our Team

Ryan Gearing

Founder, Director of Outreach and Executive Producer

Ryan has been involved with the sharing of stories from military history and armed forces organisations since 2007 when establishing a military history publishing company. He has worked with Help for Heroes, SSAFA, The Gurkha Welfare Trust, Combat Stress and ABF The Soldier’s Charity amongst others on many book projects and in 2012-2013 worked on the inspirational story of the world’s first disabled rally team to tackle the Dakar Rally with Race2Recovery, a group of injured soldiers and civilian volunteers who went on to become the first ever amputee team to enter and finish the Dakar Rally, proving that beyond injury it was possible to achieve the extraordinary.

As the founder of Shell Shock Media CIC, the organisation stemmed from a novel first submitted by an Iraq veteran in 2010, who had been on a creative writing course as part of his treatment for PTSD. This novel was published as Shell Shock the Diary of Tommy Atkins to great acclaim and was immediately recognised as a vehicle which could be used to help tackle stigma and barriers to care. It went on to be developed to a stage play after Ryan secured LIBOR funds in 2016. This pilot project was evaluated by Anglia Ruskin University to research the impact and changes in attitudes to military mental health issues (click here for the full report) and been the driving force behind the ongoing theatre experience and workshops that the story and post-performance sessions can deliver.

Ryan has worked to deliver performances, workshops and expert panel discussions with organisations such as Sussex Police, West Sussex County Council, NHS Armed Forces Network, Help for Heroes and the National Army Museum. These events have been delivered up and down the UK in public theatres and behind the wire in collaboration with the Army Health Team, the Land Warfare Centre, Household Cavalry Regiment, 11 Brigade and Defence Medical Services. The digital adaption has been presented online over lockdowns to audiences across the globe with dedicated panel members providing a platform for discussion for explored themes such as family, veteran, blue light services, LGBTQ+, moral injury and female service personnel. It has also been adapted to a webinar for the Royal College of GPs to support the Veteran Friendly GP Practice programme.

Before the museum closure, Ryan was a trustee at the Redoubt Fortress in Eastbourne and active with the Royal Sussex Regimental Association, helping to raise funds for the Priez Memorial in France. This monument commemorates the 7302 officers and men who died during the Great War and is located where the regiment suffered its first casualties on 10th of September 1914. He is now a volunteer for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Eyes On Hands On project and when he is not visiting local headstones, can usually be found amongst the battlefields of France and Flanders.

Tim Marriott

Director, Writer and Actor

Tim Marriott is a prolific writer, producer and performer of stage and film content. Following a successful television career he took on a senior teaching role as Director of Drama at Eastbourne College, returning to the theatre in 2017 to make Shell Shock. He produced multiple festival seasons including Edinburgh, New York and Adelaide where Shell Shock was awarded Best Solo Show and invited to tour from Brisbane to Melbourne and Sydney alongside the Invictus Games. Further touring was interrupted by the Covid19 pandemic but allowed time to film a digital version of Shell Shock in the style of a video diary, in partnership with production company, Smokescreen. Tim also produces commercial video content with Smokescreen, as well as multiple award winning theatre shows, such as Mengele, Watson and Waiting for Hamlet.

Tim continues to play the role of Tommy Atkins in Shell Shock the Play for live bookings and is also busy working on new projects for Shell Shock Media in collaboration with Forward Assist/Salute Her and Northumbria University and the War Widows Association. 

Tim is Patron of The Daparian Foundation, a research organisation with the purpose to improve the lived experience of UK veterans and emergency services staff with PTSD. He is also an Ambassador for The Blue Van Armed Forces & Veterans Drop-In. A place to chat and put the world to right and get help if needed.

Matt Stubberfield

Business Development

Matt is a qualified chartered accountant (whilst with KPMG) with over 20 years’ experience of risk management, financial, operational, CSR and project management. Matt has worked in several UK based international organisations spanning the corporate and non-profit sectors, notably at FTSE 100 real estate company British Land. He has also owned and managed a start-up campervan and leisure rental company, Active Kampers. In his most recent role as CEO of the UK charity Renewable World Matt co-developed and led implementation of the Renewable World strategy and business plan. Matt was a key component of the leadership team throughout, initially as Finance Manager stabilising the finances and improving reporting and transparency, then as Chief Operations Officer building support services and the foundations of programme success for the long term. Matt owned and developed key supporter relationship and led selected grant funding applications. During his seven year tenure he led growth of the organisation to treble its income and staff team. Matt has a keen interest in the environment and purposeful work and in 2014 graduated with a MSC in Sustainability and Responsibility from the esteemed Ashridge-Hult Business School. He is a keen military history buff and also leads local community tree planting efforts.”

 

Matt has joined Shell Shock Media to help build the foundations of success for the organisation to grow its excellent performances to make an enduring impact on the wellbeing and resilience of serving personal, veterans and their families.

Hannah Maxwell

Script Consultant

Hannah Maxwell is a writer, theatre-maker, comedian and podcaster. Her work, (solo and in collaboration) has been performed around the UK and internationally, including at La Mama ETC (NY), the Barbican, and Edinburgh and Adelaide Festivals. Her writing has appeared in the Scotsman, the Guardian and contemporary performance journals.

Jodie Adams

Producer

Jodie is a live performance producer, with over a decade’s experience in producing shows for festivals, events and television. She is currently the producer and programmer at Assembly Festival, running their programme of 250 shows each summer. She has previously worked at Secret Cinema and the BBC. 

The Board

Dr Leanne Simpson, Senior Manager Of Research And Analysis

Brigadier Andrew Wood, British Army Officer