About Us

We pioneered webcasting in the public sector over a decade ago. At that time the concept of opening up the council chamber to public viewership was met with significant concern, and we began working with some forward-thinking clients who wanted to challenge the status quo and experiment with how technology could help the ways in which they interact with the public.

Times have changed. Today, openness and transparency in public matters are fundamental expectations – and the way people interact with each other has radically evolved. Social media has become central not only to the way we communicate or share ideas, as a broadcast channel, but more importantly to the way in which we interact, collaborate and network – it’s conversational.

Adam Jones

Head of Infrastructure & Development

Adam has worked for Public-i since 2000 and has more than 15 years’ experience of administrating and coding for open and proprietary media servers and developing web applications to support streaming media. He has developed bespoke and template based online solutions for a wide range of clients and has been the lead programmer on a large number of various projects. His coding languages include: C, C++, CGI, CFML, CSS, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, SQL, TCL, VB Script, (X)HTML, XML, XSLT and he has a BSc in mathematics with engineering (University of Nottingham) , as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer-based information systems (University of Sunderland).

Alan Price

Finance Director and Company Secretary

Appointed Financial Controller in 2008 and Finance Director in 2011 Alan has extensive experience as a financial manager with 10 years as Finance Director of a London-based marketing consultancy and five years as Financial Controller at an international horticultural company. His role at Public-i means he is an integral part of building the strategy of the business as well as leading budgeting and income management.

Andrew Brightwell

Digital Communications and Engagement Manager

Andrew is a digital communications specialist with 10 years' experience working in various media-related roles and is a professionally trained multi-media journalist and blogger. At Public-i he is responsible for helping clients develop better relationships with their online communities, advising on and developing digital communications plans. He has worked as a journalist in various roles - he was a reporter and sub editor at the Ham & High, a local newspaper in London, and was the chief sub-editor for Time Out in the Arabian Gulf. More recently Andrew became one of the first students to be awarded an MA in online journalism at Birmingham City University. During that time he worked for social media consultancy, Podnosh, where he organised Social Media Surgeries. He continues to take part in the surgeries, which help voluntary and community groups with social media.

Andy Baker

Account Management Assistant

Andy joined Public-i following a number of years looking after key commercial accounts at a large distribution company. He was awarded a BA in Film Studies at the University of Sussex in 2006 and has a keen interest in cinema and music. He enjoys charity work and fund-raised to take part in a sponsored hitchhike to Morocco for Link Community Development in Africa. He also spent a number of months volunteering for a children's charity in India.

Andy Friend

Web Applications Developer

With a range of experience in Computer Science, business operations, audiovisual systems, and web technologies - the skill set Andy brings to Public-i is well suited to our suite of tools and services. He graduated from Sussex University with a BSc (Hons) in Music and Science, utlised skills from Software Engineering studies to work as a freelancer - and now works alongside us, developing and maintaining our Web Applications.

Daniel Herrera

Learning and Organisational Development Manager

Daniel has over 15 years of direct experience working as a business coach (NLP certified) and trainer and has focused on the public sector since 2009 where he has gained expertise in guiding departments to go beyond the idea of one way broadcasting. He is passionate about shifting the public sector into a more coproductive mindset, one of the key principles of the Networked Councillor Programme which he facilitates and manages.

He is also the trainer of Public-I’s products, including Connect webcasting, epetitions and the Citizenscape online engagement and social media monitoring portal.

Daniel’s career has always focused on the impact of information technology on society, starting as a Reuters International Marketing graduate and then working for the first internet agencies of the 1990s.

During his time at Public-i he has also acquired new qualifications in learning and development, group facilitation and participatory leadership. He is an associated member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

David Eaton

Business Development Manager

David has been part of Public-i since 2007, following a career in TV and cinema media. His experience includes TV sales at ITV, developing new business in Europe for Channel 4 and account management for Carlton Screen. With a BA (Hons) in international politics with history, David has a passion for promoting citizen engagement in public organisations. He is part of the management team, responsible for UK and Ireland new business and account management. David is skilled in project management, effectively implementing projects across the company's range of products.

