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26 is all about you. We want everyone to feel they can have a say and influence the shape of 26 to come. We’re just here to help it happen. The eight of us who originally conceived 26 are still very much on board. We’ve since been joined by several other directors, who’ve brought their own strengths and style to the table, helping us maintain our momentum and enthusiasm. This is who we are.
Jim Davies
Jim Davies
After establishing himself as a design journalist, Jim went on to write for the Guardian, FT and Daily Telegraph on many aspects of visual culture. He set up totalcontent in the 1990s to offer brands and agencies a new kind of design-savvy, creative copywriting service, building lasting relationships with many top design companies and leading brands, including Paul Smith, Nokia and Thomas Pink.
 
In 2008, Jim won a D&AD Gold Award for his work with the Partners on the National Gallery’s ‘Grand Tour’. His work has been accepted into the D&AD annual for six years running, and been recognised at the Cannes, Fresh, Cream, Design Week, Communicators in Business and DBA Awards.

jim@totalcontent.co.uk

John Simmons
John Simmons
John is a writer and consultant on brands. He is also director of training and brand language at The Writer (www.thewriter.co.uk). John’s books ‘We, Me, Them & It’, ‘The Invisible Grail’ and ‘Dark Angels’ form ‘The Writer’s Materials Trilogy’. John runs workshops and courses on creative writing for business. As a co-founder John has been particularly involved in 26 projects, initiating and editing the work that became 26 Letters and From Here to Here.

johnsimmons@blueyonder.co.uk

Tom Lynham
Tom Lynham

International Wordstorming

I help people to communicate better using brave language and big ideas. Clients include the London Design Museum, University of Oxford, Orange, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, University of Leuven, Southbank Centre, The Ham & Cheese Company, Ashmolean Museum, Jumeirah Group, Casson Mann, Land Securities, WWF and the Helen Bamber Foundation.

I am a founder of 26, and External Examiner in Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins. I blog at 66000milesanhour, and Tweet at makemehappenWebsite http://tomlynham.wordpress.com/.



tom@tomlynham.com

Martin Clarkson
Martin Clarkson
Martin is one of the founders of ‘The Storytellers’ and works with leading companies in the UK, Europe and North America, helping them shape and share their business stories. He’d previously worked in Australia, North and South America and the Far East, latterly as Far East Director of Marks and Spencer. Returning home, he guided M&S’s marketing function and external communication, through a critical period. Martin is an honorary member of the Marketing Group of Great Britain and Chairman of 26.

martin@the-storytellers.com

Margaret Oscar
Margaret Oscar
Margaret is a tone-of-voice consultant who works with commercial businesses, helping them express their personality through written communications. She also specialises in the development of internal brand cultures, ensuring the brand is at the heart of the people behind each organisation.

me@margaretoscar.com

Martin Lee
Martin Lee
Martin was formerly marketing director of Waterstone’s, but is now one of the co-founders of Acacia Avenue, a research and strategy consultancy. His role is to help clients develop strategies for communicating to their customers in a more personal and authentic fashion. Martin helps 26 attract sponsorship and contributed to the ’26 Letters’ project.

martin@acacia-avenue.com

Sarah McCartney
Sarah McCartney

For the past 10 years Sarah has been Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics' head writer and marketing consultant. She also works with other small, friendly businesses and not-for-profit organisations on their thinking, writing and ways to keep their customers interested and happy. Sarah is on the 26 events team and wrote chapters in 26 Letters and From Here to Here. When not writing, she likes to knit woollies, take photographs and practise yoga.



sarah@little-max.co.uk

Rishi Dastidar
Rishi Dastidar
Rishi Dastidar is a copywriter for the integrated advertising agency archibald ingall stretton…, where he writes and thinks and writes for brands including O2, Abbey, Skoda and EDF Energy. When he’s not doing that, he pretends he’s a digital native at his blog Being Beta. And when he’s not doing that, he pretends he’s a poet. He’s written chapters in ‘From Here to Here’ and ‘Common Ground’, and regularly contributes to the monthly newsletter.
http://beingbeta.blogspot.com

betarish@googlemail.com

Ben Afia
Ben Afia
Ben is a tone-of-voice specialist and writer. He helps organisations find their tone of voice. Sussing out what's remarkable about them. And telling that story in a way that gets people excited. His clients include Vodafone, Sony and BP.

