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 | 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.

Steven Cavanagh | Senior Designer

Joining the Arena team in 2016, Steven brings with him several years of design experience on and off-line. His high standards for our level of execution and strategic thinking, has seen him rise quickly to a senior position. Steven helps manage our team of designers and leads several projects and client accounts.

Background: Bury born, graduated from Salford University. A YCN award winner with 6 years of experience, working on a range of projects across digital, advertising and branding at small agencies in and around Manchester.

What you didn’t know: Irish heritage, yet never had a Guinness. Can’t swim. Once stood accused of stealing a colleagues KFC gravy, despite profusely denying all allegations. Motorcycle rider. Picture taker.

Anita Dickson | Operations Director

As joint owner, Anita not only helps drive the business forward strategically, but also oversees all members of the team, keeps our finances in order and looks after the administration & process in the business - she’s the glue that holds us all together! Even though we’re a small team, Anita’s HR background makes sure each staff member feels valued and supported in everything we do.

Background: Previously worked as a HR Manager in several leading high street retailers in London and across the UK.

What you didn’t know: Super Mum. Regular hockey player. Makes the best cup cakes on the planet. Her infectious giggle can play havoc with the team's productions levels.

Sam Wyatt | Designer

A truly ‘hands-on’ designer, Sam isn’t afraid to experiment with ideas, frequently showcasing his great skills in hand-drawn type and illustration. After several years at Arena, Sam has grown into a well-rounded designer who can deliver fantastic commercial design for any client, but also keeps us at the cutting edge when it comes to fresh design thinking.

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. His favourite place to visit is Edinburgh.

Sam Swanwick | Designer

The latest in a long line of Sam’s and the fifth Salford University graduate. Sam S is the newest member of the Arena team and he comes armed with a level headed approach, a keen interest in brand identities and a bag full of tragically awesome puns.

Background: Raised in Stockport. Graduated in 2016 from The University of Salford with BA Honours in Graphic Design.

What you didn’t know: Once worked in Hospitality for both Manchester football clubs at the same time. Avid vinyl collector.

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 9 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 9 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.

Look at the company we keep.