People

People. Ponderosa is very proud of the team and what they deliver. They come from all backgrounds and disciplines, but they all have one thing in common – they want to make brands work harder.

Steve Henry

Steve Henry Steve Henry

Steve Henry

Steve Henry

CEO

Steve is our CEO and spends his time helping our clients develop their businesses, as well as looking for new brands that would benefit from some serious Ponderosa Yee-Ha!

Steve has over 18 years’ experience working with major brands in mail order, financial services and online gaming including: Laura Ashley, Grattan, Shop Direct Group, First Direct, Skipton Building Society, William Hill, Genting and Mecca Bingo.

After setting up and successfully running Prego direct marketing for over 10 years and Digital Welly for the past 3, Steve has a unique perspective that allows him to offer insightful strategic advice to maximise our clients' on and offline activity.

Get in touch with Steve.

 

Richard Midgley

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Richard Midgley

Richard Midgley

Group Managing Director

Richard is our Managing Director and has worked in advertising and marketing since graduating from Cambridge University in 1991. He began his career in media planning and buying at Principles Media, before moving into an account planning role for a large part of his career.

Looking for a bigger challenge, Richard became Client Services Director of the Principles Group, before taking on the role of Managing Director at An Agency Called England in 2007.

In October 2009, Richard founded the Ponderosa Agency, providing effective marketing strategies and creative work that leads to return on investment. He has worked on some of the UK’s biggest brands including: Crabbie’s, HSBC, Ronseal, Lambs Navy Rum, Seven Seas Healthcare, Dollond & Aitchison and Goodfellas.

Get in touch with Richard.

 

Paul Alexander

Paul Alexander Paul Alexander

Paul Alexander

Paul Alexander

Group Creative Director

Paul is an award winning art director who has had his work feature in Luerzer’s Archive. He earned his reputation for strong conceptual thinking at some of the North’s biggest agencies including Advertising Principles and An Agency Called England.

Paul has produced campaigns for household names as diverse as Zoflora, Ronseal, HSBC, Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer, Cartridge World, Hunter Wellies, Eucryl, JDWilliams, Racing Green, Hawkshead and the NHS.

With 20 years experience, Paul thinks both strategically and creatively - the results of which means he produces ideas that not only stand out, but really sell your product or brand.

Paul is also partial to a spot of fishing.

 

Get in touch with Paul.

 

Lisa Moore

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Lisa Moore

Lisa Moore

Group Creative Director

Lisa has over 16 years experience working as a copywriter on clients such as GNER, Best Western, Cottages4you, ITC Classics, Center Parcs, Yorkshire Building Society, Premierline Direct, Lloyds TSB, Interflora, Weight Watchers, Bombay Sapphire and Littlewoods.

Having worked in every creative discipline including DM, Brand and Digital during her years at The Charles Walls Group and WWAV Rapp Collins, Lisa has a diverse level of experience and an enviable mix of marketing skills.

Lisa also spent time working as a brand consultant for Triffid (part of the Logistik Group), giving her a unique perspective and the ability to think both creatively and strategically.

Get in touch with Lisa.

 

Rob Yorke

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Rob Yorke

Rob Yorke

Group Development Director

Rob is our Digital Director whose experience spans the evolution of the web from its birth in the mid nineties. Coming from a very hands on approach, he continues to stay involved in trends and innovations and where possible, helps clients to push the boundaries and explore new ways to bring their products to the market.

His career began in the early eighties where he established a software company designing and building games for the rapidly growing home computer market selling them through WH Smiths, John Menzes and others as cassette tape based software. During the late eighties and early nineties he worked for a number of Apple centers helping to transform Advertising agencies, newspapers and repro houses to take advantage of the emerging technologies around desktop publishing.

Rob has brought this wealth of expertise to a wide range of clients such as: Disney, BBC, British Library, Thompsons Holidays and HSBC.

Get in touch with Rob.

 

Liam Dawson

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Liam Dawson

Liam Dawson

Liam is our Account Director at Digital Welly and is responsible for delivering our online expertise to clients from every sector throughout the group. He heads up our e-commerce offering and has very quickly become an oracle on all things Magento.

He has over 11 years’ experience from running his own agency to working with major brands in FMCG, Retail, Online Gaming including: Fanta, Yorkie, Lambs Spiced, Cartridge World, Staples, Sporting Bet, Genting, Virgin Atlantic and Metropolitan Police.

Get in touch with Liam.

 

Hollie Johnson

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Hollie Johnson

Hollie Johnson

Hollie is our account director and once survived falling straight through a glass greenhouse!

 

 

Hollie Bennett

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Hollie Bennett

Hollie Bennett

Hollie is part of our Account Handling team and does a mean Gollum impression. Just ask.

 

Jonathan Lumb

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Jonathan Lumb

Jonathan Lumb

Joff is one of our Digital Creatives and is renowned as a bit of an agency feeder!

 

Samantha Miller

Samantha Miller Samantha Miller

Samantha Miller

Samantha Miller

Samantha is one of our Web Developers and once lifted a house using an intricate pulley system.

 

Terry Richards

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Terry Richards

Terry Richards

Terry is our PPC expert and was the North England KATA champion for 2 years running.

 

 

Jamie McPhee

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Jamie McPhee

Jamie McPhee

Jamie is part of our SEO team and in 2004/05 she won the penalty ‘queen’ award.

 

 

Sadie Burns

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Sadie Burns

Sadie Burns

Sadie is our Junior Designer and one day dreams of owning a Ford Capri.

 

Andy Ingham

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Andy Ingham

Andy Ingham

Andy is one of our digital creative team and has a rather wonderful claim to fame. He has proposed to Martina Hingis and didn’t get a no! But apparently it's a long story. Watch this space.

 

Jenny Aveyard

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Jenny Aveyard

Jenny Aveyard

Jenny is our New Business dynamo and when she’s not rounding up business for us, she’s singing loudly to embarrass her daughter!

 

 

Sam Smyth

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Sam Smyth

Sam Smyth

Sam is a level 5 laser lotus. He plays bluegrass banjo very badly. He has more toes than average. He thinks he should refer to himself in the 3rd person more often than he does.

 

 

Chloe Waddington

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Chloe Waddington

Chloe Waddington

Chloe is a new member of our Account Management team and loves horses more than humans – making her the perfect ranch hand for life at Ponderosa.

 

 

Nick Wadsworth

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Nick Wadsworth

Nick Wadsworth

Nick is a 6ft 8 Lacrosse player who also plays the Ukelele (not all at the same time though)

 

Nina Rollinson

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Nina Rollinson

Nina Rollinson

Nina is our latest addition to the digital creative team, and has an amazing collection of colourful, feathery and sparkly footwear!

 

Tom Bell

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Tom Bell

Tom Bell

Tom's in charge of our client's social media and is an elite level mountain biker. He was once stung 6 times in a race by a wasp that found its way into his skinsuit.

 

 

Louise Swain

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Louise Swain

Louise Swain

 

Xisca Nicolau

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Xisca Nicolau

Xisca Nicolau

She left sunny Mallorca to be part of the Ranch and loves Nutella so much she once ate a 5kg pot in only 3 months!

 

Recruitment

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Recruitment

Recruitment

We’re always on the lookout for great people. So if you can add your own brand of Yee-ha to Ponderosa, drop us a line.