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Rob Burns

Managing Director

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Rob Burns

Managing Director

Rob founded 9xb back in the day and has worked tirelessly over the past 10 years to build the business into one of the UK's leading digital agencies. A digital marketing specialist he has advised on strategy and delivered campaigns for a wide range of high profile clients including Hi-Tec Sports plc, Marks & Spencer, Cityvisitor, PepsiCo, Minky Homecare and Round Table. When not working, he has 3 young children, plays golf, travels, runs, reads, goes to gigs, plays poker and is an active member of Round Table, who run a number of high profiles charity events. In 2012 Rob will be Chairman of Harrogate Round Table, which is the biggest Round Table in the UK.  linkedin.com/in/robburns9xb

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Rob Reeve

Chairman

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Rob Recent Projects & Interesting Links www.leedsunited.com www.majorcaholidays.net www.rbs.co.uk

Rob Reeve

Chairman

In terms of both age and experience Rob is the senior member of the 9xb team. Rob brings with him a great number of years’ experience in business as well as maturity and sophistication (his description) to a young, energetic, talented and technically brilliant (their description) team of people. Rob’s day to day responsibilities are primarily in controlling the financial affairs of the company whilst working closely with his business partner and co-founding shareholder, Rob Burns, in helping to guide the strategic direction and growth of the business. Although he works in a digital agency he has yet to join any of the social network sites but he is giving it some thought.
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Chris Kell

Sales Director

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Chris Kell

Sales Director

Chris has worked in client management for the past 17 years and joined 9xb in the early days, when a few staff rattled around an office that resembled a rabbit warren, quietly building excellent websites and a strong reputation. With a background managing multi-million pound Telecom contracts, and having worked on web projects for the likes of Virgin and Tesco, Chris understands the need for outstanding customer service through a knowledgeable, well organised account management team that deliver on client objectives. Outside of work Chris likes to keep fit – he was recently referred to as a Beanpole (by a client) – he regularly plays football and goes running. twitter.com/#!/Kellerman100 linkedin.com/in/chriskell1 
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Ben Aylott

Technical Director

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Ben Aylott

Technical Director

Ben is one of the longest standing members of the 9xb team, having been with the company for 10 years.  In this time, Ben has progressed his way through a development role to studio management and then on to where he is now.  During this period he has worked with a large proportion of the company’s key clients, including Hi-Tec, Rolawn, Marks & Spencer and Virgin. Away from work, Ben is about to enter into fatherhood for the first time.  He fears this will be an even greater challenge than his role at 9xb.
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Alexander King

Projects Director

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Alexander Recent Projects & Interesting Links www.yattix.com www.lifehacker.com www.slashdot.org

Alexander King

Projects Director

As Projects Director, Alex is responsible for keeping work flowing in and out of the studio, and making sure his fantastic team of Project Managers are working to the best of their abilities. With many years of experience in delivering complex web projects to time and to budget, Al's knowledge of technology and standards ensures that his team don't miss a trick and his belief in high standards is almost legendary. Outside of work he’s trained Wing Chun Kung Fu for 12 years, and plays guitar in rock band Berlin Black. linkedin.com
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Simon Blake

Account Director

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Simon Blake

Account Director

Simon has worked in the digital sector for 15 years and with major clients such as Safestore, Ping, Total, UNISON, Balfour Beatty, Cadburys & Yorkshire Forward. Simon’s experience is a great asset to the Account Management team and having completed the Chartered Institute of Marketing post-graduate diploma and the Professional Diploma in Strategic Sales, is perfectly placed to understand client’s needs and turn them into winning solutions. A family man with 2 young children (who keep him well entertained), who when set free enjoys a good blast on the mountain bike, a game of football or in summer a relaxing game of golf! twitter.com/sblake75 linkedin.com/in/simonblake75
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Claire Burns

Special Projects Executive

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Claire Recent Projects & Interesting Links www.facebook.com www.bbc.co.uk

