About

Career Summary

Neil runs a small creative production company Beetlebug Ltd, which specialising in print ready artwork and implementation for the packaging and print industry.

Neil is a highly motivated individual with over 25 years developing his skills and building his print knowledge. He has excellent hands-on studio and project management skills, complemented by creative and technical skills including packaging artworking, retouching, visualising, colour management, multimedia presentations, web implementation and extensive troubleshooting IT skills.

Good interpersonal skills have enabling Neil to manage and build good relationships with clients and suppliers as well as build strong skilled teams around him. His roles have involved strategic brand planning and development, client briefings, developing, reviewing and implementing new production and artworking procedures. He is a team player with a good sense of humour, even under pressure. Neil is always ready and willing to learn and develop new skills. With an appetite to push the bounds of technology.

Please check the portfolio and testimonies pages to find out how Neil can help bring your ideas to life.

Should you need any assistance or want to discuss your project or have any queries please get in touch.

Experience

August 2011 – Present | Freelance

Freelance senior creative artworker, retoucher, visualiser, Mac IT troubleshooter and production management.

Clients & Agencies: R-Design, Honey, Brand Me, Ziggurat Brands, Brand Design Lab, Bloom, ThreeSixty Design, Hart D’Lacey, Wonderland, Lothar Böhm, Pathworks, Williams Murray Hamm, Stage Brands, Burberry, Tjarks & Tjarks, Identica, Dew Gibbons, Geometry Global, BTL Brands, Illumination, Liquid Marque, Relish Design, G2 Joshua, Interbrand.

Brands:  Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Sainsbury, Waitrose, Morrisons, Burberry, Boots (No7 Cosmetics), PZ Cussons (The Sanctuary Spa, Fudge Cosmetics), Beiersdorf (Nivea), Burts Bees, Kronenbourg, Orangina, Medela, Kerry Foods,  BAT Dunhill, Vodafone, Nectar, Chevrolet, Coca-Cola, Philips, Colgate-Palmolive, Unilever, B&Q, Nestlé, Yoplait, Universal, Hamleys, Suchard and Lawn Tennis Association.

Head of Production and Senior Creative Artworker

Vivid Brand is a Shopper Marketing Design Agency, working with some of the world’s largest brands, including Philips, Coca-Cola, Hamleys, Nestlé, Colgate Palmolive and Universal. Vivid specialise in the complete shopper experience from POS to packaging. Neil’s role included the hands-on management of production personnel (full time and freelance artworkers, retoucher, visualisers) and IT resources.

  • Hands-on artworking, visualising, image creation, retouching and colour balancing.
  • Building interactive PDF and presentation tools and developing client web sites.
  • Managing and IT support, budgeting, planning and implementing all hardware and software upgrades for a network of 25 mac’s and servers.

Clients: Philips, Coca-Cola, Hamleys, Nestlé, Colgate Palmolive and Universal.

Project Manager and Senior Creative Artworker

LFH is a Design and Print Management Agency working for 4 different Unilever food and non-food categories, Neil’s was one of two hands-on the Project Managers on the SCC category (Spreads and Cooking Category) for the European markets. Brands included ‘Flora’, ‘I Can Believe it’s not Butter’ and ‘Stork’. LFH developed and used the latest artworking, repro and proofing techniques and used the ArtPro and NEXUS workflow systems for final repro, and using the KODAK Approval System for proofing accurate press ready proofs.

Clients: Unilever and Coca-Cola.

  • Leading and project managing a team of between 6 to 12 full time and freelance senior artworkers.
  • Hands-on creation and management of over 1200 artwork builds and releases per year.
  • Project development and implementation with clients and suppliers, involving strategic brand planning and development, initial client briefings and stretching known technological constraints and boundaries.
  • Developing, reviewing and implementing new internal production and artworking procedures.
  • Part of the senior management team.

Studio Manager and Senior Creative Artworker

Volcano was a below-the-line creative agency specialising in FMCG packaging. Neil’s role included the day to day running of a busy studio, using my full working knowledge of repro, print and new media production and IT to advise, create, oversee and signing off all production artwork.

  • Visualising 2D & 3D images, high-resolution image creation, retouching and colour balancing.
  • Building websites and interactive CD Roms. Including the full implementation of the www.livevolcano.co.uk web site.
  • Managing and training a team of 3 artworkers and a member of the executive management team.
  • IT manager and support for the network of 20 mac’s and 5pc’s, including all telecommunications.

Clients: ABF: Ryvita, Crackerbread, B&Q, Dairy Crest, Gerber: Libby’s Organics Juice, Fruit Passion Fairtrade Juice, UmBongo and; UmOgnob, Kalido, The Little Big Food Company, LTA (The Lawn Tennis Association), Nelsons, Nestlé: Nescafé, Sun-Pat, Gales, Crosse and Blackwell, Nesquik, Herta, Rowntree’s, Suchard and Yoplait/Weight watchers.

Studio Manager and Artworker

David Tauber Graphics was promotions agency specialising in a wide range of low-cost paper products such as hats, masks, goodie bags and die-cut paper 3D models.

  • Creation of visuals, NPD, designs and artwork, including retouching, illustration, design layouts.
  • Full IT systems support for a network of 10 Macs.

Clients: Esso, Proctor & Gamble, Renault, Ford, Peugeot, McDonald’s, Virgin.

Print Centre Manager and Artworker

The Lewisham Print Centre provided a high-quality printing and design service, offering a complete design and print service. Neil managed print centre with five staff and IT system support.

Education and Qualifications

1984 to 1986 B/TEC Higher National Diploma in Three Dimensional Design, Sheffield City Polytechnic, Sheffield

1982 to 1984 Datec National Diploma in General Art & Design, Barnet College of Further Education, Barnet, London

1977 to 1982 St Marys C.E School, Hendon, London NW9

Software & Systems

Adobe Acrobat CC, Adobe Bridge CC, Adobe Illustrator CC, Adobe InDesign CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, Apple iWorks, Apple iLife, Microsoft Office 365, ArtPro 8.3.

20 years of user experience and IT support for Apple Mac studio networks, up to and including the latest OSX and managing company wide networking, servers, email servers, internet solutions and communication systems.