About

GMV is an innovation agency for the creative, cultural, digital and public sectors, advising on creating new products, services and experiences, and developing their underpinning business models; generating new revenues, reaching new users and creating organisational capability to deliver successfully; and public and private funding for innovative service development.


Board & Advisors

Patrick TowellPatrick Towell, Chief Executive Visit Patrick's LinkedIn profile

Patrick is a strategy consultant turned service designer and media executive. He brings a practical and commercial approach to complex challenges that span business and public policy. He was the architect of three national digital services – spanning local heritage, digital learning content to service directories for parents. He combines an ability to envision future products with a detailed understanding of information and content market, business affairs and technology.

Formerly he founded digital agency, Simulacra Media, chaired the Information Society Working Group for UK's National Commission for UNESCO, was vice-chair of the British Standards Institute's committee for learning technologies and lead strategy and marketing for the equivalent International Standards body.


Mandy Berry

Mandy Berry, Founder Director Visit Mandy's LinkedIn profile

Mandy has wide experience of the creative and cultural industries and a track record of initiating, developing and leading innovative projects exploring new thinking in digital media and building partnerships to deliver new creative enterprises. She has extensive networks from practitioners to policy makers.

Mandy founded 01zero-one in Soho, creating a space for collaboration in the audiovisual and interactive digital media industries. She established the InSync network, featuring leading UK, US and European players, exploring and imagining the future direction of commercial and creative practice in the 21st Century. Mandy is experienced in helping individuals, small and large creative companies to adopt new ways of working, distribution and business models. Mandy is Chair of Miracle Theatre.


Barney SmithBarney Smith, Non-Executive Director Visit Barney's LinkedIn profile

Barney has a long career in the natural heritage and environmental sectors and is skilled at innovation, leading change and developing successful commercial relationships & partnerships to deliver business value. He has a passion for promoting sustainability and sustainable growth for organisations through exploiting new digital economy business models and influencing the way markets work to deliver social value.

Some of Barney’s previous roles include CIO at Natural England, Head of Strategy & Performance at the Countryside Agency & Digital Development Officer for the Local Heritage Initiative. Barney is co-Founder/Director of an innovation and commercial capability consultancy, and Vice Chair of an Outstanding Special Education Needs school in Cheltenham.


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Chris Bevan, Company Secretary Visit Chris's LinkedIn profile

Chris is a chartered accountant and senior partner of Addicus and provides mentoring services to a wide range of clients particularly SMEs and has a history in the television and film industry. With over 25 years of experience, Chris offers a no-nonsense, understandable prospective and often advises at board level.


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Frances Anderson, Advisor Visit Frances's LinkedIn profile

Frances is a technology and intellectual property lawyer with a focus on the creative industries. Her clients range from international manufacturing companies to digital start-ups, universities and charities. She advises on complex research and development collaboration agreements, technology transfer, intellectual property licensing and acquisition, software development agreements (including agile software development and cloud computing contracts).

Her creative industries expertise extends from live performance  to digital distribution. She has also advised on large creative industries infrastructure projects such as MediaCityUK (Salford), Leeds Arena and the Library of Birmingham. She is a non-executive director of the Grand Theatre Wolverhampton and Trident Housing Association, and a Fellow of the RSA.


Brian Chandler

Brian Chandler, Advisor Visit Brian's LinkedIn profile

Brian’s clients recommend him to friends - but not competitors, so he’s worked in most sectors: construction, investment banking, utilities, publishing, textiles ... and for lawyers, accountants and engineers. So he knows how it fits together and has a great network.
He is mostly with SMEs - because his work tends to have immediate effect. He helped one £2M turnover signage company make its first profits for years and in the six years he worked with the board of a construction company, it doubled its turnover to £200M and its cash pile to £30M. “It's about getting people to pull together, focus, and make better decisions.”


Team

Nina Douglas 001Nina Douglas, Organiser Visit Nina's LinkedIn profile

With over fifteen years’ experience, Nina worked previously for ITV, the BBC, the Stephen Sondheim Society and the University of Nottingham – working on everything from rights clearance to finance.

She is our fixer – being first point of call for clients, associates and partners; ensuring all our systems and communications are running; juggling overfull diaries; supporting marketing tracking, campaigns and online; purchasing and project office support.


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Sophia Woodley, Design Manager 

Sophia Woodley specialises in building bridges between the worlds of business, culture, education and technology. Before beginning full-time work for Golant Media Ventures in 2015 she spent three years as a freelancer, working with GMV on projects including the development of product strategy for Arithmetica, a scientific software company; market research on the film industry for Cinegi; and work on digital innovation, intellectual property rights and commercial strategy for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

With a DPhil in Modern History from the University of Oxford, she maintains an interest in online learning, and has done curriculum development for Nord Anglia Education and Oxford Royale Academy. From 2013 through 2015 she was a board member of the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire.


John DentonJohn Denton, Digital Transformation Lead

John has over 20 years of media and broadcast experience with a strong track record in delivering multi-channel customer propositions, both in the UK and in Australia. Projects and services deployed for a range of consumer-facing organisations – the BBC, Samsung, Orange and Sky – with an emphasis on innovative use of technology. 

