Advisory Board

  • Sarah Parsonage

    Founder of One Question.

    Sarah Parsonage is Founder and Producer of One Question. Prior to One Question, Sarah was MD of a B2B  marketing publication and global events series.

  • Gordon MacMillan

    Head of Editorial, Twitter EMEA

    Prior to Twitter, Gordon was group social media editor at Haymarket Media and the founder of advertising and media website Brand Republic.

  • Vikki Willimott

    Chief Content Strategist, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

    Vikki is Chief Content Strategist at H+K Strategies, joining the agency’s Global Center of Creative Strategy in January 2015 to lead on developing world-class content & publishing approaches across all sectors. Prior to this, Vikki held two roles at Creston Unlimited group; Head of Agency for Things Unlimited and Head of Social for TMW Unlimited.

    Vikki is a former journalist, most recently as News Editor for Econsultancy, Contagious and The Guardian.

  • Simon Davies

    As Managing Director, EMEA,  Simon leads commercial teams across the region for Quartz. His career began with stints in regional newspapers, IT press and women’s glossies before he became one of the first commercial employees of The Week.

    He spent several years in its London and New York offices, finishing his time as Publisher of the UK edition and Simon then joined Point 6, a branding agency in west London where, among other things, he helped establish a Shanghai office. Prior to joining Quartz, Simon ran his own firm representing international print and digital clients to advertisers in EMEA.

  • Andy Oakes

    Andy Oakes has been a central figure in the UK media and digital scene for over a decade and is now Managing Director and Co-Founder of BlueStripe Media, a PR and Content Marketing Agency based in Soho

    Prior to this Andy was publisher of the legendary New Media Age, helped to launch The MediaBriefing and latterly was the Global Managing Director and Head of Content at The Drum.

    Andy is a retired rugby player, enthusiastic cyclist and dreadful cricketer.

  • Ross Sleight

    As Somo’s CSO, Ross advises global brands such as Audi, HSBC and Shop Direct on how to harness the potential of digital technologies across the customer journey. With over 23 years’ experience in digital media with 9 years focused on mobile and digital innovation, Ross is a wonderful addition to our advisory board.

    He was one of the founders of Virgin Games and has been called upon to advise 10 Downing Street and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on interactive media development and has been a judge in all the major creative and effectiveness awards in digital marketing and is a frequent keynote speaker at global industry conferences and events.

  • Heather Darnell

    Heather Darnell is Founder and Finance Director at Ask the BOSS.

    She has worked in Canada, the US, and UK in Finance, Operations and IT. She left the corporate world to set up Ask the BOSS in 2003 as a consultancy that brings all the best practices and corporate knowledge to small business owners. Ask the BOSS is a team of accountants, finance directors and bookkeepers, working predominantly with small businesses and start-ups. They help their clients become more profitable, reach their goals and achieve success through support and implementation of tried and tested tools and years of financial experience.

  • Fred Bolza

    Fred Bolza is Vice President of Strategy at Sony Music helping labels connect artists with the widest possible audiences. Previously, Fred worked as a strategist at PRS For Music and as a management consultant advising ISPs, mobile operators and media companies. Fred’s passion for music is not solely professional as an occasional DJ at a monthly jazz night and music writer write for various publications.

  • Anne Cooper

    Deputy Clinical Director and Chief Nurse at NHS Digital, with experience working in informatics and organisational development, working at a national level for more than a decade, Anne links policy through to delivery, supporting the delivery of safe and effective products.  Anne is a fierce advocate of patients as partners in the health system, as well as Non-Executive Director of Care Opinion and Non-Executive Director TEC Quality.

  • James Scroggs

    James Scroggs experience is vast, currently Founder of M.C Overalls, a contemporary British Workwear brand and Chairman of Calm charity, campaigning to reduce male suicide.  James was VP of Marketing at ITV and subsequently ITV.