People 2017-11-21T17:05:07+00:00

Eryl Jones

Managing Director

Eryl Jones
Managing Director
Eryl is the owner and managing director of Equinox and he has steered it to become one of the leading and respected independent communications companies in Wales.
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Zara Cottle

Director and Head of Comms
Zara Cottle
Director and Head of Comms.
Company Director Zara has more than 23 years’ experience across the UK devising and delivering award-winning, integrated campaigns for clients.
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Helen Wild

Associate Director

Helen Wild
Associate Director
After joining Equinox from Cardiff University’s prestigious school of journalism in 2007, Helen now heads-up some of the agency’s biggest accounts.
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Emma Salo

Senior Account Director
Emma Salo
Senior Account Director
As a Senior Account Director at Equinox, Emma manages a high calibre team to deliver award-winning bi-lingual marketing, PR, stakeholder management and social media campaigns across Wales and nationwide.
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Jamie Robins

Multimedia Manager
Jamie Robins
Multimedia Manager
A former Trinity Mirror journalist, Jamie joined Equinox in October 2013.
Since working at Equinox he has developed content for a number of award-winning campaigns.
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Victoria Newman

Senior Account Manager
Victoria Newman
Senior Account Manager
Victoria joined Equinox in April 2017, moving back to agency-side after gaining four years’ in-house experience with two globally recognised brands.

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Sophie Harris

Account Manager

Sophie Harris
Account Manager
In her role as Account Manager, Sophie uses her strategic knowledge of social media, digital marketing, event planning and media relations to manage projects.
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Dani Harries

Account Executive
Dani Harries
Account Executive
Our former Equinox intern, Dani, joined us as an Account Executive in September 2016.

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Ellen Leach-Hutchings

Account Executive

Ellen Leach-Hutchings
Account Executive
Ellen, a fluent Welsh-speaker from Cardiff, joined the team in November 2016 after a successful month interning with us last October.
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Megan Evans

Account Executive
Megan Evans
Account Executive
A Cardiff University Journalism and Media graduate, Megan joined Equinox in April 2017.
Megan previously interned at STAEDTLER, and since joining Equinox she has assisted the delivery of several creative campaigns for clients including Organ Donation Wales, St. Modwen and Arriva Trains Wales.
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Sam Levy

Multimedia Executive

Sam Levy
Multimedia Executive
Sam joined Equinox in Summer 2016 through a Skills Cymru Apprenticeship. He has since been taken on full time in the role of Multimedia Executive.
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Cheryl Price

Database Manager
Cheryl Price
Database Manager
Cheryl has been part of the Equinox team since 2014 when the new Database Services department was established. She has nearly 30 years experience within direct marketing and database management.
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Amanda Gilbert

Database Manager
Amanda Gilbert
Database Manager
Amanda has been part of the Equinox team since 2014 when the new Database Services department was established. She has nearly 20 years experience within direct marketing and database management.
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Eryl Jones
Managing Director

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Eryl is the owner and managing director of Equinox. He has steered it to become one of the leading and most-respected independent communications companies in Wales.

A first language Welsh speaker, he has been involved within the communications sector for more than thirty two years and is a strategic management consultant with expertise in managing the reputations of high profile organisations.

He was PR Manager for the RAC and director of public affairs for the British Railways Board in Wales and southern England before establishing Equinox in 1996.

Eryl is an experienced and accredited trainer and delivers Equinox’s own communications and media training courses

He is also a trainer at Cardiff University for the Open for Business Courses, a programme of professional development courses for businesses.

Eryl is the chairman of Menter Caerdydd, the body responsible for promoting and expanding the use of the Welsh language in business and within the community in the capital city. He is also on Welsh Cycling’s Board of Directors.

In his spare time he enjoys sport, in particular rugby and running, and often takes part in 10k runs, half and full marathons.

Zara Cottle
Director and Head of Communications

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Zara has nearly 25 years’ experience in the PR and marketing industry, devising and implementing successful campaigns across the UK on a national and regional basis and across consumer and business-to-business briefs.

Zara joined Equinox 12 years ago from London where she worked for eight years in top agency Bell Pottinger and then in house at Sainsbury’s Head Office. She offers a wealth of experience across all communication disciplines and is responsible for the strategic direction of all clients at Equinox. In her role as company director and Head of Communications, Zara leads the account teams across a wide variety of sectors including tourism, retail, transport, healthcare, construction, regeneration, charity and government.

Zara also delivers various communications training courses to businesses, Universities and The National Assembly for Wales. She also works alongside MD Eryl Jones to implement the agency’s own business plan, managing the development of the agency to ensure that Equinox remains Wales’ leading agency.

