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Shift Active Media Announces the Promotion of Rachael Burnside to Head of Marketing & Growth

Published January 3, 2024

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Stepping up from her previous role of Business & Marketing Director, Rachael will also join the agency's Senior Management Team

January 3, 2024 - Bath, UK: Award-winning international cycling marketing agency SHIFT Active Media announces the promotion of Rachael Burnside to Head of Marketing & Growth. 

With more than a decade’s experience leading multi-channel campaigns across sport, automotive and the public sector, Rachael steps up in a move designed to further elevate marketing at SHIFT Active Media. 

Rachael will help strategically expand SHIFT's profile and business, growing the brand and leading the charge in promoting the business’ new products and services - especially the Rider Research Hub, the industry leading proprietary research panel which connects enthusiast cyclists with brands, to create unique data and insights.

This promotion comes off the back of the year when Rachael has been a driving force behind many significant initiatives at the agency. These include the ‘What’s Next?’ thought leadership series, the successful Breaking Boundaries event around International Women’s Day, which was attended by global cycling media, and the ‘Decoding the Difference’ insight project looking at the key differences between female and male riders. Additionally, she led the launch of the SHIFT Bulletin - a monthly round-up of all that’s new and inspiring from the world of marketing and cycling. Lastly, she played a pivotal role in bringing Uplift to life - the new mentoring programme for women working in the cycling industry, which was conceived by her with the support of the agency.

Rachael commented: "I am thrilled to take up this new position, where I will be able to further develop and grow the SHIFT brand and business, closely looking at how it connects with its partners within the cycling industry. In a year when I’ve been trying to further the cause and representation of women in the bike business, I am glad that this has been recognised and appreciated by SHIFT, and now in this new position I can advance this agenda further."

Wayne Brown, CEO at SHIFT Active Media said: “Rachael embodies the SHIFT brand and culture, she is dedicated, passionate and committed to giving back to the wider cycling industry and sport. This year she has consistently gone above and beyond to do that, and the creation of Uplift was a crowning moment in a very successful year. In this new role, I am certain she will go on to even bigger and better things, bringing her innovation and vision to the SHIFT senior management team."

Rachael Burnside.

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