A few introductions
are in order
We are quite demanding when it comes to hiring new people for our team. This means that you’ll only ever deal with people who are good at what they do, and good to work with. Here they are.
Paul Stafford is the founding partner at Stafford long and is actively involved in the business. Before starting the agency he headed up a division of Saatchi & Saatchi in the US. He regularly participates in industry events and has chaired the RAD awards.
Barbara is a Partner at Stafford long and has been with the company since we started back in 1986. An Honorary Fellow of the institute of Practitioners in Advertising and an Hons graduate in Psychology, Barbara has been involved in recruitment marketing & communications for nearly 30 years.
Client Services Director
Since graduating in 1995, Richard’s spent 20 years in the marketing and communications industry. He’s worked in all kinds of client management and team development roles, in agencies of every size. He joined us in 2005, and today he heads up our Client Services function. Here, he provides strategic direction on key client accounts and leadership and quality control across the agency. He also dominates our Fantasy Football league, which is quite annoying.
Group Account Director
Karen’s proud/slightly concerned to have 20 years of project and team management expertise, which she’s gained in leading communications agencies. She’s worked across a wide, blue-chip client base. Now at the head of one of our client account teams, Karen personally takes charge of a number of major clients. And she’s won a series of industry awards with them over the past three years.
Matt graduated with a degree in English Literature and began his career in communications as a copywriter. He’s amassed more than a decade of writing and creative experience covering everything from marketing campaigns to digital strategies and employer brands. Career highlights include: shooting a viral video in a laundrette, landing a smoking meteorite on campus and picking up a clutch of awards for innovations, internal communications, graduate campaigns, ads, websites and brochures. In his spare time, he has also written and performed pantomimes, sketches and a comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Group Account Director
Experienced Formula 1 nerd Lynne believes that client relationships should be about having fun as well as creating great work. She likes working with clients who want to push themselves, because this is how the best stuff gets made. In fact, she’s never (professionally) happier than when she heading off into the unknown, to do something different and creative. And when she’s not building trusting relationships, she’s probably building Star Wars Lego.
Head of Graduate Recruitment
Sally graduated in 1999 and developed her career in graduate recruitment at Ernst & Young, UBS and Citigroup. Most recently, prior to joining Stafford Long, she headed up Graduate Recruitment at Accenture. Leading our in-house specialists in Graduate Recruitment, Sally works closely with our clients’ internal teams to engage target groups and build presence and recognition in this highly competitive area. Oh, and she speaks fluent Italian.
Recent joiner Elly makes sure our diversity events run without a hitch, from the first piece of marketing to the moment the last attendee leaves the room. It’s a good job she has a degree in events management, really. Clients and student attendees alike have plenty of reasons to be grateful for her organisational skills. And when she’s not making most of us feel old, she’s something of a surfer.
Head of Research
There’s nothing James can’t research. Previously insight manager at leading research organisation, Mintel, he’s got expertise across the full range of research methodologies – from focus groups and competitor analysis to market data and large scale employee opinion surveys. He has also developed further niche skills through consulting on bespoke employee engagement and employer brand development projects in his time at Stafford Long.
Our resident chemist (fully degree-qualified we might add), Rebecca is in her ‘element’ here at Stafford Long. In the short period she’s been with us, she’s already tackled everything from digital and graduate campaigns to social media and Christmas do organisation. Her personal highlight was helping to plan and run a global hackathon, and she also gets a kick out of working with, and picking the brains of, some fantastic people (her words). Outside the office Rebecca’s big passion is sliding on water, which she does either on a wakeboard or skis.
Senior Art Director
John didn’t graduate from art school, he left instead. ‘I didn’t need the qualification anyway’ he claims, ‘I knew what I wanted to do. It’s what’s in your portfolio that counts.’ As proof-of-point, John has since accrued many a year (and accolade) as an Art Director in the field of Employer Comms. Working across all media he has the experience, knowledge and imagination to make you look good, sound good and feel great – with results to boot. Which in turn, makes you happy, us happy and, ultimately, John happy… to a degree.
