Blackbridge is a communications agency that helps clients attract and engage talent.

Based in central London, we employ 30 professionals across a range of creative, digital and project management roles. Our work has been recognised by the RAD Awards, CIPD Recruitment Marketing Awards, CorpComms Digi Awards, ISE Awards and the TARGETjobs National Graduate Recruitment Awards.

Blackbridge was founded in 2004 and is still owner-managed. In a field where agencies are often controlled by distant conglomerates, or are start-ups without much depth of support, we’re refreshingly agile and well-resourced. Our client retention rates, as a consequence, are gratifyingly high.

As a member of the OneAgent Global Network, the world’s largest network of employer branding agencies, we can help our clients implement their people strategies internationally. Not least because we’re able to draw on attraction and engagement expertise in all corners of the globe.

Blackbridge operates a balanced scorecard. Our four measures are Client First, Commercial Success, Forward Together and Exceptional Work.

Client First means that ultimately, your success is what’s important. (We’re happy to work with remuneration schemes that tie our reward to your KPIs.) Commercial Success means recognising the importance of staying solvent, and having enough resources to reward our people and to invest in new services. Forward Together means being progressive, in terms of providing training and providing innovative client solutions. Exceptional Work means that we like to push boundaries, and exercise high levels of quality control.

We care passionately about training. Our people regularly attend courses, and we’ve recently invested in PRINCE2 training for account managers. Our graduate recruits work closely with directors, meaning these mentees have become some of the brightest prospects in the business.

We keep an eye on our environmental footprint, recycling where possible, practising conscious energy consumption, providing bicycle parking facilities and using paper made by sustainable methods. Environmentally, we’re keen to ensure our suppliers are as well-behaved as we are, too.

Our favoured charities are the Whitechapel Mission, the young people’s charity, SkyWay, and the infantile nystagmus charity, IN-vision.

Careers


We’re always on the lookout for new talent. Find out more about our opportunities.

Interested? Come and work for an agency full of creativity, energy and like-minded people.

Our people

There are over 30 people providing great solutions in Blackbridge but, for now, why don’t you meet some of the team? For those keen to meet the more camera-shy please get in touch and come in and see us.

Zawan Almaskati

Zawan is the Social Media Manager at Blackbridge. She delivers social media strategies and innovative solutions to help our clients attract and engage world-class talent. Throughout her career Zawan has worked with both global brands and UK-based startup companies. She particularly focuses on brand building, customer acquisition, engagement and retention through content creation and the intelligent use of digital channels. 

Tony Andrews

After a successful period at the Daily Telegraph, Tony joined the agency world in 1997 at TCS. Rising rapidly through the ranks from Group Media Manager to Media Director and finally Joint MD of TCS London and Board Director of the TCS Group. In July 2004, TCS was acquired by a PLC and in January 2005, he founded Blackbridge Communications. Tony works in an MD capacity across all aspects of the business.  

Huw Atkin

Huw joins Blackbridge as a Senior Account Manager. He works closely with clients to understand their challenges, and how Blackbridge can help to develop effective strategies that answer their requirements. Huw has six years’ experience in communications, focusing particularly on digital, and has worked on recruitment projects for organisations such as Rolls-Royce and ASOS.

Andrew Baird

As Director of Consulting at Blackbridge, Andrew adds expertise in the fields of consulting, creativity and agency management. He has over twenty years’ experience in marketing services and recruitment communications, winning awards in ceremonies as far afield as New York, Chicago, London and Hollywood. The majority of Andrew’s work is in employer brand and values development. Organisations that have benefited from his skills include KPMG, MI6, Aviva, PizzaExpress, Asda, PepsiCo, Hilton, De La Rue, Balfour Beatty and Deutsche Bank. He also speaks regularly at industry events.

Versica Barot

Versica is the Finance Manager at Blackbridge. She worked at TMP Worldwide for seven years and has ten years’ experience working in the finance sector. Versica is an ACCA qualified accountant and enjoys the unique challenges that working in the creative industry brings.

