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Vanessa Hunt Consulting is a boutique consultancy, specialising in CRM and marketing. Vanessa works with carefully selected experts in complementary fields to provide high-quality marketing that gets results.

Vanessa Hunt

Vanessa worked as an independent CRM Consultant from 2006, before establishing Vanessa Hunt Consulting Ltd in January 2010. She's held training and management positions in software organisations and consultancies such as Maximizer Software Ltd, McAfee, Detica and CSC Computer Sciences. With 16 years' experience in training, marketing and CRM, she's very much at home in today's growing market of Social CRM. Vanessa is a keen linguist, fluent in English, French, German and Italian. She's worked on many CRM training projects, delivering training across Europe in multiple languages. Vanessa enjoys keeping fit, reading, writing and socialising in her free time. She lives in South Bucks with her husband and athletic cat. If she's not in the classroom in heels, she's outdoors in muddy boots!

Myrna Rickards

Myrna started her career as a teacher of Modern Languages and English as a Foreign Language, and during her time teaching adults in Oxford, she began studying computing and web design. She then embarked on a web marketing career at Macmillan Publishers and Oxford University Press. In 2011 she launched her freelance marketing business Blue Gem Marketing which allowed her to work at home and look after her two children. She recently launched a new business, Click and Tap Computer Coaching, which helps people to make the most of their computers and tablets. She now combines her freelance marketing work with teaching computer and digital skills to individuals and groups. She blogs about social media, e-safety and small business marketing, resources and advice.

Amanda Sumner

Amanda loves all things web. She works mainly with Wordpress and is based in the Berkshire area. Amanda has a wealth of experience in websites and her style is very relaxed, open and honest. Amanda is a creative with a technical background and can quickly understand your needs in order to come up with the very best web design. Amanda can suggest alternatives based on her expert knowledge and is full of ideas on how best to showcase your site.

Chrystel Melhuish

Chrystel is a Graphic Designer with over 12 years’ creative design experience. In the last three years she’s expanded her design service to include book publishing. In her former role as a Visual Communications Manager, Chrystel was responsible for the design and branding of multimillion pound bids. Chrystel has transferred this valuable experience to her own business, Plum Design & Publishing Ltd. Since 2013 she's been supporting small businesses with their branding, design and book publishing needs. In 2016 she was voted winner of two Star Business Awards with the Best of Woking. A French native, Chrystel speaks English fluently and enjoys using her rusty Spanish. In her spare time, she loves traveling, walking in the forest, exploring new places, dancing and going to the cinema with her family.

Paul Lymer

Paul is a freelance marketing consultant and founding director of Improve Marketing. He writes useful content for fellow marketing businesses and has over twenty years' experience in the digital and advertising industry.

Gareth Simpson

Gareth is an SEO pro with over a decade in the industry. Now based in Bristol, his specialisms are blogger outreach and content. You’ll find him at his desk, drinking green tea and working on his latest campaign.

Martin Herbert

Martin is a Business Advisor with Oxfordshire Business Enterprises. He has a technical background which is complimented by sound commercial experience. He started his working life as an apprentice electronics technician before finding his way into data communications and finally the software industry, from within which he started up a small software company that he grew and eventually sold after 20 years. Martin has a keen interest in helping small businesses succeed by focusing on key objectives and planning how to achieve them by capitalising on the strengths of the individual business owner, rather than following generic business development dogmas. He enjoys the challenge of solving problems, be they technical or commercial, but always in an avuncular way.

Paola Merlassino

Paola is a creative Italian photographer based in Berkshire. She creates stunning images for Vanessa Hunt's marketing clients, including product and portrait photography. Paola has a relaxed style, getting to know her clients first to understand how best to capture them. She loves creating photos that help us capture special moments for eternity.

Tanya Dixon

Tanya is a Partner at SmartPA, who are the leading providers of outsourced administrative support. Tanya has extensive experience supporting SMEs and has also previously worked at senior level within blue chip financial and professional service firms in London. Tanya’s core skills include excellent communication, administration, project management, research and writing content. Tanya is passionate about providing clients with a first class SmartPA experience, ensuring they enjoy a seamless and expert service.