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The CC team
We have a great team who are happy to discuss ideas or advise you on the best way to plan out your project. Just click on a team member to find out more about them.
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Steve co-founded Creative Concern in 2002 in the belief that inventive, high impact communications could help to make the world a better place. Fourteen years on and he works with a team of 30 people who prove the case. Whether it’s transforming the image of a place, combatting climate change, fighting food waste or finding foster parents, strong campaign and branding solutions are key.
Steve started out as a writer and media spokesperson and before starting Creative Concern he worked as communications director for a sustainability think tank and before that, as head of campaigns for a national charity. Currently his key clients include the Homes and Communities Agency, Forestry Commission, Asda, Manchester City Council, the University of Manchester, Transport for Greater Manchester, Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce and the national transport charity, Sustrans.
When he’s not playing with words and images in the studio or rushing to a workshop on his Brompton, Steve gives pro bono support to a number of key causes. He sits on the North West’s Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committee, is a Trustee of the Community Forests Trust and just finished a three-year stint chairing the climate change plan for Manchester.
Chris is managing director of Creative Concern. A former BBC television researcher and a trained TV director, he has also worked as communications manager for Groundwork Northwest, as marketing manager for a £25 million business environment programme, and as Head of Public Affairs for the Vegetarian Society. Chris has also worked as a press officer and brings a wealth of experience in all forms of communications including video production, media relations, strategic planning, print management and website development.
Chris is a co-founder of Creative Concern. The idea for the company was conceived with company CEO Steve Connor during a business trip to the Ukraine.
Claire is part of our in house film crew, primarily working as sound recordist and second camera operator. She is involved in all aspects of pre-production including concepts, production planning and co-ordination, as well as post production duties such as editing, data and file management and archiving. When she's not busy doing all of that, Claire also manages our clients' online video presence (Youtube and vimeo).
Claire is the person to contact if you want to know more about working with us on your next film project.
Jacob joins Creative Concern as a Junior Designer after graduating with a first class honours degree in Graphic & Communication Design from the University of Leeds. Outside of the office, Jacob is an enthusiastic photographer and illustrator. With a passion for traditional printing methods he’s also a founding member of screen printing collective and online print shop, the Purple Collective.
Nathan graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University studying Graphic Arts & Design and joined Creative Concern in October 2015 as our Creative Artworker.
After working in London for three years, Nathan has gained a good foundation of both print and digital design skills, where his diligence and eye for detail are incorporated into his work. He has also art directed photo shoots and helped to manage print production.
Isobel joined Creative Concern in November 2015 as a designer. Since graduating from Liverpool School of Art & Design in 2012 with a degree in Graphic Arts, she has been working freelance, designing for exhibitions, print publications, brands, and digital. Isobel has worked with a range of public sector and culture sector clients, as well as for a range of design studios across the north west. In her spare time she runs the Liverpool group of global Good For Nothing community, organising hack days that bring people together to collaborate on projects for social good in the local area.
Aaron is a Junior Web Developer at Creative Concern. He is a recent graduate of the University of Salford, where he studied Multimedia and Internet Technology. In 2011 he spent a year working for an education company in Turkey for IT support and website development.
Clare brings over 20 years experience as an office/finance manager and accountant in a range of organisations. Now at Creative Concern, her management skills prove invaluable in the running of the company.
With a wide range of responsibilities, including business development, finance and human resources, Clare also leads on the development of the Environment Business Pledge, Quality Management System and the Production Management System.
Senior PR Officer
A self-motivated team member with fifteen years’ experience as a freelance journalist covering film, music and the wider arts, Richard has worked with and for some of the most interesting and challenging clients in the UK. From SMEs and the public sector through to multinationals he’s enjoyed creating media interest in new, interesting and innovative ways for all his clients.
Before joining us he delivered successful cross platform PR campaigns for the £1bn Liverpool ONE urban regeneration project, ITV’s Big Clean Up campaign, The Quays Partnership (an umbrella tourism directive between Imperial War Museum North, The Lowry Arts Centre and Old Trafford cricket ground) and now brings this wealth of expertise to create compelling PR campaigns for our clients.
Joining Creative Concern after a year working as a Creative Copywriter at a design agency, Grace brings with her experience of developing an array of copy and content.
Grace graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2013 with a degree in English and Creative Writing and afterwards interned within the editorial department of a number of publications, before securing a position as Assistant Editor at a Manchester based magazine.
She is currently supporting on a number of accounts including helping with Platform.
