Phil founded Reverberate in 2007 and has worked in the agriculture and food industries for more than 24 years. Phil studied agriculture at Seale-Hayne and has worked for the NFU, ADAS and leading dairy co-operatives. As well as extensive knowledge of the agricultural industry, he is a Chartered Practitioner of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, a Professional member of the Institute of Agricultural Management and has completed both the General Management Programme and the Business Growth Programme at Cranfield Business School. He is also a licensed CowSignals® Master trainer.
Phil spends his time working with organisations to develop and implement communication and marketing strategies. In reality, this means that he is just as happy out on a farm as he is stood in a boardroom leading a planning session.
When he's not working, he can be found dreaming about Land Rovers, sailing or walking his springer spaniel, Bob, with Mel and their children.
Mel co-founded Reverberate after a career in the agriculture supply chain. She grew up on a dairy farm in Devon and also studied for a degree in agriculture at Seale-Hayne, where she met Phil.
She has worked for Mole Valley Farmers and Pfizer and now looks after all our HR and financial management, as well as supporting the team with client work when required.
Alongside her role with Reverberate, Mel is also involved in her family dairy farming business, which keeps her up-to-date with the latest technical and practical innovations on farm.
Lauren has held PR and communications roles in a range of industries including manufacturing and utilities. She has more than a decade of experience in agriculture having worked at a dairy co-operative before joining Reverberate.
Lauren's range of experience, along with her marketing degree from Aston University, post graduate diploma from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and participation in the Agricultural Leadership Programme at Cranfield Business School, mean she consistently delivers effective communication strategies for our clients. Lauren is a people person, and thrives on helping to bring well thought-out strategy to life. Equally, you're just as likely to find her in a pair of wellies getting to grips with a farm case study.
When she's not working, Lauren can be found cooking up a culinary treat in the kitchen, enjoying her home county of Cheshire, or planning her next family holiday.
Emily has more than 20 years of experience in agricultural communications and brings to the team a combination of effective campaign management, alongside delivery of practical day to day communications activity.
Emily studied at Seale Hayne before a spell in a PR agency and then working for the RABDF. Since then, Emily has spent some 15 years working extensively for AHDB Dairy, both in-house and in freelance roles, as well as for other clients across the agricultural industry. She also spent a year working in the dairy industry in New Zealand and, in 2003, completed her Nuffield Scholarship.
Emily and her husband are partners in a high yielding dairy unit in Staffordshire. Living and working on a dairy farm gives her technical and practical knowledge, as well as a clear understanding of the needs of farmers.
Emily enjoys watching her two boys play rugby, and watching and scoring cricket. She (still!) plays netball for a local team, likes walking and is involved in her local village hall committee.
Fiona has more than 20 years’ experience in agricultural PR and marketing. She qualified with a BSc (Hons) in human nutrition and worked clinically in that field, before moving to the Meat and Livestock Commission in the late 1990s, where she worked as a marketing nutritionist. In 2001, she moved to the southern hemisphere, joining Beef + Lamb New Zealand. Her role there saw her leading the nutrition communications activities promoting beef and lamb to consumers, as well as supporting on-farm programmes with Kiwi livestock farmers. She was also the Chair of the International Meat Secretariat Human Nutrition and Health Committee from 2005 until 2010.
Fiona returned to the UK in 2016 and worked as an Account Director in another agri-PR agency before joining Reverberate. Using the combination of her scientific background and expertise in communications, Fiona enjoys making robust science accessible through marketing and PR activity to positively influence stakeholders.
Fiona is often seen running or cycling around west Wiltshire, having developed a passion for off-road running in the mountains of southern New Zealand.
Lauren brings together a career in PR with her background in agriculture. Married to a dairy farmer and living in West Dorset, Lauren understands the current needs of the industry. And her degree in Language and Communication coupled with her previous work at Duffield's animal feeds means she knows how to engage with an agricultural audience.
