Steve Garside wins DMA Young Spark award

LONDON - Steve Garside, EHS Brann new business executive, has been named DMA Young Spark 2008 at the DMA Scotland Ball held in Edinburgh.

Steve Garside...DMA Young Spark 2008
Steve Garside...DMA Young Spark 2008

The award, set up in memory of former WWAV Rapp Collins boss John Young, aims to promote the hottest emerging talent in Scottish direct marketing, with the winner picking up a £1000 prize and mentoring from an industry figurehead.

Garside, who joined EHS in May 2007, beat strong competition including Angela Livingstone, head of data planning at Archibald Ingall Stretton; Gregory Taylor, data trader with The Trading Floor; Julie Dunn, senior account manager at Story and William Rolt, business development manager, Archibald Ingall Stretton.

Competition judge Dave Mullen, co founder and creative director of Story, said: "All the candidates were superb but Steve in particular had a relaxed professionalism which all the judges warmed to and he was very self assured and confident of his own ability."

Garside said: "It's nice to repay EHS a little by winning the Young Spark Award. When I came back into work after the win I had the most unbelievable reception, it's an experience I'll never forget."