Meet the Surge Marketing Solutions Team

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Meet the Team

Founder

David Porter

David brought his idea of Surge Marketing Solutions to life after he had already started up The SEO Company back in 2012. He realised that, while SEO is an integral method of digital marketing, he wanted to offer the full package. His passion for helping businesses expand has fuelled him to grow Surge from a team of two to a team of 12 in just three years.

Outside of work, David’s hobbies include playing golf, going to the gym, cooking and watching films and boxsets. He’s energetic, ambitious and an encouraging leader to his team.

What do you like most about work?

Firstly, I love the people. It’s great to see them develop, both in confidence and ability. Secondly, it’s nice to be able to sell something that really exists and to have the control to make sure we deliver. The industry is exciting because it’s always evolving, and being able to help other businesses succeed gives me a real buzz.

Who would be your dream client to work with?

Clients with a fun offering, like Alton Towers.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

I think I’d like to try working in a zoo.

Where in the world would you most like to visit?

Either Pompeii or The Amazon.

What is your biggest ever achievement?

Surge, of course!


Marketing Consultants

Lisa Morris

Lisa has 20 years of experience in sales, and four in marketing and the web. She’s worked at Surge for almost two years and loves the team spirit in the office. The best part of sales for Lisa is seeing an average website transform into a stunning one that will generate more business for her clients. While Lisa’s loud and witty and loves going out socialising, she also loves spending time with her two sons.

If you could give Surge a theme song, what would it be?

‘Work Hard, Play Hard’ by David Guetta. We all work hard but we know how to play hard too on our staff nights out!

If you were to be stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?

My e-cig, a crate of wine and a bag of pork scratchings.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

A cat – they sleep all day, go out all night and have nine lives!

What is your biggest ever achievement?

My family.

If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you’d do with your winnings?

Buy a top-of-the-range Land Rover!

Lynsey Mentier

As well as working in Business Development at Surge, Lynsey has her own health and nutrition business called Tonic Nutrition. Her motivation as a Business Development Manager comes from the sense of achievement she gets from winning new business and helping clients’ companies excel. In her spare time, Lynsey enjoys hiking, rock-climbing and spending time with her twin boys.

What is your favourite thing that’s green?

Limes… in a G&T!

If you were famous, what would you want to be famous for?

I think I’d like to be famous for free-climbing the world’s largest mountain face.

Where in the world would you most like to visit?

Bali.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

My dog, Ella. She’s a princess – she lives a better life than I do!

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

It would probably be The Bee Gees.

Gary Wright

Gary, from Yarm, has 20 years of experience in all kinds of sales and loves to challenge himself. He has an energetic attitude and enjoys going to the gym, swimming and running. His favourite thing about working at Surge is the fun atmosphere in the office and in his spare time he loves to make his way through boxsets.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

I’d be a pilot.

Where in the world would you most like to visit?

Probably Australia.

If you were to be stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?

My mobile phone, a knife and a photograph of my family.

What is your biggest ever achievement?

Completing the Great North Run in 2010.

If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you would do with your winnings?

Spend a lot of money on a trip to Las Vegas!


Design

Mark Jackson

Mark is from Durham and has 20 years of experience as a Designer. In the past, he’s worked as a Studio Manager for Aztec Colour Print and had his own company, MOFO Design and Print. Since joining Surge, he’s found he really enjoys being part of a team. He’s friendly, creative, relaxed and he’s currently the office pool champ!

If you were famous, what would you like to be famous for?

Being the lead singer in a rock band.

If you were to be stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?

My record player, my wife and my kids.

Where in the world would you most like to visit?

Hawaii.

What is something people would be surprised if they knew about you?

Either that I’ve partied with JK from Jamiroquai or that I designed Faye Tozer from Steps’ wedding stationery.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

I’m a proper chocoholic!

Chloe Corking

Chloe started off as an apprentice at Surge three years ago, and now she’s a fully-qualified Designer with a fantastic portfolio of work. She’s a ray of sunshine in our office and loves turning clients’ visions into reality. Chloe’s hobbies outside of work include running, reading and photography and she loves all things Disney!

What do you like about working at Surge?

We have such a lovely team and I love that while the company’s ethos is to help businesses grow, we actually help each other to grow as people as well. We learn something new every day.

What is your favourite thing that’s green?

Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc.!

If you could give Surge a theme song, what would it be?

‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me’ by Randy Newman.

If you were to be stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?

My camera, some socks because my feet get cold and a photograph of my family.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Eating peanut butter from the jar!


Development

Chris Sowerby

Chris has been Surge’s Lead Developer since the very beginning. He is thoughtful and inventive – always wanting to solve problems – and has a BA in Creative Digital Media and a HND in Web Design. His favourite thing about work is having the freedom to get on with things, learn new techniques and work independently.

