The Wired Sussex Board

Wired Sussex is a fully independent not-for-profit organisation which supports the digital industry in Sussex at a local, national and international level.

Our Board includes some of the finest digital industry talent in the UK and is responsible for ensuring that Wired Sussex has a clear strategic direction and delivers on its objectives.

The Wired Sussex Board Members are:

Alex Morrison, Managing Director, Cogapp

Alex Morrison (Chair) - Managing Director, Cogapp

Alex Morrison, Managing Director, Cogapp

Alex Morrison is Chair of Wired Sussex's Board and Founder and Managing Director of digital innovators Cogapp. He has been working on large-scale digital media and user experience projects since the late 1980s and his client list includes nine national museums, LOCOG, Microsoft, Apple, the BBC, HSBC, Manchester United and Number Ten Downing Street. Alex has been involved with Wired Sussex since 2002. In 2007, Alex and his fellow directors took Wired Sussex out of its relationship with Sussex Enterprise to create a truly independent business-focused agency.

Lars Hyland - Director, Totara Learning

Lars Hyland, Commercial Director, Epic

Lars Hyland has over 24 years experience in digital media and has played an active role in the development and growth of the e-learning sector in Brighton and the South Coast, having held senior management roles at LEO (previously Epic) and Brightwave. In his current role at Totara Learning, the open source learning platform for the workplace, he manages all global commercial activities and sits on the board.

Lars is passionate about the positive role technology can play to improve learning outcomes for all, in education and in the workplace. Lars is also Founder of the innovative learning reinforcement service, Retenda.

Lars Hyland, Director, Totara Learning
Mark Bedser, Director, Madgex

Mark Bedser - Director, Madgex

Mark Bedser, Director, Madgex

Mark Bedser is an experienced software development consultant with over 20 years of experience in developing software for the financial, pharmaceutical and publishing sectors in particular.

He is a director and co-founder of Madgex, a Brighton based company which has grown into the UK’s market leader in the provision of Job Board software services to a blue chip client list that includes The Guardian, Reed Business Information, Emap, Centaur and Haymarket.

He is passionate about developing software that supports new and better ways to do things and has recently also founded a small software R&D company called Tech75 to further pursue this passion outside of the job board arena. He has degrees from Oxford and Sussex Universities and spends his spare time listening to music, cycling on the South Downs and cooking and eating good food.

Phil Jones - Managing Director, Wired Sussex

Phil Jones, Managing Director, Wired Sussex

Phil Jones is currently Managing Director of Wired Sussex. In this capacity he advises a wide number of digital media companies and oversees the agency’s various projects and initiatives. He sits on the advisory group of The Economic Partnership (which develops the economic strategies for Brighton) and is currently C hair of the South East Media Network Skills Group.

Phil graduated from the University of Sussex in the mid 80’s and started his media career with the COI delivering media content for government departments. Phil has been a strategic content producer for Newscorp in Hong Kong, he set up and built a media company with Bob Geldof, created a series of TV channels for East European markets, was an MTV board member and worked for 6 years for Liberty Global, including a long spell as worldwide MD of Extreme Media, a TV, web and music company.

He was part of the European Union Media Content Group and in that capacity oversaw the world’s first live tri-media (TV, Radio, and web) event.

Phil Jones, Managing Director, Wired Sussex
Chair, Brighton Digital Festival

Jenni Lloyd - Chair, Brighton Digital Festival

Chair, Brighton Digital Festival

As Chair of Brighton Digital Festival, Jenni’s main responsibilities are to lead the board of directors in the governance and strategic direction of the organisation and make sure it fulfils its aims. She sees the Festival as a vehicle through which we can explore Brighton's identity and create positive change.

Jenni started her career as a designer and producer of digital products and services, with a number of years working at the BBC, followed by a move into marketing focused digital agencies. As part of NixonMcInnes she transitioned to consultancy, spending nine years working with large organisations to help them develop the new processes and practices required to operate successfully in a digital world. Jenni’s proud of the part she played in establishing Meaning Conference, an annual event that explores the critical role business has to play in creating a more sustainable, equitable and humane world.

Based in and a fierce advocate of Brighton, UK - the city where crazy ideas can be made real - and proud to be a trustee of Brighton’s Royal Pavilion - a symbol of innovation and radical ideas; and to support Brighton’s creative and digital business community as a board member of Wired Sussex.

In her day job, Jenni is part of Nesta's Innovation Lab, exploring how collaborative digital platforms can deliver social impact through the ShareLab Programme.

Jeremy Spiller - Managing Director, White Hat

Jeremy Spiller, Managing Director, White Hat

Jeremy has worked with the internet since 1990 and with the web since 1994. In 2003 Jeremy founded award winning web search marketing and development agency White Hat Media with business partner Kevin Elliott. White Hat Media’s clients include Toshiba, Coty, Centaur Publishing, Yardley, and HR Owen. Jeremy has specialised in search marketing for the last six years and is an expert in web marketing and in particular natural Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), PPC and Social Media Marketing.

He regularly writes articles, runs workshops and speaks at conferences on the subject for organisations such as Sussex Enterprise, The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), ProfitNet, Econsultancy, and McCann Erickson.

Recently, Jeremy has been quoted in or written articles for The Sunday Times, .net magazine, New Media Age, The Essential Business Guide, Business Growth magazine and others. Jeremy now confesses to being obsessed with natural Search Engine Optimisation and strongly believes practising ethical techniques known in the sector as ‘White Hat’ for successful long term results.

