Our team in a nutshell

At Conker we’re all about your business, but here’s a quick peek into what makes us tick, the life and times of the people who make the marketing magic happen.

Sarah Wallwork

Joint Managing Director

Sarah, Conker’s founder, has transformed the company from a 2007 start-up to an integrated marketing agency with scores of successful campaigns to its name.


Creative, resourceful and a natural born wordsmith, Sarah started her career in international marketing for a global B2B organisation, then served her time agency-side before taking the plunge & setting up Conker.


Sarah is a proud Mum of two tweenage Conkers-in-training. When she’s not out and about on client and Conker missions, Sarah’s idea of bliss is family time with her boys…ideally spent soaking up the sun or shooting down the ski slopes.

Martin Wallwork

Joint Managing Director

Martin joined team Conker in 2015, bringing a varied skill set, together with client-side board level experience, to the mix. In his element when surrounded by stats & spreadsheets or working on marketing analytics and measurement, Martin spearheads Conker’s business consultancy services and he’s a creative powerhouse too!


Martin’s our sports & outdoors meister. You’ll catch him at the weekend on the tennis court, mountain biking on tricky terrain, taking the kids to Taekwondo or at Valley Parade supporting his beloved Bradford City. Who better to ensure that you’re getting the most from your marketing budget than a Yorkshireman with an MBA?

Jo Crolla

Head of Digital

How do you solve a problem like Jo? With data, rigorous analysis and a cool head for strategy, of course. Our Head of Digital’s experience both agency-side and freelance gives her a unique perspective. Building thriving digital delivery teams? Done that. At home in the nuts and bolts of campaigns, with a thirst for what’s new? Can’t get enough of it.


Jo has spearheaded campaigns for clients from FTSE 100 to small owner-managed businesses, loves delving into business attribution models and has a degree in Creative Advertising to boot.


Outside of devising the latest ecommerce strategy or search campaign, you’ll find Manc Jo with her two sons and cockapoo Bernard, whizzing between sports clubs or out hunting geocaches on local trails.


In the Conker office though, our Head of Digital is often in high demand. Lead generation? Problem solving? Fine art? Comedy night recommendations? Jo is your port of call.

Anna Flanders

Account Director

Anna lives and breathes sport – reflected in her prodigious experience of sports marketing and events. Most notably was Anna’s role as Head of Marketing & Communications at the Netball World Cup – where she first crossed paths with Conker! The team loved working with Anna so much, snapping her up agency-side was a no-brainer.

As one of our Account Directors, Anna’s strategic insights, meticulous planning, demolishing of deadlines and all round marcomms expertise means she’s a true pro at smashing targets and delivering on client campaigns. A 1st Class BSc Honours in Psychology brings an added dimension to Anna’s approach when it comes to understanding the driving forces behind customer behaviour.

Outside the office, you’ll find Anna on the netball or korfball (who knew?!) courts, in the stands at a Derby County game or walking with her beloved pet pooch Igor.

Emily Taylor

Senior Account Manager

Emily is a PR & social supremo who gets serious results thanks to strategic insight matched by meticulous marketing planning and flawless delivery. Her content and chameleon-like copy hits the mark for our clients whatever their business! Returning to the North following a tour of duty in international marketing & sales at a major London children’s publisher, Emily crafts copy as naturally as breathing. Emily’s flair for the visual shines through in her ability to create the perfect design brief and her singularly stylish outfits (read serious shopping habit!)


Away from the office Emily loves nothing more than planning her next city break. She also speaks fluent French – just another of her many talents. Ooh la la!

Simge Vurtak

Digital Marketing Manager

Passionate about all things digital, as Conker’s Digital Marketing Manager, Simge has a keen eye on the latest trends in digital advertising – from developments in paid search, to social campaigns that create clicks (or indeed whatever outcome our clients’ campaigns call for!). Bursting with ideas and enthusiasm, as well as being fluent in 3 languages, Simge’s bubbly personality means she often has the Conker team in stitches.


Having moved to Manchester from Turkey, Sim’s a truffle hunter for the latest delicious Turkish cuisine hotspots. But that’s not all – Simge also loves storytelling of all kinds, from being a frequent theatre goer, to watching pantomimes and even puppetry, snapping up tickets to watch shows across the UK. Who knew that was a thing?!

Amanda Galliers

Account Manager

Marketing strategy, campaign planning and creation, smashing KPIs and client expectations: all in a day’s work for Account Manager Amanda! With a string of impressive credentials, including a bachelor’s in Advertising and an MSc in PR, Amanda is a chartered marketer who has never met a deadline she can’t conquer.


Originally hailing from sunny Spain, Amanda moved back to her English roots and family and has been settled here in the north west for years.

