Running the agency is a full time job but one that I enjoy and would never want to move away from. I have a passion for what we do and how we deliver our projects so am constantly considering the new channels and platforms that the industry offers in order to give our clients the best possible service. I am incredibly proud of the team that work with me and the quality of the work we produce. Outside of work, my best moments are in the yoga studio or in the garden simply enjoying the peace and quiet of country life.
I have spent enough time around talented creative people to pick up a few tricks of the design trade and I love being part of the industry. I would probably only ever leave to embark on a world tour playing heavy metal. When not admiring the works of my artistically gifted colleagues, I mainly work with words, systems and data to build integrated digital campaigns designed around business goals. I’m a big believer that marketing is most effective as an all-encompassing philosophy for business and needs to go beyond marketing departments and brand guidelines to be at its very best. That aside, I am also responsible for our own internal systems.
Narrowly avoiding a ‘career’ with Barclays, I’ve spent more than 40 years in the marketing communications sector, across both client and agency side, with blue-chips including Castrol, ICI, Champneys, Exxon-Mobil, Ciba, Loctite and Seiko. I was MD of an integrated marketing agency until our acquisition in December 2016 by WSA, a move that ranks as one of my best ever decisions. I now head up the Marketing and PR functions at the agency, responsible for strategic client programmes and also contributing a portfolio of copywriting which has extended from TV scripts to technical press material. The team here is a brilliant and spicy mix of ages, genders and talents to which I am not a father figure. Oh yes, I play drums, used to play a lot of sport, support Gillingham FC and Kent CCC.
My love of organisation and having everything in its place means my role as Projects Director is well suited. Responsible for driving complex programmes and schedules to a detailed timeframe and a fixed budget I’ve worked with the likes of Toys ‘R’ Us, Tesco, tesa, Financial Times, Huntsman Advanced Materials, IRRV, Hasbro, Araldite, DENTSPLY to name a few!I’ve organised major conferences, exhibitions and awards ceremonies at national venues such as Harrogate International Centre, Gmex Manchester, Telford International Centre, Bournemouth International Centre and Birmingham ICC. Outside work I enjoy Scuba Diving and rearranging my cupboards into colour coded sections… yes really!
Customer Services Director
An old fashioned girl, I like to spend time visiting and talking to clients - yes, that old thing, communication. Fundamentally, communication is the key to the success of any individual, team or business relationship. Our industry is a blessing for someone like me who gets to talk all day to media, clients and colleagues. The very diverse media landscape available to us now means I can assist clients deliver messages and communicate with their target audience in a whole variety of ways.
My love of all things creative led me from my home town of Middlesbrough to study Graphic Design in Northampton where I gained a degree in Graphic Communication. This eventually brought me to my position at WSA where my mission is to create beautiful adverts with functional design. When I’m not suffering with an attack of typographic OCD I can either be found pounding the streets training for my next half marathon, attempting to get to my half century of Bon Jovi gigs (I'm more than half way there!!), avidly watching F1 or dreaming that Middlesbrough FC will one day 'Do a Leicester'.
I love numbers! I am the finance department, I am responsible for the daily running of the accounts and although I work alone in this excellently run department, I am fortunate to have great work colleagues and to be a member of such an awesome team here at WSA. I love my job and have been here for 10 years! I have seen WSA grow from strength to strength and will definitely look forward to the next 10 years!
I'm a bright, confident, talented and creative Account Manager who works across a small client base making a big difference to their campaign costs and results. From a small engineering firm who requires a handful of marketing leaflets a year, to a major healthcare client recruiting 200+ staff per month and utilising printed, broadcast, outdoor and digital media - I manage it all with equal measure and ability. I make it my business to understand the organisations I work with and have a huge passion for delivering solutions that are effective and deliver a good ROI.
Polite, bubbly and always happy to help is how others would describe me. They would probably not say I sing like Beyoncé, but when I'm not in the office that's what I'm most likely to be doing. I have been working with the WSA team since 2015 and I can honestly say I love coming into work every day! I predominately provide administrative support to clients, ensuring that they receive the highest level of service, with a professional and efficient approach. No two days are the same, projects I work on span national recruitment campaigns, planning media schedules, booking media space in print, online, outdoor or radio as well as researching new marketing avenues to deliver the best service we possibly can.
I have been part of the WSA family since 2009, predominately working in a client facing role with our large education client base. More recently I have taken on the role of Office Manager and now split my time between assisting our education clients with marketing and advertising requirements and supporting the team of Directors here at WSA. I am passionate about client service and organising so this is the perfect role for me! When I am not at WSA I can be found having quality time with my family and friends.
I work in the Studio, splitting my time between being a designer and a Mum to two young children. I've been part of the WSA family for quite a while now but I'm still learning new things every day, continuing to develop my design skills and creative capabilities. I enjoy working as part of the studio team and the opportunity it gives me to be creative and generate ideas.
Marketing and PR Executive
I believe in a no stone unturned approach and actively promote unique and varied campaigns. I am a champion of the new digital age and contemporary platforms, but also encourage consideration of traditional and proven commodities. My expertise includes content creation, copy-writing, communication, brand management, social media management and project management. I relish creating bespoke creative content, editorials, advertorials and press releases for clients across varied sectors and industries; as well as providing ideas and resources that improve ongoing performance and suit any budget.
