IE began life in 1994 as a Brand Consultancy, founded by our MD Ollie Leggett.
As a former teacher, design lecturer, and charity trustee, Ollie had a passion for helping Charity, Health and Education clients to connect with their audiences and gain access to the industry’s best creatives – something that, back then, was all-too-commonly only possible for ‘big business’.
In 2002, IE bought a digital agency, after recognising that digital platforms were becoming one of the most important expressions of brand – and we were fed up of seeing our work butchered by techies. So the two companies merged and became the agency we are today: A team of around 20 consultants, researchers, writers, brand designers, and developers based in the historic Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. And we still remain true to our original vision – helping values driven clients to harness the power of their brands.
Whether it’s helping charities to tell their stories or recruit donors, helping universities to attract and engage students, or helping healthcare organisations to inform and educate patients – we’re the voice of the audience, and it’s our job to turn them into your loyal brand advocates.
That’s why we’re the brand agency for Charity, Health & Education.
Call us big headed, but we’re pretty confident we’ve got the best people in the industry.
Because IE Brand is only as good as its people. Our studio is full of some of the industry’s best consultants, researchers, creatives, designers, filmmakers, typographers, copywriters, artworkers and techies – all under one roof.
Creative Director and Brand ConsultantEmail David
With 19 years of industry experience under his belt, Dave serves as IE’s Creative Director – leading IE’s brand offering and award winning design team, as well as working as a Brand Consultant.
Beginning his career as a Graphic Designer and making a gentle transition to consultancy, Dave combines his agency experience – which has seen him work with clients across almost every sector – with his love of design, writing and filmmaking.
Dave can often be found knee deep in research for a brand project, locked away in a room writing key messaging, art directing a visual identity project, on location for a campaign film, or bringing clients up to speed and running workshops.
Under Dave's direction, IE Brand won two Golds at the Transform Awards Europe 2017, for Best Visual Identity from the Education sector and for Best Brand Architecture Solution. Dave has spent his life and career obsessed with the power of brand, and helping clients to connect with their audiences by standing out from the crowd, and telling their story to the world.
Over the last few years, he’s been thoroughly immersed in the worlds of charity, health and education – and before that worked with a number of blue chip clients, including investment banks and building societies, record labels, TV production companies and retail.
Dave and his wife are the proud parents of two young daughters, who take up the majority of his time outside of work. However, he tries to find time to indulge his passion for playing piano, and creative writing – he is often to be found working on speculative screenplays, and is a published non-fiction author.Close
Managing Director & Brand ConsultantEmail Ollie
Driven by a desire to stand alongside values driven organisations and to make a difference through the power of brand and digital, Ollie founded IE in 1994 and continues to support IE’s more complex brand consultancy projects.
Notable not-for-profit clients include Christian Aid, Teach First, FPA (Family Planning Association), pfeg (now Young Money), Career Ready, Charity Job, Goldman Sachs Foundation, Cranfield University, University of Cambridge, and the universities of Aberdeen, Aston, Birmingham, Bristol, Imperial College London, Liverpool, Plymouth Marjon, Queen Mary UoL, Reading, Warwick and York.
A regular speaker at CHASE, CASE and AGCAS, Ollie has worked in the creative sector for 25 years and is an opinion leader on the subject of optimising business practices within the creative industries. A passionate advocate of self-improvement and the power of peer networks, Ollie is a graduate of business school programmes at Cranfield School of Management, London Business School and Aston Business School.
Ollie was awarded a Goldman Sachs Foundation small business leader scholarship to study toward an Executive MBA at Aston Business School. His Final Project entitled "Assessing the value of the CBIRM (Corporate Brand Identity and Reputation Matrix) framework to an international charity seeking to re-articulate its corporate brand" utilises the charity Open Doors International as a case study. In 2018, he graduated with Distinction.
He is a Visiting Industrial Fellow and Guest Lecturer at Aston University, a BSEEN business mentor, a volunteer for the Ahead Partnership and a Queen’s Small Business Charter Mark business school assessor for the Association of Business Schools. Ollie recently retired as a trustee of Trident: Reach The People Charity (a £14m+ social investment charity in the Midlands) to become a founder member of Christian Aid's Salt Business Network.
