Meet the Team

Martin Orton
Martin OrtonCo-Founder & Creative Director
A passionate champion of digital innovation, Martin is a creative leader heading up a specialist team of designers, animators, developers, marketers and insight specialists. Since founding Bold Creative in 2004 with Greg, Martin has broken new ground in reaching young people, through innovation and creativity across all digital platforms. In 2006 Martin developed a pioneering documentary animation format for Newsround special ‘The Wrong Trainers’ described by the Controller of CBBC as the jewel in the crown of BBC programming. Martin continued to lead Bold’s ground-breaking work, releasing ‘The Heart and the Bottle’ by Oliver Jeffers, one of the first iPad storybook apps to be rated number 1. In the past six years Martin has won 15 international awards including RTS Gold, UNICEF award, Promax Gold, 2 BAFTA’s and the coveted Prix Jeunesse Award. He continues to lead Bold and its clients onto ever bigger and better things.
Kelly Turner
Kelly TurnerManaging Director
Kelly is a marketing and branding specialist who now focuses her time generating and strategically driving new business for Bold. Kelly started her career in the charity sector, working for first Oxfam and then WaterAid where she developed their press and publicity strategies for five years. Before joining Bold Creative Kelly headed up the marketing team at BBC Children’s where she oversaw all marketing activity directed at CBBC and CBeebies’ discerning audiences, and their parents. As part of this, she led the re-launch of CBBC which took the brand from an unloved, unwatched corner of the EPG, to be the most loved and consumed kid’s media brand for the tween market. In 2007 Kelly and her CBBC team received BAFTA for best children’s channel.
Jayne Orton
Jayne OrtonDirector & Partner
Jayne is a highly capable strategic and creative marketer, with 10 years of experience in FMCG and the broadcast media, marketing some high profile brands such as The Body Shop, CBBC, CBeebies and BBC ONE.  Jayne believes helping clients develop marketing and brand strategies built on audience insight that solve problems in a creative way is how great things get done. Engaging teams and stakeholders then working with them to come up with fresh ideas and being brave enough to try out new things is a path Jayne has steered many times. Jayne and her team at CBeebies won BAFTA in 2009 for best Children’s TV channel.
Luke Newbold
Luke NewboldInsight Manager
Luke is an expert facilitator, his broad experience and skill set give him a unique ability to fuse insight and co-creation processes with the latest trends in design and technology. What gets him out of bed in the morning is the opportunity to create meaningful digital content for and with young people.

Since joining the team under Gregs’ expert tuition in 2010 he has lead and delivered breakthrough ideas, campaigns and insight for Vodafone, Google, NSPCC and The Reading Agency. Striving to always fully understand the unique needs of every client Luke is able to work with any digital format to find the solution that is of most value to young people for each brief.

Chris Johnson
Chris JohnsonTechnical Director
Chris is Bold’s digital expert specialising in development across multiple platforms, building applications for mobile devices, tablets, browsers, desktop and TV. He’s also a skilled web designer, who has a strong input into our digital product design in terms of user experience and user interface. By knowing and understanding every detail of each of the disciplines and technologies, Chris is able to deliver intelligent, considered and creative solutions with the simple aim of meeting Bold’s clients’ objectives and their audiences’ needs. With the speed of change and digital content delivery being of such great importance, Chris believes it’s essential that brands and campaigns are well positioned across all digital platforms, and he’s here to deliver that 360 digital solution.
Mark Dickens
Mark DickensSenior Designer & Art Director
 Mark was designing web pages back when the iPhone was a glint in Steve Jobs’ overactive imagination. Not one to idly sit by and watch the world move on without him, he now applies that wealth of experience to design interfaces for iPhone, iPad and iMac. Coming originally from a background in 3D design, he made the transition to 2D design while on a Masters course in Design & Digital Media. It was here that his passion for Graphic Design and Illustration in all its facets first took hold. He’s since built a career in both print and digital spanning nearly 20 years and worked with brands both big and small, young and old. It’s this variety that has provided Mark with a wide skills set and even wider experience, from which he draws on to make each project run smoothly and efficiently without missing those vital opportunities for creative sparks. A lovely chap who’ll design you a brand, sketch you a mascot and navigate you from A – Z, with all stops in between.

Emily Scaife
Emily ScaifeHead of Animation
Emily is an experienced producer and creative ideas generator, her career spans film, TV, documentary, interactive, web and app development. But it’s animation that really makes her tick. A filmmaker at heart, she is constantly developing new ideas and searching for exciting creatives to work with; and this makes Emily the perfect person to be heading up Bold’s Animation department. Bold Animation specialises in providing bespoke creative solutions for our clients through beautifully-crafted animations.

Spike Zephaniah
Spike ZephaniahIllustrator & Copywriter
Spike is an illustrator by trade and the driving force behind Bold’s striking hand drawn typographic style. Though his work crosses into graphic design, writing, animation and film, Spike deals with branding design and ideas generation for Bold’s clients. His ‘graphic novel’ style and illustrated portraits are the mainstay of Bold Instagram and Twitter output. A storyteller at heart, and fascinated with people above all else, Spike strives to bring life and character to everything he does.

James Pretty
James PrettySenior Design Associate
James is a highly experienced creative director. He has been working with clients and their brand design challenges for the advertising, fashion, publishing, music industries and public sector for nearly 20 years.
At Bold James works with clients to understand their brand vision, markets, products, consumers and internal culture to create brand designs that reflect both the clients brand ambitions and their brand truth.

Farah Ahmad
Farah AhmadIllustrator & Creative
Farah’s specialism is in illustration, animation and graphics. She designs original content for Bold’s client brands on web, mobile, print and social media platforms. She has worked for organisations such as BBC Scotland and the Edinburgh International Film Festival where she has gained extensive experience in media relations, online marketing and production. She graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a degree in animation. Farah’s philosophy is to reach the most refined and beautiful design for any idea, she has a strong imagination and loves storytelling.

Greg Villalobos
Greg VillalobosCo-Founder
In 2004, at a time when ‘social’ and ‘business’ were rarely uttered in the same sentence, Greg and Marty were busy laying the foundations for a creative company that would have positive impact on millions of young people around the UK. A firm believer that a powerful story expertly told could create lasting change, Greg directed an evolving team of socially minded creatives and clients towards campaigns that improved lives and won awards. Greg now resides in the wilds of Northumberland continuing the next chapter of his own creative story.