iMedia Associates

Harnessing media, communications & technology to inform, educate & transform

Who we are

iMedia Asso­ci­ates is a UK-based inter­na­tional media devel­op­ment and com­mu­nic­a­tions company. We pro­mote innov­ative ways of working with rap­idly con­ver­ging media to tackle com­mu­nic­a­tions chal­lenges presented by con­flict, fra­gile gov­ernance and poverty. iMedia delivers high-quality advisory, research and ana­lysis using cutting edge multi-media plat­forms to engage with cli­ents and audi­ences. Through local engage­ment and long-term pro­ject sup­port, we aim to enhance communications resi­li­ence and create lasting social change in con­flict and devel­op­ment environments.

Meet the team

"Working to support local ownership of the process and results of our strategic advice, training and research"

Julia Russell

Julia Russell

Finance Manager & Administrator

The lynchpin of iMedia Associates and Media Support operations since 2001, Julia is a stickler for detail and procedure. She handles our accounts, record-keeping, documentation, external communications and procurement of services and supplies. Julia lives in the Scottish Highlands and, in her spare time, she loves to walk her dog, feed her hens and tend her sheep.

Nicola Harford

Nicola Harford

Co-Director

Nicola is a dedicated researcher and practitioner of media and communications for development. She also oversees our finances and operations, develops new business, liaises with clients and associates, and supervises projects. All while conducting her own consulting assignments. Nicola divides her time between London and Harare, and heads into the African bush whenever she can.

Gordon Adam

Gordon Adam

Co-Director

During 18 years as a radio journalist for the BBC World Service, Gordon established the acclaimed ‘New Home New Life’ radio drama. Co-founder of iMedia and Media Support, he also set up media production NGOs in Afghanistan, Botswana and Zambia. Based on the Black Isle, Scotland, he is now also a local councillor, ecotourism entrepreneur and doting grandfather.

Thomas Prag

Thomas Prag

Co-Director

Thomas is our corporate governance and human resources guru. After a long career in local broadcasting in Scotland, he managed social and behaviour change projects in Mozambique, Botswana and Zambia. He served at the Radio Authority, Ofcom and the University of the Highlands. He is a former councillor in his beloved Inverness.

Emrys Schoemaker

Emrys Schoemaker

Co-Director

Fascinated by the transformative power of mobile and social media, Emrys recently gained a PhD exploring the construction of digital identities in Pakistan. His work encompasses research and consultancy on digital finance, governance and conflict. He's a passionate photographer with a talent for capturing the quirky, beautiful and uncommon aspects of life.

Mary Myers iMedia

Mary Myers

Associate

Mary Myers is a freelance consultant, based in the United Kingdom. Her specialties are media in Africa, communications for development, radio serving the poor and monitoring and evaluation. She has a PhD in development communications from the University of Reading and has been collaborating with iMedia and Media Support since the late 1990s.

Linda Raftree

Linda Raftree

Associate

Linda supports strategy, program design, research, and ethical uses of technology and data in the social sector, with a focus on women and girls. She runs the Technology Salon in NYC, organizes the MERL Tech conference, blogs at Wait… What? and tweets as @meowtree. She works with iMedia on digital and social media for social and behaviour change.

Nick Raistrick

Nick Raistrick

Associate

Experienced researcher, programme-maker and new media professional, Nick is a writer, editor, trainer and learning consultant. Formerly of the BBC, Nick is Director of Training for the Training Station. Nick works with iMedia to develop online learning materials on conflict resolution and public sector reform for journalists and government communicators in Nigeria.

Adeshola Komolafe

Adeshola Komolafe

Associate

A highly respected digital entrepreneur, Adeshola is Chief Executive of Media Insight, an integrated marketing service company, as well as Oak TV, an online video news platform which focuses on public policy, government accountability and social issues. She is iMedia’s key Associate in Nigeria, conducting media research, training and video production.