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ABOUT US

At FortuneWest, we approach marketing from a different perspective. One we think you’ll recognise. It’s yours.

No one knows your business like you do. That’s why we make sure we are fully aligned to your business objectives from the start. Then we develop a strategy to help you achieve your objectives. Whether they’re centred on growth, maximising sales, entering new markets or getting more visitors to your website or event.

The story doesn’t stop there. After helping define the best path to success, we help make it a reality by creating and delivering practical marketing solutions that work.

Our technique is so simple, it’s quite smart.

  • Listen. We listen to you, your execs, sales people even customers – you choose – to get the full story of your current situation, including the tricky bits.
  • Look. We look at why customers buy, what they look for, who else they might be looking at.
  • Think. We explore what SUCCESS looks like to you, and how best to achieve it.
  • Deliver. Then we put our creative and operational expertise to work for you. You get innovative, working solutions that help you achieve your marketing and broader business goals.
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David Ackroyd
FOUNDER / CONSULTANT

David Ackroyd

DAVID ACKROYD

FOUNDER / CONSULTANT

David is the creative force behind the work we do; designing, developing and deploying innovative solutions to deliver our clients’ objectives. He has credentials. Back in the day, he designed the packaging for Microsoft’s first modem. David also created the ‘Mind Your Own Business’ (MYOB) campaign encouraging business to support the mental health charity, Mind. Launched 10 years ago, by Melvyn Bragg at the House of Lords, the charity is still going strong. What’s next for David? Well, let’s just say there are plans – and a pedalo is involved.

Andrew Ware
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Andrew Ware

ANDREW WARE

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Andrew has been directing operations here at FortuneWest since 2015. You’ll see his hand in every marketing and business improvement campaign and deliverable we produce. He is adept at managing multiple projects at any one time, from the largest – like launching Madame Tussauds in Beijing – to sourcing props to dress our creative exhibition stands. He forecast and presented the weather on Swindon FM Radio for 2 years, so even when things become a little stormy, clients can rely on Andrew’s calm front.

David Barrington
MANAGING DIRECTOR

David Barrington

DAVID BARRINGTON

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Our Managing Director, David leads from the front with our team securing new clients into the FortuneWest community. He’s fully focused on helping businesses accelerate the achievement of their growth objectives, supporting them all the way through their plan. David’s entrepreneurial spirit developed early; at 14 he left school to start his first company. Since then he has earned business-related Bachelor and Masters degrees – three of each, in fact. But it’s not all work. In his spare time David is an assistant Cub Scout leader and a scuba diving fanatic. Ask him about it, if you have a few hours to spare!

Sophia Woods
OFFICE MANAGER / ARTWORKER

Sophia Woods

SOPHIA WOODS

OFFICE MANAGER / ARTWORKER

Sophia has been the backbone of business here for over 12 years. She loves a process! She makes sure projects run smoothly for clients. She produces monthly email newsletters, handles client mirroring and backups and managed the translation and production of Netgear’s packaging. She’s also invaluable at exhibitions and shows like the Farnborough Airshow. And afterwards? Well there’s nothing she likes more than settling back with a relaxing glass of red wine. Who doesn’t?

Emma Hyde
HEAD OF STUDIO

Emma Hyde

EMMA HYDE

HEAD OF STUDIO

Emma’s our all-rounder. After 18 years with FortuneWest, there’s nothing she hasn’t turned her hand to: design, branding, web, email campaigns, databases, show graphics. Emma has worked with practically all of our clients over the years, on single-touch as well as extended campaigns. A prolific cake baker and decorator, Emma generally leads the food discussions in the studio – an important in-house topic. She’ll tell you that her greatest achievement is little Frankie, her handsome 18 month-old boy.

Matt Holland
DIGITAL DESIGN SPECIALIST

Matt Holland

MATT HOLLAND

DIGITAL DESIGN SPECIALIST

Matt especially enjoys the buzz surrounding marketing events where his creative flair and eye for detail make a big impact. He gets stuck in at every stage, from designing exhibition stands through to show photography and was one of the design gurus behind Carillion’s Farnborough Airshow campaign. Photography and the outdoors are his passions. A finalist in the RHS Photographer of the year 2016/17, Matt is also a leader for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme having earned his own Gold award.

Adam King
WEB DEVELOPER

Adam King

ADAM KING

WEB DEVELOPER

 As well as being Jessie’s human (see below), Adam brings our clients’ visions to life on screen through their websites. He recently built the SCI website and microsite, take a look. He also developed a clever system for a removals firm that gives you a quote depending on the items in your home and the distance you’re moving. This might be useful as Adam’s dream is to live in New Zealand. Not just yet though, as there’s still Jessie to walk and fabulous websites to create for our clients.

Aanya Ali
HEAD OF MARKETING

Aanya Ali

AANYA ALI

HEAD OF MARKETING

Aanya looks after all things strategy for FortuneWest’s clients, relishing the opportunity to equip them with creative, modern marketing solutions that deliver results. What kind of results? Well, one global tech company netted $800K annual recurring revenue within six weeks of launching a campaign that Aanya ran. That kind of result. Working with refugee children in San Diego was a high point for Aanya, but not as high as the drastic measures she took to overcome her fear of heights – hiking to the highest point in the Grand Canyon (that’s 8,803 feet up!). Just don’t expect her to cycle it.

Stuart Harrison
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Stuart Harrison

STUART HARRISON

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Stuart has been on the FortuneWest team for two years, fifteen if you include his time as a customer. He is passionate about technology and technological developments and the impact they have on business. So, one minute he can be looking at options for expanding our hosting services, and the next discussing the company’s future direction. He relishes helping business owners achieve their growth aims. A high point has been helping take a brand new bank from concept to launch. His love of technology spills over into Stuart’s free time, as he enjoys following eSports and gaming – mainly open world survival on PC.

Sarah Netherclift
CLIENT SERVICES DIRECTOR

Sarah Netherclift

SARAH NETHERCLIFT

CLIENT SERVICES DIRECTOR

Up to her elbows in content and copywriting is where you’ll find Sarah, our chief keyboard botherer and client marketing director. She’s new to these parts, having freelanced for several years for the likes of Castrol, Defra, Microsoft & IBM, among others. A self-confessed word-nerd, Sarah loves a good crime – novel that is. A few years ago she won a national competition with a 10-word crime story, which she’ll bore you with at the slightest provocation.

MAXINE DAVENPORT
HEAD OF EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS

MAXINE DAVENPORT

MAXINE DAVENPORT

HEAD OF EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS

Since joining FortuneWest nearly two years ago, Max has helped our clients exceed their marketing goals. A networking expert, she is responsible for bringing new clients into the FortuneWest family and building the marketing, events and exhibition activities of existing clients. She fits this in around scary adventures like going on Gruffalo hunts in the deep dark woods. Not on her own of course, her small but well-travelled children – aged 6 and 3 – are on hand to keep her safe.

Jessie King
TEDDY MURDERER

Jessie King

JESSIE KING

TEDDY MURDERER

Jessie is a Pomsky – that’s a bit Pomeranian and a bit Husky – and loves a cuddle. She is easily distrac… ooh, look – a squirrel.

VACANCIES
WORK FOR US

VACANCIES

VACANCIES

WORK FOR US

We’re growing and developing all the time and need new people with fresh ideas and a great attitude to come and join us.
To see our latest vacancies, please visit here.

Please use the contact form or call to get in touch or send CV to info@fortunewest.co.uk
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