who are we?
Clar.i.on; adjective: loud and clear.
A motto we live by to ensure everything we do as a creative and marketing agency delivers your message with impact and clarity.
We are a team that offers the right mix of skill sets to deliver truly integrated creative and marketing solutions across the B2C, B2B and Non-profit sectors.
We've been building lasting relationships between people and brands for over 20 years.
We are a team of passionate creative and marketing
professionals who enjoy what we do and the people we
do it for.
We take pride in everything we do and thrive on delivering
positive results whilst maximising return on your
Our client base spans global household names to smaller
local organisations – and they stay with us year after year.
our key people
This is Martin – he's the MD
Martin qualified in graphic design and photography then cut his teeth in the industry back in the days of pencils, pens, drawing boards, Cow Gum and paste-up. Following jobs at design agencies both in and out of London, Martin set out as a freelance graphic designer whilst studying the CIM Diploma in Marketing Communications, before going on to establish The Clarion Portfolio over 20 years ago.
From the traditional to the latest trends and technologies, he has constantly sought to adapt the offering of Clarion as the world of communications changes and his constant reminder that 'good enough is not good enough' is evident in everything we do. He truly believes that relationships are the key to our ongoing success and he prides himself on a career of developing strong, trusted, rewarding, professional and friendly relationships with every client – in fact, they all stay with us for years.
"My passion for our industry comes from the challenge of staying ahead of the game in our fast moving world of communication and the variety it throws at us on a daily basis. My biggest driver for satisfaction comes from the look of pleasure on a client's face when we deliver work that we are all so proud of; from a beautifully produced piece of collateral through to a successful integrated communications programme. Delivering above and beyond the expectations of everyone involved is the most satisfying of all."
When he's not working, Martin enjoys life with his family and over the years has been a 'jack of many hobbies' (and of course a master of none) including; golf, tennis, motocross, squash, skiing, snow boarding and currently racing and maintaining a rally car. He loves anything that involves socialising, the occasional curry and an even more occasional beer.
Martin's claims to fame include playing mini-rugby at the same club as Jonny Wilkinson (about 12 years before him). He made his TV debut when he took centre stage behind Hammond and Clarkson on the BBC's Top Gear programme - if you were lucky enough to catch the moment you will have seen Mike Tang - Senior Designer at Clarion also lapping up the limelight.
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This is Sharon - Personal Assistant to Martin
and our Office Manager
An old girl Friday, Sharon looks after Martin, the office administration, facilities management, human resources, accounts, visitors and makes coffee.
Although it’s hard to believe, Sharon started work when everyone was smoking in the office and a drink or two at lunch time was almost part of the job description! She has a wealth of experience working for entrepreneurs, Managing Directors and Chairmen of both large and smaller organisations encompassing sales, PR, marketing, exhibitions and facilities management. Sharon was involved in the first ever red noses to be produced for Red Nose Day and met with one or two A, but mostly C list celebrities during that time. However, her real claim to fame is that she was kissed by Mick Jagger.
11 years ago Sharon and her husband were made redundant and took the opportunity to go travelling visiting Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Bali, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand thoroughly enjoying the experience despite the number of year out students.
Sharon is very active in supporting and raising funds for the local school, organising a Ball last year and again this year, helping out at Cub Scouts, Rugby and occasional Sunday School teacher. Any time remaining is taken up with some of the things she enjoys most; cooking, entertaining, gift wrapping, gardening, cinema, theatre and yoga.
If Sharon won the lottery she would make a long term dream come true and open her own tea shop or deli.
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Alison McLaren – She's our Accountant
I'm the number cruncher at Clarion. I have worked in Finance departments for just under 30 years (even longer than Carol Vorderman was on Countdown) so words like debtors and creditors, cash flow and forecasts have become very much part of my everyday vocabulary.
When I'm not working the abacus, I am at home looking after my family. I am married with two children, a cocker spaniel and two fish - so not much time for free time - but I do manage to squeeze in a Pilates class on a Monday evening. At a weekend, after the household chores, I enjoy a large glass or two of Sauvignon blanc with a take-away from the local Chinese or Indian.email@example.com
This is Eve - She's a Senior Account Director
Being a Scottish lass, Eve started her career in advertising at Faulds Advertising in Edinburgh before moving to London as an Account Executive where she has worked for some of the big top 10 agencies - most recently Grey London.
