Ellliot Newton and and Simon Banks – new members on our Advisory Panel

We’re really excited to welcome two new members to our Expert Advisory Panel, Simon Banks, for brand and product development and Elliot Newton, for conservation and community engagement.

Simon Banks – a big hitter from the fast-moving world of consumer goods marketing and product development

Simon is a former Marketing Director from GSK, and now Co-owner and Director, at Brand Dynamics, the ideation, research, and brand consultancy.

Brand Dynamics currently work with some of the biggest names in fast moving consumer goods. Simon brings with him insights and experience from the front-line of consumer marketing and product development. As a panel member we welcome the contribution he’ll in our work to develop products and services to help fix some of society’s big problems.

Simon gets rapid development methodogies, he gets innovation, and he’s very excited about applying this into our Start with Local social enterprise.


Elliot Newton – helping develop a more progressive attitude to conservation

We’re over the moon that Elliot Newton has agreed to join the panel. I’ve personally been supported by Elliot in most of the conservation work I’ve been running in my local community. He’s been a breath of fresh air, helping us make great progress, and embedding the principles of community led conservation.

Elliot, has quite a resume with a master’s degree in Conservation Science from Imperial college. He Founded the Kingston Biodiversity Network, he’s Creative Director of A Focus on Nature, former Nature Conservation Manager at the Environment Trust to name a few. He’s recently launched new conservation disrupter Citizen Zoo, which has the stated aim of Re-Wilding people and nature. He’s becoming a regular visitor at 10 Downing Street, and recently met with The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP to de-brief him on local conservation best practice.

We’re really excited about the edge that Elliot will bring to any of our environmentally leaning projects.

Join us

If you like the sound of what we’re trying drop me a line at simeon@startwithlocal.org.uk

Simeon Linstead

Founder and CEO of Start with Local. Simeon@startwithlocal.org.uk