The BCMA’s UK Chapter is made up of leading practitioners within the branded content industry.

The advisory board includes thought leaders in their respective fields, they give the BCMA added insight into branded content and help us develop our strategic framework and offering to our members.

We are extremely grateful to all of our Advisory Board members who give their time and valuable input throughout the period of their tenure.


Chris GalleryChris Gallery, Head of Strategy, Mother London
Chris started in advertising 15 years ago at TBWA in Dublin before moving to McCann Erickson. Prior to arriving at Mother,he worked on a diverse range of clients including McDonald’s and Sony Playstation. At Mother, Chris has been the strategic leadership on some our most fast-paced and complex clients, including The Post Office, Stella Artois, and MoneySuperMarket. In that time, he has also been responsible for some of the most effective and culturally impactful campaigns to come out of the agency in the last ten years. Chris was appointed Joint Head of Strategy alongside Katie Mackay in 2014. He is a Euro Effie Grand Prix and APG Grand Prix winner.

SimonSimon Orpin, CEO, Electric Glue
After 25 years in the commercial team at ITV, latterly as Planning Director, Simon launched Electric Glue in 2014, a content-led media partnerships business. Electric Glue works very closely with content originators and producers as well as media owners on behalf of their clients and since launch, the agency has delivered award winning campaigns for Virgin Media Business, Rightmove, Clipper Tea and, most recently, the ground breaking “Matalan Presents: The Show” initiative that launched in September 2016.

Chris_SiceChris Sice, Managing Director, Blended Republic
Chris is an experienced international content specialist who develops and manages brand-funded content propositions for brands and rights holders.

Current/recent projects include Coca Cola, Johnnie Walker, LG, Unilever, Universal Music International and F1 Rocks.

Previously ran content divisions of media businesses for MTV International, United News & Media and Universal Music International’s All The Worlds.

Jadis_TilleryJadis Tillery, Group Digital Director, Oakley Capital Group
Jadis has 15 years experience in marketing and worked both agency and client side, so she understands the challenges both face when creating powerful marketing campaigns. She has been a trusted advisor to celebrities, luxury brands, media outlets, producers and venture capitalists.

She is Group Digital Director for the Oakley Capital Group, a London based asset management and financial advisory business with over US $1.3 billion of assets under management.

Founded in 2002 to be a best of breed entrepreneurially driven UK investment house, Oakley Capital has created an ecosystem that supports the companies they invest in whether they are early stage companies or established businesses. Jadis advises companies on global digital content strategies including such brands as Time Out, Boat International, North Sails, James Perse Los Angeles, Bella Freud, CHUCS, Plenish Cleanse and KX. She is also proudly supporting Sir Ben Ainslie’s challenge for the America’s Cup.

Alastair Duncan, Chief Strategy Officer, Splash Worldwide
Alastair joined Splash in January 2016 to drive the overall strategy for the Group globally with specific responsibility for developing their digital and social offers from a client facing, strategic perspective.

He was a founding partner in Spark44, Jaguar and LandRover’s internal agency, where he was MD of the London agency and led the repositioning of Jaguar as the “Alive” brand.

Prior to founding Spark44, Alastair was Chief Executive of MRM Worldwide London between 2005 and 2009, the digital and integrated agency within the McCann network. Alastair also founded the creative and technology agency, Zentropy Partners, backed by IPG, as well as the digital arm of Ammirati Puris Lintas.

He is also a co-founder of Alternative Genius, a company that harnesses the talents of elite creative professionals to share ideas.

steve_ackermanSteve Ackerman, Managing Director, Somethin’ Else
Somethin’ Else is the highly successful content agency making interactive content & games, radio, TV and online video for brands and broadcasters.

Steve joined in 2000 and became Managing Director in 2006. In that time he’s been part of the team that has evolved the company into a BAFTA and Cannes Lion award winning multi-platform business.

Previously, Steve was a radio presenter and journalist before working for USP Content, eventually joining their board as Director of Programmes.

ros_shawRoslyn Shaw, Founder, The Alpha Grid
Ros has 18 years experience as a broadcaster, producing news for BBC, then moving to current affairs – producing two live prime ministerial debates. For most of the past decade she has served as Director of CNBC’s Strategic Content division, which she helped conceive and establish in 2006 to develop and produce TV, digital and event programming funded through sponsorship.

Roslyn began her career as an Adviser on Broadcasting Policy to the New Zealand Government. She has dual British/New Zealand citizenship and divides her time between Europe and Asia.

crispin_reedCrispin Reed, Managing Director, JDP
Crispin has a well-rounded perspective on brands, having worked in leading global advertising and design agencies (both in Europe and Asia), brand consultancies and client-side in as Marketing Director in the fine fragrance sector.

He is a regular speaker at conferences including the UK Spa Business Association, the Specialty Coffee Association of America, the Food & Drink Forum in Monaco, the Luxury Marketing Council in Brazil and the World Marketing Forum in Ghana.

Fran_CassidyFran Cassidy, Founder, Cassidy Media Partnership
Fran has over 20 years experience and runs her own consultancy, Cassidy Media Partnership advising brands on strategy working with clients including Facebook (Emerging Market Strategy ), Sky TV (UK and Germany ), Channel 4, News International, EGTA, Honda, Barclays, Harrods, The Marketing Society (UK); Canal Digital (Scandinavia ); Telenor Broadcast Holdings (Scandinavia); Nationwide Building Society.

