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Who we are

We're driven to create beautiful, smart and useful online products. We believe that every online experience should be a wonderful journey that brings both pleasure and real, tangible benefits – without compromise.

Our Motto

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    Embrace progress

    The Internet is the epitome of progression and we believe that by firmly embracing this fact, we can play a stronger role in changing the digital world around us. Also, by constantly enhancing, improving, refining and evolving the we way work, we can pass on those benefits to our clients and their projects alike.

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    Be honest

    Above all else, we believe in honesty and integrity and consider it an important foundation in everything we do. Establishing good relationships is key to any successful project and that can only be achieved by creating a sense of trust through openness. Good or bad, we’re honest about everything we say and do.

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    Create for content

    The content of a site or application is incredibly important as it not only influences functionality and design but also user emotion, understanding and interaction. All of our designs, features and strategies are driven by this underlying concept and we strongly believe in emphasising content in all its forms.

The team

Espen Brunborg

Espen Brunborg

Creative Director

Hailing from the icy fjords of Norway, Espen honed his skills with several digital and design agencies in Edinburgh before co-founding Primate in 2011. A print designer originally, he now draws upon his editorial design roots to specialise in interactive, responsive, user-centered design.

With a strong clarity of vision and unyielding design integrity, Espen is responsible for the creative direction at Primate.

An orangutan

Espen Brunborg

Design Alpha

Growing up in an idyllic monkey sanctuary did nothing to quench the thirst this orangutan felt to spread his joy for all things design. With unabashed confidence and armed with nothing but a crayon and a sharpie, Espen recently ventured forth into the urban jungle with the aim to help change the world for the better.

Passionate, thoughtful and frequently uncouth, this orangutan is determined to set alight the fires of creativity that lurks within all primates.

Steve Brown

Steve Brown


Steve has always had a passion for design but it wasn’t until 2009 that he went back to college to study Visual Communication. After graduating, he went on to win the Marketing Society Scotland Creative Star Student Award 2012, as well as being nominated for one of D&AD’s prestigious Yellow Pencil awards in the same year.

Espen’s trusted right hand man, Steve undertakes all aspects of digital and print design work at Primate.

A gibbon

Steve Brown

Design monkey

Cold and emotionless, this scarred and weary gibbon sees poor design not as an opportunity for improvement but as a disease that must be eradicated whatever the costs. Rumoured to have been sent back in time from a post-apocalyptic wildlife park, Steve has vowed to spread the glories of user-centered design to every corner of the Earth.

“He’s more designer than monkey now. He’s twisted and evil.” - Espen Kenobi

Bart Oleszczyk

Bart Oleszczyk

Technical Director

With a Master's degree in Philosophy from the prestigious Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, Bart was well suited to turning his analytical mind to solving the needs of the online industry. Co-founding Primate in 2011, his innate desire for structure and quality is only equalled by his love for elegant code.

When not contemplating the philosophical quandaries of programming, Bart leads our development team and sets the company’s technical direction.

A chimpanzee

Bart Oleszczyk

Development Alpha

After beating his captor to death with a makeshift wooden club, Bart masterminded a successful prison breakout, leading his fellow chimpanzees to their long awaited freedom. Due to years of devising complex traps and deadly ambushes, Bart is infamous for his ingenuity and cunning, qualities matched only by his taciturn demeanor.

A master of intricate tools and makeshift explosives, this chimpanzee is considered by many to be not only highly intelligent but also incredibly dangerous.

Chris Lamb

Chris Lamb

Head of Front End

Primate's first full-time employee, Chris has over nine years experience in the web industry working as a developer for agencies in Edinburgh. During this time, he gained a huge amount of experience with open source technologies and developing CMS solutions for large blue chip companies before deciding to specialise in front-end development.

With an eye for precision and a latent talent for design, Chris is the lead front-end developer on projects at Primate.

A tamarin

Chris Lamb

Front End Alpha

The adored pet of an eccentric cowboy millionaire, this tamarin is driven to success by hugs, tummy rubs and exciting digital projects. Pampered and fawned over during the day, Chris uses the cover of darkness to sneak into his owner’s study and beaver away at building intricate web sites at night, his activities utterly unbeknownst to his owners.

Diligent and pensive, this tamarin carefully balances a secret double life of web superhero and cuddly pillow.

Jeff Knox

Jeff Knox


Jeff joined Primate in 2015 after transitioning from working in the biomedical and healthcare device industry for 11 years. With a background in programming and a passion for data visualisation, he works closely with Bart as a backend developer, specialising in Ruby on Rails and server administration.

A data geek, Jeff undertakes the development of Primate’s most complex web applications and backend systems.