Claire Burns

Special Projects Executive

Following a number of years working for in the motor industry, Claire took time out to become a Mum. The hardest job of all - on call 24 hours a day, unpaid, no holidays etc. etc. On returning to work she opted for a complete change and joined 9xb.com. Her role as Special Projects encompasses a wide and varied range of duties to help ensure the company continues to run smoothly.   Outside of work Claire loves the gym, running, reading and gardening. She has spent a large part of the past 6 months creating the Harrogate ladies 'social' club - which combines two of her favourite things: wine and talking.
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Mike van Rooyen

Senior Projects Developer

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Mike van Rooyen

Senior Projects Developer

With 10 years experience in web development and after working with major brands such as Coca-Cola, Hi-Tec and The Post Office there isn’t much that Mike hasn’t seen or done. Comfortable working with front-end technologies, alongside a passion for web standards and accessibility Mike uses his knowledge from working in a PCI Level One environment to create robust and secure applications both for clients and 9xb’s own framework. Away from the office Mike loves nothing more than being active with snowboarding, running, football and mountain biking filling his weekends and holidays.  It’s not all fun and games though as he’s a season ticket holder at Sincil Bank, the home of Lincoln City, and regularly sees the Imps submit to another crushing defeat.
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Paul Nel

Digital Marketing Consultant

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Paul Nel

Digital Marketing Consultant

A proud South African, Paul’s passion for sport and marketing are almost equal! While in South Africa Paul worked within the sports and event management world even enjoying a guest stint with the ‘Springboks’. During this time his appetite grew to specialise in marketing, leading him to complete a Marketing Management Degree whilst working full-time. Paul was quickly hired by a leading eCommerce marketing company, where he quickly applied his skills to maximise online visibility and ROI. Paul has joined 9xb as a Marketing Consultant, where his strong Ecommerce knowledge, combined with PPC, affiliate and email marketing experience are helping his clients build on their own revenue channels. 
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Jay Heaviside

Senior Digital Designer

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Jay Heaviside

Senior Digital Designer

Jay has over 15 years design agency experience and has worked on many big brands over the years including First Direct, Toyota, MFI, Leeds Building Society, Ideal-Standard, Armitage Shanks and Crafts Council. An award winning designer, his expertise spans brand identity, advertising, direct mail and of course digital design. Always a winner with our clients, his style expertly combines visually striking concepts, with clean, usable layouts that work across multiple channels. As Senior Designer at 9xb, he spends his time on key accounts such as Magnum Boots, Total, Hirefox, Round Table and the DADI award nominated Hi-Tec Sports websites.
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John Young

Account Director

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John Young

Account Director

John is a Yorkshire boy born and bred. He joined 9xb following 4 years account management at one of the North's top brand design agencies and 2 years at a full service communications agency. He has proudly worked on many large client accounts including npower, Bupa, Royal Mail, M&S AND Morrisons. Before all this, John worked in the US for 3 years after completing his degree in Events Management. When he isn’t running, coaching running or thinking about nutrition (for running), John can be mostly found lounging out on the sofa watching an Ealing comedy or a Bond film.
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Jonathan Beeley

Web and Applications Developer

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Jonathan Beeley

Web and Applications Developer

Jon joined 9xb back in 2007 and plays a fundamental part in both the development and on-going management of a number of projects for key 9xb clients. With a degree in Digital Media from Leeds University, he specialises in web development technologies and has worked on projects for brands including Cadburys, Xscape, Yorkshire Linen Co. and Rolawn. A popular member of the studio, both for his all round technical expertise and charismatic personality, he is often the centre of attention. Although his personal life is subject of much speculation, Jon does admit to playing golf and football and being a keen amateur photographer. Presumably not at the same time. linkedin.com/pub/jonathan-beeley/
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Lewis Clark

