Joanne Somerville

Managing Partner

Having graduated in English and History, Joanne embarked on a successful 12 year marketing career in the IT industry during which time she also gained her CIM Diploma in Marketing.

At global software giant, Symantec she worked in both the European Events and Channel Marketing divisions. Poached by Allied Telesyn, a worldwide networking manufacturer, she became their European Marketing Communications Manager where she was tasked with setting up a centralised marketing function to service the European territories. During her 6 year tenure she was promoted to European Marketing Director and successfully built a team of 12 marketing specialists which included the global web team.

Having had her first child in 2000, Joanne clearly had a funny five minutes and decided being a new first-time mum just wasn't enough of a challenge so she set up Design Eclectic, in partnership with her brother, Duncan Kerr, an experienced graphic designer who had recently left a successful London graphic design agency. 

Often frustrated by the standard of work and service she had received from some of the agencies she'd worked with, Joanne felt there was a real need for an agency that could provide a no nonsense, flexible and cost-effective service. With this in mind she and Duncan gathered the successful team that still forms the core of Design Eclectic today and despite all the late nights and stress she takes great pleasure in telling anyone who will listen that she was right as the business continues to thrive 18 years on!

When off duty Joanne specialises in peace-keeping for a household with 3 teenagers and a demented dog or she escapes to the netball courts where she can be found either coaching or playing.  She's become quite a fan of Zumba in the last year convincing herself that she was clearly born to dance ... and she's also part-mermaid swimming many, many lengths of the pool because it's quiet there!

If you'd like to talk to Joanne about your next creative project please call her on 01635 278388 or email her here..


We are a creative design & marketing  agency based in Newbury, Berkshire and Portsmouth, Hampshire. We work with clients all over the UK, to find out more please take a look at our client case studies.

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