As Senior Digital Consultant in KPMG’s Customer & Growth team, he championed customer experience and focused on improving customer journeys for a range of private & public organisations including BT, Novartis, UK Gov and BP. As comfortable talking with CIOs as Heads of Marketing or Communication; with positive experience of uniting IT and Business to deliver change. 

John uses his knowledge to support Arts organisations and individuals to get better results from their use of digital technologies and by adopting new ways of working. John was the co-producer and digital lead on Live Vortex, which was part of thespace.org first round of commissions in 2012. John was also the recipient of an International Emmy in 2007.


Katherine Reid 1Katherine Reid, Project Manager

Katherine is an experienced Project Manager, with a particular fondness for complicated tech projects involving government grants. Katherine spent three years running operations at a tech start-up focusing around individual recommendation and gathering the broad set of skills that remit implies. Before that adventure she ran several Innovate UK grant projects, broadly in the intersection between culture and technology, and served as the knowledge manager in an executive coaching firm. She has strong opinions on versioning. 

Katherine has a deep fascination with people and with spreadsheets, which, after reading psychology and philosophy at Oxford, has led to a lifetime spent looking at the messy combinations of people and systems.


John Sanderson 1John Sanderson, Financial Strategist

John's focus is on the money-making side of the digital, creative and cultural sectors. He asks if there is scope for commercial creativity - for instance can a museum use its assets to trade better and come closer to being financially self-sustaining? Or can you start up a new enterprise (social or fully commercial) as a way of meeting your own financial needs in the medium term? He brings a lot of practical experience to answering these questions and helping to execute the answers.

John was a rated City leisure and media sector investment analyst for 10 year and a specialist in media sector strategy and business development consulting for another 10. In recent years he has combined three things: media sector corporate and commercial consulting, gaining experience on boards (from start-ups to chairing AIM listed companies), and helping start-ups to get going. He has an FCA licence for corporate advice and fundraising and has advised and been a director of two creative sector start-up investment funds, one in London and one in the North-East.


Steve TaylorSteve Taylor, Business Strategy Specialist

Steve is a business strategy, innovation and brand consultant whose experience spans global firms to very early-stage startups. He has mentored and run workshops on a range of accelerator and incubator programmes for Nesta, Creative England, the Lebanon-UK Tech Hub, REACT and Silicon South as well as directly with numerous startups from the UK, Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.  

He has been an Inventor at ?WhatIf!, the Director of Innovation for Aegis Media and a Senior Brand Strategist at Wolff Olins.

Before consulting, Steve was a pioneering magazine editor and he recently returned to publishing with an online magazine/marketplace for artisan foods.


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Antonio Gould, ProducerVisit Antonio's LinkedIn profile

Antonio is a digital strategy and product expert with has 18 years’ experience delivering across web, mobile, social, games and software. He believes strongly in the principles of user-centred design and thorough research across all areas of digital service design - giving products and services the best possible chance for success.

He has experience across a wide range of sectors but his passions lie in projects which have social benefit, especially in education. He has worked extensively in the social enterprise sector, community arts and education, He has also delivered projects for larger companies within broadcast media and the corporate sector including the BBC, Channel 4, Vivienne Westwood and The V&A.


Chris YappChris Yapp, Futurist Visit Chris's LinkedIn profile

Chris Yapp is an Independent Consultant specialising in Innovation, Scenario Planning and Public Policy. Chris has 30 years background in the IT Industry. He has specialised in network technologies and the impact on organisations and public policy. He has worked in local and central government, education, health, creative industries and digital inclusion. He has contributed to and edited a number of books on these topics.

His speaking engagements have included British Council, Royal Society, World Bank, EU, Club of Rome, and the UN.

He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society for whom he blogs on socio-technical futures. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Mary Beaney PictureMary Beaney, Marketing and Communications SpecialistVisit Mary's LinkedIn profile

Mary Beaney is a commercially driven marketing professional with a strong track record in both private and public sector services. Her experience extends from customer research to marketing strategy development, campaign implementation and change management. Mary has worked for large organisations such as American Express and Deutsche Bank; on projects for small commercial organisations; in government departments and for the NHS. She has worked on a number of projects with Golant Media Ventures including brand strategy and identity for a scientific software company and communications project management for the RSC.


Wendy Boast PictureWendy Boast, Organisational Change Specialist

Wendy has a long career in technology and business change, with more than 20 years in executive roles, including founding a multi-million change implementation business. Her expertise in forging successful new business models based on leading edge technology means that she is called upon by many organisations for advice and support.

As well as advising on Cinegi, her other work includes: restructuring for global economic change; new services development and sourcing, public sector service re-organisation, and large scale outsourcing. In the 1990’s Wendy was one of the pioneers of commercialising shared services, and she is a regular conference speaker. She is a Fellow of the RSA.


Emma Cornes PictureEmma Cornes, User Testing Specialist

Emma’s thing is user-centred testing – whether that’s for a physical space, online or for other brand touchpoints.

With a degree in Geography from Durham University she spent years working in environmental consultancy, analysing soil samples and digging for information about contaminated sites. This firm scientific background was a perfect if unconventional fit for user-testing. Now she applies that same analytical rigour to observing how people find their way through complex systems and spaces.

She has tested new store concepts for mobile phone networks, digital tools in galleries, marketing materials for software companies, terms and condition for energy companies, visitor engagement at a national sports centre, and loads more - all to help make interactions more straightforward.