Meet the team

Darren Perry

Editor / Owner

As the owner, Darren mainly focuses on the advertising/sales side of the business to keep pushing the company forward. “In 2013 we expanded the company from just big screen advertising, to launch the Essex Central Magazines and it’s gone from strength to strength. I’m very proud of the feedback we receive and the volume of repeat advertisers who consistently gain business from working with us".

Victoria Grace

Features Editor

Victoria is responsible for overseeing all editorial features and articles, from the ‘Local News’ at the start of the magazine, to the ‘Club Focus’ at the back. Often planning months ahead Victoria decides on upcoming features that our readers will love, and enjoys researching all the local businesses and attractions that our great towns have to offer.

Sharon Butler-Felby

Art Director

The lady who brings our pages to life, with fantastic designs and eye catching images is Sharon! Miraculously found at the last minute (about a fortnight before our launch issue) she transformed our articles into superb layouts and we have been delighted with her work ever since. Sharon has a background of design work at the BBC, Woman & Home and the Guardian amongst much else.

Lauren Brown


There are many occasions in this industry when a client needs an advert changing, or creating from scratch, this is when we call on Lauren. A designer so fast that the work is sometimes sent back before we send it! The designs are always individual and unique to the client and she has proved to be an invaluable member of the team since joining in early 2014.

Alex Collard

IT Support / Web Design

All companies need a tech guru, and Alex is ours, helping to make the emails run smoothly and the website up to date. Having been with us from the start Alex has become a strong member of the Essex Central team and is always there to help with his wealth of experience.

Devon-Elizabeth Tabersham


A very talented journalist, Devon meets our featured partners and handles onsite interviews to build the articles. A very friendly and professional colleague Devon is a great member of the team, regularly working on articles such as the charity partners or ‘Meet the Locals’.

Ben Sneath


Another of our journalists, Ben helps provide well written editorial each month and often speaks directly with our partners to learn more of their business or organisation. Ben has huge experience across a wide variety of magazines and publications, including: FourFourTwo, Shortlist, Marie Claire and What Car.

Ali Shareef

Accounts Manager

Ali handles the accounts of the advertisers, making sure invoices are paid up and overseeing the general cash flow of the magazine. Don't take his remainders personally... his just doing his job! Ali is a really lovely guy who has been with us from the very start, and is a vital part of the team. please be aware, this picture is not of Ali, but he's just too shy.

Distribution Team

We couldn't be here without the people who actually do the hugely important part of physically getting the magazines to you! From our friendly station distributors, to our business team, and finally our many residential distributors. Posting through letterboxes all throughout the year in sunshine or snow, we salute you and thank you!