A few introductions
are in order
We are quite demanding when it comes to hiring new people for our team. This means that you’ll only ever deal with people who are good at what they do, and good to work with. Here they are.
The former Regional Vice President and head of the London office for AIA Worldwide, Kathryn brings extensive industry experience with her to Stafford Long. With a real pedigree in building lasting relationships, she’s known for her ability to guide commercial clients as they embrace new technologies and navigate global complexity.
Executive Creative Director
Matt graduated with a degree in English Literature and began his career in communications as a copywriter. He’s amassed more than a decade of writing and creative experience covering everything from marketing campaigns to digital strategies and employer brands. Career highlights include: shooting a viral video in a laundrette, landing a smoking meteorite on campus and picking up a clutch of awards for innovations, internal communications, graduate campaigns, ads, websites and brochures. In his spare time, he has also written and performed pantomimes, sketches and a comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Client Services Director
Amy has worked in the talent communications industry for nearly 20 years across a variety of different roles. With extensive experience leading on tactical and strategic campaigns for a wide variety of clients she loves nothing more than getting stuck into clients problems (mostly resourcing related, but a lot else can be solved over a glass of wine too) and helping them transform their talent attraction.
After an Economics degree, Tristan wondered whether his side hustle making websites might actually be a career option so started out working as a web developer. Since entering the employer comms industry over 15 years ago he has applied his love for all things digital firstly by project managing websites and now by devising comms strategies for clients. High amongst many skills that he’s proud of is a knack for figuring out how to make the TV work in an unfamiliar meeting room. And a proud career achievement was being part of the reason why the Grosvenor House Hotel introduced a special popcorn clean-up surcharge for exhibitors.
Associate Creative Director
When asked to put together her bio, Emily panicked and said she had nothing to write about herself. After all, what really interesting things could she say? Only that she grew up on an army base in Germany. And that she studied Art History at Warwick University. And that as a child, she once had an entire Swedish beach evacuated because she mistook her own shadow for a man-eating fish. And, of course, that she heads up our Creative team, making sure we’re always doing our most imaginative, top-notch work. That all sounds like a lot to say about yourself, to be honest, Emily.
Experienced Formula 1 nerd Lynne believes that client relationships should be about having fun as well as creating great work. She likes working with clients who want to push themselves, because this is how the best stuff gets made. In fact, she’s never (professionally) happier than when she heading off into the unknown, to do something different and creative. And when she’s not building trusting relationships, she’s probably building Star Wars Lego.
Since joining us way back in 1993, Philbo has gone from Typesetter to award-winning Art Director to his current role at the head of our Production Department. His keen eye for detail and great typography skills make this an ideal role for him, and he’s been giving his all to it for over ten years now. At the weekends Phil can often be found relaxing beside a picturesque lake catching the odd carp or two; his biggest capture to date being an impressive leviathan weighing in at just over 40 pounds.
John didn’t graduate from art school, he left instead. ‘I didn’t need the qualification anyway’ he claims, ‘I knew what I wanted to do. It’s what’s in your portfolio that counts.’ As proof-of-point, John has since accrued many a year (and accolade) as an Art Director in the field of Employer Comms. Working across all media he has the experience, knowledge and imagination to make you look good, sound good and feel great – with results to boot. Which in turn, makes you happy, us happy and, ultimately, John happy… to a degree.
Andy is something of a nomad. He’s travelled the world, climbed Mount Kinabalu in Borneo, gone on Safari in Tanzania and dreams of paddling a canoe down the Amazon river. Professionally, he’s well-journeyed too, with over 15 years’ design experience, including five as a freelancer, progressing from junior typesetter to senior art director. Even his beard has a certain nomadic charm. In his spare time, Andy likes watching and playing sport, dabbling in DIY, listening to music and admiring nature. He strongly dislikes queues and running, both of which he does regularly.
We don’t know where we were without Susie. Well, we do: we were about to move office, when she appeared from nowhere – like a Northern Mary Poppins – and miraculously herded us all across London. Susie graduated from Loughborough with a degree in Communication & Media, and after a brief stint in PR, she moved into Traffic Management. Ten years later, she’s made a name for herself as a phenomenally organised powerhouse, who keeps the team running with her enthusiasm, builders’ tea, and persistently chipper Yorkshire accent.
Head of Digital
Richard likes to solve things. Whether it is using new technology products and platforms to create an exciting experience or helping to sync your Bluetooth headphones, he is the person for the job. Richard has been in the industry for over 10 years and has done pretty much everything in that time, putting him in the unique position to understand how it all interconnects and making him a valuable part of business. Technology is his passion and he loves nothing more than finding something new and working out how to use it. When Richard is not busy fixing things, he likes gaming and wondering why Chelsea has yet another manager.
Motion Graphics Designer
With an Animation and Visual Effects degree from Falmouth University, Dan is well equipped to handle all things motion! He loves the energy that movement brings, transforming flat graphics, emphasising the right words, and tricking the viewer into seeing something natural and alive. After spending two years in Berlin connecting with his German roots, he started his animation career creating movie trailers for worldwide release. Now he’s settled in East London, enjoying the city views from his flat, and baking delicious treats whenever he can. After a brief stint in a punk fusion band as a teen, he also still plays music, but of a quieter kind, for the sake of his neighbours.
Social Content Strategist
Jessi spends her summer weekends in fields, sleeping under canvas and watching the best live music. She’s a massive festival addict, and can talk to you about Glastonbury for literally hours. The other huge passion in her life she can talk for hours about is social media for employer branding – Jessi has been in the industry for 7 years, and a Social Strategist for 4 of those. She loves to create social strategies that have Paid and Organic social working together holistically, and always gets excited when her clients choose innovative ideas and platforms for social. Talk to Jessi about TikTok and Twitch!
Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion – Attractions & Communications
Passion is at the core of everything Alexis does. Growing up in Basingstoke with an incredibly sporty family, her first love was rugby… and then F1 (Team Hamilton all the way!). The sports bug stayed with her at college, with Alexis thrilled to be studying the subject, so falling into the world of recruitment marketing was an unexpected but welcomed surprise. After 8 years with Penna, Alexis has grown up within the company and feels both baffled and lucky to be paid to work on her greatest passion of all – Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
Other facts include; a past job hosting children’s parties in fancy dress and her 41 tattoos (17 of which she performed herself).