New Talent On Board!

New Talent On Board!

We are so incredibly proud of our ever-growing team; each member unique with their own talents and quirks. Recently, we have brought two more brilliant techies into our fold.

Let’s meet Ben and AJ…


Ben Bater

Ben is one of our Developers. He studied astrophysics at Durham University but ultimately found himself drawn to web development. Before he came to join our happy crew at the Sheffield office, Ben was working as a web developer for Alpharooms. Prior to that, he spent eight years at Tribal doing work for local government, NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) and NHS South West – the latter project incorporating a learning course that doubled as a social media site.

When not beavering away on a computer, Ben has frequently been found on stage – either with his old band ‘Uberbyte’ (he describes the band as an angry hybrid of Lady Ga Ga and Depeche Mode) or treading the boards in amateur productions of plays by the likes of Shakespeare, Chekov or Agatha Christie.

A hardcore sci-fi fan, he can elucidate on the internal logic of the Marvel universe, the CGI elements of Babylon 5, and the limited acting range of Sarah Michelle Gellar.

His biggest claim to fame is almost incapacitating The Rt Hon. the Lord Blunkett in the high street whilst rushing to a gig.


Alasdair Jackson

Alasdair is our new Studio Manager. Originally from Amersham, AJ (as he is affectionately known) ventured outside the M25 in 2001 to study Computer Systems Engineering at Sheffield University. He has since managed a variety of web-based projects including; an online game to tie-in with the ‘Saw’ movie franchise; a search for Europe’s cutest cat with Iams Cat Food; the ‘Peppa Pig’ website for Astley Baker Davies Ltd; and in more recent years has managed the digital output of social marketing agency Diva Creative.

His talents don’t end there! AJ is a seasoned improv comedy performer; an accomplished wordsmith and blogger; and he has recently become proficient in High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

AJ is also an avid reader whose favourite authors include Patrick Rothfuss, Simon Rich, P.G. Wodehouse and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His music tastes stretch from Enya to the Wu-Tang Clan and back again…

He is the proud father of two boys, Zebedee and Zane; he has an irrational fear of mannequins; and he cannot abide quiche.


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