Andy

Wardlaw

Managing Partner & Global Head of Innovation Talent

Having completed a Law degree, I took a junior role in a publishing business whilst deciding on the career direction I wanted to take. It was a unique time, when the first wave of digital businesses were starting to establish themselves, causing immediate and significant changes across entire industries and generating a need for innovative talent, which has never dissipated. I was approached to join what was the first specialist, digital recruitment business and found myself helping to structure and staff the nascent UK teams of the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, AOL, eBay, as well as the first digital creative and communications agencies. Nurturing, advising and helping to choreograph talent, both within and for the creative sector has been part of my career ever since. In that time, I’ve built and lead cross-functional talent acquisition teams, lead staffing and talent strategy for leading digital/creative agencies - most recently AKQA. I also ran my own consultancy business, focused on helping clients to digitise structure, talent and output. The key to the sustained success of so many companies is the alignment of transformational talent with business and growth strategy - and I continue to find it a pleasure and privilege to advise and partner with stand-out people and great businesses in order to help both realise their ambitions. 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 so is perfectly placed for me to do this. My other passions are sports - particularly skiing/squash/running, watching Arsenal and being a dad.

Simon

Gottschalk

Partner - Head of Innovation Talent

I joined the advertising industry as a graduate, serving my time in the Bates UK post-room before cutting my teeth on fast-paced retail and media-owner clients. After four years in a network agency, I felt it was time to try something different and moved to creative boutique St. Luke's where I led the Strongbow and British Telecom business. Another four years later, having enjoyed the small agency feel but eager to work in a digital led environment, I went to Albion to oversee the eBay business. After 12 years in client services, I joined The Talent Business as a way of bringing together my passion for people and business - enabling the best talent in our industry to fulfil its potential whilst also growing our client’s business and helping them achieve commercial and creative success. Away from work (and alongside fatherhood) I have two big passions in life: music and skiing, which means that I spend a lot of time either playing the piano, or living vicariously through snow-cams across the 3 Valleys.

Katriona

Fraser

Managing Partner & Head of Creative Talent

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.

Olivia

Clayden

Talent Assistant

Having worked in the luxury retail industry for over 6 years with brands such as Agent Provocateur and Dries Van Noten, I finally took the jump to move into the creative world. Having spent the last few years understanding the importance of client relationships and the overall customer experience, I wanted to blend these vital skills with my passion and love for advertising and all things creative. Outside of work you will either find me taking photographs, wanting to go skiing and spending time with my family or friends.
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