Ollie was consulted by Lord Young as he gathered insights for ‘The Report on Small Firms’ and Lord Heseltine for his report ‘No Stone Unturned in Pursuit of Growth’. Lord Young’s office expressed thanks with an invitation to No.10 Downing Street and the Queen’s Garden Party.
Outside of work he’s a keen runner, cook and figurative sculptor. He has raised thousands of pounds running for Midlands charities, and is aiming to achieve a sub 3.5hr marathon by the end of his 50th year.Close
Director of Operations and FinanceEmail Kate
Kate has been with IE for 15 years and is always striving for ways to do things better.
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Grant Thornton, Kate enjoyed working with clients as a Business Services Manager. Her understanding of finance informs her passion for excellent project management.
Kate is PRINCE2 trained and is an enthusiastic exponent of the ‘Agile’ project management philosophy. Together with the Consultant, Kate will ensure that your project is well resourced and delivered.
Outside of work she enjoys boot camp sessions in all weathers.Close
Digital Services DirectorEmail Ed
Ed joined IE as a Web Applications Developer in 2008 after completing a BSc in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, and an MSc in Intelligent Systems Engineering, from the University of Birmingham. He grew into a senior development role, before taking a step away from writing code and towards user experience and technical consultancy. Nowadays – along with leading IE’s digital team – you’ll find Ed delivering discovery and UX workshops, facilitating user testing, crafting innovative new information architectures, and advising clients on how best to leverage and connect different digital tools in a compelling user experience.
Ed has spent the past 11 years immersed in the challenges faced by the charity, health and education sectors – from their aspirational goals and 5-year strategies, to the best technology choices, and right down to the individual lines of code required to deliver an experience that will make a measurable impact on achieving objectives.
Ed manages IE Digital’s project, helpdesk and support teams – and is responsible not just for the initial delivery of high-quality digital experiences, but for the ongoing management, support and improvement of those experiences over time.
Together with keeping his technical and coding skills sharp through various personal projects, outside of work, Ed’s insatiable appetite for real-world problem solving extends to home automation, DIY and interior design. If there’s any time left after that, it’s spent reading science-based non-fiction, astronomy, DSLR photography and playing the occasional video game with friends.Close
Senior DesignerEmail Josie
Josie joined IE from a London branding agency, where she cut her teeth on a range of clients – from blue chips, luxury hotels and pharmaceutical brands to charities and art museums.
Over the course of her time at IE she’s led the design for a range of charity, health and education clients – creating new logo marques, bespoke typefaces, art directing photoshoots, and creating dynamic, responsive brands. She’s also designed many websites, led on numerous social campaigns, and is as skilled online as she is offline.
For Josie, design is all about having fun and she aims to produce beautifully crafted work that is always rooted in a strong idea that tells a story and provokes an emotion. She believes in pushing her ideas to the limit, then reigning them back in. She's particularly passionate about designing for print but enjoys developing brands across all media.
Josie was named the Creative Young Contender 2021 at the Transform Awards Europe. She has a first in Graphic Design from Falmouth University.
Outside the studio, she's been experimenting with making coloured concrete plant pots, which she one day hopes to sell. She teaches swimming to children and enjoys running and yoga.Close
Associate Marketing/Brand ConsultantEmail Sara
Sara provides expert support on key marketing strategy, research and planning projects at IE.
She enjoys the challenges of developing marketing strategies that will enable clients to stand out from the crowd, and identifying new routes for growth that will maximise potential.
She has an impressive track record of high-quality delivery in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors, working with organisations including CMI Strategy, CSH Surrey, and the Amateur Swimming Association.
Sara is dedicated to inspiring insight; she loves to design and deliver research that will make a difference, be it e-surveys, face-to-face or telephone interviews, focus groups or data analysis. She's also an experienced facilitator, working with and inspiring clients and their in-house teams through problem-solving and scenario-planning workshops, team meetings, coaching sessions and more.
