We are a polymathic team of dedicated humans who get a huge kick out of creating awesome stuff and helping other people.
Vital Hike was founded in 2010 by two brothers - Eddie & Chris Dunkerley. Back then, they felt the right way to grow a business was to surround themselves with great people. They built the business around individuals who share the same values as themselves. This has been their recruitment mantra since day one. The foundations of a great 'people' business were laid early on and this is what sets Vital Hike apart from any other - a belief in people.
Newport-on-Tay is a small town in the north-east of Fife in Scotland, acting as a commuter suburb for Dundee. The Fife Coastal Path passes through Newport-on-Tay. The area itself is nestled between the two bridges that cross the River Tay and we are blessed with distant views of the Scottish mountains.
Chris started Vital Hike with his older brother Eddie. In his time, he has been a graphic designer, brand navigator, a sales person, a website designer, photographer, consultant and now he has the new role of marketing the company going forward. He has picked up a wide range of skills and is driven by helping others achieve online. Chris also heads up our Humans in Business project.
The Isle of Skye
Scones with mackays Jam
Eddie is the older Dunkerley brother. He is the logical tech-head mastermind behind a lot of what we do here. If you have a great idea, he is the one to tell you how to implement it, or if you are wasting your time. He has a vast technical background and huge experience in the development of software and web applications. If there is a way to do it, Eddie will find it.
Kathryn is a seriously important part of this business. Not one for cuddles and social gatherings, she is the one that has all the answers. If you need a report carried out to help determine the viability of a project, how to market your product online, who your target market should be, she is the one who will work it all out for you. An amazing head for research and logic. Outside of work, you will find her feeding her gang of ducks in her field at home or cycling around the country visiting places she hasn't been before on her really cool expensive bike.
Seeing new places
This lady is a machine! Between running hardcore obstacle races almost every weekend and keeping the office on point every day, she still takes the time to be courteous and lovely. If it wasn't for her, who knows where we would be. Shauna keeps us all on track and ensures we deliver the projects well and on time. Her man also makes world class brownies - straight up!
Obstacle Course Races
The lovely Gill is the office mum. She takes care of us all and tells us off when we make a mess in the staff room. Having worked at multiple agencies during her career including in Glasgow and Manchester she has settled here at Vital Hike. Currently off on maternity leave caring for her little bundle of cuteness. Can't wait to have her back in the office. Oh I should say that she kicks ass when it comes to design. That's pretty important right?!
Meeting new people
The young gun of the team - Katy joined Vital Hike straight from University and has blown us away with her talents. Her title should technically say junior designer but there is no way that would do her justice. Having Katy on board has been very exciting for us all. Specialising in branding and web design, Katy works with the strategy and project teams to add that extra shine to our projects. She is by far the coolest in the office too. Our very own Stevie Nicks.
Classic cars/Vintage design
Making people laugh
This dude has got some serious skills. Taking the crazy ideas our designers come up with and turning them into digital bliss. His knowledge of CSS, UX and UI is a wonder to behold. He is a proper nice young lad. His mum should be proud. His diet of Nutella and crisps worries us a little though. He flies drones too. Rock on Rosco!
Giant Chocolate Buttons
24h Le Mans
Pawel or 'Pav' for short was one of the original team here at Vital Hike. He is our resident comedian. When he had to move back home to Poland for family reasons we just had to find a way that we could continue to work with him. He is the technical R&D man. We send him out to find solutions to problems and he reports back with all the options. He works closely with Eddie and heads up our Polish team of developers.
Shaun The Sheep
Edyta is our go to Coding Queen. Any technical issue that the rest of the team cannot fix, Edyta will come to the rescue. She is quiet and yet very confident when it comes to development. Edyta keeps the boys in Poland in check. A delight to have on board.
Karol is Pav's right hand man and has just passed his driving test. This has given him a new lease of life and makes him smile constantly just now. Pav and Karol even share crispy golden chicken at 10am most days. Now named 'Chicken time' (original, I know). It's the simple things in life that keep Karol happy.
A textbook introvert by nature, Damian is a quiet and friendly chap who keeps his head down and never complains. He always says yes to a challenge. Technically gifted, he is an important member of the development team. He loves instant coffee.
Historic TV programmes