Deborah Bonner

Project Manager

Deborah is an ITIL V3 qualified practitioner, specialising in Change implementation and Management with more than ten years experience working on small and large-scale IT projects in the Communications industry. Before joining Public-i in 2012, she was managing large-scale broadband implementations as Change Manager for Alcatel-Lucent Ltd, with Orange and EE. Her work at Public-i has seen her take ownership of a variety of technology projects that include the upgrading all of Public-i’s clients to the latest version of our webcasting system.

Emma Redfern

Service Desk Manager

After completing a degree in English, Emma’s career has been rooted in Customer Service, with fifteen years in catering management culminating in the creation of her own restaurant, a highly regarded and successful brasserie which she opened in Lewes, where she still lives. In a complete change of direction she then moved to East Sussex County Council as ICT Service Desk Manager where she managed the 1st and 2nd line technical teams; developing a small helpdesk into an ITIL aligned support function providing end to end support for users throughout the organisation. She is committed to providing quality customer service combined with excellent technical expertise, promoting high standards of performance aligned with customer needs. She enjoys eating out in restaurants she doesn’t have to run and has to her considerable surprise (and expense) recently discovered the joys of scuba diving with her daughter.

Glen Foreman

Service Desk Officer

After leaving college at 18 to pursue an apprenticeship with the IT/AV service team at the Angmering School, Glen began a career in technical support; servicing both IT and AV needs. Upon completion and receiving a Level 3 Diploma in IT, Glen went on to join the technical service team permanently as the designated AV technician. Two years into employment he began a Level 4 Foundation Degree with the Open University on the Cisco Networking pathway. Late 2014/early 2015 Glen decided to join Public-I under the role of Service desk officer. Outside he has hobbies in: Music, Gigs, video games, reading and practicing mindfulness.

Houda Davis

Social Media Researcher

Houda has recently joined Public-i as a Social Media Researcher with the Programmes team. She is passionate about increasing public voice in policy making and over the past few years she has been involved in projects on public engagement in science and technology, health care and climate change and energy issues. Houda has also worked on local fuel poverty issues at district council level. She has an MA in Environment, Development and Policy and a BA in Media Studies and Anthropology from the University of Sussex. Outside work Houda likes to cooking (and eating), live music and all things outdoors.

Jane Purcell

Office Manager

Jane is an experienced administrator who joined the company back at the very beginning in 2000. Before joining Public-i she worked within a London Borough and has extensive experience within a personnel environment. Jane ensures the office runs smoothly and also has responsibility for human-resources matters within the company. As a qualified ISO auditor, Jane ensures the ISO system within the company is kept up to date and our accreditation is obtained on an annual basis. Regular communication with clients means she also knows what everyone is up to. With her long experience with the company the answer to any difficult question is usually to “Ask Jane”.

John Yeates

Web Applications Developer

Lewis Broad-Ashman

Chief Technical Officer

After completing a BSc (Hons) and gaining experience in computer graphics, design, video production and engineering, Lewis joined Public-i in 2001 and has been a key member of staff contributing to its development ever since.

Having grown with the company Lewis has a wealth of experience and expert knowledge of the video streaming and engagement industry which is invaluable. Lewis has been instrumental in the introduction of our agile product development processes, as a certified Scrum Alliance Product Owner Lewis also holds the head of product hat for Connect, introducing a new lean approach to software design and development, Lewis believes in delivery early and often, essentially building what customers love.

In his spare time Lewis is a keen music producer and has released several albums. He is also an avid surfer and footballer.

Mathew Jellings

Senior Relationship Manager

With a Bsc (Hons) in Sports Science, Mathew joined Public-i in March 2001, having spent 17 years working with blue chip companies in the City. He now works with clients and partners at a senior level to make sure their strategic needs are being met. He has huge experience of the company and of the products and is able to bring this to bear with client projects. Mathew has a real understanding of the challenges that local government faces and a passionate belief that technology and social media can help.

