Who we are...

Mike Edwards
Mike Edwards
Co-founder

Mike co-founded Kaleidoscope in 1988 with the simple aim to deliver great creative work, with a great bunch of people and make a lasting impact. This provided him with a platform to build the business to where it is today — working on fantastic projects with clients at regional, national and international levels, alongside a passionate and talented team.

Mike blends his creative roots with a real analytical quality that pushes the team to deliver work of the very highest quality in every project.

Always hungry to gain new experiences and continually develop his thinking, Mike is also an active member of many social enterprises and community based organisations across Liverpool.

"I've always viewed an agency-client relationship as a two-way exchange of ideas and experiences. I have learnt so much from these experiences and hopefully the people that we've worked with have learnt a little from us along the way."

James Kirk
James Kirk
Managing Director

James is a strategically-minded marketer, who loves to shape the direction of programmes and draws on a wealth of experience to inform the effective implementation of campaigns.

He has led programmes that have shaped the experiences of customers, communities and employees for clients across many sectors including utilities, pharmaceuticals, construction, government and the NHS.

Although his work has spanned many issues, James believes it is crucial for any creative communications programme to work around a consistent set of principles — keep things simple, be bold and embrace collaboration.

"For me, the way that Disney shaped my family's experience in Florida was incredible. The blend of imagination, craft, commitment and consistency shows how brands can truly connect with audiences."

Elaine McGarry
Elaine McGarry
Account Director

Elaine is a calm and focused project manager with a fantastic ability to co-ordinate and deliver complex, integrated programmes in partnership with our clients.

With over 20 years of working in an agency-environment, Elaine loves nothing more than a combination of ambitious briefs, challenging deadlines and the hustle and bustle of production across print, digital and multimedia channels.

Elaine has worked with many great organisations across sectors ranging from utilities, health and education through to professional services, retail and regeneration. This combination has given her a breadth and depth of experience to draw on for any brief.

"Seeing how creative communications can shape the experience of young people with mental health issues through collaboration and involvement has been a highlight of my career so far."

Mike Danher
Mike Danher
Creative Director

Mike is a creative thinker with a passion for crafting beautiful ideas that work across all channels and make a real impact.

He believes that less is more when it comes to the delivery of compelling creative work — whether it is in visual or written form. He takes this principle into every brief and feels that great ideas always start simply with a pen and paper in hand.

Over a period of 20 years, Mike has delivered work that has repositioned international businesses, engaged employees of large organisations, enhanced the profile of leisure destinations, increased sales for retailers, connected communities and driven investment to a region.

"Our work has helped to shape the transformation of Liverpool through some of the highest profile campaigns ever seen in the region. That's an experience that continues to inspire me to believe in the power of great creative communications"

Andy Malone
Andy Malone
Digital Director

Andy is a digital first creative and strategic thinker, and loves to get under the skin of a challenge and understand the detail, and then deliver projects that create genuine impact.

A natural problem solver, he has delivered projects that have increased sales, driven awareness, changed behaviours and engaged people on both a local and national scale across many sectors from retail, finance, and pharmaceuticals, to government bodies and charities.

Although focusing personally on the digital aspects of projects, Andy believes that thinking about communications challenges in a integrated, collaborative and multi-channel is the best way to be most effective.

"Customer or stakeholder experience doesn't begin or end with just a website or marketing campaign. It is an organic feeling that is intrinsically tied to brand, communication, products or services and many other elements of an organisation. Shaping those experiences can be the difference between the success or failure of a communication challenge."

Milena Lampard
Milena Lampard
Designer

Milena’s been passionate about art and design from a very young age, spending every day drawing and playing with colours, shapes and textures. After attending Art School in Poland she continued her education in the UK, graduating from a Graphic Design degree with a First. She’s now an intrinsic part of the family at Kaleidoscope and enjoys being in our beautiful office, working as part of a small, friendly team.

Her Polish background gives Milena a unique cultural perspective on design and communications alike. She takes her inspiration from a broad spectrum of art and design practitioners, from both Polish and British culture, which she uses to create rich and interesting visuals.

Work never really stops for Milena as she always have ideas cooking in the back of her mind, however she always finds time to pursue her personal passions and interests. Faces are a constant source of inspiration for drawing and paintings. She also loves watching a good film with her best friend, husband Ian.

"From the first glance at a brief to the finishing touches at the end, I love the journey of each project, and being involved at every stage."