PPC Consultant

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Lewis Clark

PPC Consultant

Having gained a 2:1 BA degree in Business Management from York St John University, covering all areas of business including HR, Marketing, Finance and Web Design, Lewis soon discovered his true passion was in digital marketing.   Following a series of placements at 9xb during his second year at Uni, he kept on coming back during breaks and holidays and earned the opportunity to join the team on a full time basis. Since then Lewis has specialised in Paid Search and uses his expertise to maximise online exposure for his clients and deliver those all important conversions. Outside of work, he plays Badminton for York at a competitive level across the country and enjoys an early morning swim.  Lewis has been awarded an AdWords Individual Qualification with specialisation in search advertising.
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Martin Hughes

Senior Systems Developer

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Martin Recent Projects & Interesting Links www.made4fighters.com www.logshed.co.uk www.cityvisitor.co.uk   9xb Blog Post What Are Web Frameworks

Martin Hughes

Senior Systems Developer

When given a subject, Martin won't stop until he knows everything he can about it. It should come as no surprise then he is steeped in every aspect of web development. His expertise covers fundamental framework development, ecommerce and web security. It’s uncommon to find a creative side in programming geeks, but believe it or not this geek knows his way around Photoshop. As a keen poker player, Martin takes his problem solving skills to the tables. The art of reading the situation and reacting swiftly and confidently comes naturally. Unless, of course, the stakes rise to crazy heights (like £10 or something), then he’ll instantly resort to turtling and fold faster than Superman on laundry day. linkedin.com/in/martinhughes1
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Andrew Jackson

Digital Marketing Exec

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Andrew Jackson

Digital Marketing Exec

Andrew’s role at 9xb allows him to combine his passion for creative writing with a keen interest in online marketing.  With almost a decade’s experience in the public sector, Andrew combined his last 4 years work at the Department for Work and Pensions with a return to education.  Having graduated from Leeds University in June 2006 with a 2:1 class English degree, a move to William Hill’s International Sports Division as a Text Editor soon followed.     Away from work and aside from writing, Andrew can be found playing (dodgy knee permitting) and watching football, jogging and spending plenty of time with his new wife and young son.
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Lisa Bain

Company Accountant

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Lisa Bain

Company Accountant

With eighteen years’ experience working as a Financial Accountant within the Motor Trade and Manufacturing industries Lisa really knows her stuff. Following a career break to have a family - and become a registered childminder - Lisa returned to work in January 2013 as 9xb's Company Accountant. Her main duties are managing the day to day financial requirements of the company including credit control, producing financial accounts and dealing with payroll requirements.   When not working (or busy running around after the children) Lisa enjoys travelling to sunnier climes, entertaining friends and family and loves weekends away ‘Glamping’. Her favourite past times are socialising, eating great food, drinking good wine and shopping!
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Ben Kay

Software Engineer

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Ben Kay

Software Engineer

A keen motorsport enthusiast, Ben transfers his passion for the track to drive his success in Web development. Graduating from the University of Hull with an MSc in Internet Computing, he has in-depth experience from later being Lead Developer for a project to develop a publishing platform for the HE sector. Ben holds a Diploma in Management from CMI, and is a Zend Certified Engineer in PHP. Working with clients including Anibase, Hi-Tec and Weavabel, Ben’s knowledge is invaluable to 9xb. Outside of work Ben is an avid follower of motorsport and a track day enthusiast, taking to circuits including Silverstone, Donington Park and Spa-Francorchamps in a very loud Caterham Superlight R300. http://www.linkedin.com/in/bensk
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Joe Lyon

Senior Project Manager

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Joe Lyon

Senior Project Manager

In 2009, Joe graduated from Newcastle University with a 2:1 in Marketing and Management and has been with 9xb ever since. Passionate about all things digital, Joe is always on the look-out for the latest innovations to improve the quality; relevance and conversion of the websites 9xb develop. When he’s not waxing lyrical about the world of Digital, Joe’s showing off his skills (or lack of) at Harrogate Hockey Club. To balance supposed ‘softness’ of Hockey playing, Joe likes to rack up the man points doing DIY. linkedin.com/in/seniordigitalproj..
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Alexena Mutch

