Meet The Team

AZoNetwork Team

Editorial Team

Stuart Milne
Editor-in-Chief

Stuart graduated from the University of Wales, Institute Cardiff with a first class honours degree in Product Design. After working on a start-up company involved in LED Lighting solutions, Stuart decided to take an opportunity with AZoNetwork. In his spare time Stuart likes to continue his love for art and design by creating art work and continuing his love for sketching. In the future Stuart would like to continue his love for travel and explore new and exciting places.

Adam King
Editor

Adam graduated from the University of Leeds with an Undergraduate and Masters degree in Medicinal Chemistry, with honours. After graduation from University, Adam developed a passion for international travel. During his four-year adventure, he wrote a business plan to open a Hotel in Koh Samui, Thailand, which he owned successfully for two years. Upon his return to the U.K, Adam began work as a researcher in the field of Leukaemia and Lymphoma, a position he held for three years. In his spare time, Adam enjoys writing, appreciating philosophical literature, playing lacrosse and participating in local politics.

Mychealla Rice
Editor

Mychealla graduated from Northumbria University in Newcastle with a 2:1 in Journalism with English Literature. Mychealla is a keen traveller, spending time in Australia, Thailand and Italy. Mychealla plans to see more of Europe in the future. Mychealla’s interests include photography and music. In her spare time, she likes to go shopping and visit family and friends back in Ireland.

Jake Wilkinson
Editor

Jake graduated from the University of Manchester with an integrated masters in Chemistry with honours. Due to his two left hands the practical side of science never appealed to him, instead he focused his studies on the field of science communication. His degree, combined with his previous experience in the promotion and marketing of events, meant a career in science marketing was a no-brainer. In his spare time Jake enjoys keeping up with new music, reading anything he can get his hands on and going on the occasional run.

Joan Nugent
Editorial Assistant

Joan graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a 2:1 in Film and Media Studies. During her studies, she worked as a Student Notetaker and continued working at the University, after graduation, as a Scribe. Joan has previously worked as a Proofreader for a Market Research company. Joan has a passion for films and photography and in her spare time, she enjoys doing illustrations and practicing calligraphy.

Creative Team

Kris Walker
Editor & Videographer

Kris has a BA(hons) in Media & Performance from the University of Salford. Combining editing with video, Kris is also our resident Social media expert. Outside of work, Kris is finally seeing a return on 25 years of hurt supporting Manchester City.

Beth Burton
Front-End Web Developer

Beth graduated with an International business degree from University of Liverpool and an MSc in Computer Science. In her spare time she likes to go to concerts, especially country, going to the gym and seeing friends, as well as enhancing her programming skills.

Torsten Christensen
Torsten Christensen
Front-End Developer

Torsten has been working in web design for over 6 years. During that time he has worked with a large number of clients, working for a well established design agency as well as for himself. Other than his passion for design, Torsten has a keen interest in music and can often be found at gigs or playing his guitar.

Will Soutter
Editor & Videographer

Will has a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Durham, and a MSc in Green Chemistry from the University of York. Naturally, Will is our resident Chemistry expert but, a love of science and the internet makes Will the all-rounder of the team. In his spare time Will likes to play the drums, cook and brew cider.

News Medical Team

James Ives
Editor-in-Chief

James graduated from Plymouth University with an first class MPsych (Hons) in Advanced Psychology, where he particularly enjoyed getting stuck in with EEG experiments, volunteering and any pub quiz around. After graduating, James travelled to Australia for a year, touring the South East and getting a taste of freelance cameraman work. In his spare time, James continues to enjoy pub quizzing, travelling and particularly enjoys when England beat Australia in the cricket.

Joel Scanlon
Digital Guru

Joel, originally from the UK, emigrated to Australia in 1995 and spent 5 years working in the mining industry as an exploration Geo-technician where he developed skills in GIS Mapping and CAD. Joel also spent a year working underground in a gold/copper mine. Upon moving to the North Coast of NSW, Australia Joel worked as a graphic designer for a leading consultancy firm before starting a successful business providing graphic and web design services to local businesses on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Joel is skilled in project management, web programming, design, animation, database and networking, software and editing. Joel has been with AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000.

Alina Shrourou
Account Manager

Alina graduated from The University of Manchester with a BSc in Zoology. Alongside her love of animals, Alina discovered a passion for writing and science communication during her degree. In her spare time, Alina enjoys exercising her creative side through baking, as well as going to the gym in order to lessen the guilt of consuming the baked goods.

