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The Uprise family continues to expand, as we welcome two brand new appointments to our management team. We’ve appointed Leigh Taylor as Head of Content and Creative, while Geraint Manning joins as Design Director.
Leigh joins us from Real Radio, where he was responsible for establishing and managing the station’s award-winning Creative department. A graduate in Cultural Media studies from the University of Newport, he began his career as a Copywriter for Red Dragon FM before moving to Real Radio six months after the station launched, and was part of the management team when it became Wales’ first national commercial radio station in January 2011.
During his 15 years in radio he created many successful campaigns for well-known clients including The Celtic Manor Resort, Welsh Blood, Blazers Caravans and the Welsh Assembly Government. His work won several awards including Fresh, Vox and GMG Radio awards.
Leigh will be responsible for leading Uprise’s copywriting team and will work alongside the agency’s online marketing team to develop and implement effective online content, SEO and social media strategies as well as working closely with Mr Manning and the design team to devise creative and direct marketing campaigns.
Geraint joins Uprise as Design Director from Cardiff Design Company, where he held the position of Creative Director. A graduate in Graphic Design from Swansea Metropolitan University, he has been in the design industry for over 8 years and has worked for a wide variety of clients including L’Oreal, Cardiff Blues, Tesco and the Premier League.
A Welsh speaker from Cardiff, Geraint will be responsible for heading up Uprise’s design team and will work in tandem with Leigh to develop both online and offline creative work.
Our own Managing Director, Gareth Rees Jones, said: “It’s fantastic to welcome Leigh and Geraint on board. Having worked with both of them as a client in the past, I know how talented they are and the quality of creative work they produce. With many businesses now looking to capitalise on the growth in the economy by marketing themselves professionally, it’s an exciting time for the marketing industry. I’m sure that the appointment of Leigh and Geraint will help us in our drive to become a major UK agency over the coming years.”