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  LUCY GEORGE, Mayor

Lucy has 19 years’ experience in PR and marketing communications and five years experience in the media. Lucy has managed communication projects for global brands and worked in the UK and the US for BBC Television, Paramount Communications and MTV Networks.

In a previous role, she was head of communications for IT specialist, Parity Group plc, and helped transform Parity from the seventh largest UK training company in 2002 to the largest UK training company in 2004. Lucy managed the global PR campaign for The United Nation’s ITU TELECOM WORLD 2006 which achieved unprecedented media coverage, contributing to an increased audience of 62,000 visitors to the exhibition and forum. Lucy has worked on some of the world’s leading technology brands managing positioning, corporate profiling and crisis management.

Lucy devised The Alternative Rich List as a way of encouraging people into the not-for-profit sector. She has handled PR for multiple creative organisations including V&A, Tate and The Royal Albert Hall.

In addition to communication and media relations, Lucy has spent 10 years preparing corporate spokespeople and elected officials for tough questions from the media. Lucy has served as an international spokesperson and has experience of media relations across 30 countries. Prior to starting Wordville, Lucy was an Associate Director at Fleishman-Hillard and LEWIS PR.

Most overworked words: "I can see there's a story in that"
 
  JESS MATTHIAS, Gunslinger

Jess has nine years’ PR experience, working with a diverse range of businesses in the UK, Europe and Africa. She specialises in national and consumer media relations and campaigning, and manages long-term PR campaigns as well as high impact stunts and events. Jess has worked with several not-for-profit charities and lobbying groups, helping to raise awareness of important causes and change public perception. She has also provided strategic consultancy and events planning for several big-name technology and entertainment brands. With one year’s experience exclusively on automotive brands, she gained insight into automotive, engineering and sports PR and helped niche and world-famous clients get their messages across. Jess ensures her projects have the widest possible reach and the biggest possible impact.

Jess manages PR campaigns and profile raising activities for Wordville clients that include the Vienna Tourist Board, business design service Stylus and British engineering business Cosworth. Jess is also currently spearheading the PR activity for clean-tech start-up BBOXX, flat sharing SME Flat-Club, and entertainment innovator Itchy Feet.

Jess graduated from the University of Surrey with a degree in Film and Media Studies.

Most overworked words: “Make it happen”
 
  STEPHANIE ROCK, Sheriff

Stephanie has worked at Wordville for three years and has contributed to campaigns for clients that range from The Royal Albert Hall to The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers. A media relations specialist, Stephanie has secured coverage for clients on national TV, in international business magazines and in highly niche technology journals.

She organises both local and international events for our clients, including Sportingbet’s press party at the Euroleague basketball finals in Barcelona, and the launch of a new Skillset Academy for the BFI in London.

Most overworked words: “I’ve already done it”
 
  GILL VAN ZWANENBERG, Saloon Keeper

Gill trained as a Theatre Stage Manager at RADA and worked in the West End for over 15 years, before moving to the corporate side of events. Gill was lucky enough to work on the originals of Rocky Horror Show and Chicago, as well as editions of They’re Playing Our Song, Cats and Phantom of the Opera. During the summer of 1997 she worked with Robert Redford on his Summer Theatre Festive at Sundance, USA.

Prior to joining Wordville, Gill was the Event Manager at the Imagination Gallery and ran events for a range of brands including BBC Worldwide, O2, Macmillan Cancer Support and Barclaycard. With Gill’s background in event and theatre management, negotiating with suppliers and working to tight deadlines has become her forte.

From initial enquiry to delivery, Gill is on hand to put the client's mind at rest and ensure each event runs to plan and leaves the client better off.

Most overworked words: “Nothing is impossible”
 
  DEBORAH HOCKHAM, Station Master

Debbie has more than 20 years experience managing and promoting events in the UK, Europe and North America. Spearheading forum3 for the past decade, the UK’s largest not-for-profit careers fair, Debbie has been responsible for the successful planning, sponsorship, and delivery of the industry event which receives 15,000 visitors annually. A senior event planner, Debbie has produced over 200 events ranging from exhibitions, conferences and training to fundraising special events, corporate product launches, sales conferences and parties.

Debbie has worked with many major not-for-profit, arts and social housing organisations including Save the Children, Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation, NSPCC as well as corporate clients including Vodafone and Volvo. She also runs training sessions on successful event management and exhibitions.

Most overworked words: “There was a problem but I’ve fixed it.”

 
  ALFONS PICH, Frontiersman

With more than six years experience spanning PR, marketing and communications for global brands, Alfons has a solid knowledge of international press, in particular continental Europe.

Over his professional career Alfons has provided strategic direction and support to many non-profit, cultural, entertainment and government clients, including Badoo, a 120-million-member social network. He has also been charged with the task of giving lectures about non-formal communication and social media strategies at universities across Barcelona.

He holds an MA in Cultural Communication and a BA in History from the University of Barcelona. He is fluent in Spanish, English and Catalan.

Most overworked words: “Tinc una gran notícia…” “I’ve got some great news…”

 
  ANJA STOBBART, Night watchman

With a background in television and journalism, Anja Stobbart began her career at YLE, the Finnish state broadcaster, before moving back to the UK and working for LWT, Sky and Channel 5 in production. In PR & media relations Anja drafts by-lined articles and carries out key research for Wordville’s diverse range of clients. She also pens the third-weekly Calsoft blog for client, Inatech.

Most overworked words: “I’ve found an interesting take on that…”

 
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