The team behind the scenes, meet our Staff! Managing Director, Joel Holmes-Darby and Chief Operating Officer, Kieran Holmes-Darby. Head of Marketing, Charlotte Waters, Head of Information and Technology, Indy Bains, Head of Media, Aaron Stelfox and Head of Finance and League of Legends Manager, Matthew McClenaghan. Smite Manager, Kieran Taylor, Counter-Strike Manager, Owen Macro, Hearthstone Manager, Ceirnan Lowe and Gears of War Manager, Toby Campbell. YouTube Manager, Tommy Davis, Lead Editor, David Duffy and Content Creators Peter Grabski and Leuis Charles.


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Joel 'xL Joel' Holmes-Darby

Hi I'm Joel, I'm 24 years old and am the Managing Director and co-founder of exceL eSports Ltd. Having been an eSports fan for many years I, along with my brother Kieran, founded the brand to give new opportunities to talented players to compete on a global level. Outside of gaming I work as a Management Consultant for KPMG after having graduated with a degree in Management and Leadership from the University of Exeter. I love football, am a massive Spurs fan and I spend most of my spare time in the gym or working on exceL!



Kieran 'xL Kieran' Holmes-Darby

Hello my name is Kieran Holmes-Darby, I am 20 years old and currently studying Law at Lancaster University. I have been recreationally playing video games since I can remember whilst dabbling into the competitive scenes of CoD and Fifa. In November of 2014 I decided it was time for myself and my brother Joel to take the plunge into the eSports world and attempt to create a successful gaming organisation, and so exceL eSports was born. My hobbies consist of sports such as rugby, football and cricket and taking my girlfriend out for dinner.


Charlotte 'xL Charlotte' Waters

Hi I'm Charlotte, my gamer tag is xL Charlotte, and I'm 22 years old. I am currently the head of public relations for exceL eSports and regularly attending the exciting LANs. I graduated from the University of Surrey in Summer 2015 with a degree in Tourism Management. I have been playing Call of Duty casually for several years and my favourite game mode is S&D (always!). I also play competitive netball in my spare time.


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Indy 'xL Bainsy' Bains

I'm Bainsy! Many know me as the "hype man" throughout the Online community, been playing competitive Call Of Duty Since COD4. I have attended around 20+ LAN's, 4 of which coming top 2 and 3 LAN's, top 6. Outside of gaming I'm a huge football fan, which also means I love FIFA. I like to go to the Gym (when I can) and most importantly have a laugh with friends and family.


Aaron 'xL Arjjm5' Stelfox

Hi I’m Aaron, my gamer tag is xL Arjjm5, and I’m a 19 year old student from Belfast. I am currently studying Visual Effects & Motion Graphics at USW. After initially being a Call of Duty player for exceL, I have turned my focus to managing content production and media. Time not spent competing and doing work, I spend out with friends and family. As well as this I enjoy travelling when I get the opportunity!



Tommy 'xL Tommyy' Davis

Hi guys, my name is Tommy and I am a third year student at the University of Hertfordshire and also a freelance eSports Content Creator. You will find most my content currently on YouTube related to Call of Duty. I am also a host on the weekly eSports show 'The STiKS'. My role at exceL eSports is to produce content across all areas of the organisation.


Owen 'xL Naphtha' Macro

Hi! My names Owen, AKA Naphtha. I am the CS:GO Manager for exceL. I have loved eSports for years and always played competitively, mainly CoD and CS:GO! I play rugby and am a general gym nut! I work as an estate agent currently but I am working towards being a PT.



Kieran 'xL RedDevil' Taylor

Hi I’m Kieran, I’m 21 years old and study Games Design and Production Management at Abertay University. Having been playing games since I was a child, gaming runs in my veins and for a number of years, so has eSports. I have been involved with some of the biggest names in eSports from the likes of Status Quo to Total eSports Circuit (TEC) in a variety of roles from General manager, team management and even social media management. This lead me to host 2 of my very own events with Am2Pro which only increased my love for eSports. Call of Duty is my main game of choice but I have an avid interest in the League of Legends and Halo communities.


Piotr 'xL PeterG' Grabowski

Hi, I'm Piotr Grabowski but everyone seems to know me as PeterG! I help out with the content and articles for exceL whenever the need arises. Writing has always been my passion and combining that with the world of competitive gaming is a great outlet for that. I've been playing video games since the days they came on cassette tapes and in all that time I haven't been able to improve, leaving the competitive side to those who know better.




David 'xL Olucaron' W. Duffy

Hey all, Olucaron here. Lv33, exiled Brit, League of Legends tryhard and support main.

Who am I?

I'm a writer, editor, former English teacher and former Community Manager at a well-known 3rd-party games marketplace. Now I'm trying to find my true place in an industry I've spent my whole life invested in. Hopefully you'll like what I have to offer.