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The Team

Nigel Howes

Chairman

Acceleris - The Integrated Communications Agency

Nigel is a chartered accountant whose career was in professional services. He was a partner with Arthur Andersen for 18 years and then with Deloitte's for 2 years, before retiring from practice in 2005. Since then he has been actively involved with the venture capital sector and made a number of investments in developing companies as a business angel.

He is a non-executive director of a number of public and private companies.

 

Louise Vaughan

Director & Head of PR

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Louise has over 20 years public relations experience, both agency-side and in-house and has been Director and Head of PR at Acceleris since 2008. She has established and delivered the public relations and internal communications strategies for a wide range of public and private sector businesses and blue chip organisations including BBC Worldwide, The Royal Bank of Scotland, motors.co.uk (part of the Daily Mail Group), The Environment Agency, Theakstons, Lombard, Northcliffe Media Group and The Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games. Her recent projects have included work for Bauer Media Group, John West, Kier and Trusted Dealers.

Having worked out of both London and the North, Louise has a strong media network and a track record of award winning campaigns which have delivered tangible commercial results for her clients.

Love

My family (including Bailey the bulldog)
Diving and running
Winter evenings by the fire
Summer days in the Yorkshire Dales
Hendricks gin

Hate

Garlic
Custard
Laziness
Most people who appear in OK Magazine

 
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Patrick Rose

Non-Executive Director

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NED Patrick Rose had an 18 year career with ICI from graduate trainee through to business manager, working and living in the UK, North America and Europe before joining Spencer Stuart, the world’s top executive recruitment organisation. Over the last 18 years Patrick has concentrated on helping companies with CEO succession predominantly in the broad industrial market as well as working on non-executive director assignments.

He recently retired as a global partner with Spencer Stuart, having until recently ran its major Industrial Practice.

 

Alison Beattie

Company Secretary

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Alison is Company Secretary at Acceleris, taking responsibility for the company accounts and financial management. She also covers HR, legal, office management and the administration of our job management and costing system, Synergist.

Alison has worked for Acceleris since its beginnings in 2006 and was a central figure in its inception, as well as being vital to the success the business has so far achieved.

Love

Chocolate
Champagne
Travel
Eating out
Watching sport

Hate

Curry
Whisky
Inefficiency
Laziness
Getting up in the morning!

 

Charley Durham - Senior Copywriter & Editorial Project Manager

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As well as being resident copywriter at Acceleris, Charley manages the agency's many editorial projects, from newsletters, magazines and annual reports to websites, social media and online news feeds. Charley has been with Acceleris since she joined as Copywriter in 2008.

Before coming to Acceleris, Charley worked at DirectNews, writing copy for a wide range of company websites and also provided copywriting services as a freelancer. She holds a 2:1 Creative Writing BA (Hons) and is an aspiring novelist.

Love

Sunny days
Making the most of my time off
The Yorkshire Dales
Folk and rock music 
Labradors

Hate

Mustard
Not making the most of my time off!
Gone-off milk
Litter
Black pepper

 
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Carys Samuel
Account Manager

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Carys manages successful client PR and social media accounts in both private business and the public sector from raising the profile of vehicle tracking provider, RAM Tracking to launching the Ultimate English range of confectionery.

Carys studied PR at Leeds Metropolitan University, completing a number of short-term placements throughout the four years. She also completed a placement year as part of the in-house PR team at the Central Office of Information (COI) in London and six weeks at 10 Downing Street.

Love

Cheesecake
Reading
Horseriding
Spending time with friends
Running

Hate

Snakes
Wooden spoons
Traffic queues
Rain
Peanut butter

 
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Laura Cushley

Senior Account Executive

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Laura assists on a number of client accounts including Kier Property, the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society, the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society and Meridian Motor Group.  Her day-to-day duties range from copywriting and research, to daily media relations and client pitch support.

Laura studied English and History at Northumbria University. She also holds a Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Professional Certificate and a CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing.  Laura completed work experience with the agency in 2011, and has worked in various marketing and PR roles elsewhere.

Love

Reading
Cooking
Sunny days
American TV shows
Travelling
Formula One

Hate

Snakes
Rudeness
Cheese
Heavy metal music
 

 
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Georgia Scott
Account Executive / Office Assistant

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Before joining Acceleris in mid 2013, Georgia worked within the restaurant and wine industry as a marketing co-ordinator. She brings with her a range of experience from PR and agency placements alongside a background in advertising.

Georgia is passionate about bringing original creative ideas to the accounts she is involved with. Georgia holds a BA(Hons) degree in Creative Advertising from the Leeds College of Art.

Love

Baking
Tim Burton films
Crafts
Mexican food
Good TV
Strawberry Daiquiris
 

Hate
Mushy peas
Rudeness
Lateness
Mushrooms
 

David Gatehouse
Consultant

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Brought in whenever we need an extra hand, David is a ‘friend of the family’ who flits between roles. From Account Executive to Account Director, he gives us whatever support we need with particular emphasis on copywriting, web work and media liaison.

Since being appointed assistant press officer at the Yorkshire Regional Health Authority in 1985, David’s exciting career has seen him as both journalist and broadcaster, progressing via the Ministry of Defence and in-house roles in New Zealand and Dubai, to some of the UK’s largest regional and national communications/PR agencies and has since run his own companies.

Love

Arsenal
PG Wodehouse
The natural world
Rock music
Travel

Hate

Manchester United
Pettiness
Carbohydrates
Smoking
The 'morning after'

 

Peter Davenport

Managing Director

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Peter Davenport is one of the most experienced media and public relations (PR) specialists in the country.

