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Cardiff-based upriseVSI Strengthens Team with Three New Appointments


Cardiff based marketing and technology company, upriseVSI has made three new appointments on the back of several major project wins and strong demand for thinkBooker, its award-winning online booking software.

Michaela Hinton joins as Account Manager having previously held the position of Digital Project Manager at a major London-based web development agency, where she managed major projects for clients including the British Heart Foundation, Sheffield Hallam University and ACI Worldwide.

An experienced project manager, Miss Hinton has also held project management roles within a local Cardiff creative agency as well as a Bristol based PR agency. She will be responsible for planning and delivering client projects and for managing UpriseVSI’s multi-disciplinary teams.  She will also play a key role in building and maintaining client relationships.

David Frederick is appointed to the position of Digital Marketing Manager, responsible for helping UpriseVSI’s clients to establish and implement digital marketing strategies covering search engine optimisation, pay-per-click and social media.  He will also play a lead role in helping to promote UpriseVSI’s services including developing the digital strategy for thinkBooker.

Mr. Frederick joins the company from Restore Datashred (formerly PHS) where he was responsible for managing the online marketing for the data shredding division of the public listed company.  As well as working client side, Mr. Frederick also has significant agency experience having worked in online marketing roles for two Cardiff-based digital agencies.

Completing the appointments, Ilias Stivasaris joins UpriseVSI’s web development team as a Frontend Developer.  A Bachelor of Science from the University of Wales Aberystwyth where he studied Business Information Technology, Mr. Stivasaris, who is originally from Greece, has worked in the web development industry for over 6 years and has developed iOS applications and worked on web projects for several major brands.

Gareth Rees Jones, Managing Director of UpriseVSI commented:

“I’m delighted to welcome Michaela, David and Ilias to the team.  Since our acquisition of VSI in October 2015, we have focused heavily on developing and marketing our own technology solutions.  In order to do that effectively, it’s vital that we have the right team of people in place to help us take the business forward and to deliver world-class solution for our clients.

“In particular, we’re focusing on the development and promotion of thinkBooker, our online booking solution that recently won Best Emerging Technology at the Wales Online Digital Awards.  The addition of the three new team members will, I’m sure, help us to move that forward significantly, allowing us to continue to capitalise on the demand for that product.”