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PEOPLE

Nothing gives us greater pleasure than seeing people flourish. So we set out to cultivate a boundless culture, free from egos and hierarchy that limit the way people think, act and grow. Our walls are painted chalkboard black, so people can write, draw, paint, scribble, dream and doodle to their heart’s content. Our belief is that creativity thrives in an ideas democracy where great ideas can come from anywhere or anyone. Except Doug. His best idea is rummaging through bins every day after lunch. But then again, he is a Pug.

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BERI CHEETHAM

EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

I Saw Your Willy is a classic example of Beri’s disruptive, irreverent and beautifully executed work. Which, you’ll be relieved to hear, is a highly awarded online safety campaign for the NSPCC.

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KELLY CHURCH

LEAD PLANNER

A cross-channel expert (without stepping foot on a single ferry) Kelly works with Kerry to deliver media-neutral, cross channel thinking for all of The Gate’s clients – along with expertly choosing and buying media for our media-only clients.  

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JAMIE ELLIOTT

CEO

EURO RSCG WNEK GOSPER... not only a triple word score in Scrabble, but the first stop in Jamie’s 18-year advertising career. He then went on to become Managing Director at DLKW Lowe. And latterly, CEO at MullenLowe London.  

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MARTYN GOH

DESIGN DIRECTOR

There’s no ‘I’ in Martyn… but there is 18 years’ design and advertising experience, an eagle-eye for craft, and an unquenchable love of golf. Whatever the brief, however big or small, Martyn’s goal is to always tell a simple story, well.  

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OLLIE MILLS

DIGITAL CREATIVE

Although ‘Digital Creative’ was the job title that got the nod, it could so easily have been ‘Digital Octopus’. Design, photography, filmmaking and more all come naturally to this relentlessly creative thinker. A face to watch.

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KERRY FYANS

HEAD OF MEDIA

Avid traveller (and occasional flight-misser) Kerry’s called digital media ‘home’ for the past 17 years, working across numerous high-profile travel, finance, auto, FMCG, QSR and retail brands. In the last five, Kerry’s been broadening her skills – taking a more rounded view to include cross-channel comms.

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RICKIE MARSDEN

CREATIVE

He wanted a picture with his plants, but sadly we couldn’t get them all in the studio. Rickie likes to challenge the medium with his advertising. Usually found baking or singing, one of these John loves, the other not so much.

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SOPHIE PAWSON

ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

Pasta addict and ‘80s pop-culture enthusiast, Sophie’s the account team’s right-hand woman. After completing a (very rainy!) degree in Lancashire, she’s looking forward to putting her love of linguistics and consumer psychology to good use. No task too big or too small, her priority is making things run smoothly.   

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PIERS POLLOCK

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, STRATEGY & PLANNING

Part planner, part MAMIL Piers brings with him over 20 years’ experience developing brand and communication strategies for multinational clients. Insightful, passionate, results-focused – and pretty darn fast on two wheels. 

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JOHN OSBORNE

CREATIVE

Usually found thinking about briefs. The paper kind. John was bitten by the advertising bug when he starred in an ad as a kid.

Which was thankfully pre-YouTube. He loves wearing black and mixing metaphors.

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CAMILLE MORIARTY

BUSINESS DIRECTOR

Unperturbed by unpredictable weather, Camille moved from the US to the UK back in 2000. 19 years, and not a whisper of a British accent later, and Camille’s a Business Director – looking after The Gate’s clients across the globe.

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ASH SHAH

FINANCE DIRECTOR

From Necker Island to sunny Tottenham Court Road, Ash’s glittering career has seen him work for Virgin, Nobu – and, for the last 12 years, MSQ Partners. Since 2011 he’s been taking care of finance here at The Gate.  

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MARK GEISER

IT MANAGER

Peruvian, British, Swiss... Not content with one passport, Mark’s collected three. Along with being thoroughly international, Mark looks after IT at The Gate. With over 30 years’ experience, there ain’t a problem he can’t fix.  

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SAM DEMPSEY

ACCOUNT DIRECTOR

Don’t offer Sam a meat pie when you see him at the next Man United game (and you will). Vegetarian, avid football fan and Account Director, Sam looks after existing and prospective clients at The Gate with limitless enthusiasm.  

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SRDJAN JERINIC

FINANCE ASSISTANT

The go-to Paprika problem-solver who often goes by one of his many aliases (Surgeon, Sergio, Sargent, Nicola Sturgeon). Srdjan brings a calm and collected approach to dealing with clients and suppliers, staying on top of his many inboxes, and supporting Ash and Sam, to keep the finance department running like clockwork.

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SAM ALSEMGEEST

COMMS PLANNING MANAGER

It’s a good thing that curiosity only kills the cat, with 6 years in the industry to date across a blend of DR and Brand clients. Sam cut her teeth on offline, but interest in the digital landscape has lead to a cross-channel approach to planning. Figuring how the user journey and business challenge fits together is what keeps her ticking.

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HUGO BONE

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Yes, that is actually Hugo’s real name as opposed to a comedy nom-de-plume. Although he remains bitter, it hasn’t yet affected him during his 17-year advertising career, whose highlight so far has been squeezing Usain Bolt into a floral dress.

