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The Team.

We're r//evolution ...and what we do best is help businesses to grow profitably and sustainably. There's no one size fits all here - everything we do is aligned to our client's growth ambitions. Tailor-made for maximum impact where it matters most.

Gill Burgess

Managing Director

r//evolution is Gill's pride and joy. She established the company in 2002 and is a constant inspiration to the team - guiding our staff and clients to significant successes.

Gill is passionate about driving innovative growth and excellent customer service. She's also a big Pilates fan and can be found tending to her lovely garden in the warmer months.


  • Bad manners
  • Dark mornings
  • Heights

Adam Blenkinsop


Adam leads large-scale revenue growth and digital transformation projects for a range of high-performing clients.

With the ability to see the big picture, Adam drives innovation and rapid growth through the implementation of cutting-edge tools and approaches. He's big on all things sporty, especially football and rally driving.


  • Musicals
  • Lazy days
  • Traffic and reckless drivers

Steve Tomlin

Head of Partner Growth

Great sales grow from great relationships, and our Partner Growth Manager Steve is certainly a people person. With a rich and varied background in this discipline, Steve is passionate about helping businesses connect with the right marketing services to help them grow.

Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his young family, relaxing in front of the TV and trying out new foods.


  • Food Wastage
  • Chicken feet
  • Rudeness

Sam Leaver

Head of Development

Sam loves 'proper' coffee - so he's quite particular when it comes to a cuppa. He's got 15 years of industry experience, meaning he's best placed to lead our digital team.

He oversees our web projects from start to finish, ensuring all things digital work like a dream. He's currently renovating a house and spends much of his spare time driving diggers about in his garden.


  • Rhubarb
  • Oysters
  • Simply Red

Ros Haverson

Head of Design

With an inventive mind and an eye for contemporary branding, Ros loves design in any form. She delivers powerful results whatever the brief. 

Away from the office, she can be found taking on an energetic fitness class or enjoying the region's cultural scene. She's currently making the rest of the office jealous by planning an exciting holiday to Greece!


  • Bananas
  • Spreadsheets
  • Lifts

Chris Glancey

Head of Online Marketing

Chris loves all things digital marketing. CIM and DMI certified, he loves to put his marketing knowledge to test and help clients achieve fantastic results.

Away from work, he can often be found watching Sunderland play, and regularly lose, as well as attempting to play cricket in the summer.


  • Rude people
  • Arrogant people
  • Dawdlers

Anna Graham

Head of Communications

A PR professional with a love of all things Harry Potter, Anna works her magic to coax good news out of our clients.

With ten years of experience managing PR and marketing campaigns, Anna keeps the comms team running with excellent customer service and remarkable r//esults.

She's launched airline routes, national integrated campaigns and engaging stakeholder events over the years.


  • Avocado
  • Football
  • Loud chewing

Helen Hardy

Business Manager

A safe set of hands, Helen has done it all during her 15 years with r//evolution. Helen manages a range of client projects and the office, so if you've got a project, finance or business query - she's the lady to speak to.

A lover of holidays, Goldendoodles and shoes, Helen is passionate about the North East and our wonderful cultural and leisure offerings.


  • Sunday drivers
  • Noisy eaters
  • Boredom

Steph Hudson


A clever clogs when it comes to all things design with a Masters in Communication Design and a BA in Graphic Design, Steph works wonders for our clients.

Steph has a designers brain and a background in both traditional marketing collateral and digital channels - she also has the cutest labradoodle we’ve ever seen...


  • The word hate
  • Dentists
  • Heights

Becky McCartney

UX/UI Designer

Becky is a master at coming up with breath-taking concepts and seeing them right through to the end. She specialises in creating engaging user journeys for our clients – both online and on mobile.

Away from the office, super-fit Becky loves the gym and takes on at least three spin classes a week. She can bench press with the best of them!


  • Rudeness
  • Liars
  • Mayonnaise

Byren Atkinson

front-end developer

Byren is the digital know-it-all you want in your corner - highly skilled, ambitious and knowledgeable, he's a key part of our web team and our clients love his friendly nature! 

Away from work, Byren can often be found playing football for his local team Ellington Plough or playing video games on his popular Twitch channel.


  • Reckless Drivers
  • Slow Walkers
  • Loud Talking

Reza Badel


When he’s not at work, Reza loves creating healthy meals and can often be found at the gym. With a strong background of delivering impactful campaigns for national brands including premium pet brand Purina, Reza’s experience of front and back end development means he has an in-depth understanding of how it all fits together in today’s ever-changing modern digital landscape.


  • Waiting Around
  • The Unknown
  • Too Much Hype

Militsa Koleva

Online Marketing Executive

When it comes to online marketing, Militsa has her finger firmly on the pulse. Fully HubSpot certified, she is up to speed on the world’s largest inbound marketing platform and works with a wide range of lifestyle and tech brands to deliver impactful and successful integrated online campaigns.

Outside of work, Militsa is always on the hunt for good food and new artisan coffee shops.


  • Lies
  • Egotistic People
  • Cold English Summers

Sophie Cooke

Online Marketing Executive

Sophie loves a plan and works with our ambitious clients to plan and deliver activity to help them grow faster and grow better.

Sophie enjoys independent travel - this year it was Australia! Closer to home she uses her commute to listen to podcasts - on business and creating a fairer, more sustainable world.


  • Being Bored
  • Horror Films
  • Fast Fashion
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