Meet The Team

We have the (very distinct) pleasure of working with each other every single day. But the wonders of modern technology mean that we don’t always get to meet you - our lovely customers - in person. So whether you’re putting a face to a name or just having a scroll on your lunch break, thanks for taking the time to get to know us that little bit better.

Chris

Director / Founder / Lighting Designer


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Richard

Director / Founder / Lighting Designer


When did you start working at Darklight Design?
2009 - from birth of the company.

What made you want to work here?
I enjoyed lighting design at my previous job whilst working with Chris, and we then decided to set up Darklight together as we offer different skillsets that work in harmony …..well almost 😉

What's your favourite saying?
I have a few I use regularly: "what a donut!", "Jack, why are you late?" but my real favourite quote is: "pain is temporary…glory lasts forever!!"

If you could be anyone else in the world (living or dead), who would you be?
Scarlet Johanson's lover of course! Do you have to ask the reason? Or I would be Sebastian Coe - winning the Olympic 800m was my dream.

Which Darklight team member would you give your last Rolo to?
Chris, he would probably have snatched it out of my hand before I could offer it anyways.


Claire

Accounts


When did you start working at Darklight Design?
Well, it all started way back when the company was first set up, and in fact I was the silent one in the background working from a little corner of our home. Some may call it admin, or it could be the roots of what helps to strengthen a business? I guess that depends on who you're talking to! I also happen to be the wife and sister of the founders, so you choose!!

What made you want to work here?
My passion for my family and the chance to learn new skills. Or maybe it was so that I didn't get in to trouble for spending the profits!

What's your favourite saying?
"Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get" from Forrest Gump. I also like my own: "Life is like a rollercoaster ride filled with fun, laughter and excitement. At times it can be scary, nerve-wracking and challenging, but most of all it's one great big adventure".

If you could be anyone else in the world (living or dead), who would you be?
WOW that's a tough one - and I would have to say that I love being me! It's not because of arrogance but I feel so content with who I am, and there's no-one quite like me with all my weird and wonderful ways. I guess if I could be anyone else it would be somebody that shares compassion and kindness and great teachings with the world - the Dalai Lama.

Which Darklight team member would you give your last Rolo to?
Oh boy!! What a question. I would have to share it. Quite honestly, as a family run business (whether related by blood or not) everyone in this wonderful team deserves a piece of my last Rolo for their brilliance, awesomeness and passion for working towards something great TOGETHER. P.S. Of course my husband Chris would get the biggest share!


Matt

Web & Marketing


When did you start working at Darklight Design?
3rd October 2014 - I remember it well. It was a glorious sunny Friday, the birds were singing in the trees, and all was good in the world. I'd worked with Chris & Rich at a previous company many moons ago, so when they asked if I was interested it was a no-brainer.

What made you want to work in web & marketing?
I've always been a visual person and loved drawing when I was younger. That carried through into a degree in Graphic Design, and from there opportunities in web and marketing seemed to naturally come my way.

What's your favourite saying?
The Navy SEALs have a good one that my father-in-law told me: "slow is smooth, smooth is fast". The other one I like is "practice makes perfect".

If you could be anyone else in the world (living or dead), who would you be?
I'd love to play just one professional football match with the ability of Leo Messi. To be so good that it looks like you're a dad playing against kids instead of full international footballers would make me a happy bunny. Plus my left foot is appalling in real life. If not Leo then Roger Federer - I've never seen anyone move better on a tennis court.

Which Darklight team member would you give your last Rolo to?
Our copywriter is also my old trouble n' strife, so if I don't offer it to her I'd have to move into the studio as there will be hell to pay at home.


Jack

Sales & Purchasing


When did you start working at Darklight Design?
I started working here properly in October 2017, although I'd previously done the odd bits of work in 2015/2016.

What made you want to work within Sales & Purchasing?
I enjoy working in a fast-paced environment whilst selling quality product! Also, you can't fault the team - we do like to have a laugh both inside and outside of work.

What's your favourite saying?
"The money never sleeps" and "kill them with success, bury them with a smile".

If you could be anyone else in the world (living or dead), who would you be?
Thierry Henry - he is an Arsenal legend.

Which Darklight team member would you give your last Rolo to?
I'd probably have to split it between all my family members here (Chris, Claire, Rich & Carley)! Or should I be selfish...?


Natalie

Social Media & Freelance Copywriter


When did you start working at Darklight Design?
At the beginning of 2016 - they gave me my first big break in copywriting just before I graduated from my BA in English Language & Linguistics.

What made you want to work in copywriting?
My head has always been full of questions about English, especially about how language interacts with human behaviour. It's a bit of an obsession.

What's your favourite saying?
There are a couple that come to mind quite often. My Auntie Cathy taught me: "If you don't ask, you don't get", and my Uncle Frank always said: "If it feels good, do it." Great words to live by.

If you could be anyone else in the world (living or dead), who would you be?
There are loads of people that would make me seem much more intelligent, but right now I'd say Dave Grohl because he's such a dude and an awesome singer and musician.

Which Darklight team member would you give your last Rolo to?
If I don't say Matt I'll be in for a thrashing. He's my better half and has a serious thing for caramel.


Matt

Web, Marketing & Sales - Apprenticeship graduate


When did you start working at Darklight?
Early 2017, almost two years ago now... I feel like an old boy.

What made you want to become our Web, Marketing & Sales Apprentice?
I wanted to work in both marketing and sales so I could understand both types of selling and both sides of the business, whilst working closely within a small team and helping to bring something new myself.

What's your favourite saying?
"Form is temporary, class is permanent".

If you could be anyone else in the world (living or dead), who would you be?
Ricky Gervais because he's the funniest man on the planet.

Which Darklight team member would you give your last Rolo to?
Whoever's willing to pay the most for it.


Olivia

Web & Marketing Apprentice


When did you start working at Darklight Design?
At the beginning of July 2018, so I'm still the newest kid on the block.

What made you want to become our Web & Marketing Apprentice?
I studied Graphic Design and Photography for a few years and I wanted to see my creative ideas come to life. Making an impact as a Marketing team member within a small, successful family business is the best!

What's your favourite saying?
"If you don't ask, you don't get" - because what's the worst that could happen?

If you could be anyone else in the world (living or dead), who would you be?
I'd probably have to go with JK Rowling: a talented author and she must be absolutely rolling in wonga.

Which Darklight team member would you give your last Rolo to?
I don't even like Rolos...


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