Digital Project Manager
Jo is a research professional responsible for information gathering, interpretation and analysis. Her insatiable appetite for information means she leaves no stone unturned when working on the research that goes into all our projects.
Jo has a BSc in Environmental Studies and a Masters of Research in the Built Environment, which specialised in waste management and examination of the internet as a tool to promote proactive environmental behaviour.
Head of Content & PR
Since joining Creative Concern in 2005, Rebecca has honed her skills as a copywriter. Her strong writing skills and versatility have seen her work with almost all our clients.
A varied portfolio, she is responsible for the writing, editing and proofreading across our whole range of specialisms including climate change, sustainability, culture, tourism, community campaigns and regeneration. So, whether it's developing copy lines and a tone of voice for a new behavioural change campaign or editing the latest city strategy, she works with both the advocacy and creative teams to come up with the best solution.
Senior Account Manager
Sophie joined Creative Concern in 2008 as Junior Advocate and became a Senior Advocate in December 2013.
Sophie specialises in arts and culture accounts, and has managed a number of different projects with Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester Museum and Manchester Art Gallery. She is currently working with the Manchester Historic Buildings Trust to develop a new brand and visual identity for Elizabeth Gaskell's House, a visitor attraction which opens to the public in 2014. Continuing the literary theme, Sophie is also the account manager for Write-Track, an online community and app which encourages writers to set goals and meet deadlines.
A BA Hons English Language and Literature graduate, Sophie has also studied proofreading through the Publishing Training Centre and has passed their distance learning course, Basic Proofreading. She is currently studying for the CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing.
Jill joined Creative Concern in July 2006, having worked in communications for over ten years, previously as Regional Communications Officer for The Prince’s Trust. Jill has also been a Communications Officer for Culture Northwest, and a researcher and copywriter for Manchester-based design agency Creative Lynx.
Jill graduated from Sheffield Hallam with a degree in Communication Studies and completed the Chartered Institute of Marketing Professional Diploma. She is a professional member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Marek's business, Faelix Limited, specialises in software development and networked systems. Marek works on the technical design, build and implementation of larger projects, including the hosting of Creative Concern's clients' websites.
After graduating in Computer Science from Cambridge, Marek has spent over a decade working in and for both the public and private sectors. Passionate about promoting and using open source technologies, he is also qualified in project management (PRINCE2 Foundation) and service management (ITIL Green Badge). When not sat behind a computer screen or on the floor of a data-centre, Marek is probably shooting photographs or developing film.
As Creative Concern’s Production Manager, Lindsey coordinates everything to do with print and production. Working in the sector since 2002, she has a wealth of knowledge of the processes involved.
With Creative Concern’s ethos of environmentally sound production, Lindsey ensures that the materials used and the production methods employed cause minimal damage to the environment while still resulting in a quality finish.
Senior Account Manager
Rachel joined Creative Concern from the education sector in 2013, bringing with her experience of delivering a range of marketing activities including producing print and managing events. She currently works with a number of clients including Sustrans, Riverside, EA Technology and the Energy Saving Trust.
Rachel graduated from Manchester University in 2008 with a degree in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. After graduation she completed a training scheme in environmental regeneration with Groundwork, worked for Aimhigher Greater Manchester and in-house at Bolton College. She is currently studying for the CIM Professional Diploma in Marketing.
Michael joined Creative Concern in March 2016, moving back to the north west after spending a few years hidden in the countryside of the south west, where he worked as a designer at a couple of design agencies. Previous to this, and as a graduate of Liverpool John Moores University, he worked as a freelance designer and illustrator for magazines, bands, bars and everything in between.
Mandy’s specialist areas are brand and campaign development, editorial design and digital user experience design.
Recently Mandy has worked on launching a new look for BikeRight! cycle training, involving advertisements, website and character design to be launched in 2014 and is currently working on wayfinding and interpretation signs for the Manchester Metropolitan University sustainability trail. She has also worked extensively with Riverside Housing Group, Energy Saving Trust and Trafford Housing Trust.
Since graduating from the London College of Communication (formerly London College of Printing) with an HND in Typographic Design in 2001, Mandy has worked both in London and Manchester on an array of branding, marketing and web-based projects, with particular expertise in the areas of sustainability, public sector and social housing.
Anna joined Creative Concern in 2016 after working for 18 months as an account manager in a promotional marketing agency. There, she oversaw the management of a digital platform and worked with her wider team to develop email marketing campaigns, apps and research into customer needs. Before all this, Anna worked her way around the world working in cafes, on farms and also for an international university.
