Our team

We’re a 20-strong team of creative minds who are passionate about exploring and improving how humans communicate in the digital age.

Why north?

We don’t have bean bags, a revamped pinball machine, and our own barista called Javier. We prefer that you have all the frills, not us. So we offer premium design work without passing on the overheads – It’s that simple. It’s north

Leadership Team

Ian Howarth

Creative Director & Managing Partner

Ian is the Creative Director of north and sets the creative vision across all client partnerships and projects.

Ian has a proven track record in digital, having over 20 years of experience within the creative industry.

Before north, Ian also served as the Executive Creative Director for Holler and Deloitte Digital, partnering on large-scale digital transformation and product design initiatives for the likes of Unilever, Amex, Ducati, Ebay, The Premier League, Virgin, 20th Century Fox and Manchester United.

"It's time to challenge and change the broken agency/consultancy models. Brands and businesses want less fluff and more value. We strive to exceed expectations with solid design solutions that meet your needs. At north it's about you, not us."

Chris Abbott

UX Director & Managing Partner

Chris is a Strategic Design Director with over 12 years of experience in leading large projects, managing teams and optimising experiences across products and services. His experience is both broad and deep. Having started his career as an art director and then as an interaction designer, Chris has spent most of the last 5 years working with start-ups, product owners and C-Level execs to define productmarket fit and optimising product and service experiences. His approach is founded in a Lean UX design methodology.

The core team


Commercial Director


Art Director / Creative Lead


Art Director


Art Director


Lead Designer


Lead Designer


Content Director




UX Researcher


Lead Developer


Brand Director


Sales Lead


Head of Operations




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