Hi! My name is Liam Killen and I run the Equestrian Creative Network(ECN). The ECN is the global showcase for creative professionals with an equine specialism. The ECN acts as a valuable source of advice and inspiration for business owners looking to take their branding, communications, marketing and digital activity to the next level.
I grew up on my family’s mares’ stud in County Down, Northern Ireland. I was big into the Pony Club (East Down)… tetrathlon, eventing, show jumping you name it, I tired it. In 2007 I graduated with an Honours Degree in Equine Management from the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise in Enniskillen. In my placement year I rode for Mclain Ward in upstate New York – and had the time of my life. After graduating I worked in a number of communications and marketing roles in the UK and America before setting up the ECN in 2013. I found my love of marketing when, in my final year at Enniskillen, I took a marketing module completely by chance. This inspired me to pursue a career where I could provide a strategic role within the equestrian industry.
I saw the wealth of creative talent within the equestrian industry through running the Equestrian Social Media Awards (2010-14) which saw a global reach of nearly 1.5million and attracted finalists from across the globe. The ECNexists to showcase innovative marketing campaigns, beautiful design, the use of digital and the mobile revolution within the horse world. Through the directory, business owners can find the right creative talent to harness these to help them achieve their aims.
I currently live in Manchester with my partner, son George and dog Monty.