Hana has ten years’ marketing experience gained mainly in Financial Services before she set up The Bridge in 2011. Having started out at Barclays she went on to work at a hedge fund before becoming Communications Manager for investment platform, Cofunds. Hana’s energy, unrelenting work ethic and practical approach make her a driving force for positive change. Although her experience covers all elements of marketing her true love is brand and communications. Not only does she look after PR for our clients, as a firm believer in economical marketing, she has introduced and rolled out social media strategies for numerous businesses and can often be found drawing up storyboards for videos to help our clients communicate effectively with their clients. But it’s not all fun and frolics, Hana is a sound strategist and has a solid track record of creating and delivering successful marketing plans in a variety of industries.
Jan started her career as a territory salesman for FMCG Company Lyons Tetley Catering Division (‘the little perforations, flavour floods out!’) selling to hospitals, schools and restaurants in central London, she gained further experience with Philip Morris (‘come to where the flavour is’) before realising that her sales and marketing talents were best served in the hospitality industry and her career change embraced sales and marketing for various hotel groups including Penta Group, Holiday Inn and Periquito Hotels. Bums in beds and media buying became her forte, her gregarious personality matched with her training have provided the foundation for media buying, gaining new business and client liaison for The Bridge. She also makes a good cup of coffee.
Simon started out as brand manager for wines (Black Tower branded liebfraumilch still in Tescos!) with Courage the brewer before gaining front line FMCG experience on chilled products with St Ivel. Products made on day one that had to be eaten 300 miles away on day 4 – and Reggie Bosanquet in fruit juice ads! He took this decade’s experience to the City – establishing companies as well as retail and institutional funds for Oppenheimer, Morgan Grenfell, Deutsche Bank and Singer & Friedlander where he eventually sold his share of the business in 2000. After some time off, he took on responsibility for marketing and development at Woodbridge School before joining The Bridge where his experience and expertise are put to good use (interfering old git). Simon has great enthusiasm for the variety and ‘pure’ nature of the marketing services provided by The Bridge. A rugby and Monty Python fan with a ridiculous sense of humour, Simon’s experience and vol au vents bring a great deal to the party.
Georgina started her career as editorial assistant at Marketing Week magazine and moved into the world of PR with an international freight forwarding business. She then joined a pan-European agency specialising in construction, building materials and engineering where she was second in command. Continuing in the ‘beer and sandwiches’ PR world – rather than the ‘Champagne and canapés’ galaxy – she moved to Norfolk to run a PR agency specialising in agriculture. She then set up her own PR consultancy in 1994. Since then she has developed skills in consumer PR (property, fine art, antiques) and maintained her skills in B2B. At the end of 2011 she took time out to travel in Tanzania and the Caribbean after which she joined The Bridge. She now drinks whatever is going and tries to avoid Simon’s vol au vents.