For 25 years he was a senior national journalist, first on the Daily Mail and then on The Times, including a period as its defence correspondent. Peter travelled with Pope John Paul on his historic pilgrimage to Ireland and worked extensively on overseas assignments in the USA, India, the Middle East, the Falklands and most major European countries.

Since moving into PR, Peter has built and sold several agencies. He has devised and delivered campaigns for major clients in the public and private sectors, as well as advising on crisis management issues surrounding some sensitive and high profile cases.

 

Sean Lippell

Non-Executive Director

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NED Sean Lippell has more than 35 years' experience as a corporate lawyer and recently retired as a partner from Addleshaw Goddard, a post which he held for 13 years, five of which were as corporate division managing partner.

Sean’s reputation is well known and his high standing in the local and corporate marketplace was evidenced most recently with his Lifetime Achievement accolade in the Yorkshire Dealmaker awards. Sean has led and advised on a number of high profile multi million pound transactions in recent years for Addleshaw Goddard.

 

Simon Leonard
Senior Account Director

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Before joining Acceleris in 2011, Simon spent five years as Head of Communications at Wakefield and District Housing, a registered provider managing more than 30,000 houses in the area, where he built up and led a 15-strong team. Prior to this, Simon spent four years in a senior PR role within the Planning and New Stores team at ASDA.

He now leads campaigns for a wide range of Acceleris clients which include Bluefin, the AXA owned insurance company, The Fuelcard Company, Tong High School and Rixonway Kitchens. Simon is passionate about creating campaigns that deliver commercial benefits for his clients.

Love

Family time
Football
The sunshine
Thai food
Running

Hate

Parsnips
Pretentiousness
Rudeness
Cold winter months
Smoking

 

Simon Baylis

Account Director

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Simon has worked for Acceleris for over seven years on a range of private and public sector accounts. He currently develops and implements PR campaigns for a number of clients including the National Federation of ALMOs, Kier and Rixonway Kitchens. 

He holds a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Journalism from Cardiff University and has written for a number of publications including the Western Mail and the Gair Rhydd.

Love

'Weekend at Bernie's'
Akbars

Hate

Rubbish remakes
Caravan holidays

 

Ellie Smith

Senior Account Manager

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Ellie manages accounts for clients including the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations, the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society, Kier's maintenance arm and the National Federation of ALMOs annual awards programme. Having joined the agency in 2010, Ellie has delivered award winning campaigns across a range of disciplines including media relations, crisis communications, events and social media.

Before joining the agency, Ellie worked at the Environment Agency specialising in PR and community relations for flood and coastal risk management schemes across Yorkshire and the North East. Ellie holds a BA (Hons) degree in German and a CIPR Advanced Certificate in Public Relations.

Love

Frozen Margaritas
The colour green
Long weekends
Getting interesting post

Hate

Mushrooms
Busy public transport
Windy weather
Sales calls
Ghost trains

 
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Lisa McGauley
Account Manager

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Lisa has worked in the PR industry for 10 years, spending the majority of that time in some of Yorkshire’s leading agencies, and more recently in-house as PR Manager for a leading business telecoms provider. Over the past decade she has worked for clients across a wide range of industries, including property and construction, retail, IT, energy, chemicals, food and drink and pharmaceuticals/healthcare.

At Acceleris, she manages client accounts including Rixonway Kitchens and High Street TV, and she is also involved in new business development. She holds a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Public Relations from Leeds Metropolitan University.

Love

Sunday roasts
Plentiful cheeseboards
Festivals and gigs
Holidays
My two cats Freddie and Ginger

Hate

Cold rain
Bad drivers
Southern Comfort
People with no manners
Buck passing

 

Jack Williams
Account Executive

Acceleris - The Integrated Communications Agency

Supporting on a number of clients at Acceleris, Jack provides both media relations and copywriting. He has also become resident script writer, helping to produce videos for clients Adapted Vehicle Hire and Tong High School, as well as Acceleris’ own video.

In 2011, he graduated from Northumbria University with a BA (Hons) degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. Jack then went to Manchester to complete a work placement with a creative agency, beginning his apprenticeship in professional writing.

Love

Football
Reading
Writing
Wikipedia trails
Real ales

Hate

'Reality' TV
Cooking
Shopping
My alarm
Txt spk

 
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Rebecca Jackson
Account Executive

Acceleris - The Integrated Communications Agency

Rebecca assists on a number of client accounts including Kier Maintenance, Rixonway Kitchens and the National Federation of ALMOs. Her day-to-day duties range from research, media monitoring and saving coverage, to writing press releases and daily media relations.

Rebecca joins Acceleris from the Daily Telegraph where she worked within the digital content team covering such events as London 2012, American elections and the birth of the Royal baby. She studied English Literature at the University of Liverpool before going on to gain a Masters in Journalism at the University of Sheffield.

Love

Fried Chicken
Onesies
80s Ska
Baking
Horror films

Hate

Fish
Nicholas Cage
Chilli sauce
Rain
Tangled headphones

 

Sophie Sweerts
Business Development Executive

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Sophie is supporting Acceleris’ drive for growth and will be setting up the London office in her role as Business Development Executive. 

Through her involvement in a number of companies focused on the luxury sector, Sophie has built and maintained excellent relationships with a wide range of high value brands. Sophie has been involved in building a global events business in the role of operations director. This role involved everything from generating sponsorship from some of the world leading brands to hosting international royalty at the events. Sophie has subsequently set up her own events and marketing business, as well as a luxury wine experience business.

Love

Travelling
Exercising
Cooking chicken pie
Log fires

Hate

Cooked spinach
Smoking
Treadmills
Crowds

 

 

 

 
 

 

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