Meet the Team

The Hideaway Studios Group team are individual specialists, combining years of experience, qualifications and top credentials. We are dedicated to continual innovation and development in both time-lapse and site monitoring, and wider video and film creation. Most importantly, we are committed to offering the best possible services, customer satisfaction and attention to personal service, all at the most competitive price.

Dr Gary Kelsall

Founder and Managing Director

Gary founded Hideaway Studios Group in 2007 and since then the company has produced numerous corporate and advertisement projects, working for an array of high profile clients. One of the principal specialisms of Hideaway is Ultra HD time-lapse filmmaking and remote site monitoring, for which the company has become nationally renowned.

Before founding the company, Gary had produced many documentary programmes as well as numerous other media projects over a variety of platforms. He has a PhD, and years of experience as a Senior University Lecturer, including at Keele University where he previously helped lead the programme of Media, Communications and Culture. He also makes the occasional TV and radio appearance!

Holly Eckersley

Senior Project Manager

Holly obtained a First-Class Honours degree in English Literature and Media, before going on to study for a PhD.

She has much experience in customer liaison and support within many commercial environments, and now acts to provide high-level support to clients and projects at Hideaway Studios Group.

Andy Piekarczyk

Technical Director

Andrew has a First-Class Honour degree in Film Studies, and a Masters degree in Film Practice and Theory. He builds, manages and maintains Hideaway Studios Group’s Ultra HD time-lapse and site monitoring camera systems, as well as all filming and editing.

He oversees each project from planning through management, to the finished edit, and also helps with the continual evolution and innovation of everything we do (so he’s never without a screwdriver to hand!)

Before joining Hideaway, Andrew worked extensively as a freelance filmmaker and photographer, capturing a variety of live music, sports and theatre events as well as many projects in the education sector.

Ian Clowes

Financial Controller and Office Manager

Ian is our Financial Controller. A qualified accountant with over 25 year’s commercial experience, Ian has worked with a range of large and small companies in a variety of service industries. Ian is responsible for all our finance needs, from invoicing and reporting, through to budgeting and business development, but is allowed out on site visits every now and again.

A family man with three young children, he enjoys reading and computer games when time will allow. But nothing beats a good spreadsheet and spending time with his cherished dog Bonnie!

Daniel Curtis

Head of Communications

Daniel has a First-Class Honours degree in Journalism, specialising in the writing of news stories and the study of the modern press. He has a keen interest in magazine and editorial design, and has extensive knowledge of the use of QuarkXPress and Adobe InDesign.

He has experience as a news reporter, sports press officer and in local government communications, and now helps to maintain Hideaway Studios Group’s digital and social media presence. He also produces a range of in-house publications and communicates the company and all that we do to our current and potential clients, as well as broader publics.

Daniel’s first love is football and he is a life-long Reading FC fan. He also has a passion for country music!

Chris Rushton

Principal Editor and Senior Camera Operator

Chris has a degree in Media (Film) Production and graduated with Upper Second-Class Honours.

He has a dual role of Principal Editor and Senior Camera Operator which means that he is accomplished in both production and post-production and works very closely with both teams.

Outside of his work Chris has been a member of a charity group for seven years and in that time has helped raise over £350k for Cancer Research UK.

Natasha Wylie

Senior Developer

Natasha has an Upper Second-Class BSc Honours degree in Computing Science.

She is responsible for designing and developing our websites and also develops and maintains our remote viewing platform (iRis) and all our other vital web based client services. Natasha also works very closely with our clients and helps them with the embedding and activation of the media we create and also with the design of their web presence. This means that we are able to provide true end to end services – all ‘in house’.

Natasha has a hawk-eye for detail and prides herself on her ability to ensure web content looks amazing and is accessible and user friendly too.

Before joining the team Natasha designed and developed websites for one of world’s leading car manufactures and has also designed for companies within the financial services and other sectors.

Outside of the office Natasha plays an active role with the web community running a Code Club for 9 to 11-year-olds and a very successful monthly web meet-up. On the odd occasion she puts down the computer and plays her creative hand at face painting.

Paul Baddiley

Senior Engineer

Paul has a Joint Honours degree in Music and English and has had work broadcast on the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky.

He is one of the people responsible for the building, monitoring, maintaining and managing of our camera systems. As one of our lead installers, he can be found travelling all over the UK and beyond, completing recces and installations for our many, varied clients.

Paul also plays a key role in our creative developments, feeding into his keen interest for photography, live sound capture and graphic design. This includes developing the way in which we use technology and techniques in ever more innovative and exciting ways.

In his spare time, he can be found running, watching sport, playing guitar and gigging around the country.

Wallis Seaton

Senior Researcher and Project Manager

Wallis has a First-Class Honours degree in Media and English Literature and is currently studying for a PhD in Film Studies at Keele University. Her research focuses on issues of commodification, identity, and stardom/ celebrity in relation to popular female characters in American film and television.

She leads research and information gathering for many of our projects and also helps with the planning, logistics and creative direction. Her academic and practical expertise means that she can understand and implement the aesthetic and creative content that underpins the quality of all that we produce.

Wallis’ other interests include pizza, ASOS, and David Fincher films. Her favourite Oasis song is ‘Columbia’.

Daniel Daley

Senior Editor and Digital Manager

Dan has an Upper Second-Class Honours degree in Experimental Film Production and has been working in film production since 2007. He has produced two feature-length productions, as well as multiple short films.

Dan’s role involves managing the digital output of the company, ensuring all projects are archived and securely stored. He also plays a large part in the editing process, using the company’s specialist techniques to bespoke each sequence to the highest possible quality and to clients’ precise specifications.

He’s a self-confessed nerd regularly tinkering with kit and software and with a passion for all things science fiction.

Mark Smith

Engineer

Mark has had an interest in anything electrical or mechanical since high school, and studied Aircraft Engineering for five years. Specialising in electrical systems and avionics, he was awarded an HNC in Aeronautical Engineering, and NVQs in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Manufacture.

He now applies his extensive expertise and experience to the development of our camera systems. He manages the build, deployment and maintenance of our on-grid and off-grid systems, and is also one of our main installation engineers.

Away from work, Mark enjoys the outdoors, DIY and gardening, and, as a self-confessed car fanatic, one day hopes to build his own Lancia Stratos kit car from scratch. He also has a keen interest sports and used to play as cornerback for his local American Football team!

Tom Lewis

Junior Developer

Tom recently graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Manchester, where he specialised in integrating web technologies with unmanned aerial vehicles (drones).

Tom has a talent for problem solving and overcoming challenges with innovative solutions. He is responsible for developing the next generation of our various remote camera systems and the back-end software that operates them, ensuring our services as robust, reliable and user friendly as possible.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys building and flying UAVs, running and the outdoors in general. He also attends air shows and has his signature on components for the Boeing Dreamliner from his time interning at Rolls-Royce.