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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.

With a working career now spanning 46 years, Phil's career path has generally focused on technology based areas including electronic design work, Information Technology sales, implementation and project management through to software development and solutions for the advertising and creative business sectors.

Allan Guy
Technical Director
Allan Guy
Technical Director

Allan, co-founder, moved into the IT industry in 1998, and started working as an application support analyst and programmer with Capgemini.

He later moved into Change / Integration Management, and onto Problem Management, before leaving to work as a contractor at BT for 3 years.

As the Technical Director he heads up the technical side of Purple Creative, looking after back-end infrastructure and web hosting platforms.

Andrew Birks
Creative Director
Andrew Birks
Creative Director

With a keen interest in all things geeky from a very young age, Andrew has always been tinkering with computers and following the latest technology.

Not knowing what he wanted to do when he “grew up” - Andrew studied ICT & Computing at Richmond 6th form before graduating from University with a degree in Applied Computing.

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.

Sarah graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in 2009 with a degree in Politics with Journalism.

Born in Shropshire, Sarah moved up to North Yorkshire in 2010 and in her free time loves snowboarding and live music.

James Rice
Website Developer
James Rice
Website Developer

James joined Purple Creative Studio in October 2014.

After completing his A-Levels at Richmond Sixth Form, James completed an Apprenticeship Scheme operated by Baltic Training. He's now enjoying a career as Website Developer.

Scarlett MacFarlane
SR. Account Executive
Scarlett MacFarlane
SR. Account Executive

Scarlett joined Purple Creative Studio in October 2015 after moving from Germany to Yorkshire.

As a Senior Account Executive at Purple, Scarlett is responsible for managing web and print projects as well as delivering Social Media & Digital Skills Workshops.

Kieran Corkin
Jr. Website Developer
Kieran Corkin
Jr. Website Developer

Kieran joined Purple Creative Studio back in May 2017, as an Apprentice Website Developer.

Kieran was offtered a position at Purple following the completion of his apprenticeship and wishes to follow his career as a Website Developer.

Emma Nesham
Marketing & Admin Assistant
Emma Nesham
Marketing & Admin Assistant

Emma joined Purple Creative Studio in October 2018.

After completing her Photography and Media A-Levels at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form college she progressed to Northumbria University, graduating in Marketing Management.

After deciding city life in Newcastle wasn’t for her, she moved back to her family and dog in North Yorkshire.

With a keen interest in everything digital Emma has joined the Purple team to take responsibility of the studios Social Media and Digital Marketing offerings.

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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