When she’s not working, Zara enjoys playing tennis, cooking, socialising, hill walking, politics and spending time with her daughter Rose. Having studied French at degree level and lived in France for a number of years, Zara also enjoys regular trips to France to keep her fluent French up to scratch.

Helen Wild
Associate Director

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Awarded Outstanding Young Communicator by the CIPR in 2012 in recognition of her digital expertise, Helen has gone on to produce a number of award-winning social media campaigns and now oversees Equinox’s digital offer, including developing and delivering training courses.

An accredited practitioner, she is responsible for a range of high-profile clients spanning tourism, retail and heritage in Wales and the UK — delivering campaigns for the likes of global stationery brand, STAEDTLER; the Welsh Government’s heritage arm, Cadw; and Savills.

Helen also helps to promote excellence in the communications industry through her voluntary role as a CIPR Committee Member for Wales, where she manages the group’s marketing activity.

In her spare time, she loves travelling to new and exciting places, watching trash on Netflix while her husband is out, and sharing lifestyle posts through her blog and Instagram presence, thebritishprep.

Emma Salo
Senior Account Director

Emma joined Equinox Communications in the summer of 2013 but is no stranger to PR. She has been providing integrated marketing and comms campaigns for a wide range of B2B and consumer FMCG brands across the UK since 1992.

As a Senior Account Director at Equinox, Emma manages a high calibre team to deliver award-winning bi-lingual marketing, PR, stakeholder management and social media campaigns across Wales and nationwide. Key clients include the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, St. Modwen and Welsh Government-funded partnership Fly-tipping Action Wales.

Out of hours, Emma loves the great outdoors and is a keen rambler and horse rider.

Jamie Robins
Multimedia Manager

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A former Trinity Mirror journalist, Jamie joined Equinox in October 2013.

Jamie spent eight years covering breaking stories across Wales before starting at Torfaen council where he picked up the Chartered Institute of Public Relations ‘Best Use of Social Media Award’ for his work on a winter maintenance campaign video watched by more than half a million people.

In his role as Multimedia Manager, Jamie combines his love of social media with his press experience to deliver innovative campaigns for clients including Cadw, STAEDTLER, Epic Retreats and Arriva Trains Wales.

Since working at Equinox he has developed content for a number of award-winning campaigns and helped the agency pick up the UK’s most innovative public sector campaign at the CIM awards two years in a row.

A certified trainer, he enjoys showing others how to produce video content, improve social media and write perfect press releases. This year he has delivered sessions across Wales for Cadw, the Big Lottery Fund and the Welsh Government.

Ask him to show you some magic, he spent years providing entertainment as a close-up magician and still has the odd trick up his sleeve!

Victoria Newman
Senior Account Manager

Victoria joined Equinox in April 2017, moving back to agency-side after gaining four years’ in-house experience with two globally recognised brands.

She spent six years managing campaigns for public sector, utilities and social housing clients at Warwick Emanuel PR & Film before starting at The Royal Mint where Victoria led the communications for a number of high profile international launches. These included the reveal of The Queen’s fifth coin portrait which generated more than 1000 pieces of media coverage and won Best Institutional Image at The Sabre Awards 2016 and Best Corporate Affairs campaign at PRCA Awards 2016.

Victoria worked more recently as the PR and Social Media Manager for Yankee Candle Europe, where she ran highly successful digital campaigns to support traditional media relations activities and directly engage with online consumers, creating the subsequently universally adopted term #Fandles in the process. She also built up an impressive collection of home fragrance products…

In her role as Senior Account Manager Victoria will utilise her skills and breadth of experience to deliver creative and impactful campaigns for clients including the Welsh Government (NHS Wales Recruitment, Organ Donation Wales), St Modwen and Arriva Trains Wales.

As the mother of two young boys, Victoria spends more time thinking about sleeping than she actually does asleep.

Sophie Harris
Account Manager

Sophie graduated from Cardiff University with an MA in International Public Relations and Global Communications Management in July 2014.

In her role as Account Manager, Sophie uses her strategic knowledge of social media, digital marketing, event planning and media relations to manage digital projects, implement high-profile campaigns and achieve excellent results across her team’s client accounts.

Sophie has been an integral part of the team since October 2013, working with a variety of clients including STAEDTLER, Savills, the Retreats Group and Cadw.

Dani Harries
Account Executive

Our former Equinox intern, Dani, joined us as an Account Executive in September 2016.

When Dani graduated from Cardiff University with a BA in English Literature in 2015, she headed down-under with her backpack for a year-long trip to Australia, New Zealand and Fiji before returning to Equinox with a whole lot more “life experience”.

