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 led 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.

Ben Clarke-Groom

Ben Clarke-Groom

Associate Director

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Ben Clarke-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 Multiyork. 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.

Sarah Gibbs

Sarah Gibbs

Senior Account Director

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Sarah Gibbs

Senior Account Director

Sarah is a passionate and experienced PR professional with extensive experience in the interiors and lifestyle sectors. Sarah has spearheaded and implemented fully integrated, creative campaigns for brands such as Crown Paints, Harveys, Morsø, AGA Cookshop and Harvey Jones. As a specialist in crafting identifiable visual identities for both 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. Sarah has nurtured a strong network of contacts across on and offline media to ensure results and exceed expectations.

Jess Mayhew

Jess Mayhew

Account Director

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Jess Mayhew

Account Director

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.

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 / Business Development

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Sophie O'Mahony

Account Director / Business Development

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.

Tom Keighley

Tom Keighley

Account Manager

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Tom Keighley

Account Manager

Tom is an experienced former journalist who has worked on the business desk on one of the region’s busiest newspapers. His career developed alongside the evolution of news into a constantly changing digital product and he was also instrumental in setting up a major North East online news platform.He's interviewed everyone from Prime Ministers to international business magnates and has a nose for what will make a great story for clients. When he’s not writing Tom can normally be found digging through crates to satisfy his vinyl records obsession.

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.

Lucy Bowes

Lucy Bowes

Account Manager

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Lucy Bowes

Account Manager

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.

Anna Graham

Anna Graham

Account Manager

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Anna Graham

Account Manager

Anna Graham, Account Manager is a PR professional with serious drive and enthusiasm. She's delivered exceptional events, substantial media coverage and strategic campaigns working both in house and in an agency environment for nearly ten years.As a former Media and Public Affairs Executive at Newcastle International Airport, she has launched new routes to international destinations, welcomed high tech new aircraft to the region and hosted many media calls, events and press conferences. She's led numerous large scale filming and photography projects and works with the media on a daily basis, delivering impressive results.Her enthusiasm for media relations sees her achieve consistently high levels of coverage across a range of platforms.In her spare time Anna can often be found getting out and about with her family, attempting to cook and drinking way too many lattes.

Chloe Watson

Chloe Watson

Senior Account Executive

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Chloe Watson

Senior Account Executive

Chloe has an impressive range of experience working on integrated and social media campaigns for clients in retail, interiors, house building and education.Her skill set includes media relations, social media and digital campaign planning and delivery to achieve client objectives.With a keen interest and specialism in social media campaigning Chloe also provides advice and support to colleagues and clients across a full range of social campaign activity from social commerce to community engagement.

Isabelle Furby

Isabelle Furby

Account Executive

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Isabelle Furby

Account Executive

Isabelle joins Cool Blue with experience in consumer media relations focusing on fashion and interiors. Having graduated from Richmond, the American International University in London, with a degree in PR and Marketing, Isabelle understands how to devise a successful strategy to meet the latest editorial trends in both print and online media. Isabelle plays an active role in meeting with media, drafting and issuing press releases and works to expand client social media platforms. After spending 10 years living abroad she is excited to be back in London.

Chloe Morris

Chloe Morris

Junior Account Executive

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Chloe Morris

Junior Account Executive

Chloe joins Cool Blue with excellent communications skills and a strong passion for interiors. Having graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in French and Politics, she enjoys writing and keeping up to date with the latest trends in both print and online media, including developments across social platforms. In her spare time Chloe loves to travel and is always planning for her next mini adventure.

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.

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.

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.

Tracy Appleby

Tracy Appleby

Senior Creative

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Tracy Appleby

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.

Pete Gardner

Pete Gardner

Graphic Designer

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Pete Gardner

Graphic 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. In his personal life, he’s a lover of soul music with a passion for illustration, history, museums, city breaks – and confesses to a strong appreciation of brogues and taches.

Danielle Gilbert

Danielle Gilbert

Graphic Designer

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Danielle Gilbert

Graphic Designer

Danielle graduated from Northumbria University with a First Class Honours degree in Graphic Design.A creative, leftfield thinker with a unique approach and style she loves bold, eye catching design, creative typography and has a big passion for illustration.Her portfolio has a variety of work across many sectors including publishing, energy, health, housing, entertainment, arts, culture and heritage.As the queen of creative research she leaves no stone unturned and gets very excited about new client briefings.

Lee Freeman

Lee Freeman

Artworker

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Lee Freeman

Artworker

Lee has more than 16 years artwork experience working across a range of sectors for top name brands, including Jennings Motors, Reid Furniture, Cargo Home Shop, Harveys Furniture, Lloyd Motor Group, and Barkers Northallerton. Fast and efficient, Lee is keen to keep on improving his skills and keeps up with the latest technology. When he’s not at work he’s happily practising design by coming-up with new tattoos to add to his own canvas of artwork.

Adam Mills

Adam Mills

Web Developer

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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. He eats, sleeps and dreams about digital technology. As such he's the first to the table with new ideas and solutions for the team to work with.

David Baird

David Baird

Senior Account Manager

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David Baird

Senior Account Manager

David is an expert in all things marketing and holds a first-class honours degree in marketing management. With a keen eye for detail, he puts his knowledge to good use managing key accounts from brief through to delivery. With considerable experience of delivering high-profile online and offline campaigns and collateral for leading brands, David takes the time to understand the needs of the client and uses that information to add value throughout the project. We keep him busy - ensuring Cool Blue’s projects are delivered on time, on budget and with great results.

Claire Duns

Claire Duns

Campaign Manager

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Claire Duns

Campaign Manager

Claire has extensive experience in the retail sector having worked for Ralph Lauren and Marks & Spencer.At Ralph Lauren she worked with the New York HQ and teams across the UK and Europe to ensure the brand’s identity was upheld across the existing estate as well as new stores and concessions.Claire then went on to lead Marks & Spencers’ digital signage and content strategy team. This role focused on creating coherency between brand messaging and the customer journey in store, online and mobile.She managed the roll-out of a number of digital signage solutions across the UK, Europe and Asia, working with the in-house development teams and cross-business marketing teams to create the best solutions to capture key data whilst reinforcing the brand’s core identity and campaign messages.Claire is also fluent in French having lived and worked in Lyon for four years prior to moving to London.

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 home-made cake!

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