Mel Stevens

Director of Programmes

Before coming to Public-i Mel worked in the voluntary, academic and public sectors. Her career started at the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, which led to her passion for seeing people’s real-life experiences affect social policy, resulting in her completing a Masters’ degree in applied social policy. She later established a team at West Sussex County Council that tackled hate crime and racist incidents – and was then instrumental in bringing insight practices to the Council,setting up and heading West Sussex’s customer insight team.

Beyond that, Mel has worked for Comic Relief to create an anti-racist educational website, running in four countries, and authored West Sussex’s multi-agency antisocial behaviour strategy. Mel is a big fan of the power of data, visualisations, brilliant engagement and – last but by no means least – Chupa Chups.

Roya Arjomand-Sissan

Administrative Assistant

Sarah Gusterson

Account Manager

Sarah joined Public-i in March 2002 having previously worked as Team Leader for a large Global organisation, running a team of Sales Executives focused on ensuring excellent customer service and building new client business. Sarah is the Account Manager for the North of England and Scotland and has responsibility for our client base within this region and bringing new clients on board.

Siobhan Farrell

Project Support Officer

Before joining Public-i in May 2014, Siobhan worked in human resources for an energy company. She's lived in Brighton her whole life, and studied at the University of Sussex - International Relations and Politics (BA), European Politics (MA). Outside of work her hobbies include growing vegetables on her allotment, sewing and pub quizzes.

Stephane Lefevre

Senior Software Engineer

Before joining Public-i, Stephane studied analytical chemistry at UCL, gaining an MSc – and worked for the precious metal company, Johnson Matthey in Royston. He then completed a second masters, in software programming, at ISTIA University, in France (2005). He then worked for Pfizer, in Angers, writing stock management sotftware and websites. Steph, as he’s known to us all here, has been with Public-i since 2006 after moving to Brighton. A specialist in C#, PHP and Java, he says he much prefers writing desktop applications for Public-i to analysing chemical solutions.

Steven Robinson

AV Integrator

Steve joined Public-i in December 2014 to bring some new skills into the organisation and a better technical presence in the North of the UK. He began his career by gaining a diploma in theatre lighting and sound engineering which led him into a role setting up lighting rigs in theatres, arenas, TV studios and set locations. For the last 14 years he has been working within the AV industry and has experienced various roles within it from rack build and installation to project management and system design. He has achieved CTS accreditation (certified technical specialist) from the AV industry’s leading body ‘Infocomm International’ and is working to enhance this to CTS-D (Design).



In his spare time Steve enjoys music, camping, hiking, DIY and is also a Scout leader.

Stuart Burkin

Senior Technical Lead

Stuart specialises in video and image editing as well as taking a leading role within our event team. In his spare time he does more of the same – as well as being an experienced martial arts practitioner which is handy when he travels for work. Stuart has a BA Hons in photography, media and society.

Tanya Harris

Marketing Manager

Before joining Public-i in 2010, Tanya had a 10-year career in the film and television industry. She has worked on high-profile television drama, feature film, and documentary, as well as many music videos and commercials. Her broad background both on set and in the production office has developed a solid ability to co-ordinate projects from start to finish and deliver them to the highest standards on budget and on schedule. At Public-i, Tanya leads on brand, marketing, and communication projects, and also supports the Chief Executive.

Thomas French

Web Applications Developer

Thomas is a programmer who joined Public-i in 2014 and has a BA in Computer Science from Oxford University. In his free time he plays the social deduction game Werewolf.

Tim Ireland

Chief Executive Officer

Tim joined Public-i as CEO in May 2015 from the consumer electronics industry. All his experience in hardware, software and IP licensing coupled with his passion for customer service will be put to good use as the world becomes more aware of Public-i and its mission to engage. Engagement is the driving force at Public-i underpinned by world class web broadcasting technology and this expertise will fuel the growth of the business and the engaged citizen.

Tom Brown

Web Applications Developer

Tom has been developing applications for the Internet for over 10 years using a range of technologies. He attained his first class degree in Computer Science from The University of Sussex in 2008. In his spare time he is an enthusiastic electronic music producer.