Sara has an MBA from Warwick University and is PRINCE2 qualified.Close
Associate DesignerEmail Tim
After graduating from Bath School of Art and Design with a degree in Graphic Communication, Tim began his design career working as an in-house designer for Purity Brewing.
Since then he's worked both agency-side and as a freelancer. His diverse skill set has enabled him to work for several high profile clients, especially bars and restaurants, passionately creating brands that please the eye, while never forgetting to serve their purpose.
A keen illustrator and a self-proclaimed "ideas person", Tim's design process always starts with an airtight concept and a desk-full of doodles – some of them worth keeping.
Outside work Tim also illustrates for pleasure and is in the process of writing and illustrating a children's book. He also enjoys infuriating his wife and daughter with his love of drumming, brewing his own beer and climbing mountains as often as he can.
Having worked with IE for many years as a full-time member of the team, Tim now works with us as an associate designer, and we continue to make great use of his talents on a regular basis.Close
Associate DesignerEmail Dan
Dan is passionate about branding; he crafts elegant and scalable design systems for print and screen.
He delights in rationalising and resolving complex communications into simple, coherent and beautiful user experiences. A brilliant typographer, Dan has a keen eye for detail and a sensitive approach to design. Working closely with IE's consultants Dan often leads the design process, converting research and feedback into a visual approach to inform the design.
A multi-award winning designer, Dan consistently produces industry-leading work, has been featured in online galleries, magazines and a book. He worked at IE for 18 years before switching to the freelance life.
Outside of work Dan enjoys anything astronomical, loves taking pictures and drawing, and is always up for a game of ping pong!
Dan holds a BA Honours degree in Design for Communication Media and graduated from Manchester University in 1996. He lives and works from his home studio in Brighton and regularly attends design related conferences.Close
Senior Front End DeveloperEmail Joëlle
Joëlle joined IE shortly after graduating on a six-month internship, before coming on board permanently as IE’s first female developer.
Joëlle grew up in France and moved to Birmingham for university. She enjoys composing, teaching, and performing on the piano, as well as learning other instruments. She also has a passion for dance, and will jump straight to a game of table football if the opportunity ever arises!Close
Senior Digital Consultant and Head of SupportEmail James
James joined the IE team in 2012 as a Digital Consultant.
He brings his experience and knowledge of user experience to a diverse set of IE's clients – specialising in those projects that demand a detailed understanding of audience.
James has a BA Interior Architecture and an MA in Design Management, and has worked designing, building and managing internet sites, intranets and mobile platforms for the last 15 years in some of the UK's biggest and best known FTSE companies. He has also worked as a Wine Shop manager and Furniture salesman.
Outside of work he bakes bread and drives a VW Camper.Close
Digital ConsultantEmail Jodie
A Digital Consultant with experience as a producer of websites, apps and ecommerce platforms, Jodie has a passion for new technologies and is constantly learning.
A business management graduate, Jodie's primary focus is always on nurturing strong relationships with her clients, built on two-way communication and transparency. She strives for excellence, and is constantly seeking process improvements.
She began her career at Keele University’ as part of the Student Support team, focusing on digital. She then moved to a digital agency, in a production role for big brands in fashion/retail, technology and insurance. She jumped at the chance to transfer her experience to IE's clients in charity, health and education.
When she's not working, Jodie loves to travel whenever she gets the chance. So far her wanderlust has taken her to the US, Thailand, Barbados, Egypt, and throughout Europe.Close
Head of DevelopmentEmail Nathan
Nathan heads the digital development team at IE. He has seven years' experience as a web developer and programmer at various creative agencies, and a Degree in Information Technology and Physics.
His passions include building custom, bespoke digital solutions using cutting edge frameworks and web technologies. Nathan utilises the logical problem- solving approach learnt in his physics modules to build elegant solutions to client problems. He's recently taken the step up to become IE's Head of Development, and qualified as an Acquia Certified Drupal Developer.
Outside of work, Nathan is a gym freak, and enjoys listening to a broad range of music spanning all genres and is an avid gig/concert goer.Close
Helpdesk AnalystEmail Kat
Kat has a winning combination of technical knowledge and top notch communication skills, which she's putting to good use as IE's Helpdesk Analyst.
