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.
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    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.

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.

Rory Ashford-Bentley

Lead developer

Rory started his career as a graphic designer but found his passion was ultimately in writing code. For the last 10+ years Rory has found his forte creating websites, extranets and apps for international clients with a heavy focus on public sector and private healthcare clients.

You could describe Rory as a music loving wannabe mountain biker that loves cats and playing video games.

Ash Davies

Senior 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 team player 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 a passionate level of perfectionism and a love for the blue side of Manchester.

Leilah Birchall

Front-end developer

Leilah joined us part-time after attending Work in the Web 2018 whilst completing her Digital Media studies at University of Leeds. She joined the Mixd family full time in the summer of 2019. Leilah loves all elements of design and coding, but in particular she has an enthusiasm for clean website design that people can navigate easily.

You could describe Leilah as a 00’s music fanatic, sun worshipper and steak pie lover. She is enthusiastic about attending the gym, but is always partial to a cheeky sweet snack when offered.

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