Meet the Team


Our senior team has a wealth of experience across many years and in many business sectors from luxury brands and retail, FMCG in the personal care and kitchenware, drinks, toys and consumer electronic markets. We have also experience in the utilities sector, oil and gas and the mobile telephony areas.

Penny Heyes is a highly experienced business woman with international sales, marketing and business development in multiple product & service sectors.

Dr Graham Dodgson is a senior professional, a technology strategist, and advisor in areas of innovation, licensing, IP Valuation, deal making. Graham brings wide and deep cross sector experience including senior sales, marketing and general management experience from the  biomedical, electronics, semiconductor, IT and mobile technology sectors in the US, Asia and Europe.

Steve Leyland (consultant) is a high-tech industry expert with significant experience in general management, sales and marketing roles in the fields of unified communications, media and telecoms.  He currently advises boards and CEOs of international-facing companies on how to achieve growth – specifically in the areas of market analysis, marketing & sales acceleration, product portfolio strategy, international expansion & multi-cultural challenges.

Dr Rachel O’Connell is one of the preeminent authorities on GDPR (to be introduced in May 2018) and electronic identification and age verification. Rachel was a founder board member of the start-up social networking platform, Bebo, which was acquired by AOL in 2008. Rachel set up the Cyberspace Research Unit, at the University of Central Lancashire and established the first UK Internet Safety Centre (2000- 2000).. Rachel’s PhD examined the implications of online paedophile activity for investigative strategies.

Rachel Penny lead our GDPR practice.

Our Insight Specialist is a highly experienced research, cultural insight and trends specialist, with over ten years’ experience in domestic and international work for blue-chip clients including digital research, trend analysis, brand planning and strategy, campaign and creative development,, brand and product innovation, retail innovation, creating and facilitating creative and inspiring workshops.

We have a number of senior industry experts on our advisory board, and a network of professionals that is expanding regularly

Why are we different?


      • We are subject matter experts
      • We are results driven
      • We are not a solution based organisation

The Bridge Group has:

      • Wisdom
      • Personality
      • Drive
      • Momentum

The Bridge Group is:

      • Agile
      • Flexible
      • Connected