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Creative Director, Head of Digital Design

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  • LevelSenior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsWebsite & Digital Designer - UI & UX Designer - Art Director


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About me

I have until recently been Head of Digital Design and a Creative Director at Emperor Design Consultants where I led a team of digital designers for over eight years, where I have taken voluntary redundancy. My wide experience in the digital design field, having cut my UX, UI, Digital Team Leading and Design Management teeth on Pre-internet CD ROMs, onto to early days of web publishing, to working on the digital output for a major newspaper group through to agency work at Emperor, means that I have the range of experience to take an analytical and appropriate approach to what the business requirement in designing a project is as well as designing something beautiful and usable, compliant and functional. At Emperor, my most recent employer, I have worked on a huge variety of projects, with a client list in the hundreds, from those with extremely complex user journeys, like East Midlands Trains, South West Trains, Stagecoachbus and, to sometimes less complex, but equally effective, corporate websites and online reports, animations and marketing materials. These projects could be exclusively digital but also could be integrated with print, brand and any other consultancy work. At Emperor I ran a brilliantly dynamic and multi-skilled team of six who would always muck-in when required and my involvement could be anything from designing a project from the ground up, to directing a team, to supporting design and production teams as to what was appropriate to the project. I think I work exceptionally well in a team, am passionate about mentoring, nurturing leading teams of fabulously talented, confident and empowered designers, bringing stability and fun into the workplace, whilst maintaining high levels of output, professionalism and creativity. I have traditional artworking/illustration skills to complement my UI/UX digital design skillset which includes Adobe and Invision tools . If you visit my personal website you’ll be able to find out a little more about me.


  • Branding
  • Drawing
  • Digital
  • Applications
  • Websites
  • Design
  • Web Design
  • Creative Direction
  • Online Campaigns
  • Interactive Design
  • Web Interface Design
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • UX Design
  • UI Design

Work history


Ctreative Director & Head of Digital Design

Emperor Design Consultants

Nov 2007 - Mar 2016


Design Lead

Motivated Ltd

Jan 2007 - Sep 2007


Head OF Design

Associated Northcliffe Digital

Nov 2000 - Nov 2006


Design Manager & Creative Team Lead

Dorling Kindersley Multimedia/interactive Learning

Apr 1995 - Jun 2000



Fine Art

Cardiff Art School

Aug 1986 - May 1989


    Foundation Art Design

    Hastings College of Arts and Technology

    Aug 1985 - May 1986