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Akira Holland

Akira is BMB’s Community Manager and has managed communities for clients including Rowse, Yo! Sushi and Hilton. As well as being a total social wizard, Akira loves a bit of knitting, vegan men and medium-sized hikes in the country.

Alex Mawby

Alex and his creative partner in crime Ben joined in 2015 on placement. Since then, they’ve racked up over 100 million views with a viral video for The Campaign to End Loneliness, brewed a craft beer perfectly matched to the flavour of KP Nuts and honoured 50 years of queer revolt for the Pride Jubilee. Before adland, Alex was a children’s entertainer and is now terrified of balloons.

Alex Paterakis

One of CYLNDR’S Senior Producers, Alex has produced campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands, including Adidas and Samsung, as well as content for Enterprise, TSB, IKEA and Kellogg’s to name but a few. He’s worked in Film and Television, done Music Videos and Bollywood, danced on a West End stage and fist bumped Kanye. He also makes a mean Spanakopita, still not as great as his mum’s though.

Amy Bowker

Amy is BMB’s Content Manager. In her previous life she was at a health and social care think tank, The Health Foundation, where she worked on all things digital and editorial. She grew up in Shanghai and can semi-confidently order you beers in Mandarin.

Ben Clark

Account Director Ben’s first stint agency-side was at a BTL shop in edgy Shoreditch where he cut his teeth, before joining BMB. He hasn’t looked back since. Ben has also played the bongo drums at the Sugar Hut in Essex, #TOWIE.

Ben Lambert

Ben and his creative partner Alex were given the best present ever when they were hired at the Christmas party after 3 months on placement. They’ve since brewed a beer, made their mums cry and worked out with a 72-year-old bodybuilder. When Ben isn’t making things up at BMB he’s making things up in the kitchen.

Bianca Eglinton

Bianca is our Senior Content Manager. Ever since she was asked ‘do you know how to Facebook’ she’s been creating content and sharing her social amplification wisdom with the world. Bianca’s been to the Edinburgh Fringe every year since 2009 and was in two Harry Potter films but she doesn’t like to talk about it.

Carly Dewey

Carly is BMB’s Financial Controller. She’s an ACCA Qualified Accountant and previously worked for Stink Ltd, Mediaplanet & RUSI. Carly’s frequently told that she’s not your typical accountant.

Charlotte Riley

Charlotte is one of BMB’s newest additions to Creative Production. Since joining she’s produced some of our most recent campaigns for Samsung Solid State and Pride Jubilee. While studying Russian, Charlotte lived in Siberia for 4 months during winter where it reached -40 °C.

Chris Mason

Chris is BMB’s Strategy Director and throughout his career has worked across brands including adidas, Y3, Netflix, Expedia and Yahoo and lead media strategy and planning for the likes of Dyson, Facebook, News UK and 21st Century Fox. Chris has a degree in genetics and runs the BMB book club.

Connor Dickson

An ex-student of Central Saint Martin’s, Connor is one of our motion and graphic designers. The vast majority of his working life has been here at BMB. Connor has never eaten an animal in his life.

David Bain

David is one of BMB’s co-founders. His planning life began at JWT, where he received a fairly brutal schooling by a number of ageing Scottish planners.  He went on to work at a few more creatively focused agencies where fewer people shouted at him, including Fallon and W&K. In 2005, he helped co-found BMB and continues to lead the agency’s strategy function.  He is obsessed with what makes people tick, unless you leave him alone with a log, in which case he will become entirely focused on turning it into a spoon.

Dom Grant

With over 25 years in the advertising industry Dom is our Head of Design. He’s climbed Kilamanjaro and danced in a conga line with Sister Sledge.

Hannah Bennett

Hannah is BMB’s Office Manager and Receptionist. She was voted Star Player in Campaign’s School Report 2019 and is the glue that holds us together.

