Meet the team

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Louise Seastron

Senior Client Manager

Bio: When I was younger, I wanted to be a journalist. I changed my mind after gaining a degree in English, but still found a role I love working in communications, which plays to my strength in organisation.

Words: e.e. cummings died in 1962, but for me his quote, “to be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else – means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting”, has never been more relevant than right now.

Pics: My favourite artist is Peter Blake. I love pop art and I dabbled with collage when I was younger. I guess the pulling together of lots of elements is reflective of what I do in my role!

Damon Bowles

Head of Editorial

Bio: I’m a professional busybody for whom ‘why?’ and ‘how?’ are the most important questions. They speak of belief, trust, motivation, inspiration, human experience and outcomes people give a damn about. They’re where great stories live.

Words: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou.

Pics: I just love the artwork of Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki. Half real, half fantasy, his worlds are stunning, dreamlike creations. Just irresistible.

Karl Jaques

Head of Design 

Bio: If I’m not at W&P HQ creating award-winning design, or on the road visiting our amazing clients, you’ll find me down Elland Road cheering on the other love of my life, Super Leeds United.

Words: ”Type is a dance and the designer is the choreographer.” – Richard Lipton. I’ve always been obsessed with typography and I’m on a mission to save the world from badly kerned type.

Pics: Seeing a Barbara Hepworth sculpture for the first time as a youngster triggered my obsession with how we interact with shape and form. This directly led to my decision to become a graphic designer.

Jen Majeed

Client Services Director

Bio: My role involves looking after our clients and our people to create some truly amazing work. I love the variety as no day is the same.

Words: In a world where you can be anything, be kind.

Pics: I love taking photos, possibly too much! Whether it be places I’ve travelled to, or capturing everyday moments with my daughter.

Amy Billett

Writer and Content Manager

Bio: As a kid, writing stories was my favourite thing to do, and not much has changed. At W&P I get to do this every day, fuelled by excessive amounts of tea! 

Words: “Always look on the bright side of life”. I’m an eternal optimist and a big believer that you can take something positive out of any situation.

Pics: I love to travel and pictures of places I’ve visited and those still on my list are a great reminder of all the possibilities that are out there.

Hannah Tallant

Head of Client Delivery

Bio: Client management is a role I love, and at W&P we’re really part of the creative team – I get the chance to support on varied and innovative projects and delight clients.

Words: I grew up being obsessed with Roald Dahl, I loved his creativity and playfulness with words! Anyone who can get ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’ added to the OED is just phizz-whizzing-ly amazing.

Pics: Travel is my favourite thing to do, I love looking at photos of places I haven’t been yet to inspire my next trip!

Dan Cooper

Senior Designer

Bio: No day is the same for me, I love to take in all the little details that life has to offer. Whether it’s a trek through the great outdoors or people watching in one of many coffee shops, I’m always looking for new ideas. Being a keen admirer of detail allows me to put this in to practice in the workplace where I can dive deep into a brand and explore it from the inside out. That means paying particular attention to typography, icons, colour and artwork with bleed!

Words: A big kid at heart, it seems only fitting that my favourite words come from Walt Disney himself: “If you can dream it, you can do it”.

Pics: A moody black and white does it for me, especially when it comes to nature. However, my inspiration comes from my children, so any picture of them gives me the drive I need.

 

Claire Blindell

Associate Writer

Bio: I’m inspired by new places and by brilliant writing, and my own work has taken me all over the UK. A lifelong bookworm, my career has proven my childhood belief that words take you on fantastic journeys.  

Words: I think that W.B. Yeats’ poem, ‘The Cloths of Heaven’, is just a beautiful and succinct expression of love; and the evocative lyrics to Ray Davies’ ‘Waterloo Sunset’ never get old.

Pics: I always have an image of Battersea Power Station somewhere on a wall at home. It’s an icon of the capital’s skyline, and transports me back to living in its shadow in south London.

Debs Duerden

Financial Director

Bio: Numbers are my thing and I’m the Queen of Excel, looking after forecasting, budgets and all things finance. Away from the calculator, you’ll find me pounding the pavements of Skipton, or on the slopes in France.

Words: Fail to prepare, prepare to fail… I believe in the power of organisation!

Pics: I’m inspired by the sight of a nice red ski slope and blue skies, or a muddy pair of running shoes after a cross country run…

John McDonough

Associate Writer

Bio: I’m a gatherer of facts, comment and anecdotes, compiled into simple stories to engage and entertain readers. I love the clever use of words. Seeing colleagues cringe over my cheesy puns is one of life’s pleasures.

Words: Will someone for whom English is their second language understand what you’ve written? If not, start again.

Pics: The drawings of the Bisto kids. Because Bisto is gravy. And gravy is dinner.

Alison Reid

Client Services Manager

Bio: My A levels: English, Art, Business Studies and Psychology, an unusual mix, but perfect for what I do. I love being in a creative environment and working with people to develop new ideas to meet their needs.

Words: “Promise me you’ll always remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think.” – A.A. Milne.

Pics: It’s very hard to narrow this down, I’ve gone from album covers to sculptures, to photos of the sea and Yorkshire landscapes…

Alan Barton

Head of Photography

Bio: I produce photographs in a diverse range of settings for our diverse client base. I enjoy learning about people – their interests and career paths. I love being out and about and drinking good coffee. 

