OUR TEAM

Tara Tomes – She/Her

Owner and Managing Director

Tara is EAST VILLAGE.’s Founder and Managing Director, driving forward business strategy, business development and brand.

She’s passionate about PR, people and paying it forward and is regularly invited to speak in the media and at events on the PR industry, team culture and her charity projects.

EAST VILLAGE. was founded by Tara Tomes, back in 2013. 

She’s the driver behind the brand and is focused on building an agency for the future through her three passions: PR, People and Paying-it-Forward. 

Having specialised in lifestyle PR from the start of her career, she’s delivered campaigns for the likes of Stella McCartney, BBC Good Food Show, Taste of Birmingham, Style Birmingham Live and International Dance Festival Birmingham. Her experience working with local independent retailers, internationally renowned fashion brands, acclaimed entertainment venues, award-winning arts venues and everything in between, means that TeamEV taps into strategy and expertise that spans more than 13 years in the industry.  

Tara set up EAST VILLAGE.  to create an agency that she’d be proud to work for. Centred around a strong team culture, she’s passionate about driving a people-led agency; from flexible working and free mental health support, to team socials and creative idea generation, Tara is focused on driving innovation and loves embracing change. 

A respected lifestyle PR expert, Tara is often asked to speak at events and on webinars ranging on everything from being a woman in business, embracing flexible working, and driving Diversity & Inclusion. Some of her recent engagements include events for Selfridges Birmingham, TAG Network West Midlands, and Birmingham Metropolitan College.

Alongside EV., Tara is a Non-Exec Director at TAG Network West Midlands, founding member of BPFS Black Leaders Network, co-founder of Birmingham Sales and Events Forum and sits on the Midlands Retail & Hospitality Forum (MRF) committee. 

She also co-founded homeless charity Let’s Feed Brum, sits on the management committee for iShelter (which runs Tabor House in Digbeth), and is a patron for SIFA Fireside. In addition, Tara also sits on the West Midlands Development Board for Breast Cancer Haven.

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Nicole Gauntlett – She/Her

Business Development Manager

Nicole is EAST VILLAGE.’s Business Development Manager.

She heads up business development, brand partnerships and creative direction for the agency.

Nicole is EV.’s Business Development Manager, leading on new business, brand collaborations and creative copywriting for the agency.

She joined TeamEV six years ago and was Account Manager before moving to a new role that focuses on client relationships and employer brand.

Nicole is passionate about developing relationships and is both dedicated and ambitious when it comes to driving the agency forward. Priding herself on ideas that ‘pack a punch’, Nicole is now the go-to for all-things business development.

Her greatest achievement, however, is giving birth to her very own mini members of #TeamEV, Vivi and Ever. After returning to EAST VILLAGE. at the start of 2019, Nicole found there was a lack of support for mums still looking to grow their careers and develop their skills. She launched Grow Mama; a group providing support and resources for emerging mothers in business. Added to this, she was coordinator for Red Box Project Solihull, a charity that supports young women is schools experiencing period poverty.

When she’s not momming or drinking a cold glass of Sauv with the EV. girl gang, Nicole has a passion for interior design and is constantly on Pinterest looking for new ideas for her house renovation.

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George Jessup

George Jessup – He/Him

PR & Comms Trainee

George is EV’s PR & Comms Trainee, supporting the team to create and deliver amazing PR campaigns packed-full of insight and innovation.

George is passionate about social justice, sustainable living and ethical consumerism. He was a member of the Eco Education Society at university and has volunteered in the past for a range of charities including the YMCA and Kissing it Better. 

George joins EAST VILLAGE. as a PR & Communications Trainee after graduating from Aberystwyth University with a degree in History and Media. He was first introduced to the PR and marketing industry during an internship at the New Welsh Review, Wales’ foremost literary magazine in English.

At EAST VILLAGE., George works alongside the team to help create amazing PR campaigns and aiding with research to support client PR strategies. He also helps create effective multi-channel PR content helping to secure stellar client media coverage.

EV.’s core values and ethics resonate with his own – George is passionate about social justice, sustainable living and ethical consumerism. During his time at university, he was a member of the Eco Education Society and has volunteered in the past for a range of charities including the YMCA and Kissing it Better.

Outside of EAST VILLAGE., George can either be found hitting a PB at the gym, sampling the latest health and wellbeing ‘fad’ or listening to a good ol’ podcast.

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Abi Daniels

Abi Daniels – She/Her

Content Creator

Full of PR and social media ideas, Abi leads on the content creation for EAST VILLAGE and Pocket Sized PR. Whether that’s giving small business owners mindset tips and business advice, through to making a profit from the Instagram algorithm, Abi’s got you covered!

Obsessed with Instagram and YouTube, Abi enjoys capturing memories that can be shared with her friends through social media. The ability to connect with people across the globe is what Abi loves most about social media. She is always looking for new ways to create, market, and share content.

Abi is a social media butterfly and one of EAST VILLAGE.’s newest recruits, after having graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media Production.

Her love for social media and content creation started during her first year of university when she volunteered as a social media executive for Aston Performing Arts Academy. Here she produced content for their socials and managed their accounts, driving traffic both on and offline, whilst also creating an engaged online community.

Obsessed with Instagram and YouTube, Abi enjoys capturing memories that can be shared with her friends through social media. The ability to connect with people across the globe is what Abi loves most about social media. She is always looking for new ways to create, market, and share content.

Full of PR and social media ideas, Abi leads on the content creation for EAST VILLAGE and Pocket Sized PR. Whether that’s giving small business owners mindset tips and business advice, through to making a profit from the Instagram algorithm, Abi’s got you covered!

When she’s taking a break from the world of media, Abi loves to relax by watching a good chick flick, with a cocktail in hand. She also loves to keep up with the latest fashion trends as looking good is a must for Abi!

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Bambus – He/Him

CEO (Chief Excitement Officer)

Bambus joined TeamEV in January, after stealing the hearts of our MD, Tara, and her fiancé.

He moved up from Bristol to Brum (like his colleague, Hattie) at the start of the year, and has been a local celebrity ever since… taking pictures with fans on his daily walks, and enjoy puppichinos from his friends at Starbucks on Colmore Row on the regular.

Full of fun and incredible at cuddles, Bambus is dedicated to increasing the profile of the chows.

He’s also prolific on social media and you can catch regular pupdates on his @olly_and_bambus account. What’s more, you can see the adventures of him and his sister on @colmorechows, as they enjoy life in Colmore BID.

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