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Staff at 1st Class Media

Mark Lawson, Director + Web Application Specialist

A Graduate of Life Sciences, Mark worked in the Respiratory Medicine Department at Edinburgh University for 10 years before starting 1st Class Media in 2001.

Developing on a passing interest in web design, Mark moved into the field of dynamic, data-driven website development offering the relatively new concept of self-management of client websites, thereby creating an added-value service to new and existing client relationships.

Working in Windows environments has allowed Mark to gain an insight into the wider role that in-house databases can offer clients expanding into intranet and extranet developments using existing management systems to allow clients to extend the usability of existing software and solutions.

More recently, Mark has been a participant with the Midlothian Chamber of Commerce's Business Experience offering advice to Business Studies students from schools around Midlothian. Additionally Mark is a consultant to Edinburgh Napier University for eBusiness and provides support to a number of developer networks on the Internet.


Dawn Lawson, Director + Database Developer

Dawn set up the sister company of 1st Class Secretarial Services in the Summer of 1998 and has developed an enviable portfolio of dictation clients, particularly with the advent of digital sound recordings and audio transcription technologies.


1st Class Secretarial Services now has 3 full time staff members and some 40+ associate transcriptionists offering a 24/7 service for clients in a number of business and academic sectors.


Dawn has extensive knowledge of Microsoft Access and has developed database solutions for a variety of clients including: Edinburgh University, Napier University, Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society and Macsween of Edinburgh amongst others.


With a keen sense of user-based design, Dawn offers a fresh perspective to database development - that of the end-user. Having been an end user for many years she adopts a position of "well, how would a user want it to work?" which is frequently the reason we are asked to create weird and wonderful applications for an interesting array of clients.


Laura McMullan, Administrator

Laura is the first point of contact within the organisation and provides an invaluable service as an administrator and coordinator of projects within 1st Class, across all three of the service bases we offer.


Laura joined us in 2009 after working in Ireland, Australia and London before starting with us in Edinburgh, before setting up our Northern Ireland office


A key eye for detail, Laura has been with us since 2010 and brings a wealth of quality control experience and also manages our sister company 1st Class Secretarial Services


Daniel McMullan - Web Designer

Daniel joined 1st Class Media in 2009 and is the lead designer for client website design and also assists clients with print media and advertising graphical design. Daniel has considerable experience in web and graphical design and has brought a wealth of experience to 1st Class Media.


Daniel is also the manager of the Small Business Website Package and provides the first port of call for our clients seeking to engage 1st Class Media for this service.


Emma Jones - Social Media Manager

Emma has worked with us for a few years as a freelance developer and web designer. More recently Emma manages our Social Media Management service for around 20 clients, providing weekly updates and reports on all things Social for 1st Class Media.


Emily Brown - Administration Assistant

Emily works with us a few days a week offering assistance with the ever increasing amount of admin work which needs to be done to maintain our 200+ clients.




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