Words: “What’s the point of getting killed if you’ve got the wrong exposure?” – Don McCullin. He not only took powerful photos, but showed compassion in some of the worst situations.

Pics: I’ve loved Denis Thorpe’s photos from an early age as I saw them in my Dad’s newspaper every day. His timing and way of seeing pictures is quite special.

Andy Holt

Managing Director

Bio: I head up W&P, collaborating with lovely clients, herding fabulous, creative cats and keeping the good ship heading in the right direction. I grow my own stuff and enjoy washing it down with a nice drop of something!

Words: George Orwell’s ‘1984’ has the best opening line ever in my opinion: “It was a bright, cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”

Pics: My favourite picture would be any of the Hockney’s East Yorkshire Wolds paintings or, generally any picture of a cat wearing a comical hat!

Amy Jeffery

Client Manager

Bio: Having worked in Internal Communications for the past few years, I love working with people and helping to bring their ideas to life through engaging and effective communications. I work best in a creative environment, so W&P is the perfect place for me!

Words: “If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present gratefully” – Maya Angelou.

Pics: I love looking at and taking photos, so any good photograph really appeals to me. I particularly like the work of acclaimed National Geographic photographer, Paul Nicklen, who highlights environmental issues and advocates wildlife conservation in his work – something I am interested in! I also love taking photos of my own wild animal… my dog, Maggie!

Catherine Gryffenberg

Junior Studio Planner

Bio: Although I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, I have collected a handful of skills in Art, Design and Project Management along the way – an ideal mix for my role as Junior Studio Planner!

Words: “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come” – William Shakespeare

Pics: My most cherished possessions are my photo albums: one image can carry a million memories. There is so much to be learned from other peoples photos too, like Vivian Maiers street photography which just captures the essence of 1950’s New York. I also LOVE the aesthetic of a technical drawing.

Alex Todde-Calvert

Senior Client Manager

Bio: I’m a nerd about pretty much everything I love and if I’m not 100% geeking out, then I’m close to it. I’m big on communication in my life – I believe every day is a school day and I’m equally at home with a fancy meal or a Gregg’s vegan sausage roll.

Words: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right” (Henry Ford) or “Stop, collaborate and listen” (Vanilla Ice) – you decide!

Pics: Unplanned, candid pictures that capture an unscripted moment will always be my favourite. Put me in front of a Sol LeWitt, Rothko or put me inside a Richard Serra piece and I’ll be a very happy person too.

Joe Stoyles

Events Manager

Bio: I’ve been travelling the world delivering events ever since I left school. I love working creatively to bring memorable experiences to life.

Words: “If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.” – Roald Dahl 

Pics: Any of the thousands of ridiculous photos I have of my two very favourite people – my kids. I love looking back at the memories we’ve made. 

Rob Yorke

Digital Partner

Bio: Since the creation of the first home computers in the early 1980s, I’ve wanted to understand and use them to make things better. In my life today that means using the internet to provide tools to help people. 

Words: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Arthur C. Clarke 

Pics: Jony Ive, designer of Apple devices, is my all-time favourite designer. 

Stu Warrington

Video Production Partner

 

Robin Turton

Associate Designer

Bio: My interest in design grew out of a love of drawing from an early age. My ideas stem from an interest in art history and illustration, but I’m very at home with the occasional juvenile cartoon too.

Words: My favourite book is ‘The Fall’ by Albert Camus. A strangely comforting monologue set in a mist-shrouded Amsterdam winter. Very atmospheric, perfectly paced and impossible to paraphrase its meaning, it evokes a state of mind as much as a time and place.

Pics: I saw ‘The Concert’ by Titian in the Uffizi, and it really captivated me. I see it as a 500-year-old band shot, it feels so contemporary. No painter beats Titian for capturing personality in a face.

Tony Layton

Agency Group Vice Chair/ Consultant

Bio: Founded Words&Pictures, just over 25 years ago, with the stated aim of developing the UK’s best internal communications agency. Former editor and foreign correspondent based in Rome and Madrid, with continued passion for southern Europe.

Words: The first sentence by Anthony Burgess in the masterpiece ‘Earthly Powers’: “It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday, and I was in bed with my catamite when Ali announced that the archbishop had come to see me.”

Pics: Velazquez’s superb, tender portraits of court dwarves in Madrid’s Prado museum. Stand there, alone; stare, and notice what’s happening…

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Rebecca Jackson

Account Director

 

Olivia Prole

Junior Account Executive

 

Gill Bryan

Accounts Assistant

 

Becca Morris

Account Manager 

Nic Ingram

Account Manager

 

Maisy Pollard

Account Executive

 

Rachel Griffin

Finance Director

 

Louise Watson Dowell

Digital Account Director

 

Paul Rose

Non-executive Director

 

Louise Vaughan

Co-Founder and Managing Director

 

Lesley Foottit

Account Director

 

Nigel Howes

Co-Founder and Chairman

 

Ellie St George-York

Head of Leeds

 

Peter Davenport

Consultant

 

Ben Rowe

Account Manager

 

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Dionysis Livanis

Creative Director

 

Iona Broadhurst

Account Manager

 

Joana Morgado

Designer

 

Mike Drew

Finance Director

 

Fiona Corey

Managing Director

 

Matt Boothman

Senior Writer/Strategist

 

Charlene Salmon

Business Development