Create a digital space dedicated to young people that is shaped by youth culture and powered by social change. A place where young people can share the latest trending topics while engaging in dialogue about the issues that are relevant and important to their generation.
Build a media company that is dedicated to understanding, employing and developing Generation Z. A place where they have the opportunity to create work that reflects their interests, purpose and true life experiences.
Jenk Oz, Founder
Jenk (15) is a young entrepreneur, actor, musician, DJ, presenter and public speaker as well as being the Founder of Thred Media a publishing, media, consulting and production company aimed at Generation Z. Jenk and the Thred Media team of writers, graphic designers, videographers, client partners and data analysts are proud to work on a multi award-winning website which is the largest of its kind with thousands of original on-trend articles, and monthly visitors from over 180 countries. On the speaking circuit, Jenk enjoys talking about both the future of Generation Z and Young Entrepreneurship with the hope of helping other young people develop their ideas. He has given two TEDx Talks entitled ‘Ideas Ink.’ and ‘Breaking the Pattern’ as well as having spoken at such conferences as Oxford Global: Model United Nations Conference; Oxford Global: Summit for Young Leaders in Athens, Amazon AWS Summit London; Vox’s YMS New York City; Brand Week Istanbul; NACUE Enterprise Conference, SME Beyond Borders Conference Dubai, Arlix Meet: Young Entrepreneur Conference, and Maximum Achievement 2.0.
Jenk has been featured in over 200 press stories, among them, Forbes and Business Insider as well as having won several awards including the ‘Progress 1000: Most Influential Person- Science and Tech’ from The Evening Standard, the ‘Tech London Advocates: 25 under 25’ award and he was voted ‘Top 20 Young Entrepreneurs To Watch 2017’ by Start-Up magazine. Recently, Jenk received a column in London’s Time Out magazine entitled ‘Ask Jenk’, enabling young people to write in and ask questions on all things Gen Z. Jenk has been seen in West End Theatre, TV, Commercials, Music Videos, Short Films, Voice Overs and several commercial print & modelling campaigns. Lastly, Jenk sits on the Advisory Board for both Founders4Schools and WorkFinder App as well as being an Ambassador/Mentor for The Youth Group, Big Life Project, Song Academy UK and Genetic Disorder UK charities. Please see www.jenkoz.com for further information and check out www.thredmedia.com for our media, consulting and production services.
Carmen A. Greco, Chief Financial Officer
Born in Canada, Carmen attended McGill University and then began her career in finance as a floor trader on the Stock Exchange. In 1991, she moved to New York City and began working at Goldman Sachs as a Proprietary Derivative Trader. She spent nine years working primarely in Equity Derivative Sales, Sales Trading, Trading and Structured Products. In 1999, she moved to London to manage the High Net Worth Derivative Sales & Trading Business and then went on to manage the Emerging Market Sales & Trading Business. In 2000, Carmen became the company’s first female Managing Director in European Equities. She worked at Goldman Sachs in New York and London for more than 16 years until 2006 when she moved to UBS as Managing Director until late 2008. She spent a total of 22 years working in investment banking.
Carmen then went on to co-found Haoma Medica, a biotech company that focuses on the development of drugs for the treatment of Osteoporosis. She focused on the fund raising, financial budgeting, strategic planning, marketing and all legal aspects associated with developing and granting of global patents. The company is currently in human clinical trials. A few years later, she co-founded Aventum Devices Ltd, a medical device company that focuses on the development of Glenoid Positioning Guides for use in shoulder implant procedures. The guides were used during the first augmented reality surgeries world wide in collaboration with Microsoft Hololens and are currently sold globally. Her latest entrepreneurial venture sees her focusing on the growth, marketing and finance strategies for Thred and Thred Media www.thredmedia.com
Imogen Learmonth, Editor in Chief
Imogen moved to the UK from Australia to study English at the University of Oxford. She now lives in London where she’s informally studying ethics and badly learning French as side projects to her main gig as Editor in Chief at Thred. Her specialist subjects include social and climate justice, women’s issues, and human rights. She can often be found furiously tapping away at her keyboard as she rants in liberal. In the office she regularly takes on the role of mum, making pita bread and hot chocolates for her team. Although when it comes to navigating technology, her status is quickly downgraded to grandma. Despite the grandiose efforts of those around her, she is yet to become proficient in Photoshop.
