our clients.