Before joining Epiphany in 2009, Shaw was the chief technology officer and a director at Latitude, where he set up and led Latitude White, its SME-targeted PPC business. When Latitude collapsed into administration a year later, the 43-year-old was one of those owed money.

His time at Epiphany has had to date a far happier ending thanks to its £18m sale to Sheffield-based Jaywing plc earlier this year, although Shaw does remain in charge of the Leeds-based business. At the time of the deal, he held a 5% stake in the company with founders Shane Quigley and Robin Skidmore sharing the bulk of the company between them.

Under his watch, £6.2m-turnover Epiphany has enjoyed an unbroken period of growth and now employs 140-plus, mainly in Leeds but also at offices in London and Sydney. Clients include Virgin Holidays, Tesco and Pets at Home.