About Bristol Media
Bristol Media was created in 2005 to support, develop and grow an exciting and competitive creative/media community in the city. Bristol Media is now one of the largest creative networks in the UK.
We are an industry led organisation, whose purpose is to put Bristol on the map as a world-leading centre of creativity and innovation in order to inspire talented people to work here, as well as attract customers and drive growth. Through Bristol Media, we help develop skills, events, jobs and business growth for our member companies within the creative industries.
A team of some of the city’s leading industry figures manages Bristol Media. We have over 38,000 followers on social media and 600 members across the digital, TV, animation, design, marketing, PR, publishing, film and advertising sectors.
New members are always welcome to join. Please enjoy our site and join one of the UK’s strongest creative communities.
Bristol Media is a Community Interest Company, with a board of Directors and Chair. The roles are fulfilled on a voluntary and unpaid basis. There is also a small Executive Steering Group. If you would like to find out more please contact us.
Chris Thurling, Chair
Chris Thurling is an adviser on digital strategy, innovation and marketing. He also helps small creative businesses as a non-executive director andhas been a board member of Bristol Media since 2010.
Back in 1995, when the internet was still in its infancy, Chris founded digital agency 3Sixty. The company grew, survived, even prospered during the.com bubble and became highly respected in its field with clients such as ITV, Renault F1, Deutsche Bahn and several UK airports.
After 17 years at the helm in 2012 Chris passed on the 3Sixty name to his business partner Jon Waring and embarked on new adventures.
Chris offers his clients innovative thinking on all aspects of digital business strategy and marketing. Chris uses his 17 years experience growing his own agency from zero to a seven figure turnover to help small creative firms flourish in a challenging and highly competitive market.
Paul Appleby, Director
Paul has been a member of the Board since 2005 and took up the role of Chair in April 2009. He is the Director of VID, a media consultancy also set up in April 2009 after he left the BBC Natural History Unit with a BAFTA award.
Paul advises a range of organisations BBC Future Media, SWRDA, Bristol Natural History Consortium and Media Trust, and follows 20 years as a series producer, working on multiplatform projects since 1999.
Dominic Mills, Director
Dominic started his career at global tech firm Unisys, before founding digital agency Auros in 2001. Auros built a reputation for delivering large-scale, technically complex digital projects for clients such as the NHS, Swinton Insurance and Virgin Media Business. Auros was acquired by Zone in 2013 and Dominic joined the exec team responsible for leading the combined business to an eventual exit to Cognizant (Nasdaq: CTSH) in 2017.
George has over 25 years’ experience in the television and film industry. Having spent a number of years running a camera rental company, he joined Films at 59 in 1997 and has been involved with the company’s growth in providing extensive and comprehensive post-production services to local, national and international clients.
He was also involved with the company’s move into picture post-production in 2000 when they were the first UK post house to invest in High Definition facilities.
As well as his primary role of identifying and developing new business opportunities, George is also involved with the Company’s technical and innovation recommendations, balancing the need to stay at the forefront of an ever changing technological market whilst delivering creative and financial client aspirations.
George is also a RTS West of England committee member and hopes to help build a stronger relationship between the wider TV community and Bristol Media members.
Dan Fallon founded SearchStar in Bath in 2005 and it’s become one of the UK’s leading independent digital media buying agencies as well as the largest in the South West. The 45 strong team works with over 200 clients to deliver outstanding digital media buying in an agency environment where people flourish.
As well as being MD of SearchStar Dan is also a Director of NextGreenCar & ZapMap which he co-founded in 2008. NextGreenCar & ZapMap are green & electric vehicle publishing, data & app businesses based at Spike Island in Bristol.
Dan started his career in London in 1995 at MediaCom and after a stint at OMD moved to the South West in 2002 where he joined The Response Team as Media Director.
Mark Fielder, Director
Mark joined the board of Bristol Media in 2015 as an experienced and award-winning TV executive producer and director. He has run his independent television production company, Quickfire Media, since 2003.
Mark has more than 25 years experience working in senior creative roles with BBC Radio 4, BBC Television, and Granada Television. He has been recognised for ground-breaking television series which pioneered new production techniques and styles, including two BAFTA nominated series for Channel 4, Elizabeth and Six Wives of Henry VIII, presented by David Starkey, and the successful and popular War Walks programmes, which ran for more than seven series on BBC2. He now makes distinctive documentaries for the international television market.
He hopes to help build connections between the television and film industries and the South West’s wider media community, strengthening the region’s pre-eminence as the UK’s largest creative hub outside London.
Kate Gorringe, Director
Kate is Creative Director at Mr B & Friends, the Bristol-based brand, digital and creative agency.
Prior to moving to Bristol in 2013, Kate spent two decades in the design and advertising industries in London. Initially working as an advertising Art Director, she was Head of Art for AGA Advertising (now Gravity London) before taking up the role of Creative Director in brand design agencies Finisterre Design and Philosophy.
Across her career, Kate has undertaken branding projects and major campaigns for approximately 30 per cent of the FTSE100, as well as national charities including Cancer Research UK, RSPB, NCT and Citizens Advice.
With 25 years at the coalface, Kate feels it’s time to give something back. Acutely conscious that her position as a woman in a creative leadership role is still rare, she hopes to use her new role to raise the aspirations and opportunities for talented women across the creative industries.
Lisa Killbourn, Director
A strategist with 30 years’ experience in London and SW agencies, including JWT, AMV and Bray Leino, Lisa now runs Independent Eye, a consultancy focused on brand and marketing strategy. She helps client companies create growth strategies for their business and maximise the value of their brand as one of their prime assets and supports agencies with strategic planning input.
