Gareth Barton (founder, photographer & lead creative) spent 15 years in commercial interior design providing workplace solutions in the UK and Europe for clients such as Sony, DHL, Reebok and Cisco Systems before moving to the charity sector. As a director of Prison Fellowship (England & Wales) he delivered strategy development, communications and fundraising, and front line work, tutoring Restorative Justice programmes with offenders in prisons across southeast England. In 2008 he began freelancing – working with charitable and commercial organisations, developing and delivering branding, communications and fundraising strategies across all media. As a photographer, Gareth works with charities and NGOs to help communicate their stories with gripping photojournalism and with private clients who enjoy being involved in the creative process and seeing the realisation of compelling personal photographs. “I have been taking photos for over 20 years now and it”s really all about people for me – from high-tech studio environments to refugee camps in conflict zones. Whether it’s portraits of creative artistes or accountants, models oozing confidence or the person that says, “I hate having my photograph taken”, those with everything or those with nothing, they all get the same treatment – to capture something of their lives and to communicate that to others.”
Amy Clayton (administrator and creative) worked as an executive assistant in the City of London for more than a decade before taking time away from the corporate world to start a family. Amy provides Spread with expert administration and organisation, a creative flair and lead role in the growth of our client portfolio.
Rubén Madila (digital communications & website developer) has worked as a freelance web developer since 2007 and now leads a team at Ollie Ford & co., delivering website design and development, from simple entry-level sites to bespoke innovation and enterprise level e-commerce solutions. With an eager eye for all things digital and a passion for creating, the web was the only place for Rubén to achieve his career ambitions. After training and working in a wide range of companies across London, he decided that the only way of doing the best possible job was to work directly with the client to produce the best results.
Ian Gibbons (filmmaker) founded Panvista Productions in 2009 whilst working for a UK-based charity. As the videos he was making for them started to gain national recognition, he sensed there was a wider market for his distinctive cinematic sensibility. Ian and his team of expert associates have worked for large corporates, small businesses and the not-for-profit sector, both in the UK and overseas. Producing everything from short, sharp web promos to event films to large scale documentaries, they have covered subjects as diverse as poverty in Latin America and Zumba fitness.
Chloë Ford is starting out on the path to a career as a creative. Gareth and the team at Spread have linked up with her to provide inspiration, coaching and mentoring, as well as opportunities to shadow our work and to join us as an assistant from time to time. We have set Chloë the task of blogging her progress and you can read all about it here.