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Who we are

 

Think of us as your new marketing team, remote yet close. The loveable geeks, the keenos with freshly baked goods raring to go. We offer both thinking and doing, take your pick.

 

Melissa Fretwell is the founder. Her career has been about telling marketing stories from the world of music and entertainment. Working across a range of demographics with a specialism for understanding the highly prized 16-34 year olds.

 

She’s a chartered marketeer and CIM mentor. She launched White Camino after seeing so many businesses without the bandwidth to grow. Working with fascinating challengers from music, to parenting, to youth charities and sustainable fashion.

 

She’s also a Business Director at Hoxby  working with clients new to TV like Etsy. Hoxby is B Corporation Certified social enterprise of more than 1,000 handpicked, diverse and global freelancers who can also work for White Camino.  

 

We scale or shrink according to every brief and have collected some impressive compadres along the way. This talented bunch are part of the White Camino pack. United by our experience in media and entertainment and our wolf like curiosity. Always learning and adapting to deliver rather excellent work. We're sure you’d expect nothing less.

Melissa Fretwell
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I'm CIM chartered Marketing Director with a background in both traditional and digital media and over 15 years experience of marketing for entertainment brands from UKTV and Channel 4.

I'm obsessed with creating strategies for challenger brands and start-ups, helping them tell their most compelling story. I deliver pro bono marketing support for youth charity Ideas Foundation and sit on their creative advisory board. 

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Compadres of White Camino...

Laura Lyon

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Laura runs Laura Lyon Trends and has over 12 years' experience of ensuring market research, trends and insights underpin strategies for major media brands including BBC Worldwide, The Guardian and Channel 4.

 

As an independent researcher she works with challenger brands in areas including diversity and inclusion in the workplace and issues affecting women in the Middle East. She is motivated by furthering clients' understanding of people and the wider world, so that they can bring about positive change in the future. 

Gideon Barker

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Gideon has over 20 years of experience in research and insight roles, having held senior roles in client and agency organisations. He specialises in helping clients find new opportunities, working hard to help translate research findings and insight into actionable roadmaps. He has a genuine passion for what he does and has a keen interest in how research can be improved by using online tools and tech.

 

He's the founder of the newly launched Customer IQ which offers affordable and actionable research.

Sally Brockway

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Sally Brockway is a PR with 30 years’ experience as a journalist. She specialised in TV and entertainment and has written for a broad range of National UK titles ranging from The Sun through to TV Times, The Times, Bella, Best, Platinum and more.

 

Whilst working solely as a journalist, Sally was a consultant for PR firms, writing press releases, devising feature ideas and offering creative solutions.

In 2016 she started Wow PR and has since gained fantastic media coverage for a range of small businesses

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Firgas Esack

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Firgas Esack is a Publicist with over 15 years' experience working on consumer and corporate PR, covering music, entertainment, fashion and celebrity campaigns. She started off in record label PR before going freelance and relishing the fresh challenges and variety. Recent entertainment campaign work includes working with the BBC press office on shows like Songs of Praise, Meet the Street and Our Dementia Choir.

 

Over the years she has launched Will.i.am's sneaker brand, teamed Snoop Dogg up with a Chelsea Housewife to record a single, organised a record breaking 24 gigs in 24 hours, and kept Calum Best out of trouble during the Leveson inquiry. 

Harrison Gates

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Harrison of design consultancy Nine Worthy is a design obsessed creative with 15 years of experience in the creative sectors. His core skills revolve around branding, packaging, marketing collateral, illustration and all avenues exploring design for print and production. Throughout his career to date he has had the pleasure of working with global brands ranging from Jamie Oliver to The Ministry of Defence, Audi, Lexus, BMW and The W.H.O.

 

His core belief is that well executed design can bring about positive trends, awareness and unity

Kat Cat

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Katcat studio is the creative space of motion designer Kat Cat.

Kat has spent over 11 years working across design, animation and branding briefs in the TV industry and for corporate clients.

While specialising in 2D animation, Kat has also worked with Cinema 4D, especially for highly stylised/illustrative designs. She is passionate about smooth animation and enjoys coming up with simple design solutions that communicate messages in an effective, elegant way. 

Since going freelance in 2019, she's been developing personal and professional projects around her passions for illustration and animation storytelling.