OUR TEAM

Tara Attfield-Tomes – She/Her

Founder

Tara, the driving force behind EAST VILLAGE, isn’t just an agency founder: she’s a changemaker. For over 16 years, she’s championed diversity and empowered women in business. Fuelled by her passion for PR, people, and giving back, she’s built an award-winning agency that fosters a thriving team culture and prioritises social good.

Meet Tara, the driving force behind EAST VILLAGE. Having found the agency in 2013, she leads with a radical vision: to empower women and underrepresented founders, creating a more equitable playing field in business. Responsible for what the business looks like on the outside, she also leads on vision, strategy, and new business at EV.

With over 16 years’ experience, working both agency and client side, Tara is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur whose career began working for the ultimate purpose-driven female founder: Stella McCartney. From there, she went on to work for leading fashion and retail brands, as well as both multi-national and independent hospitality and arts organisations.

Tara’s passion for equality extends far beyond EAST VILLAGE. She spearheads initiatives to increase diversity and inclusion across investment, leadership, and skills development. This includes her roles as Chair of TechWM’s Women in Tech Special Interest Group, Governance Board member of Ethical Equity, and committee member for TAG Network Midlands’ Women in Leadership Network.

But building a better future goes beyond just shattering glass ceilings. Tara champions the concept of an “agency for a modern workforce”, supported by Agency Director, Hattie. This commitment extends beyond her role as agency leader too; she’s also a dedicated mentor for Creative UK and Soho House x Creative Mentor Networks; as well as a Non-Executive Director (NED), and co-founder of homeless charity Let’s Feed Brum.

A respected leader and passionate advocate, Tara is a sought-after keynote speaker and panellist. She ignites conversations on a range of topics, including PR and personal branding, strategies for female founders to scale and secure investment, and the power of leading with empathy.

In short, Tara is a driver, an innovator, and a champion for positive change. She’s as passionate about building a thriving agency as she is about creating a more equitable future for all.

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Hattie D'Souza

Hattie D’Souza – She/Her

Director of People & Culture

Meet Hattie, our Director of People & Strategy, responsible for managing the team’s progression, productivity, and processes.

She lives and breathes our values and ensures that EV. remains focused on being an agency for a modern workforce: with perks that make a difference to people’s lives and working practices that truly have the team’s wellbeing at heart.

Meet Hattie, our Director of People & Culture, responsible for managing the team’s progression, productivity, and processes. She lives and breathes our values and ensures that EV. remains focused on being an agency for a modern workforce.

A people-person who takes a vested interest in getting the best out of #TeamEV, she explores new ways of working that prioritise both efficiency and wellbeing. This dedication to innovation helped to cement her place on PRWeek’s 30 Under 30 list in 2022.

Sitting alongside Tara on our Senior Leadership Team, she’s focused on client delivery and strengthening our relationships with clients. She’s also the person who keeps the team on top of industry trends and insights, ensuring that we’re always pushing forward new ideas that get results.

Hattie also helped create our TeamEV Charter, with Tara, and remains responsible for ensuring that it remains at the heart of what we do and who we are.

Hattie considers herself an ‘adopted Brummie’ and is passionate about the city. She co-founded homeless charity Let’s Feed Brum, alongside Tara, which landed her a place in Birmingham Live’s ’30 Under 30’.

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Sophie-Mae Bourne

Sophie Bourne – She/Her

Brand Manager

Meet Sophie, our Brand Manager and the driving force behind the key projects that bring ‘BrandEV’ to life.

With her previous experience in delivering marketing campaigns for PR agencies, Sophie brings a creative flair and strong project management skills to EV.

Meet Sophie, our Brand Manager, the driving force behind bringing ‘BrandEV’ to life. With her previous experience in delivering marketing campaigns for PR agencies, Sophie brings a creative flair and strong project management skills to EV.

Her skillset spans marketing, events, and business development, and her career in hospitality ensures that every initiative takes customer experience into account.

As the first port of call for new business, Sophie is the go-to person if you want to find out what EV. can do for you. She will share all the reasons why you should work with us and help you explore the best options for your needs.

When she’s not working, Sophie is a die-hard foodie who enjoys discovering the latest must-visit venues, trends, and openings. She’s also Arctic Monkeys’ biggest fan!

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Bambus – He/Him

CEO (Chief Excitement Officer)

Meet Bambus, king of excitement and fluffy cuddles here at EV. 

His copywriting skills need a little work, but his sass is the perfect temperature-check when planning campaigns. If Bambus gives us his Chow Chow look of disapproval, we know that it’s back to the drawing board. 

Meet Bambus, king of excitement and fluffy cuddles here at EV.

His copywriting skills need a little work, but his sass is the perfect temperature-check when planning campaigns. If Bambus gives us his Chow Chow look of disapproval, we know that it’s back to the drawing board.

He loves coming along to EV. events, unless it’s raining and then he refuses to get his hair wet. We can relate.

Since moving up from Bristol (like his colleague, Hattie) at just 12 weeks old, he’s been a local celebrity every since… and can always be found with a puppichino in hand.

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