The Astley Media team

Marc Astley

Marc Astley

CEO

Having served six years as the city’s newspaper editor, no one is better connected in the Exeter area than Marc with his little black book…

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An experienced journalist, writer, editor and media commentator Marc has a wealth of contacts in the Exeter area.

He launched Astley Media in January 2012 after a 20-year career in newspapers.

Marc is a trustee of the Exeter Foundation, a charity that is affiliated to Premiership rugby club, the Exeter Chiefs and vice president of Dream-A-Way, which supports disabled and seriously ill people fulfil their wishes.

When he’s not working, Marc enjoys nothing more than experimenting in the kitchen. He has 200 cookery books and a particular passion for Spanish cuisine. Marc’s signature dish is paella but he has also mastered a range of tapas treats. He loves cooking al fresco and his ‘dinner’ parties have been known to last 12 hours!

Dan Pritchard

Dan Pritchard

Managing Director

Award-winning PR campaigns, media relations and delivering outstanding results for clients are just some of the passions of Dan…

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Likes to think he looks younger than he really is. To some, a music bore, to others just sad, a man who still buys CDs to supplement his Spotify addiction. Astley Media was the inevitable next step after his time as media manager at EDF Energy, culminating in leading the company’s London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games media operations.

Spent time in newspaper and television journalism before embarking on an epic PR journey of exploration that began in East Anglia two decades ago. And he makes his own apple chutney.

Caroline Orr

Caroline Orr

Marketing Director

A hugely experienced marketer, Caroline loves helping clients to plan and implement their marketing strategies to achieve amazing results…

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Food, travel and the glorious Devon outdoors all make Caroline’s world rock. Experienced in marketing strategy, brand development and management, social media, creating exceptional customer moments and international markets, her marketing experience and skills are second to none.

Once marketing manager for the Flybe Training Academy, now marketing director with Astley Media, she’s still searching for exciting new lands to explore and exceptional marketing experiences to create and deliver.

Caroline holds a level 6 Professional Diploma in Marketing and is a Chartered Marketer (Chartered Institute of Marketing – CIM).

Emma Mcleod

Emma Mcleod

Account Director

Loving nothing more than spending her weekends galloping around the countryside, Emma loves coming up with unique, creative campaigns, delivering national and regional results for clients…

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After working as a Journalist, she made the move into music PR, executing campaigns for clients such as Gary Barlow, Harry Connick Jnr and Smash Hits.

Relocating to Exeter, Emma worked as a PR Consultant, before spending several years as a a Marketing Manager for Land Securities PLC. Delivering an award winning communications strategy, during the development of Princesshay, Emma went on to manage the retail marketing. More recently, Emma spent time in the communications and marketing department at the University of Exeter.

Throughout her career, Emma has gained vast experience in all areas of marketing and PR, from brand development and marketing strategy through to events management, advertising and media relations. Emma loves coming up with new ideas for creative promotions and delivering national and regional press campaigns. She has also been known to belt out a show tune or two and displays an unhealthy amount of knowledge about 90s pop.

Charlotte Bardell

Charlotte Bardell

Admin Assistant

Laura Bond

Laura Bond

Account Manager

Stay on target… Laura knows what it takes to reach the people you need for your business…

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Immersing herself in the hotbed of 21st century PR tactics, Laura is adept at grasping solutions and making them happen.

She wants to know what makes you tick, where you are heading and understand the plan on how we are going to get there – together.

That clarity of purpose gives Laura the ability to develop and deliver great PR and marketing strategies that really do the business. As former PR and internal communications manager likes to remind us all: ‘To stand still is to stand alone’.

When Laura is not sitting calmly in the office, she can be spotted doing her best Jo Pavey impression out on the pavements and lanes that form her running track. She loves the beach too and sometimes combines her loves, sprinting down to the beach for a day of sand and surf, such are the delights of living and working in Devon.

Susanna Ward

Susanna Ward

Business Development Executive

Susanna joined us in November 2016 after working in Account Management/ Business Development for four years in London with Booking.com and Groupon Getaways and one year in Dubai with Cobone Destinations.

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