Weave is made up of a cross-section of leading creative and digital businesses across Cheshire East: Matmi, Wild Rumpus, BlueBeck, Sigma, TMC, Media Four, Barclays Creative, Big Decimal, Thrive Creative and other related organisations including Estates and Leisure, Macclesfield College and Manchester University. The Weave name was chosen to reflect the cultural history of the area linked to the textile and silk industry of Cheshire East and of how Weave is helping businesses work with one another to the mutual benefit of the sector. New members from the creative and digital sector are welcome to join us.
  • Denise Proctor

    Denise Proctor (FRSA, MBA, MA(RCA), Dip IOD)

    Denise is a member of the main board of the Creative Industries Council (CIC), plus previously the Creative Industries Federation (CIF) Advisory board. Denise has advised David Cameron’s team at No.10. about the Creative Industries. Denise is a business mentor for tech start-ups and a founding member of the boards of several schools in the Northwest, New Islington Free School (Primary) and Manchester Creative Studio School (Secondary).

    In 2004 Denise founded the national, award-winning NOISE Festival charity (The Times Charity Award) with the support of Arts Council England, to promote emerging talent into the Creative Industries. Through NOISE biennial awards at the House of Commons and placements/mentorship with leading creative professionals including Brian Eno, Dame Zaha Hadid, Tom Dixon, Giles Deacon, Ian Livingstone CBE etc. emerging talent, particularly those from the North and disadvantaged by economic, geographic or educational backgrounds, overcame barriers to entry to the Creative Industries.

    Originally an award-winning Director in the film and music industry, Denise then launched PWP Ltd. an online creative agency in London, winning BIMA and design industry awards for clients including Elton John, Paul Smith, INXS, Manic Street Preachers and Sun Microsystems. Which spun off one of the first online music retail start-ups CD-I-Y.com (The Times E-commerce Award). Then as a consultant to the board of AIM (Association of Independent Music), Denise was chosen by Lord David Puttnam to be Director of Production, leading teams to select and scope games/education projects for the £1m Nesta Futurelab fund and ‘blue-skies’ R&D accelerator.

  • Arthur Parsons

    Arthur is a Head of Design at TT Games having been a key member of the development studio for more than 19 years. In this time, Arthur has been the game director of several of the popular LEGO franchises, including LEGO Batman, LEGO Marvel, LEGO Dimensions, and LEGO Harry Potter, while also involved in the design and development of more than 20 titles from LEGO to other IP’s like Crash Bandicoot and Toy Story.

  • Christina Hayman

    Makerversity gives young organisations a vital presence in a city where they would otherwise be unable to afford space. They provide spaces, tools and machines to over 90 businesses (250 people), and also run programmes to support business development and experimentation.

  • Dave Powell

    I started out as a Designer/Front-End Developer, became the Creative Director of a Digital Agency and after scratching the freelance itch for a couple of years, I founded Thrive, a Brand and Digital Communication Agency.

    The Agency works collaboratively with clients to deliver strategic and creative campaigns which connect and engage, producing great work that works. We work in many sectors and have a particular passion for helping Charities and Social Causes. We’re all driven by one simple philosophy. If you thrive, we thrive.

  • Gareth Langley

    Gareth has 15 years experience as co-founder of a multi-award winning boutique digital studio in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. He is now digital creative strategist, business mentor, and entrepreneur.

  • Hilary Stephenson

    Hilary is the Managing Director of Sigma, a user experience company based in Macclesfield and Cambridge but part of the larger, Swedish-owned Sigma IT Consulting Group AB. Since founding the company 10 years ago, Hilary has built a team of user researchers, designers, developers and consultants, who all put people at the heart of digital solutions. Specialising in usability and accessibility, Sigma offers a range of research, co-design, rapid prototyping, design and optimisation approaches to help clients build great websites, software products and apps: http://www.wearesigma.com/

    Hilary’s own background is in content authoring and information architecture, working across sectors including medical statistics, occupational health and non-profit advisory bodies. Her passion is digital inclusion and the design of products and services for groups that may be harder to reach or under-represented. This has involved setting up specific research projects with academic partners, running hackathons around social problems, or facilitating public events to help organisations understand the needs of specific audiences, and the opportunities they have to innovate. As well as managing the UK arm of Sigma, Hilary is a volunteer for Diversity Role Models, a charity seeking to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying in UK schools.

