About us.

United against mediocrity

We’re an experienced and strategic team brought together by a shared hatred of spending client’s money on things that don’t genuinely help them grow.

A strategic brand and comms hub

We concentrate on working strategically across brand and comms. And if we need specialists to activate our thinking further, we tap into our global MSQ network and trusted partners.

Our People

Tim Lindsay


Sharp as a pencil, Tim has spent 36 years in advertising, holding prestigious positions at BBH, Y&R London, Lowe Worldwide, Publicis UK and TBWA. Today he’s the CEO of D&AD and Chairman at The Gate Worldwide.

Helen Hourston

Managing Director

Leads agency’s drive for excellence. In one year grew client’s market share 1000%, partnered with another and acquired 12m customers, took client membership +20k, changed whisky ad category, awarded UK’s No.1 for client satisfaction, Marketing Society Star Award Golds, Product Launch of Year… while championing boardroom diversity.

Seonaid Baird

Group Account Director

Responsible for growth and development across several key accounts. Career highlights include record breaking results for Glasgow Commonwealth Games’ digital activity, growing revenue 60% in six months, managing teams from here to Texas, and international strategic account direction across Hospitality, Financial Services, Manufacturing, and Health and Beauty sectors. Plus, bagging 32 munros (and counting).

Adam Smith

Creative Director

Uniting strategy and creative to build brands and sales: Track record includes web traffic +2000%, awareness +35%, viral charts top 10 for 6-weeks, trebling client targets, public calling for copies of posters, referenced in global publications and awarded D&AD, Epica, The Drum, Campaign Magazine, Roses and others.

Grant McKendry

Digital Account Director

Responsible for broad suite of projects with a digital core, he pushes continual advancement of approaches, tech, and ideas. Achievements include creating Marketing Society Star award-winning integrated campaigns, intervening chatbots, creating songs with influencers, apps, and large national public sites. He also ran his own business; so understands real world imperatives.

Rachel Cameron

Creative Artworker

A double A graduate, she brings vital design craft to our final productions. Multi-talented, she’s delivered high-end finish to print, web, motion graphics, film and illustration. She was also part of the team that created the 30 Days of Play campaign – winning The Drum’s digital/social media strategy award. She also illustrated our own entry into the UK’s top Agency Xmas cards!

Kerry Fyans

Head of Media

Avid traveller (and occasional flight-misser) Kerry’s called digital media “home” for the past 17 years, working across numerous high-profile travel, finance, auto, FMCG, QST and retail brands. In the last five, Kerry’s been broadening her skills – taking a more rounded view to include cross-channel comms.

Stuart Gilbert

Head of Studio & Production

Responsible for technical excellence across artwork and production, Stuart also designs, artworks and animates. Career highlights include creative work that increased client’s web traffic by 198% and YoY revenue by £55m, an award for the Best Cause Related Marketing Campaign, and a roster of clients including New Balance, Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014, Pernod Ricard and Maggie’s Centres.

Paula McKee

Client Services Director

Responsible for client services, best practice, and implementation: Since her degree in Philosophy, achievements include helping Rock Trust raise +£250,000, creating Scotland’s biggest national brand since NHS, generating 21.27m Twitter imp, reaching +2.4m to bring parents into their child’s learning, and being awarded Best Public Sector and Best Integrated campaign.

Julian French

Planning Director

Leading research and strategy with achievements including; positioning first UK sun cream as protection agent – creating No.1 seller, winning multi-million-pound wind turbine-aftermarket, major construction firm share price +20% for two years, TalkTalk business messaging, UN field offices rebrand, and strategy described as “best planning brief seen in years”.

Nicola Moffat

Financial Director

An eye for numbers… and a passion for teamwork. Contributions include; improving business performance, best practice, being behind the team responsible for being voted best Client Services in UK, one of first in country on Scottish Business Pledge, championing Living Wage, creating staff Smoothie Tuesdays, Recharge Time and more.

Scott Sibson

Front End Developer

Responsible for bringing digital designs and concepts to life, Scott Sibson leads on front end development. Career highlights include websites to recruit the next generation of childcare workers, an educational blog for Scotland’s #1 Law Firm, and a site to encourage motorcyclists to live fast and die old. Awards include best fundraising campaign as part of an international competition.

Kelly Church

Lead Channel Planner

A cross-channel expert (without stepping foot on a single ferry) Kelly works with Kerry to deliver media-neutral, cross channel thinking for The Gate’s clients – along with expertly choosing and buying media for our media-only clients.

Rebecca Westwood

Creative Art Director

A key conceptual creative, and hands-on design craftsperson, she’s worked across clients from Jaguar/Land Rover, to NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland; highlights include explaining GDPR to over 18m people, increasing a social campaign’s engagement by 300%, and talking to all of Edinburgh Airports 13.4 million annual visitors.

Matthew Hanna

Digital Planning Director

Hailing from Australia, Matt works on planning and delivering digital media while also maintaining that “chips” can describe both crisps and French-fries. He has spent the last 6 years working across the full landscape of digital channels, driving results for clients in numerous industries including entertainment, finance, travel and property.

Lesley Scott

Office Manager and Finance Assistant

Lesley makes it happen. With 20-plus years’ experience under her belt, she’s worked with clients from FMCG to newspaper, retail, B2B and the charitable sector. Helping each and every one by keeping our office ship-shape and our financials under control.

Matt Williams

Group Head of Content

As Group Head of Content at MSQ Partners, Matt works across all group companies, including The Gate, advising on and supporting delivery of content strategies for our clients. Prior to joining, Matt had the position of head of editorial content at Engine and before that was Close-Up editor of Campaign.

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