Richard had a job instructing people how to fire sweetcorn husks out of a gas-cannon but, with limited career progression, he chose advertising instead. With an MA with creative writing, he managed a business support programme for entrepreneurs, which was like being like Nick off of The Apprentice with fewer weary asides to camera. He came to London for a slice of agency life, cutting his tweeting teeth on clients like Alfa Romeo and Jeep before joining Recipe to use his skills for Birds Eye and Energizer amongst others.
Matt joined the team in 2008; poached from an incredibly lucrative and highly successful career in short and feature film, BBC drama and corporate and commercial production. A career highlight for our bearded and bespectacled head of production was a BAFTA nomination for his short film “My darling wife”.
A devout Devonian, he stakes a claim to the ‘original’ pasty, not the cheap Cornish counterfeits. In another hotly contested assertion, Matt also insists that it’s cream first, then jam if you want to make a proper cream tea.
The debate continues.
Ross and his beard have been producing award-winning ideas for over 3 years. Together they’ve worked at agencies like VCCP, The Marketing Store and Duval Guillaume Modem. During their exploits, they’ve created work for McDonald’s, Carlsberg, O2, Coca-Cola and 888. Teaming up with Steve, they’ve now formed a power-triple and are set on reshaping the advertising landscape. Ross can be found eating Patty & Bun or wearing their merchandise. Never both at the same time – it confuses the staff.
Through his career, Dom has worked across nearly every sector and discipline, developing strategies for a number of brilliant brands including: Bentley, Samaritans, Coca Cola, Smartwater, Powerade, Birdseye, Blue Dragon, 888.com, Diet Coke, Pizza Express, St John Ambulance, Ford, Three Mobile and Vitabiotics to name a few. Dom loves spending way too much money on food, wearing black, delivering monologues and East London. He snowboards regularly and was once left in charge of a ski lift. No one died.
Sarah joins Recipe from Australia via MTV. Over the past 10 years, she has worked across a host of sectors including the arts, government, retail and FMCG. Past clients include Queensland Ballet, Brisbane Festival, Queensland University of Technology and Virgin Australia. She has worked on partnerships with brands in the UK including MTV, Nickelodeon, Sky Media, Coca-Cola and Public Health England. Trebs has a passion for the ginger persuasion and comes as a package deal with our resident editor, Mitch, whose hair colour is a point of constant debate. (It’s ginger.)
Steven is an art director and one half of creative team ‘Stross’ (Steve & Ross). Working in advertising for 4 and half years, he’s served time with Saatchi & Saatchi and Iris Worldwide. Steven is an award winning creative working on brands from Pepsi Max to MINI. But his true favourite will always be… Brut. Yes it still exists, and yes it still smells like antiseptic.
Before advertising, Steve was a music producer and DJ, a gallery curator, events manager, builder and even a Highways Agency ‘stop-and-go’ boy.
He wasn’t allowed to have a whistle.
Zack joins us all the way from Canadia where he has been building and growing brands since the age of 18, creating his first business while studying at McGill University. Since then he’s settled right in to the planning world, working with brands like The North Face, Subway, Nestea, the Toronto Maple Leafs, VICE and more. Zack is one of many Canadians to have chased a dream of playing professional ice hockey. He is also a retired DJ.
As fortune would have it, those are two skills we’re in constant need of.
Say hello to Toby Evea. Sartorialist. Gooner. Business Development Director. Toby’s breadth of experience spans the industry from media agency to broadcaster via sales and now he’s at Recipe, using the dark arts he’s learnt along the way for the powers of good. When he’s not at the Emirates or turning his hand to culinary excellence, he’ll be hoovering up television from The Sopranos to Jeremy Kyle. While this might raise eyebrows among other professions, we think it displays a steadfast dedication to understanding our market. And that he really likes daytime TV.
Matt is Creative Director of the agency and responsible for the day-to-day creative output across all clients. Matt was previously creative lead at BMB. He has been a creative director at Grey and was a creative partner at BBH.
Throughout his career Matt has created award-winning campaigns for brands, including British Heart Foundation’s ‘Staying Alive’ featuring Vinnie Jones while at Grey London. During his time at BMB, he was responsible for high-profile work for Lucozade, Sony, and Seat, and for Audi, Vodafone, Mentos, Lynx, Surf, Johnnie Walker, and Robinsons while at BBH.
Jim started Recipe (then GuerillaVision) back in 2004 with Ed and has overseen its growth to a top 10 independent creative agency. Passionate about building businesses and relationships, Jim embodies the attitude ‘never satisfied’. At the weekend, Jim is typically found in Chiswick either teaching juniors how to play cricket, at the allotment or playing with his 3 children. Alongside his duties as Recipe MD, he’s the 2017 IPAGS Captain and was the 2016 winner of the ECB’s ‘OSCA’ – ‘Outstanding Contribution to Cricket’ award.
