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 14 in just four 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

Cheryl Spears

Cheryl, from Norton, has more than 16 years in B2B sales. She has worked as an International Sales Manager and achieved degrees in both Marketing and Web Design. Cheryl is a passionate and driven character who brings lots of noise to the office and loves a sociable drink outside of work.

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

Yellow Submarine, only ours would be green.

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

Guinness (epic!).

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

Being an author as I love to read.

Where in the world would you most like to visit?

Cuba.

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

A bear because they’re cute but they can hold their own!

Chelsea Doolan

Chelsea has recently moved back to Middlesbrough after completing a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Chester. She enjoys being outdoors, travelling, music, films, TV and keeping fit. Her job involves helping business reach their full potential, and that – along with the team – is why she loves it!

Who would be your dream client to work with?

Chester Zoo – I love that place!

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

Queen – We Are The Champions.

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

I’d be a Sunday dinner tester!

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

Cleaning up the world of all the rubbish and saving the animals.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

All of the junk food and takeaways!

 


Design

Mark Jackson

Mark is from Durham and has over 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!

Shona Lett

Shona is our Junior Graphic Designer and she’s always enjoyed being creative. She’s from Middlesbrough but completed her degree in Graphic Design at the University of Cumbria. Shona’s a competitive person and loves getting to work on a wide range of projects. Outside of work, she loves watching films, playing games and keeping fit.

What is your favourite thing that’s green?

Starburst sweets.

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

Pilot.

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

A knife, matches and a pillow.

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

A Red Panda because they look like sun-burnt bandits.

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

Buy my Nana and Grandad a house as they would love to move back to the UK.


Development

Chris Ferguson

Chris, from Hartlepool, is our Lead Developer and Project Manager. He’s been building websites for 12 years and has two years’ experience in digital project management. Chris loves getting involved with new projects and enjoys all kinds of problem solving, as well as spending his spare time fell-running, bouldering and reading philosophy.

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

A Certain Shade of Green by Incubus, or Everything’s Gone Green by New Order.

What is your favourite thing that’s green?

Slimer off Ghostbusters. Or the inside of a Mint Aero. Or Microsoft Excel.

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

Mountain Rescue. Although I’m desperately under-qualified, so don’t go out on the hills that day.

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

I was the lead ‘singer’ in a hard rock band.

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

A cat. They get to laze around and give attitude 24/7. Or a white-faced Saki Monkey. But I only said that so you’d Google it.

 

Tyler Sands

Tyler is originally from Essex but he’s lived in Middlesbrough for over 10 years now. His journey at Surge started as an apprentice four 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 fun, 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 five 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!

Charlotte Cate

Charlotte is our Marketing Apprentice and she’s eagerly expanding her digital marketing knowledge with every day at work. She’s from sunny Saltburn-by-the-Sea and has been writing blogs on a wide range of topics for two and a half years. In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys drumming, listening to music and rock climbing.

Where in the world would you most like to visit?

Vietnam.

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

World record holder for eating too many noodles!

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

Nike.

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

A dog. They’re loved unconditionally and don’t need to do anything but have fun and be petted.

What is your biggest ever achievement?

Either working at Surge or getting my driver’s licence.

 


Business Admin

Diane Taylor

Diane, from Sunderland, is our office manager and specialist in all things finance! She has an AAT – Advanced Diploma in Accounting – and has more than 18 years’ experience in finance. She loves working with numbers in a fun environment, and her hobbies outside of work include exhibiting at classic car shows.

Who would be your dream client to work with?

The Queen.

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

Sunderland AFC Manager.

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

My phone, my mum’s puppy and my iPod.

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

Buy a house in San Francisco.

Do you have a guilty pleasure?

Peach Melbas from Greggs!