Alice Bastick-Ruiz

Alice is a Project Executive at Blackbridge. She graduated with a Marketing and Advertising MSc from the Grand École in Paris, where she then went on to become a Marketing Officer. Fluent in both French and English, Alice moved to London to gain experience in the digital recruitment industry. She’s now at Blackbridge delivering employment marketing campaigns for clients across healthcare, transport, consumer goods and B2B industries. She particularly enjoys being involved in creative and branding campaigns as well as media strategies.

Sam Becker

Sam is Digital Lead at Blackbridge. He has worked in digital project management for over 20 years, running award-winning (Cannes Lions, Webbys, D&AD, FWA) multiplatform campaigns from proposal to delivery. He’s headed up accounts, production teams and digital departments, and has also consulted with numerous agencies to help structure and formalise their digital offerings. Past clients include Absolut, Chivas Regal, Coca-Cola, Channel 4, Mercedes Benz, Selfridges and the French Ministry of Health.

Jo Brickell

Jo is a Chartered Marketeer with a CIM Diploma in International Marketing who began her career in retail banking and marketing. She made a move into advertising and spent 20 years in board level roles for a variety of recruitment and employment marketing agencies. This was followed by five years in employer brand consulting before joining Blackbridge. Jo has worked with organisations as diverse as Accenture, Barclaycard, BP, CapGemini, Disney, DLA, GlaxoSmithKline; London 2012, Metropolitan Police, NATS and Which? on employee communications, employer brand and EVP projects.

Michael Cox

Michael is a Digital Designer and Developer at Blackbridge. He spends his time designing & building engaging experiences, both online and offline. Alongside using traditional design methods to work on a wide variety of branding and communications projects, he has experience in everything from creating bespoke mobile apps and websites to building web-connected physical devices.

A.J. Ferriter

A.J. has been writing and conceptualising creative campaigns for over 13 years. During that time he’s worked at TMP Worldwide, GTI Media and AIA Worldwide, as well as numerous other agencies on a freelance basis. Over the years he’s worked across pretty much every sector and helped to create award-winning campaigns for Thales, M&S, Jaguar Land Rover, BP, Accenture, RBS and many more. As Creative Director at Blackbridge, A.J. is ultimately responsible for any creative work the agency produces.

Matt Flynn

Matt joined Blackbridge as a Junior Designer in 2016. With a degree in Advertising, as well as a passion for design, he is able to fine-tune ideas to create engaging, high-quality designs for the agency. Before Blackbridge, Matt trained as a creative working on a variety of consumer clients such as VW, Liptons, CRUK, Virgin Trains and Esso. 

Nerea González

Nerea is Senior Art Director at Blackbridge. Originally from Bilbao, she has lived in Madrid, Santiago de Chile and now London. Working in different cultures and languages has helped her understand the importance of looking beyond words to communicate. Over the past five years she has built brand identities from scratch, developed fully integrated campaigns and art directed countless photo and video shoots – all while trying to capture the essence of each client in a visually distinct and memorable way. 

Mike Hanbidge

Mike began his career at a leading consumer research company, and has spent the last nine years in the employer marketing arena. As a Senior Consultant he has developed marketing strategies and employer brands for global and national companies alike, and has conducted a huge number of insight-related projects. Mike has worked with an array of organisations across many sectors, including BP, Barclays Capital, Betfair, Heinz, Almirall, Three, Morgan Stanley, PA Consulting and the Royal Mail.

Matt James

Matt started his career in a boutique design agency before moving into feature film post-production, eventually managing the creative and technical teams at Molinare TV & Film. After 12 years in the industry, Matt made the move back to branding with Blackbridge, where he now heads up the Studio team as Creative Services Manager.

Finn Lynch

Finn has over 15 years' experience in communications and acted as Managing Director of People Media before joining Blackbridge in 2009. As one of our Directors, Finn acts as the operational lead on extensive online and offline campaigns, and projects, across clients as diverse as the NHS, E.ON, Home Retail Group and British Gas. Finn and his team have also been involved in winning numerous industry awards. This includes work for British Gas, Care UK, STA Travel and Thomas Cook.

