Hana Dickinson

Hana Dickinson

Founder and MD

Hana Dickinson started her career in The City, gaining valuable business and marketing experience before setting up The Bridge in 2011.

Hana is a hard-worker with a great sense of humour and a practical, honest approach (and possibly a little less tact than would be ideal).

Hana looks after the strategy for all our clients, as a sound strategist, she has introduced and rolled out commercially savvy marketing plans for numerous businesses across a multitude of sectors. She has a spooky skill for spotting opportunities and helping our clients to build valuable business connections.

Don’t be fooled by the humorous, informal demeanour and overt love of beer – she cuts through the noise to help our clients to stay focused and communicate effectively with their target markets to achieve their business objectives.

Tel: 01394 802053

Hayley Shave

Hayley Shave

Director

Hayley has gained a wealth of experience and skills across numerous sectors including telecoms, transport & logistics, education and has run a very successful charity.   Completing a BA Hons Degree in Business & Marketing, while being a busy working mum is one of Hayley’s greatest achievements.

Hayley is a favourite with our clients (and our team). She is responsible, unflappable and diligent, with excellent communication skills and attention to detail. She is a champion plate-spinner and has a wicked sense of humour lurking beneath her kind and gentle manner.

Hayley is one of the most friendly, efficient and adaptable people in the market. If you work with us just to work with Hayley, you won’t regret it.

Tel: 01394 802053

Valerie Barton

Marketing and Media Manager

Valerie has developed a plethora of social media expertise during her early career, since graduating with a degree in Media and communications in 2014. Her skills and experience lie in relationship building, social media promotion and account management across various sectors including, logistics, business services, advertising and entertainment.

Val makes sure our clients are well looked after, and are making use of the different marketing channels to build their brand and reach their target markets. She’s obscenely organised and shows a real passion when it comes to digital content and understanding the growing digital landscape.

Tel: 01394 802053

Liz Baalham

Account Manager

Liz left university with a Degree in Communications and Media and dreams of a sporty themed PR and Marketing role. Via an agency in Colchester, a role with National Governing Bodies of Sport in London and a local football team she had very much ‘lived the dream’ within a few years of graduating. The last decade has been spent broadening her life and work experience, moving into events management, business development and running her own companies. Liz brings a whole range of industry experience to The Bridge Team. She is creative, resourceful and loves a project!

Tel: 01394 802053

Simon Ballard

Simon Ballard

Adviser

Simon Ballard 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.

Jan Ballard

Jan Ballard

Adviser

Jan Ballard 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.