Who we are

our history

Established in 2013 our Founder and MD has over 15 years experience working for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) in a senior position leading video game innovation across multiple platforms including handheld and working with cutting edge mobile technology for over 8 years.

Our core team has over 200 years combined experience working in technology, with a strong associate network of skilled technicians enabling considerable agility.

The management team have in-depth experience working with growing tech and digital through to FTSE 100 companies.

how we work

We offer a unique blend of native apps, gamification and integrated corporate systems to an under served corporate market, with a unique blend of pragmatic delivery and digital innovation, building on existing, and creating new IP.

Our average rating for the Apps we develop is 93%.

We have over half a million people using Apps we have developed.

Not only do we work with our clients and partners to create and develop unique digital experiences, we are also developing our own platforms and services across a range of sectors including Sports, Councils, Attractions, Legal & Professional, TV & Media and Communication.

Urban Zoo Studios is a unique and creative technology company;

  • We leverage assets from our extensive library to reduce the cost of deployment.
  • We develop Native Apps on all platforms.
  • We have a heritage from the gaming industry, our clients’ users want to use our Apps.
  • We offer web service integration.
  • We develop bespoke and Squarespace powered websites specifically aimed at start-up / scale-up businesses.

meet our management team

chris grannell
managing director

Chris spent over 15 years working for Sony (SCEE), involved in developing products for all of their major hardware launches. He has worked in technology for over 20 years, with the last 8 years being at the forefront of cutting edge mobile technology.

james campbell
technical director

James has over 20 years of experience developing bespoke systems for a multitude of industries ranging from finance to transport and sports facility management. He and Chris have worked closely for the past 5 years on cutting edge integrated platforms.

Kieran kelly
art director

Kieran has worked in a number of technology sectors, designing the very best user experiences and interfaces. Having worked on games for Activision he turned his hand to mobile design some 6 years back and has been creating beautiful bespoke apps since then.

ross o'brien
lead ios developer

Ross has been developing cutting edge mobile applications on Apple (iOS) for over 8 years now. Ross leads our team of Apple developers in creating cutting edge mobile experiences for our clients and partners.

chris birch
lead android developer

Chris has been working in technology for well over 5 years across a range of web technologies. Chris has been leading our Android development team for the past 2 years.

allison marshall
finance director

Allison has been working in the finance industry for well over 15 years. She is responsible for all aspects of managerial accounts, client relationships and making sure the business runs as efficiently as possibile. 

rob moore
commercial director

Rob, our Commercial Director has over 25 years experience working with KPMG and Unilever in the UK and overseas. Rob has a strong corporate network over  the key sectors and industries we serve.

david muir

David, a Technology investor and Ex ‘big 4’ partner for 16 years with KPMG, PwC and IBM. He has worked in technology for a number of years in multiple sectors with both large corporates and SME’s.

keith dearling
advisor & shareholder

An investor and co-founder of Urban Zoo Studios. Keith is a successful investor / entrepreneur and has close connections with Sports, Media and Professional Services industry partners.

connect with us


+44 (0)844 330 1443