We are human beings with skill, knowledge, compassion and a love of life.

We are an agency of tech-heads, detail eagles, writers, artists, planners, optimisers and optimists. Individually we are good, but together we are something else. Taking skills to one side for a moment, you know that the most successful agency/client relationships are based on understanding and chemistry. If there is empathy and friendship then there is dedication and trust.

We pride ourselves on being who we are and we are not afraid to champion ideas we truly believe in.




Patricia Valdivia Barroso

Graphic Designer - Spain

Patricia Valdivia Barroso

About Me

I have recently finished a Masters in Graphic Design and Web UX. Thanks to that, I have been able to see just how huge design is. I am very excited to develop my career with TAP!

My Favourites

First Job:
Teaching kids how to draw. I love seeing them enjoy and be proud of what they have achieved by the end. It makes me feel very cheerful
Film:
There is one that shocked me a few years ago. Mr. Nobody! I enjoy its vision of daily life decisions greatly.
Country:
Japan, I just love its landscape and culture
Music:
The Lumineers, Queen, Breakbot... but mostly animation soundtracks like Studio Ghibli!
Pastimes:
Since I was little I have been very curious. I was fascinated by exploration, animals, music, photography and animation, which made me draw and I haven’t stopped since.

Emily McCaver

Account Executive

Emily McCaver

About Me

I have recently finished an agricultural degree at Hartpury University, where my interest in crops, sustainability and soil science grew. Now one of my favourite past times is boring my partner with fun facts about farming as we walk our whippet Ted.  

I love food so it made sense that food production was something I was interested in. My background is in agriculture and conservation with a bit of marketing experience on the side. 

My Favourites

Food:
Peanut butter and biscuits! Any kind of biscuit is a good biscuit
Book:
The Hobbit
Song:
Don’t Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
Drink:
Red Wine
Interests:
Science, history, animals and nature
Past Times:
Baking, reading, crafting, keeping way too many house plants and collecting stationery, but mostly spending time outdoors with animals.

Duncan Murray-Clarke

Group Managing Director

Duncan Murray-Clarke

About Me

I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I was leaving school – honestly!  I started working in an advertising agency when I was 18 and haven’t looked back.

30+ years later I am still loving what I do. Every year has been completely different, apart from the fact that I am consistently still learning.

Instagram

My Favourites

Ad Campaign:
There are loads and loads but probably “Whasssup!” by Budweiser. So simple I know but it did go completely viral before viral was truly invented. And because it was so striking, maybe Yul Brynner for The American Cancer Society which aired the day after his death.
Pastimes:
Actually growing things to eat in the garden – not great at it but helps me switch off. As well as running whilst litter picking (plogging), flying drones has also been my lockdown “thing” and I love it (Instagram @TAPintodrones). However, I'm far more likely to be running around after the two kids.
Icon:
VW Beetle, The Beatles (not related), Albert Einstein (sorry that’s three but I could go on and on…)
Film:
Star Wars episode IV (so that’s the first one…)
Country:
Mexico, for all its complexities, food, friendliness, beauty and character. Mexico is that naughty, misunderstood, fun uncle. Spain is also amazing and it’s not all about the beaches…
Early Job:
Age 13 working at the village farm stacking bales and trying to keep up with the baler, well before Health & Safety became fashionable.

Kate Godber

Account Manager

Kate Godber

About Me

I've worked in PR and communications ever since I completed my Journalism Degree at the University of Sheffield, over 10 years ago.

I've worked both in an agency and in house, working on everything from fitness equipment, theme parks and promoting independent retailers. 