Jeremy Spiller, Managing Director, White Hat
Jason Woodford,CEO, SiteVisibility

Jason Woodford - CEO, SiteVisibility

Jason Woodford,CEO, SiteVisibility

Jason is CEO and Co-owner of SiteVisibility which is one of the UK’s top search marketing agencies. The business was founded in 2002 and has gone on to win awards for Search and Digital Marketing, Social Responsibility and Business Growth including reaching the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 for the 3rd time in 2009. He secured an international round of Angel investment in 2008 which enabled the business to build the team and service offering required to sustain leadership in the rapidly evolving digital marketing sector. Jason is passionate about working with ambitious entrepreneurs and businesses to achieve their goals online and was voted into the Courvoisier Future 500 in 2008.

Prior to SiteVisibility, Jason’s career has included roles in corporate strategy, corporate communications, financial and sustainability reporting and M&A activity with Carillion, Tarmac and George Wimpey culminating in dotcom excitement with BuildOnline.com which raised £45m from international VCs in 2001.

Juliet Tzabar - Managing Director, Plug-in Media

Juliet Tzabar, Managing Director, Plug-in Media

Juliet is Managing Director at Plug-in Media and has worked in digital media for over 13 years. Following an early career in the art department of television dramas, Juliet moved into digital media in 2000, where she has specialised in delivering interactive projects with a broadcast tie-in and a focus on the children and families audience. Juliet joined Plug-in Media in 2007 as a partner and has overseen the company’s growth and success, establishing it as one of the UK’s leading digital agencies. As well as being responsible for business development and strategy, Juliet takes an Executive Producer role on many of its projects and has recently overseen the company’s move into original IP development. Plug-in’s work has received a wealth of different awards and nominations including 3 BAFTAs, a Webby, and a BIMA award. Juliet was also shortlisted for the 2011 Women in Technology Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Juliet Tzabar, Managing Director, Plug-in Media
Sophie Davis-Patrick - Engineering Director, American Express

Sophie Davis-Patrick - Engineering Director, American Express

Sophie Davis-Patrick - Engineering Director, American Express

Sophie has been working in the technology industry all her career.

Starting as a coder, she has progressed through technology leadership roles for Sussex employers including Runtime Collective, Gatwick Airport and Clearleft, as well as a stint in Silicon Valley with Yahoo!

She is currently an Engineering Director at American Express, playing a key role in Amex's agile transformation and leading teams developing software for global commercial customers.

Alice Reeves - Director, The Joyful Web

Alice Reeves - Director, The Joyful Web

Alice Reeves has worked in digital marketing and event management roles since 2009, with experience in higher education, the third sector, fast-paced start ups, and agencies. In 2017, Alice left her role as Associate Social Media Director at Jellyfish and founded The Joyful Web, a digital marketing agency that works primarily with mission-led businesses. Alice is author of the Truth & Tails children's book series which promotes diversity and inclusion. She is also the founder of The Belong Conversation, an initiative which gives people a platform to share their stories and create belonging.

Alice is passionate about helping organisations use their influence for positive social change, and about promoting a culture of well-being and heart-led working in the digital sector.

Alice Reeves - Director, The Joyful Web
Mariam Crichton - Head of Project Management, Every1Mobile

Mariam Crichton - Head of Project Management, Every1Mobile

Mariam Crichton - Head of Project Management, Every1Mobile

Mariam has been the entrepreneurial driving force of the growth of many start ups over the last 16 years. Her innovative technology management expertise lies in GIS, SAAS, Software, Mobile Design and Development. She was formerly co-founder and CEO of professional mapping tool FIND and has been appointed in executive board positions of many start ups in the past.

Based in Brighton, Mariam works in the field of International Development for Every1Mobile on Digital Social Impact Solutions in sub-Saharan Africa countries, leading global multi-year contracts for clients including Unilever, DFID, USAID, Gates Foundation, the UN, the World bank, ONE, Mozilla Foundation and the EU.

Mariam is also on the Advisory Board of Safe & the City, who use technology to keep streets safer using crime data and reporting on sexual street harassment.

Being a mother, Mariam spends her spare time mainly with children, being an artist, tribal fusion dancing and studies Practical Philosophy.

David Amor – Director, MAG Interactive

David Amor – Director, MAG Interactive

David Amor has worked in the videogame sector since 1990, working at publishing heavyweights such as Electronic Arts before founding his own development studios in Brighton.

At Relentless Software, he partnered with Sony to develop the BAFTA-winning, multi-million selling Buzz franchise, then moved with the market to create an iPhone game studio which was acquired by Stockholm-based MAG Interactive in 2015. David's created and published over 100 games across every gaming platform and loves the creative and technical challenges each one brings.

David Amor – Director, MAG Interactive
Alex Cowell - Co-Founder, Inzy

Alex Cowell - Co-Founder, Inzy

Alex Cowell - Co-Founder, Inzy

Alex is CEO of Inzy, which he co-founded in 2017, to reimagine the way world discovers, decides and buys online, using world-class conversational AI technology.

After an introduction to agency life in 1999, Alex went on to found Brighton-based digital agency Cubeworks in 2002, delivering high-profile projects for clients including Coca-Cola, NSPCC, Diabetes UK, National Crime Agency and University of Southampton. In 2013, Cubeworks was acquired by MBA, one of Econsultancy’s Top 100 UK agencies.

In 2012, Alex founded Sponsorworks, the world’s leading cloud-based sponsorship management platform, used by global brands including Diageo, Aon, Hyundai, Unilever, Magners & RBS.

Alex is also an investor in and advisor to tech start-ups, focussing on B2C businesses with a strong purpose, unique technology and exceptional founder teams.

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