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.
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.
Head of Client Service (on maternity leave)
Alison joined us after gallivanting around the globe for a year – 32 countries covered, no less. Back in the real world, she’s an expert in all things talent comms, with extensive experience leading on tactical and strategic campaigns for a number of our key clients, from school leavers through to experienced hires. Alison’s also a proud millennial and loves nothing more than sharing the latest in comms innovation. Well, that and maybe a comical Snapchat filter or two.
Head of Solutions
Charlie’s background of studying snails in Uganda for his Biology degree may not have been the most natural path to a career in software development, but that hasn’t held him back. Over the past ten years he’s worked on countless websites, apps and other geeky side projects, and stands by his decision to hang up his lab coat in favour of different type of anorak. Charlie’s the passionate head of our digital team and is committed to helping us bring to life the challenges set for him and his team by the wider creative department, whilst inspiring the wider agency – and our clients – to push the envelope in terms of digital experiences.
Head of Creative
Accompanied by the gentle sound of bagpipes, Morven is our resident Scot – with a few surprises up her sleeve. For a start, there’s her award-winning background in employer comms for the likes of Unilever, L’Oréal, and Dixons Carphone. But she also has a Ph.D. in Playwriting and used to be a high school English teacher. So when it comes down to it, we’re pretty sure Dr. Hamilton knows her grammar. She does write 24/7 after all, penning plays in her spare time for London theatre companies.
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.
There’s nothing James can’t research. Previously insight manager at leading research organisation, Mintel, he’s got expertise across the full range of research methodologies – from focus groups and competitor analysis to market data and large scale employee opinion surveys. He has also developed further niche skills through consulting on bespoke employee engagement and employer brand development projects in his time at Stafford Long.
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.
Big earrings, always. That’s the advice of Lianne, who’s not just an expert in jewellery choices, but also in employer branding and strategy for global and UK clients, including Amazon, EE, Amnesty International, Airbus, Bupa, Hogan Lovells, and more. She has big ambitions for her clients, with real vision and drive to help them achieve success, whatever the project. But maybe her biggest ambition of all? She one day plans to be a dairy farmer: such is her deep, abiding love of good cheese.
Corina moved to London from Romania, predominantly in order to get access to QI on Netflix. She actually used to be a Market Research Project Manager in a previous life, until she realised that her favourite part of every day was working with the software development team. She retrained with Makers Academy, got her hands on all there is to know about software development, and joined us to make her dream a reality. Corina’s main motivation is to build new and interesting things that people genuinely love to use – and we love having her around.
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 writes some very excellent words for our clients. That all sounds like a lot to say about yourself, to be honest, Emily.
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.
Video Director / Producer
A self-proclaimed East Londoner (although actually from Essex – sshh don’t tell), Ben started out in video by interning at a production company, shortly followed by a degree in Digital Film Production at Ravensbourne University London. After shooting travel promos in places like Europe, North America and Hawaii, Ben returned home and now stubbornly stays north of the river. He’s that rare human: a hater of both tea and coffee, instead opting for hot chocolates with zero shame. That’s fine by us though, especially when he’s got such a Midas touch with all things filmmaking.
Creative Content Writer
Fun fact: if we were ever to start an agency band, all we’d need is Robyn, since she’s amazingly not just a singer, but also a violinist and a drummer. In her day-to-day work, she’s equally as multi-talented, being an experienced content creator and writer for a wide range of clients, from FMCG to finance; law to hospitality. Plus, she even used to work in-house, running the early careers programme for an international advertising agency. If she could do anything else though, she’d love to own her own country pub – mainly because, in her words, she’d love to be somewhere where a pub lunch would always be on offer. Wouldn’t we all, Robyn, wouldn’t we all.