My Favourites

Place:
I’ve really enjoyed seeing more of England in recent years, I’ve definitely got more of an appreciation of what’s on my doorstep now. Despite this, I still have dreams of going to Iceland one day and going for a paddle in the Blue Lagoon. I’d also love to go to Japan to see the cherry blossom and have a big old hike in Yosemite, preferably in Autumn.
Pastimes:
I share an allotment with my Dad and I enjoy a spot of gardening. I also love a good walk and trip to a National Trust property and finding nice spots for coffee and cake! I practice yoga every week and go on yoga retreats whenever I can.
Early Job:
My first job was at WHSmith as a Saturday girl over Christmas. I only lasted three weeks as I was so depressed at missing out on all the Christmas activities- I'm a bit obsessed with Christmas!
Season:
As with most people, I think my general outlook changes each season whether it’s being more energised and forward looking in the Spring and Summer or slowing down and being more reflective as it starts to get colder. Each season brings something different but if I had to pick just one it would be Autumn – the colours, the temperature, getting cosy, that’s my favourite.

Borja Vega

Senior Manager - Spain

Borja Vega

About Me

I always wanted to work in marketing and communications and with the internet there are plenty of opportunities that are fascinating and have changed the way that we interact/communicate/buy.

In the last 10 years I’ve worked in startups, International companies, local business, agencies, radio, tv, newspaper and I love how in all of these years I’ve never got bored because there is always a new platform, a new trend.

My Favourites

Ad Campaign:
Because I am from Spain probably you wouldn’t have heard about them but I love the ads from Estrella Damn, La Loteria de Navidad and Campofrio.
Past Time:
I love to get lost, walking or driving, and then push myself to meet somebody new, new place, taste something different...
Icons:
Rolex, Volkswagen Vans, Socrates.
Film:
Willow, definitely.
Country:
Cuba. It is like being in a parallel universe.
First Job
Before the ‘influencer’ appears I worked for Lego and Nintendo playing in Shopping Malls showing to other kids how cool those products were. Interesting job when you are 16.

Hannah Smith

Account Director

Hannah Smith

About Me

My experience is channel neutral, having worked for a number of integrated agencies - mainly focussed on B2B and Internal Comms. There’s nothing I like more than a complex campaign for multiple audiences. I love working in the agricultural industry for its diversity and passionate, committed audience.

My Favourites

Cocktail:
Aperol Spritz. A refreshing drink on a warm summer evening.
Books:
Wolf Hall and How to be a Woman for useful fashion advice and the constant laughs
Film:
True Romance
Early Job:
Dressing up as Raccoon at a holiday camp.
Pastimes:
Spending time with my family in our campervan

Virinia Strohm

PR & Social Media Executive

Virinia Strohm

About Me

We moved to take on a smallholding and over the years have grown cereals, hay, fruit and vegetables. Last year we produced a particularly good garlic harvest along with first-ever sloes!

My Favourites

Job:
Mum to four.
Film:
Could give you a top 10! One surprising stand out is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, an inspiration for recent Icelandic road trip.
Pastimes:
Horses, long walks, preferably exploring the beautiful Scottish beaches nearby, and learning a new skill, upholstery.
Ad Campaign:
The Cadbury Gorilla for the love of chocolate and the Lloyds Black Horse for the love of horses!
Icon:
Penguin Books

Mila Navarro

Account Manager - Spain

Mila Navarro

About Me

I have a diverse professional background from start-ups to multinationals. Over the last years, I discovered the importance of sustainability and rural development for our planet.

During my work experience in Singapore I discovered the magic of marketing as a powerful tool for changing mindsets, and therefore, working at TAP is incredibly enriching.

My Favourites

Icon:
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Ad:
Renault Clio - Geropa (1996)
Book:
The Name of the Rose. Medieval history is a passion of mine.
Drink:
Red Wine
Pastimes:
I love to travel and meet new people from different cultures. I moved to the UK from Spain when I was 20 years old and have been on the move ever since.
Moment:
Being invited to participate in a special ceremony of the Native American Indian tribe the Crows in Montana. It was such a special moment, being able to mingle with Native American Indians, with all my admiration and respect that I have for them, and out of all the possible days, my birthday!!!

Rob Hayman

Digital Design Lead

Rob Hayman

About Me

My background is marketing and advertising graphic design, with 15 years experience above and below the line.

I specialise in branding but can still code up a storm given a good pair of headphones.

