we're nerds through and through
(Paul prefers the term 'geek')

we do what we love, and we love what we do

Our team is composed of a bunch of hardworking, clever, creative and downright fantastic geeks. Collectively we have over 34 years of experience and we apply our knowledge carefully and creatively to every project. We work with some equally amazing people too! From large corporates to small independents, they all have something in common: a problem in need of a solution.


  • Chris Keeling


    Director / Solutions Architect

    With nearly 10 years experience working in the elearning industry, Chris is an expert in all areas of production. Starting his career as a developer, Chris has always enjoyed researching and developing new concepts. He's also worked as 'Production manager’, ‘Technical Director’ and 'Solutions Architect'. Giving him the drive to focus on efficiency and user experience.


    When not behind a computer, Chris is still trying to become a pro surfer, footballer, and Olympic marathon runner. He’s also starting to come to terms with the fact that he’ll just be ‘Daddy’ to his 2 young boys.

    “Work hard to keep things simple.”

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  • Nicky Hoyland


    Director / Solutions Architect

    Prior to forming Digital Balance Nicky worked for numerous corporates inside Learning & Development, covering a variety of roles from; instructional design, training delivery, digital learning design and digital learning system management.


    When not in work, Nicky can often be found either out running around the streets of Manchester or catching some waves somewhere on the North East or South West coast.

    “Simplicity of design, an engaging user experience and the quality of our projects is what drives me on a day to day basis.”

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  • Mike Yates


    Project Lead / Developer

    Before joining the Digital Balance team, Mike worked in graphic design and studied IT and Multimedia Systems at University. He enjoys both the logical and creative side to web development but likes to focus on his attention to detail, user interfaces and unique user experiences.


    Mike spends pretty much all of his non-working hours doing some form of sport, be it at the gym, charging down the rugby pitch or even dunking a few basketballs on the court. Fuelled by punk-rock music, he loves to put some miles in his running shoes and on his bike. He also enjoys watching rom-coms and Disney films a little too much.

    “If it's not intuitive to everyone it needs improving.”

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  • Lucy Clews


    Head of Design

    With a varied history of Illustration and Print Design, Lucy is now making new roads into the digital world. She is an advocate of ‘flat’ design but loves to experiment and obtain the right feel and solution for each individual project. She notes that the simplest of ideas are often the best no matter how complicated the journey is to achieve it!


    Outside of the DB office, Lucy can be found either doodling , crafting and creating in her studio or cooking up a storm in the kitchen, She also loves a good trek through the British countryside and is on the current hunt for a canine friend to take along with her on walks.

    “Everything in design has already been done, but it hasn’t been done by you!”

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  • Paul Tebbatt


    Technical Director

    Paul has had a wide and varied working history. However since graduating University in 2006 he has worked with the web technology sector from Web Development and Web Hosting to VLE/LMS management and eLearning. He also is a qualified post-16 lecturer and has experience teaching FE/HE and delivering staff development training.


    Outside of work, Paul has a love for music and regularly play gigs in his band Tribute to Nordberg and acoustically on his own. He can also be seen on the “terraces" of the King Power Stadium as well as spending days with his growing little family.

    “There isn’t much that cannot be achieved, it just takes time, hard work and imagination.”

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  • Shane Baddeley


    Developer

    Before joining the Digital Balance team, Shane worked for an online retailer helping to transform their online store and marketing. He enjoys both design and coding aspects of web development which allows him to see websites from both a visual and technical perspective.


    When not at the office Shane enjoys gaming, whether it be causing chaos on Grand Theft Auto or being creative and building cool stuff on Minecraft. He also enjoys watching great crime drama TV series such as Criminal Minds and Person of Interest.

    “The web is always evolving, to succeed online we need to evolve with it.”

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  • Alistair Wells


    Senior Developer

    Alistair has spent the last 7 years writing web applications primarily in PHP. His programming journey started with BBC Basic at 9 years old and he’s been tinkering with computers ever since. He likes finding out what makes things work, to improve their designs and to share the changes with others.


    He speaks Spanish (más o menos) and is currently learning German. A big fan of music, he enjoys playing the bass and drums and mixing records that should never be mixed together. Rumour has it that he may be occasionally found in the gym.

    “Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionise the way we learn.”

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  • Louise Hodkiss


    Designer

    Louise is a very dreamy, creative artist, dedicated to bringing ideas and concepts to life. Happiness to her is creating and bringing joy to people through her paintings and illustrations.


    When not working, Lou can be found watching a variety of TV shows and films, at the theatre or wreaking havoc in her craft room. She loves Disney, dogs and donuts.

    “Passion inspires creativity, inspires results.”

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  • Steven Weir


    UX Designer / Developer

    After spending more than 8 years working in the signage industry as a Web Designer and Production Manager, Steven's love of all things technical brought him to Digital Balance, where he blurs the lines between UX Designer and Web Developer.


