With my background as a dancer, I spent most of my time choreographing and directing in the theatre whilst studying at university in the UK and the States. I built my career initially in advertising as an account man at Lowe Howard-Spink, a Partner at HHCL and finally as part of the London management team at RKCR Y&R. I joined The Talent Business as the London Managing Director in 2007 and have since helped to build our unparalleled global creative offering - working closely with the creative teams across all our key offices. The Talent Business now has hubs in London, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Shanghai, Dubai and Sao Paulo, and has established itself as the world leader in executive search for creative businesses. I have a real passion for brilliant ideas and have been lucky enough in my career to have worked with some of the best creatives in the industry on famous, award-winning campaigns for brands like Stella Artois, Pot Noodle and M&S. An avid collector of contemporary art, I love being around talented, imaginative people and their work. I am also passionate about helping great creatives to become great leaders through my work as an NCP accredited Executive Coach.
My advertising career began firstly on the graduate scheme at Euro RSCG London before moving on to McCann Erickson. With a passion for people and a deep rooted love of great creative work, I was lured by The Talent Business in 2007 with the initial remit to uncover the very best progressive, creative talent globally. I now also run London's fantastic, unparalleled, creative practice. As agencies and brand owners recognise just how critical creativity and innovation are to achieving commercial success, it has never been a better time to marry Clients with the type of game changing talent that we know. Beyond The Talent Business I have far too many loves and sadly far too little time, especially since the arrival of my daughter last year. They range from design, food (and wine), running, the sun and beach destinations. And all fuelled, especially these days, with a great cup of coffee.
I spent my youth harbouring ambitions to become many things, a rugby player, an actor, a musician, unfortunately for one reason or another, be it ability or application, I was unable to make these goals a reality. It was ability by the way. Having always had a great interest in advertising and branding, I was keen to find the best way in, and with my creative streak leading the way, I found the relevant door.
I graduated from University College London with a degree in English Literature in 2005, before accepting a place on BBH London’s graduate recruitment programme, joining the agency as an Account Manager. During my time at BBH I worked on a number of accounts including Levi’s, Vodafone and Persil. After nearly five fantastic years of being a black sheep I then decided to properly move to the dark side and accepted a role as a Creative Planner at The National Lottery, where I was responsible for Euromillions marketing. I travelled around the world making campaigns designed to show people what it would be like to live the life of a multimillionaire; it was a tough job, but somebody had to do it. After two years at The National Lottery I realised that I was missing agency culture and the creative process, so I accepted a role as an Account Director at Karmarama, responsible for pieces of business that included the BBC and Costa Coffee. I'm now lucky enough to look after Senior Creative Talent in my role at The Talent Business, where I also like to wow my teammates with my paleo baking skills. Well... this happened once. On my first day.
I joined The Talent Business in 2010 after graduating from Loughborough University. I began as a Talent Analyst working across all disciplines, after a year I joined the creative team identifying emerging talent for agencies and brands, before becoming a Talent Strategist. I now work with mid and senior level creatives placing them in some of the biggest, best and hottest independent and networked agencies across Europe. In addition, for the last five years I have helped run Cream, the annual global competition for twenty unsigned young creative teams and individuals, handpicked by the industry’s most influential figures, held by The Talent Business. I also run a charity in my spare time with some friends called The Uganda School Project, which is in its second year developing Makenya Primary School and helping the surrounding area.
My introduction to the world of advertising was as a creative assistant at DDB London, which at the time was the Gun Report’s number one agency in the world. Four years in, I was bitten by the travel bug - so I upped sticks and moved to New York. After two years as Global Creative Coordinator for the Y&R network, and then a year as a Creative Recruiter in Amsterdam, I’m finally now back where I started. When I’m not working with the best young creative talent at TTB, I spend my time taking more photos than thought humanly possible of my little daughter Phoebe.
My fascination for marketing started whilst I was at school and had the chance to do a work placement at a local ad agency. After graduating from university in Leeds, I went into account management, working with The Daily Mail, American Express and Bosch, and handling new business. I learnt now redundant information about the print and TV process, but thankfully also learnt the importance of brands, ROI and exploring the then relatively new ‘internet’ for our clients. Since moving into headhunting ten years ago, I have launched a successful start-up recruitment business and worked as an independent consultant advising agencies, client side organisations and production companies on the digital re-engineering of their production capability and how to secure the talent required to deliver their offering. Outside of work I’m sports mad. Due to football injuries and age, I retired my playing days and took up cycling instead. I get my football fix at weekends as a shareholder and season ticket holder at non-league, Tonbridge Angels Football Club. I’m also married and a father to two wonderful boys. I joined The Talent Business as a canvas to provide senior operations and delivery talent, for client side, agency side and production businesses globally.
After finishing my International Studies degree at Goldsmiths I decided to stay in London; I completed a few internships and did some running on a production, and eventually started working for Hogarth Worldwide where I ended up in the broadcast department as an audio producer. After spending 3 years there I decided to make a change and left to join TTB where I have found the perfect balance between my passion for the creative and organisation. When I’m not at work I spend most of my time cooking, thinking and talking about food along with the occasional restaurant visit. I also enjoy trips back to my home city of Edinburgh to visit my dogs Frank and Finch.