The Team

Becki Chester

Director

Brian McClafferty

Creative Director

Adam Cull

Art Director

Chris Bedwell

Senior Web Developer

Rhianna Holt

Copywriter

Jeremy Dixon

Senior Copywriter

Adam Young

SEO Executive

James Harris

SEO Executive

Killian Courtney

SEO Executive

Becki Chester

Director

Chris and I started Digicrab in February 2013 and since then it’s grown quickly. There are now six of us and more than 20 clients, I’m really excited to see what 2014 has in store.

I predominantly work on SEO, PPC, Social Media and PR campaigns. I also spend a lot of my time networking which I love. I thrive on meeting new people and experiencing new adventures.

I’m always happy in transit. My Dad was a concert pianist and when I was little he used to take my brother and I all over the world in his VW camper van. We stayed in campsites eating tinned sardines and scrawny chickens bought from the cobbled-street markets. Dad tells me that we were taught under a bush in Portugal for three months and we were also schooled in the Falklands. It definitely instilled a passion for travelling in me; no matter where I visit there’s always somewhere I need to see. I’m going to South East Asia this Xmas and I can’t wait.

I also love running and healthy eating which, until this year, I did daily. However, takeaways and being sedentary in front of a computer have been pretty conducive to Digicrab’s success to date, or so I tell myself.

My words of wisdom: Try extreme sports. There’s nothing like jumping out of a plane or off a cliff to put a difficult client meeting into perspective.

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Chris Bedwell

Web Developer

Much like anybody, it took me a long while to work out what I wanted to do when I grew up. With a relentless focus on science and maths in GCSE, getting A-Levels in English, Media Studies and Psychology, earning a degree in Creative and Professional Writing all whilst having a ferocious love affair with any hobby which involves building things, hindsight shows I should have always known web development would be calling me.

I am the web developer for Digicrab, whose focus is making your online experience fun, exciting, interesting, easy, intuitive and much more!

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Rhianna Holt

Business Development

Hello I’m Rhianna… When I’m not working for Digicrab I study management at the University of Leicester and I love it! Moving away from home has made me realise that life gives you so many opportunities and just to take all of them! I love waking up in a house full of 28 crazy people and not having a clue what we’ll do today!

When I was younger I tried everything. Acting, skiing, ballet, piano, karate, singing, even flying planes with cadets! Nothing ever interested me enough to carry on, I always got bored and just moved on to the next thing. I always wanted to travel, see the world and try new things and that’s why I first became interested in business and marketing. I love the way that the business world changes all the time, there is always something to learn and it really is the only thing I’ve ever been passionate about pursuing! My dream in life is just to become successful in something I absolutely love… I think I’m heading in the right direction. In my spare time I like travelling, tanning, cross stitching and thinking about going to the gym. Sometimes I even go to the gym.

I’m loud, outgoing and completely myself to everyone I meet. ‘It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring’.

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Jeremy Dixon

Copywriter

Jeremy is a highly experienced writer. He regularly contributes to an array of well-known publications including the Daily Telegraph, The Times and the Daily Mail. “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.” John Lennon, 1980 (but actually Allen Saunders, Reader’s Digest, 1957)

From the sun-bleached beaches of Western Australia via the grand châteaux of Bordeaux to Reading, Berkshire. Where did I go wrong? I didn’t. I look out onto the Thames every morning and count my blessings. But nonetheless my journey is a salient reminder that plans do not always go according to plan.

I figure so long as you have a decent swing at every curved ball that comes your way, you at least stand a chance of hitting a home run once in a while.

When I’m not staring at my life support system (Apple Mac), I sneak off to work up a sweat at the gym or on the tennis court. Or I do a work out on my allotment which has as many weeds today as it did 10 years ago. Depressing? Nope. It just makes the discovery of a butternut squash or long-forgotten row of leeks all the more exciting. The greenhouse is a more manageable space. A microcosm of Mediterranean life, brimming with tomatoes, aubergines, green peppers and basil.

Fortunately I love cooking, so nothing goes to waste. Or if it does, it ends up passing through my three-phase compost system, providing sustenance for next year’s crop.

But back to you. Having got this far in your quest for better digital marketing, you’ve made it to first base. We can’t wait to step up to the plate and help move you on to the next stage.

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Adam Young

Business Development

As a business developer, I network, keep myself updated on SEO developments and manage PPC, SEO and social media campaigns.

When I’m not being a huge success at work, I win at football, win at pub quizzes and am generally better than everyone else… My girlfriend puts butterfly clips in my hair and likes to dress me like a girl. I can also name every capital and country in the world; feel free to test me!

Biggest Achievement: Winning the league with the football club I captained twice consecutively.

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Brian McClafferty

Creative Director

As a digital marketing professional since 1999, I will ensure that you are receiving the highest possible levels of service and value for money. I will be proactive in coming up with new innovations and be instrumental in setting up long-term development meetings to keep our ideas fresh and on brand.

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Adam Cull

Art Director

I have over 10 years’ experience within the design industry. Fresh out of college I was trained in the art of litho printing for advertisement which evolved into studying graphic design for print. A natural progression led to digital design for web where I honed my skills designing and developing high performance websites. From there on I developed my programming skills further to execute creative vision for clients all over the world. Now a senior Art Director at Digicrab I hope to inspire our creative and digital team to deliver exceptional website solutions.

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James Harris

SEO Executive

Hi my name is James; I’m an SEO executive at Digicrab and its awesome!I love everything about the job, from networking, to account management to (really fun) keyword research.

In my spare time I hang around with friends, annihilate games on the Xbox and watch endless episodes of Breaking Bad, Prison Break and Friends on Netflix. They didn’t make enough!

The football season has just started though, so that could take up a fair bit of my immediate future. I’m hoping to take a sabbatical at some point to go inter-railing around Europe. I love Drum and Bass, House etc… (good music).

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Killian Courtney

SEO Executive

Allow me to introduce myself! My name’s Oliver Killian, but you can just call me Killian. I’m an avid fan of all things digital. When I’m not brewing pixel magic in Photoshop or Illustrator, I often spend my time attempting to code. (Just kidding, I think I’m doing alright really!) I’m also interested in photography, gaming and fashion. I enjoy going out and taking snaps of hidden gems to post on my blog — oh yeah, blogging, I guess I do that too. I like to dabble in many things to experience as much as I can, and I love exploring new places, which is why I’ve recently moved to Reading!

It took me a while to finally decide which path I wanted to take career wise, and the answer I kept falling on was that, whatever it is, it would have to be continuously challenging and contribute to my personal growth. I believe that a role in digital marketing is the best fit for me as the digital world is ever-evolving so there will always be new challenges, new things to learn and new ways to develop my skills.

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