Pete Kraushaar
Partner and Project Director

Pete was previously Account Manager at Griffin Bacal Advertising, Group Production Manager at Orient-Express and Head of Production National Trust before co-founding Level in 2007. His past experience means he’s never fazed by a challenge and works across design and production projects from membership packs, books, visitor information, exhibition stands and POS.

When he’s not with his family and two Norfolk Terriers, Pete is busy volunteering as Trustee of a large charity.


Ellie Firrell

Ellie graduated from UCA in 2010, joining Level straight away. Initially working on books for individual historic houses, she has quickly moved on to tackle anything we throw at her with a calm and creative approach to her design work.

At the weekend she can be found exploring exhibitions and fuelling up at food markets.


Lucy Peel
Associate: Editor

Lucy is the Editor of the National Trust
Handbook and the database feeding the Trust’s website, apps and numerous other publications.

Lucy has written several books and ghost-written or edited several more. She also has extensive magazine and newspaper experience, (including on the London Evening Standard’s magazine
and The Guardian’s Weekend supplement),
and is used to running big projects, meeting impossible deadlines and managing numerous contributors.


Lead dog
Everyone loves Alfie.


Matt Bourne
Partner and Design Director

Matt studied Graphic Fine Art, and worked at Phaidon, HarperCollins and the National Trust, before co-founding Level. He combines a passion for clearly conceived and thoughtful design, with a sound knowledge of materials and printing processes, seeing the details through to the finished article.

Every other weekend, Matt gets up early to work his baker’s oven, making loaves of sourdough for local foodies.


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Associate: Design and Interpretation Consultant

James studied Graphic Communication, and worked at the agency Lime before joining the National Trust as Design and Visual Identity Manager and most recently Brand Identity Manager for the UAL, University of the Arts London. He has long established experience in creative project management and branding across print, digital and interpretation design. 

In his free time, James can be found speeding around the finest mountain bike trails the South East has to offer.


Sally Strutt
Associate: Estate Historian

Sally spent 22 years at the British Library before setting up her historical research and writing business. She combines her fascination for painstaking historical detective-work with an insider’s knowledge of documents and where to find them, to bring to light the histories of country house estates. Sally applies rigorous academic standards to write each history from her original research, as well as sourcing all the illustrations.

Sally lives in rural Buckinghamshire with her husband and two sons. When not in dusty archives she can be found playing the historic pipe organ in her village church.


Nicola McKenzie
Associate: Data and web

After graduating from the University of Leeds Nicola joined Lloyds of London to train in IT Development. Now an experienced Web Developer Nicola runs her own business but
also works in partnership with Level, delivering projects that combine creative design with technical know-how.

Nicola loves the outdoors and can often be found skating at her local ice rink.