With her post graduate diploma from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, her experience enables her to look after all aspects of a client's PR requirements. So one day you might find her writing technical farm stories and another arranging an extensive exhibition programme. Lauren also specialises in video editing.
Lauren is an active committee member for her local YFC and spends most weekends chasing around fields with her husband and two boys, tending to their ever-increasing flock of sheep.
Having lived in rural Somerset for most of his life, James has always had a keen interest in farming and the agricultural industry.
James has written extensively about agricultural issues on a freelance basis, with many of his articles having featured in national magazines, websites and regional newspapers. In 2014, James was the winner of the annual British Guild of Agricultural Journalists Training Award.
With his strong writing skills and interest in agricultural issues, James is a valuable resource to the Reverberate team. James is also a keen photographer and cameraman, and his expert video production and photography skills are proving a hit with clients.
James loves spending time outdoors and when not at work can often be found cycling, walking or running in the countryside of Somerset and Devon. He is also a rugby enthusiast.
Kendra grew up in rural Indiana, USA, on a small family horse farm surrounded by corn and soybean fields. She went on to study for a degree in Animal Science (BSc) and a masters in Agricultural Communications (MSc) at Purdue University, where she developed a keen interest in consumer perceptions of livestock production and bridging the gap between farmers and consumers. In early 2018 she moved to the UK with her husband and currently lives in the beautiful countryside of northeast Dorset.
Kendra has experience in copywriting, marketing, and social media management for a variety of organisations. Her unique background and experience brings a fresh perspective and skill-set to the Reverberate team and she relishes the opportunity to further develop her knowledge of the UK agriculture industry.
Outside of work, Kendra enjoys a good book, photography and exploring her new home with her husband and their Springer Spaniel, Fletcher.
Francesca grew up in Gloucestershire and this is where she developed her interest in agriculture and food production. This led Francesca to study Biological Sciences (BSc) specialising in Microbiology at the University of Exeter. Following this she then went on study Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture (MSc) also at the University of Exeter. It was during this time that she became interested in the role of technology and scientific developments in the future of agriculture.
After graduation Francesca went on to work for an agritech start-up specialising in the development of health monitoring devices for dairy cows. As part of this role she gained experience in both a technical and commercial capacity, as well as developing her communication skills. Francesca enjoys communicating scientific research and complex information to a variety of audiences.
During her spare time Francesca enjoys playing sport, particularly netball, as well as listening to music, and spending time with family and friends.
Phil joined Reverberate in 2016 as an associate. He has accumulated experience in a number of UK agencies and, further afield, in sunny California. Phil is passionate about creating distinctive and effective design solutions particularly for the food/agriculture, healthcare and charity sectors.
He has worked with companies from big brands such as Samsung, Plan UK, Marks & Spencer, Co-op, NHS and the National Trust through to local start-up companies. Phil revels in a variety of work including print design, such as annual reports and newsletters, branding and digital marketing design.
When he's not in front of a computer screen, Phil enjoys walking, cycling and taking pictures with his camera in the Devon countryside. He also loves growing and cooking with an assortment of homegrown fruit and veg.
His down-to-earth and friendly style is a natural fit with the Reverberate team.
Maria has recently joined Reverberate as an associate designer. Starting out in magazine and book publishing she then moved into agency, charity and public sector work. Her design experience covers brochures, reports, packaging, tourist information publications, signage and entertainment programmes, and she has designed for brands such as Disney, HiT, Peters and Small, David and Charles, the South African Association of Forensic Science, Parragon Publishing and the Royal West of England Academy. Maria also enjoys working with small and new businesses on their logos and branding, during their exciting period of growth.
She is no stranger to wellies, having grown up in rural Sussex she was a young farmer and loved lambing season as well as an being an avid horse rider. She now enjoys mountain biking and the occasional sea swim. Maria recently moved from Bristol to Devon to enjoy the beautiful countryside and rural way of life.