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Kerry Watkins
Kerry Watkins
Founder, Trainer & Consultant

Kerry launched Social Brighton with the mission of helping businesses learn to manage social media successfully in-house. She designs and delivers tailored social media training solutions for clients and runs the Strategy, Content, Facebook Ads & LinkedIn training courses. She works with a number of clients throughout the UK, Europe & the developing world and is passionate about how social networking can benefit organisations of all sizes in unique ways. Kerry lives in Hove with her husband and daughter and still enjoys the hospitality industry... just from the other side of the bar.

Callum McGranaghan
Callum McGranaghan
Business & Marketing Officer

Callum has a passion for creating value and ensuring people get the most out of it. He joined Social Brighton to provide a more concentrated effort on outbound sales and marketing. Originally from London, Callum lived in Brighton whilst at uni, fell in love with the city, and has now moved down permanently! When he's not at the Social Brighton office (and even when he is) he's trying new foods, meeting new people, and testing out cool new tech!

Ollie Skipper
Ollie Skipper
Marketing Assistant

Ollie is a born and bred Brightonian with a love for food, technology and discovering content that has both personal and commercial application. Ollie has a particular interest in podcasts and joined Social Brighton to pursue his passion for marketing and content creation. It was in the dynamic hospitality sector where he developed a genuine care for the provision high-quality service and going the extra mile for customers- something that came in handy when he ran 26 of them for his first marathon in April 2018! He loves comedy and is a big proponent of investing in people, collaborative learning and personal wellbeing.

Jake Bailey
Jake Bailey
Social Media & Marketing

Jake is a social media and marketing expert with a background of working with major UK broadcasters and record labels. More recently he has helped a range of companies with their social media strategies. He loves finding new technologies and tools, helping small businesses succeed, injecting dull articles with a hint of the surreal, and his family. He moved his family to Brighton a year ago and can often be found making obvious and enthusiastic comments about the sea (such as "Look, it's the sea!")

Robbie Whishaw
Robbie Whishaw
Social Media Manager

An experienced community manager, Robbie manages social media networks for some of Social Brighton's clients. He can often be found knee deep in social analytics and online review sites. He also consults in the hospitality industry, managing and marketing events. Robbie lives in London with his fiancé, brand new baby (yay!) and his fabulous beagle, Frank. We miss Robbie in the Brighton office but love that we can work remotely in this industry!

Georgie St Clair
Georgie St Clair
Instagram Expert & Course Trainer

Georgie is an artist and illustrator with a healthy obsession for Instagram. Originally from a digital marketing background, Georgie has utilised the power of Instagram to grow her creative business and online shops. Working as an influencer and content creator, she has worked with brands around the globe helping them with their visual marketing. When she’s not illustrating, drawing, animating or chatting on Instagram, she's both mum-taxi and social secretary to her 3 children and husband here in Brighton.

Cat Rose Neligan
Cat Rose Neligan
Podcasting Course Trainer

Cat Rose helps creative introverts show their work and get the exposure they deserve. She does this through the League of Creative Introverts, an online community, as well as 1-2-1 mentoring and online training. Her aim in life is to help all her clients do what they love and realise their dreams, whilst honouring their personality type and preferences. She's currently researching the links between personality types and creativity and how we can use our self-knowledge become more confident and get our work seen, shared and sold. Check out her podcast, The Creative Introvert!

How it all startedBack in 2010...

About Social Brighton

Social Brighton really began life in 2010 as a social media blog run by me, Kerry, whilst working as an Operations Manager in the hospitality industry.

Back a few years to 2007, when Facebook started to become really popular, it was clear to me that social media was going to be a game changer in terms of marketing and communicating with our customers. My responsibilities as an Ops Manager included both financial forecasting and budgets and marketing strategy, and I saw an opportunity to use social media for both effective marketing and comms and helping the bottom line (we used to spend a lot of money on print marketing!)

We developed an ambitious social media strategy which resulted in saving thousands in print marketing costs as well as interacting with our customers and getting ahead of the game.

I soon realised my passion was in social media marketing and so Social Brighton was born as a blog and consultancy service to help other businesses take advantage of social media.

  • In 2014 I was getting more enquiries for training and consultancy than I could manage part-time, so I took the plunge… and said goodbye to my old, 20-year career in order to run Social Brighton full time.
  • In 2015 business is going well (phew!) and Robbie joins the team.
  • In 2016 I was consulting on some really exciting projects but managed to make time to develop social media training courses. It has always been my passion of time to help small businesses and show them how you don’t need huge budgets to make an impact and reach your target customers.
  • In 2017 the courses grew in popularity and Jake came on board with his killer copywriting skills, helping with marketing and also managing some client social media accounts.
  • Now in 2018 we are delighted to welcome Callum and Ollie coming on board and very excited to be running new courses with Cat and Georgie this year, bringing their unique expertise to business owners and marketers.

When I started Social Brighton all those years ago, I never thought for a moment that I’d have worked with so many great businesses and worthwhile projects. I’m as passionate about this now as I was then and committed to helping more businesses find their confidence with social media and make the most of what it can offer.