We set up Clearsilver Brand Marketing in 2006, having spent our early careers with UK Top 50 agencies, building some of the world’s best-known FMCG, pet care and other consumer brands. A full-service agency based in Leeds, we work with clients in a broad range of sectors throughout the UK and Europe. We have a particular interest and expertise in working with education health& wellness, food and drink brands, retailers, B2B, and the Third Sector. And for good measure that are a couple of FTSE100 organisations in our client portfolio too!
As a very close-knit team, everyone here is personally engaged with, and involved in, all client projects from start to finish. Using extensive research and planning, combined with the knowledge of Clearsilver’s design, digital and PR specialists, everything is done to the highest standard, and no work goes out of the door until it’s precisely right.
Meet the team
James is a gem in the land of developers. He specialises in a number of areas including CMS integrations, Facebook Apps, email builds and fully functional complex websites. He’s worked across a variety of high profile projects at different agencies since graduating with a degree in Computer Science from Leeds University. He's responsible for building accessible, dynamic, responsive and secure web apps for Clearsilver's clients. His strengths of logical thinking and his inquisitive nature give him expertise in a wide variety of back and front end languages and frameworks which allow for the latest web trends and accommodate the most creative of designs.
Latin filler text, football, Settlers of Catan, oragami
Making tea, early mornings, cold weather, no wifi
James SmithWeb Developer
Cracks the code
Loves devising possible solutions to anticipated problems
With a background in magazine journalism, PR and further education teaching, Nick has been stringing words together for a living since the 1990s, and for fun all his life. He spent three years as lead copywriter for Honda UK and Europe, and has written print and digital materials for (among others) Fortnum & Mason, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the Royal Navy, Thistle Hotels and Capita Customer Management.
Cycling, whippets, Scrabble, the countryside, France, playing the ukulele, writing terrible poetry
Misplaced apostrophes, cooking, having my photograph taken
Puts it perfectly
Loves finding precisely the right words to get your message across
Victoria has over 10 years’ PR experience, delivering B2B and B2C campaigns for clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Notable highlights from her career include running the biggest-ever Breast Cancer Awareness Month campaign for national charity Breast Cancer Haven, achieving over £1million-worth of media coverage in 12 months for Welcome to Yorkshire, and securing a double-page spread in The Times for a Team GB athlete ahead of the 2012 Winter Paralympics in Sochi.
Family time, cheese, all things Yorkshire
Olives, supermarket aisle-hoggers
Victoria SowerbyHead of PR
Makes it happen
Loves developing campaigns to get the world talking about you
A pedigree black Labrador, Millie has been with Clearsilver since the very beginning. Alongside her primary role (which mainly involves barking at the courier who delivers the newspapers) she enjoys taking part in client PR campaigns, such as donning pink paw-warmers for the annual High Heel-a-thon we organise for breast cancer charity The Haven. Outside work, she enjoys competing in field trials – and has actually won a championship in North Yorkshire!
Walks, running, other peoples sandwiches
Some cats, the grumpy courier (see above)
Millie the DogHead of Security
Minds the shop
Loves meeting and greeting visitors to our Leeds offices
Abby SuttonAccount Manager
David is an independent digital strategy and marketing consultant, he is a marketer with over 20 years of experience across both B2B and B2C, David has worked with some leading global brands and businesses on developing and delivering their brand and marketing communications strategies.
His experience includes agencies such as McCann and most recently Branded3 where he was MD. Clients he has worked with include Harley-Davidson, Walt Disney TV Intl, UPS, HSBC, American Airlines, Center Parcs, Bentley Motors, Travelex, Procter & Gamble.
The outdoors – on foot. bike or skis, family, Australia
Shopping centres, Piers Morgan, long haul flights in economy
David CrawfordDigital Strategy Partner
Loves everything digital as long as it’s user and business focused
Louise began her career in brand management and consumer planning at Pedigree Petfoods (Mars GB), where she developed the strategic marketing and brand communications skills she brings to all our clients’ business. She went on to become the first female board director at Poulter Advertising, and won The Grocer’s Best New Product for Fox’s Classic. She recently completed the IDM’s Diploma in Strategic & Digital Marketing, and chairs the Marketing Society’s North of England region: she’s also on the board of Leeds Enterprise Action Programme (LEAP), and a leading light in Downhill Only (DHO), Britain’s oldest ski club.
Good food and wine, running (!) family time, sacred choral music
Wasting time, theme parks, bad authors
Leads and inspires
Loves bringing people together to make things happen
Nick is an independent consultant with whom we’ve worked closely over many, many years. Nick brings an incredible wealth of experience and expertise in consumer insight, strategic planning, brand development, NPD and innovation. He’s advised some of the world’s biggest brands, including Credit Suisse, Lloyds Bank, Nestlé, GSK and Rank Xerox: he’s also served as a member
Travel, fine dining, rugby
Queues, TV soaps, DIY
Finds the answer
Loves finding innovative, practical solutions to complex business questions