The Kent Collective Community

Welcome to the Kent Collective community. The Kent Collective is a place for like-minded people in Ashford and wider Kent region to meet each other, make new friends, share ideas and not feel isolated. To make introductions with each other super easy, below are some details of our community members so you can see in advance who you want to approach and share ideas with each time you come along.

Adam Henderson

Adam Henderson

Founder of Gravitee

Adam was born & raised in Ashford, going to East Stour, Willesborough & Norton Knatchbull Schools. Went to Uni in Aston (Birmingham), has spent the last 10 years working in marketing and now runs Gravitee, an Employee Engagement Agency in Ashford.

Location: Ashford

Lorna Morris

Lorna Morris

Freelance Graphic Designer

Lorna grew up in Lympne (by the zoo but not in it!) and after completing A-levels in gluing, sticking and business she headed to Brookes to study publishing. There she fell in love with design and has gradually forged a freelance career in the industry.

Location: Hythe

Duncan Brannan

Duncan Brannan

Innovation & Change

I am an artist and business consultant that brings creative solutions to corporate innovation and change. I specialise in user-centred design, am a versatile facilitator and bring curiosity, empathy, critical thinking and creativity to change management projects.

Location: Ashford

Jo Rossi

Jo Rossi

Executive Asst & Project Mngr

I live in Ashford but commute for work in London. I am an Executive Assistant and Project Manager with 15 years cross sector experience including startups in delivery and support roles. I’m a caffeine addict, Boris-Biker, Marathoner and now a mum.

Location: Ashford

Amy McManus

Amy McManus

Founder of AM Marketing

Amy is the Founder and MD of AM Marketing, a husband and wife led marketing agency based in Kent, specialising in digital marketing. Amy was voted No.8 of the top 30 under 30 in Kent, was the Kent PR agency of the year 2015 and is also a google partner.

Location: Canterbury

Brad McManus

Brad McManus

Digital Director & PPC specialist

The other half of the husband and wife team that run AM Marketing, Brad is the Digital Director, who brings experience managing the digital marketing accounts for Disney, Citroen, Very and Eurotunnel. Brad loves coffee, pizza and is an avid gamer.

Location: Canterbury

Luke Bicknell

Luke Bicknell

Founder of Community Gyms

After many years in teaching Luke Bicknell decided to follow his passion for health and fitness by launching his own community based gym in Canterbury. Starting small he has grown his business over the past couple of years and has big plans for the future.

Location: Bridge

Dan Knowlton

Dan Knowlton

Digital Marketing Specialist

Dan is the founder of KPS Digital Marketing. He is extremely passionate about Digital Marketing and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others. He writes for a number of top websites about social media. He plays squash, makes his own beer and is a dog lover.

Location: Thanet

Andrew Osborne

Andrew Osborne

Economic Development Mngr

Andrew is the Economic Development Manager for Ashford Borough Council and has been integral in transforming Ashford and the surrounding area by supporting new building projects, the new college and promoting local business.

Location: Ashford

Emily Orton

Emily Orton

Business Systems Analyst

Emily is passionate about technology and driving technology improvements, particularly in the healthcare sector. Emily likes to fly drones in her spare time, is practicing how to play the guitar, is an avid internet trawler and thrives on learning new things.

Location: Sittingbourne

Chris Morley

Chris Morley

IT Recruitment specialist

Chris owns his own specialist IT recruitment company based in Ashford. He has worked in IT for many years and is passionate about putting the right skills in the best place. He used to work at Euro Tunnel and IBM and likes discussing all things tech related.

Location: Ashford

Jonathan Groves

Jonathan Groves

Software Developer

Jonathan is a proud professional geek who works as a consultant. He is a sought-after developer who has published 5 apps for Apple’s iOS and is also an ethical hacker. He’s a FPV drone pilot, keen cyclist, 3D print designer & user and Raspberry Pi lover.

Location: Sittingbourne

Lizzie Hodgson

Lizzie Hodgson

Founder of ThinkNation

Lizzie is passionate about all things technology, creative and youth orientated, which has led her to be the founder of ThinkNation. She is also a TEDx speaker, Kent digital envoy, gender equality panelist and a former speech writer for the government.

Location: Brighton

Rohan Abey

Rohan Abey

Snr Manager, Cisco

Rohan has a wealth of experience in understanding the impact of technology and is passionate about applying technology so it impacts our lives in a positive way. He believes technology is ushering in a revolution in how we all live and work in the modern world.

Location: Headcorn

Gordon Lamont

Gordon Lamont

Freelance Content Creator

Clients include BBC, Discovery Channel, Historic Royal Palaces and Parliament. At IdeasTest in Sittingbourne I run ‘Confidence to Create’, helping turn ideas into practical steps forward. I love cycling the Kentryside with Ronni but make a point of not going in for bike-porn attire!

Location: Sittingbourne

Lee Robinson

Lee Robinson

Volunteer Services Co-ordinator

Lee has an innate ability to make those around him feel better about themselves and strives to make volunteering special and bring communities together through his work at Ashford Volunteer Centre (AVC), where he helps people find the right volunteer opportunities.

Location: Ashford

Robert Graham

Robert Graham

Poet and Gardener

Robert enjoys writing and reading his uplifting poems which are about nature or local themes. He is learning to listen to the responses made by individuals on hearing a poem, which often triggers their own story or memory related to a poem. He is also a keen gardener.

Location: Wye

Laura Davis

Laura Davis

Senior Business Strategist

Laura recently relocated back to Kent from London. With a successful career working as a consultant and in banking, Laura now specialises on solving real business problems through a combination of product innovation, human centred design and software engineering.

Location: Ruckinge

David Meakin

David Meakin

Local government

David is a self confessed technophile, student at the University of Kent, part-time IT Consultant and was recently on placement at Kent County Council as an integral member of the digital.together initiative. He is a contributor to a blog called ThatsGroovy and the Uganda project.

Location: Bromley

Myles Macauley

Myles Macauley

Kent Connects Placement

Myles is currently doing a year-long placement for digital.together, a programme by Kent County Council to showcase digital transformation and collaboration across the county. Myles is responsible for publicity, web content and all social media communications promoting the digital agenda.

Location: Maidstone

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