Meet the Team
Meet the faces behind Sparkol! We're the ones who surprise, delight and WOW you with our products and services. Say hello to our Senior Management Team, our Customer Success, Engineering, Finance, Marketing, Product and UX, Sales, and Studio teams based at our HQ in Bristol and offices in New York. We're a curious bunch of creators, innovators and dreamers!
John Gibson, Chairman
John is our Chairman, working closely with the Senior Management Team to continuously review our business strategy and drive for a premium user experience for customers new and existing. With a wealth of Executive experience in UK and USA tech companies, John recognized the opportunity with Sparkol when he first met our CEO, Zoe, in October 2017. Struck by her enthusiasm and vision for Sparkol, John instantly recognized the opportunity and ability for Sparkol to grow its product and service offering for both our customers and our dedicated and talented team.
Zoe Taylor MBE, CEO
Zoe wears many badges. “Owner”, “CEO”, "MBE", “Mum” - but importantly she is the heart of Sparkol. With years of experience in sales and operations across several continents, Zoe’s passion is for helping people quickly and easily bring their story or message to life, leading to her acquiring Sparkol in 2018. With her passionate team of developers, marketers and animators alongside her, the Sparkol brand - now with its full-service studio and growing product suite - is delivering that passion to over 180 countries.
Jon Brace, CTO
Jon is our Chief Technology Officer, leading our Engineering department and driving the technology behind our world-leading video animation tools. With over 24 years experience in implementing effective and sophisticated technology solutions, Jon’s approach to delivering high-class tech is on par with the watchmakers of Rolex (fancy!). Jon drives our strategic focus to his team of Engineers so we can consistently deliver the best experience (and video output) for our users.
Jacinta Magee, Fractional Finance Director
Jacinta is a portfolio CFO, supporting a handful of SMEs to achieve their potential. To date her career has encompassed a wide variety of industries including professional Rugby clubs (both Union & League), Hotels, Venture Capital, Financial Services, Healthcare and Tech. She loves working with dynamic and enthusiastic teams, and is passionate about the use of technology across a business to help companies modernise and grow.
Lorraine Marsh, Head of Product
Lorraine has the responsibility of determining our product strategy. She loves nothing more than talking with our customers to determine how we can help them make better video content. Lorraine has 15 years software management experience, having run a software development agency building mobile apps, websites and customer engagement tools across the APAC and US markets.
Ashden Walker, Head of Marketing
Ash is our Marketing lead and resident Antipodean, hailing from the sunny shores of Brisbane in Australia. She brings her global agency and client-side marketing experience to the table from a range of different verticals; from travel and tourism through to probate and estate administration. Ash and the marketing team aim to continually create and share engaging, inspiring and action-driving campaigns to our global audience.
Jonny Finch, Head of Customer Success
Jonny heads up our Customer Success team which covers technical support, training and sales support. With over 25 years of experience building and managing teams and delivering world class customer service and training, he is passionate about Sparkol’s products, understanding what customers are trying to achieve and finding creative solutions. He’s also keen on circus skills - which comes in handy when juggling priorities. Along with rest of his team, Jonny is dedicated to helping all our users to get the very best out of our products so they can create their own captivating and memorable videos.
Customer Success Team
'I resolve, therefore I am.'
Customer Success Team
'I don't think you're ready for this jelly - Winston Churchill.'
Customer Success & Product Team
'Sorry aboot that eh?'
Customer Success Team
'Life is too short to be ordinary. Be extraordinary.'
'A quote needs to go here.'
'I’m completely full of wit.'
“Nothing to see here, move along now”
"I’m huge fan of juggling spanners near the works"
'Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.'
'I do love having my picture taken, it’s proof I exist.'
'When we don't enjoy what we do, we only nick the surface of our potential.'
"I used to be a trampoline tester. It had its ups and downs."
'Life happens, coffee helps'
"Sorry, I was on mute"
'Where would we be without rhetorical questions?'
'Eating pizza everyday should be mandatory.'
Product and UX Team
'I didn't know I needed a quote too.'
'Wherever you go, go with all your heart.'
'It's not the thing you fling, it's the fling itself.'
'Insert witty quote here.'
'I will add a quote soon, promise.'
"What's the point if you’re not having fun?"