Rob Stephens

Rob Stephens
Chief Executive Officer

 

Joined JAA in 1987 and developed a reputation for methodical and rigorous media planning. He has led the planning on Telegraph Group, Dairy Crest, Allied Dunbar and Save the Children in his time. He also created in-house DR planning system RESPOND.

Angela Hickey

Angela Hickey
Financial Director

 

Joined in 1986 as financial director and runs all the financial and contractual side of the business. Don’t mess.

John Ayling OBE

John Ayling OBE
Executive Chairman and Founder

 

“The only thing he buys badly is lunch,” says John Hegarty. Founded JAA in 1978 and went on to set up Association of Media Independents. Also created and founder shareholder of PHD in 1990. Marathon runner, Masters Hockey player and all-round sports nut.

Richard Temple

Richard Temple
Board Director

 

Joined in 1999 after working at a few other agencies and has never looked back. Hockey player in his spare time.

Nick Smith

Nick Smith
Digital Director

 

Cerebral, measured and strategic are the three words to describe this planner who has worked across a wide range of industry sectors.

Deb Mitra

Deb Mitra
Account Director

 

Geeky ex-physicist with a tendency to climb things. Joined after working on Telcos and News UK for 8 years before seeing the error of his ways. Currently trying to redeem himself working on charities instead.

Jonathan Newton

Jonathan Newton
Business Director

 

Hard-working, gritty northerner who joined in 2000 after working at a number of media agencies around the world on his gap year. Captain of winning NABS rugby sevens team.

Lara Quinn

Lara Quinn
Account Director

 

Originally joined JAA in 2007 and left to join Havas Media in 2011. However, she saw the error of her ways and returned to the agency in 2012. Don’t mention the dogs!

Jessie Quinlan

Jessie Quinlan
Account Director

 

Originally joined as a work placement in 2005 and has risen through the ranks at JAA. Did a sabbatical gap year (well gap ‘couple of months’) in 2013 working for Raleigh International in Central America and returned last year.

Cameron Cumming

Cameron Cumming
Account Director

 

Strong rower who is not afraid to negotiate the choppy waters of the radio market. Joined JAA in 2010 after a year travelling and a year at OMD. Also a keen baker.

George Gwilliam

George Gwilliam
Account Director

 

Another rugby player/NABs sevens player who joined in 2011 after a very exotic gap year. A vital cog in the charity planning team and the ‘go to’ person for making things happen.

Shahnur Islam

Shahnur Islam
Senior Data Analyst

 

A nonpareil data analyst who excels in making all the data sing and dance. More importantly, he is very fast too. Don’t upset him though as he is very accomplished boxer.

Luke Garden

Luke Garden
Media Assistant

 

After achieving a degree in agricultural studies from Durham University, Luke has cultivated his gardening skills since joining JAA in 2016 and now works on a number of accounts, including Save The Children, Royal British Legion and Age UK. As a keen tennis player Luke’s ball skills could turn a few heads!

Natasha Finlay-Stevenson

Natasha Finlay-Stevenson
Receptionist

 

Tash joined in 1998 and has been a core part of the’ front of house’ at JAA. Also devises the questions for the Christian Aid quiz – so be extra nice to her.

Dan Denman

Dan Denman
Deputy Head of TV

 

The latest in the line of the Denman TV buying clan who joined in 2011. Nottingham Forest football fan and Wales Rugby Union fan which makes Monday mornings amusing for all.

Alex Hurley

Alex Hurley
Account Director

 

Joined as a work placement whilst still at school and then university. Joined full time in 2011 and started as a TV buyer before moving across to becoming a planner/buyer in 2012. Really passionate about new developments in broadcast.

Adam Hewlett

Adam Hewlett
Account Director

 

Joined in 2011 and has risen rapidly due to his passion for media. A key member of the NABS rugby 7s side and agency five-a-side football team.

Guy Swadling

Guy Swadling
Account Director

Loughborough Uni graduate who joined us in 2011 having played professional rugby. He has a wealth of experience working on events campaigns for both charity & brand clients. Buckinghamshire resident, United fan & keen golfer.

Josh Freedman

Joshua Freedman
TV Buyer Executive

Josh joined the TV department in March 2016 after spending a few months traveling across Latin America. He currently works on a number of campaigns such as Macmillan, Save the Children & Concern. Josh enjoys hanging out with friends and is a passionate Watford FC season ticket holder.

Abbey Dare

Abbey Dare
Media Assistant

 

Abbey joined JAA in August 2016 straight out of a degree from Oxford Brookes. She has hit the ground running and is a great asset to the team. She’s avoided the London bubble and lives a life of suburban bliss in Tonbridge, often brings in some truly dull lunches.

