Meet the experienced team at Messages PR...

Mick Knowles (BA Hons) Managing Director
After graduating in Economics at Newcastle University and working in management in retail, Mick joined the family ladies fashion business, Tabard. The eighties however, saw the opening of two shopping centres in the city, Christopher Place and The Maltings. The number of ladies fashion stores jumped from nine to thirty four. Mick decided to cash in on his local knowledge and retail experience and joined the world of shopping centre marketing.

Mick has learned from over thirty years in the industry that key decisions and the execution of a marketing programme are best focussed around Centre Management teams with the participation of retailers, the support of landlords and assistance of town centre managers. To spearhead marketing programmes while keeping an eye on the many other issues facing centre managers means that reliable back up needs to be available. Messages PR have made it their business to provide this back up, reliably, imaginatively and cost effectively.


Kim Phillips - Office Manager
Kim has worked for Messages since 1989 having previously spent nearly twenty years working initially at top London Advertising Agency - Ogilvy Benson & Mather where she won the 'Francis Ogilvy Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Agency' and subsequently at Hyde & Partners, a Business to Business Advertising Agency. During her time in London, she worked on a wide range of accounts including ICI, Ford, Legal & General, Dowding & Mills, J H Fenner and Dow Chemicals.


Donna Hodson (MAAT) Company Accountant
Donna has worked for Messages PR for over 10 years following her move to Devon from Swindon. In Swindon, she worked in the healthcare industry as financial accountant and Finance Manager. She is a qualified AAT Accounting Technician.


Izzy Knowles - Modelsearch Manager
From dressing up as a rabbit, elf or princess, handing out leaflets or hours of data entry Izzy has worked in some shape or form for Messages for as long as she can care to remember. Now she works in the office part time on Modelsearch and various scrag end of jobs. The other half of the week she spends behind the sewing machine making dresses....isabelknowles.bigcartel.com


Katie White (BA Hons) Accounts and Events Manager
Katie has been with Messages for ten years. Katie specialises in the curating and updating of various Facebook sites for shopping centres and manages the launching of new Shopping Centres, tenant liason within centres as well as looking after events up and down the country.


David Middleton - Designer
David previously worked for several advertising agencies and has designed most things for most types of businesses and can turn his hand to children's leaflets, websites and corporate literature in the blink of an eye!

chris   Chris Clifford – Marketing and Events

Chris manages events and controls the promotion kit and incentives that flow in and out of the office like the tide. He is as happy on the road as he is in front of the phone and loves working with the public. An expert in all things comic, he is our go to person for all things nerdy. Chris had a background in engineering and sales before discovering the wonderful world of marketing.

jack   Jack Brackstone-Brown - Account and Event Manager

So far we have yet to expose a gap in Jack's skill base. Compere, spruiker, photographer, fashion stylist and Mad Hatter are all squeezed into his ever growing job description. Armed only with a silly suit and a tablet, Jack can breathe life into the quietest centre and aptly deserves the accolade of 'Social Media Alchemist!'

amanda   Amanda Dabrowski - Account and Event Manager

No one can suppress Amanda's energy and enthusiasm. Amanda has worked for Messages PR for nearly ten years and in that time has searched for models, looked after rabbits and been Santa's very capable helper. Currently Amanda is working with us on the Middleton Shopping Centre, liaising with stores and helping add vitality to the social media.

andrea   Andrea Williamson (BA Hons) - Marketing Manager

Andrea is our in-house Marketing Manager at the Swan Centre Eastleigh and Rams Walk Petersfield. She steers the communications, pr, advertising and events at both centres and also manages their social media. In her spare time, Andrea sings in a local band and runs her own children's parties company.

didde   Didde Thomsen-Wasilewski - Event Manager

Didde comes from a fashion and promotional background and has extensive experience in retail promotions. Didde is well travelled having worked in the UK and New Zealand in a variety of marketing and sales roles. She looks forward to bringing her wide skill base to Messages PR.