Anna (Gladders) is an award winning conceptual and strategic creative with a track record for crafting effective campaigns. She has worked at a number of above-the-line and through-the-line agencies for major brands including McDonald’s, Kellogg’s, Coca-Cola and Ford; creating content for TV, digital, out-of-home, in-store and beyond. She has sat on the Advertising Print Jury for the ADC*E awards in Barcelona. Anna loves all things crafty, especially lino-cutting, model-making and wire animal building. Anna hates talking about herself in the third person.
Chris (Foogs) came to Recipe as a self-shooting producer after cutting his teeth at the BBC. Following a stint directing commercials and idents for clients like GiffGaff, Scholl and Veet, he realised that directing was incredibly hard work and that being a creative was a much sweeter gig.
He now a resides as creative/word-guy and has partnered up with pictorial powerhouse Gladders, creating content for Smartwater, St John Ambulance, Ford, 888 and more. A career highlight was being trapped in a museum basement with David Attenborough during a power cut.
Dan was forging a successful career in TV at Channel 4, Sky and “the Beeb”, producing promos, news, documentary, sport and comedy when old friends Jim and Ed came knocking with the proposal of Recipe. He packed his bags and hasn’t looked back since. Dan can be found at Stamford Bridge watching his beloved Chelsea, on the golf course or occasionally a football pitch, competing desperately for amateur sporting honors. Married to a delightful girl who plies her trade at a “rival” Ad Agency, the competitiveness continues at home.
Ali began working life within the Omnicom Network as a strategist for Interbrand, Siegel & Gale and Flamingo before moving into account management for Agency Republic and Claydon Heeley. In this time, he’s worked with brands like McDonalds, Lego, Tiger Beer, Bacardi, M&S, Royal Mail and 3 Mobile as both strategist and suit. Ali joined Recipe in 2014 to run the Coca-Cola account and became business director in 2015.
Considered some of the safest hands in the agency, Ali maintains their suppleness and strength through a daily routine of rock climbing and moisturising.
Rea has been at Recipe for as long as she can remember, but before that people tell her she had an exciting journalistic career in radio and the written press.
Having run the gauntlet of account management and not only emerging unscathed but having built lasting relationships with our clients, Haji is now building the PR and comms aspects of the company.
Aside from sporting animal-prints and offering fashion consultation, Rea is also Vice Chairwoman of the British Association for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures. (Aka Elgin Marbles.)
Sammy AKA Samuel honed her prosecco drinking skills at BBH while she was working in business affairs. She moved on to manage the global Lynx account and, when she finally grew tired of the smell of adolescent males, she brought her formidable skillset to Recipe.
Here she’s managed relationships with clients ranging from Coca-Cola to Chicco and continues to build brands whether they’re start-ups or blue-chip behemoths.
When she isn’t whipping the team into shape, she’ll be snuggled up in Surrey with her pooch and a prosecco.
Oh, and her fiancé.
Outside of agency life, Sapna spends her time being a mum, studying homeopathy, making clothing and listening to Ben Lukas Boysen. She’s also a fan of flamingos.
But, if there’s an iron fist inside the agency, it sits at the end of one of Sapna’s arms.
Our financial controller’s softly spoken nature belies an accounting style that brooks no argument. If you can hear a snapping noise, it’s probably just Sapna cracking the whip.
Janice has over 20 years experience of working on PR, marketing and new business. Before Recipe, she was head of communications for Leo Burnett London, growing the agency’s business and reputation. Working with clients such as McDonald’s, Always ‘Life A Girl’, Freeview, Karma Nirvana, NSPCC, Freeview and Kellogg’s the agency was the most awarded in the world in 2015. Prior to Leo Burnett, Janice worked for D’Arcy, working on award winning campaigns for anti-drink driving, NHS and child road safety. Outside of work Janice enjoys scuba diving and ballet. Yes, simultaneously.
Ted was fresh out of university when he teamed up with his best pal Jim to form Recipe. A degree in binary code meant that in the early days, Ted handled everything technical and it’s his logical brain that makes him a great COO. He’s probably the only director of an advertising agency who’s played professional football and appeared on Teletext Final Score, even if he did go off injured after 60 seconds. Ted will be found most Saturdays running around a pitch or perfecting his drive.
Since cutting his account teeth at BlueHive, Misha (male) worked at some of London’s top ad agencies, including JWT, Dare and Isobar, before making the switch to Recipe. He’s managed a number of global accounts along the way, including HSBC, Barclays, Ford and Mazda. Besides cars and money, Misha also has experience cross-sector, working on Nestle, Huawei, Sky, Birds Eye and Energizer. When not eating fish fingers, toffee fingers or batteries, he can be found playing football for his beloved Old Meadonians. Unfortunately, MIsha is also office fire warden.