EAST VILLAGE. was founded by our MD, Tara Tomes, back in 2013. She’s the driver behind the brand and is focused on building an agency for the future.
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, Style Birmingham Live and International Dance Festival Birmingham, and set up EAST VILLAGE. to create an agency that she’d be proud to work for. From flexible working and free mental health support, to team socials and creative campaigns, Tara is focused on driving innovation and 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.
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, and is a patron for SIFA Fireside. In addition, Tara also sits on the West Midlands Development Board for Breast Cancer Haven.
Hattie joined TeamEV back in 2015 and is now second in command to Tara, as Account Director, driving client strategies and business innovation.
A natural born activist, Hattie is passionate about delivering strategic comms that have purpose. She oversees both team management and productivity, ensuring that everyone is working in the most effective way to deliver the best results for clients. She’s also the person who keeps the team on top of trends and insights, ensuring that we’re always pushing forward new ideas that get results. She also supports Tara on identifying and driving new business across the lifestyle PR and marketing field.
Hattie is ‘Head of Happiness’ at EV. and puts our people at the heart of everything we do. Alongside Tara she leads our ‘Happy & Healthy’ strategy; from little treats in the post to engaging new services that support the team in every walk of life.
She sits on Colmore Business District’s ‘Community Building’ working group and is a founding trustee of Let’s Feed Brum, which landed her a place in Birmingham Live’s ’30 Under 30′.
Jodie first joined TeamEV for work experience as part of the agency’s ‘Grow Your Own’ initiative, and now she’s one of the agency’s superstar Account Managers.
She leads on both strategy and delivery for client across industries including arts and culture, hospitality and the Third Sector. From regional lifestyle PR launches to high level national campaigns, Jodie is always focused on client objectives and delivering strategic ideas seamlessly.
Her contribution to the team goes beyond our discovery of Stoke oatcakes; Jodie’s flair for design and social media means that we’re boosted not just by targeted media relations, but also engaging digital content. She’s always the first one to discover the latest social media trend and you can thank her for TeamEV’s cheesy TikToks too.
Outside of work, Jodie sits on Colmore Business District ‘Hospitality’ working group.
Nicole joins Jodie as one of EV.’s Account Managers and she prides herself on developing relationships, producing memorable events and creating campaigns that leave a lasting impression.
Dedicated and ambitious, Nicole works hard to deliver lifestyle PR campaigns that ‘pack a punch’ and strives to bring fresh ideas to the table. Nicole is extremely focused on achieving success for clients; everything from initial brainstorming to day-to-day delivery.
Her greatest achievement, however, is being mum to her very own mini members of #TeamEV, Vivi and Ever. After returning to work 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. Nicole launched Grow Mama; a group providing support and resources for emerging mothers in business.
Joining us a freelance copywriter is award-winning journalist and social media influencer, Lisa Piddington, who has more than 30 years’ industry experience.
Lisa has worked on countless regional titles and built a reputation as a leading lifestyle PR consultant and social media manager, working for top luxury brands including Harvey Nichols, Heaven Skincare, and the Mailbox.
Lisa has developed and taught MBA and BSc Business Communication courses at The University of Birmingham, worked with primary schools as part of the city’s Write On project and has organised career sessions with local schools encouraging pupils to consider writing as a profession.
She has also led Instagram training with business looking to boost their social presence, and her own home decor account Lisa Loves Vintage has more than 65,000 followers.
Holly joined EAST VILLAGE. initially for work experience and is now at the heart of our client delivery as Account Executive.
A self-confessed Instagram addict, she’s the go-to team member for social media trends and Gen-Z thinking. Research is her bag, and she loves managing projects from start to finish; so is always dedicated to delivering the best results for clients.
Holly first entered the world of social media marketing and blogging during her final year of study and continues using her love of photography and videography to create engaging content. Her lifestyle PR and social skills see her support on a range of regional and national campaigns for clients.
She also has a self-penned ‘Beauty Bible’, which has been TeamEV’s go to resource for the best skincare tips around!
At the start of October 2020, Emma returned from the security of maternity leave and ventured into the big scary world as a Freelance Social Media Manager and Copywriter.
Emma has built a strong portfolio since graduating in 2010 and has become one of the region’s most respected bloggers after launching her own food and lifestyle blog emmavictoriastokes.com.
She works with a wide range of social media and copywriting clients; helping businesses to flourish with effective digital marketing strategies. She specialises in lifestyle, hospitality and professional services; and her written work and photography skills coincide nicely with her blog.
Emma’s appetite is shared by her beautiful baby boy, Sebastian, who keeps her busy when she’s not creating content online.
Bambus joined TeamEV two years ago, after stealing the hearts of our MD, Tara, and her fiancé, Olly.
He moved up from Bristol to Brum (like his fellow TeamEVer, Hattie) at the start of 2019, 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 and provides regular pupdates on his @olly_and_bambus account.
You can also catch him on the TeamEV TikTok, where he currently has over 200,000 views!