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Sarah Wishart & Jilly Cross | Collaborate Conference Bristol

Sarah Wishart & Jilly Cross

Digital Communications Manager at UCL - Founder of Bravand at UCL & Bravand

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Sarah Wishart

Sarah Wishart is a digital communications, media strategist, and project manager with more than sixteen years of experience in marketing, PR and project management in the arts, education, third sector, and publishing.

She enjoys pushing the boundaries on innovation, from the promotion of ideas to the co-creation of websites, digital outputs and social campaigns. She has strong creative judgment and a good eye for design. Most recently she has worked for the Events team at the Royal Society of the Arts, who are responsible for the world renowned whiteboard animations in partnership with Cognitive Media – the RSA Animates.

She has regularly spoken at conferences on audience engagement and performance art as part of her own PhD research and in 2014, was the keynote at two conferences on animation, including the Bradford International Animation Festival – the Oscars of the animation world! She is also, on the side, a writer and artist, most recently published in a collection of essays on the art of Nick Cave. (Intellect publishing).

Jilly Cross

Jilly’s career in digital started back in 2003 with her first role as business development manager for London leading digital agency, Wheel (now known as DigitasLBi). Fast forward 9 years, Jilly had made the move from sales into production, building a portfolio of projects and roles ranging from client services through to solutions architect and then landing the position of MD online at ETV Media Group.

In 2014, Jilly set up Bravand (it’s pronounced “Brevy-and” by the way) with a mind to create a collective of like-minded thinkers and doers that prioritise user insight and testing throughout the digital design and build process. 

Now entering into it’s 5th year, Bravand was recently rated Number 20 in the UK for client satisfaction in The Drum Digital Census (small agency category). The team has a few awards in the trophy cabinet, and the agency is proud to have a client portfolio that includes work with UCL, Magners, ASOS, John Lewis, Incisive Media and JLL to name a few.

Talk details

UCL Culture presents Adventures in Web Development

Sarah Wishart and Jilly Cross talk you through the highs and lows of pushing web development within higher education to the next level.

Featuring an all-star collaboration of branding agency, digital agency, client-side heroes and, more importantly, users, we showcase how each one played their part in developing an award-winning web presence that challenged the status quo across IA, navigation and design.

Watch UCL Culture presents Adventures in Web Development by Sarah Wishart and Jilly Cross on the Nomensa YouTube Channel

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