Her early day accounts focussed on mainly Retail pieces of business - so she is very used to the fast paced reactive nature of this world. She also has experience in technology, tourism, pharmaceutical, education and FMCG sectors having worked on brands such as GSK, Teacher Training Agency, Lucozade, Brother and 3M.
As Senior Account Director, Eve has developed and implemented strategy on many projects across the UK and throughout Europe - some of which have won/short listed for Creative and Effectiveness - including Cannes, D&AD, Clios and Effie Awards.
With a real passion for music, playing the trumpet and piano - she has a great love for both classical and jazz music, but in the early days you'd mainly find her at band firstname.lastname@example.org
This is Will – he's the Studio Manager
Studio manager Will has been with Clarion for more years than he cares to remember. With his keen eye for design and detail Will has grown with the company, expanding his skill set, whilst never forgetting that the business is all about relationships that we build.
“It’s about knowing what is right for the customer. That’s not always what the customer has in mind and there’s nothing better than getting them to see themselves in a new, exciting way."
Looking through the client list on this site will give you some idea as to the clients that Will has had the chance to work alongside and long as that list may be he is always looking for the opportunity to add to it.
Outside of work Will finds that most of his spare time is spent in his role of Chairman and Coach of the Horsham Hawks Basketball Club (sponsorship welcome). He is also a deluded fan of Nottingham Forest FC. Interesting fact: Between them, Will and Tom Hanks can lay claim to two Oscar wins.
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This is Mike – he's a senior designer
Mike joined Clarion the same year when Michael Owen scored that wonder goal against Argentina in the World Cup Finals. He’s highly creative, energetic and enthusiastic individual with bucket full of ideas. Mike has over 17 years experience of design and finished artwork and has been an integral member of the Clarion team for over 12 years.
Mike effectively develops creative solutions to a wide range of design challenges ranging from corporate and brand identity to advertising, web and large format media. Determined to learn WordPress one day. When he’s not designing, he’s probably sleeping and dreaming of design.
Mike decided at the age of twelve that he wanted to be a graphic designer. Drawing, painting and photography have always been a passionate focus of his. He studied Graphic Design at University of Central England.
When Mike isn’t consumed by all things work, he can be found occasionally at the local curry house! He also loves badminton, walking outdoors, spending time looking after his young daughter and he’s also a big Gunners fan.
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This is Myles Read – he's a junior designer
Myles graduated with a degree in Graphic Communication and after showing standout work at a graduate fair, interned at Clarion before coming on board full-time as a Junior Designer.
Working alongside Will and Mike, Myles is constantly expanding his skill set and developing his own design style. He’s keen to explore different areas of the design work including print and digital and is always looking to expand his knowledge base (especially Photoshop hotkeys!)
Out of work hours, Myles enjoys playing sport, especially football, surfing and going to the gym. He’s a massive music lover too and has been all round the world to various festivals to enjoy bands like Arctic Moneys, Elbow and Velvet Caravan.
A frequent sun seeker, Myles is most often found guzzling down a beer/cocktail on the email@example.com
This is Rob Allnutt – he's our Art Director
A creative director / senior writer with over 20 years experience working on major brands and challger brands alike. I have lead teams in all disciplines from direct mail, above the line, tv and radio as well as digital and experatail. I have been lucky enough to complete major campaigns in lots of industry sectors such as fmcg / business to business pharma, healthcare, charity and employee branding.
This is Richard Taylor – he's a Lead Creative
As a seasoned Art Director, Richard has been priviledged to have worked at some of London’s most creative agencies, including WCRS, Archibald Ingell Stretton, Golley Slater, and Greys. His skills have led the creative direction of high profile accounts such as Honda, Mitsubishi, the AA, EDF, and Canon.
Always on the look out for new inspiration, Richard now works as one half of a 'creative team' with wordsmith and ideas man, Rob Allnutt.
He's also resurrected the forgotten art of drawing kicking and screaming into the 21st century...