This year, IPSE has launched the New to Freelancing Award for the first time, to celebrate those independent professionals that have successfully joined the world of self-employed in the past two years.
Joseph Bell, digital producer
Joseph is a freelance digital producer specialising in immersive media and digital history. He has developed and produced a range of award-winning work, much of it during his seven years at the BBC. Since going freelance in January last year, he has worked with a range of brands, broadcasters and heritage and arts organisations to consult on and produce various digital projects. Notable credits include a series through The Space and the highly successful Dan Snow-fronted Passchendaele 100 and Cambrai 100 campaigns for the Royal British Legion.
Chris Pipe, town planner
Chris has a wealth of experience in the town planning industry and as former head of planning for a council and a director for a large PLC property company she knows her way through the planning system from a unique perspective. She launched Planning House in 2016 - an independent planning consultancy based in North East England, which specialises in residential development.
The ethos behind Planning House is to provide no-nonsense, realistic support and advice for clients but with a personal service being at the core of the business.
Gemma Milne, journalist/ copywriter
Gemma is a Scottish creative science nerd obsessed with tech, design, Irn Bru and pi. She is a freelance journalist & podcaster, writing for The Guardian, BBC, Singularity Hub, and others covering science, tech, culture and politics.
Gemma is also co-founder of Science: Disrupt - an organisation connecting the innovators, iconoclasts and entrepreneurs intent on creating change in science. She is an international speaker and works with the World Economic Forum as one of their global shapers, and is an expert advisor for the European Commission. Gemma is on the Innovation Jury for SXSW and is a judge for the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
Lauren Stacy, event producer
After gaining experience at several notable agencies, Lauren became a freelance event producer in April 2017 and in the past 12 months has worked for clients including Cake (Havas), This is XYZ, and Momentum WW.
Whilst working within the events industry for the past eight years, Lauren has produced events for a range of brands, including Shell, Paco Rabanne, Formula E, and American Express, and was part of the multi-award-winning campaign Respect the Water for the RNLI, activated by Leo Burnett Change.