wwWomen Digital Champions

Adele Kippin

Adele is Digital Marketing Consultant for Venture Stream in Newcastle and an avid blogger.

After graduating from University with a first-class honours degree in Advertising and Design, Adele went on to gather marketing experience working through promotions at the Village Hotel head office in Warrington.

Adele worked on the rebranding, design and marketing across the De Vere and Village brand, which is made up of 30+ hotels and several sub brands, including spas, restaurants and gyms.

Adele has expertise in: Digital Marketing, Social Media, and Business Start-ups.

Angela Carrington 

Angela is an experienced entrepreneur, working in the photographic industry as a Director at The Bigger Picture Agency Ltd in Newcastle.

The majority of her work has been specific to the PR sector, providing images used across the printed and online media platforms on a daily basis.

In her career Angela has gathered 12 years of graphic design experience, designing for both print and online, and print management.

Angela has expertise in: Business Start-up, Digital Marketing and PR and Social Media and Marketing, and would make a great mentor for any budding entrepreneurs.  

Danielle Pegg-Mowbray 

Danielle is a Digital Marketing Executive at Ringtons who has a wealth of experience in media, marketing and event management.
In the last five years her work has been focused on the digital area, working on high profile websites, managing social media platforms and creating marketing content. 
With a BA Hons degree in Media Production and Post Graduate Diploma in Online Marketing, Danielle has a range of skills to offer budding digital entrepreneurs looking to develop their abilities in the world of online marketing. 
Danielle has expertise in digital marketing and PR, website design, social media and managing online sales.
 Debbie Owen

Debbie Owen is an entrepreneur who has established her own consultancy firm helping businesses to tell their story.

As well as an MA in television scriptwriting, Debbie has gathered a wealth of experience writing for television shows such as The Bill, EastEnders and Casualty.

While working as a copywriter in the North East for ten years, Debbie realised that what many businesses needed was a “story”. She now works to develop authentic story-telling in businesses to help them reach their objectives.

Debbie is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and helping young businesses stand out among the crowds with her extensive experience in business start-up, digital marketing and PR, web design, development and hosting, social media marketing and management of online sales. 


Gayle Tomlinson

Responsible for social media strategy and driving their newsrooms’ transitions to becoming digital first, Gayle is the Head of Social Media at Trinity Mirror in Newcastle.

As well as having a PGCE in Post Compulsory Education, with a specialism in media, she also has a certificate in mentoring and a recognised Assessor Award, making her more than suitable for mentoring.

In her time in PR she has run contracts for a number of high-profile organisations including Thompsons Solicitors.

Gayle has expertise in: Business Start-up, Digital Marketing and PR and Social Media and Marketing. 

Helen Rutherford

Helen works as a Business Connector in the community on secondment from the Royal Mail in the Newcastle area.

Helen’s role for the Prince of Wales’ charity Business in the Community, involves working with the voluntary, community, education and social enterprise sectors, which gives her experience in helping them in the development and attainment of their goals.

She is skilled in implementing digital projects and using online communication tools to engage employees and support business processes for the Royal Mail Group.

Helen has expertise in: Digital Marketing and PR, Web design, Social Media and Managing Online Sales. 

Jules Quinn

As Managing Director at the TeaShed, based in Gateshead, Jules started the business from the ground up three years ago, selling to retailers and cafes.

In this time Jules has gathered experience in setting up a company, designing packages and websites, dealing with food and drink and managing events.

She is excited and looking forward to the idea of helping somebody follow their dreams and make them happen.

Jules has expertise in: Business Start-up, Digital Marketing, Website Design, Social Media and Marketing and Managing Online Sales.

Lauren Hoy

In Lauren’s role as Development Officer at Quality of Partnership Newcastle she manages the organisation’s information and advice service.

She is responsible for the entire website design and upgrade, ongoing development, consultation with service users and the maintenance of the information and categorisation accuracy.

In this role Lauren has redeveloped www.informationnow.org.uk increasing website visits by 100%, and creating a website that was rated 56th in the top 100 digital leaders list 2014. It was held up recently as an example of good practice by the Think Local Act Personal government office.

Lauren’s expertise lies in: Digital Marketing and PR, Web Design, and Social Media.

Lisa Forster

As a self-taught internet expert Lisa is the successful Founder and Technical Director of angelfysh Internet Marketing.

Although she had never met a client before starting angelfysh, Lisa went on to win the “Best Newcomer” category at the Women Into the Network (WIN) Awards and the “Best Website Optimisation” category at the North East Digital Awards in 2008.

Lisa’s expertise lies in Search Engine Optimisation, Conversion Rate Optimisation, Content Marketing, Social Media Marketing and Paid Advertising. She has worked with and advised companies including Virgin Money and The Sage Gateshead.

Lisa says she is looking forward to sharing the first-hand business start-up knowledge she has gained to help other up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

Melissa Middleton

Melissa is Manager at PNE Enterprise in Newcastle. In this role she helps people consider self-employment as a viable employment option.

She delivers a number of business courses designed for pre start-up and newly established businesses in the North-East.

A PGCE focusing on Business and Enterprise as well as an MSc in Social Research and a BSc Hons in Politics and Media Studies make her a great option for a mentor.

Melissa has expertise in: Business Start-up, Website Design, Development and Hosting, and Social Media and Marketing.

Sandra Tang

Having first-hand experience in starting and running her own company, Sandra now works for Newcastle NE1.

In her role as Marketing and Events Manager Sandra runs multiple websites and twitter pages, as well as helping Newcastle City Businesses with their digital promotion.

Sandra is a keen blogger in her spare time and was a North East Blogger of the Year Nominee for Best Style Blog and Best Lifestyle Blog.

Sandra has expertise in: Business Start-ups, Digital Marketing and PR, Social Media and Marketing.

Sarah Brownrigg

Sarah works for the Gateshead-based company Tommee Tippee as a Digital Marketing Manager.

As well as having a Marketing BSc from Newcastle University and a CIM diploma in Digital Marketing, Sarah has also gained experience in Retail and Sports Marketing. In this time she represented brands such as O’Neill UK and Nike.

In her current role Sarah works in the Baby and Parenting Market, running the Tommee Tippee brand online through social media platforms, retailer websites, advertising campaigns and much more.

Sarah’s expertise lies in: Digital Marketing and Social Media and Marketing.