Web and Applications Developer

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Alexena Mutch

Web and Applications Developer

Alexena joined 9xb after running her own digital agency. With a background in IT consultancy and development expanding over 20 years, Alexena brings with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise, specialising in developing fully functional and highly interactive websites using the latest of technologies. In her own time, Alexena extends her creative flair to arts and crafts, European and Asian cooking and listening to her much loved Gypsy Jazz, Spanish Guitar and the Blues. Alexena also enjoys rambling around the  Yorkshire Dales and The Lake District and is a keen badminton and squash player!
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Michael Cockle

UI Developer

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Michael Cockle

UI Developer

Michael joined 9xb in spring 2013, following six years’ web design and development experience working in-house and in agency environments. After working with companies including the NHS, First Direct and Arts Council England, he’s developed real expertise in front-end web development and responsive web design, from conception to completion. Michael is passionate about the ideas of the ‘one web’, where the future will be based around web rather than native applications. In his spare time, he’s a keen cricketer – although, he keeps vowing to retire to ‘do something more useful’.
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John Nightingale

Digital Designer

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John Nightingale

Digital Designer

With 17 years of digital industry experience, Johnny has worked in various Yorkshire agencies, as a freelance designer and within retail E-commerce environments. His work includes an award-winning site for the Department for Education, and for major brands including Adidas, Kellogg’s, Warburtons, and Habitat. He was also commended for his work on former government ‘UK Investment’ sites. Apart from web design, Johnny is a keen musician and is kept busy drumming in his garage rock band. Any extra spare time is spent with his young family or appreciating the fine art of ‘real-ale’. Interestingly, whilst travelling in Thailand he trained as a ‘Mahout’ elephant master.
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James Weller

Account Exec

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James Weller

Account Exec

James has gained broad experience in a variety of industries including music, retail and client service. But it’s the online sector where his heart lies. He joined 9xb after spending 3 years setting up and running an e-commerce operation for a photographic business. James has expertise in online user experience, branding and managing on and offline marketing campaigns. One of his key strengths is the ability to understand a client’s needs and apply creative thinking to deliver results. When James isn’t at the office, he’s probably out at the local cinema watching the latest box office hit or an Old classic (Ghostbusters II).
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Matt Barnes

Digital Marketing Exec

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Matt Barnes

Digital Marketing Exec

As the youngest member of the team, Matt joined 9xb as a Creative Link Builder. He is a great asset to the team having gained valued experience previously working as a Systems Testing Analyst at PMC. Matt is polite and helpful, working well with others and creating excellent relations with webmasters. In his spare time, as a bodybuilding fanatic, Matt spends most of his time in the local gym; with aspirations to one day compete amongst other professionals. He’s also a rock music enthusiast and attends a number of festivals throughout the year.
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Mark Pickering

Digital Marketing Consultant

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Mark Pickering

Digital Marketing Consultant

Mark comes from a traditional marketing background but has specialised in digital marketing for the last 6 years. Having spent several years ‘client side’ Mark brings a unique perspective across a variety of sectors including travel, fashion and financial services. With years of ‘hands on’ experience in all digital marketing disciplines Mark has a wide range of skills including SEO, social media, conversion optimisation, email marketing and copywriting. Away from his desk Mark can usually be found spending time with his family, playing at being the next Phil Spencer or just kicking back and watching the footy. Follow Mark on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.
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Swetha Poosarla

Web and Applications Developer

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Swetha Poosarla

Web and Applications Developer

Swetha graduated from York university in 2012 with a first class honours degree in Information Technology. Her major project during this time was Qchat - a Scientific web chat application that enables Quantum physicists to exchange complex mathematical equations without using traditional email.   The application included an Equation editor to build equations ranging from Algebra, Quantum and Matrices - basically stuff that me and you will never understand. So she really knows her stuff! Swetha's role at 9xb is varied and focusses on updating a wide range of existing clients websites. Outside of work Swetha interests include cooking and long walks. 
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Martin Power