Sales Team

Rolf Easto
Global Relationship Manager

Rolf started his sales career back in the days when print advertising was in vogue and with twenty-five years’ worth of ‘hard yards’ behind him in direct selling, sales management and running a successful manufacturing business, he brings all the necessary experience and skills to help lead our global sales operation. He is a passionate advocate of relationship building and customer service across all levels of the business. On the days when he’s not spreading the ‘AZoGospel’ Rolf can be found watching his local rugby club, mountain biking in the hills and catching up on all things related to his love of soul music.

Philip Melnik
North American Relationship Manager

Phil is a 10 year veteran of the digital marketing world with past stints at both GlobalSpec and Compare Networks. A 1982 graduate of Colgate University in Hamilton, NY (BA- History), Phil is an avid Internet marketing evangelist and a student of markets, literature, life, faith and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Lee Pickering
Relationship Manager

Lee has over 20 years’ of marketing and advertising experience working for some of the largest radio, TV and online companies in the world. He has a passion for understanding the requirements of the client and coming up with solutions to meet the needs of their business. He is also a proud father of a 9 year old son and a 6 year old daughter and spends his weekends coaching soccer matches and watching a mix of kids rugby, athletics, swimming and street dance.

Matt Pullen
Relationship Manager

Graduating from the University of Greenwich with a degree in Sports Science, Matt now has over 18 years marketing and advertising experience within Publishing, Broadcast, Events and Digital. He has worked with many clients on a global level offering creative solutions in a highly consultative and professional manner. Passionate about delivering the best results and growing relationships, Matt is happiest when talking and offering solutions to his clients. Outside of work, Matt provides an excellent taxi service for his two children at the weekend and encourages their pursuit of activity whatever the weather. A fan of all sports, he most enjoys rugby (from the side lines these days). And cooking for the family at the weekend!

Hannah Clark
Relationship Manager

Hannah has over 10 years’ experience in the Media Sales Industry and has worked for some of the largest publishers in England both in print and digital. Hannah also has a creative flare and invented, manufactured and successfully sold a innovative dribble absorbent clothing range called DribbleDry. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys spending time with her two boys, going out for food and drinks with friends and keeping fit where possible.

Matt Byron
Relationship Manager

A 16 year media sales veteran, Matt has successfully worked in print, digital and exhibition sales during his career, covering various industry sectors, such as automotive, scientific and beauty salons. Outside of work, Sport plays a big part of Matt's down time, supporting rivals to both his wife's Football and Rugby League teams makes some weekends in the year very interesting. He is also a follower of F1, Golf and Darts. Travel and holidays are also important due to an acute allergy to constant cloud and rain. Schnauzer called Archie keeps them occupied with walks and general mischief, and Matt also spends time creating in the kitchen (a mess according to some).

Sadie Teasdale
Relationship Manager

Sadie has over ten years' experience working with national press brands both in print and online - with a six month break travelling South East Asia and India. Now with two boys at home, her travelling days are behind her, but she can often be found on the beaches of North Wales embroiled in a sandcastle building competition with her five very competitive siblings.

SEO Team

Dave Cockett
Web Services Manager

Dave has 18 years’ experience in digital marketing & started his career in the midst of the .com boom. Dave worked with Blue Chip search engines Lycos, Ask Jeeves & for a brief period MSN before successfully founding his own Digital Marketing Agency. Dave’s main skill sets are Search Engine Optimization and Conversion Rate Optimization. He brings all the necessary experience and skills to help lead our web services team. He is a passionate about educating businesses in what ‘SEO’ is and how they can increase their own enquiry and conversion rates. On the days when he’s not optimizing he loves watching Burnley FC & testing his skills and the poker table.

Jess Malloney
SEO Account Manager

Jess graduated with a BA (Hons) in Media and Journalism from Nottingham Trent University. It was here where she broadened her writing skills across a wide range of content, and Jess still enjoys writing in and out of work. Jess is a keen traveller, spending time in Brazil and Ghana over recent years, and she’d love to see more of the world. In her spare time, Jess enjoys shopping and going to gigs with friends.

Marketing Team

Frank Barker
Digital Marketing Consultant

Frank graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in International Business. He has spent his younger years playing rugby around the world in both Australia and Spain. Although Frank has a keen interest in combining travel and sport, he has since returned to his hometown and currently plays for the local 1st XV.

Finance Team

Rachel Fisher
Finance Manager

Rachel graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in management and sport. Following her studies, she spent 7 years with a UK startup company, which made prototype parts and grew rapidly into a £10m+ company, studying CIMA alongside. She recently relocated "Up North" and found this great opportunity within the AZo Team. In her spare time she can be found coaching kids football, dog training, playing the piano and baking.