Harriette Macnaughton

Harriette is CYLNDR’S Production Assistant. A trip to Australia culminated in her working on Gogglebox in Sydney. Harriette completed all her grades on the Saxophone by the time she was fifteen.

Harry Boothman

Harry, our yellow pencil winning Creative joined BMB in 2014. He’s come up with award winning ideas for Pride in London, Rowse Honey and D-Day. He was born in an animal ambulance.

Jake Goodman

Jake is Head of Client Services. He’s upset locals by making a giant crop circle in a farmer’s field, pitched a music video to Kofi Annan, helped the UK lose weight and shown how a bear could get his smile back with a bit of help from a holiday.

Jason Cobbold

Jason is CEO of BMB.  His career covers spells at well-known creative agencies such as BMP, TBWA, HHCL, and BBH.  More recently, Jason ran Redscout, where he built a successful strategy and innovation offering for the UK market. Jason is a former British Junior ‘Go’ champion (admittedly a little while ago), a lifelong supporter of the Islington Boxing Club and is unhealthily obsessed with 1980s extreme skiing videos.

Joe Keirs

Joe is a senior creative and joined BMB on Valentine’s day, 2018. Sandwiched between freelancing and operating a small production company, Joe and his creative partner Sef have worked in ad agencies for a decade. Outside of work, Joe and Sef produce and direct Indie music videos. Highlights are a silly one inspired by GIFs, and a humbling one where they worked with the amazing Songhoy Blues to speak up against religious discrimination.

Jordan Down

Jordan is a Senior Creative. Jordan and his partner Will have been coming up with award winning ideas for the likes of Cadbury, Ford, Dove, Amex and Kronenbourg for 10 years. In that time he’s built a house, had two kids and been stranded on a rooftop in Azerbaijan. He’s only 13.

Kate Austin-Smith

Kate is BMB’s Integrated Production Director. As part of the leadership team, she looks after the producers and creative talent and oversees all of the creative output. Kate started as a producer in 2005 delivering campaigns for Nike and went on to lead productions for world famous brands at creative agencies including TBWA, VPPC and W+K. Kate can do a mean Proud Mary.

Kieran Buckley

Kieran is CYLNDR’s Senior Editor. He’s helped to make ground breaking and award-winning films for Samsung, Nivea, BBC and Vodafone. Kieran was once drunk enough to join Kano on stage at the TDK festival to help him perform “Typical Me”.

Lily Gray

Lily currently runs BMB’s paid social offering. She has really tiny hands that fit all the way to the bottom of a Pringle tube and the most extensive collection of trainers at the agency.

Matt Bonny

Matt is an Account Director and has worked on brands including Unilever, Domino’s and Royal London. Matt was a member of a school choir that sang backing vocals on an S Club 7 charity single.

Matt Hyde

Matt joined BMB in 2013 as CFO and was appointed COO in 2018. Prior to joining the agency, Matt trained in accountancy practice, then joined Virgin Management to work for Richard Branson. He moved into a role as CFO for Freuds for 5 years, working on clients such as PepsiCo, Mars, Walmart and Nike. He was appointed the role at the tender age of 23 – probably London’s youngest agency CFO at the time. In his spare time Matt enjoys tending fish in a bear costume. Remarkably, that isn’t prison slang…

Matt Lever

Matt is BMB’s Chief Creative Officer. He started his advertising career as a Copywriter under BMB founder Trevor Beattie at TBWA, then completed periods at RKCR/Y&R, MCBD, DARE and DLKW LOWE, before moving to Wieden + Kennedy Portland. After two years learning how to be the world’s first beardless hipster, he returned to VCCP as Deputy Executive Creative Director, before joining BMB as CCO in August 2018. He’s won Pencils, Lions, Arrows and all the other ridiculously shaped awards. In his (extremely limited) spare time, Matt is writing a sitcom. About advertising. He refuses to be drawn on whether any BMB-ers feature in the script…

Miranda Bucknell-Whalley

Miranda landed on British soil from New Zealand in early 2019 where she was graciously taken in by the CYLNDR family. She joins us as a Junior Producer, filling the office daily with Kiwi reggae and a highly mockable accent. Miranda has worked in production for 4 years, her attention to detail and ability to handle the unknown has made her an integral part of the production team. Hobbies include patting your dog, patting your cat and cuddling your baby.

