Leadership team

Julian Steedman

Managing Director
Brand Experience

Chairman
Brandex Group

Julian has developed Brand Experience over the last 25 years and takes overall responsibility for the Brandex family of companies.

His expertise and wide-ranging experience in creating and developing international corporate brands began with his training in graphic design.

He went on to work for Norwich Union Insurance (now Aviva plc), the UK’s largest insurance company, and swiftly went on to become Head of Design within the corporate division.

Julian has shaped Brand Experience’s proactive approach to national and international business, and has led his team in delivering successful communications to a broad range of corporate clients around the world.

julian.steedman@brandex.co.uk

Chris Donaldson

Creative and Digital Director
Brandex Group

After studying graphic design at Norwich School of Art and Design (now Norwich University of the Arts) and Suffolk College, Chris worked in the design team at HMSO and Banner Business Supplies before joining Design Company (now Brand Experience) in 1999 and becoming Head of Design.

Over the past 20 years he has developed the digital side of the business, and now manages an ever-expanding creative and web team.

He specialises in the delivery of integrated print and digital projects and boasts an enviable portfolio of highly successful online campaigns. He has built up relationships with a wide range of both local and international clients.

chris.donaldson@brandex.co.uk

Rosy Dive

Client Services Director
Brand Experience

Working as a key member of the Client Services team for Brand Experience since 2012, Rosy has a strong background following a client services role at a local media company and a two-year stint as an Events Co-ordinator.

She has built strong working relationships with clients, collaborating closely with those from the insurance, retail and charity sectors. Rosy is experienced in managing small to large-scale projects from start to completion, ensuring that they are delivered to deadline, brief and budget.

Rosy has single handedly managed the RSPB account, as well as being solely responsible for many and varied accounts such as Reich, VIPR, Dynamo, Morning Data, AdvantageGo, MGAA, Machine Guard and Price Bailey.

rosy.dive@brandex.co.uk

Stuart Bartram

Managing Director
Brandex Insight

Founded in 2011, Brandex Insight is headed by Stuart Bartram, who for 11 years led the corporate digital estate at insurer Aviva.

The global insurance company’s online communications challenge was a complex one, balancing the demands and opportunities of a dynamic consumer brand and an extensive global portfolio of websites.

Reporting to Aviva’s Global Brand Development Director, Stuart was at the heart of this strategy with his team playing a key role in developing the digital presence for Aviva’s first global brand campaign: You Are The Big Picture.

stuart.bartram@brandexinsight.co.uk

Jake Smith

Managing Director
Brandex Financial

The company benefits from Jake’s experience as Head of Communications at CLS, a financial market infrastructure.

For over 15 years he led brand strategy and delivered integrated marketing and PR plans at global banks, including JP Morgan, Citi and HSBC. At these banks, Jake delivered marketing and PR campaigns promoting foreign exchange, fixed income, cash management and trade services to corporate and financial institution clients.

He was also Head of Marketing and PR for FXMarketSpace, a multimillion dollar foreign exchange trading platform, funded by CME Group and Thomson Reuters.

jake.smith@brandexfinancial.co.uk

Bill Hodgson

Managing Director
Brandex Publishing

Bill has worked in the capital markets for a variety of firms including banks, software platforms and service providers for over 27 years.

Since 2011 Bill has run The OTC Space and worked with firms of all sizes to develop and deliver content, hold events, make videos and deliver webinars.

bill.hodgson@brandexpublishing.co.uk

Chris Marsh

Managing Director
Brandex Manchester

Chris brings over 20 years experience working with the tech, creative and digital industry in Manchester in business development and marketing roles supporting this hugely growing sector and building key relationships with stake holders which will play a big part for the future with Brandex Manchester.

He started his career with a small server hosting and data centre company and gained experience with clients such as Everton Football Club, Cadburys and Vimto. Following this he developed his career providing managed services and quickly understanding the importance of relationship building in order to help clients achieve their business goals.

Chris spent four years with Melbourne Server Hosting and just over four years with cloud provider UKFast before a short period of setting up his own business to network on behalf of a small amount of tech and digital companies in Manchester.

chris.marsh@brandexmcr.co.uk

Ashley Spooner

Managing Director
Knife Box Digital

Having worked both client and agency side, Ashley has an almost unrivalled background in financial services having worked at a senior level at Aviva and moneyfacts.co.uk before switching to agency life.

His client list has a heavy Personal Finance presence including the likes of AXA, HSBC, Swintons, Fool.co.uk, AWD MoneyExtra, Uswitch, Which?, British Bankers Association, the Building Society Association and Interactive Investor but also includes retail clients such as Canterbury of New Zealand, Budget Car Hire, PokerStars and John Frieda.

Ashley’s role covers email, SEO, PPC and Social Media. The latter being an area where Ashley has written articles and been quoted in the trade press for having run some of the most successful social media campaigns in Europe.

ashley.spooner@brandex.co.uk