  • Katie Popperwell

    Katie works with the Manchester developer Allied London on city centre projects including the forthcoming St John’s neighbourhood, Spinningfields and London Road Fire Station. She is responsible for leading on strategic cultural partnerships, and devising projects and initiatives that engage with the arts sector and the wider creative industries.
    As a freelance creative producer working across film, music, fashion, literature and performance, Katie has directed and produced public programmes for a range of clients including Selfridges, The University of Manchester and HOME. A former journalist, she still occasionally presents the music news on BBC 6Music Radio and has written for publications including The Guardian, Stylist Magazine and Creative Times. She holds a Masters Degree in Critical and Cultural Theory.

  • Rick Lord

    Rick, started his career studying electronics back in the days when electronic equipment could be repaired. He joined Soundcraft Network Video in 1984 as a broadcast engineer and went on to specialise in sound recording. In 1986 Rick established Dragon TV, a broadcast video facilities company, where he worked on productions for BBC, Granada, Channel 4, and SKY. In the late 90s Rick worked on two Channel 5 series as sound engineer with the popular chef Keith Floyd. This involved travelling around France & Europe sampling food & wine… and recording sound.
    Through a merger in 2002 Dragon TV moved into production and became mediafour. Rick now produces a wide range of video productions with a great interest in documentary style projects and working with the public sector.
    Rick is a member of the Institute of Professional Sound.

  • Sarah Bird & Rowan Hoban

    Sarah and Rown established Wild Rumpus the award winning arts organisation in 2009 following successful careers in bookselling, publishing and science education. Both live in Macclesfield with their families. Wild Rumpus work from the Whirligig a rural creation space and woodland office in Cheshire. We produce incredible artistic, creative adventures outdoors for families locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

  • Sinead Musgrave

    I am the STEM Development Manager for the business arm of Macclesfield college- Maxim Business Training.
    I have a particular interest in Apprenticeships, promoting STEM and strengthening employer/community engagement.
    I have also been a college governor since July 2014.

  • Volker Hirsch

    Volker is Brita’s husband and Lenny’s and Inga’s father. He is also an entrepreneur, advisor and angel investor who has founded or co-founded a total of 7 companies to date. Currently, he is a co-founder of Blue Beck, a software development house based in Macclesfield, the founder of Quantified Ventures, building venture programmes in the IoT/Smart Cities/Big Data & Analytics/AI & Machine Learning sectors, a Venture Partner at Emerge Education, Europe’s leading EdTech accelerator, and the Chairman of Bibblio, which is building next-gen recommender system for knowledge content. He also acts as a board member and/or advisor to another five companies, in EdTech, Health, IoT and gaming. Further, Volker is a Co-Founder of Tech North Advocates seeking to aid the evolving tech ecosystems in the North. Previously, he was the Chief Strategy Officer at Scoreloop, which sold to BlackBerry where he was Global Head of Games. He is a citizen of the world.

  • Jeff Coghlan

    Jeff Coghlan

    Jeff is the Founder and Managing Director of Matmi, a Macclesfield based digital experience and gamification company. Over the past 16 years, Matmi have worked with a range of global clients across multiple sectors advising on Gamification, Digital Strategy and Branded Entertainment driving awareness and interaction across millions of users, resulting in many award winning digital campaigns.
    Outside Matmi, he acts as a digital consultant and futurist giving insight at many commercial and public speaking events. His opinions (not always mainstream!) have been sought by clients, events, conferences and major advertising agencies worldwide including TBWA, Publicis Modem, Sapient Nitro, McCann, WDMP, RKCR /Y&R.

  • Adrian Whitehurst

    A highly experienced designer and marketer with a career focusing on the delivery of integrated solutions for retail, B2B, public sector and pharmaceutical clients such as Pfizer, Eli Lilly and ESMO.
    TMC Strategic Communications consists of a talented, award winning team with an eclectic mix of skills, passions and personalities. Formed in 2006 and based in the heart of the Northwest we have immersive community ties and believe passionately in delivering the most effective strategic communications and marketing solutions for our clients. We strive to generate real and measurable results. Adrian’s work with both digital and traditional communications, technical enthusiasm, dedication and excellent interpersonal skills fit perfectly within our team, building effective on and offline strategies to ensure our clients extract the best possible ROI.
  • Monica Tailor

    Monica’s career in digital began back in 1999 managing sites for a variety of blue chip clients including Apple, Mattel, Cisco Systems and Unilever.

    In 2002 Monica founded her own agency and over the next ten years grew the agency and clients specialising strategic consultancy and digital marketing for a wide range of SME’s and public sector clients.

    Monica joined McCann Manchester in 2012 to head up the digital offering for Aldi and helped them to launch their first eCommerce site in the UK in January 2016.  Monica now works across all clients at McCann Manchester offering strategic digital consultancy as well as managing a team of 35 digital designers, developers and UX specialists to deliver digital solutions.

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