A mandrill monkey

Jeff Knox

Developer Monkey

Known only as "Mad Jeff", Jeff Rockatansky can be found wandering the post-apocalyptic wasteland of Australia. Stoic, loyal, and highly skilled, this mandrill drifts between pockets of civilization looking for peace and solitude. Most recently, he was involved in a lengthy road battle when he was chased across the desert in an armoured tanker truck.

When not fleeing cult leaders or battling the corrupt ruler of Bartertown, Mad Jeff focuses on regaining his lost humanity.

Alkistis Valouktsi

Alkistis Valouktsi


Originally from Greece, Alkistis joined Primate after completing her Masters degree at the University of Edinburgh. With a keen interest in usability and human-computer interaction, she specialises in front end development, working closely with Espen and Steve to craft intuitive user experiences online.

Rounding out the development team, Alkistis is responsible for building the front end of websites and championing the user experience.

A De Brazza's monkey

Alkistis Valouktsi

Developer Monkey

The prize performer of the Moscow Monkey Ballet, this De Brazza's monkey has been training in the art of dance since before she could peel a banana. Graceful, poised, and able to execute a fouetté rond de jambe en tournant in her sleep, Alkistis’ skill is only matched by her raw determination and unwavering work ethic.

It’s been rumoured that Alkistis can pirouette so quickly that she’s actually able to turn back time.

Piotr Gebala

Piotr Gebala


Working remotely in Krakow, Piotr has been with Primate since 2012 when he first came on board as a part-time contractor. Now a full member of the team, he leverages his wealth of experience working for online startups to specialise in backend Ruby on Rails programming and test-driven development.

When not working, Piotr can be found thinking about programming, reading about programming, and talking about programming.

A siamang

Piotr Gebala

Developer monkey

Only mentioned in whispers around the campfire, this siamang is often referred to by his nickname of "The Monkey Who Walks", a reference to his highly mysterious and enigmatic nature. Swearing an oath on the skull of his father's murderer to extinguish evil, Piotr roams the forests of Sumatra on a daily basis, fighting crime and protecting the innocent.

Intelligent, honourable and formidable, this siamang is a true champion of the Primate spirit and skintight costumes.

Gordon McLachlan

Gordon McLachlan

Managing Director

With a background in development and over 11 years clocked up in the web industry, Gordon worked in various key development and management roles before co-founding Primate. With a vast amount of experience in digital project life cycles and a staggering love of content, he helps guide projects from conception to launch and beyond.

Guiding the strategic vision of Primate, Gordon works closely with our clients to help them realise their businesses online.

A gorilla

Gordon McLachlan

Management Alpha

Mild mannered, strong of will, and occasionally slumbersome, this gorilla feels a deep love and responsibility for his fellow apes. Loyal and resolute, with a strong sense of commitment, Gordon has vowed to guide his primate companions on their journey to world domination - stopping for appropriate naps along the way.

When not marking his territory or pounding his chest triumphantly, this gorilla can be found snoozing contently in the trees.

Rebecca Mackenzie-Smith

Rebecca Mackenzie-Smith

Commercial Director

Since entering the web industry in 2010, Rebecca has utilised her driven nature and degree in Journalism to good effect, rising fast through multiple client facing roles. Most recently, she’s achieved great success heading up Client Services and dramatically growing new business sales.

Fronting Primate, Rebecca is responsible for building and maintaining client relationships and winning new business.

A ring-tailed lemur

Rebecca Mackenzie-Smith

Commercial Alpha

Sadistic, cruel and vicious, this Queen of the Lemurs has no mercy and gives no quarter. Absolute ruler of the island of Madagascar, Rebecca commands an army of loyal primates with an iron grip, extinguishing the mere notion of disobedience through deft negotiation, force of will and, when necessary, savage biting.

Insatiable and relentless, this ring-tailed lemur considers world dominance not an as aspiration but a simple fact waiting to happen.

People we admire

In no particular order:
37 Signals, Happy Cog, iA, Joel Spolsky, Avinash Kaushik, Clearleft, Stefan Sagmeister, Carsonified, Jeffrey Zeldman, Thoughtbot, Trent Walton, Mark Boulton, Ethan Marcotte, Uncle Bob, Elliot Jay Stocks, Erik Spiekermann

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Evolution of primate

65M BC
Evolution of the primate
2.5M BC
The first stone tools are developed
1790 AD
Start of industrial revolution
1936 AD
First computer invented
1948 AD
First monkey sent into space
1996 AD
Internet went mainstream
2011 AD
Primate founded
2011 AD nominated for DADI award
2012 AD
First full-time employee joins Primate
2013 AD
Primate nominated for MOMA award
2014 AD
Harviestoun Brewery wins ScotlandIS e-commerce award
2014 AD
Primate wins Marketing Society Star award
2015 AD
Primate nominated for Marketing Society Star award