Jodie Cook, JC Social Media
Jodie Cook established her New Street-based social media agency in 2011 and she is now recognised as an expert on the subject. She was listed as a rising star in Computer Weekly’s 2015 list of the most influential women in technology. A published author on social media, she won the 2014 Birmingham Young Professional of the Year award. Her books have influenced many from the Prime Minister downwards. He was so impressed with what he read he invited her to Downing Street.
Bruce Daisley, Twitter
Bruce Daisley is the vice-president of Twitter in Europe, having moved up from the post of UK managing director. Twitter has close to 20 million active UK users. He moved to Twitter from Google in 2012. He features on the Drum Digerati list, which features the most influential figures on the UK digital industry. He was also voted Individual of the Year at The Drum Social Buzz Awards.
Joanna Geary, Twitter
Former Birmingham Post business journalist Joanna Geary is climbing the Twitter ladder. Having spent two months as acting editorial lead for Twitter in New York, she is back in the UK building and training editorial teams for Twitter’s new Moments tab. After leaving the Birmingham Post in 2009, she worked on business web development for The Times, becoming its community and web development editor. She was then social and communities editor at The Guardian. She is founder and director of Hacks/Hackers in London, bringing together journalists and technologists to develop channels of news and information.
Matthew Ward, HistoryNeedsYou
Matthew Ward is a Birmingham historian and broadcaster who runs HisoryNeedsYou.com, a history and heritage consultancy working with museums and schools to make history fun. The web site was the only social media channel covering the press conference when the University of Leicester confirmed that the bones beneath a city car park were those of Richard III. He is a historical adviser to films and television, including Testmant of Youth – a WW1 biopic based on Vera Brittain’s memoirs.
Luke Addis, Birmingham Updates
Birmingham Updates is a news, travel and local interest web site, Facebook page and Twitter feed compiled by hyperlocal news blogger Luke Addis. Founded in 2011, its Facebook page has nearly 200,000 likes. Luke Addis is a graphic designer and self-confessed social media geek who runs Birmingham Updates on a not-for-profit basis. When Fox News called Birmingham a “Muslim-only city” last year, it was Luke Addis who suggested they should make a donation to Birmingham Children’s Hospital – which they did.
David Oram, Brumpic
Brumpic began life as a Twitter account two years ago. Now it has turned into a comprehensive archive of images and recollections of Birmingham over the last 60 years, as well as theatre reviews and what’s on reminders. The idea is the brainchild of David Oram, an events manager at Birmingham College of Medical and Dental Sciences. He also founded the This is Birmingham social media account. Brumpic has become a popular and nostalgic resource with visitors from around the world. The web site has showcased its archive in the Birmingham History Gallery and was a supplement on the Birmingham Post website and in print.
Dan Slee, Comms2Point0
The Comms2Point0 blog is a sharing and learning web site created for communications professionals by communication professionals and includes more than 800 articles and resources. It was created by Dan Slee and Darren Caveney to encourage organisations and individuals to improve their communication skills. It also runs the annual Unawards celebrating communication and digital achievements. Dan Slee is an ex-journalist and Walsall Council press officer who also sat on The Guardian’s public leaders editorial board, providing advice on local government issues.
Nick Booth, Podnosh
Podnosh was created in 2005, using digital media to tell stories about active citizens. It aims to encourage communication and interaction between people and organisations in the public sector, and has worked with community groups, charities, local and central government, housing associations, police forces and the NHS. It is run and owned by Nick Booth, a former BBC political reporter and television and radio documentary maker. He established the Birmingham Bloggers group in 2007. He is a trustee of the Birmingham Conservation Trust and sits on the board of the Birmingham Smart City Commission. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.
Simon Stevens, Disability campaigner
Simon Stevens, from Coventry, is an independent disability issues campaigner and consultant with expertise and practical experience of disability inequality, independent living, health policy and social care. He has cerebral palsy affecting his speech, balance and hand control, as well as other debilitating conditions, but devotes his life to helping others. He is the founder of Wheelies, the world’s first disability-themed nightclub, and is star of I’m Spazticus, Channel 4’s disability prank show. He is also a regular blogger for the Huffington Post .
Anna Jeys, Trinity Mirror
Anna Jeys is executive editor at BPM Media and is responsible for audience engagement, social media management, web display and content management. She is also head of web for BPM Media, responsible for the web sites of all BPM titles. She began her journalistic career on the Solihull News where she became news editor before joining the Birmingham Mail in 2004.