WEE BLUE COO
Wee Blue Coo is based in a cowshed in beautiful, rainy Edinburgh and was formed in 2012 by Joelle Kirkpatrick. Borne from a love of art and fantastic design, the main goal has always been to create unique and interesting greetings cards and art prints for our customers to enjoy.
The herd that Joelle has since gathered are an amazing bunch of talented individuals, from musicians to artists, technical geniuses to dog loving font geeks. They are a tight team and the common goal which unites them is their commitment to producing fresh designs, high quality products and maintaining excellent customer service.
Having an internal design team and working with a variety of artists is the key to ensuring we are regularly adding to our product ranges and keeping our offering of designs contemporary.
All items are professionally printed in house, which allows us to deliver the highest quality items at affordable prices.
Joelle Kirkpatrick. Creative Director
Joelle our Head Heifer and co-founder of Wee Blue Coo Ltd. She oversees all creative areas of the business and has a fine eye for detail. She is never happier than hunting down new design inspiration. Joelle is a mum of two and has a passion for art and interior design (as well as a penchant for gin!). She’s a city girl but loves to escape to the country when time allows. Whilst for the most part Joelle can achieve anything she sets her mind to, watching her park her car is sheer comedy gold.
Bob Kirkpatrick. Managing Director
Bob is husband of Joelle and also co-founder of the business. He oversees all areas of the company and is responsible for our overall direction, financial planning and new product development. He’s outnumbered with females at home so takes solace in the company of his dog Dudley. Bob graduated with an honours degree in ‘Advanced Hiding’ from which spawned his nickname ‘The Shadow’. He is also the proud owner of the world’s largest collections of seashells, a collection that has grown so vast that he has taken to storing them on numerous beaches across the northern hemisphere.
Shallyn Goodhead. Designer
Shallyn is our resident hippy and happy go lucky Canadian whose love of fonts and great design is almost as deep as her love of coffee, her love of coffee is transcended by her passion for all things canine. She also likes to fetch and have her tummy tickled. Shallyn has a unique designing style and inspiration often comes from one of her many trips – if air miles were pounds she’d be a moo-llianaire!
Chris Evry. Designer
Chris is the epitome of creativity; he is an innate artistic talent – there’s pretty much nothing he can’t draw! He is also a vital cog in ensuring the successful processing of our images. In his free time Chris is a soulful guitar player and movie buff – both of which will likely be accompanied by a good whisky, beer or coffee. Chris also bears a striking resemblance to The Dude
Rhys Gilchrist. Marketing Assistant
Rhys has been involved with the company since he was 15 and spent a (fun filled!) summer or two making tubes in our dispatch team and learning many areas of the business. Rhys is another super talented and creative soul and graduated this year with a Bachelor of Music from the Kingston University in London. When not in the cowshed he is a professional musician, playing in bands, teaching students all over the world and polishing his 8 guitars.
Allan Gray. Director
Allan has been part of the herd from day one. A hard working family man and father of two. Allan is responsible for ensuring all of our (100,000+) listings across all platforms are accurate and well maintained. This requires lots of data management and dreaded spreadsheets which are a necessary evil in this part of the business. Working alongside Tim, they are the yin to the others yang in terms of their love for spreadsheets. When Allan is not at work he loves to spend time with his wife and kids as well as getting lost in a good old PC game.
Tim Dimond. Ecommerce Database Manager
A relatively recent arrival to Edinburgh from daan sowf, Tim is really in his element when getting knee deep into spreadsheets; something he enjoys almost as much as a decent gin and tonic or a good coffee. Most weekends he can be found playing or alphabetising his vinyl collection. A father to two daughters who share his love of music, sadly though his two cats ignore him despite years of his best efforts to win them over.
Graeme Halliday. (Hal) Order Processing Administrator
Hal is another original member of the herd. He is responsible for the order management system and ensuring the correct item is dispatched for each order. Hal is reluctantly beginning middle age but firmly believes it can be safeguarded against by the power of wishing. When not spending time working or wishing he can usually be found vigorously engaging in sedentary pastimes such as reading whilst sitting down or looking far off into the distance.
Claire Leith. Customer Service Advisor
Claire is our newest member of the herd and has joined the company following a move from Aberdeen to the sunny shores of Leith. Claire’s professional background and naturally cheerful demeanour made her the perfect candidate for our Customer Service Advisor role and she’s slotted into the team perfectly. Looking after all of our online accounts, Claire will be the first point of contact for all your questions whether online or on the phone. When Claire isn’t binge watching YouTube makeup tutorials and nonsense TV (with her two feline flatmates) she likes listening to podcasts to expand on her already comprehensive knowledge of serial killers.
Joe Pritchard. Systems Development Manager
Joe (AKA Neo) has recently plugged into the Wee Blue Coo matrix and has created realities we didn’t even know existed. Technically speaking, he works on integrating our internal processes. Joe is an all-rounder and picks up whatever’s needed for the job at hand (sometimes paper clips, elastic bands and orbs of blue light go into the magical programming cauldron). When Joe is done being a technical genius he likes to relax with a heavy metal gig, chill with his cats or jet off on a city break with his girlfriend Robyn.
Davey Armstrong. Ecommerce Database Administrator
Davey has been creating databases, programming and navigating complex spreadsheets for many years now and likes nothing better than getting his teeth into complex problems (and usually solving them!) He is responsible for ensuring we are on top of our fulfilment orders. Davey is a keen musician and has played drums since childhood. His parents weren’t too happy with his choice of instrument (nor were the neighbours for that matter) but as a result has played many great gigs over the years with some amazing musicians.
Gillian Gray. Accounts Administrator
Although Gill’s main function is to keep our accounts running smoothly (along with the most important task of ensuring we get paid each month!) she does so much more than accounts. New to the team, Gill has thrown herself into ensuring our Health & Safety policies and procedures are in order and also plays a role in our ever expanding HR function. A meticulous planner and organisational wonder woman is how she could best be described, although of course this most definitely goes to pot around her 2 young children!