Kat Bringes

Kat Bringes
Account Manager

 

Originally joined as a data analyst, but her all-round skills meant it was impossible not to have her in the planning team.

Rebekah Roche

Rebekah Roche
Media Executive

 

Rebekah joined JAA in January 2016 having depleted the stores of red wine in Australia during her travels. She works impressively hard on a range of clients and has become an expert on religious print titles, whilst also increasing her experience in TV, Digital and of course Bus Shelters..

Chris Baillie

Chris Baillie
Account Manager

 

Captain of the agency five-a-side football team and bears an uncanny resemblance to a young John Ayling.

Isobel Saville

Isobel Saville
Media Executive

 

This Greenwich Mar-Coms grad joined us in 2016 after a short stint at one of the larger UK agencies. As a keen singer Izzy can always be heard around the office whistling while she works.

Simmone Hallett

Simmone Hallett
TV Buyer Executive

 

The media force is strong with this Star Wars-loving TV buyer. Simmone studied and worked in fashion prior to joining JAA so naturally we put her to work on charity DRTV campaigns.

Marisa Goldstein

Marisa Goldstein
Media Assistant

 

‘Extremely bubbly & enthusiastic Business and Marketing Management graduate who joined the team back in 2016 – Constantly bearing a smile on her face, and never afraid to bribe her team with a detoxing Fri-YAY juice’

Georgie Pilleau

Georgie Pilleau
Team Administrator

 

A true country girl at heart from Hampshire, did a year’s media & business course in Oxford before joining JAA in 2015 and is responsible for the smooth running of daily back (and front) end tasks!

Gina Miller

Gina Miller
TV Account Manager

 

A television buyer who takes her work so seriously that she watches all her ads go out – especially if it’s in TOWIE or Made in Chelsea.

Tabitha Mikula

Tabitha Mikula
Media Executive

 

Psychology graduate who has a track record of dealing with difficult situations and loves visiting interesting places.

Richard Tudor

Richard Tudor
Account Manager

 

Joined in 2013, having completed a work placement in his penultimate year at university. Another member of JAA successful sports teams.

James Sibree

James Sibree
Account Manager

 

Keen cricketer who joined in 2013 having previously worked in retail leisure industry for three years.

Leo Barron

Leo Barron
Account Manager

 

Leo graduated from University of Manchester in 2013 where he developed his passion for Manchester United – even though he grew up in London. Integral member of many JAA sports teams

Hannah Richards

Hannah Richards
Account Manager

 

Joined in 2014
Fluent Welsh speaker who assures us that although from the valleys, doesn’t behave as if she is on “The Valleys”.

Tom Brown

Tom Brown
Media Executive

 

Spent his school days playing tennis and golf in Croydon and Birmingham University. Did two stints on placement at JAA before finally signing as a TV buyer.

Dhivyah Thiagalingam

Dhivyah Thiagalingam
Media Executive

 

A self-confessed superhero fan who denies having dressed up at Comic Con. Joined JAA in February 2015 after reading Geography and Economics – so in theory her regional media schedules should be on point.

Nicky Ward

Nicky Ward
Finance

 

“Joined JAA in 2007 and after a brief ‘holiday’ at WPP where nobody talked to her, returned in 2014. Most likely to say “And another thing…”

Mike Tayler

Mike Tayler
Finance

 

Joined in 2000
Long-serving accounts payable and Ashford’s only Manchester City season-ticket holder.

Lesley Deleur

Lesley Deleur
Finance

 

Long-serving member and indispensable cog in the heart of the finance department.

Victoria Rogers

Victoria Rogers
Receptionist

 

Joined in 2013
Cultural pluralist who runs ‘front of house’ on Thursdays and Fridays. Also an expert in African art.

Adam Martin

Adam Martin
Data Analyst

 

Adam joined in 2016. Incredibly optimistic individual whose enthusiasm for Excel, media, and life in general knows no bounds.

Kelly Goldstone

Kelly Goldstone
Media Executive

 

Joining us as a graduate from Loughborough University this Croydon based performing arts student puts her talents to great use dealing with any situation with both flare and pizzazz.

Michael Craggs

Michael Craggs
Media Assistant

 

Joining us in 2017 after traveling the wilds of South America and attending Cardiff University. Mike joins us now to help tackle the wilds of the media landscape.

Mark Hook

Mark Hook
Account Manager

 

An all-round geek with a strong passion for digital media joins us after selling his soul for the last 5 years working in some of the largest media agencies in the UK.