Media Ambassador

Eamonn O’Neal

Eamonn is the chief executive of St Ann’s Hospice, which has three sites across Greater Manchester. Prior to joining as CEO, he was chairman of trustees at St Ann’s. Previously, he was managing editor of the Manchester Evening News and group managing editor of Trinity Mirror’s regional newspapers and websites across the country.

His media career includes having been a presenter, director of broadcasting and head of regional programmes with Granada Television and executive producer of ITV’s network daytime programming. He continues to present programmes for BBC Radio Manchester.

He has a BEd in special educational needs, having started his working life as a teacher. He has an MSc in management and was awarded Doctor of Arts from the University of Bolton in recognition of outstanding contributions to the media and charity.

Eamonn is a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.


Alice Gibson is Director of Communications for technology brand UKFast. Working with CEO Lawrence Jones MBE, Alice covers all areas of communications from media and press, to social media and blog writing.

Alongside promoting the fast-growing business, Alice is currently working alongside the Dean Trust and UKFast’s Aaron Saxton in the development of a new high school in Manchester. Alice is excited to join Team High Sheriff to support communicating the work that Robina does for young people across Greater Manchester.

Alice Burtwistle-Gibson

Guy Kilty


Guy Kilty is a journalist and radio presenter who spends most of his time as a business journalist for BBC radio 5 live, regularly presenting its flagship business programme, Wake Up To Money.

As well as working for 5 live, he can often be found presenting Radio Manchester’s drive time programme and reporting on the region’s football teams on Saturday afternoons. He also fronts the Creative Forces Podcast, a series of in-depth interviews with individuals who’ve found success in the creative industries.

I am the Creative Director and Founder of the Bank of Creativity, working with agencies and brands to create compelling content to engage their audiences and generate big interest in their product or service.
One of my recent campaigns helped to encourage donations for Neuroblastoma sufferer Isabella and it went viral with 30 million views across social media and reached national press and TV news.
I also directed the music video and social campaign that led to the NHS beating Justin Bieber to Xmas Number 1.

As well as this, I have 40,000+ followers on social media, including the community user-generated content platform One Minute Briefs which encourages instinctive creativity. I hosts annual events, hold educational workshops with D&AD & the V&A and delivers talks at agencies, universities and the likes of BBC, Glug and Pecha Kucha. I recently released my second OMB book and I also have books published for Agency Quotes, which is a popular social feed where the creative industry around the world share all the #ThingsYouHearInAgencies.

Nick Entwistle

Cherylee Houston

Bio coming soon…

Rob Smith is a BAFTA and RTS award-winning news correspondent for ITV in the North West of England.

His broadcasting career spans three decades in radio and television, previously working for the BBC, ITN and Sky News.

Rob passionately believes in helping new generations of broadcast journalists to be the best they can be, and is a trainer on ITV’s news trainee-ship scheme.

Rob Smith