Introducing the band members...
“MD, strategic thinker and Connect 4 addict (was once St Theodore's champion).”
Tony Garner (Managing Director)
Boasting more than 25 years experience in sports journalism and sports PR, Tony founded Viva in 2002. He was deputy sports editor on a leading regional newspaper, before moving into public relations, which included a spell in the press office of a Barclays Premier League football club. He has since done work for Bolton Wanderers, and was commissioned to write ‘10 Years at the Reebok’ – an official club publication. Tony was also Bobby Moore’s ghostwriter for a Sunday newspaper column.
“Account Manager, fitness fan, loves making lists in different coloured pens – unofficial social secretary.”
Lisa Woodhouse (Account Manager)
Lisa has worked for various regional newspaper titles in the North West as a Senior Reporter, News Editor and Deputy Picture Editor. She was also Content Manager for a marketing company, creating original, engaging content, including text, graphics, gifs and videos, across a range of social media platforms - primarily Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram - for B2B and B2C clients.
“Account manager, copywriting genius and easy listening guru.”
Sarah Foulkes (Account Manager)
A former broadcast journalist and TV producer now with education, consumer, and legal PR experience. Sarah is brilliantly creative and has an uncanny ability to cuts through jargon to tell great stories.
She says: 'I believe the ‘P’ in PR stands for people, and I am fascinated by what makes them tick - whether it's a passion for growing their business or helping others build a career by getting the right education'
“Account manager, creative whizz and weekend hiker mountain biker.”
Rachel Pinder (Account Manager)
A former news and features journalist, Rachel has honed her writing skills in various countries around the world over the past decade, including Australia and New Zealand. Rachel's background is in regional newspapers, magazines and news agency journalism, and more recently she was editor for an online travel media company. Rachel has a great way with words and loves dealing with people – a winning PR combo.
“Account executive, creative spark and official supplier of cake to office.”
Taking a brief. Sounds simple doesn't it. But so often people get it so very wrong. Sharon has a happy knack of being able to talk to someone and translate their words into wonderfully creative visions. Branding and design are in her job spec but Sharon's true USP is her ability to connect with people and draw out meaning. She helps individuals and businesses translate their ideas and values into a creative strategy that sits across a range of media, from logo design, shop fronts and cookie jar labels, to newsletters, websites and prospectuses. It's not just pretty pictures. It's creativity with true meaning.
“Marketing Comms, likes neat type and interrupting. Makes a mean brew."
Football fan, father and our forever faithful freelance friend, Harrison is the human behind the Viva brand design. This website you're looking at was the product if his imagination. You see Nick has a unique talent for crafting graphic design for brand identity, print, web based projects and, most recently, social media projects. Creating Twitter art for a campaign around the Royal International Air Tattoo for BAE Systems was a first for the global business. Naturally, thanks to Harrison's creative genius and hard work it was a winner too.
“Incredibly talented script and copywriter, breath of fresh air and cookie in a jar queen”
Creative writer. Heather started her career as a Broadcast Journalist for BBC Radio, winning the Andrew Cross Award for Best Young Talent before moving into television drama and then film. From local soaps (Yorkshire Television/ Granada Studios) to the Studios of Hollywood (Universal/ British Paramount Pictures/ BBC Films) and UK Film Council, Heather has written and developed scripts for projects diverse in subject, style and budget.
"Account Manager, talented chef and Wayne Hemingway impersonator."
Kate Jackson (Account Manager)
Kate is a former newspaper journalist who has worked for regional and national media outlets including The Daily Mirror. She has also worked as a freelance journalist for the Chamber of Commerce East Lancs before joining Viva. She works across B2B and B2C clients.
"Social Media Executive, pink flamingo fanatic in house fashion guru."
Abigail Fraser-Kelly (Account Executive)
Abigail is naturally creative with a flair for social media. Her strategic and creative approach to social media activity has benefited many of our clients including Viva itself. Abigail's fashion marketing degree background and experience working at London PR agencies with brands including B&Q, Waitrose and Superdrug means she has a wide knowledge of the PR and marketing industry.
"Business Development, Burnley FC, trainee Spanish speaker, talented tapas eater."
Alan Simpson (Business Development Executive)
Alan is the former deputy editor of a daily North West newspaper and has more than 30 years’ experience in national and regional journalism under his belt. His keen news sense and eye for a story and extensive business and media connections makes him a key cog in the Viva team.