OUR TEAM

Bolt Digital
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TASH COURTENAY-SMITH

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Natasha Courtenay-Smith is a British entrepreneur and media expert. She is the founder and former director of Talk to the Press, one of the UK’s first online press agencies, which helped individuals sell their real-life stories to newspapers and magazines. She is now CEO of Bolt Digital and a member of the CEW UK Board, with 2x best selling books behind her.

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STEVE BOLTON

CO-FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN

Steve Bolton is a best-selling author, philanthropist and serial entrepreneur, with a roster of businesses to his name.

He is the Founder and Group CEO of Bolt Partners, a portfolio of sustainable and socially responsible companies that aspire to become world-famous for their culture, community and commitment to their staff, clients and partners.

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LUKE COURTENAY-SMITH

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Luke has a diverse background in Marketing, Fintech, Comedy and Film.

Previously the COO of Droplet, a financial technology company that scaled across 8 cities in the UK and raised over £2 million.

Luke is a mentor for the Creative Mentor Network, a charity that supports diversity and inclusion in the creative industries. He was also featured in Vogue as part of David Bailey’s ‘People set to define the Next Decade’.

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DAVID BELL

FINANCE DIRECTOR

David stared his career at Steria, eventually working his way up to Financial Controller before moving over to Pentland Brands in 2013. David has worked with Ted Baker, Kickers, Ellesse, Boxfresh and Kangaroos, finessing commercial partnerships across 50+ countries, and leading the category management function across brands. He has since joined Bolt to share his financial expertise with the group.

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TIM HYLAND

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Tim has worked widely across film for a variety of production companies. He has directed and edited projects for Amazon Music, Apple, NY Times, Channel4 and Warner Music, amongst many other clients. He was the founder of creative agency Eastkin, which specialised in SME branding and social video. Tim is now Creative Director of Bolt Digital, leading a team of copywriters, video editors and graphic designers.

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DAN MASON

Performance Director

Dan leads the performance team, applying his learnings over the past 7 years working in performance advertising roles across leading UK agencies. His Economics background results in a logical and methodical approach to problem solving / data analysis. His clients in the past have included the likes of Netflix, where he helped launch Black Mirror season 3. Whilst also helping grow brands within the e-commerce space such as Hunter Wellies, Hendricks Gin and Kawasaki. He recently completed his mini MBA in marketing.

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SAMANTHA WEDGE

GROUP FINANCE MANAGER

Having started at Platinum Business Partners as a Junior Accounts Assistant in 2014, Sam worked her way up to Group Finance Manager of Bolt, whilst simultaneously founding and managing a boutique wedding planning service.

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RACHEL KIRCHEM

Marketing Manager

Rachel comes from a background in Luxury Beauty Marketing. During her career she has worked in partnership with various UK retailers including Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, The Hut Group, Feel Unique, Cult Beauty and many more. Previously she led the trade marketing for the UK for Luxury Beauty Brand Molton Brown for all partners, prior to this she worked in the Prestige division of Elizabeth Arden / Revlon launching niche beauty brands to the UK market.

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MEGAN JONES

SNR. PERFORMANCE STRATEGIST

Megan started her social media marketing career in Madrid, before specialising in travel and beauty. Prior to joining Bolt Digital as Senior Performance Strategist, she was Performance Marketing Manager at interiors brand OKA.

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EMILY SANDIFORD

Creative Strategist

Emily has worked in advertising, PR and social media, and published articles on art, film and cultural trends. Having worked on projects for Estrella Damm, Deichmann and Cetaphil, Emily joined Bolt Digital to specialise in copywriting and content creation.

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KIM SPENCE

PERFORMANCE EXECUTIVE

Having graduated with First-Class Honours in Fashion Communication, Kim went on to work with Boohoo, Uber Eats, Social Chain and Add People. She has since moved to Bolt Digital to work across a spectrum of clients in the health, beauty and wellness industries.

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AGNIESZKA POTOCZNA

CREATIVE STRATEGIST

Agnieszka has worked across photography and film for a range of international magazines, including Vogue, LUCY’S and Hunter Magazine. She has worked in content creation for fashion and beauty brands for the past 2 years, priding herself on creating agile, scroll-stopping creatives.

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RICHARD WASHINGTON

Talent Manager

Richard has opened, led and managed multi-million pound business units in the UK, USA, New Zealand and APAC in the Blue Chip Sales and Marketing space. He brings a deep managerial and leadership ability along with a big passion for spotting and developing talent. At Bolt Talent we’re shaking up the traditional recruitment industry to put candidate education first and give everyone a better experience along the way.