Natasha Bolam

Natasha joined BMB as Management Accountant. When she’s not playing with a calculator she’s fulfilling her self-given title of bottomless brunch connoisseur. In her youth she played football for QPR.

Paola Ayala

Paola is a Brand Planner at BMB and has worked on a range of accounts, including Beefeater, Legoland, Batiste and Hilton. Paola has 40 cousins.

Philly Byrne

Philly is BMB’s Content Director and joined the agency in 2018. With a background in journalism, Philly was previously Creative Director at BuzzFeed and Digital Director at Comedy Central UK. He has consulted on branded content and video for News UK, The Guardian, Sky, Star Wars and others. He’s also the lead singer of thrash metal band Gama Bomb and has released six albums.

Rashila Nama

Rashila is BMB’s HR consultant. She has worked for lots of high-profile brands like Financial Times, Penguin Books, and London’s Air Ambulance. Outside of her work in the corporate world, she founded Tassic in 2015 – her People Management Consultancy with a human touch. The aim is to encourage healthy disruption in HR and BMB is a proud client. Speaking of disruption, Rashila once tore up the dance floor with Prince Charles.

Rich Wilcock

Business Director Rich is responsible for Samsung, Beefeater Gin, Rowse and Pride. A fleeting appearance on Songs of Praise aged 9 is a life highlight.

Sam Balderstone

Sam is CYLNDR’s Managing Director. His knowledge and experience of the production process across all media outputs has helped grow the internal, integrated production department at BMB. Sam has worked for some of the world’s leading brands including Samsung, Carlsberg, Hilton, Nike, Nivea, LinkedIn and Absolut. Sam used to be known as ‘Sam Bongo Massive’ when he played percussion at club nights in London and Manchester.

Sam Hamer

Sam is a Creative Designer. Before BMB, Sam worked at Forever Beta for clients like Google, Absolut Vodka, Camden Town Brewery and Unedited Tattoo Cream. If you ask nicely, he’ll draw you like one of his French girls.

Sarah-Jane Jarrett

SJ Jarrett is BMB’s Revenue Accountant. Upon asking for a fun fact she replied that she likes tea. We don’t think this counts but she ­is very busy.

Sef Tedder

Sef is the second creative half of Joe and Sef. The guys that have been smashing it since they arrived on Valentine’s Day. Sef once convinced Fiona Bruce to drive an exploding car.

Simone Maggi

Simone is an Executive Producer at CYLNDR and helps manage and run the in-house production team. He is the gate keeper of creative quality and craft. Among other talents, Sim can do a special whistle that absolutely no one else can do.

Stefanie Daidone

Stefanie is BMB’s Executive Management Assistant. She’s assisted executives over the last 13 years in New York, Chicago and London at Berlin Cameron, Y&R, Translation, Havas, Grey, Redscout and finally BMB. Stef has human-toilet trained her cats.

Tess Elford

Tess heads up BMB’s social team and looks after Clients including Samsung and Hilton. Tess grew up in a hotel on the Isle of Skye, where she developed a love of rock pools and perfectly folded pillowcases.

Tom Sparks

Tom is CYLNDR’s Head of Post and is the engine that keeps post production moving. He’s responsible for the edit, motion, grade and sound talent. Tom’s dog is more popular than he is.

Will Marsden

Will makes up the second half of Senior Creative team, Will and Jordan. Together they’ve had countless surreal experiences, such as meeting Claudia Schiffer on set and being taken to a worryingly remote special forces base in Bulgaria.