About

We're a small, friendly team of creatives. With hundreds of years of collective experience (probably), these are the faces behind the sounds. 

 
 
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Ally Lang - Head of Production

Ally has worked in radio for over twenty years, and while most of that time has been spent at the BBC, he would like it noted that he was an early convert to podcasts, launching the Non-League Football Paper’s first digital adventure back in 2009. He was also once entrusted with a million pounds from the National Lottery to recruit future broadcasters.

From Hollywood actors to childhood heroes, he’s worked with the biggest names in entertainment, and led national campaigns for live events, but the only thing that’s ever impressed his wife was when Steve Wright waved at him in the street.

Outside of work he coaches an U11 football team, and his likes are wildlife and crisps. He also claims to have invented the concept of real-time cookery programmes.

 

 

Nicki Marinovic - Senior Creative

Nicki has been writing radio campaigns for over 12 years now and still loves it! She spent most of her career as a Senior Creative at Global Radio, where she worked across all their major brands from Classic FM to Radio X and penned many successful campaigns for both local and national clients.

There are too many career highlights to fit in this little space, but a few shine out. Like getting Goldie Lookin Chain to rap about car auctions, making a client cry (IN A GOOD WAY) and having Matt Berry and Richard Ayoade voice a campaign for her (she even got a hug at the end!) Her regular sofa chats with Brian Blessed are pretty special too.

Nicki splits her time now between writing campaigns and meeting our clients and agencies. She loves Maple Street life, as it gives her the chance to write awesome campaigns for the world’s biggest brands, alongside a team of writers and producers who she absolutely adores.

 

Rich Spalding - Creative Writer

Rich is our Creative Writer. He’s lived in Kidderminster, Doncaster and Poole before moving to London, so is well accustomed to the glamour of big city life. Rich is a commercial scriptwriter and comedy writer. He's created commercials for clients up and down the country. And a Parrot Zoo. His moustache is pathetic. His jumpers are superb.

His masterpiece is the monthly Maple Street Newsletter, which you'll find on the 'News' section.

 
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James McCombe - Producer

James is our brand-new producer. He’ll be working in the studio, putting together adverts, podcasts, programmes – essentially anything that falls under the audio category.

What else do you need to know about James? Well, he’s from New Zealand (you know, from off of Lord of the Rings). He goes to the GYM BEFORE WORK like an athlete or a murderer. That’s James, if you see him in the street say hi!

 
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Alex Mearns - Creative Writer 

Alex started life here at Maple Street as an admin assistant: answering calls, making tea, setting things up etc. However, he’s shown a flair for writing and a passion for great radio, which we like, so he’s been promoted! He's now writing scripts, liaising with our clients and still making tea, obviously, that’s still important.

Alex is a lad from Leeds with a lust for life. He makes a football podcast, he walks to work, he wears a suit (?), he blow dries his hair, he eats around 14 pieces of fruit each day, he once shot a man in cold blood, he’s got the gift of the gab, he’s single and looking to mingle.