Grand Parade

Grand Parade is a digital creative agency
specialising in high-tech products,
content, design and marketing
for the betting and gaming industry.

Our Team

Andy Clerkson

CEO

Andy Clerkson

Andy started Grand Parade in 2007. Before that he was the founding editor of technology guide Stuff and launched the magazine in the USA in the late nineties. He went on to publish Maxim USA, which became the largest mens’ magazine in the world, selling in excess of 2.5 million copies every month. By 2004, Andy was responsible for all creative output at Dennis Publishing Inc which included magazines such as Maxim, Stuff and Blender, their websites, television shows and a national digital radio station.

Ed Needham

Editorial Director

Ed Needham

Ed is a former editor of a number of magazines including Rolling Stone, FHM in both the UK and America, and the US edition of Maxim. While at FHM he won PPA Editor of the Year and Magazine of the Year. Under his tenure, Rolling Stone won an “Elly” – the Oscars of the American magazine industry – for Evan Wright’s reporting from Iraq, which went on to be made into the book and TV series Generation Kill. He is a founder and director of Grand Parade.

Dominic Hawken

Chief Tech Officer

Dominic Hawken

Dominic has 20 years experience in digital development and online media. After a successful career in the music industry, he recognised the creative potential of the internet in its earliest stages, leading the development and programming of sites for Cellnet (now O2), MCE (now Sky) and Scottish Widows, deploying one of the first online systems to offer secure banking and financial transactions with a custom written system that is still in use today, over ten years later.

Technical Director

Beejay Morgan

Beejay has over 10 years of experience in web development and interactive media. He has worked on sites ranging from Online Learning to major online Social Networking hubs. Beejay came to Grand Parade from one of the world’s top Social Networking platforms, ONEsite, Inc., where he worked on projects for properties such as American Idol, WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), and Fox. He brings to Grand Parade enterprise-level software experience and tools to help bring in the next generation of interactive Web technologies.

Creative Director

Ian Knowles

Ian is responsible for the high level design of GP projects. He served as the art director on a number of top consumer magazines, such as Elle, FHM and The New York Post’s Page 6 magazine; in 2008 he redesigned Italian Vanity Fair for Conde Nast. Ian has extensive experience designing for sports publications in the USA and has designed both ICON and Close Up, the Ladbrokes quarterly. Ian adds aesthetic and brand overview to our online campaigns and major site launches.

Art Director

Andrew Mook

Andrew has a truly integrated approach to art direction acquired from his 11 years as a design professional. Developing his career in both design agencies (Arris, Ouno) and publishing houses (Bauer, Dennis), he has created award winning online magazines (iGizmo) and adverts, art directed photo shoots, launched iPad magazines and designed websites, corporate print and branding. If he gets time he also mucks in with some illustration.

Senior Designer

Nilesh Mistry

Nilesh started out as a Junior Designer for eBXP, creating interactive web applications, banner campaign concepts, logo identity and page layouts for print. Looking to up the ante, he moved in at Grand Parade. Since 2007 he has been adding his creative flair to interactive sports betting widgets and applications, banner campaigns, web page design and different elements of print design.

Account Director

Andreu Machancoses

Andreu has managed a variety of online, mobile and print projects for Grand Parade since joining in January 2009, from initial strategy and user experience through to design, final implementation and hosting/support, including Close Up and Citibet magazines, news.ladbrokes.com, www.tentofollow.com and www.generatorhostels.com. Prior to Grand Parade, he gained a further 3 years experience as an account director and editorial manager at digital and print marketing firm Aspect Media after an initial 2-year stint as a media sponsorship and valuation analyst at the media and sports giant, IMG World.

Project Manager

Ben Rushall

Ben started his career as a video editor and producer. Before joining Grand Parade as a digital PM, he was project manager for Premier League Productions responsible for the setup, production and distribution of video packages to Premier League partners worldwide as well as Yahoo and ESPN Mobile.

CTO Poland

Tomek Jakubas

Tomek is a mobile specialist and is the driving force behind Grand Parade’s Cracow office where the code that runs our products gets formulated and refined. In his youth, Tomek programmed for technology giants such as Ricoh, OKI and Siemens. More recently he developed a sync system for mobile phones, implemented in the biggest Polish mobile carrier—Plus GSM—before taking the reins of Grand Parade Sp. z. o. o.

Senior Programmer

Michał Ochman

Michał is a creative digital developer based in GP’s Cracow office. His youth belies his six years experience in highly skilled front-end web development. He is a PHP and XML expert, which allows him not only to build websites, but also to drive them.

Sysadmin

Michał Ful

Michał has worked as a sysadmin for 11 years now, first at small Polish companies, then at the DRQ software house (now part of Asseco). After that he spent five years in the R&D division at Fujitsu Kyushu Systems, and for two years before joining Grand Parade had been leading a NetOps team at iLoop Mobile Inc. He specialises in operating systems, security and virtualisation (first container-based then VMware, Xen and finally cloud). He is also a big Land Rover fan and proud owner of a Disco Series 1, and enjoys travelling and “tons of other stuff.”

Programmer

Łukasz Siudut

After starting out as a network admin in his high school, Luk went on to graduate from Cracow University of Science and Technology, where he was also in charge of the network admin. He joined Grand Parade in July 2010 having worked as a programmer in Softwarelab Sp. z o.o. He loves low-level programming and is an expert at the maintenance and optimization of old applications.

Delivery Manager

Jakub Chudarek

Jakub has worked as a Traffic Manager, Project Manager, Project Management Leader, Brand Manager and Marketing Manager. He participated in many conferences as a speaker and has experience of working with Procter & Gamble, Nivea, Avon, Ikea, Puma, Bruno Banani, Mexx Fragrances, Replay Fragrances, Blend-a-med, managing over 30 large projects in the process. His hobbies include programming applications for iPhone, travelling, riding a bike and skating.

 

Testing & Monitoring Manager

Joanna Kusmierzak

After graduating in Journalism, Communication and Middle East studies from Jagiellonian, Joanna earned 6 years experience working as an IT Project Manager for two major Polish web portals – Onet.pl and Interia.pl. She enjoys merging science with humanity, considering that it’s the only way to achieve maximum business efficiencies and maintain healthy balance. She loves animals, travelling and astronomy. In her free time she expands her knowledge of foreign languages (e.g. Arabic and Hebrew) and gets on her neighbours’ nerves while learning to play the piano.

 

Programmer

Sławomir Małusecki

Sławomir has several years experience in PHP programming, focusing mostly on writing applications using WordPress and Facebook application platforms. He joined Grand Parade in November 2011 having worked as a programmer in Hellostudio.eu prior to that. In his free time, Sławomir loves to work on his site dedicated to e-Reading devices – eKsiazki.org – and read eBooks on his Kindle.

 

Database and Monitoring Analyst

Sławomir Leszczyński

Sławek is a programmer/analyst with over four years experience with Data Base and PHP. Before joining Grand Parade he worked for IBM. He also studied at the Pontifical University of John Paul II, the School of Banking and Management and the AGH University of Science and Technology in Cracow. In his spare time, he likes scuba diving, playing football and new technologies.