In 2012, Anna graduated from Leeds University with a 1st class honours degree in Management and Marketing. During her placement year she joined the CSR team at Glaxosmithkline. There, Anna worked on internal comms campaigns, as well as with charities and NGOs on a number of training courses and employee volunteering initiatives.
Senior PR Officer
During her time at Creative Concern, Margaret has planned and delivered key note speaker events, PR strategies and press trips across the whole range of our clients.
Margaret previously worked in Manchester City Council‘s press office and has a good knowledge of the public sector. She also worked as the regional media contact for the inaugural Manchester International Festival in 2007. She has experience of promoting events, writing copy, planning and delivering PR strategies and media relations. Margaret trained as a journalist at Liverpool Community College and worked for several years as a reporter on local newspapers.
Liam joined Creative Concern in early 2016 from The Lowry in Salford. An experienced designer and illustrator, Liam is at home producing creative, exciting marketing and communications collateral. He worked across all marketing output at The Lowry and at Urbis, his previous employer, creating season brochures, flyers, advertisements and other print materials, alongside templates and guidance for online communications.
A graduate of the Cumbria College of Art and Design in Carlisle and Leeds Metropolitan University, Liam has also worked as a freelance designer, creating a visual identity and subsequent product labels for a new brewery and artwork for record sleeves.
Andrew loves listening to and making electronic music, but can also be found stealthily designing futuristic typefaces when inspiration strikes.
Senior Account Manager
Julie joined Creative Concern in 2013 and has previously worked with the team as a freelance consultant.
With over twenty years experience in marketing and communications, Julie has worked on a wide variety of campaigns in both the private and public sector. Her areas of expertise include event organisation, public consultations, as well as marketing campaigns for in the commercial property and urban regeneration sectors.
Before joining Creative Concern, she worked with Cheshire East Council, Muse Developments and was PR Manager at AMEC Developments working with them for over ten years.
Paul joined Creative Concern’s in-house film production team as camera operator, video editor and 2D animator in 2015. He graduated from Salford University with a 1st class Honors degree in Sound & Video Technology, after which he set up his own company making films and animations. Paul has previously worked in post-production roles for Disney UK and Salford University.
Senior Account Manager
Lizzie joined Creative Concern in 2014 with experience of working for a variety of arts organisations. Her previous roles include Communications Manager at Oldham Coliseum Theatre and Marketing Manager for the Hallé.
Graduating from the University of East Anglia with a degree in Film and Television Studies, Lizzie went on to study Arts Management at postgraduate level. During her roles in the cultural sector she developed skills in marketing, campaign planning and project management.
Lizzie manages several different projects for a range of Creative Concern's clients including BBC, Mines Advisory Group and Manchester Metropolitan University.
Head of Design
Recently Elizabeth has worked on the campaign to launch the site specific theatre season for Home (Manchester’s newly merged Cornerhouse and Library Theatre Company) and has created the brand identity and exhibition interpretation for Elizabeth Gaskell’s House. She has also worked with Denbighshire County Council to develop a multi-platform digital tourism experience, Denbighshire Digital Adventures. Elizabeth joined Creative Concern in August 2008 and is now a Senior Designer. She has worked in communications for over seven years, after graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2006 with first class honours in Design and Art Direction.
Recently Helen has worked on the brand strategy for the University of Manchester; the design of Project Grow green hoardings and Platform, a magazine-style website. She previously worked on the brand development of Brockholes Nature Reserve, including their launch campaign which won the North West Tourism Awards Marketing Campaign of the Year, and worked closely with Peter Saville to develop the brand for Original Modern (Manchester). She developed the identity and campaign for You Can Foster, which resulted in double the target responses and 7,000 unique online visitors in the first three weeks of the campaign. Other projects include an identity for We Face Forward, an exhibition of West African Art, and a new brand for Hebden Bridge Town Hall cultural centre. Helen joined Creative Concern in April 2003 and is our longest standing member of staff. She has worked in design for nearly two decades.
Head of Client Advocacy
Experienced in marketing and public relations and with strong knowledge of the environmental and regeneration sector, Faith currently manages several Creative Concern accounts, specialising in the natural environment and forestry sector.
Faith joined the team after working with Red Rose Forest, Greater Manchester’s Community Forest as their Marketing Manager. This experience gave her a broad experience of managing and delivering all aspects of communications – especially brand development, strategic marketing and campaign development.