BIMA is managed by an elected committee of leaders from every part of the digital sector. The Committee Executive give their time for free and meet formally once a month. Beyond this they work hard to coordinate events and seminars as well as delivering the high profile annual BIMA Awards.
Fancy being on the Committee?
There are usually new vacancies on the executive every year. Members of BIMA can put themselves forward for nomination. Committee members need to have the time and experience to commit to improving the profile of digital in the UK. If this sounds like you, and you would like to nominate yourself to be a BIMA Committee member, then email us.
Justin is the UK CEO of POSSIBLE, WPP Digital’s largest global digital agency network and the current Chair of the British Interactive Media Association. A Manchester University drama graduate who majored in Computers and Theatre, Justin’s early career included creative roles with BBC Films, Universal Music and United News and Media.
Justin now spends his time running an agency geared up to harness digital’s power to change the world in transformational and measurable ways with a global client base that includes AEGON, American Express, BP, Canon, De Beers, Fitness First, NetJets, Richemont, Rio Tinto, Small Luxury Hotels of the World and UEFA.
In May 2012 Wired Magazine listed Justin in its Top 100 survey of Britain's top digital power-brokers and in June 2012 New Media Age ranked him the most influential person in UK digital.
CEO, Weapon 7
Adam Graham is Vice Chair of BIMA and the CEO of Weapon7, a digital first - integrated communications agency. Until recently, he was Managing Partner and co-founder of Saint@RKCR/Y&R – Revolution and NMA's creative agency of the year, 2011. Prior to this, Adam founded one of the first internet radio stations back in 1998; was the first person to stream live music from Glastonbury in 2002; and, for five years, ran a small digital agency specialising in the music industry and youth marketing. He is still extremely passionate about digital and the possibilities it holds and is proud to be involved in Bima. He tweets on @adamgraham▲ Return
Executive Committee Members
CEO, Redweb Ltd
Andrew Henning has been on the BIMA executive board since 2008 and is CEO of digital design agency Redweb. It is the largest agency in the south west with 120 staff. Redweb specialises in website design and build and other services include consultancy, technical development and support, usability, search, mobile, social media, content and hosting. With a BA from Manchester in 3D design and previous experience in new media, print and marketing, Andrew started the agency in 1997. He now lives with his family in Bournemouth, which is also home to Redweb's headquarters.
During his digital career, Henning's role has evolved from “hands on” designer-owner-manager to today's more strategic position. Still proud of its south coast roots, Andrew has instilled an agency with quality, service, competitiveness and sound business practice at its heart. With a successful team, Andrew now has more time to devote to the industry and welcomes the chance to assist BIMA with its future plans. He is committed to developing and nurturing local talent in the south west area as well as BIMA's initiatives of greater communication and collaboration across the UK.
He is involved in the Education Committee, helping to deliver BIMA's annual Digital Schools Challenge. This rewarding enterprise sees BIMA reach and encourage young emerging talent and bridge the gap between schools and the digital media industry. It provides greater reach and influence for the future of digital in this country.▲ Return
Founder, Kempt Ltd
Chris has spent way too much time in front of a computer. After graduating in Fine Art in ’98 he decided he wasn’t suited to fast food work and chose to pursue his love of the internet professionally, a decision which he has never regretted to this day. Chris has worked in a range of roles around the industry including as Creative Director - New Media for Redhouse Lane Communications and Production Manager of the world’s biggest dance music website MinistryofSound.com.
Chris founded Kempt in early 2003. Kempt are a digital marketing and production company who specialise in building and promoting flash games for a range of clients including Sony Europe, King of Shaves, the United Nations, NBC Universal and MTV. Their games receive many millions of visits every month. In addition to production work Kempt run a casual online game portal, Killerviral.com and viral tracking system memecounter.com which is fast becoming the de facto standard for tracking viral in the UK.▲ Return
Digital and Creative Partner Channel Development, Sitecore
Matt’s role at global software company Sitecore is to head up strategic partnership efforts, using his specialist knowledge of the UK agency scene to tailor Sitecore’s partnership proposition to suit digital agencies and large system integrators. He came to Sitecore from seven years at Microsoft where he worked in the emerging business division and established Microsoft’s Partner channel working with full service design agencies.
Matt is a regular speaker at industry and technology-focused events where he gives insight into the ever changing digital trends impacting businesses in the UK.He joined the Executive Board of BIMA in mid-2011 and currently chairs the organisation’s events team and the BIMA Awards 2013.
