North Council

Helping the North lead the way in innovation and new technologies.

About the council

The North of England is one of the country’s growing & exciting areas for digital innovation and new technologies. The North Council helps BIMA members in the North West, North East, and Yorkshire lead the way by creating a community of agencies, brands, start-ups, game developers and more.

Together, we’re working to protect and develop the North’s digital ecosystem by growing BIMA’s local events programme. We’re partnering with local initiatives. And we’re helping BIMA members in the area be ‘good’ businesses and ambassadors for digital.

Council Chair

Ian Finch, Managing Director at Mando

Ian is Chair of BIMA North. He co-founded digital agency Mando in 1997 and is sole remaining Shareholder and CEO. Whilst being a digital veteran it hasn’t stopped him achieving repeated inclusion in the BIMA Hot 100s in the last few years as he’s led a reimagining and renaissance of the agency growing it from 30 to 60 staff since 2014. Following the buy-out in 2013, such was the turnaround, he got ‘Agency Leader of the Year’ in 2015, the same year he launched BIMA in Liverpool.

Passionate about building the digital community and the next generation of talent, Ian is now focused on growing the BIMA community in the North, focussing on Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, and Newcastle. He splits his time between Liverpool and London, where he is hands-on in growing Mando’s Soho office.

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