We’re a Preston based software and web development agency, working with growing businesses across Lancashire and the UK.

Since 2010, our team of brilliant creative, technical and marketing minds have been helping our clients grow their sales, solve their problems and connect with their customers using the power of the web. We are committed to our clients and our community. Blue Wren is a founding member of the Hoppers Business Network, digital partner for the Winckley Square CIC and Michael Lough is a Trustee of St. Catherine’s Hospice.

The blue wren is a beautiful bird, endemic to Michael’s native Adelaide. It was his mum’s favourite bird and he named the business in her memory.

Who we support

Michael Lough
Managing Director

Professional background:

Michael is educated to post graduate level in marketing and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. For the past 20 years Michael has worked in marketing and management consultancy; advising and supporting business, the public sector and NGOs in marketing communications. Working as a consultant has enabled him to achieve an extremely wide breadth of experience across many industry sectors.

About Michael:

Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Michael is a passionate sportsman with a distinguished rugby career behind him. He now enjoys keeping fit as well as playing cricket and golf (with limited success). Married with two young girls, Michael is proud to live and work in Preston, Lancashire – although when it comes to sport, he still cheers for Australia. Michael takes an active role in the local community. He is a member of the PGRFC rugby committee and is a Trustee of St. Catherine's Hospice.
Phil Hodson
Technical Director

Professional background:

Phil is an IT professional with a broad programming skillset complimented by substantial experience in business intelligence and information delivery. As Senior Systems Analyst for nearly 10 years at Booths, he introduced their first company-wide intranet with associated infrastructure, and designed and implemented their stock replenishment system. From its inception, Phil has assisted Blue Wren in a freelance capacity, though in late 2011 he became a co-owner and director of the company.

About Phil:

In his spare time, Phil enjoys the outdoors and can often be found traversing the Lancashire countryside on his bike.  Having competed in several half-marathons, running is Phil's healthy hobby in contrast to wine and food, his more beloved.
Gary Lumby MBE
Non-Executive Director

Professional:

Gary is an experienced Non-Executive Director who works with a large number of SME’s across of the North of England, where he advises Boards and Management Teams on Business Strategy, Growth, Sales and Marketing, HR and Finance. Gary also runs a number of businesses himself, as well as being a Growth Expert on the Goldman Sachs 10000 Small Business Programme. Gary was awarded an MBE for Services to the Financial Services Sector in 2008 and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers Scotland.

About:

You may find Gary tearing up the fairway in his spare time. He also played Rugby Union in the top flight, which he still enjoys watching alongside his beloved Middlesbrough FC… although, both now compete with his love of food and wine.  
Sam Duckworth
Creative Lead

Professional background:

Sam studied Graphic Design at Blackpool and Fylde College before starting a successful career in graphic design working for prominent design agencies across the North West. Sam has a natural flair and creativity, particularly in a digital context. She breathes life into a brand while also delivering functional designs that work online.

About Sam:

When Sam is not working she enjoys spending time with her son. They love the outdoors and there's always a school project on the go. Sam has strong interests in interior design (recently renovating the reception here at Bluewren), she also loves gardening and has a passion for revamping old furniture. She can often be found rummaging around antique fairs for a bargain.
Daniel Moore
Head of Software

Professional background:

Daniel graduated from UCLAN with a 1st class honours degree in Software Engineering. Over the course of his career Daniel has worked on a number of large national scale projects, including information systems used in all train stations in the South East of England.  Daniel is passionate about his craft and spends numerous hours researching new development techniques, frameworks and workflow systems.

About Dan:

When not programming in work, Daniel tends to work on his own side projects or contribute to Open Source projects. Daniel is also a keen fan of MMA and weight lifts when he gets time.
Siôn Hill
Marketing Manager

Professional background:

Siôn graduated from Bangor University with a first class honours degree in Marketing. He has since worked as a multi-channel marketing executive for three years and brings with him a wealth of experience of client side marketing, giving him a great understanding of what clients want and need from their agency. Siôn is also studying for a CIM Certificate in Professional Marketing in his spare time.

About Siôn:

Siôn is a keen sports fan, with his main passion being the great Manchester United. He’s also been known to run from time to time.
Dean Martin
Technical Support Engineer

Professional background:

Dean worked at Booths for nearly 20 years, the last 15 being in the IT department.  Starting off on the helpdesk, he progressed through to administering the network and then finished up as Project Manager. Some of the major projects he worked on included replacing the Warehouse Management System, introducing Self Checkouts and upgrading the Chip and PIN machines.  Dean joined Blue Wren to set up a new Technical Support department.

About Dean:

Outside of work, Dean likes to watch football and, in particular, Formula 1. He doesn’t need much excuse for a holiday and has an ambition to get to more Formula 1 races, having already ticked off Silverstone, Spa and Monaco.  Dean can also be found pedalling his way around the Guild Wheel from time to time.
Souban Quadri
Software Developer

Professional background:

Souban graduated from Bolton University in 2014 with a BSc Honours in Multimedia and Website Development. He started at Blue Wren while still completing his final year, moving to full time employment following his graduation. Souban’s programming expertise includes PHP, SASS/CSS3, JavaScript.

