Becky is another addition to our elite regiment of hyper-organised types and is fresh from a spell client-side. Initially she worked in retail – New Look to be precise – and could spot a dodgy dress refund at fifty paces. She’s also no stranger to database marketing, having worked for one of the better known car brands. Her role involved suggesting customers buy another new car, usually right after they’d just bought one. Technology, eh?
Becky loves to unwind by hanging out with her family, making sugary little cakes and being rather obsessive about tidiness. Like an episode of Bake-Off but with more vacuuming.
If you didn’t know better you’d think that young, former skateboarding yoof Fergus was an old bloke. He complains to anyone in the office (who’ll listen) about being cold and how his knee hurts. He’d also much rather a night in, slippers on, listening to his favourite pop-punk from the early 2000s with a mug of cocoa than go out partying and carousing. “I’m a 60 year-old living in a 22 year-old’s body” he says with refreshing honesty.
Despite all this, he manages to compensate by being absurdly knowledgeable about his first love – football. He’s also handy at card tricks – which we like. But not a lot.
While he’s not crawling face down through mud or snowboarding, he likes nothing more than being around his brothers and their families. He spends many a happy hour eating their food, watching their TV and using all their wifi bandwidth to indulge his movie addiction on Netflix.
He won a Marketing Society Gold Award for Excellence for his work on TNT Sameday and is a Guest Lecturer at Birmingham City University.
Al has also worked across a huge range of sectors and in most disciplines, from packaging to through-the-line corporate communications and is driven by great ideas, simply told and beautifully crafted.
He’s won over 20 national and international design awards and has lectured in design and typography both here and overseas.
She moved from the world of accountancy to print becoming FD and then MD of Abbott Colour Technology, meaning a very thorough understanding of the agency business.
Whilst a super-organised manager, Josie loves to spend her own time travelling to far off places that are preferably hot and sunny. Josie doesn’t do cold you see. Otherwise you’ll find her reading novels, visiting the theatre or spending time with her family.
He’s spent 19 years working in various agencies and 2 years client-side building skills in pitching, account planning, account handling and brand management. He even launched and ran his own shop for a while — “the best way to learn how retail really works” he tells us.
James has authored two IPA Effectiveness Award winning papers and a Marketing Society Gold Award for Excellence. He’s also a Guest Lecturer at Aston
Having built up and sold previous businesses, he bought Key Parker in 2006 and merged it with his digital communications business to create a fully integrated marketing services agency.
Phil leads our in house production team with a perfectionist’s eye, providing bespoke, practical solutions across a variety of media. He’s played a key role in building our reputation for reliability.
As a committed socialite (his words not ours) Josh can often be seen out and about at all hours. He’s also very tall so is really easy to spot in a crowded bar – except when it’s his round.
He’s a big fan of skiing and has been since he was just 6 years old. He even skied for Sheffield Hallam University but Yorkshire’s not quite the Alps is it Josh?
He’s also experienced the cool-headed eye of the storm that is Production in an ad agency. Now he spends his time managing Volkswagen’s considerable print requirements and knows rather more about paper stock than is healthy.
She is however, a big fan of the great outdoors and looking for things that live in it. Like wolves. Did we mention wolves? Obsession doesn’t come close. She compensates by doing strenuous and very muddy obstacle course runs – except during a full moon.
Never forget your manners around Melissa or give her tea made in a cup. It’s teapots and a china service thank you very much and don’t put your elbows on the table. With baking and cooking as other obsessions, membership in the WI beckons.
She also tells us she’s a big fan of rugby, although we think it could do with a better shopping centre and the traffic is awful.
Ben’s career in the world of digital marketing has spanned 10 years, which is the equivalent of about a century in analogue terms In that time he’s managed to work on global brands such as Real Madrid, Manchester United, Mercedes Benz, Tesco and Jaguar Land Rover.
She’s produced highly acclaimed work for numerous international brands such as Sainsbury’s, Barclays, Syngenta, Cadbury, EY, Comic Relief, Crabtree & Evelyn and Fortnum & Masons.
Quite how she finds time to dance though is anyone’s guess. Disco could be her middle name. At any wedding, Emma has to be physically restrained from upstaging the happy couple’s first dance.
Any rumours that Emma is in fact a member of the Famous Five are entirely unfounded. Her dog is called George. Probably.
On another memorable trip to Malaysia, our intrepid traveller was savaged – well, bitten – by a Macaque monkey after stealing his camera. Serves you right Neil, he loved that camera.
Mark’s a lifetime supporter of Coventry City (oh well) and likes a game of golf or riding his mountain bike, mainly to forget.
Worryingly, Mark is very handy at Judo having fought at national and international level. Coincidentally, he gets a healthy pay rise every year and glowing appraisals.
Having grown up in West Sussex, he’s also a big fan of Brighton and Hove Albion. A visit to the seaside for home games is all the excuse he needs to pack the car for another family weekend away in paradise, just off the M23.