Instagram

My Favourites

Fonts:
Helvetica Nue & Salome Fine
Logos:
V&A Museum & Lego
Trainers:
Nike Jordan IV’s
Films:
The Big Labowski or Rope
Walk:
Tryfan, Snowdonia
Country:
Canada
Cars:
AC Cobra & McLaren 720S
Books:
Touching The Void & Watership Down
Flowers:
Monkey Face Orchid & Daffodil

Shaun Cooper

Head of Insight

Shaun Cooper

About Me

Having worked at a few agencies, TAP is different. Being independent and client driven, the entire team work seamlessly together to create and produce ideas that work quickly in the real world.

Duncan the founder, genuinely cares about the team, our clients and the development of the business. It might be old fashioned, but too often you can lose sight of who matters most and why we love getting out of bed Monday to Friday.

My Favourites

Ad Campaign:
Milk Marketing Accrington Stanley.
Pastimes:
Fly Fishing on the River Exe.
Icon:
Union Jack.
Film:
This year? Baby Driver!
Country:
Sicily and Italy. Never disappoints me, especially their gelato.
First Job:
Haymaking for a dairy farm in Devon. I will never forget the farm cream tea we had after each day, not the cuts & bruises!

Nikki Harrison

Operations Co-ordinator

Nikki Harrison

About Me

On leaving school, I thought a career in Pensions would be exciting. After many years I realised that I needed a more challenging career... so I took a break and had 3 children.

I have since then worked for several different Organisations building up a wealth of knowledge along the way... as they say variety is the spice of life!

My Favourites

Achievement:
Raised 3 Children who all successfully have managed to fly the nest and stand on their own feet which allows me to have time to indulge in my favourite activities such as roaming around the countryside and finding new Country Pubs along the way.
Fear:
Heights!!! Already done a Bungee Jump but decided to do a skydive to finally overcome this … loved it so much want to do another one.. Skydive that is not Bungee Jump … ticked that box and never again!!
Food:
Anything with mushrooms in it…(detest Cherries! )
Place:
It has to be Hong Kong … loved everything about the culture, diversity as well as the Food
Animal:
Alpacas – great fun walking them!
Music:
I have a fairly eclectic choice of music which I listen to. I still tend to veer back to the old 80’s - Echo and the Bunny Men, Teardrop Explodes, OMD, but not adverse to listening to current music too.

Jenni Green

Account Manager

Jenni Green

About Me

I grew up on a mixed farm and was never happier than when I was in a field or helping with the livestock. Roll on a few years and I found myself studying at Harper Adams, after which my future was sealed! 

Since then I have spent over a decade working in the agricultural and land-based sectors providing project & event management, PR, social media and marketing support to a range of clients – from small local businesses & charity events, to national organisations and global firms.

I love helping to promote the amazing work which goes on in the land based sector and there’s nothing better than working to promote this amazing industry!

My Favourites

First Job:
Farm labourer at home! Pretty much as soon as I could use a broom and muck fork!
Poem:
Desiderata
Food:
Massive fan of British food from woodland or field - Pigeon, Pheasant, Venison, beef and bacon are my food heavens alongside cheese and chocolate!
Country:
Canada
Band:
The Rolling Stones, Oasis, The Wurzels... eclectic taste!
Pastimes:
Walking/working my dogs, sewing and chasing our two small people around!
Ad Campaign:
The Harvey series (Every home needs a Harvey, Harvey & friends) by Thinkbox - The power of advertising campaign
Garden Flower:
Lavender
Book:
The Coot Club by Arthur Ransome
Band:
The Rolling Stones, Oasis, The Wurzels... eclectic taste!

Emma Craigie

Head of Content & Media

Emma Craigie

About Me

It all started with a degree in environmental geology, moving on to PA work, ad sales, publishing, media planning & buying, and more agency roles.

I find myself today immersed in the world of content - stories in all of their fabulous shapes, sizes & guises.  As far as jobs go, I’m pretty lucky… who doesn’t love a good story?

