About

7 Agencies, 5 Locations, 200+ Experts. And still counting.

The Connected Agency Group, we’re one of the fastest-growing digital marketing agencies in the UK. We believe there’s more benefit to be had when you partner with specialist agencies. Each a master of their trade, our growing network of select agencies includes WMG, Ingenuity Digital, NetConstruct, Pinpoint, Statement, equation and Wired Plus.

Expert in SEO, PPC, Programmatic, Content, Targeted Outreach, Digital PR, Social, Web Design and Build, eCommerce, UX, CRO and Email Marketing Automation, we mesh technical expertise with imagination to generate measurable and impactful results.

Unique in the approach, our connected agencies collaborate, providing seamless, direct access to all you’d expect from a full-service agency, yet always delivered by experts. We’re committed to crafting standout digital solutions that make a real difference to your business, proven by our outstanding retention of enviable clients across Retail, B2B, Travel, Finance, eCommerce, Logistics, Manufacturing and many more industries.

Headquartered in Harrogate and with offices across London, Leeds, Manchester and Wetherby, we’ve developed a market-leading position over the last 20 years and continue to go from strength to strength. Acquiring three specialist agencies in less than two years, as the needs of clients’ grow, so too do we. It’s our ambition to provide choice, backed-up by expertise, technical know-how and an instinctive commercial understanding that helps businesses succeed in today’s digital world.

Key Group Personnel

  • Dennis Engel
    Dennis Engel
    CEO
Dennis Engel
CEO

Dennis is the driving force behind the IDHL Group and its companies. Over the last 15 years he has grown the business from a fledgling start-up to a group of international digital marketing agencies with ambitions to continue to grow and evolve.

With a background in software and engineering, Dennis conceived the majority of the theories and principles which underpin the company’s intellectual property and proprietary software. He is meticulous in his attention to all aspects of the business and despite huge growth and success continues to be very hands on.

After studying engineering at Sheffield University, Dennis worked for a number of large American companies marketing enterprise software solutions to global organisations before deciding to branch out on his own.

  • Ian Lloyd
    Ian Lloyd
    Director of Digital Operations, WMG
Ian Lloyd
Director of Digital Operations, WMG

Ian heads up digital operations at WMG and has nurtured and grown the team to over 50 digital marketers over the last eight years. He is tasked with ensuring clients are delighted with the service they receive and that our team is inspired and motivated to do a great job.

A driving force in continuously improving our techniques and developing new products, Ian contributes to company strategy through his deep understanding of clients’ needs.

  • Emma Davey
    Emma Davey
    Head of Client Services, WMG
Emma Davey
Head of Client Services, WMG
TENACIOUS AND TRUSTWORTHY, EMMA IS THE RELIABLE SOUNDING BOARD AND TRUSTED ADVISOR TO MANY OF OUR BIGGEST ACCOUNTS.

An experienced sales and marketing professional, Emma has worked in marketing for over ten years, specialising in digital in the last 4 years. Emma’s focused attitude builds relationships and ultimately ensures our clients get results. Emma works tirelessly with some of WMG’s key accounts.

When she’s not working, Emma enjoys the odd cocktail (Mojito if you’re buying!) and driving her pride and joy – her Z4.

  • Lisa Higham
    Lisa Higham
    Group Finance Director
Lisa Higham
Group Finance Director

Lisa oversees the financial stability and growth of the business and advises on strategy, commercial direction and corporate activity at board level. She is integral to the inner-workings of the IDHL Group, taking care of client and contractual negotiations, operational output and making key decisions to help steer and drive the business forward.

Lisa’s professional background rests mainly with the multi-national professional services firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she performed the role of auditor and corporate finance manager for almost a decade.

  • Richard Ellis
    Richard Ellis
    Director of Paid Media, WMG
Richard Ellis
Director of Paid Media, WMG
TENACIOUS, CHARISMATIC AND RESULTS DRIVEN. RICHARD IS EXCEPTIONALLY TALENTED ACROSS A NUMBER OF DIGITAL DISCIPLINES.

Originally taken on to create and develop WMG’s paid media offering, Richard’s dynamic nature and skillset quickly evolved his position within WMG.

Not one for technical ‘lingo’, he ensures that the most complex of concepts are accessible to all, communicating complicated algorithms, advanced digital marketing theory and our own products both internally and to our clients with ease.

With almost a decade of digital marketing experience under his belt, Richard has become our very own ‘jack of all trades’. An integral member of new business, he can both lead teams and inspire an audience into action.
Outside of work, Richard enjoys cooking for friends and family, and taking hikes in the Lakes. He’s also our resident whiskey connoisseur!

  • Stuart McGregor
    Stuart McGregor
    Group Commercial Director, IDHL
Stuart McGregor
Group Commercial Director, IDHL

In this newly created position, Stuart will be focused across WMG and its sister agencies, ID and NetConstruct. He will be primarily client-facing, using his extensive network of contacts to add to the Group’s collective success.

With an extensive background in Search Marketing, including senior roles with Microsoft (MSN) and Yahoo at a European level, then agency side at Stickyeyes and twentysix, Stuart has a track record of driving growth and developing new client relationships.

  • Dean Skidmore
    Dean Skidmore
    Director, Ingenuity Digital
Dean Skidmore
Director, Ingenuity Digital

Experienced in product development, sales and operational delivery, Dean has overseen the development of the Ingenuity Digital business since its formation in 2012. Based in London, in the heart of the business district, he works with some of the biggest brands in the UK and worldwide.

With more than 20 years’ experience in national and international strategy, planning, budgeting and marketing, his knowledge encompasses digital marketing, organic search, PPC, digital recruitment, advertising and medical insurance sectors.

  • Jonathan Healey
    Jonathan Healey
    Divisional Director, NetConstruct
Jonathan Healey
Divisional Director, NetConstruct

Highly technical, business-minded and adaptable, Jonathan oversees all aspects of the NetConstruct business.

As well as leading from the front, he is an integral member of the team, troubleshooting technical issues, visiting clients and presenting at sales pitches, seminars and conferences.

  • Claire Locker
    Claire Locker
    Client Services Director, NetConstruct
Claire Locker
Client Services Director, NetConstruct

Claire maintains excellent working relationships with the NetConstruct client base, while supporting the rest of the client services team. With a background in marketing and an eye for design, she brings a fresh approach to our clients’ projects. Always up-to-date with industry trends, Claire works hard on delivering impeccable digital strategies and ensuring NetConstruct clients are well looked after.

  • Julie Wood
    Julie Wood
    Director of Sales Operations, IDHL
Julie Wood
Director of Sales Operations, IDHL

Julie’s bold, decisive style and enthusiasm for WMG motivates and inspires. She manages two sales teams across three locations, providing sound advice and support thanks to her 21 years of experience spanning banking, publishing and media.

Julie believes sales should come naturally and that success in sales is about two things; intuition and people skills.

  • Nicola Cooley
    Nicola Cooley
    Group Financial Controller
Nicola Cooley
Group Financial Controller

Joining IDHL Group in 2015, Nicola has nearly 15 years’ experience within finance. She started her career in London at the National Audit Office where she studied for her ACA qualification, whilst working on various Government department audits including DCMS and Customs and Excise. Moving into industry in 2006, she worked for Thomson Reuters in their UK head office predominantly supporting European sales teams in commercial finance roles, before moving north to work at Asda head office.

More recently, Nicola joins us from Tech Data, an IT distributor with global turnover of $27bn where she specialized in process improvement and audit relations among other things.

Based at WMG’s Harrogate offices, Nicola supports the Finance Director and provides value added services to the business.