Urban Element Welcome 2 New Employees

Urban Element Welcome 2 New Employees News

Urban Element are happy to announce that we have hired two new recruits into our growing team. We would like to welcome Front End Developer Chris Sawyer, and Online Marketing Manager Matt Gilbert to the team.

Chris Sawyer – Front End Developer

Chris is a talented Front End Developer. He joined Urban Element after two years’ experience of working on a freelance basis. During this time he worked on a range of different sites and developed a varied and comprehensive set of skills.

These skills have already seen Chris working within the Core Business process and working on various support tasks including implementing Schema mark-ups for many clients and developing the home page for Beaumont Forest.

Chris originally joined us on a two week internship, but it wasn’t long before he impressed by building a Core Business website from the ground up in record time. After this he was invited to Join Urban Element full time.

Chris said: “I was excited about the offer. I had been working freelance and I saw an opportunity to join a growing company with a lot of ambition.”

Chris’s biggest wins so far are getting up to speed with Business Catalyst, discovering areas to improve the system, and helping to develop an exciting new frame work for future builds.

Currently he is using this experience to build Urban Element’s new mobile responsive website. About the build, Chris said: “The site will be the first of many sites that are built off of Urban Elements new frame work. It’s an interesting build and I’m enjoying the atmosphere and process within the Urban Element team.”

Find out about how Chris can help you as part of the Web Design team.


Matt Gilbert – Online Marketing Manager

Matt has been brought in to lead the Online Marketing team. He is an experienced Digital Marketer and has worked in the industry for a number of years. His background is primarily in Digital Marketing in Oxford, but he has also enjoyed roles in Web development, Google Adwords Management, and Market Research.

With experience in Social Media, SEO, Content Creation, Pay Per Click, he can help the team concentrate on the best and right areas of marketing for different clients.

Matt said: “I’m extremely excited about the role. The team and clients are two obvious attractions, but the diversity that the role offers is a big positive for me. I love building relationships with clients, working with people to make their online activity deliver tangible results that mean they and I alike get satisfaction from the work. I’m also very excited about the atmosphere at Urban Element. There is a great balance between working smartly and enjoying life in the office.”

Matt joined Urban Element from a Digital Marketing Agency in North Oxford, managing a range of B2B and B2C clients across a host of sectors from retail and ecommerce, to charity and financial services. Prior to that he worked for a large industrial manufacturer, building their online presence and online sales

Matt has already had a number of encouraging early successes. With the team we’ve introduced several new procedures that will help going forward. These are based around QA of new website launches, content creation, and streamlining core tasks. All of which should help deliver better results of our clients.

Of the company itself Matt said “When I first met Jon and Natasha I could immediately see that the vision and approach they had for Urban Element was one that I found exciting and shared. The company is creating truly exciting work that I am already proud to be part of.”

Find out about more about how Matt can you as part of the Online Marketing team.

Natasha Ellard
- Director

As one of the Directors and Co-Owner, Natasha is jointly responsible for the successful leadership and management of Urban Element. Natasha is also instrumental in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the business and delivering this to the team. As joint owners Jon and Natasha split the Director roles, with Natasha responsible for HR and Operations in particular. As HR Director, Natasha manages Urban Element's most valuable asset: its people. In this role, Natasha is responsible for recruitment, selection, on-boarding, induction and training & development. As Operations Director, Natasha takes accountability for and oversees the day to day running of the office and is Urban Element's most fervent ambassador of process and standardization.


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