I am very much an optimist, the glass is always half full in my eyes. I believe you should think positive, be positive and treat others how you wish to be treated. Advertising and music have always been passions of mine. In the office I am predominantly focused on the education sector and have a high level of knowledge and experience within print, online, recruitment advertising as well as marketing, planning media schedules, radio, outdoor media and branding. In my spare time I currently sing in an 8 piece party soul n motown band and in the past have played bass guitar and sung with rock bands – originals and covers. Music speaks volumes, advertising leads you to it.
I have worked in advertising and marketing in one form or another since finishing A Levels, starting out at the local newspaper. After a decade of press and various advertising departments, I moved to the promotional industry; 2 years later I have brought this experience together under one roof to offer to the clients. When I am not busy putting my mind to the creative tasks of improving brand recognition both as a business and as an employer, I like nothing more than to channel the remaining creativity into an audible format – namely in the form of bass guitar.
I love working with schools and colleges to help them get the very best from their advertising and marketing. With the help of our very talented designers, I am able to advise my clients on their recruitment advertising and often save them space on their print advertising and in turn money – which always makes them very happy! I am also fortunate enough to have the opportunity to help my clients with their general marketing which gets me involved with everything from their prospectus to getting them heard on the radio or seen on the back of a bus. I work with schools and media up and down the country, helping clients bring some fantastic ideas to life. If I’m not in the office, it’s usually because I’m in the car park, attempting to park my car!
Senior Creative Designer
I've been with the company for quite a few years now and I'm well and truly part of the design studio furniture. I'm usually called upon for my experience, but mostly for my Photoshopping skills when the time arises. When I'm not on my quest for negative space, I mainly follow my huge passion for Formula 1 and all things car-y. It's safe to say if I wasn't creating designs with my talented designer colleagues, I'd be driving a racing car. If in desperate need of me in your life, you'll mostly find me down the local, enjoying a pint with friends and family and trying to think up the next design to take over the world.
A hands-on designer and conceptual thinker, Don has a wealth of industry experience to draw on when producing solutions to marketing challenges. Accustomed to working at the highest level with Blue chip clients and talking with engineers and industry specialists, he can quickly grasp the customer’s communication requirement and develop an approach that meets their needs. He has a deep understanding of digital communications and their impact on brand positioning and has a watching brief on emerging technologies. Don also plays bass in a 70s Disco and Funk band and is a keen DIYer.
Mainly a designer for print, I have been know to stray into the worlds of digital, packaging and exhibition design. I am often called upon when a print job needs someone to pour through all the nitty gritty data, with my eye for typography, consistency and making sense of detail (or chaos). I share my time between this and being mum to two sporty children and am often found hollering from the touchline on a weekend!
With a degree in Interior Design from Edinburgh College of Art behind me, I came south to work in the exhibition industry in the 1980s. I have always had the theory that if you are a truly creative person you should be able to use those talents to work in many areas and different disciplines. Therefore, I taught myself the mechanics of graphic design and that is now what I concentrate on within WSA. Out of work I keep myself busy as a professional artist, a working musician and I love gardening, photography and being out on my bike.
Since a very young age, I have always found myself naturally immersed in creative work. I enjoy exploring different forms of expression and am looking forward to gaining more skills in animation and digital based design over the next couple of years. I particularly love brand identity and believe a strong set of visual guidelines and sense of consistency can make a huge impact on how a people feel about a business. Another of my passions is music; I’m always on the lookout for the next band with a unique sound! I’ve been a keen guitarist since a teenager and have performed in several bands over the years.
PR & Marketing Account Manager
I am a well organised Marketing/PR professional, with over 40 years’ experience working with national, regional and broadcast media in the UK, Europe and worldwide. I have a proven track record in PR and event management, including product launches across Europe and worldwide for the automotive and travel & tourism industries. I have been lucky enough to travel around the world in my various roles but love spending time with my family and friends and hitting a little ball around a golf course. Very much a people person who enjoys working as part of a team.
PR & Marketing Account Manager
My passion for identifying a good story is as strong as it was when I joined the profession over 20 years ago. I’m lucky to have worked on a number of prestigious projects and have even been described by a client as having a very strong experience of the PR industry and an understanding of the methods, politics and practicalities of working in this area. With experience working on the client and agency-side and across different markets, I love being involved in delivering clear, consistent and resonating campaigns that achieve the right results. Despite spending too much time in the gym, I cherish quality time with family and friends
Senior Web Designer
A designer with experience in digital and print, brand creation and a keen interest in user centred thinking that applies gamification to user experience design. Personable and articulate with strong communication skills. Has a great creative flair, technical ability and is able to understand, realise and deliver a client's vision.
Digital Account Manager
I am an experienced Account Manager with excellent client handling, analytical and project management skills.I deliver digital projects and campaigns ranging from website builds to social media campaigns. I also get great satisfaction helping businesses rank well on search engines, increase their traffic and, ultimately their profit. My core responsibility is to ensure the client’s needs and goals are fully met through the delivery of these digital projects.
Versatile and enthusiastic with strong motivational drive to succeed. Throughout my career I have been involved in almost all areas within the industry and trying to create technical or logical solutions to real life challenges. Started playing with computers at a young age and in my final year at Uni I had a go at unleashing my inner Mark Zuckerberg by creating my own social networking site. When I am not racking my brains or fiddling with some code, I am either playing football, shouting at my TV because Chelsea missed a chance to score, drawing or looking for something to eat!