About Souban:

Souban loves Manchester United and more generally is an avid football, cricket and Formula One fan. His favourite sporting memory is of the Europa League Final in Stockholm in 2017 when United completed the historic Treble of the Commumity Shield, EFL Cup and Europa League.
Emily Lewis
Graphic Designer

Professional background:

Emily studied Graphic Design at Blackpool and the Fylde College, and graduated in 2014 with a BA Honours in Graphic Design awarded by the University of Lancaster. She has always had a passion for digital graphic design and to create memorable communication.

About Emily:

Emily lives beside the seaside in Blackpool. She regularly enjoys reading the latest issues of Computer Arts and visiting exciting design exhibitions/events. Emily finds no difficulty in choosing holiday destinations and is quietly ticking off a list of interesting places throughout Europe.
Marco Arlotti
Graphic Designer

Professional background:

Marco was creative from an early age and always knew he wanted to follow his passion for design. After graduating from university, Marco became a freelance designer, creating and developing brands for various clients both in the UK and internationally. Marco also has an experienced background in print based design working on a diverse range of brand identity and marketing campaigns.

About Marco:

Away from design Marco likes all things football, whether that be guiding his fantasy football team to the top of the league or watching the mighty Manchester United. Marco’s fiancé and daughter are his inspiration in life to continuously strive for happiness in all he does.
Justin Dee
Software Developer

Professional background:

Justin graduated from Lancaster University in 2013 with a BSc Honours in Computer Science. Since then, he has worked on everything from self-learning algorithms to server administration, from software architecture to security auditing.

About Justin:

Justin spends most of his free time playing board games, LARPing, or tending to his growing collection of potted plants.
Max Gilbert
Software Developer

Professional background:

Max graduated from Edge Hill University in 2013 with a 1st class honours degree in Web Systems Development and has been developing for the web since about 2008. His passion was first discovered through a competition at school to design and build a website. For the past 4 years he has worked at a Wetstock Management company, developing software for internal customers and external blue chip clients, using a range of technologies, including: PHP, ASP.NET, C#, JavaScript, jQuery, LESS, Oracle.

About Max:

When not in work, Max enjoys going on walks in the open with his partner, exploring the UK’s hidden gems on his motorbike and tasting the Whiskies of the World.
Ben Lonsdale
Web Developer

Professional background:

Having trained as an ICT teacher at Edge Hill University, Ben decided not to pursue a career in teaching. He has spent time living and working in France and most recently worked for a Financial Advisory firm. Ben has always had a passion for programming and web development and his programming expertise includes PHP, Javascript and SASS/CSS3.

About Ben:

In his spare time Ben enjoys spending time walking in the countryside or on the beach with his partner and dog. He is a keen snowboarder, and so takes every opportunity he can to return to his favourite place, somewhere on top of a mountain in the alps.  
Matthew Rothwell
Junior Software Developer

Professional background:

Graduating from UCLan in 2017, with a BSc(Hons) Software Engineering degree, Matt mainly concentrated on languages such as C++. Recently, Matt found a new love for PHP and the Laravel framework when completing his final year project.

About Matthew:

Matt enjoys playing football although, being from Wigan, Rugby will always be a sport he enjoys to watch.
Jonny Carter
Software Developer

Professional Background

Jonny has 10 years’ experience as a software developer after gaining full-time employment when he completed his education at Preston College. His passion for technology began in his early teens where he spent his spare time building computers and modifying games consoles. He has since worked on some large-scale projects for major utility companies which are still in use today. Jonny’s programming expertise includes VB.NET, PHP, Java and Perl.

About Jonny:

Jonny is an avid Liverpool fan – although he was born and bred in Preston! In his spare time, he enjoys travelling with his partner, playing guitar and going to the gym.
Matt Whatley
Digital Marketing Executive

Professional background:

Having studied English Language & Linguistics at Lancaster University, Matt sought to use his love of words in a professional environment. Since graduating, Matt has generated content for a wide range of industries – from engineering and architecture to retail and the food industry – showing an aptitude for great versatility and adaptability to a client’s voice.

About Matt:

Matt is an avid music fan, passionate about anything from hip hop to unhip prog, and can also be found shouting at Manchester United at weekends. When he gets his flat cap out, you may even find him performing spoken word poetry at festivals.
Alex Blackburn
Web Developer

Professional background:

Alex has a 1st class BSc Honours in Digital Media / Computer Music Tech and also a BA in Digital 3d design, achieved at Manchester Metropolitan University and Salford University, respectively. He has experience of working as a 3d visualizer at an international architects and also started his own online business with his partner selling women’s fashion.

About Alex:

Alex enjoys spending time with friends and family and travelling to exotic destinations. He has a keen interest in gaming, digital design trends and coding. He also enjoys programming synthesizers and drum machines in his spare time.