MEET THE TEAM

Mike Batey

Managing Director

Mike is the founder and Managing Director of 24-7. He pretty much knows every job inside out and with over 30 years’ experience in Marketing, he can get the job done no matter the timescale or size of the project. A recovering workaholic, the normal 9-5 isn’t Mike’s cup of tea. He prefers to get stuff done regardless of whether it’s morning, noon or night. Clients are consistently amazed by his dedication and he personifies the term 24-7. He does allow himself the odd box set from 9pm, however we think his wife Wendy might have a thing or two to say if he didn’t. A whisky man, Mike also enjoys spending time walking his and Wendy’s Schnauzers in the Cheshire countryside.

Wendy Batey-Gray

Company Director

Mike’s better half and company director, Wendy is the driving force behind the growth and promotion of the 24-7 brand. With a first-class joint honours degree in Business Management with Media Studies & IT, Wendy has both the practical and theoretical experience to keep projects on track and make sure they deliver great results for our clients. Creativity is at the forefront of everything she does and this compliments Mike perfectly. She’s not too fond of his work-related questions at 6 in the morning however… Wendy’s a lover of Gin, Prosecco and holidays with the girls, when she isn’t playing taxi service for her two boys Mackenzie and Brodie. Wendy is also passionate about animals and looking after her two dogs, Snookie and Harley.

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Bev Stott

Finance & Company Manager

Bev is our Finance & Company Manager and heads up HR and cash flow. She plays a vital role in the day-to-day running of the business and makes sure everybody is on top of their game. She’s a whizz on Excel and Xero, and the staff are continually impressed by her attention to detail and ability to chase for the correct documents on jobs and projects. You’re not a true member of the 24-7 team until Bev has called or emailed you requesting an invoice. If you get more than two emails you’re in trouble…
Away from the office, Bev is very family oriented and spends the majority of time with her husband Carl and sons Josh and Luke. She also loves reading, shopping and socialising.

Elliot Thompson

Senior Account Manager

Elliot is one of our Senior Account Managers and he’s the man for making things happen no matter the size of the job or tightness of the deadline. He thrives under pressure and constantly delivers for our clients across all aspects of marketing – from signage and point of sale to complete rebrands, there isn’t a project he can’t manage. He’s also ‘politely’ requested that we mention his design skills (his 3d renders and artwork aren’t too shabby) and his complete mastery of the Adobe suite. Away from the office and forcing people to write glowing reviews about him, Elliot is a recreational guitarist, fisherman and football player and likes to indulge in the odd pint. Oh and he’s one to avoid on the Secret Santa, as Lee will testify…

Lee Cadman

Account Manager

Lee is Elliot’s partner in crime.
Getting projects completed within deadline is his bread and butter; rush jobs and last minute requests don’t faze him and he’s equally adept at overseeing nationwide roll-outs for full marketing campaigns. He knows his way around Adobe Illustrator and InDesign too, and will soon be vying with Elliot for the title of ‘Chief SketchUp designer.’ In his own time, Lee loves watching Manchester United, Clay pigeon and game shooting in the countryside and walking his dog. He’s currently plotting his Secret Santa revenge on Elliot too after 2016’s offering which, much to the delight of the office, was a signed picture of Elliot playing golf. Watch this space were his words when asked about 2018’s gift-giving…

Dan LLoyd

Dan Lloyd

Marketing Account Executive

Dan, or Lloydy as he is known in the office, is one of our dynamic apprentices and he loves getting to grips with a challenge or two!

Studying for a Higher National Diploma while he works at Solutions 24-7, he has an amazing can-do attitude to any project and is constantly impressing his colleagues.

Although he was quiet to start with he has since come out of his shell and we’ve found that he’s fond of a well-delivered one liner or two. Quite a useful trait to have really seeing as he’s surrounded by comedians.

When he’s got some time to himself, Lloydy enjoys hitting the gym, heading out with mates and watching United. Unfortunately there’s not much to shout about in the red half of Manchester at the minute though…

Ella Carr

Ella Carr

Business Administration

Alongside Lloydy, Ella is our other tenacious apprentice, bringing passion and a creative flair to the company.