She is a Director of the Marketing Society and former Marketing Director of Carlton TV.

claire_heysClaire Heys, Director, Commercial Brand Partnerships, ITV plc
Claire is one of the UK’s leading practitioners at the forefront of advertiser related content deals over the last 7 years, having shaped content strategies for GSK, Camelot , Orange, J&J, Cow & Gate, General Mills, The British Army, Waitrose, Levi’s, Malibu, Motorola, Nintendo and Australia Tourism.

Claire currently heads up all advertiser related business for Endemol UK, comprising brand partnerships, product placement, licensing, sales promotions, live events, publishing, advertiser funded programming, sponsorship and merchandising across Endemol UK group.

Previously Claire was Controller of Commercial Partnerships at Virgin Media Television and UKTV. Her role was the first time a UK broadcaster had hired someone specifically to work in the area of branded content. She was previously Head of Business Development for Initial, part of Endemol UK.

stewart_thomsonStewart Thomson, Client Services Director, Tapestry Research
Stewart has over 12 years’ experience in the market research industry. First cutting his research teeth in Ipsos MORI’s Global Omnibus division, he gained significant experience of researching across a wide range of industry sectors and cultures, and for a prestigious list of brands.

His role in the design and implementation of Ipsos’ international online omnibus ignited his passion for online research and led to his move to the ground-breaking online research agency OTX where he implemented the BCMA Content Monitor, the first research tool of its kind to identify the value of branded content in multi- and single media campaigns.

Following their acquisition of OTX, Stewart returned to Ipsos MORI as Research Director in the MediaCT division before joining Tapestry Research. He specializes in media, content and technology research and has worked closely with many high profile brands, including: BBC, ITV, C4, Viacom, MTV, Discovery, Royal Shakespeare Company, Turner and Facebook.

Ellen-MarzellEllen Marzell, Brand Operations and Media, Vodafone
As a key member of Vodafone’s Brand Operations & Media Group, Ellen is responsible for global agency management. She has held international business development roles at Microsoft Mobile, Nokia, IMG Media, WPP agencies, In-Game Advertising Worldwide and comScore, with 20+ years of experience in marketing and media and partnerships.

Marzell served as a mentor with The Marketing Academy from 2010 – 2014 and as a judge for the 2014 European Sponsorship Awards. She has created and executed sponsorship, product placement and ad-funded content initiatives around a wide variety of sports and entertainment with brands including Samsung, Coca-Cola, Bacardi, VELUX, Citroen, Tommy Hilfiger, Universal Music, Callaway Golf, Electronic Arts and Volvo.

Ellen began her career in sponsorship through her ice dancing background by forming a company with Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean to investigate creating an international figure skating grand prix. These days, she focuses on cycling around the Chiltern Valley.

Simon Baker ITN Profile[4]Simon Baker, Agency Managing Director, TCO
Simon Baker is an industry leader in branded content. Having previously set up the Branded Content arm of ITN, he now operates the brand agency of cutting edge publisher, TCO. His knowledge of technology, creative, production and activation has led to his work receiving over 35 awards including Gold Cannes Lions and International Content Marketing Awards.

Mike Longden-the-coal-shed[1]Mike Longden, Founding Partner, thecoalshed
With over 20 years brand development expertise in both client-side and agency environments, Mike specialises in developing ecommerce and service brands.
He launched the first internet-only car insurer elephant.co.uk, brought fame and notoriety to esure, managing the memorable Michael Winner “Calm down dear” campaign and re-positioned comparison website uSwitch, by introducing the highly successful brand strategy, “U gotta switch!”
Passionate about brands, Mike founded the marketing and TV production specialist, thecoalshed, developing performance-based TV commercials, alongside branded and video content, for brands including eHarmony, broadband choices and money.co.uk.

AdamHarris_RG002 copyAdam Harris, Director of Custom Solutions in Europe, Twitch
Adam Harris is the Director of Custom Solutions in Europe at Twitch. Adam is a commercial content specialist, bringing extensive multi-platform experience and leading award-winning creative departments. Adam has worked in branded content across a number of industries including Sport, Entertainment, News and Gaming. Prior to Twitch, Adam served as International Creative Director for Time Out where he established the company’s commercial content team in the UK and the US. Under Adam’s leadership his team’s have received many prestigious awards for the likes of Google, Samsung, Coca-Cola, Nokia, British Airways, and GSK.

James LarmanJames Larman, Head of Strategy, DRUM
James is a strategist who has been helping brands create entertainment all through his career – even when it wasn’t recognised as such and ‘content’ was only something media publishers did! As a planner at OMD UK he helped Tetley’s Bitter create a new partnership with England Rugby. Together with the Telegraph they recruited a team of past England players and commentators to create, record and write entertaining rugby content for ‘Team Tetley’s’. In 2006 he went to Sydney where he joined Naked Communications and his interest in branded content really began. He developed a number of entertainment solutions for clients, including a reality TV series for Pokerstars and a Christmas music track and video for Telstra.