Our team of PR and Communications professionals are some of the most skilled and experienced in the business.

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Mark Hollinshead

CEO

Mark has been involved in media and business all his working life. He was the youngest ever Managing Director of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail and ran that business for 14 years, through the digital media earthquake of the noughties before going on to become Managing Director of Mirror Group Newspapers. From there, he took up the role of Chief Operating Officer and main Board Director of Trinity Mirror Plc, in charge of all publishing activity for over 200 news brands – both digital and in print. He has been Marketing Director of the regional media business of the Thomson Corporation and has been involved in some of the most transformational media acquisition and merger deals in UK publishing history.

During his career, Mark acquired Business insider magazine and became its Publisher, was Chairman of Scottish Athletics national governing body in Scotland, President of the Scottish Newspaper Society, a Director of the Newspaper Publishers Association and was at the birth of cable TV as a Director of Birmingham Live TV. He is currently a non-exec and consultant to Dentsu Aegis North, a world leading digital media and marketing agency. Until recently, Mark was the CEO of the Great Run Company, one of Europe’s largest mass participation sports marketing businesses and organisers of some of the world’s largest live sporting events, including the Great North Run – the world’s biggest half marathon. A media researcher and marketer by background, Mark has a fascination with strategy and creativity. He will work on your business. Always.

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Steve Simpson

CFO

A Chartered Accountant, Steve qualified with PWC before working as a Senior Manager in a number of their offices, including the Channel Islands. He left PWC for industry in 1996, completing the Management Buy In of Sunderland based Voyager Foods with funding from 3i, ECI and Bank of Scotland. As Managing Director, Steve led Voyager to the title of North East Company of the Year in 2002, before selling half of the business to Irish conglomerate Kerry Foods and the other half via a trade auction.

 

Following a two year stint as a Business Turnaround Consultant working with client of PWC Newcastle, he joined Gateshead based Responsive Engineering as Finance Director. Alongside Responsive’s Chairman and Managing Director, Steve executed an ambitious growth strategy, winning a host of local and national awards before completing the trade sale of the business.  With experience across a wide range of industrial sectors, Steve is a commercially astute executive who will help to ensure that your business with Hollicom runs smoothly and adds genuine value.

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Erikka Askeland

Director of Strategic Communications

Erikka Askeland joins Hollicom as Strategic Communications Director. She is an award winning journalist with nearly 20 years experience in business and corporate journalism in the UK and was previously the Business Editor of the Press and Journal, and Deputy Editor of Insider Magazine.

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Rachel Lindsay

Client Services Director

Rachel Lindsay is Hollicom’s Client Services Director. An experienced PR professional, with agency and in-house experience, Rachel has worked to deliver communications strategies for organisations including Comic Relief and the Royal British Legion. Rachel also brings with her years of broadcast experience at STV, Talkback Thames and BBC.

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Drew Hollinshead

Business Development Manager

A young entrepreneur with an appetite for all things digital. Founder of Bournemouth University’s longest-running newspaper “The Bournemouth Rock”.
Former Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament: convenor of the Culture and Media committee.
Previously a News & Sports Reporter at Forth Independent Newspapers.

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Kathryn Wylie

Client Services Executive

A multilingual graduate of the renowned Strathclyde Business School. Kathryn brings an international perspective to our Glasgow operations.

Previously with Glasgow Prestwick Airport and Radio Clyde.