Sarah Morton

Sarah joined Blackbridge in 2006 as an Account Executive, learning the ropes of media buying, events and project management. Now an Account Manager, Sarah has experience working across professional services clients, managing a range of projects including design and delivery of internal and external communications, events and video production. Sarah also has experience running our client and internal events, recently managing the inaugural HR in Law Awards event in May.

Rebecca Newson

Rebecca is Junior Copywriter at Blackbridge. After graduating from the University of Leeds in 2016, she took on the role as Content Writer at a fintech start-up where she went on to become Content Editor. With her experience in writing across print and digital, Rebecca joined Blackbridge in 2017. She enjoys the fast-paced agency environment that sees her bringing clients’ values to life through their copy.

Ben Nunn

Board member Ben is Blackbridge’s Digital Operations Director. With over twenty years’ experience across client service, online recruitment and digital communications, he leads our team of digital creatives, developers and project managers in the delivery of market-leading solutions that will help our clients optimise innovative technologies. Ben also has consulting expertise in social media strategy, emerging technology channels and media solutions. During his career, he’s worked with the likes of National Grid, ITV, McDonald's, The Army, Shell, Deutsche Bank and Barclays.  

Claire Odeon

Claire graduated from Kingston University with a first-class Business Management degree in 2015. She went on to travel across Eastern Europe and Australia before returning to the UK in 2016 and joining a tech start-up as a Marketing Coordinator. Having joined Blackbridge in 2017 as an Account & Project Coordinator, Claire enjoys working across multiple client accounts, campaigns and projects to deliver a range of recruitment solutions. 

Hannah Rawson

Hannah joined Blackbridge in 2013 on our graduate scheme after graduating in French with Theatre Studies from the University of Warwick. She has progressed within the agency and is now Account Manager, working across numerous areas of the business. Having gained her PRINCE2 qualification in 2015, Hannah employs PRINCE2 project management tactics to ensure the smooth running of her accounts. She enjoys the wide variety of work she is involved with, particularly relishing the challenge of working on end-to-end employer branding projects.

Lorna Sinnott

After graduating in 2002, Lorna started working in people communications at an agency focused on healthcare clients. After building on that experience at a charity sector specialist agency, she moved to Penna in 2012 where she worked on a variety of attraction projects for the agency’s largest and most complex clients. In 2016, Lorna joined Blackbridge as a Client Delivery Manager and works with clients to develop bespoke workflows, ensuring smooth delivery of projects and volume attraction activity.

Sonum Tailor

Sonum is Marketing Communications Manager at Blackbridge. Originally from Canada, she moved to the UK to start her marketing career after graduating with a business degree specialising in Marketing and HR. She has since gained a depth of in-house marketing experience, from managing re-brands to executing digital and direct mail campaigns across a variety of sectors in the publishing industry. This includes agriculture, FMCG, retail and financial services. Sonum’s eyes are always on the Blackbridge brand and she looks forward to the agency’s marketing opportunities and challenges.

Charlie Taylor-Smith

Charlie is Blackbridge’s Social Media Executive. He helps deliver social media strategies and written content to help our clients attract and recruit world-class talent. After graduating, Charlie gained work experience through journalism and marketing internships. Since then, he’s predominately worked for start-ups, focusing on employer branding, content creation and social media attraction.

Keshia Thompson

Keshia started her time at Blackbridge as a Graduate Trainee in 2011 after graduating from the University of Leeds. She has since progressed to Account Director, which sees her managing account service teams to ensure all campaign elements are delivered and exceed expectations. Keshia manages clients such as Lloyd’s of London, KPMG, BNP Paribas and Babcock International Group, and enjoys working to deploy effective teams that achieve their important strategic objectives.

Olivia Williams

Olivia joined Blackbridge in 2014, and has since worked her way up to Account Executive. She works with clients who have complex needs and helps deliver a wide range of recruitment solutions, such as careers websites, attraction videos and multi-channel media campaigns. Olivia is PRINCE2 qualified and applies her knowledge, skills and experience across all her projects.

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EBMA 2016 Winner