Meet the Team

Air® Marketing Group is made up of a team of highly skilled business development professionals, who are experts in conversation.

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Leadership Team

Owen Richards

Managing Director

Owen Richards

A little bit of background information:

Originally from Kent, I started my sales career at our Sister Company (Forrest Marketing Group) in Sydney, Australia, when I went travelling for 12 months in 2007-2008. I started as a Telesales Executive and, having planned to be in Australia for a year, I was sponsored by the company and stayed for 8 years, during which time I became Head of Sales and Operations.

In 2015, my Wife, Amy, and I moved back to the UK to start a family. In early 2016, I Co-Founded Air Marketing Group with my business partner and the Managing Director of Forrest Marketing Group, Richard Forrest. Three years on, Air now has 60+ employees, is parent company to a B2B marketing agency (Roots to Market) and is working with companies that are leaders in their respective industries.

A little bit about your current role:

My role at Air is to strategically drive the company forward and work closely with our leadership team, ensuring that we’re delivering value for our clients and employees alike. I am passionate about providing a great place to work and creating careers, so I put a lot of energy and focus into developing individuals within our team. My relentless positivity and ambitious nature keep us all focused on the goals of our organisation and I am known for my big ideas and ‘let’s make it happen’ attitude.

An interesting fact about yourself:

I once completed a half marathon in 1 hour and 41 minutes (and 13 seconds).

Richard Forrest

Group Director

Richard Forrest

Richard is the Founder of Forrest Marketing Group (Air’s Parent Company) and co-founder of Air. Although he is a forensic scientist by trade, Richard established FMG in 2006 which allowed him to surround himself with a team of people who love talking as much as he does.

Marco Alfano-Rogers

Client Services Director

Marco Alfano-Rogers

A little bit of background information:

After growing up in Guildford, my family decided to move to Devon when I was 16, following a lifestyle of sun, sea and beaches. After realising that university wasn’t the right choice for me and a week away from beginning my course in Bristol, I decided to gain some real-life business experience – a few weeks later I had a business up and running.

However, two years down the line I decided that I wanted to experience more and expand my knowledge. Air was the perfect solution! I was employee number four and through blood sweat and tears I have watched Air grow into the company that it is in just three years.

A little bit about your current role:

As Client Services Director, my role is simple, the performance of the company falls on my shoulders. For this reason, I am always keeping an eye on everyone and everything. Whether it’s our Business Development Executives and Account Managers, our clients and their campaigns, or our recruitment, revenue or company strategy, I help to monitor everything. Reporting directly to our Managing Director, Owen Richards, and working closely with our Operations Director, Shaun Weston, I help to maintain the smooth running of the company.

An interesting fact about yourself:

I forgot to turn up to my first Air interview… I’ve never admitted this to Owen before!

Shaun Weston

Operations Director

Shaun Weston

A little bit of background information:

I am a self-confessed pop culture geek and have had a variety of jobs before landing my job at Air, including working as a pastry chef in Paris. I have over 12 years of experience in the sales industry and enjoy the analytical elements of business development. After working for a large European managed print company in Portsmouth, I relocated to the South West at the end of 2016. I came with a young family, seeking new challenges and better weather.

A little bit about your current role:

After joining Air as a Business Development Executive, I have worked my way up and I am now the company’s Operations Director. Working alongside our Managing Director, Owen Richards, and Client Services Director, Marco Alfano-Rogers, I am responsible for managing all of our systems and processes to ensure that the company runs smoothly and see that our clients get the best possible service.

An interesting fact about yourself:

I am a former member of a 5-piece Hip-Hop group, The Bar Staff, that gained national exposure by being featured on Radio 1 and performing at several large arenas across the UK.

Verity Wootton

Marketing Manager

Verity Wootton

A little bit of background information:

I’ve worked in a variety of different roles before finding my passion for marketing; from working for Cadbury's to a recognisable West Country estate agents.

I’ve worked in Marketing since obtaining my Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) qualifications in 2016 and becoming a member of the CIM. With experience in agency and in-house roles, I have a diverse range of experience with both offline and online marketing. This knowledge is combined with a passion for strategically planned marketing activity that delivers ROI and utilises clever targeting to get clients in front of their target audience with the right message.

I joined Air Marketing Group in January 2018, as their in-house Marketing Manager. My journey has been an exciting whirlwind ever since.

A little bit of information about your current role:

Air had identified an opportunity to offer their clients even more than telemarketing and satisfy their increasing marketing needs by starting a sister marketing agency. In May 2018, Roots to Market was born.

My role is to run our sister company, Roots to Market, assisting our clients in both strategic and tactical marketing activity, helping them to grow their business and brand awareness. Our driven team of four deliver a variety of marketing activity across a range of B2B industries.

Alongside this, Roots to Market continue to plan and implement the marketing activity for Air Marketing Group, assisting in the exponential growth of Air.

