Olivia

Skone

European Head of Business & Marketing

My fifteen years in advertising spanned agencies such as WCRS, RKCR/Y&R and CHI where I was lucky enough to run award winning campaigns for the likes of M&S, The Times and Sunday Times, Land Rover and TalkTalk. I mixed up my time in advertising to pursue different passions: completing a post grad in periodical journalism, Marketing Manager at the start up Espotting.com, pitching advertiser funded programming at ITV and having my two sons – my most daunting role so far. At The Talent Business I look after mid weight to senior client services talent; from salary and promotion advice to placing transformational talent in agency and client-side roles.

Harriet

Belsey

Partner, Creative & Design
New Business Director

Over fifteen years’ experience in businesses fuelled by innovation and creativity. Working with the world’s leading communications agencies & brand owners. Partnering senior creative talent & marketing leaders to deliver business & brand transformation. Experienced at identifying business development opportunities and working with senior stakeholders to deliver measurable growth. Industry experience includes: beauty, fashion, premium & lifestyle brands, entertainment, FMCG, charity & automotive.

Richard

Watson

Partner, Business & Marketing

I started my career in magazine publishing, working across editorial and sales on a range of key titles for MacMillan. My avid interest in the media and entertainment industries led me to embark on a career recruiting for TV, music, tech and publishing businesses at a boutique agency, heading up its Marketing and eCommerce division and managing key accounts including Google, Penguin Random House and Universal Music. I have been focused on executive search, hiring marketing and eCommerce leaders into consumer tech start-ups across the UK and Europe. Joining The Talent Business as a Partner within our Marketing Practice has allowed me to consolidate this experience alongside a continued fascination with creative businesses. Away from the office, music is my all consuming passion, but I occasionally allow for comedy, film or art to take centre stage when the mood dictates.

Cecile

Beaufils

Partner, Business & Marketing

I spent the first fourteen years of my career in client services roles at Saatchi & Saatchi, AMV BBDO and independent agency Leagas Delaney. In that time, I had the opportunity to work on integrated campaigns for iconic brands such as Sony, Guinness, and Mars, and headed up the account handling department at Leagas. Guiding and nurturing talent proved to be a part of the job I thoroughly enjoyed and for the next chapter of my career, I moved to The Talent Business where I am currently a Partner in our European Business & Marketing Practice, partnering with agencies and brand owners on their transformation journeys. I am also the co-founder and Marketing Director for One Gin, an award-winning premium craft gin and the first spirit brand to fund clean, safe water projects in the world’s poorest communities, and I have a strong belief in constantly up-skilling; in the last 3 years, I completed a postgraduate degree in Entrepreneurship at Cambridge Judge School, and I am currently finishing a Sustainability Management course at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. A French national, I spent most of my childhood in New York and all my professional life in London, leaving me with a rather odd Irish accent.

Zee

Shepherd

Talent Assistant & Head of Assistants

After graduating from Leeds University and some time spent travelling, I moved to London to embark on my career as a PA. The first few years were spent in the Financial Industry, before making the decision to move into the creative world. In my spare time you will find me rooting through vintage markets, watching live music or frequenting my local. I also love to travel to new cities and countries whenever time allows
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