Who would be your dream client to build a website for?

Anyone who requires a complex system to simplify their job or save them time and money.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

I’d be that person who wears in the Queen’s shoes.

If you were to be stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?

A genie in a bottle, my girlfriend and Robinson Crusoe because he could help me escape.

What is your biggest ever achievement?

Doing my dissertation in one month.

If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you’d do with your winnings?

I’d go on holiday and then build myself a house.

Tyler Sands

Tyler is originally from Essex but he’s lived in Middlesbrough for 10 years now. His journey at Surge started as an apprentice three years ago and he’s now a Web Developer working on major projects. He’s attentive, friendly and enjoys having the freedom to work on a wide range of websites. Outside of work, Tyler’s favourite things to do are play with his daughter, Lily, watch TV and have drinks with friends.

Who would be your dream client to build a website for?

Probably someone like Apple or Google.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

I’d be one of those people who get paid for doing vape tricks.

Where in the world would you most like to visit?

New York.

What is your biggest ever achievement?

Having Lily.

If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you’d do with your winnings?

Buy a big house!

Tony Harris

Tony has more than 10 years of experience in web design, a BA in Multi Media Design and he also used to be a chef. He’s outgoing and fun but also has a sensible side. Being in an environment where he can interact with people and constantly learn is where Tony’s most at home. When he’s not at work, he likes to keep fit, go mountain biking and have a drink.

Who would be your dream client to design or build a website for?

A high-class fashion brand like Vivienne Westwood.

What’s your favourite thing that’s green?

Shamrock, the Irish drink.

If you were to be stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?

I would be sensible about it and have a knife, flint and fishing nets.

If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

A gibbon – they’re just cool!

What is your biggest ever achievement?

Either my degree or progressing through self-teaching. It’s good to see progression when you’re just working on something yourself.


Marketing

Gemma Bowman

Gemma is our Marketing Manager and she has a BA in Business Management as well as a Masters in Marketing. Gemma enjoys the analytical side of marketing and looking at subliminal marketing messages as well as the flexibility to learn new things at work. She’s fun-loving, sarcastic and loves socialising, festivals and going to the gym.

What’s your favourite thing that’s green?

The Hulk – I love Marvel.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

I’d be Beyoncé!

Who would be your dream client to put together a marketing campaign for?

Coca-Cola.

What is your biggest ever achievement?

Either getting my Masters or buying my house.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Cheesy 90s music! I love N*Sync and The Backstreet Boys.

Sophie Heward

Sophie is one of our Marketing Coordinators and has a BA in Magazine Journalism. She loves being part of a team where everyone has their own strength and, as her focus is on content writing, she also enjoys getting to write about something different every day. Sophie is adventurous and thoughtful, and she loves finding new music and going to see bands.

Who would be your dream client to put together a marketing campaign for?

A small or medium-sized music festival.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

I’d like to see what it’s like working on a film set – something like Harry Potter.

Where in the world would you most like to visit?

I’d love to take a few months and travel across America.

What is something people would be surprised if they knew about you?

I’ve presented Radio 1 for half an hour with Greg James.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Coronation Street!

Declan Ellis

Declan is the office Geordie and has four years of experience in technical link-building for SEO. He loves working in SEO because it’s an ever-changing industry and keeps him on his toes, and he also loves challenging the rest of the team to a competitive game of pool. Outside of work, Declan enjoys following Newcastle United, seeing live music and watching local cricket.

Can you give me three words to describe yourself?

No common sense.

If you could give Surge a theme song, what would it be?

‘House of Fun’ by Madness!

What is your favourite thing that’s green?

Luigi.

Who would be your dream client to put together a marketing campaign for?

Qatar World Cup 2022.

If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you’d do with your winnings?

Gan buy a pub!


Business Admin

Sarah Connelly

Sarah is our enthusiastic and helpful Office Administrator. She has previously worked for the Council as well as owning her own vintage clothing business for three years. Sarah loves to organise things and has achieved a BA in English and a Masters in Politics. Some of Sarah’s hobbies outside of work include playing piano, sewing, gardening and spending time with her son.

What is your favourite thing that’s green?

A Eucalyptus bush.

Who would be your dream client for Surge to work with?

Probably the Royal Horticultural Society’s Chelsea Flower Show.

If you were to be stranded on a desert island, what three items would you want to have with you?

‘Four’ by Led Zeppelin, my sewing machine and a bottomless bag of Minstrels.

What is your biggest ever achievement?

Having my son, James.

If you won the lottery, what’s the first thing you’d do with your winnings?

I think I’d probably give it to other people who need it more than I do.