An interesting fact about yourself:

I love anything adventurous! Amongst many different weird and wonderful activities, I’ve climbed The Great Wall of China whilst it was snowing and completed a skydive for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Nicolette Karides

Learning and Development Coordinator

Nicolette Karides

A little bit of background info:

I was born in South Africa where I completed my schooling and a degree in Marketing. I worked as a Human Resources Coordinator and assisted with product training before moving to the UK over 5 years ago. Since moving, I found a passion for Learning and Development and went on to complete my NVQ part time before securing a role as a Senior Learning Specialist. I love helping others see their own potential and guiding them in that direction to achieve what they set out to do. The experience gained in my previous roles have made it possible to start my career at Air.

A little bit about your current role:

I now head up learning and development for Team Air ensuring all staff are given the opportunity, facilities, resources and support to improve in all aspects of their role. I work closely with Quality Assurance, Human Resources and the Account Directors to ensure everyone is performing to the highest possible standard and training is provided where necessary. I work with everyone on an individual basis to assist with their progression and provide support.

An interesting fact about yourself:

Coming from South Africa I love wildlife and spent most of my childhood vacations at Safari Parks, I have probably been on over 100 Safari drives. Once we were chased by a very protective female elephant whilst on a night drive, it was rather terrifying.

I also volunteered at a conservation park, where I helped hand rear a 3-week-old lion cub named Stitches back to health, after she was attacked by the adolescent cubs in the pride.

Stitches made a full recovery and can be visited at the Lion & Safari Park in Hartbeespoort, South Africa.

Simon Murthwaite

Sales Director

Simon Murthwaite

A little bit of background information:

I’ve worked across multiple industries and gained over a decade of experience within the sales industry amongst others. This varied experience has allowed me to develop skills in consultation, strategy and campaign execution. My background is varied and includes recruitment, events management and FCA regulated financial services.

I am originally from Liverpool, but I have been living in the South West for over five years. After spending time in Cornwall and Plymouth, I’ve now settled in Exeter. I joined Air as a Business Development Executive with a strong belief in the company values.

A little bit about your current role:

My decision to start a career with Air as a Business Development Executive was a wise one and one that has allowed me to grow alongside the business. I really enjoy working with Air as the office culture, environment and my day-to-day role is always exciting. My role sees me engaging with new business prospects and helping companies to outsource their sales acceleration and implement strong market strategies.

Interesting facts about yourself:

I won an under 12s sandcastle building competition… in an ASDA carpark.

My favourite film is Love Actually, it’s a real tear jerker.

I recently completed a dream foodie tour to Tuscany after over bidding on it at a prize auction…

Simon Scott-Nelson

Sales Director

Simon Scott-Nelson

A little bit of background info:

I have over 20 years’ experience in sales and marketing and I have become well known in the business community through my commercial leadership and business networking. My experience covers all aspects of sales, enterprise and business growth, from conception, brand awareness and collaborations to finance and stakeholder engagement. I am also a perceptive marketeer, with expertise in communications, revenue streams and public relations.

A little bit about your current role:

I started with Air in March 2019, working alongside Simon Murthwaite, to further support the growth of the company. I am excited to be a part of Team Air and see what new opportunities this fast-growing business can offer me. My role sees me working closely with clients and prospective clients to build relationships and help them to outsource their sales acceleration and implement strong marketing strategies. On top of this, I am eager to raise the profile of health, wellness and wellbeing in the workplace, helping Air in its pursuit to create a positive workplace.

An interesting fact about yourself:

I really love getting involved with charity work and I am on the board of The Planet Earth Games (a sporting charity) and Young Enterprise (Devon).

Keryn Seal

Account Director

Keryn Seal

A little bit of background information:

I haven’t come from a traditional sales or telemarketing background. Before working in this industry, I worked as a professional athlete, a youth mentor and in sports development. It is the transferable skills which I have gained from these past experiences which have allowed me to thrive in the competitive and driven culture at Air. My past has given me the knowledge of how to turn good team performance into something great.

A little bit about your current role:

I am currently an Account Director at Air. The role keeps me on my toes and every day is different. I am responsible for a large amount of client interaction; from setting up and managing accounts to fostering strong relationships with our retained and prospective clients, I am always involved. The work at Air is so varied, I manage campaigns that include anything from volunteering programmes to apprenticeships. As well as looking after our clients, I also look after my team, motivating the Business Development Executives at Air and helping them to develop and exceed their targets.

An interesting fact about yourself:

I was part of Great Britain’s Blind Football team from 2005 – 2018, captaining for 4 years between 2012 – 2016. I recently retired after the 2018 World Cup with 127 international caps and 20 goals under my belt.

Django

Office Dog

Django

A little bit of background info:

Django is a bundle of energy and always on hand to entertain Team Air. He has now amassed two years’ experience as office energiser and tail-wagger.

A little bit about his current role:

Popping in once a week to supervise Team Air's energy levels is a serious role for Django, and one which he doesn’t take lightly. With a happy bark he makes himself known in the morning and immediately puts a smile on the faces of the team.

An interesting fact about yourself:

Django is scared of ants and anything else tiny that moves.

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