The team

Sherrie Sparks
Sherrie Sparks
Blog / Copy Writer

I worked in various roles within customer services for a national bank for over 10 years, working as a deputy team manager for several years. 

More recently I have been working for an accountancy firm transferring my existing skill set, looking after existing clients and on boarding new ones. 

I love meeting and speaking to new people and finding new ways to challenge myself! 

In my free time I like to spend time at home with my family and enjoy long walks with my Labrador Reggie. 

It’s great to be working with Gary as part of the My Local Trades team. 

Gary Pratten
Gary Pratten

I founded the My Local Electrician magazine and directory back in 2008, building my first ever website on Drupal 5. Since then I’ve created and project managed more websites on the Drupal CMS than I could ever have imagined and I'm also a Drupal developer.

What I love most about my work is the variety of people I meet, both face-to-face and virtually. Many of my clients have also become friends. 

Born in London, as a child I was pretty enthusiastic and active. This enthusiasm has never left me. I am currently based in Rainham, Kent.

Another major passion of mine is playing guitar and 50's and 60's music, you can see and hear me here.

Office dog

I know absolutely nothing about web development, SEO or online marketing.

I found my owner Gary when I was very little. This is a picture of me when I was 10 weeks old.  He had no choice but to keep me. I think he likes me now. 

I love retrieving, and I’m not afraid of the bigger dogs. I’m also a little crazy as I like to zoom around the office a couple of times a day. 

I enjoy jumping, eating, and sleeping but occasionally you can also find me eating shoe's and occasionally destroying them. My favourite food is Royal Canin Pediatric