Tanya Livesey, Global Managing Director



Global Managing Director
Creative & Design

Tanya is an internationally experienced business leader, talent strategist and leadership coach – who has been developing the careers and profiles of the creative leaders of high-profile creative organisations since The Talent Business launched in 2007. In her early career, she sat on the management teams of some of the top London advertising agencies, learning first-hand about the complexity of leading teams in highly creative, dynamic environments – as well as having a deep understanding of the creative process and what it takes to deliver outstanding work. Since joining The Talent Business, she has helped to build it into the world’s leading global executive search firm in the creative marketing and communications space. Her role as a trusted advisor to creative leaders worldwide has given her valuable insight into the challenges of modern leadership which enables her to identify and deliver outstanding creative talent that can drive genuine business transformation. Tanya has a passion for brilliant ideas and the people behind them – so has been lucky enough to have worked with many of the very best throughout her career. Tanya is also a regular columnist for Creative Review – advising creative leaders on how to tackle some of the many challenges that face the leaders of today.
Will Knox



Managing Director North America/Europe
Creative & Design

Will spent his 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, he was unable to make these goals a reality. (He says it was ability, by the way). Since joining the The Talent Business in 2009, Will has partnered the world’s leading creative businesses, helping them to identify and secure transformational senior creative talent. He now heads up The Talent Business’ European Creative & Design practice out of the Group’s London office. When not running the Creative & Design practice, you’ll find him bothering people about music, barbeques, and Arsenal FC.
Sam van Iddekinge


van Iddekinge

Creative & Design

Born into a family of Doctors and Creative Directors, Sam always knew she wanted to do something more creatively focussed – so it was either going to be as a plastic surgeon or to work for an Ad agency. After graduating from Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, Sam was drawn into the crazy dot.com explosion, working for the leading online consumer portal in South Africa, iAfrica.com for 2 years before the advertising industry hooked her in. She worked her way up at Leo Burnett leading the Coca-Cola, Diageo and Levi’s accounts, before joining start-up Agency “Stick”, with the Coca-Cola business. In 2008 Sam moved to Singapore to join Euro RSCG (now Havas) overseeing their Coca-Cola and FMCG portfolio and 2 years later Ogilvy & Mather as a Regional Business Director. In late 2011 The Talent Business gave her a refreshing new perspective into a world she thought she knew so well. Passionate about great ideas and people, Sam loves being able to work closely with some of the brilliant minds behind these, in her role leading the creative practise across Asia Pac. Asia remains a dynamic market in the communications industry, with opportunities at both a global and regional level, and a drive to be more innovative in their thinking. Outside of work – it’s also just an amazing location to explore and enjoy beautiful beaches, warm weather and friendly and diverse cultures and food.
Profile Martin Murphy



Creative & Design

Martin first joined The Talent Business in 2010 helping grow the Creative practice globally, with a particular focus across EMEA. He also spearheaded Cream, TTB's annual global portfolio review for emerging creative talent. This involved speaking at leading creative and design programmes around the world and Martin has also advised such courses on their curriculum structure. Martin's passion for the industry then led him to train as a designer and he enrolled on the Shillington design programme. On completion, he landed a job as a Designer at adama&eveDDB London, as part of the team managed by King Henry Studios, working across a breadth of clients in a period that saw adam&eveDDB win Cannes Agency of the Decade (2020) and King Henry Studios win D&AD Agency of the Year (2023). Now back at TTB, Martin is advising senior creative and design talent with specific responsibility for developing the Design practice across all markets. He continues to practice design and is currently working on a number of projects in his spare time.
Anna Green



Creative & Design

After finishing her Masters in Chemistry at the University of Birmingham, and a spot of travelling, Anna started her career helping other graduates find their first roles within marketing agencies through an initiative start-up tech platform. Her passion for helping young talent take their first steps into the creative industries continued through her time at another London based recruitment business, setting up bespoke placement competitions and schemes for a variety of creative agencies. She joined The Talent Business in 2017, specialising in mid-weight and senior creative talent in London and throughout Europe. She also runs The Talent Business’ world renowned creative competition, Cream.
Lily Beaumont



Creative & Design Assistant

Lily studied Applied Social Science at University and has always had a passion for learning about people. She started her career in the fitness and life coaching industry through a passion to inspire and motivate people. Having grown up in a family of creatives and free thinkers, Lily has always had a close affiliation and love for the industry, navigating her move to the creative world, joining The Talent Business as creative & design assistant. Lily still has a massive passion for fitness and as well as the gym enjoys hiking, running, swimming and Muay Thai. She is also an avid Netflix binger, reader, and red wine enthusiast.
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