Meet the SO team

THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE PAGES
10 years after father-and-son team Richard and Nick Moore founded SO Tunbridge Wells in 2008, the magazine’s editorial, design, production and commercial teams reflect on a decade in publishing

HANNAH PATTERSON PRODUCTION MANAGER
hpatterson@markerstudy.com
When did you begin working on SO?
I started here in November 2015.
What’s the best part of your job?
It’s incredibly social, both in the office and out. It’s been a great experience building relationships with people in the community, and there are lots of clients who I’ve been speaking to almost every day for the past two and a half years – they’ve begun to feel like old friends!
Your colleagues would describe you as…
Well, I won the ‘Drama Queen’ award with 100% of the vote at the Christmas party, so they’d definitely say that – it wasn’t the worst award that could be won, so I was a little relieved. But awards aside, I hope they’d say that I’m a team player who’s always willing to help.

NICK MOORE COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR
nmoore@markerstudy.com
How long have you worked on SO?
Since the beginning!
When did you get into publishing?
After leaving university, I fell into advertising sales, more by luck than planning, and found that I quite liked it and could see a career path. After working for some big newsstand glossies, I decided to give up the comfortable, mortgage-paying corporate jobs and launch SO, which was conceived as an idea in 2007. I’ve never looked back!
What’s a typical day like for you?
Varied, long, interesting, very busy and mostly enjoyable.

DANIELLA GAVIN PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR
dgavin@markerstudy.com
How long have you worked on the magazine?
One and a half years.
Most likely to be overheard in the office saying…
“Does anyone have any biscuits?” Biscuits are a key part of the working day in the design/production area of the office, and I’m an avid biscuit enthusiast.
Any career highlights while working here to date?
Conducting and producing interviews with local people – I love getting to know what they do.

XELA RUY DESIGNER
xruy@markerstudy.com
How long have you been with SO?
Four years and counting!
Your colleagues would describe you as…
Food-obsessed and extremely organised – some may say, a little bit OCD.
What’s been your career highlight here to date?
Winning a couple of design competitions within the company, and most importantly, successfully creating uniquely challenging artworks for our key clients under extremely tight deadlines.

CHARLIE BOND EDITOR
cbond@markerstudy.com
When did you start working on SO?
I joined in 2014 and became editor in 2015.
Talk us through a typical day
Manic! I can be doing anything, from having meetings and writing articles, to interviewing people and planning content. Oh, and thinking about food occupies a large part of my day too…
Hot drink of choice?
I have an entire shelf of peppermint tea variations, but I’m also partial to a very strong black coffee when the going gets tough (on press day!).

RICHARD MOOREEDITORIAL DIRECTOR
rmoore@markerstudy.com
How long have you been working on the title?
10 years.
Most likely to be overheard in the office saying…
“Remind me when we go to print?”
At lunchtime, I can be found…
Trying to understand all of the functions on my smartphone.

GEMMA HAK COMMERCIAL MANAGER
ghak@markerstudy.com
How long have you worked on SO?
5 years.
When did you get into your role?
A friend who worked here let me know that One Media was hiring. I already loved reading SO; in fact, I told Nick Moore in my interview how much I loved the smell of the magazine. To which he replied, ‘We pay extra to have the pages sprayed with that specific scent’ – a lie that I fell for and re-told for the next two years.
What’s the best part of your job?
My team. Advertising sales isn’t always easy, but with the right bunch of nutters around you, you can find comedy even on the most stressful days!

FRED LATTY WRITER
flatty@markerstudy.com
How long have you worked on the magazine?
I originally started in 2012 and worked on SO for a subsequent four years, before going freelance at the end of 2016.
What does a typical day include?
Copywriting, proofing, image sourcing, emailing, interviewing… You name it, it’s probably on my to-do list!
At lunchtime, I can be found…
Spending a small fortune at various local coffee shops around Tunbridge Wells.

ROWENA CREMER-PRICE HEAD OF DESIGN
rcremer-price@markerstudy.com
When did you start working on SO?
It will be eight years this month – how time flies when you’re having fun! This is the 96th issue that I’ve worked on.
Your colleagues would describe you as…
Tall, blonde, curly hair, works hard, plays hard.
And the best part of your job?
The best thing about being a graphic designer is creating artwork, and seeing it printed and out there for the world to see. Oh, and the biscuit tin goes highly rated too!