Global Brand & Marketing Director, LBi
After spending ten years as a journalist asking awkward questions about marketing Gareth now spends most of his time trying to find the answers. Gareth is Global Brand & Marketing Director of LBi, the global marketing and technology agency, where he is responsible for making the agency and its clients famous. Before joining LBi Gareth was Editor of Marketing magazine and Editor of its sister title Revolution, a quarterly publication specialising in digital media. Gareth has held a number of roles at Haymarket Business Media including News Editor and Digital Editor on Marketing. He has also occupied senior editorial positions at Centaur's New Media Age and MediaTel. He began his career as a broadcast journalist making programmes for BBC Radio 4.▲ Return
Account Manager, Six Degrees Group
Namuli Katumba is Account Manager at Six Degrees Group, provider of integrated managed data services linking people, places and clouds. She is a regular author of articles on the challenges and opportunities posed by the digital arena, a subject on which she also co-founded the not-for-profit discussion group Talk Digital.Nam has a specific interest in the impact of social media on the digital landscape and the environment needed to support that. She has served on the board of BIMA since 2011, with a focus on industry events and the BIMA Awards.
Digital Marketing Consultant
Howard is digital marketing consultant who has worked in the industry since 1996. Currently working with several London companies as well as his own start-up in the mobile field he was, until recently, on the board of Sequence as Digital Marketing Director. Like many with a 15+ year career in digital he has a hybrid background covering technology, creative thinking, strategy and delivery.
In his spare time Howard is a visiting lecturer at Southampton University on the subject of digital marketing and has helped create a relationship between BIMA and the university to look at opportunities around closer working in the future and a vision to be the "centre of excellence" for digital r&d.
Howard is currently ranked as the 48th most influential person in the UK by the New Media Age top100, although he suspects this is due mainly to having more social media accounts than most people and little to do with interesting content but feel free to follow him on twitter @Howard_scott
Managing Director, SapientNitro
In his role as Managing Director, Nigel is responsible for driving forward SapientNitro’s vision of delivering excellent customer experiences by working closely with SapientNitro’s clients and global teams. In addition, Nigel oversees SapientNitro’s media, telecommunications, travel, retail and utilities clients across Europe and is a member of Sapient's global leadership team.
Since joining SapientNitro in 2000, Nigel has held a number of key management positions, including leading key engagements for SapientNitro's clients across North America, Europe and India.
Prior to SapientNitro, Nigel was the co-founder and Managing Director of a public company with interests in telecoms consulting and connectivity solutions. He has also consulted to and worked with a number of companies including AT&T/Cingular, McKinsey and Company, Orange, Siemens, Telkom SA, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone.
Tiffany St. James
Tiffany grew up in marketing in central government and employee engagement agencies enjoying reaching people inside and out of business and fuelling her love of pushing people out of their comfort zone with diamond heists for corporate adventurists outside the walls of Whitehall.
Tiffany is now a digital strategist, trainer and speaker, advising government and industry through her agency Stimulation to evolve greater digital competency. She aligns corporate objectives and digital people skills and Stimulation’s client list includes Cabinet Office, Channel 4, COI, Guardian.co.uk, Marketing Agencies Association, Panasonic, Sony and Vodafone.
As the former Head of Public Participation for UK Government and Director of Comms for Directgov she launched data.gov.uk working with Cabinet Office and Sir Tim Berners-Lee. She was responsible for delivering better public services online and training all civil servants to build digital capability. She developed the digital training strategy for Government.
She advises the Speaker of the House of Commons on Public Engagement to make democracy and the House more meaningful to people in the UK today.
Her causes are to support and nurture talent through greater digital capability which she undertakes being an advisor to BIMA, Head of Communications for Rewired State the public sector open data champions nurturing young developer talent and supporting One Young World, the premier global forum of young people with leadership calibre.
Richard founded the agency in 1995 when he spotted the need for delivering applications through the emerging channel of the worldwide web. Since then Sequence has grown rapidly to become an award winning top 20 outside London digital agency, delivering rich online experiences for the likes of Disney, the BBC and the Cabinet Office.
Richard was educated in his native South Wales, and studied Computer Science before joining the access solutions division of Compaq (formally Microcom Inc). During his time at Compaq Richard was involved in establishing the first Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Israel and Greece and was also involved in the introduction of the company’s first ISDN and 56K modem products to the UK.
In addition to his BIMA appointment Richard sits on the ICT Sector panel for Welsh Government representing the digital sector and he also serves on the Steering group of eCrime Wales (www.ecrimewales.com) Welsh Government’s ground breaking trust and security initiative.
