Hannah Merriman

Hannah Merriman Totally Locally

Hannah Merriman

Totally Locally

Hannah is a questioner, a planner, a pointer-outer-of-the obvious and a good old-fashioned team cheerleader. She’s great at shining a light on the bits that usually get forgotten and someone who things just go a bit smoother when she’s about. With a background in Anthropology, a career path in the arts and a flair for project management she’s kind of a Mary Poppins meets Angela Merkel. In the role of critical friend she’s working closely with Totally Locally during this period of growth.

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Chris Sands

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Chris Sands

Founder & Creative Director, Totally Locally

Chris Sands is an award winning designer, marketeer and branding expert.

He created the Totally Locally concept & campaign in 2009 for his home region of Calderdale. It had such an economic impact on the area that he was asked by other towns to do it for them. So he decided to give it away for free in a step by step guide and kit. Since then it has grown dramatically.

In July 2015 Chris was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Staffordshire for his work in helping communities and towns with the free Totally Locally initiative.

He has worked on many big brands (such as William Hill, Radisson, EMI, Warner Music) and helped many SMEs and small companies increase business through branding. He has also worked on a number of educational organisations and regions of the UK on place branding and engaging audiences.

In 2013 Chris, along with business partner Nigel Goddard, created the Valley of Lights event to create economic vibrancy after tremendous flooding hit the Upper Calder Valley twice in 3 months. Valley of Lights brought 12,000 people onto the street to celebrate their community and local businesses. A Totally Locally Shop kit was given to every business in the area. Many shops reported their best ever Christmas (after the floods had devastated many businesses).  Valley of Lights went on to win the APSE (Association of Public Service Excellence) Award for best community and neighbourhood initiative in the UK. The award was based on economic and social impact. It also created £1.5 million in PR for the region.

Chris has spoken at conferences and run workshops on engaging communities, branding, place making, town regeneration and sense of place across the UK and in Australia and New Zealand.

He was awarded the Inspire award for Inspirational people of Calderdale in 2014.

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Email me: chris@totallylocally.org

Marc Briand

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Marc Briand

Operations & Marketing Director, Totally Locally

 

Marc is an award winning event organiser. As well as his work with Totally Locally he also runs his own independent marketing, events and place making business.

Marc worked for major Blue Chip finance companies Chartered Trust, First National Tricity Finance, Clydesdale Financial Services, Barclaycard and Barclays Partner Finance developing and implementing sales and marketing strategies and training programs with regional and national furniture and electrical retailers for retail finance products (Interest Free Credit, Buy Now Pay Later etc). Marc then went on to launch his own online and latterly a physical shop, Colloco, in his home town of Leek,Staffordshire. The shop was included in Ideal Home Magazine’s top 50 independent boutiques in the UK amongst other accolades.

Marc leads Totally Locally in his home town, Leek, which was used as one of the pilot towns to develop Totally Locally outside of Calderdale. In 3 years Leek has turned around with a plummeting shop vacancy rate of 5% (from 14%+), runner up in the Telegraph’s High Street of The Year Award 2013, launched the Sunday Supplement artisan market on the first Sunday of the month and won the Towns Alive award for Business and Economy for the Sunday Supplement.

Marc has spoken at conferences and run workshops in the UK and Ireland on regenerating market towns, creating sustainable events to develop town centre footfall and effective use of Social Media. He works on a consultancy basis for Staffordshire Moorlands District Council advising on High Streets, Markets and Events.

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Email me:marc@totallylocally.org