High Values

Our success is not only due to the quality of our work; it's down to attitude, our approach and the way we treat our clients.
  1. 01


    We have a 100% commitment to making all our sites the best they can possibly be, no matter what it takes to get there.
  2. 02


    Our desire to produce good work runs deep – that’s what lets us handle every project with fresh energy and enthusiasm.
  3. 03


    While we share our knowledge and experience, we listen hard to understand your business and your needs.
  4. 04


    We are united with you in the drive to get the best from your project – think of us as extra members of your team with all the skills you need.

Meet the team

Phil Shackleton

Founder & Digital Director

Phil co-founded Mixd with Mike Danford in 2004 and now guides the company’s technical direction. As an expert in usability and user centred design, he has led large-scale UX projects, focussing on speed of innovation, usability and service design in the NHS and other public sectors.

You could describe Phil as a mountain biker, road cyclist, outdoor pursuits instructor and owner of a dog called Surprise.

Mike Danford

Founder & Creative Director

Mike is a co-founder of Mixd and a highly skilled visual designer with an extensive background in service design for online health services. He brings a freshness and clarity of vision to everything he does with expertise in both visual design, information design and user-centred design processes.

You could describe Mike as a non-fiction book-lover, inspired bin-the-recipe cook, sans serif font aficionado and eternal seeker of inspiration.

John Polling

Technical Developer

John has many years’ experience as a web developer and loves to try out the latest technologies – which makes him ideally placed to decide precisely which one will provide the optimum input for our clients’ projects.

You could describe John as a sports-watching fanatic, fading five-a-side star and Olympic-level Xbox gamer.

Erin Ward

Studio Manager

Erin joined the team as a studio manager to help manage the ever-expanding team, keep us all in check, ensure work gets delivered on time and to keep us all supplied with an endless supply of homemade cakes.

You could describe Erin as a talented painter of landscapes, would-be runner and an enthusiastic cook.

Jim Wardlaw


Jim is a Computer Science graduate, but moved into ‘web design proper’, as he calls it, a couple of years into his career. He can exercise his powers with an armful of web skills, which makes him an extremely useful member of the team.

You could describe Jim as a messy cook, bass player, allotment escapee, scrum-half and indie-film lover.

Jason Hobbs

Senior Developer

Jason has over 7 years of development experience with a wide range of technologies and frameworks. He has expert knowledge and understanding of WordPress, HTML5, CSS3, LESS, SASS, Accessibility, W3C, Magento, a little Shopify and would love to learn more. He loves all things techie and speaks fluent geek.

Ash Davies

Front-End Developer

Ash opted for a career in web development after studying IT at University. He loves to share his knowledge with anyone that cares to listen and gets as excited about creating fun and complex side projects as he does working on Mixd projects – he sees every challenge as an opportunity!

You could call Ash a keen individual with an unhealthy obsession for tech and a love for tinkering with code.

Ed Richards

Front-End Developer

Ed joined Mixd after impressing us with his skills when he attended our Work In The Web workshop. He worked for us part-time whilst completing his studies on the Creative Media Technology course at Leeds Beckett University and joined us full time in the summer of 2017. Ed loves to create websites that people want to use and remember positively.

You could describe Ed as a keep fit enthusiast with a penchant for pizza, coupled with an OCD level of perfectionism and a love for the blue side of Manchester.

Alex Edwards

Front-End Developer

Alex is currently in her final year of study on the Creative Media Technology course at Leeds Beckett University and is with us on a part-time basis whilst she completes her studies. She believes that when creating websites that form should always follow function.

You could describe Alex as a geek, into tech, obscure movies and gaming. But she has a soft side, being besotted with her cavachon puppy Molly.

We are always looking to expand our team with amazing new talent. See all vacancies