The team behind the scenes, meet our Staff! Managing Director, Kieran Holmes-Darby. Head of Marketing, Charlotte Waters. Head of Information and Technology, Indy Bains. Head of Media, Aaron Stelfox. Head of Finance and League of Legends, Matthew McClenaghan. YouTube Manager, Tommy Davis. Lead Editor, David Duffy. Content Creators, Kieran Taylor and Owen Macro. Stream Managers, Leuis Charles and Toby Campbell. Adviser and Hearthstone Manager, Ceirnan Lowe. Community Manager, Alex Harris.



Kieran 'xL Kieran' Holmes-Darby

Hello my name is Kieran Holmes-Darby. 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. 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 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.


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Kieran 'xL RedDevil' Taylor

Hi, I’m Kieran. I’ve been involved in esports since 2010 managing organisations, teams and even creating my own events. I have a degree in game design and production management which I am hoping to put to good use on the games we all love. For exceL, I currently manage the Rocket League team and create written content. Outside of games I will watch pretty much any sport so long as it’s entertaining, but mainly football and Formula One. 



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. 


Alex 'xL Xela' Harris

Hey, my name is Alex and I come from London, but recently spent two months living in Sweden. I first got into esports through CS:GO. I attended an insomnia and an epic.LAN and plan to attend many to come, especially now that I am back in England. Whilst playing, I used to write articles and produce video content for fun. This ranged from discursive articles to studio-based music videos. My role at exceL revolves around producing as much high-quality content with our players as I can, whilst maintaining the exceL social media profiles.