We’ll work with you to help you grow your business, which is why our team is your team.

We’re a friendly bunch whom you’ll soon get to know when we take your project from start to finish. Whether a Designer, Project Co-ordinator, or Head of Digital, each team member is always on hand to keep you updated, help answer any queries and as always, provide you with innovative design and creative solutions.

We listen.
We think.
We create.

We work with you.

Martin Dickson | Founder & Director

Martin’s passion for business, combined with his extensive industry experience allows him to deliver creative and effective solutions for any business. His enthusiasm for great design ensures the team are constantly creating fresh and compelling ideas.

Background: Formerly Head of Design at a leading North West agency, Martin has over 15 years experience in the design industry, having worked in both London and Manchester for agencies including CheethamBell JWT and Dennis Publishing.

What you didn’t know: Lunatic skier. Father to Tom and Max. Currently obsessed with bike-riding.

Sam Jones | Head of Digital

Sam’s love for all things digital and extensive technical knowledge allows him to manage Arena’s digital offerings, making sure your brand and online presence is built and functioning correctly.

Background: Sam is 100% self taught picking up web development as a ‘hobby’ over 7 years ago and has since gone from strength to strength. Previously worked as a Senior Developer at a leading North West marketing agency whilst also managing his own client projects for the last 7 years.

What you didn’t know: Lover of really spicy chicken wings. Huge Seattle Seahawks fan. Has been to the top of the worlds tallest building despite a fear of heights.

Anita Dickson | Operations Director

Managing project administration and putting our finances in order; Anita is the glue that holds us all together. Even though we’re a small team, Anita makes sure each staff member feels valued and supported in everything we do.

Background: Previously worked as a HR Manager in Retail.

What you didn’t know: Super Mum. Regular hockey player. Cake baker.

Emma Wallen | Lead Designer

Since joining Arena on graduate placement a few years ago, Emma’s creative mind, problem solving skills and positive attitude have seen her grow into her role as Lead Designer. Overseeing the team and studio planning, Emma ensures all projects get the full creative attention they deserve.

Background: Graduated in 2012 from University of Salford with a First Class Graphic Design degree.

What you didn’t know: Lives with husband James and dog Nala. Is left handed. Remains unbeatable at Mario Kart.

Sam Wyatt | Designer

As our latest member of the team, Sam W is the new kid on the block. A truly ‘hands-on’ designer, Sam isn’t afraid to experiment with ideas, frequently showcasing his great skills in hand-drawn typeand illustration.

Background: Born and bred in Bolton. Graduated in 2014 from the University of Salford with a BA in Graphic Design.

What you didn’t know: Refuses to eat vegetables. Once had hair longer than his girlfriend. Would one day like to live in Edinburgh.

Sam Donlan | Designer

With an abundance of personality and contagious laughter, Sam ensures the studio mood is never low. Her knowledge of our clients’ brands and her design skills make Sam a fantastic part of the team.

Background: Graduated in 2013 from University of Salford with a First Class Graphic Design degree.

What you didn’t know: Has a Monday evening ritual of chicken kiev & chips. Thought Garibaldi was a person. Her feet don’t touch the floor at her desk.

Look at the company we keep.