Much has changed in the creative communications landscape since I started my headhunting business in 1993, but the need to attract and retain transformational leaders and senior talent has never been so integral to delivering sustainable commercial success. 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. We provide leaders and emerging stars to all of the major marketing communications groups and networks, as well as most of the independent operations. We also partner a number of creatively driven client-side organisations. As Global CEO, I have first-hand experience of identifying and securing transformational leaders – globally and in the key markets around the world. I also work with agency groups on their acquisition strategies, and advise brand owners on the selection of agency partners.
Strategists in the communications industry are a driving force behind modern businesses and brands. I partner agency leaders and creatively minded brand owners to identify and secure game changing senior strategic talent. I embed a broad spectrum of progressive strategists into creative businesses, to fortify those businesses, scale them up and future-proof them. Before making the career shift into talent strategy, I spent fifteen years of my career agency-side, latterly as a Managing Partner at McCann Erickson London. During my agency career, my clients included Nestlé, Johnson & Johnson and L’Oreal (managing brands in the UK and internationally). I have also been a strategic consultant to Cancer Research UK. Outside work, and family and friends aside, my happiest moments are often accompanied by a pair of muddy running shoes on Hampstead Heath, with headphones on, always. All hail Radio 4 podcasts and Spotify.
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.
I joined The Talent Business’ London strategy practice from AMV BBDO. I started my agency career after graduating from St Andrew’s University. At AMV BBDO I was lucky enough to work on some of the world’s biggest brands. I led businesses as diverse as Mars (Snickers), Exxon Mobil (Motorsports), Camelot and Sainsbury’s, as well as being involved with graduate recruitment and several new business projects. I also immersed myself in the world of cat owners, leading Mars Petcare’s Whiskas brand across Europe before arriving at The Talent Business. Here, I am concentrating my energies on partnering agency leaders to help them construct award-winning and business-building strategic teams. Outside of work you'll find me on my motorbike, or on Zoopla…
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.
Soon after I graduated from the University of East London with a BA Hons in Music Culture: Theory & Production, I travelled to Japan (Kyoto more specifically) where I taught English and began a passionate and enduring love affair with Japanese cuisine and culture. On returning to London I embarked on a career in Marketing within the Financial Industry for a good few years before moving to work for the journals publishing company SAGE. In 2014 I was offered the opportunity to move back to my family’s home country, The Seychelles, (a rather beautiful group of islands in the Indian ocean) to help in the set-up, launch and management of a brand new start-up publishing company, producing touristic maps and guides of the islands. After a successful launch and reception by the Seychelles Tourism Board, I longed to return to the buzz of London. Yes, thats right I voluntarily left paradise, but what can I say? I think London has it all. I have always felt most at home in a creative environment and my role at The Talent Business gives me the opportunity to work closely with some of the most innovative and exciting creative businesses in the world.