    Away from the office, Steven enjoys reading his comic book collection, playing guitar, visiting the cinema but most of all, playing Playstation 4. Some of his favourite games are Battlefield, Assassin's Creed and Metal Gear Solid.

    “I believe when you have to explain a design, you've already failed. Good design doesn't need instruction, it is the instruction!”

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Director / Solutions Architect


With nearly 10 years experience working in the elearning industry, Chris is an expert in all areas of production. Starting his career as a developer, Chris has always enjoyed researching and developing new concepts. He's also worked as 'Production manager’, ‘Technical Director’ and 'Solutions Architect'. Giving him the drive to focus on efficiency and user experience.

When not behind a computer, Chris is still trying to become a pro surfer, footballer, and Olympic marathon runner. He’s also starting to come to terms with the fact that he’ll just be ‘Daddy’ to his 2 young boys.

“Work hard to keep things simple.”

Director / Solutions Architect


Prior to forming Digital Balance, Nicky worked for numerous corporates inside Learning & Development, covering a variety of roles from; instructional design, training delivery, digital learning design and digital learning system management.

When not in work, Nicky can often be found either out running around the streets of Manchester or catching some waves somewhere on the North East or South West coast.

“Simplicity of design, an engaging user experience and the quality of our projects is what drives me on a day to day basis.”

Project Lead / Developer


Before joining the Digital Balance team, Mike worked in graphic design and studied IT and Multimedia Systems at University. He enjoys both the logical and creative side to web development but likes to focus on his attention to detail, user interfaces and unique user experiences.

Mike spends pretty much all of his non-working hours doing some form of sport, be it at the gym, charging down the rugby pitch or even dunking a few basketballs on the court. Fuelled by punk-rock music, he loves to put some miles in his running shoes and on his bike. He also enjoys watching rom-coms and Disney films a little too much.

“If it's not intuitive to everyone it needs improving.”

Head of Design


With a varied history of Illustration and Print Design, Lucy is now making new roads into the digital world. She is an advocate of ‘flat’ design but loves to experiment and obtain the right feel and solution for each individual project. She notes that the simplest of ideas are often the best no matter how complicated the journey is to achieve it!

Outside of the DB office, Lucy can be found either doodling, crafting and creating in her studio or cooking up a storm in the kitchen, She also loves a good trek through the British countryside and is on the current hunt for a canine friend to take along with her on walks.

“Everything in design has already been done, but it hasn’t been done by you!”

Technical Director


Paul has had a wide and varied working history. However since graduating University in 2006 he has worked with the web technology sector from Web Development and Web Hosting to VLE/LMS management and eLearning. He also is a qualified post-16 lecturer and has experience teaching FE/HE and delivering staff development training.

Outside of work Paul has a love for music and regularly play gigs in his band Tribute to Nordberg and acoustically on his own. He can also be seen on the “terraces" of the King Power Stadium as well as spending days with his growing little family.

“There isn’t much that cannot be achieved, it just takes time, hard work and imagination”

Developer


Before joining the Digital Balance team, Shane worked for an online retailer helping to transform their online store and marketing. He enjoys both design and coding aspects of web development which allows him to see websites from both a visual and technical perspective.

When not at the office Shane enjoys gaming, whether it be causing chaos on Grand Theft Auto or being creative and building cool stuff on Minecraft. He also enjoys watching great crime drama TV series such as Criminal Minds and Person of Interest.

“The web is always evolving, to succeed online we need to evolve with it”

Senior Developer


Alistair has spent the last 7 years writing web applications primarily in PHP. His programming journey started with BBC Basic at 9 years old, and he’s been tinkering with computers ever since. He likes finding out what makes things work, to improve their designs and to share the changes with others.

He speaks Spanish (más o menos) and is currently learning German. A big fan of music, he enjoys playing the bass and drums and mixing records that should never be mixed together. Rumour has it that he may be occasionally found in the gym.

“Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionise the way we learn.”

Designer


Louise is a very dreamy, creative artist, dedicated to bringing ideas and concepts to life. Happiness to her is creating and bringing joy to people through her paintings and illustrations.

When not working, Lou can be found watching a variety of TV shows and films, at the theatre or wreaking havoc in her craft room. She loves Disney, dogs and donuts.

“Passion inspires creativity, inspires results.”

UX Designer / Developer


After spending more than 8 years working in the signage industry as a Web Designer and Production Manager, Steven's love of all things technical brought him to Digital Balance, where he blurs the lines between UX Designer and Web Developer.

Away from the office, Steven enjoys reading his comic book collection, playing guitar, visiting the cinema but most of all, playing Playstation 4. Some of his favourite games are Battlefield, Assassin's Creed and Metal Gear Solid.

“I believe when you have to explain a design, you've already failed. Good design doesn't need instruction, it is the instruction.”

we believe even the most complex technical solutions should be effortless, engaging, and exciting to all users

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