She took a BSc in Multimedia from Birmingham City University, covering everything from photography, filmography and design to programming and industry knowledge. In her spare time she was writing creatively, and her urge to make online forums prettier and more and user-friendly led her to explore web design and development. She built a prototype web app for her dissertation to creatively display story data for authors, before completing an MA in Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham.
Kat's work life took her to become first a developer, then a copywriter for a small company, so being the face of customer support at IE Digital is the ideal marriage of these key skills.
Outside work you'll find Kat entertaining her young son, crying over her novels-in-progress, watching terrible TV, playing video games, and talking about astrology.Close
Web DeveloperEmail Dan
Having dabbled in a bit of self-taught Java and Ruby from a young age, Dan jumped at the chance to take up an apprenticeship with a local web development agency.
In his 4.5 years there he delivered bespoke WordPress sites and custom Laravel applications for a range of clients, from a nationwide childcare company, to the McDonalds Maintenance & Repair Department.
A life-long member of the Scouting community, first as a Scout and now as a leader, IE’s focus on values-driven organisations appealed to Dan. As our newest recruit, he’s building on his existing skills to quickly get to grips with projects in Drupal 8, CiviCRM and SOAP integration, as well as continuing to work on our WordPress sites.
When not coding, Dan can usually be found hanging off the nearest climbing wall, strumming his guitar, or exploring a good open world RPG.Close
Web DeveloperEmail Soraya
Soraya joined IE in Summer 2020 with extensive experience as a developer specialising in WordPress.
Keen to broaden her skill set, Soraya joins IE with an agency background, and welcomes the opportunity to use her skills to help vulnerable communities.
As a fan of art and design – and coding – it was only natural for her to study web development at Sheffield Hallam University. At her first job in Leeds, she worked with a number of northern charities and discovered how fulfilling it is to work with not-for-profits.
In her spare time, Soraya likes to play video games with her husband and enjoys drawing and watching movies.Close
Associate Marketing and Content ConsultantEmail Denise
With over 20 years’ experience in marketing across a number of sectors, Denise is IE’s content marketing specialist.
Denise enjoys nothing more than working with talented experts and promoting that expertise to clients, be it through thought leadership, events or high quality proposals. She is responsible for much of IE’s own website content and case studies, as well as keeping the awards cabinet topped up with recognition for our client work. An eagle-eyed proofreader, Denise ensures every deliverable is word-perfect.
She’s also our go-to PowerPoint whizz, adapting the work of our design team into brilliant branded templates that make creating on-brand presentations a breeze for our clients’ teams. And as our unflappable events coordinator, Denise makes sure our consultants and clients are fully supported whenever we’re speaking at conferences or delivering seminars.
Denise is as passionate as we are about working with values-driven clients, particularly anything to do with animals, the environment or the arts. Outside work, she is a keen amateur photographer and appreciates a wide range of entertainment and culture.Close
Associate Fundraising ConsultantEmail Iris
Iris has been working in the fundraising sector for nearly 20 years. She is a visionary leader with a heart to develop and inspire people to achieve their goals and grow as individuals.
As well as her consultancy work, Iris works part-time as Director of Programmes and Supporter Engagement for a small international development charity. Her experience ranges from heading up fundraising teams in large organisations such as Oxfam and World Vision, working in international marketing strategy advisory groups to coaching and mentoring teams in small charities to help them bring a step change to their fundraising.Close
Associate Digital ConsultantEmail Oliver
Oliver first started working with IE in 2000 and became a director when IE bought his consultancy business in 2003.
Although no longer hands on with production work, Oliver still loves technology, particularly when it’s applied to solving real world problems.
He provides hands-on consultancy support to key clients, leading co-creation workshops with stakeholders from the likes of including Public Health England, NHS Digital and West Midlands Fire Service. He recently addressed a delegation of Chinese healthcare executives through Nine Health CIC and presented at the HIMSS Executive Leadership Summit.