Elliot Wheatland-Clinch, Head of Production & Design
Elliot is more of a visual guy than wordsmith, so he’ll keep this short… being Berkshire born and bred, he’s equally thick in the arm and thick in the head. He betrayed his southern routes, moving up north to study Film and TV production at the University of York, and beginning to pronounce grass as ‘gr-ass’ and not ‘gr-arse’. Returning to the land of semi-detached houses, (being equally ridiculed for his newly developed dialect down south as he was up north) he began mastering the art of making tea and coffee as a runner for a post-production house in London. He quickly took up the opportunity to cut his commute down by 90% and started freelance video editing. However, after realising he was talking to his dog more than people and developing an unhealthy relationship with the characters in his audiobook, he soon craved an office environment and began working at Thred.
Harry Beard, Brand Strategist
Harry is a 20 year old Gen Z specialist, who began his consulting work back in 2015 when he regularly worked alongside some of the UK’s fastest growing creators- Koomz, Vjamahh, Carnage- who were creating content alongside major influencers such as KSI and Julius Dein. He has since worked with brands helping them to engage with his generation. Harry’s works include an award winning documentary with Irish You Tube ’Stellar’ that delved into the lives of three Gen Zers excelling in their fields as well as projects with the cartoonist behind Instagram sensation Ketnipz. Harry has given a Tedx Talk on global Gen Z themes and spoken at events such as EY’s EOY-2019 and Retail Week’s Tech. event on everything from winning the hearts of Gen Z consumers through to the on-line craze “World Record Egg”.
Milo Fisher, Social Media Creative
Milo started working in online entertainment at aged 15 and has since been part of a wide range of online creative projects. As the social media creative for Thred, he’s all about living online. Milo consumes more online entertainment and memes than is probably healthy and he spends the rest of his time trying to convert people to like video games and anime. He’s been pretty unsuccessful so far. He can also quote nearly all of the first 10 seasons of The Simpsons, a skill that has yet to prove useful in any situation, but he still carries hope that one day it will come in handy. Stay tuned!
Charlie Coombs, Senior Writer
Charlie briefly ventured northwards to study English with Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham before promptly returning back to the south to pursue a creative career in London. As the Gaming and Music editor of Thred, he’s a bit of a nerd, particularly for console news and album releases, and whenever he’s not making knock-off socials for Elliot or subpar article images for Jamie, he can usually be found wolfing down a cheese sandwich. A proud tea binge-drinker who’s worn his habits off on the rest of the office, he’s never one to say no to an edgy aesthetic in all areas of life.
Jamie Watts, Senior Writer
Jamie studied Freelance Journalism at the British College of Journalism before heading straight into sports writer roles for several football news outlets. Following Manchester United’s rapid decline, he had an immediate change of heart and decided to lend his talents to Thred. Now, as Pop Culture Editor, he spends his days jabbering on about the best in film and TV, and occasionally knocks up a hefty listicle about gaming, or pets. Often referred to as the resident cockney, he breaks up the daily hustle by prodding the rest of the office and continues to show unwavering commitment to scaring Elliot once a day with snake related content. He also loves a headline image on Photoshop and gets aroused by a tasty gradient.
Sofia Phillips, Writer
Sofia studied Spanish at the University of Exeter, choosing to spend her year abroad teaching English in Argentina and working as a journalist in Colombia before travelling across the continent with her camera. Returning to the UK to pursue a Masters in International Journalism and an internship at National Geographic Traveller, she eventually found herself at Thred’s doors. Now, as Fashion and Beauty Editor, she balances her time between obsessing over the latest trends, practicing her kickboxing skills in the middle of the office, and pretending like she doesn’t love TikTok when in reality her constant dancing and ever-changing hair colour suggests otherwise.