Helping the good guys make a big impression
Hands Up is entirely focussed on helping charities communicate more effectively, simple as that. Whether you’re a one man band or one of the big boys, we love to work with charities to tell their stories, make their vision more clear, inspire people to support, and encourage those that already do to get more involved.
Working with you not just for you
We have all the technological, creative, and strategic mojo needed to make great digital content. But collaboration is very important to us. We don’t want to march in to your office and tell you how to do it. We want to hear from you and work with you.
We’re into stuff that matters
Founded in 2009, we’re a small (but rapidly growing) agency, all working remotely from our homes or hubs. This only means one thing to you: we cost less. We meet up regularly and talk on skype a lot but have no overheads to pass on to our clients in the bill.
Some of us have been doing this in the charitable sector for donkeys’ years. Some of us are pretty new. But we’re all wildly passionate about making brilliant stuff to help you communicate your world-changing selves better.
Who We Are
We are a core team of four – supported by a large network of experienced freelancers that can be brought in whenever necessary. This approach allows us to keep our fixed costs even lower, and to assemble the best possible team for any given project.
Ben Clowney, the founder and director, brings a wealth of experience from the charity sector having spent eight years developing innovative ways to engage people online, with Oxfam GB, Tearfund and Amnesty International. Examples of his work include Tearfund’s Facebook application SuperBadger and Amnesty’s 1:10 and Hell station campaigns. He was also part of the team that delivered Amnesty’s Shell campaign – which won gold at the Direct Marketing Association awards.
Technical Director Ross Wintle has worked in software engineering, IT operations, web hosting and web development for more than 12 years. He currently specializes in WordPress website development but can turn his hand to pretty much anything technical. He has applied his expertise to help organizations as large as Cable&Wireless and The National Trust, and as small as local charity The Mechanics Institution Trust in Swindon.
Ben Hanbury is our lead designer and brings an indepth understanding of designing for the web, with experience that includes working as one of the lead designers on iPlayer for the BBC.
Hannah Flint, with a background in journalism and TV production, Hannah has managed projects of different scope and size across the media, charity and corporate sectors. She’s produced several award-winning short films, web videos and campaign films, and, as Hands Up’s most recent recruit, is now overseeing our film and animation department.