A Cambridge graduate, she is a strategic and creative thinker with extensive brand experience, from international work with Kellogg and Mars to UK projects with corporates, family businesses and start-ups like Wrigley, Aviva, Digital UK, Tetra Pak, Thatcher’s Cider, Rick Stein Group and Biotiful Dairy.
Lisa is passionate about behavioural science and works with agency and marketing teams to help create visions, values & behaviours, behavioural economics-based strategies and cut-through brand propositions for customer & consumer communications.
Lis Anderson, Director (MCIPR)
Lis is founder and Director of AMBITIOUS, a PR consultancy. As a practitioner for 20 years, Lis has held senior positions at some of the UK’s leading independent and integrated consultancies including Bray Leino and JBP PR & Parliamentary Affairs working with regional, national and international brands, businesses and organisations.
She is a Director of Ambitious PR and a partner in a specialist marketing, PR and communications training business Talking Heads, a business that was developed to specifically bring quality affordable training to the South West.
Lis has served as Chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) West of England for four years where she successfully grew membership year on year and championed a number of initiatives including a graduate mentoring scheme, PRide Awards and the Young Communicators Conference.
Roberta Fuke, Director
Roberta was appointed to the Board in 2012. CEO of Speed Communications, Roberta has over 30 years in PR and communications working with some of the UK’s leading consultancies, brands and businesses. The founder of Bray Leino PR in Bristol (part of the Bray Leino Group), Roberta took the business from a standing start and led its merger with Speed Communications to form a 50+-person Agency with a host of national and international industry leaders and challengers among its client list.
With client experience spanning B2B, Consumer, public sector and charity for clients, Roberta’s passion is for unlocking the comms potential of brands and businesses, working at senior level to explore, challenge and create differentiating messaging, clarity of brand vision and ingenious routes to success whether through media relations, social media maximisation, sponsorship amplification or brand experience. As an experienced practitioner, Roberta also provides a guiding hand to clients and teams across internal communications, crisis planning and management and media training.
Passionate about building brands and delivering multi-channel, integrated campaigns with real impact, Roberta believes that now more than ever before marketing disciplines need to work together to deliver the best for brands. With a truly open and optimistic outlook she is a firm believer that brand owners are willing to look beyond the confines of the capital for some really smart, ingenious thinking. As a member of the Bristol board she’s focused on making sure that Bristol shines as the centre for perfectly joined-up thinking, connected talent and creative excellence.
Roberta represents the PR and Advertising sectors
Graeme Fearon, Adviser to the Board, Partner and Head of Intellectual Property, Thrings
Graeme is head of Intellectual Property at Thrings and his workload covers an equal amount of litigation and commercial work. He also works closely with other lawyers in the firm, especially in the Commercial and Corporate Finance teams.
With a particular interest in brands, Graeme advises brand-owners on setting up, maintaining and protecting their brand portfolios. This includes helping them file for trade mark and design registrations and taking appropriate enforcement action against infringers. He also advises businesses on how to protect and exploit their technology and know-how and has significant experience working with patents, software and rights in information. Graeme helps organisations to identify and protect the intellectual assets which are the cornerstone of their businesses.
Graeme read Law at Cambridge and then trained and worked in the City for 12 years before joining Thring Townsend in 2004. He has a Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice from Bristol University and is regularly invited to speak and write on IP matters.
Steven Coombe, Adviser to the Board, Partner Burnside Chartered Accountants
Steven is a partner at Burnside, Chartered Accountants. Steven acts as an adviser to the Board of Bristol Media and looks after a portfolio of clients primarily in the owner-managed sector.
Lynda Davies, Administrator
Lynda has over 30 years’ experience as a professional PA and Office Manager, working in both the UK and in Spain. During much of this time, Lynda worked in the Marketing, PR and Creative recruitment industry and brings a wealth of knowledge of the creative sector. Until recently, Lynda worked for CHF. Cosgrove Hall as originally known, was one of the UK’s most respected and influential producers of animated programmes, creating or producing iconic children’s programmes such as Danger Mouse, Count Duckula, The BFG and the Wind in the Willows.
Having previously worked for Bristol Media from 2009 to 2011, Lynda rejoined the Bristol Media team in March 2015 and provides daily administrative support.
Kirsty Phillips, Marketing, Events and Operations Manager
Kirsty is the Marketing, Events and Operations Manager responsible for delivering the programme of events, developing marketing communications activities and managing Bristol Media's day to day operations. A large part of her role is to champion members outside of the city, raising the profile of Bristol's creative industries above and beyond the South West.
She has an agency background in client services and over 12 years’ experience planning and delivering direct marketing, events and branding projects for brands including the National Trust, GSK, American Express and McDonald’s.
Kirsty is interested in hearing from potential speakers and companies who would like to get involved in Bristol Media's plans to help support one of the biggest creative networks in the UK.
Alli Nicholas, Membership Manager
Alli is Bristol Media's Membership Manager and joined the team in September 2012. Previously, Alli spent 20 years in the recruitment, industry, the last 10 years of which were spent recruiting Media, Marketing and Creative people throughout the UK but particularly in the South West.
Alli is very familiar with the local market having either placed or recruited for many of our members over the years. Alongside Bristol Media, Alli has her own craft business and works as an Independent Trader for one of the UK's largest direct selling organisations, selling greetings cards, stationery and giftwrap!