Joining Solutions 24-7 from Priestley College where she completed A-Levels in Business and IT, Ella always gets the job done and can be relied upon to solve problems even if the deadline seems impossible.

As well as Business, Ella loves performing and has appeared in numerous shows for theatre company Encore Productions. We think that’s one of the main reasons why she can sometimes be a drama queen….

Away from the stage she loves a trip to Nando’s and hitting the town with her friends.

Emilie Davies

Health & Safety Manager

Emilie is one of Solutions 24-7’s team players. Not only does she manage a number of accounts but she’s also on hand to help with project work for other team members. There isn’t a client Emilie hasn’t kept happy and she’s also our Health and Safety Manager. Unfortunately that has meant no more wild parties on a Monday morning but you can’t win them all… Before joining Solutions 24-7, Emilie spent over 10 years as a Manager at various high street stores and also bagged a degree in Fashion & Marketing from the University of Newcastle. She’d probably like to be referred to as the Angel of the North but some stories would suggest otherwise. Out of work, Emilie can often be found looking after her 10 year old daughter and she also loves to travel.

Yvonne Macdonald

Operations Coordinator

Yvonne or ‘Vonnie’ as she’s affectionately known, is the office’s resident singer while also dabbling in some account management and crucial invoicing. You’ll often hear ‘She Bangs’ by Ricky Martin drifting across the office and she’s one of the headline acts at staff karaoke. In all seriousness, Vonnie plays a vital role in helping to keep the company moving forward and also provides much-needed sustenance by way of biscuit deliveries. She has over 30 years’ experience liaising with businesses and has a proven track record of keeping clients happy no matter the sector or requirements. Speaking of records, we don’t think it’ll be long until she duets with Ed Sheeran – rehearsals are well under way…

Dan Bird

Senior Creative Marketing Manager

Dan is a senior member of the team and heads up the Digital arm of the business. He’s also one of our creative masterminds and loves making ideas come to life both in print and online. He’s a design dynamo, whipping up beautiful artwork, graphics and layouts for websites, marketing materials and full-blown event campaigns. What he doesn’t know about Illustrator, Photoshop, WordPress and After Effects isn’t worth knowing (his words not ours.) With over 6 years’ experience in Marketing, Dan has the knowledge, skills and creativity to create visuals that sell and capture the imagination. Outside of the office you’ll find him chilling with his dog Gus, playing the drums or throwing mindblowing shapes on the dancefloor; unfortunately his creativity isn’t just confined to the workplace!

Richard Evans

Senior PR & Media Relations Manager

Richard is our PR and Media Relations Senior, overseeing communications for a number of clients with the aim of increasing their exposure. His copy is always a hit with audiences both in print and online, and he’s helped companies achieve national exposure through his perfect prose. Press releases, newsletters, radio scripts, web content and staff biographies – he can write them all. Away from the confines of the office, Richard can often be found watching football, running or enjoying a pint of real ale. He’s still trying to find a way of combining the three at once.

Kat Hooker

Marketing & PR Manager

Kat has brought enthusiasm and creativity to the office. Content is her cup of peppermint tea; SEO copy, blogging, social media, web articles – she knows how to interest the audience and keep them reading until the message sinks in. This is partly down to her English Language degree from the University of Lancaster and also thanks to our Chief Copywriter Richard, who may or may not be in charge of writing staff biographies. We also think she fancies herself as a bit of a presenter, after a number of roving video reports on Facebook achieved great exposure for a client. When Kat’s not being a wizard with words, she loves spending time with her family, going to the gym, reading and binge watching Netflix.

Luke Morris

Luke Morris

Digital Marketing Executive

After joining Solutions 24-7 in the summer of 2018, Luke quickly started to deliver results for our clients across a range of digital disciplines, making use of his Media Communications degree from Nottingham Trent University.

Whether he’s perfecting a Pay-per-click campaign or whipping up a website, he’s always developing his skills. He’s not bad on the brew run either!

