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The Design Clinic Team

The people with designs on Didsbury...

HELEN CORR - DESIGN CLINIC CO-ORDINATOR

With a successful and varied background in education, Helen has fine-tuned her multi-tasking skills, and brings to the Design Clinic the ability to organise, co-ordinate and manage the variety of ongoing projects on a daily basis. Helen is also the main point of contact between the Design Clinic and our clients, and project manages each job from initial enquiry to final sign off.

PAUL DERBYSHIRE - I.T. SUPPORT

After graduating from Manchester University in 1997, with a BSc in Electronic Engineering, Paul worked as a Telecommunications and I.T. Consultant on various contracts around the U.K before establishing his own independent company – AlphaPC – in 2004. Says Paul, “Communication is the most essential part of our business. We like to find out exactly what our clients require and understand that sorting out the little I.T. niggles that will make your day run more smoothly, are just as important as the big stuff!”

Through The Design Clinic, Paul’s aim is to provide you with the I.T. support your business needs, so that we can grow with you. An extensive range of services is offered from full office server systems to individual PC repairs and set-up issues. We know that your time is your business and consequently we are flexible. We’ll work around you to minimise disruption to your business, whether it be working remotely or out of regular office hours – providing you can recommend a good take-away!

MIKE COLLINS - WEBSITE DEVELOPER

Graduating from Nottingham University with a BS(c) in Computer Science, Mike has had numerous roles including: Technical Support for the Home Office and working as a developer at one of the world's most well known mobile games publishers before finding his love of web development. Since then Mike has helped to created 100s of websites, including eCommerce websites, bespoke Content Management Systems and more. Mike is the latest member of our team, joining in June 2009.

RACHEL LIGGETT - PHOTOGRAPHER

Rachel graduated with a BA (Hons) Photography from Blackpool and the Fylde College. She has held prominent exhibitions in Manchester and London, and has also been shown at the Lowry in Salford as part of Redeye's Projection 08. She went on to be chosen by the Cornerhouse for the BBC's Bigger Picture shown June 2008 on the Big Screen in Manchester.

The opening photograph shot in Victoria Baths, Manchester in our Photography slideshow has also been chosen by Comme Ca Gallery, Manchester and the Biscuit Factory, Newcastle to be shown Autumn '08 for the Special Edition in association with the SUN (Shot Up North) awards. A recently photographic commission of Rachel's was the shoot of the nationwide ad campaign for Rustlers. Rachel offers creative photography for any brief, with experience in shooting for a broad range of clients, specialising in product, fashion, interiors, architectural and events photography.

NIGEL LUND - GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Nigel is a specialist in corporate branding and conceptual thinking. He has a keen interest in popular culture and music, which allows contemporary designs to flow. With a degree in Graphic Design, Nigel was responsible for the iconic logo for Barca, Castlefield, Manchester. He also conceived, wrote and produced the video for The Virginmarys' single, "Soul Vampire", starring Steve Graham of Snatch and Gangs of New York fame.

"Design is not a luxury, it is a way of life."

HELEN MCCORMICK - COPYWRITER

After 15 interesting years, pen in hand, Helen is a versatile writer with a wide breadth of experience who can write confidently and intelligently about any subject, for any audience. She specialises in developing brand identities for clients that help them express their personality, stand out from the crowd and engage with their target market. Her approach to writing focuses on creative, interesting and relevant copy that empathises and connects with the reader, be it on a website, in a brochure, on an ad or in a piece of direct mail.

During her career, Helen has spent 11 years at McCann-Erickson and has worked for clients such as Magnet, Moben, QHotels, Astra Zeneca, Silentnight, Center Parcs, Booths Supermarkets and Cumbria Tourism. Some of her most recent copy can be read at xentum.co.uk, oddfellows.biz, moben.co.uk and qhotels.co.uk.

PETE RUANE

Heading up the Didsbury Design Clinic, Pete offers a wide range of experience to clients. From a background in I.T. Project Management, he developed the skills to successfully co-ordinate and manage both people and projects.

When his company relocated south in 2000, Pete took the decision to stay in the North West to begin building his own business – and to remain close to his spiritual home, Goodison Park. Now with a solid client base, and extensive catalogue of websites, ranging from simple brochure sites to bespoke e-commerce sites, Pete combines his I.T. expertise with a flair for innovative design.

Pete is extremely passionate about the development and promotion of independent enterprise – www.didsburylife.com being the realisation of his vision to promote and support small businesses. With his ability to communicate in jargon-free plain English, coupled with an extremely ethical approach to marketing, Pete will ensure that your experience with The Didsbury Design Clinic will be creative, fruitful and long-lasting. Click here to see what what clients say about their dealings with Pete.

NIC SHARRATT - WEBSITE DESIGNER

Nic graduated in 2002 with a degree in Computing and Psychology from the University of Derby. After graduating, he worked for 5 years in Chester for one of the UK's leading Motivation and Incentive companies. He left Chester to go travelling around South East Asia for four months, before moving to Manchester upon return to work for a major Telecommunications company.

Nic has been working in web design since 2006, first cutting his teeth on websites for a couple of Manchester bands. He has been a part of the Design Clinic team since April 2008. With a sound understanding of current web technology, Nic likes to keep up with the latest trends to hit the Internet. His main design interests are music and media sites - the more unusual and innovative the better. His favourite program is definitely Photoshop. According to Nic, "It's changing the world..."

JESSICA SHAUGHNESSY - VIDEO JOURNALIST

With her background in journalism, Jess knows how to get to the heart of your story and tell it in a short creative film for your website. She began her working life as a cub reporter on a weekly newspaper, but soon worked her way up to become an award winning journalist with the Liverpool Daily Post. A few years ago, Jess became one of the first newspaper reporters in the country to be trained as a video journalist and this quickly became her specialism. Working for the Post and the Liverpool Echo, Jess's video reports for the region's most popular news websites added a new dimension to the headlines of the day - she even captured exclusive footage of riots outside the 2007 Champions League Final in Athens.

Previously, Jess has been commissioned to film and edit a variety of journalistic and creative projects for clients including national newspapers, ITV, FACT Liverpool, local government authorities and health agencies and a number of top north west PR agencies and blue-chip companies. Jess also spends some of her time training journalists on regional newspapers across the country in video skills.

Since joining the Design Clinic, Jess has shot and edited promotional video footage for local businesses such as Folk Cafe Bar, West Didsbury and Blossom Flowers in Chorlton, as well as producing a mini montage film of the sights and sounds of Didsbury itself - all footage can be viewed through individual profile areas.

PAUL WOLFGANG WEBSTER - PHOTOGRAPHER

Photographer Paul Wolfgang Webster BA studied at Bradford University. Paul has photographed New York and Manchester over the last twelve years. In 1994 Paul met George Tyce (printer for Edward Stiechen) in New Jersey where he studied printing techniques. In 2007 The National Portrait Gallery chose one of Paul's photographs of Fred Dibnah for their extensive collection, and in October 2008 Paul was awarded the status of honorary member of the gallery. In 2008, Paul joined Didsbury Design Clinic as one of our photographers.