Lead Front End Developer
Having studied Biology, Charlie didn’t really ever consider web development as a career – until that point it had only been a self-taught hobby. This all changed when he took on a developer internship at a London agency. Six years and countless websites later, he stands by his decision to hang up his lab coat in favour of a different type of anorak. He’s passionate about enjoyable and interactive web experiences. Outside of work, he’s all about travel, photography and cooking.
Front End Developer /
A lynchpin of our creative department, Kev’s involved in almost everything we do – from digital and web to print and presentations. He’s happy to take on an equally wide range of roles – web developer, artworker and (occasionally) IT support, to name but a few. But, to talk about Kev in these terms is to miss the bigger picture. He’s an inventor, a culinary pioneer, and an all round Mr Fix It. Seriously; you should see what he can create out of foamboard.
Head of Digital
With over 15 years’ experience Jeanette is a seasoned designer who specialises in digital design. Previously the Head of Digital Design at an international organisation, she has been responsible for the design and development of many award-winning innovative websites. She leads our digital output, constantly merging design execution with the latest technologies. Also proficient in print, Jeanette’s original, fresh and distinctive style has been commissioned for book covers, magazines and private exhibitions.
Head of Production
Since joining us way back in 1993, Philbo has gone from Typesetter to award-winning Art Director to his current role at the head of our Production Department. His keen eye for detail and great typography skills make this an ideal role for him, and he’s been giving his all to it for over ten years now. At the weekends Phil can often be found relaxing beside a picturesque lake catching the odd carp or two; his biggest capture to date being an impressive leviathan weighing in at just over 40 pounds.
Matt tackles workflow trafficking in the same way he tackles life – with a mix of boundless enthusiasm and childlike wonder. He makes sure things get done around here. And he’s more than happy to get behind the camera to help out with our photographic and video work. Outside of the office, he tends to be found on the other side of the lens; working on stuff for his pleasingly popular YouTube channel.
Meskey’s our go-to woman for all things numbers. She’s been tackling our financials for nearly 12 years, and is on the verge of becoming a fully qualified chartered accountant. Somehow managing to remain permanently cheerful, Meskey sorts out our accounts, financial statements, audits and reports. And the chocolate cake she entered into our 2013 bake-off is still spoken about in hushed tones.
Credit Controller /
Omreeta joined us in March 2014, and her laser-like focus on detail and accuracy has proved a real asset ever since. Her background’s in accountancy, and she works closely with our clients’ accounts teams on the financial side of things. Omreeta’s closing in on full ACCA qualification. And she doesn’t rest until our clients and our suppliers are happy. That’s just how she rolls.
Internal Account Manager
Vanessa puts the experience into experienced hire. What she doesn’t know about recruitment advertising isn’t worth knowing. She’s been in the industry for, well, a fair while, and she draws on her formidable experience to provide media advice, schedules and everything else it takes to get adverts in the right places. Her commitment to her team’s tea-round is also worthy of considerable respect.
The first thing you will notice about Declan is probably his neck – because he’s almost certainly a foot taller than you at least. Declan is also a giant in on-campus marketing and media campaigns for both graduate and experienced hires, having worked at a mix of media organisations and creative agencies throughout his career.
Creative Content Producer
Matt showed up from nowhere (also known as New Zealand) and got stuck straight into creating extraordinary videos. So much so that he nabbed a RAD Award nomination in only his second week. Alternately bearded and unbearded, Matt has impeccable geek credentials, being both the Captain of London’s Quidditch team and the most convincing Chewbacca impersonator in the office. Sadly, he still can’t find a good coffee anywhere in London.
Ell’s very good at seeing things from the client’s point of view. This is because she used to be one herself. She spent 10 years in experienced hire and graduate recruitment roles, before hopping over the metaphorical fence. Now that she’s with us, she’s enjoying tackling projects from the ‘creation’ side of things. It should also be said that she’s extraordinarily polite. It’s quite a thing.