We are SPREAD and we chase big ideas. Huge. It gets us out of bed in the morning and keeps us up at night – the restless pursuit of that one brilliant, ridiculous, game-changing idea. Then we put together the very best people in courageous brand and communication design to form a team with all the imagination and talent required to turn that crazy thought into reality.
Gareth Barton is founder and CEO of Spread Creative Ltd, where he oversees the creative and strategic direction of the company.
Born in Surrey and raised in Bristol, Gareth studied at the Portsmouth College of Art & Design before spending 15 years in commercial interior design, creating workplace designs for companies such as Sony, Reebok and Cisco Systems. Switching to the third sector for almost a decade, Gareth served as a Director for a UK charity working with people in prison, before returning to the creative field to build Spread Creative.
Away from the studio he travels as a photojournalist reporting on issues including sexual violence in conflict, persecution, trauma and refugees, regularly giving talks on his work. Gareth is also a fine artist who takes time out for studies at the Royal Drawing School.
Chloë Ford is a Junior Creative as Spread Creative Ltd, where she oversees client relationships and social media strategies.
Born in Chelmsford, Chloë studied media, photography and art. She was a Coffee Master at Starbucks UK before joining Spread, taking up an invitation to assist on a shoot. Her tenacity earned her a place on the team as she regularly visited the studio between shifts to learn all she could. She soon began delivering graphic design, typesetting and social media content for clients, winning their affections with her ready smile and can-do attitude.
Chloë has begun travelling with trips to Australia and a cattle ranch in rural Arizona. She also joined a client's team as a volunteer working to relieve trauma among South Sudanese refugees in northern Ugandan camps.
Sophie is a marketing and social media strategist specialising in activating brands and campaigns across a variety of digital platforms. With a background in interior lifestyle brands, creative agencies and the design and build industry, Sophie has successfully grown and managed many organic and paid accounts. When Sophie’s not working, you can find her scoping out the next best coffee spot to get a snap for her gram, or listening to her favourite podcasts.
Ian brings the highest standards of filmmaking to the world of corporate and third sector video. For the past nine years his work has helped charities, small businesses and corporates to elevate their brand, win attention and generate real-world revenues. He currently serves as the Creative Director of Panvista Productions and can usually be found on location.
Ian has collaborated on film projects with Spread Creative for more than five years, culminating in travelling with Gareth to shoot a series of five films for Flame International in post-conflict zones in Africa, the Caucasus and the Middle East.
Nick was very young when he made his first film – just 8 years old, with a small handheld Philips camera.
Nick has been producing films since 2013 for a wide variety of companies across the UK and internationally. Nick has collaborated with Spread Creative on a number of projects making films with us for Mute Soundproofing and the John Ford Group.
Amy has been a professional commercial photographer for more than 10 years, and has a reputation for getting the very best out of everyone she shoots.
She has worked with Spread in the studio and on location covering editorial, events and portraiture – from Essex to the House of Lords.
Amy uses Canon cameras but we try not to hold that against her.
Rachel Jamieson is a composer for film, TV, audiobooks and commercial projects. Writing music has always been a part of my life and I have been lucky enough to turn that love into a career.
She has worked on a wide selection of projects so far – everything from feature films, to children’s audiobooks, to writing demo tracks for sound designers. Rachel loves using music to tell a story and working alongside directors to make their vision a reality. Her music is a combination of styles – ambient, orchestral, synth.
Rachel has collaborated with Spread Creative on a number of projects – creating unique soundscapes for our films.
With more than 35 years experience in graphic design, typesetting and print media, Malcolm Izatt is about as good as it gets when it comes to putting words and images on a page.
Joshua is a brand strategist and multidisciplinary designer with a history of working in the graphic design industry. He is skilled in User Experience (UX), Advertising, User Interface Design, Event Management and Editing.
Joshua obtained a distinction in his Graphic Design HND from Canterbury College, and is currently studying for a BA (Hons) Business Innovation & Management at University for the Creative Arts.
Joshua speaks fluent French, has strong international links and regularly travels throughout Europe and central Africa.
James loves design and the internet – a perfect combination when it comes to website design and development. James' skills in Web & Graphic Design, HTML, ExpressionEngine, HTML Emails and HTML tables makes him the perfect go-to for Spread Creative clients looking for their branding message to be synced with their digital communications.
James is passionate about rugby, coffee, Formula 1, and all things Apple. He and his Chocolate Labrador are regulars at the Spread Creative studio.
With nearly twenty years in the creative industries, Matt is a great all-rounder with talent for graphic design, branding, marketing and illustration.
Matt channels all these into his excellent web design and works with Spread across a range of clients, delivering great results and stunning websites.
Dan the Vicar is Spread Creative's chaplain. Whilst leading an Anglican church community start-up project on the outskirts of the city, he finds time to meet with our team on a regular basis. Dan always brings a large dose of encouragement, curiosity, humour, insight and prayer – wonderful when times are quiet, essential when times are busy.
Dan leads St. Francis' Church, Beaulieu Park, Chelmsford with his wife Ruth and their three young boys.
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