Sharing his time between Sequence’s Cardiff HQ and London frontline, Richard is passionate about technology and the opportunity that it can bring – specifically in the regions and nations. He also has particular interest in how digital channels are being used between the public sector, business and the citizen, especially with respect to procurement and economic development. If you’re so inclined follow him @Richlybaked.▲ Return
Founder & Managing Director, Nile
As Managing Director of Experience and Service Design company Nile, Sarah is responsible for driving the strategic direction of the business.
Co-founding her first company in 2006, Sarah become MD in 2007 and joined the parent company board in 2009. She subsequently led a buyout from the parent group in 2011, at which point she expanded the core services and rebranded to Nile.
Nile were the first UK company to integrate and offer Service and Experience Design skills under one roof. Sarah is responsible for the continued growth of the company and works as an adviser to internal teams working across a range of client portfolios including; RBS, The Scottish Government, Hiscox and NHS Direct. Sarah drives the Nile culture - encouraging people to find passion in what they're doing, as passion out performs every time.
Prior to her appointment with BIMA, Sarah served on the steering board for Heriot-Watt University and is the founder and co-chair of the Service Design Network in the UK. Sarah's role within BIMA is to extend the reach of the organisation outside London and into regional areas across Britain.▲ Return
Head of Business Development, Harvest Digital
Wyndham has followed the digital curve from the launch of the home PC to working with some of the world’s biggest companies on their digital marketing strategy and execution. His work has generated over $70 million in value for the companies that he has worked and consulted with.
He heads up business development at the UK’s 7th largest digital media agency Harvest. He joined the executive committee of BIMA because of the need for the digital industry to have a voice and ensure that the UK remains a global force in the creative and technical industries.
He has been involved in technology, mobile and social media since 1996. He is particularly proud of his work on Mobile Youth which defined a new generation’s adoption of mobile technology. Its success led to global consulting and research contracts with MTV, Vodafone, Nokia and Sprint.
He was head-hunted to work in the US for the Top50 US agency One to One Interactive as group director for their Technology Media and Telecoms team. His love of the English weather, family and tea brought him home where he has continued to work with companies to deliver the best possible online performance and experience across all the digital channels.▲ Return
Founder & Creative Director, Hometown London
David is the founder and Creative Director of Hometown, one of London’s latest startup advertising agencies.
He was also the founder of digital advertising agency Saint@RKCR, which he helped take from 2 people to 70, and both NMA and Revolution magazine’s digital agency of the year in just 4 years.
David has had a passion for the internet and the more innovative side of advertising for nearly two decades. He was one of the UK’s first digital creatives, and true integrated thinkers, having created award-winning campaigns spanning digital and above-the-line since 1995.
He has filmed on the set of Gladiator, taken part in battle maneuvers in the Atlantic, spent time in LA with Pamela Anderson, and helped re-launch Kate Moss’ career. He says there have been dull days, but not many.
David’s work has been awarded every year since 1996. He has received over 100 international creative and effectiveness awards in the last two years alone, and has been named a ‘Face to Watch’ and ‘Future Creative Leader’ by Campaign Magazine, and ‘Top 100’ creative people in the UK by The Independent.▲ Return
Head of Innovation, Bite Global
Justin is head of innovation at marketing agency Bite. He spent 15 years as a journalist before joining Bite, previously editor for New Media Age, the publication for the digital media and marketing industry. He currently writes a monthly column for marketing magazine The Drum. He has appeared regularly on television, radio and in the national press as an expert on all issues relating to digital media and as a regular speaker and host at a variety of conferences and events.
As CEO of global digital marketing and technology agency Amaze, Natalie is responsible for defining and driving the strategic and commercial direction of the business.
Recruited in 1999 by digital visionary Roy Stringer, Natalie led the acquisition of Amaze by the Hasgrove Group in 2007, at which point she became Managing Partner. In October 2011 Natalie became CEO.
Now responsible for a team of over 200 people across Europe, Natalie works as Executive Sponsor or advisor to internal teams for a client portfolio that includes Coca-Cola Enterprises, Dyson, Lexus, Toyota, Coats Plc and The Co-operative Group.
Natalie drives the Amaze brand purpose – to inspire original thinking through a deeper understanding of technology and human behaviour. This is her passion and she leads research projects in this area, including a five-year study into today’s generation of digital natives, coined Amaze Generation.