Oliver loves to wrestle with the strategic challenges of organisations and to look for interesting digital solutions to those challenges – appropriate for the world we live in today.
Alongside IE's MD Ollie, Oliver graduated from the Business Growth Programme at Cranfield School of Management.
Outside of work, he has an eclectic range of interests from breeding ducks to hand developing photographic film.
His real passion though is for seeing peoples lives transformed, both here in the UK and across sub-Saharan Africa. Oliver feeds this by working as an elder of his church (The Forge) and as a supporter and advocate for a South African charity (Hands at Work) working with the poorest of the poor in eight African countries.Close
Silver & Bronze winners at the Transform Awards Europe 2021
SILVER: Best Visual Identity from a charity, NGO or not-for-profit – Clergy Support Trust
BRONZE: Best Naming Strategy – Clergy Support Trust
BRONZE: Best Visual Identity from the Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals Sector – Resuscitation Council UK
IE's Senior Designer Josie Evans was also named Transform's Creative Young Contender 2021.
Despite the challenges of Covid this has been a record year for the Transform Awards ... the work entered in the Transform Awards highlights, once more, the strategic insight and phenomenal creativity of the agencies and in-house teams.Andrew Thomas
Publishing Editor, Transform magazine
ISO 9001 : 2015 Certified
As a business we are ISO 9001 Accredited and undergo an annual external audit. This is one of a number of internal processes and procedures we have in place to ensure our clients receive a first-class experience with IE.
IE has been ISO 9001 accredited since 2008 for the design and provision of web, interactive, design and brand solutions.
Last audited October 2020. Certificate number GB 14129916.Close
MemberWise Recognised Supplier
MemberWise is a thriving professional community that provides practical help and support to over 5,000+ membership organisation and association professionals based in the UK and overseas.
IE Digital is proud to be a MemberWise Recognised Supplier for our extensive work with membership associations, which includes a brand refresh for Local Authority Building Control (LABC).Close
Living Wage Foundation
IE Brand is proud to be accredited by the Living Wage Foundation, for voluntarily paying a higher rate of base pay.
The real Living Wage rates are independently calculated based on what people need to get by – higher than the UK governments minimum.
By paying the real Living Wage, employers are voluntarily taking a stand to ensure their employees can earn a wage which is enough to live on. That basic fairness is at the heart of what the Living Wage campaign is trying to achieve and why great businesses and organisations choose to go further than the government minimum.Living Wage Foundation
Gold & Silver winners at the Transform Awards Europe 2019
GOLD: Best Visual Identity from the Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals Sector – Sexwise (client: sexual health charity FPA)
SILVER: Best Visual Identity from the Farming and Agriculture Sector – AgriFood Training Partnership (AFTP) (client: University of Nottingham)
2019 has been a record year for submissions. The judging was extremely thorough so this year has been very competitive.Transform magazine
Winners of three awards at the Transform Awards Europe, 2017.
- GOLD – Brand Architecture – Cranfield University
- GOLD – Visual Identity for Education – University of Reading Careers
- Highly Commended – Best use of a Visual Property – University of Reading Careers
Our judges praised the strong visuals, creative approach and impressive results coupled with a harmony between graphical and textual elements.Transform Magazine
CharityComms Corporate Partner
IE's core belief is that the world’s values-driven organisations deserve access to the best: the best thinkers, the best creatives, the best developers and the best service.
As an agency partner who understands the needs of charity marketing and communications professionals, IE Brand is proud to be a CharityComms Corporate partner.Close
Winner: Leading Brand Agency for Charity & Education 2018 - UK
Awarded by CV Magazine at their 2018 Corporate Excellence Awards. The awards are hand picked by CV Magazine’s dedicated research team to recognise the very best in business. Winners are chosen following careful research by CV's in house team, to reward organisations of all sizes who are succeeding in their endeavours: innovating, growing and improving.Close
Transform Awards Europe 2015
HIGHLY COMMENDED – Best Use of a Visual Property for Aston University Careers+Placements
HIGHLY COMMENDED – Best Use of Copy Style for Aston University Careers+PlacementsClose
Education Resources Awards
2015 WINNER – Best Secondary Resource for PFEG
2014 WINNER – Innovation Award for PFEG “Get Money Smart” Campaign
The UK’s leading financial education charity, PFEG won Best Secondary Resource for the My Money Week resource packs IE designed for the national campaign. PFEG (now Young Money, part of Young Enterprise) ran the a national activity week, to educate both primary and secondary students in financial matters. IE’s creatives designed the pack in a newspaper style, aiming to provide creative, engaging and flexible teaching materials to support PFEG's My Money Week initiative. The packs contained articles, problems, puzzles and a sports page.
