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70-ish bright sparks, led by this magnificent seven...

Andy Reid

Managing Director

With a wealth of experience across many marketing disciplines, Andy has been instrumental in helping sustain category leaders such as Google, Shell, Budweiser, Stella Artois and the BBC. At McCann Bristol, Andy’s primary focus is to ensure that our clients succeed in their sector so that they can continue to drive their businesses forward with engaging, award-winning work. Andy is also known for his impressively large collection of trainers, and when he gets a new pair, he likes distracting everyone in the office with the squeaky sound they make.

Sue Hendry

Managing Partner, Media

Sue is one of those lovely people who is both well known and well respected around the region, so naturally she’s not all that popular at work. Her expertise in planning, and negotiating effective media for large-scale national and regional brands is enviable and includes Specsavers Optical Group, The Army, Clipper Teas and Mitsubishi Motors. Sue is also well known for enjoying outdoor pursuits, such as running away from the office.

Claire Banks

Managing Partner, Digital

Claire has played a pivotal role at McCann Bristol since 2005 when she was brought in to lead our digital sector, which is now the fastest growing group in the network across the UK and Ireland. Her experience in digital marketing spans almost 20 years working on junior brands, automotive, financial services, health, utilities, retail, pharmaceuticals, FMCG and government accounts. Claire is great in any situation except precipitation, which wreaks havoc with her hair (#frizzy).

Jon Elsom

Group Executive Creative Director

Jon has created and curated oodles of well-known, award-winning integrated campaigns. He worked at several top London gaffs, including 12 years at DLKW Lowe where he was Creative Director. After a year’s sabbatical in Cornwall writing fiction and running on beaches alongside astonished seals, Jon moved to Bath and became ECD of Bray Leino for three years, covering their London, Bristol and Devon offices in sparkly things. Jon’s been with McCann since early 2015 and has a Group CD role across the Bristol, Birmingham and Milton Keynes offices while being Creative Director in the waterside idyll that is our Bristol office.

Rob Wescott

Managing Partner, Client Services

At Saatchi & Saatchi and RKCR/Y&R Rob ‘BabyFace’ Wescott helped lead award-winning campaigns for many of the world’s superbrands, like Virgin, the BBC, Sony Europe, Lego, News International, Visit London, P&G, Powergen and E.ON. He then launched an investor-backed digital platform that won numerous Webby, content marketing and industry accolades. He brings this mix of brand and digital thinking to all of his projects at McCann Bristol. Rob plays jazz piano, which is admirable but unhelpful in a busy agency environment.

Kathryn Ellis

Associate Director, Planning

Kat has over 10 years planning experience working in world class agencies across a broad range of sectors and integrated accounts. Clients Kat has worked on include Plusnet broadband, Clyesdale Bank, Pilgrims Choice Cheese and more recently at McCann Oasis Dental Care, OneFamily finance and Motability. Kat is also our cat loving fanatic, so much so that even her clothes have cats on! Oh and she loves Unicorns!

Pat Southwell

Managing Partner, PR & Social

Pat’s been in PR for over 16 years having worked for a diverse range of businesses. This comprises everything from consumer giants such as Lego and Disney to public sector organisations including the NHS and government departments. He’s also worked with tech firms from Adobe to Zendesk and just about everyone else in between. Despite this, his mum still has no idea what his job involves. He tries to counter this by saying he’s a storyteller. And the stories he tells for his clients have a purpose – to increase sales, change perceptions or drive action. She still doesn’t know what he’s banging on about.

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