ben@afia.me.uk

Gary McKeone
Gary McKeone

Gary was Literature Director at Arts Council England from 1995-2006. Before that he worked with Field Day Theatre Company in Ireland and at the Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank. He is currently Chair of the Poetry Archive and the recently created Poetry Translation Centre and is also involved with a number of other literature organisations in England. Originally from Derry, N.Ireland, he has written for the Guardian and Independent newspapers and currently works in a freelance capacity. Gary is involved in a range of 26 activities, including helping us to improve our fundraising activities.

gary.mckeone [at] googlemail.com


Rob Self-Pierson
Rob Self-Pierson
Rob writes for a living. Most days he works with businesses, helping them to communicate a little more clearly. Other days he writes non-fiction and scripts. Throughout 2009 he travelled around Britain, uncovering the darker side of the country, led by the light of the full moon. In 2012, he set off around Europe to meet new people, do new things, eat new food and drink new drink. All in the name of town twinning. For 26, Rob's helped manage 26 Treasures at the V&A, 26 Flavours of Cornwall in the South West, and 26 Stories of Christmas.

rob.selfpierson@gmail.com

Mike Exon
Mike Exon

Mike is a journalist, editor, and consultant working in the design, new media and creative industries. He is former deputy editor of Design Week, and has worked creatively and strategically for agencies including Digit and The Fourth Room. As head of content at Yell.com, in 2010 he developed and launched a content strategy for its advertising site. He also consults and writes for D&AD and the Design Council, and blogs for TheLiteraryPlatform.com. Mike is interested in writing for new forms and the development of communications into the digital brand space.

michael.exon@virgin.net


Elise Valmorbida
Elise Valmorbida

Elise’s communications agency word-design offers a rare mix of brand strategy, design and writing services. She is External Examiner for the MA in Professional Writing at University College, Falmouth, and she teaches creative writing at Central St Martin’s. Her published works include non-fiction (The Book of Happy Endings) and three novels (Matilde Waltzing, The TV President, The Winding Stick). Honoured by the Edinburgh International Film Festival as a Trailblazer, Elise is the script consultant and producer of award-winning indie Britfilm SAXON.

www.word-design.co.uk

elise@word-design.co.uk


Ezri Carlebach
Ezri Carlebach

After a first career performing in various ensembles with his double bass, Ezri has gained more than 20 years experience in publishing, marketing and corporate communications with public sector, FTSE 100 and non-profit organisations.

He is currently Deputy Director of Communication and External Affairs at University of the Arts London. Previous roles include leading the internal communications team for Barclays UK Retail Banking, marketing a 250-year old social and cultural change agent at The Royal Society of Arts and publishing primary research journals for the British Psychological Society.

ezri.carlebach@gmail.com


Fiona Thompson
Fiona Thompson

Fiona is a freelance writer who started off as a journalist, writing features for the Guardian and columns for the Times and Esquire magazine. She now spends most of her working life writing print and digital content. Recent work includes a brochure for Save the Children, brand stories for a Somerset cider company and award-winning case studies for Deloitte.

Fiona joined 26 in 2003 and has been involved in a number of 26 projects, including 26 Treasures. She also ran a harp and creative writing workshop at Wordstock in 2011.

fiona@wordspring.co.uk


Sara Sheridan
Sara Sheridan
Sara Sheridan writes two series of historical novels - a cosy crime noir set in 1950s Brighton and a faction series based on the real-life stories of late Georgian and early Victorian explorers and adventurers (1820 - 1845). In October 2012 her novel Brighton Belle went to No 1 in the Amazon Kindle chart UK – overtaking 50 Shades of Grey in the chart (if only for 48 hours).
 
Sara has been nominated for a Young Achiever Award, received a Scottish Library Award and was shortlisted for the Saltire Book Prize for her first novel, Truth or Dare.  An occasional journalist and blogger, in 2011/12 Sara reported twice for BBC Radio 4's From Our Own Correspondent and blogged for the Guardian and the London Review of Books. From 2009 - 2013 Sara sat on the Committee of the Society of Authors in Scotland and was the lead committee member responsible for negotiating a prototype Writer/Publisher Accord with Publishing Scotland. In 2012 she mentored fledgling writers for the Scottish Book Trust. She is a member of the Historical Writers Association and the Crime Writers Association. Sara appears regularly at book festivals, libraries, bookshop events and as an after-dinner speaker at a variety of corporate events. She occasionally writes for children and her picture book 'I'm Me' (which started life as part of a 26 project) has now appeared 3 times on CBeebies. She was Scottish coordinator of the 26 Treasures project at the National Museum of Scotland 2011/2 and loves taking part in 26 projects! She is a twitter evangelist (@sarasheridan),  a self-confessed swot and posts regularly about her writing life on https://www.facebook.com/sarasheridanwriter


sara@sarasheridan.com