Meet the Newsflare team
Starting his career as a management consultant and then co-founder of a customer analytics business, Jon Cornwell has always had appetite for a challenge. Thus Jon co-founded Newsflare alongside Bevan Thomas in April 2011. Throughout his career Jon has focussed on building great teams with diverse skillsets as well as using data to drive business decisions. When not in the office Jon can often be found trekking through mountains or watching the England rugby team play at Twickenham.
After a long-harboured passion for video news, idea originator and entrepreneur Bevan Thomas co-founded Newsflare alongside Jon Cornwell in April 2011. Prior to Newsflare Bevan had a successful career in publishing and media, and boasts an impressive global network of senior decision makers in the broadcasting and publishing sectors. When not trying to predict the future of video, Bevan loves a spot of rugby a dash of skiing and is not adverse to great food and the occasional tasteful tipple.
Head of Technology
With over 20 years’ experience in computer programming and server architecture Newsflare’s Head of Technology, Andrea Cavalieri is a veteran webmaster in the video news space. A born and bred Italian, Andrea has lead technology teams, developing web and mobile applications for leading Italian publishers and broadcasters including Italy’s number 1 radio station RTL and lifestyle magazine DonnaModerna. Trying to embrace the British culture Andrea loves all sports (apart from cricket), reading, travelling and of course all things techy.
Head of News
As Head of News, Mark is responsible for running the Newsdesk in London, managing Newsflare's specialist team of UGC journalists in sourcing and verifying the great video content we provide to our partners. He is an experienced journalist and news editor with a background in digital news, sport and entertainment. Prior to Newsflare, he worked as deputy sports editor and news and entertainment editor at ITN Productions. In his spare time, Mark loves all things sport, rugby, football and cricket included.
News Distribution Manager
After five years manning news desks at Perform and Sky Sports News, Terry made the leap to the commercial side of digital video with EpicTV before joining Newsflare. Combining news sense and content licensing experience, he connects our awesome content to the ever-growing portfolio of news, editorial and social clients we work with. Terry spends his spare time avoiding the gym, going to other people's weddings and watching reruns of Location, Location, Location and One Tree Hill.
Archive & Sales Manager
Starting life out in television production after leaving university in 2009, Tom quickly jumped ship into the archive world 4 years ago when he realised you could get paid to watch (and sell) YouTube videos all day long. As Newflare’s Archive & Sales Manager, he has a natural understanding on how the licensing business works. When Tom's not working you’ll find him travelling to or from work instead. His favourite Newsflare video is the exploding whale, which he describes as a “classic”.
As In-house Producer, Dimple manages the running of TV productions that Newsflare co-produce. She is an experienced producer and video editor with a background in tech news, viral videos and fast current affair turnovers. Prior to Newsflare, she worked as a producer on various TV shows at ITN Productions. In her spare time, Dimple loves experimenting with recipes and flavours and 'instagramming' most of her meals.
Joined - March 2016
Senior Marketing Manager
Sian has a strong background in publishing having previously worked at Haymarket Publishing, Guardian News & Media and Which? She has always had an ambitious drive to take the next step in her career, with a strong appreciation of data-driven marketing. In her spare time, Sian has recently become quite a foodie after having moved to Hackney’s Broadway market, can be seen documenting her memories on Instagram or purchasing a bargain from eBay.
Galin has been working with computers since 1993, back when you wrote drivers for punch card printers and scanners. He is now a proud and talented professional web developer with Newsflare keeping him busy designing databases, implementing the latest PHP methods and writing HTML and CSS from scratch. As Galin says “attention to detail chaps, every pixel matters”. He loves improving his knowledge on a daily basis and is frequently seen out and about with his camera shooting the natural world around him.
Full Stack PHP Developer
Since Antony graduated from University, he has become a seasoned web developer. He loves all things technology and when he is not coding at Newsflare, he is probably coding at home. He hates writing about himself, so cheated and made this text bigger. Antony loves football (especially Tottenham Hotspur), astronomy and Marvel. His party trick is solving the Rubik's cube in under a minute.
Based in sunny Los Angeles as our US representative, Mike brings years of expertise to the Newsflare team. Mike has worked extensively in the TV production industry throughout his career, before choosing a new path in 2009 to become a pioneer in the viral video space. During his time at Newsflare alone, Mike has acquired some of the biggest trending viral videos to hit the web and broadcast media. Originally from Atlanta GA, Mike enjoys playing guitar, travelling, and enjoying all that California offers.
Laure is a renowned 'video wizard'. Having single handedly raised videos from the depths of internet obscurity to international fame (type 'Raccoon Heimlich Manoeuvre' into YouTube), Laure has a real passion and flair for viral videos. With exceptional multilingual abilities, she has an impressive scope when it comes to getting videos in. In her spare time she likes to eat her reserves of saucisson and other French delicacies before heading to the gym to keep in shape.
Senior UGC Journalist
(Viral & Weather)
Richard Oxley is something of a veteran on the Newsflare Newsdesk. Having witnessed some of the most iconic viral videos come and go, he stands at the apex of UGC journalism. If it has appeared on Reddit, there's a good chance he has seen it, verified it, and sent the email. Hobbies include performing music, reading, and drinking moderate amounts of alcohol. Passionate about viral videos, especially those of animals appearing completely out of context (Emu dashing down a street in Israel is a personal fav).
Anqi is a UGC Journalist at Newsflare with background in media and news. With a large amount of experience as a broadcast journalist and editor in both China and UK, she has a strong news judgment and has an impressive knowledge of Chinese current affairs. In her spare time, she loves watching movies, dramas, playing the piano and playing badminton and basketball.
Joined - January 2016
Antia is a grassroots storyteller from Galicia, with a background in data and online journalism. She decided to become a journalist in the UGC field when she discovered its huge potential to uncover powerful human stories beyond the mainstream news. With experience in the press and also in the radio, she has a strong knowledge of international politics and social issues. In her spare time, she likes to explore London with her camera, meeting people from all over the world, and of course all things art.
Julie is new to the video world but is very rapidly becoming a huge fan. Before moving from Ireland to London her career had been in the leisure industry, covering a little bit of everything involved. Her big move to her favourite city gave her cause for a change in career focus and the financial management of a video tech company was the answer. In her spare time Julie likes to keep up a few swimming lessons, teaching family friends and anyone the word has spread to. She also loves exploring London and will now be on a constant hunt to catch that perfect video clip!
Joined - August 2015
David is one of the most respected and experienced international broadcast executives of his generation, the former Editor-in-Chief of ITV News and current advisor to ITN’s CEO John Hardy. David now advises broadcast news channels on editorial content and ethical issues as well as being a strategic advisor to Newsflare.
Derek is an early stage investor in Newsflare and the founder and CEO of Mediatel, the UK’s most comprehensive aggregator of media data. Derek’s vast career within the media industry spans over 25 years working alongside other major media owners and agencies.
David achieved a successful exit of consumer device business, CN Creative to a FTSE100 company, returning an impressive multiple to VCs in only 18 months. David represents the investors of Newsflare’s EIS round.
Business advisor to Jon and Bevan since 2011, Pete is the Group Chairman of Indigo Telecom a leading satellite telecommunications network provider. Prior to founding Indigo, Pete founded NewsForce in Cyprus in the 1990s which he sold in 2000, after exceeding an annual turnover of USD$200m. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School.