Account Manager

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Martin Power

Account Manager

A passion for computers and design led Martin to study an Art Foundation course. He quickly realised that his ability to use a computer greatly outweighed his skills with a paintbrush. Completing the course he then made the wise choice to play to his strengths and undertook a Multimedia Technology BSc degree, laying the foundations for his demanding role within an online sports retailer's web team. Following a stint in sales, he soon realised how much he missed working in digital and graces 9xb with his ample talents! Martin is an F1 fanatic and motorsport enthusiast. He also enjoys playing the guitar and the odd pint at Monteys Rock Bar in Harrogate. twitter.com/#!/power_uk
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Brendan Quigley

Senior Database Architect

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Brendan Recent Projects & Interesting Links www.cityvisitor.co.uk www.freedomclinics.com www.innoverne.com

Brendan Quigley

Senior Database Architect

Brendan enjoys all aspects of development but is never happier than when confronted with a huge data problem to get stuck into.  After spending nearly four years at top-ranking holiday search engine icelolly.com, he’s acquired expertise (and enjoyment!) in dealing with high-volume data-intensive applications.  While specialising in MySQL, he’s constantly on the lookout for new and interesting database techniques and systems. During downtime, Brendan likes to listen to audiobooks (John Grisham at the moment!) and go for family walks in the country.  And when possible, he pops back to the west coast of Ireland for some fresh Atlantic air and a few pints.
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Mazen Shaheed

Senior Web and Applications Developer

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Mazen Shaheed

Senior Web and Applications Developer

Not only is Maz really good at table foosball, he’s an all round digital expert. Kicking off with an MSc in Multimedia Technologies for E-Commerce he went on to master just about all major web technologies including CSS, XHTML, Smarty, JavaScript, Ajax, Functional and Object Oriented PHP, Zend Framework, XML and MySql database. Often found heading up project teams for major E-Commerce and CMS web application builds in the 9xb studio, he’s at his best when up to his elbows in code. Outside of work, Maz enjoys travelling, playing football and swimming, plus he is a dab hand at playing cards. Trex anyone? linkedin.com/pub/mazen-shaheed
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Michael Smith

Digital Marketing Exec

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Michael Smith

Digital Marketing Exec

Michael joined 9xb in December 2010 after graduating in the summer from the University of Liverpool with a 2:1 in communication and media studies. In-between graduating and starting at 9xb, he spent time interning with his MP and with his local newspaper. His favourite part of marketing is the research process – although it’s also good to see results!  Outside of work he enjoys golf in the summer, light ales in the winter and strong tea all year round.  Follow Michael on TwitterGoogle+ and LinkedIn.
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Robert Taylor

Web and Applications Developer

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Robert Taylor

Web and Applications Developer

A key member of the 9xb studio team, Rob started his career typesetting scientific journals. Finding he couldn’t stop thinking about IT, he went back to university and studied software development. This led to programming roles at Sandvik plc and Sanderson plc followed by a move to a major online holiday website - which provided valuable experience of dealing with a very high traffic site. Outside of work Rob enjoys running and recommends the Harrogate 10k, the Otley and Eccup 10 milers and a really tough but scenic road half marathon at Bradford. He also enjoys golf and used to live in St Andrews where he says the courses are great when it’s not blowing a gale, which isn't very often!
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Rich Kenny

Project Manager

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Rich Kenny

Project Manager

Rich Graduated from UEA in 2009 with a 2:1 in International Development specialising in Economics. His previous experience has included Communication, Infrastructure and Technical Assistance projects in Westminster, Tajikistan and Nigeria for Adam Smith International. A former professional athlete he now spends most his free time both training and competing in Wrestling and Brazilian Ju-jitsu or as a drug tester for UK Anti Doping.
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Jenny Riley

Project Manager

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Jenny Riley

Project Manager

Jenny graduated from Leeds Metropolitan university with a 1st class degree in Sport Business Management specialising in Marketing. Her previous experience includes Marketing Assistant for Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Area Management within the financial retail sector. Away from work, she is an avid cricketer representing her county, managing and coaching her local ladies cricket Club. Passionate about her fitness, she participates in many a sport including football, ju-jitsu and badminton.  http://www.play-cricket.com/home/home.asp www.herbalife.com/ www.apm.org.uk
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