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 over 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.
Alison joined us after gallivanting around the globe for a year – 32 countries covered, no less. Back in the real world, she’s an expert in all things talent comms, with extensive experience leading on tactical and strategic campaigns for a number of our key clients, from school leavers through to experienced hires. Alison’s also a proud millennial and loves nothing more than sharing the latest in comms innovation. Well, that and maybe a comical Snapchat filter or two.
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.
Hello, is it memes you’re looking for? If it is, then come to Chris: part man, part meme encyclopedia. As the only born and bred native Camden-er in the agency, Chris felt rather smug that we relocated to Kentish Town just in time for his arrival. Much to Vanessa’s disgust, he now strolls to work each morning, bringing with him a degree in Creative Writing, bags of employer comms agency experience, and a background in in-house education recruitment, contingency recruitment, sales, dog-sledding and tree felling. All equally useful, obviously.
Diversity Solutions Executive
Honestly, we could wax lyrical about Elly and everything she does, but you’d be better off coming to one of our events to watch the magic happen. With a degree in Events Management, years of experience, and a frankly bewildering ability to be in five places at once, 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. Well, unless her home team are playing in the Super Bowl. Don’t talk to Elly when the Patriots are on.
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.
Accompanied by the gentle sound of bagpipes, Morven is our resident Scot – with a few surprises up her sleeve. For a start, there’s her award-winning background in employer comms for the likes of Unilever, L’Oréal, and Dixons Carphone. But she also has a Ph.D. in Playwriting and used to be a high school English teacher. So when it comes down to it, we’re pretty sure Dr. Hamilton knows her grammar. She does write 24/7 after all, penning plays in her spare time for London theatre companies.
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.
Lianne is the gift that keeps on giving: every time you think you know her, you’ll discover another hidden talent. For a start, she’s a master of project delivery, working on employer comms for everyone from EE and Amazon to Amnesty International. Next, she’s a lifelong photographer, with no less than seven different cameras. And if that wasn’t enough, she’s even taught herself to code. Is there anything this girl can’t do? Well, apparently her cooking is ‘a bit hit and miss’. We doubt that, Lianne.
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.
Diversity Solutions Manager
Who do you get to captain your Diversity Solutions team? Well, what about a passionate social justice campaigner for human, LGBTQA+ and women’s rights? That’s Georgie, who graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in English and Drama, before forging a career in Campaign Management and Diversity at MyKindaFuture. Leading our in-house diversity solutions team, Georgie works closely with our clients’ internal teams to provide practical support and advice across all elements of diversity and inclusion.
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.
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.
We don’t know where we were without Susie. Well, we do: we were about to move office, when she appeared from nowhere – like a Northern Mary Poppins – and miraculously herded us all across London. Susie graduated from Loughborough with a degree in Communication & Media, and after a brief stint in PR, she moved into Traffic Management. Ten years later, she’s made a name for herself as a phenomenally organised powerhouse, who keeps the team running with her enthusiasm, builders’ tea, and persistently chipper Yorkshire accent.
What’s not to love about Lucy? She’s a meticulously organised and thoroughly reliable Mancunian lass – and she’s also just a little bit Welsh, with a degree in English Literature from Cardiff University. She’s worked in marketing for a few years oop North, but we couldn’t be more glad she made the move to London to join us. Not least of all because her combined management skills and unnatural love of pop music mean she hosts a very excellent annual Eurovision party.
Creative Video Director
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.
With a degree in Social Anthropology, intersectionality and inclusion are kind of Emily’s thing. That’s why she likes nothing more than getting stuck into running and supporting our diversity events. Clients and student attendees alike get to know her pretty well, because she’s with them every step of the way. But here’s one thing even they don’t know about her – Emily’s a film and theatre nerd, with a secret love of interpretive dance. We’ve yet to persuade her to do it in the office, but we’ll keep you posted.