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GEORGINA BEST

LEAD CREATIVE PRODUCER

Foodie, cyclist, art-lover and yogi (not as in bear) we’d like you to meet George, our ever-so-flexible Lead Creative Producer. Along with organising creative resource day-to-day, George also takes care of production, on projects large and small.

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KAROLINA RUDNICKA

FRONT OF HOUSE

Second only to vodka, Karolina is Poland’s best-loved export. One of the first friendly faces you’ll see when you visit us at The Gate – Karolina makes sure everything in the office runs smoothly, day in, day out.  

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ROBIN MURRAY

CREATIVE SERVICES DIRECTOR

When he isn't shredding Slayer on his guitar, Robin puts his 20+ years of experience in creative services to good use within the agency – making sure work gets delivered on brief, on time and on budget.

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TIM LINDSAY

CEO AT D&AD & CHAIRMAN AT THE GATE WORLDWIDE

Sharp as a pencil, Tim has spent 36 years in advertising, holding prestigious positions at BBH, Y&R London, Lowe Worldwide, Publicis UK and TBWA. Today he’s the CEO of design awards show and education charity, D&AD and The Gate Worldwide.  

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PAUL CARTER

PRE-PRESS MANAGER

Preparing mock-ups and preventing muck-ups is our Pre-press Manager of 25 years, Paul. He started his career in a pre-Mac era, allowing him to develop drawing board skills he still uses to this day – from presentations to intricate mock-ups.

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ED BIRTH

HEAD OF ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT

Much like Clark Kent, Ed is only recognisable with his glasses on. In this, Head of Account Management mode, Ed is responsible for maintaining a high standard of client service at The Gate. Without them, he’s a squash-playing, pub-quiz-smashing Superman.

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SAMANTHA WIGGINS-FLINT

MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANT

When not refereeing two little budding footballers at home, Sam’s busy running the numbers at The Gate – keeping a close eye on revenue and work in progress. (No red flags here!) 

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CLAIRE PHILLIPS

COPYWRITER

If owners do indeed look like their dogs, Claire is in deep trouble. Always followed by her trusty sidekick, Doug, you’ll find her creating concepts, and crafting both long and short copy, for an array of The Gate’s clients. 

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DOUG

CHIEF CANINE OFFICER

Prolific bin-dipper and furry stress ball, Doug’s been ‘working’ in advertising for nearly a decade. Recognise his face? You’ve probably seen him on the cover of Luerzer’s Archive, as part of their award-winning ‘Untouchable Covers’ campaign. 

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BLAKE FIELD

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Thanks to his love of fashion, fine wine, and striped tops, you’d be forgiven for thinking Blake is French! Au contraire, born in sunny, sunny Wendover, he’s one of The Gate’s chicest Account Managers - working on Organix, Chiltern Railways, and more.

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MUNA HUSSEN

COMMUNICATIONS PLANNING DIRECTOR

Muna stumbled into media planning almost a decade ago, and has since planned media for clients across tourism, finance and FinTech. When she’s not wrestling with channel plans, she’s teaching spin, circuits and fitness classes. Someday, she’ll convince the rest of The Gate to join her on a bike at 6am

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VICKY JANAWAY

CLIENT SERVICES DIRECTOR

‘Good value’ is how her best friend describes her, and we think she's hit the nail on the head! Vicky’s equally happy pottering with her family in the Home Counties, as she is in London, leading our client services team. Vicky brings 15 years’ experience across FMCG, retail, Financial Services and Government, alongside her unparalleled zeal.

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HANNAH CUNNINGHAM

CREATIVE

Famed for her accidental hilarity, Hannah is an art director with the quirky magnetic draw of a young Iris Apfel… and her body of work is just as bold and colourful. When not at the office she can be spotted chasing the last rays of sun with her rabbit Jelly in tow.

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ALLISON BALL

SENIOR DESIGNER

We call her Allison ‘never drops the’ Ball, partly because it annoys her, but mainly because it’s true. She brings over 20 years of experience to the creative department, and an enviable array of skills. An award-winning designer, illustrator and typographer, it’s hard to keep up with The Gate London’s craft queen.

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BETH GRACE

CREATIVE

A kind of city-locked pirate, Beth is a creative copywriter whose literary passion is fuelled by Diet Coke and cider. When she’s not musing on a brief, she’s out filling Instagram with nature photography from the concrete jungle.

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GEORGIA PHILLIPS

ACCOUNT MANAGER

Convinced that she was Italian in a former life due to her unhealthy love of Italian food, Georgia’s spent the last three years in the industry, working across a number of different sectors - from cars and retail, to charities. Now, here at The Gate, she’s keen to work on plenty more!

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SAM WHATLEY

CREATIVE

Disruptive. Integrated. Digital Native. These are all words Sam has written for this bio. Please don't make him write another one.

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CAMERON ARCHBOLD

MEDIA ASSISTANT

Frequently described as Mark from Peep Show, Cam is on hand to assist on all things media. In his spare time he reminisces about his fleeting American football career, tries to improve his chess rating, and wonders why his memory is so full of relatively useless pub quiz information.

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