Amanda’s passion for marketing is perhaps only matched by her love of animals. The proud previous owner of a peacock, a peahen, horses, rabbits, cats, dogs, turtles, a parrot to name a few, our resident Dr Dolittle is the current loving mum of two very demanding cats, Bruce and Betty.

Elle Kettle

Account Manager

With serious marketing and PR creds and experience to her name, Elle brings the invaluable insight that comes from having worked both agency side and in-house. Brimming with industry savvy, Elle knows a thing or two about working under pressure and defeating deadlines – not to mention securing stellar media coverage.

Elle started her career with a laser PR focus, over the years diversifying to bring her creative flair, knack for story-telling and project management skills to the full marketing mix.

When she’s not knuckling down on a Conker client campaign, you’ll find expat kid Elle on a plane (she has travel in the blood – having lived in Oman, Amsterdam, Borneo, France, Germany and India – phew!), at the front of a festival crowd or simply with her nose in a book. Unless her kitten Taco is sharpening her claws, that is!

Lucia Castielli

Account Executive

Where do we start with lovely Lucia? Fluent in Spanish and Italian – thanks to a BA from The University of Manchester and a stint in both countries. Lucia’s passion for communication comes through loud and clear in her approach to engaging social campaigns.

A true pro when it comes to organisation and detail, we know our clients will love these top qualities for keeping campaigns on track as much as the Conker team does.

Being a huge foodie, when she’s not adding to her (growing) list of favourite restaurants, she’s cooking up a storm and creating her own recipes. Her embarrassingly (by her own admission) extensive skin care routine is a reflection of her own meticulous approach to marketing life. Keeping calm in a crisis and mood-boosting vibes only are the cherries on top of our Account Executive’s modus operandi!

Natalie Whittaker

Senior Account Executive

Content crafter, creative virtuoso and pun master extraordinaire – just a few of Natalie’s top talents! Our Account Executive loves nothing more than bringing client briefs to bold and brilliant life, whether that be an expertly edited video piece or a snappy social plan.

The Lancashire lass moved to the big city for her Media Production BA, swiftly followed by a Politics MA, where she presented her thesis in two international political conferences and chaired a panel at the International Association for Media and Communication Research.

A true aficionado of all things creative, in her own words, Natalie’s “hobby is hobbies”. From crochet and film photography to books on unusual plants and fungi, Natalie’s passions don’t end there – she can also add a side hustle as a wedding singer to her many talents!

Charlotte Friesner

Senior Account Executive

Expect the unexpected with Charlotte – our Account Executive is equally at home producing powerful copy as she is behind the DJ decks! One smart cookie, after wrapping up her BA in History from The University of Manchester with a cool first, Charlotte moved into web design and social media marketing before diving into agency life at Conker. We love her enthusiastic approach to smashing social media plans and she’s bursting with ideas for content and design.

In her downtime, you can find our resident historian stuck in a book, immersed in gaming, finding peace in nature or spending time with her two cats Albie and Josie – when she’s not curating the perfect music mix, that is!

Join team Conker!

We’re always on the lookout for new talent

Fancy joining the Conker team? Based in leafy Didsbury, South Manchester, joining Conker means being part of a pacey, integrated marketing communications agency that’s going places.


Full of spark, with an exciting client list and further growth on the horizon, we’ll help you Conker your career ambitions! Sound like a good fit? We’re always on the lookout for new talent to add to our growing team, so get in touch!

Thinking of calling on Conker?

3 reasons why you’ve had a great idea:

A perfectly balanced team

The ideal blend of perennials and millennials, we’re a mixed bunch at Conker. Every one of our team brings our own area of marketing expertise to the table – from brand specialists, copywriters and PR pros, to analytical marketeers, as well as digital, advertising & social media natives.

Thanks to the wide communications tool kit we have at our fingertips, we can combine all our skills to deliver a joined up fully integrated campaign, or single out the perfect platform to solve a specific business challenge. 

Intelligence, graft & spark

Our senior team has worked in business as well as living agency life, so we bring our real world understanding of the challenges you and your company face. Developing clever communications solutions, a Conker director will lead your account throughout your relationship with us – and we all love rolling up our sleeves and delivering as well as directing. After all, marketing is what we do best. From strategy and direction setting, through to creative activation, and analysis to deliver insights that shape the development of a campaign, we make light work of getting seriously good results.

We’re all about you

We can’t bang the drum hard enough about this. With many agencies, you’ll be made to feel like one of many. At Conker things are different. Your business will benefit from the full beam of our attention. That’s why our clients see us as part of their team, sharing their drive to deliver exceptional results. It’s our collaborative, goal-driven approach and joined up thinking that’s at the heart of our trusting, long-lasting client relationships. For over a decade Conker has grown mainly by referral from happy clients – which we think says it all, really!