Most days you’ll find Luke on WordPress or Google Ads Manager, although he’s kindly asked that we don’t mention his use of Aston Villa forums (he’s quite fond of the club.)

Away from his desk Luke enjoys watching football, catching up with his mates and the odd skiing trip. We suspect he prefers après-ski rather than the slopes themselves though…

Lucy

Lucy Fisher

Social Media Content Executive

Josh Edwards

Josh Edwards

Director & Producer

Alongside Ben, Josh is our go-to for all things video and film related. He’s a strong believer in storytelling. Before you get to all the nice drone shots and clever editing, you need to have a good story.

Having gallivanted around the world for the past two years on the cliche ‘gap yarh’, Josh has really found himself, building an impressive skillset along the way.

He likes to post his travel stories on YouTube which has gained some traction and influences other people on where to visit. Don’t ask him about it though because you’ll never hear the end of it.

Away from work you’ll still find Josh with a camera in his hand, shooting and creating.

He loves the mountains of North Wales and visiting far flung destinations if the opportunity arises. He also enjoys running, cycling, skiing and football. Just give him a minute as he tries to remember Liverpool’s last major trophy…

Jake Johnston

Jake Johnston

Director & Producer

Jake, or ‘Magic Johnston’ as he has quickly become known, is a member of our media production team and brings a raft of digital skills to Solutions 24-7.

With a mastery of animation, postproduction editing, filmmaking and photography, Jake enjoys nothing more than taking a project from concept to completion and wowing audiences through his work.

With four years’ experience in creating content for the tourism industry, plus a comprehensive portfolio featuring work for television commercials, he’s a great addition to the team.

When he’s not behind a camera, Jake enjoys climbing, gaming and a glass of warm milk – just don’t get him the red top version!

Ben Harris

Director & Producer

It’s fair to say that Ben likes cameras. Still and moving images are his forte, and he consistently wows clients with his photography and videography. Events, products, installs, launches, advertisement campaigns – there’s nothing that Ben can’t film or photograph, although there are some things he’d rather not. He’s also a whizz on Adobe packages such as Premiere Pro, After Effects, Lightroom, Photoshop and Illustrator. Away from the office Ben is busy studying for an MSc in Science Communication, although he’s never mentioned it. To any members of staff. Ever. An outdoorsy type, he can be found running, climbing and hiking in his spare time and has the best excuse for skipping a Friday night out. SCUBA diving lessons.

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Aidan Forshaw

Creative Account Executive

Phil Ward

Senior Creative

Phil is another one of our talented graphic designers and helps the marketing team bring their campaigns to life. Brand man through and through he’s worked with some of the biggest over the last 20 years and applies the same level of thinking to every job. No matter what the brief, he’s never short of an idea and being a light sleeper, he gets plenty of time to think through every brief thoroughly to ensure a top-notch creative execution. During the few hours he’s not sat at his computer, he enjoys attempting triathlons and has been known to run the odd marathon, although the term ‘run ‘ is used very loosely.

Joe Hamden

Graphic Designer

Joe is a Graphic Designer, Artworker and Web Designer who excels in his attention to detail and excellent creative design ideas. He is an experienced, motivated and professional graphic designer with over 20 years in the industry. His experience includes branding, print design, creative artwork and he’s worked on various roles working on blue-chip accounts as well as an extensive list of freelance clients. He is friendly, personable, easy to work with and his goal is to deliver striking, effective, creative and professional solutions. In his spare time he likes playing sports such as football, golf and is currently in training for another triathlon, it may be his last although he’s said that before! His partying days are over and nowadays enjoys relaxing at home with the family, watching films or comedy and cheering on Stockport County!

Tom Heaton

Web Developer

Tom can usually be found getting stuck into some code. He works on building bespoke web solutions and mobile apps. He has a degree in Internet Technologies, which gives him a sound grasp of a number of different technologies including HTML, PHP, JavaScript, Angular JS alongside iOS and Android development. When he’s not in work he enjoys spending time with his family, going to the football and coaching a local rugby team.