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About Marine Advertising Agency

We provide simple, no-nonsense solutions to marine companies’ advertising, PR, media buying and communications needs. Our straightforward, knowledgeable and service-orientated approach to business is welcomed by our clients. Our direct and relevant experience within the marine industry allows us to offer unrivalled value in helping our clients reach their target markets.

Mike Shepherd

Mike Shepherd
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MAA is headed up by Mike Shepherd.

With a background in marine publishing, working in chandleries and as a sailing instructor, Mike launched the business in 2008 with a unique insight into all that is marine. Additionally, he has completed a full circumnavigation as watch leader on Liverpool Clipper, in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race in 2002/03.

Mike has competed at national and international level in dinghies and keel boats and currently races a Laser from Stokes Bay SC.

Emma Stanbury

Emma Stanbury
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Emma comes from a customer service and office management background in a variety of industries and has taken on the role of Advertising and PR Executive at MAA. She has recently taken advantage of living so near to the Solent by learning to sail at Stokes Bay Sailing Club.

Jake Young

Jake Young
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After doing a week of work experience in 2014, Jake joined MAA in the summer of 2015 to help with the Superyacht Toys and Tenders website. He performs a number of jobs including writing and distributing press releases, sending out various newsletters and managing several websites hosted by MAA.

Zella Compton

Zella Compton
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Zella Compton’s background is in PR and journalism. She started her career in the building industry, before editing trade and consumer titles for publishing houses Hamerville, Johnston Media and Capital Publishing. She writes a weekly column for The Portsmouth News and has been extensively published in national press including The Times.

She is delighted to be working in the marine industry; she learnt to sail on the Hamble and has crewed in multiple offshore races as well as being a keen kayaker. Zella has a particular interest in the marine environment, and the battle to end single use plastics.

Gina Groom

Gina Groom
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Gina started her career in customer services but soon moved to the IT department at Lewmar where she spent many years. She joined the MAA team in 2016 to liaise with clients and media/publishing houses to ensure smooth delivery of material.

She is a member of Stokes Bay Sailing Club where, having previously crewed dinghies, she is now taking control and helming them.

Alison Willis

Alison Willis
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Alison Willis comes from an advertising background, having started her career working in international advertising for Hachette, who publish Elle and Elle Decoration.

After nine years marketing and then running the UK arm of French ski tour operator, Lagrange, she relishes the challenges of a specialist industry.

She is delighted to be back in advertising after a move from London home to the south coast.

Darren Holloway

Darren Holloway
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Darren joined MAA Prepaid in 2014 to develop the Marine Gift Card website while studying Software Engineering at Southampton Solent University.

After working ten years at British Gas Call Centre in Southampton, Darren decided to apply for a university degree to move in to a new career of programming using the latest in web technology.

Anna Dent

Anna Dent
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Anna has taken responsibility for MAA's accounts and office admin, having worked in a similar roles for the University of Portsmouth, in the public sector and as a volunteer with the NCT.

Anna would like to get back into sailing now that her young son is growing up as she used to crew on Fireballs, and grew up by the water in Hamble.

Jo Shepherd

Jo Shepherd
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Jo officially joined MAA in September 2017, having been involved as a shareholder before that. With responsibility for various systems within the company, Jo is currently working to maintain the MAA records to GDPR standards. Jo brings with her transferable skills from a background in Quality Assurance in international pharmaceutical development companies.

Jessica Crump

Jessica Crump
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Jessica joined the Marine Advertising Agency from Southampton Solent University, where she gained a 2.1 BA honours degree in Graphic Design.

She is extremely confident using design software and making her ideas come to life; which start by understanding the clients needs, researching and sketching them out. She enjoys keeping up to date with the design world and new skills by researching and gaining experience in all disciplines of design.

Steve Davies

Steve Davies
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Creative ideas come naturally for Steve Davies. Steve has worked for a number of local and national design agencies producing award winning work for a diverse range of businesses. He has also produced ideas and designs on a freelance basis for many leading advertising agencies.

Steve holds a First Class BA in English and Art from the University of Chichester which has helped him fuse innovative headlines and copy with bold layouts and designs.

Steve Hart

Steve Hart
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Steve has over a decade's experience in building responsive websites with an emphasis on great user experience. From Wordpress brochureware sites to complex e-commerce shops using Magento, Steve knows that a website is a crucial investment for any business and has the know how and creativity to deliver.

His main expertise lies in building well structured sites based upon solid knowledge of web development and he has a keen interest in keeping up-to-date with current and future web trends. 

+44 (0) 23 9252 2044 info@marineadagency.com

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