Liz Boston-Brady
Accounts Manager

Liz has been working in finance for over 6 years, and has gained experience within all the different aspects of an accounting team. She is currently studying for her qualifications alongside working full-time. Outside of work, Liz enjoys socialising with friends and family, shopping and cooking (not always successfully). She also enjoys taking her dog out and about. Liz also enjoys travelling, particularly camping and would love the chance/time to explore more.

Development Team

Ben Amada
CTO

Ben's career has focused on architecting, developing and maintaining I.T. systems. Integrating applications with 3rd party systems, improving application usability, troubleshooting and coming up with innovative solutions are Ben's strengths and areas of work he enjoys. In his leisure time, Ben can be found dining out or following his favourite sporting events.

Arminder Dahul
Lead Developer

Arminder graduated from the University of Greenwich with a First Class Honours degree in Computer Science. Over the last 12 years Arminder has worked in various industries including publishing, insurance and media. He has always been passionate about web development and design and enjoys utilising these skills across AZoNetwork. In his free time Arminder enjoys spending time with his two children, cooking, reading and way too much TV.

Evgeny Lukiyanov
Lead Developer

Evgeny is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer, specialising in .NET development, architecture, modern development techniques and best practices. He is passionate about development teams that welcome modern technologies, best practices and Agile development principles. He enjoys a number of hobbies in his spare time: traveling & photography, fitness & bodybuilding, recording music, snowboarding, hiking & camping, playing board games with friends and family.

Management Team

Ian Birkby
CEO

Ian is a second time around entrepreneur, who founded Dynamic-Ceramic in 1992 and led the company through to a successful exit in 1997. AZoNetwork was established in 2000 in Sydney Australia. Ian has a first class honours degree in Engineering Metallurgy and Ph.D. in Engineering Ceramics and Tribology. Ian's a former member of the Institute of Materials, Materials Strategy Commission and the UK's Institute of Ceramics. He also served as Chairman of Medilink North West (a medical devices consortium) and is a former Director of the Australian Nano Business Forum. When not indulging in his passion for all things webby, techy and digital he can still be seen running around the soccer field trying desperately to emulate his Leeds United heroes from the 70's.

Frank Barker
Digital Marketing Consultant

Frank graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in International Business. He has spent his younger years playing rugby around the world in both Australia and Spain. Although Frank has a keen interest in combining travel and sport, he has since returned to his hometown and currently plays for the local 1st XV.

Rolf Easto
Global Relationship Manager

Rolf started his sales career back in the days when print advertising was in vogue and with twenty-five years’ worth of ‘hard yards’ behind him in direct selling, sales management and running a successful manufacturing business, he brings all the necessary experience and skills to help lead our global sales operation. He is a passionate advocate of relationship building and customer service across all levels of the business. On the days when he’s not spreading the ‘AZoGospel’ Rolf can be found watching his local rugby club, mountain biking in the hills and catching up on all things related to his love of soul music.

Rachel Fisher
Finance Manager

Rachel graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in management and sport. Following her studies, she spent 7 years with a UK startup company, which made prototype parts and grew rapidly into a £10m+ company, studying CIMA alongside. She recently relocated "Up North" and found this great opportunity within the AZo Team. In her spare time she can be found coaching kids football, dog training, playing the piano and baking.

Kirsten Frances
Office Manager

A background in healthcare based further education lecturing and 5 years plus in Sales Management with Clarins Skincare, Kirsten brings to her role of Office Manager (or chief cat herder as she sometimes calls it) a wealth of corporate organisational experience. She's a a passionate advocate of customer service and would love to hear from you if you're only a mildly upset customer. Outside of work Kirsten enjoys spending time with her three girls and swimming in as many rock pools as she can find on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

Stuart Milne
Editor-in-Chief/Head of Production

Stuart graduated from the University of Wales, Institute Cardiff with a first class honours degree in Product Design. After working on a start-up company involved in LED Lighting solutions, Stuart decided to take an opportunity with AZoNetwork. In his spare time Stuart likes to continue his love for art and design by creating art work and continuing his love for sketching. In the future Stuart would like to continue his love for travel and explore new and exciting places.

Kris Walker
Head of Content

Kris has a BA(hons) in Media & Performance from the University of Salford. Combining editing with video, Kris is also our resident Social media expert. Outside of work, Kris is finally seeing a return on 25 years of hurt supporting Manchester City.