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Meet Mark West - our new Head of Development

Bethan Evans   —   10 September 2020   —   Access News

To support our growing team and future ambition we're delighted that Mark West has joined us as Head of Development here at Access. 

Mark brings a wealth of experience to our agency. For seven years he was at a fellow Manchester agency where he held senior positions including Head of Drupal, Head of Support and Digital Consultant. Prior to this he was a lead Drupal developer at TalkTalk and web executive at Carphone Warehouse. 

Mark will become part of the management team here at Access and will oversee our fast-growing team of remote working and local developers based here in the Manchester office.

Commenting on his appointment, Mark said: “I am looking forward to this exciting new challenge and the opportunity to nurture the burgeoning development team here at Access. I'm keen to bring my experience of production practices and processes into the agency, to ensure we continue to offer agile, high quality delivery as we grow to meet ever-increasing client demands. 

“The digital projects that Access are currently working on combine the best of open-source technologies, including the new Drupal 9 platform and modern front end technologies such as React and Vue. This diversified technical direction is something I’m really keen to develop and push further. 

“The combination of these global projects, taking a leadership role at a time of growth, plus the opportunity for a flexible approach to office and remote working was something that really appealed to me. We’re all adapting and re-evaluating how and where we work post-lockdown and not being restricted by geographical constraints will be very beneficial in terms of the talent we can attract and recruit – as it was for me."

Digital Director and co-owner of Access, Mark Hope says: “With experience in Drupal and related open source technologies, people leadership and client facing roles, Mark will be a huge asset to our digital team and growth plans. He's joining us at a really important time when we are structuring our teams for scalability to meet strong demand from existing partners, as well as onboarding new clients and major global projects.”

This latest senior level appointment follows seven other new digital hires in the last two months by the integrated creative and digital experience agency, including a Head of Quality Assurance.  

Welcome to the team Mark! 

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