Dani is able to pursue her love for organising events and devising exciting social media content at Equinox when working on influential Welsh Government campaigns like Organ Donation Wales, GP Recruitment and Education Begins At Home, to name a few!

Within her first six months at Equinox, Dani was one of the fundamental members of EQ to launch two substantial health campaigns and deliver the hugely successful ‘Dementia Risk Awareness’ roadshow across Wales — all with a full sweep of broadcast coverage.

When Dani isn’t talking about how much she loves her hometown, Tenby, she’s instagramming her two poodles on the beach, or often in the sea herself teaching people to scuba dive, being the PADI qualified Dive Master she is. Dani is also known for making the meanest Equinox coffee all round.

Ellen Leach-Hutchings
Account Executive

After a successful internship, Ellen began working at Equinox as an Account Executive in November 2016.

During her time studying Geography at Leeds University and Universiteit Utrecht in the Netherlands, she wrote for the Leeds University newspaper and gained a keen interest in journalism and media.

In her role so far, Ellen has worked with many high-profile clients including Cadw, STAEDTLER, Epic Retreats and Savills, helping to promote campaigns through engaging social media content and press releases. To date, she has secured national coverage across the likes of Mail Online, the BBC and Condé Nast.

Since giving up her dream of being the eighth member of S Club 7, Ellen now spends her free time volunteering at a local refugee centre or training – often reluctantly – for half marathons.

Megan Evans
Account Executive

Megan joined the Equinox team in April 2017 after graduating from Cardiff University with a BA (Hons) in Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies in July 2016. Megan previously spent six months interning at STAEDTLER, where she gained experience in the marketing department and generated content for social media channels.

Since then, Megan has undertaken a CIM Foundation course to enhance her knowledge surrounding the fundamentals of marketing and growing importance of digital. In her role as Account Executive, she helps with the delivery of creative campaigns for clients including Organ Donation Wales, NHS Wales Careers, St. Modwen and Arriva Trains Wales.

Her hobbies include running, swimming and taking long walks with her black Labrador Poppy, but Megan’s true passion is dancing, holding four University National Cheerleading champion titles!

Sam Levy
Multimedia Executive

Sam joined Equinox in Summer 2016 through a Skills Cymru Apprenticeship.

He loved video editing and designing graphics and has already worked on campaigns for clients including Cadw, Organ Donation Wales and STAEDTLER.

Outside of work Sam enjoys playing the trombone and is a Sergeant in the Air Training Corps where he teaches the Wing Marching Band.

He’s also a keen photographer so keep an eye out for him at Equinox parties!

Cheryl Price
Database Manager

Cheryl has been part of the Equinox team since early 2014 when the new Database Services department was established. She has nearly 30 years experience within direct marketing and database management, primarily as a database administrator for a variety of public sector organisations and private businesses. Clients have included Cadw Membership, Visit Wales, The Ministry of Shipping, NHS Retirement Fellowship Membership, Estyn, Smokebugs!, Bradford Exchange and Jazz UK.

Cheryl has worked on the Cadw databases and membership scheme for over 20 years and has also visited many of the fantastic sites in Cadw’s care, taking time to get to know the custodians and other staff members. She administers the membership scheme, dealing with member calls on a day to day basis and works to segment databases for marketing activity for the Equinox communications team.

As well as database management, she has also headed up a variety of projects for inbound contact centres, managing quality and reporting, integrating responses with other sources such as web and post for clients such as Visit Wales.

Outside work Cheryl enjoys playing darts for a local team , going to quizzes and baking with her two granddaughters. She has recently brought in a new member to her family, a lovely snow white West Highland Terrier called Mitzi.

Amanda Gilbert
Database Manager

Amanda has been part of the Equinox team since early 2014 when the new Database Services department was established. Amanda has been working in the marketing sector for nearly 30 years mainly concentrating on running database management accounts for clients such as the Ministry of Shipping, Cadw, Jazz UK, NHS, Bradford Exchange and Visit Wales.

Amanda has vast knowledge of managing databases for clients, including running membership schemes, segmenting databases for marketing campaigns and development and management handling. She was recently involved in setting up a new working venture with Bradford Exchange and ran a team of 15. With varied experience over a long period of time, Amanda is experienced in data security issues and working with subcontractors to manage multiple data sources.

She has worked with Visit Wales and Cadw for over 20 years and helped set up the new contact centre, which was responsible for all telephone and internet enquiries for Visit Wales.

In her spare time, Amanda’s interests range from decorating to playing in a local pub quiz team. She loves Scotland and spends as many weekends as she can with her daughter who lives in Inverness.