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Our Team

Meet our team of talented website designers, developers and digital marketing experts here at Purple, an award-winning agency based in the north east

The Purple People

Delivering a professional service to your clients requires not only knowledge and experience but the right people to carry out the work.

At Purple we are fortunate that we are a magnet for great ‘like-minded’ team players; people who easily co-exist, work well together and flourish from the companionship of their work colleagues.

The team at Purple Creative Studio really is like a family. We go out and enjoy social activities together, encourage each other to grow within the business and provide support to each other in times of need.

If ever there was a model for successful work collaboration and getting the best from your team - then this is it...

Phil Upton - Managing Director

Meet the team

Meet the team behind the award winning company

Phil Upton
Managing Director
Phil Upton
Managing Director

Phil Upton is co-founder and Managing Director of Purple Creative Studio which was formed in 2009. Mad about music, plays drums in a local Soul Band. Love my motorbike - tinkering and riding. I read books every day and enjoy being part of Purple.

Allan Guy
Technical Director
Allan Guy
Technical Director

Allan Guy is co-founder and Technical Director of Purple Creative Studio. After 12 years as a cabinet maker, the last 22 years have been with various IT companies. Plays trumpet in a local Soul Band with Phil and Cornet in a village brass band.

Sarah Comerford
Client Services Director
Sarah Comerford
Client Services Director

Sarah joined Purple Creative Studio in September 2013 after working in Marketing for three years at the Georgian Theatre Royal. Born in Shropshire, Sarah moved up to North Yorkshire in 2010 and in her free time loves walking her dog and live music.

Scarlett MacFarlane
Business Development Manager
Scarlett MacFarlane
Business Development Manager

Scarlett joined Purple in October 2015 after moving from Scotland to Yorkshire with a brief stint in Germany in between. As Business Development Manager, Scarlett is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the extraordinary Purple team.

Mark McAvoy
Website Developer
Mark McAvoy
Website Developer

Mark is a talented full stack .NET developer and has worked in the industry for nearly 20 years.

George Shaw
Website Developer
George Shaw
Website Developer

George joined Purple Creative Studio in July 2019, as an Apprentice Website Developer. He completed three years at Darlington Technical College where he studied several subjects including an Extended Diploma in Sports and Exercise Sciences.

Jess Buck
Digital Marketing Executive
Jess Buck
Digital Marketing Executive

Jess joined us in October 2019 as a Digital Marketing Apprentice. After completing her studies at The University of York, she was looking to to stay local and find a creative role that let her continue to learn, so the position at Purple was perfect.

Amanda Winstanley
Administrator
Amanda Winstanley
Administrator

Amanda joined Purple 3 weeks before the 2020 lockdown, as our Office Administrator. After running a successful construction business for more than 25 years the opportunity to find a better life/work balance was too good to be true and the move to Purple was born. Her love of walking and the outdoors makes the workplace at Aske a perfect location.

Maisy Dinsdale
Apprentice Account Executive
Maisy Dinsdale
Apprentice Account Executive

Maisy joined Purple Creative Studio, in the height of lockdown in August 2020, as our Apprentice Accounts Executive. She is currently undergoing her apprenticeship to become a Junior Content Producer which she is finding to be a great extension of her creative interests after graduating from her Photography degree in 2019 from Manchester School of Art.

Nigel Allan
Website Developer
Nigel Allan
Website Developer

Nigel is a C# specialist with 15 years of industry experience. Nigel graduated in 2009 from Leeds University before starting his IT career with a small Carlisle based firm that specialised in Government contracts.

Sian Palmer-Brown
Junior Content Producer
Sian Palmer-Brown
Junior Content Producer

Sian joined purple in August 2021 as an Apprentice Junior Content Producer. Having had a keen interest in content creation ever since studying Media Communication at college, she then went on to graduate with a first class degree in Journalism from Teesside University.

Greg Marshall
Creative Associate
Greg Marshall
Creative Associate

Greg has almost 40 years design experience in:- logo & brand development, corporate identity, annual reports, brochures, catalogues, leaflets, direct mail, exhibition design, conference material, pos/pop, and design project management.

Join us?

We're always interested to hear from people who can complement what we do - Individuals who can bring something extra to the business.

We like being helpful too, and welcome school work placements as well as interns looking to learn about our industry and see if it's a potential working platform for them. It's also a great way to learn about each other and could even result in a job with us, so don't rule anything out and get in touch

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