She is a key voice in the industry, providing regular commentary on the future role of the digital agency, the industry’s challenge for skills and talent and delivering digital solutions globally. ▲ Return
Managing Director, Cact.us
Spencer founded Bluhalo a digital marketing agency in 1999. Nine years later it had become the largest digital agency in the South East. In April 2008 Spencer went on to successfully sell Bluhalo to the world's largest independent b2b marketing agency - Gyro International. The acquisition enabled Bluhalo to access its parent company's global network of offices putting them in the frame to design, build and market some of the world's largest websites. The newly merged digital entity trading as Bluhalo/GyroHSR became a top 10 UK digital marketing agency (NMA in 2009 and 2010).
Recently, Spencer co-founded Cact.us which uses a combination of its owners' specific skill-sets and experience in the digital agency space to help "fast growth & ambitious" digital agencies successfully accelerate their business goals and objectives by providing expert commercial development support combined with expert operational & financial guidance.▲ Return
Business Manager, Channel 4 Online
Jen's role is to ensure the smooth running of Channel 4 Online’s activities which covers multiplatform commissioning, content experiences on connected TVs and new devices, games and product management of the channel’s online portfolio. She’s also responsible for Fuel4, which is the Channel’s events programme aiming to help prepare digital professionals and TV producers for the creative opportunities arising from new technologies and convergence.
Jen joined Channel 4 six years ago, and since then has played an integral role in many of its new media projects, including the re-launch of channel4.com, various multiplatform commissions, video distribution to sites like You Tube and product management of 4oD. She started her career as junior reporter for the Stornoway Gazette, before joining the BBC as a News Trainee in 2000. She quickly became a senior broadcast journalist specialising in producing and reporting across TV, radio and online. After the BBC, Jen was Head of New Media at the Community Channel. During her time at Channel 4, Jen also studied for an MBA which she completed in 2008.▲ Return
Tarek Nseir is founder and CEO of TH_NK, a full-service digital agency with a technology and innovation pedigree and an impressive client list including the BBC, Warner Bros, Disney, Audi, BlackBerry and Virgin. TH_NK is also the lead agency behind the creation and execution of Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s ground-breaking new digital start-up. Tarek founded TH_NK in 2004 whilst still studying at University in Newcastle, employing just 3 members of staff. The company grew from strength to strength, and at the start of 2008, TH_NK opened an office in central London as a result of their continuous success in the digital sector.
Today, TH_NK is an NMA top 20 UK agency which employs over 120 people with offices in London and Newcastle and has been named in The Drum as the second largest independent digital agency in the UK. In addition, TH_NK topped the 2011 annual YouGov Agency Reputation Survey.
The agency is one of Microsoft’s leading Cloud partners and one of a handful of UK members of WC3, contributing to the formation of the global and future standards of the internet. Tarek was a finalist in this year’s Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in the UK, and personally sits on Microsoft’s Global Agency Advisory Committee.▲ Return
Head of Editorial Client Services, Sticky Content
Amy Nicholson is head of editorial client services at digital copywriting agency Sticky Content and has been involved with BIMA since early 2012, helping to strengthen the association’s own online communications before joining the executive committee in the autumn of that year.
She has spent her career so far producing strong, original and commercially effective content for a broad range of clients. Working equally across B2B and B2C accounts, Amy’s enthusiasm for good-quality, well-executed content began during her first real job, at contract publishing agency Archant Dialogue. She progressed quickly from work experience to Group Editor, managing a portfolio of digital and print products for brands including Center Parcs, Harley-Davidson and The Whisky Shop.
Earlier this year, she moved permanently into digital and now helps a range of blue chip clients and well-loved brands build and execute successful content strategies. However, her years working in print helped to ingrain the traditional editorial rigour that’s so valuable in digital content marketing today, and it’s this dedication to disciplined, valuable, engaging content with a purpose that Amy will bring to BIMA in the coming years.▲ Return
Partner, Kemp Little
Andy is a partner in Kemp Little's corporate practice. Andy advises UK and multi-national companies on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, including corporate restructurings and strategic alliances. He works with both capital providers in respect of their investment portfolios and with entrepreneurial companies on all stages of the funding cycle (including seed capital, development funding and exits). Andy has over twelve years’ experience in advising technology and digital media clients. He currently leads Kemp Little’s focus on digital media, having extensive experience advising on exits for digital agencies and acting for interactive entertainment and gaming companies. Andy is listed as a “computer games expert” in Legal 500.▲ Return
Founder & Managing Director, we are experience
Chris Averill is the founder and managing director of we are experience (formerly we are:london), an innovative insight-led marketing agency, specialising in the development of engaging and profit boosting digital design. Since establishing the company in 2003, Chris and his team have been dedicated to creating the best customer experience to help brands grow.