PFEG is now Young Money, part of Young Enterprise.
The Education Resources Awards (ERA) highlight and reward the quality and diversity of educational products, resources, services and people as well as the best educational establishments and the most dedicated members of the teaching profession. The ERA is recognised throughout the education sector as the Accolade of excellence.Close
Winners of three awards at the Transform Awards Europe, 2014.
GOLD – Best Visual Identity from the Education sector – University of Warwick Careers
SILVER – Best Visual Identity from the Education sector – University of Birmingham Careers Network
BRONZE – Best Use of a Visual Property – University of Birmingham Careers NetworkClose
The Cream Awards recognised and rewarded the very best creative work from the Midlands, East, South West & Wales.
The Drum Cream Awards 2013
Shortlisted – Best Use of Illustration for PFEG (now Young Money, part of Young Enterprise)
Hand drawn with a beautifully crafted attention to detail, our illustrations for PFEG injected a sense of informality, youthfulness and character to everything the charity does. Mr Moola –one of the core character illustrations – became the face of PFEG’s successful ‘My Money Week’ – a national activity week that provides essential financial education to children as young as 7.
The Drum Cream Awards 2011
Shortlisted – Best Use of Photography for Lifewords (formerly Scripture Gift Mission/SGM Lifewords)Close
CIWM Sustainability and Resource Awards 2016
SHORTLISTED – Most Effective Communications Campaign for WRAP Love Your Clothes
Campaign brand, messaging and visual identity by IE Brand. Love Your Clothes website, including video content, by IE Digital.
The Sustainability and Resource Awards are held annually by the CIWM (Chartered Institution of Wastes Management). The prestigious awards are presented for outstanding achievement in the sustainability, resource and waste industry and are judged by the most respected experts in the sector, representing the highest level of achievement.Close
IE Brand is proud to be a Birmingham agency, but that doesn’t mean we only work in and around the UK’s second city.
With so many UK charities choosing London as their headquarters, it’s no surprise that over 50% of our clients are based in the capital, and IE consultants are in London at least 2-3 times per week on average.
And with UK universities being an area of specialism, we also work across the whole country, with clients as far apart as the Universities of Aberdeen and Southampton. We’ve also worked with a number of clients in the Republic of Ireland, including University College Dublin.
Our central location offers the perfect opportunity for us to hop on the motorway or jump on the train regardless of your location. Current travel time by train to London is just over an hour – so we can often be with you faster than London agencies can travel across the city: offering you the convenience of a local agency, without their day rates.
IE Brand's people are our most important asset. We believe in investing in the next generation of consultants, copywriters and designers. That’s why we created the IE Academy – a recruitment programme for creatives.
Each and every member of the IE Brand team shares our ethos, and we encourage the team to participate in charity / community projects, which are supported by the agency.
Lots of agencies can make a brand. We’re making a difference.
- 33 days holiday (including bank holidays)
- Flexible working hours
- Time off in lieu
- Paid overtime
- Buy/sell holiday
- Health cash plan
- Time off for community projects
- Pension scheme
- 4 week sabbatical (after 5 years service)
- Personal training budget
- Fun days (from kayaking to BBQs, ice-skating to tobogganing!)
- Ping pong table
- Unlimited book buying budget
IE Brand is proud to be accredited by the Living Wage Foundation, for voluntarily paying a higher rate of base pay.
If there are no vacancies listed below it means we're not hiring for any specific roles right now. But if you think we’re missing out by not having you on the team, please send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.