The Team

With a depth of expertise spanning a host of sectors and disciplines at its disposal, Pier boasts a portfolio full to the brim with award winning campaigns. As a result, we have become renowned for bringing a level of energy and creativity to each and every project. But who are the people behind Pier’s success?

Well, we like to think we’re a pretty good bunch! The perfect mix of professionalism and passion, focus and fun, together we have a raft of experience in PR, marketing and digital media. We are Pier…

Kate Bowden Smith

Managing director

Pier owner, Kate has over 20 years’ experience working both in-house and at some of London’s most prominent public relations agencies.  Whether managing high profile integrated marketing programmes, launching new brands, or helping a client make a splash on the front page of the national newspapers, Kate takes it all in her stride.  A great strategist, Kate oversees the direction for all of Pier’s clients and can be credited with having built the success of many businesses, from start-ups to multi-nationals.

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Amy Bendall

Account director

Amy has an impressive record of leading and implementing powerful PR campaigns with brands such as Greene King, Friends of the Earth and Specsavers. After more than a decade spent both in London PR agencies and in-house, across a variety of industries, Amy has the experience and know-how to add real value to her client’s business with hard-working PR tactics. Amy is also our resident crisis communications expert and thrives on any challenge thrown her way.

Sophie Fraser

Account director

Sophie has been with Pier for over five years and in that time has amassed an impressive knowledge of the PR and marketing industry. Currently in charge of accounts in the renewable energy and not-for-profit sectors, Sophie has been responsible for the creation and management of a raft of successful PR and integrated marketing campaigns to date. Using her excellent interpersonal skills to build relationships with key journalists, she is adept at maximising story take-up for her clients.

Helen Porter

Account director

Having previously worked in media planning and buying, Helen has experience in the superyacht industry and charity fundraising. Her unique experience means she is perfectly placed to manage the agency’s marine clients, as well as a number of high profile FMCG accounts.  Helen joined Pier in 2013 and is responsible for the implementation of a variety of integrated PR and marketing campaigns; consistently delivering stand-out results which exceed expectations.

Kate Dodd

Senior account manager

With 15 years of journalism experience, Kate brings extensive knowledge of the media and an enviable wealth of writing experience to the Pier team. Her most recent role was deputy head of news at the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star in Suffolk. Personable and approachable, Kate prides herself on identifying the best news-grabbing angle for any story, maximising coverage for clients across all areas of the media. Kate’s creativity makes her a natural talent in PR and marketing and an exceptional asset for all her clients.

Chrystal Harris

Account manager

A digital marketing enthusiast with a talent for graphic design, Chrystal originally joined Pier as an intern after gaining a degree in English Language and Linguistics. Having experienced all areas of agency work, she now undertakes a range of PR activity for both FMCG and B2B clients, as well as using her design skills to create unique social media profiles, stand-out HTML newsletters and creative advertorial campaigns.

Kate Southgate

Account manager

With over seven years’ experience in the marketing industry, Kate brings a wealth of digital PR knowledge to the Pier team. Throughout her career, Kate has worked with B2B and B2C clients including Notcutts, Generator Hostels and Access Group. Kate has a deep understanding of what makes a content-led campaign successful. Crafting an array of communications including press releases, features, blog posts, social media updates and whitepapers, she has proven success in implementing high performing and engaging campaigns.

Chris James

Designer

Chris has over 13 years’ experience in design consultancy, specialising in web design and development, branding, packaging and print design. Having previously worked with Mercedes Benz, Merlin Entertainment, Bellway and Tailor Wimpey, Chris can be relied on for fresh ideas, enthusiasm and an innovative approach to our clients. He takes huge pride in his work and is able to deliver engaging solutions which show in his passion and talent for design.

Abi Kaines

Account executive

Having previous charity PR experience at St Nicholas Hospice Care, Abi joined Pier after graduating with a degree in Creative Writing. With a real flair for copywriting, research and media relations, Abi assists the Pier team with its charity and offshore renewable energy clients.

Simon Ward

Account executive

A qualified journalist, Simon has an in-depth understanding of the media. He joined Pier after several years covering news, features and digital content for regional newspapers. This wealth of writing expertise is complimented by marketing experience that includes newsletter creation and social media strategy. An all-round star and natural marketer, Simon can turn his hand to any task. With a wicked sense of humour, Simon is a real asset to the Pier team.

Georgie Smith

Account executive

With a portfolio bursting to the seams with national media coverage for big-name consumer clients, Georgie brings both bags of experience and enthusiasm to the Pier team. Now with a PR degree under her belt, Georgie excels at media relations, event organisation and copywriting as well as implementing engaging campaigns. She loves creative writing, meeting new people and is a must-have in any brainstorm.

Bex Morley

Account assistant

With a degree in English Language and Communications, as well as strong office and client management experience, Bex has invaluable interpersonal and organisational skills. Demonstrating a real aptitude for copywriting and media relations, Bex assists the Pier team with its not-for-profit and offshore renewable energy clients.

Zoe Newman

Junior account assistant

Having completed a degree in Business Management, Zoe’s superb organisational skills keeps everything at Pier running smoothly. With experience in a range of different organisations and business sectors including charity and insurance, she brings a fresh insight to the business. With an efficient, can-do approach to every task, Zoe assists on many key accounts and is an invaluable member of the Pier team.

Career opportunities

We’re always on the lookout for new talent, if you’re interested in working with Pier we’d love to hear from you. Please email your CV to hello@pier-marketing.com

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Tel: 01394 646400 Pier Marketing, Unit 10 Summit Business Park, Langer Road, Felixstowe, 1P11 2JB  @Pier_PR Pier Marketing

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