A product designer by training, Chris’ 18-year career encompasses the launch of the world’s first commercial interactive TV service, HomeChoice, and the launch of Bupa’s very first website through to leading Andersen’s client digital design team to launch Sky Sports and Pop Idol.
Since its inception, we are experience has launched a multitude of commerce, travel, entertainment and FMCG websites and are the rostered agency for Zurich, TfL, Barclays and O2. Chris’ interest and expertise in digital convergence, mobile technology and marketing strategies has put the company at the forefront of marketing innovation and digital brand solutions.
As a keen sailor, Chris has seen most of the world from the deck of a boat, culminating when he won the Admirals Cup in 2007 racing on his team’s Beneteau, “Playing Around”, and is a regular racer at Cowes Week.▲ Return
Craig Le Grice
Global Technology Performance Director, Aegis Media
Craig joined BIMA’s Executive Committee in 2013, driven by the organisation’s ambition to enrich the digital sector in the UK. An accomplished strategist and business leader, Craig is based in London and works worldwide. Currently Global Technology Performance Director at Aegis Media (and formerly Global Digital Lead at WPP), his passion for the industry centres around education, integration and innovation.
With a hybrid career – spanning more than a decade in advertising, marketing and consultancy – he’s worked with major brands, held senior roles in the biggest networks and built a company from scratch to MBO. Along the way clients have included the likes of BMW, British Airways, RBS, Virgin, P&G, Google and GE as well as challenger brands and unique startups.
Craig’s love for the industry, belief in the importance of nurturing next generation talent and excitement about the connection between technology and business keeps him focused on his career ambition to change the industry from one that used to focus on making people love products in to one that creates products people love.▲ Return
BIMA advisor, South East (Brighton)
Alex is founder and Managing Director of Cubeworks, a Brighton-based digital agency specialising in business process automation. Since its formation in 2002, Cubeworks has successfully delivered major projects for private, public & third sector clients such as EMAP, Diageo, CEOP, Aon, NSPCC and Reed Business Information.
Alex is passionate about using the web & lean processes to improve businesses' performance and efficiency. He is a regular guest speaker on the subject at seminars and conferences such as Internet World. Alex was a judge of the 2011 BIMA awards and is delighted to have been invited to represent BIMA as their representative in Sussex.▲ Return
BIMA advisor, South East (Kent)
Tim founded Deeson Online in 2001, a full service digital agency creating sites powered by open source software. Deeson Online is part of the Deeson Group, other divisions include contract publishing, marketing and services to membership organisations.
Deeson Online’s expertise in complex and high traffic sites requiring engaging user experiences have generated a client list that includes Future Publishing, Robbie Williams, College of Emergency Medicine, Management Consultancy Association and the BRIT Awards.
Tim started Digibury, a popular monthly meet up for the digital and creative community in the South East.▲ Return
BIMA advisor, Newcastle
Gary is Creative Director at Th_nk where he leads a highly talented team of designers, copywriters and creative strategists to deliver exceptional digital experiences for ambitious clients such as Warner Brothers, Sony, Pottermore and BBC.
As the Creative Director and co-founder of TH_NK, Gary has been on the journey since the word go. Together with CEO Tarek Nseir, he has helped the company grow from a team of 2 in 2002 to one of the UK’s leading digital agencies today with a headcount that sits over 100.
He inspires the team to challenge the rules and explore the most innovative ideas, and his passion for digital usually means he’s the first in and the last out of the office after almost a decade of leading the charge.▲ Return
BIMA advisor, Midlands
Suzanne is founder and MD of Warwickshire and Paris-based Freestyle Interactive. Set up in 1996, Freestyle is now a top 25 digital agency with a broad international client base including Arriva, LloydsTSB, Volvo Cars, Amtico, Alstom and Lufthansa, as well as Olympians Rebecca Adlington and Keri-anne Payne. Freestyle’s service offer is equally broad across Corporate Communications and Marketing, delivering digital strategy, design & build and Social Media marketing; the team of over 70 digital thinkers was awarded MiN 2011 Digital Agency of the year.
Suzanne sits on the CBI Midlands Regional and SME Councils as well as being on the CBI Export task force. Passionate about creating a world-class business, Suzanne ensures Freestyle fosters young digital talent. The agency is involved in a range of business & academic partnerships with local schools, as well as Bhive and the Oxford Brookes University intern programme.▲ Return