My Favourites

Social Media:
Instagram every time
Pastimes:
Slightly obsessed with my mission to become fluent in Spanish
Life Moment:
Finally visiting my birthplace in New Delhi, returning home days before the first Covid-19 lockdown
Crop:
Oilseed rape - still no.1 for me, but then I don’t have to grow it!
Book:
The Diving Bell and The Butterfly – a remarkable book that will make you stop and think.
Early Job:
Cleaner at my local vets (cattery & operating theatre) – it’s better at TAP 😊

Liz Tomkinson

Account Director

Liz Tomkinson

About Me

I was lucky to have a diverse upbringing, split between UK and the States.  Armed with my BASIS qualification,  I forged a commercial and technical career in Crop Protection, before moving to EMEA Digital Communication Leader. Combining my knowledge of Ag with the digital and creative expertise of TAP means I get the best of both worlds resulting in a career - within an industry -  that I truly love!

My Favourites

Drink:
Anything with gin, bubbles and an umbrella
Pastimes:
Skiing
Life Moment:
The day child 3 was born, an absolute feeling of completeness
TV Show:
This is Us
Films:
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 & The Breakfast Club
Random Fact:
I went to the same high school as Madonna. Not at the same time!

Sharon Bristow

Media Manager

Sharon Bristow

About Me

I’ve worked in marketing and advertising since leaving university, with much of my career spent in full-service advertising agencies. I’ve gained experience working in B2B and B2C and in many different sectors too; from healthcare and pharmaceuticals to oil and gas to agriculture. More recently I’ve worked with start-ups and created a charity too. I love the diversity of advertising, love that no two days are the same and love that there’s always opportunity to learn something new.

My Favourites

Social Media:
Instagram
Cocktail:
Mojito
Books:
The Kite Runner
Film:
Roadhouse (Big Patrick Swayze fan!)
Early Job:
Flipping burgers at McDonalds
Pastimes:
Singing in The Military Wives Choir or spending time with family and friends.

Michelle Coupar

Accounts

Michelle Coupar

About Me

I first began working for Nationwide Building Society, and transitioned through several smaller independent companies to grow my Accounts skills. These were both of service and manufacturing industry.

The diversity of the places I have worked has instilled in me the determination to keep learning and developing new skills, but more importantly to keep on top of those all important tasks which are key to presenting clear data. I believe in good customer and supplier relationships, and enjoy establishing these from the start.

When I’m not crunching numbers, paying bills and issuing invoices, I like to run or walk through the local countryside, accompanied by the trusty woof! Downtime is yoga, both dynamic and restorative,  to refocus, balance and restore mind body and soul

My Favourites

Car
Love my VW Golf; disappointed the new model more resembles a spaceship though. Way too fancy!
Book:
Room, Emma Donahue or I See You, Claire Mackintosh
Cocktail:
Espresso Martini ; one is plenty
Pastimes:
Cycling, Walking, Yoga & Boxercise
Music:
Everything!! Love All music.
Place:
Cornwall, South. I love quiet undiscovered villages and coves here, which in winter are sparsely populated, and rely entirely on the summer for their key trade.
Country:
On a beautiful summers day, there is no where better than good old blighty. So lucky to be surrounded by accessible fields and riverside for a spot of kayaking or paddle boarding .

Cedric Porter

Agricultural Content Specialist

Cedric Porter

About Me

I grew up on a farm and then studied farming, before realising I couldn’t really drive a tractor and didn’t like the cold and the wet. So, I then studied journalism and have been fortunate to write about food and farming around the world for more than 25 years.

My Favourites

Ad Campaign:
It takes a lot to beat ‘Happiness is a Cigar Called Hamlet’ or ‘Heineken Refreshes the Parts Other Beers Cannot Reach.’
Past Time:
Should say bracing country walks, but probably a Netflix Box Set.
Icon:
Anything or anyone - The Tunnock’s Teacake.
Film:
Day of the Jackal (the original certainly not the 90's excuse for a remake).
Country:
I’ve got a soft spot for the Netherlands as we lived there for three years, but always get a buzz from a trip to the USA.
First Job:
Milking cows in New Zealand – my first tax cheque was to the NZ Government.
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