Our ability to help places realise their potential comes from our experience. We have worked regionally, nationally and internationally and as a collective, can bring a wealth of expertise to your place.
Despite our varying backgrounds every project we deliver is a team effort which means you get more than one perspective and view. We debate, we come up with ideas, we try new things and together… we deliver.
At the heart of our team are Directors John Till and Peter Anderson from Peter Anderson Studio who over the last 8 years have brought together strategy, creativity and implementation providing a fresh and powerful approach to place promotion and development.
John formed thinkingplace 11 years ago after a private sector career with Thorn Emi, Next, Kingfisher. He also spent 7 years as the Chief Executive of Cityimage – the partnership created to transform the image and reputation of the city of Hull.
John leads on story and strategy development for each client. He has been the Project Director for place projects as varied as Northern Ireland, Coventry and Warwickshire, South Downs National Park, Carlisle, North Nottinghamshire and Hull. He has also led our work with developers Land Securities, Skanska, Grainger and Midtown Capital.
John is an energetic, persuasive and free thinking person with an absolute love for places of all types. His academic background in history and geography has aligned with his considerable branding and marketing knowledge and experience enabling him to introduce the discipline of place marketing and branding to others. He helps to create ambassadors, enthusiasts and encourage a fresh belief in places.
John is an inspirational speaker and has addressed many events across the UK and beyond – sharing his conviction of how a ‘place led’ approach can transform the way a place is viewed, promoted and developed.
George brings over 30 years’ experience in strategic marketing, branding, communications and relationship development in the public, private sectors. At thinkingplace he has project managed a host of place brand projects including, Dún Laoghaire, Flint, Fife, Chesterfield, Knowsley, North Nottinghamshire and Coventry.
Skilled in stakeholder engagement, working with politicians, young people, communities and business, George brings a pragmatic, organised and methodical approach to projects. With tremendous attention to detail he always looks for more effective and efficient ways to deliver project aims. His ability to enthuse, explain, involve and add value is why he is so highly regarded by the clients he works with.
When George isn’t watching his beloved Liverpool FC he can be found exploring new places on the golf course!
Sarah joined the team after a very successful few years as Coventry and Warwickshire Place Manager implementing the place story approach developed by thinkingplace, so she certainly knows how we work! As Place Manager she brought together and reported to a highly influential Place Board who have provided leadership for the work and set up a place ambassador programme called Champions that created a buzz and confidence across the region. Sarah built a powerful network of relationships in both the private and public sector and harnessed their knowledge and enthusiasm to tell, sell and demonstrate the Coventry and Warwickshire story. She developed and managed various events that enabled the region to get its message across including RISING the global peace forum, an investor and developer showcase in the Shard and impactful presences at MIPIM and MIPIM UK. Sarah is looking forward to using her extremely current experience to help other places compete better and engage the business community in this journey.
Angharad is a communications and marketing specialist with over 20 years’ experience in the field, working both within Wales, across the UK, Europe, the USA and Middle East.
Having gained a degree in English Literature (sub Anglo Saxon and Archaeology) from the University of Wales Cardiff, and an MA in International Marketing from the University of the West of England, she began her career in media marketing and communications with S4C, Boomerang Television and Nant (now Rondo).
She has worked on some of the UK’s most exciting cultural projects including the foundation of the National Botanic Garden of Wales and as the head of Business Development and Communication for London Tourist Board during the Millennium Celebrations.
For the past ten years, Angharad has specialised in consultancy to the tourism and cultural sectors, offering advice and support to a number private and public sector organisations and individuals across the UK, Ireland, continental Europe, the USA and even India.
She is also a published poet and author, a school governor and is a proud board director of Literature Wales and Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival.
Peter is a graphic artist and designer who studied at Central Saint Martin’s College, London where he now also lectures part time. Working on place branding projects exclusively with thinkingplace he brings a wealth of experience and a dedicated design team at his studio in Shoreditch.
Peter has extensive experience of creative direction of a place brand across a multitude of media platforms. With his design team he has pioneered the innovative use of graphic language to express a place story delivering place communication activity for Northern Ireland, Coventry, Aldershot, Harrow and Dún Laoghaire amongst others
As well as being a non-executive Director at thinkingplace, Peter’s own design work is on display in the Tate Gallery and MoMA in New York. Added to this his TV branding successes include Eastenders, Sherlock, Primeval, Dr Who, The Missing, The Fall, Little Dorrit and Lark Rise to Candleford.
Along with a totally fresh approach to how places can communicate, Peter brings a touch of sparkle
Laura Isaac is the Senior Design Producer and Associate Director for Peter Anderson Studio and has been working with the studio and thinkingplace for four years. Before working for Peter Anderson Studio, Laura worked as a business development manager, project manager and producer for various events companies and architectural firms. In addition she has also worked as a producer, art director and stylist assistant for editorial photography and moving image productions.
Laura produces all of Peter Anderson Studio’s identities and title sequences for television and film such as for Dr Who, Mandela, Hunted, Esio Trot, Indian Summers and Sherlock.
Laura produces and project manages the studio’s visual expression outputs and delivery in conjunction with all thinking place’s place brands and strategies including Carlisle, Coventry, South Downs National Park, Leamington Spa, Knowsley and Stoke.
Steve Bennett is a graphic designer trained at Jacob Kramer School of Art in Leeds and has been working with thinkingplace for over two years , Steve runs a design led business: specialising in the technical delivery of digital media, working with a number of blue chip businesses with special reference to surgical healthcare: Medtronic, Stryker and Bonesupport.
Webposse was set up to focus on the technical delivery of digital media that fuel business growth, building websites and digital platforms for today and with an eye to the needs of the future – all websites are built fully responsive – to work and look good across any media.
Steve is Results-Driven. Organised. Adaptable, has good project management and digital Strategy skills, when not working Steve is a keen golfer
Alex’s knowledge and experience in place branding extends from initial concept design and development of visual language through to implementation. This includes setting exemplar guides in the form of websites, billboards, pop ups, print and other marketing mediums. Key place brands include Northern Ireland, Burnley, Chesterfield, Leamington Spa, Carlisle, Coventry and Warwickshire, South Downs National Park, Dun Laoghaire and Derry~Londonderry.
Alex joined Peter Anderson Studio in 2008 as Senior designer and has developed a broad range of projects. He specialises in designing and animating moving image creating title sequences and inshow graphics for television broadcasters such as the BBC, Channel 4, and the National Geographic Channel, through to feature films. Alex has also been responsible for designing websites and web apps for clients such as EMI and bands Genesis and Queen, to name a few.
Rose has extensive experience of marketing & administration gained in the agricultural sector and is the person who keeps thinkingplace on the straight and narrow. She’s responsible for developing and operating all of our administrative and finance systems and databases.
Her experience at a multi-agency strategic partnership for East Lancashire means Rose is used to dealing with many different employee groups including Elected Members, Local Authority employees, local businesses and members of the community and voluntary sectors amongst others.
The ‘beating heart’ of the thinkingplace team Rose is at the centre of all our project administration and a key contact for clients. Rose is exceptionally well organised, fun, sharp and dedicated and as with any working mum has the attributes to keep all the thinkingplace balls in the air at once!