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The Talent Business Set to Host Two Workshops at D&AD Festival


Clare Donald, Ben Middleton, Stu Outhwaite and more to present in London this week

The Talent Business Set to Host Two Workshops at D&AD Festival

The Talent Business is hosting two workshops for creatives:  one for aspiring creative leaders about developing resilience in an ever-changing industry and a second to help those hoping to break into the creative industry. 

Guest speakers include Ben Middleton and Stu Outhwaite – Co-Founders and CCO’s, Creature London and Clare Donald – Chief Production Officer, Ogilvy London.

The workshops are:


How to not, not get a job as a creative

Wednesday 25th April

D&AD Festival, Old Truman Brewery -  Pitch Futures

Time: 4.15pm - 5.15pm


As a young creative, sometimes it’s hard to make sense of the best way to break down the door. It’s hard to know what to do now, and how to be ready for what’s next. Join Stu Outhwaite-Noel and The Talent Business to find out the best way of getting your foot in the door, and what might come next in your creative career. There will be tips on how to stand out in your agency, how to build up your own brand, as well as your portfolio, and advice on the potential directions that your careers can now take in 2018 and beyond. We will be sharing stories, offering advice, and taking your questions on the things you can do to make genuine progression.



Stu Outhwaite-Noel - Creative Partner, Creature London

Anna Green – Partner, The Talent Business

Will Knox – Partner, The Talent Business


Stu Outhwaite-Noel

After leaving college, where he met Ben Middleton (Creature’s other Creative Partner ), he went to Mother on a Creative Placement. They offered the pair of them a job, and there they stayed for the next ten years, rising to the heady ranks of Creative Directors. Stu then left Mother to start up Creature with Ben, Dan Shute and Ed Warren, working on clients including Adidas, Tetley, Anchor and Gatwick Airport. On top of his day job at Creature, Stu is responsible for ensuring a steady flow of the best creative talent keeps coming through the doors at Creature, working closely with D&AD new blood and all the top creative colleges in the UK and across the world: if there’s a cracking young team out there, they’re either working at creature, or talking to Stu about when they will be.


Anna Green

Anna is a Partner at The Talent Business and looks after mid-weight and senior talent. This year she is running Cream, The Talent Business’ emerging talent platform, and private view which has been running nearly 20 years. Anna is passionate about creativity and helping grow the careers of the industry’s rising stars.


Will Knox

Will is a Partner at The Talent Business, where he manages senior and Creative Director roles across the UK and Europe. Previous to joining The Talent Business, Will had worked as a musician, but when the major labels failed to knock down his door, he decided to help other creative people progress in their careers. Will has also helped run and oversee Cream, The Talent Business’ emerging talent platform, and private-view.



“Under Pressure” -  A masterclass in developing resilience for aspiring creative leaders

Thursday 26th April

D&AD Festival, Old Truman Brewery – The Tool Box Stage

Time : 2pm – 3pm


Dealing with setbacks, rejection, constant change and endless deadlines – are all part of daily life in dynamic creative businesses, but it can make them volatile and stressful places to work.  However, what’s important is not what happens to us but how we respond to it.  Join creative leaders Ben Middleton (CCO & Founder, Creature) and Clare Donald (Chief Production Officer, Ogilvy) with The Talent Business for a practical and engaging session on how to survive the inevitable pressure at the top of successful creative organisations.  For ambitious creatives, this aims to give you tips, guidance and real insights for building the resilience to thrive on your way up the ladder.



Tanya Livesey, Global Head of Creative for The Talent Business

Katriona Fraser, Managing Partner The Talent Business

Ben Middleton, Chief Creative Officer & Founder of Creature

Clare Donald, Chief Production Officer Ogilvy & Mather


Tanya Livesey

Tanya is Global Head of Creative for The Talent Business, the world leader in executive search for creative businesses, for which she advises the industry's most celebrated CCO’s and ECD’s on their career strategy.  She’s also a qualified Leadership Coach who develops the leaders of high profile creative businesses.

Tanya started her career as a business director, working at some of the most highly-regarded creative agencies in London, including Lowe Howard-Spink, HHCL& Partners and RKCR/Y&R.  During this time, she worked closely with some of the most talented creatives in the industry, producing famous campaigns for Stella Artois, Pot Noodle and M&S.

Since joining The Talent Business in 2007, she has helped to build an unparalleled global creative offering, spanning their offices in London, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore, Shanghai, Dubai and Sao Paulo.  Tanya is a regular writer for Creative Review, a jury member for British Arrows 2017, and an avid collector of contemporary art.


Katriona Fraser

Kat is a Managing Partner at The Talent Business – overseeing the London creative team and managing senior and creative leadership roles across the UK and Europe.  

Following several years working in London's ad agencies, armed with a passion for people and a deep-rooted love of great creative work, Kat joined The Talent Business in 2007 with the remit to uncover the very best progressive, creative talent globally.  She now runs London's unparalleled, creative practice, where she identifies the next generation of game-changing creative leaders for agencies and brand owners who recognise just how critical creativity and innovation are to achieving commercial success.


Ben Middleton

Many moons ago Ben met his work wife Stu at Bucks Ad school. Shortly after they started at Mother, where they spent a decade, working hard and winning awards on pretty much every client in the building, before ripping the agency’s creative heart out in 2011 by leaving to set up Creature.  Since then he's been on an excitingly steep learning curve, making as many mistakes as possible as quickly as he can. Needless to say he's nailing the cock-ups and in the process has built one of the most exciting creative businesses in London


Clare Donald

Clare was appointed Chief Production Officer at Ogilvy & Mather London, in June 2016 as the fourth member of a new management team.

Her career path has been unconventional. Upon graduating from Cambridge, she started as a runner in a commercials production company. She was producing within 3 years and was soon awarded a series of accolades producing for various award-winning directors on shoots around the world.

Clare then moved into feature film development and production for a couple of years, and upon her return to advertising transferred to agency production - at Mother, JWT and AMV/BBDO. During her time at JWT as Deputy Head of TV she became the 6th most awarded producer in the world.

In 2010, she became Head of Operations at Havas London managing digital, print and moving image production. Three years later in 2013, she was approached by Google and departed AdLand to become Head of Operations at Google Creative Lab. She interacted with some of the most cutting-edge developments in technology and design over her 3 ½ year tenure, and then became CPO at Ogilvy & Mather London – the Group’s first worldwide.

In 2017, Ogilvy London was at the top of Campaign’s new-business league table and short-listed as Agency of the Year for the first time in 20 years.

Clare is a board member of the British Arrows, and is on the development board of charity 'Working Chance', which helps find employment opportunities for women who are care leavers or who have criminal convictions.  She is also one of the leaders of an initiative called AdGreen with the aim of introducing an advisory body for all advertising production in 2018.

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The Talent Business, Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:32:03 GMT