Mike Elsey

Role: 
Senior Account Manager
Profile: 
Mike has a broad commercial background encompassing various senior roles in the advertising and media sectors, and latterly over two years fundraising experience in the conservation charity sector.
 A career in the advertising business spanning some 30 years included board level positions at both agencies and as a media owner. He has spent the bulk of his working life in London, employed with advertising agencies Boase Massimi Pollitt then Young and Rubicam, followed by sales roles at broadcasters ITV and Channel Four. He's worked with a diverse range of businesses over the years, from retail to media, utilities to financial services, private and public sector. 
After a 5 year stint as Commercial Director with ITV Channel Television based in Jersey, returning to the UK in 2013 Mike and his family decided to relocate from Buckinghamshire to Devon. He has a smallholding in Colyford, and is thoroughly enjoying the life change, renovating a Grade 2 listed property and developing a small holiday cottage business. 
MIke's first role in Devon was working with Devon Wildlife Trust as a fundraiser. In his time with that organisation, he took the lead in organising and managing DWT’s most successful fundraising event in its 50-year history, a sell out classical music concert at Exeter Cathedral. He also masterminded and delivered an innovative crowd funding appeal for the wild beavers on the River Otter, fronted by Chris Packham. It proved to be the most successful crowd funding campaign for a UK wildlife conservation initiative to date. 
Mike has quickly established new connections, contacts and friendships through his employment at DWT, and outside of work through varied social and community involvement. He is currently Chair of the Holyford Woodland Trust, England's 1000th Local Nature Reserve.
Mike joined DCBC as Senior Account Manager in August 2017 to work alongside Karen and with our growing network of members. Mike is responsible for managing key accounts and business development.

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