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Luke is DRUM’s Managing Director. Former client marketer and perennially frustrated planner, our Managing Director is responsible for setting the focus and direction for Drum. This includes overseeing Drum’s business strategy, growth plans and bringing a client side point of view to the table when developing our creative and strategic solutions for the brands that we work with. Fortunately for Drummers, this does not include setting the office music policy – no one should be expected to listen to ‘house music curios’ eight hours a day. Aside from the aforementioned passion for music, Luke loves low brow/high impact superhero movies and cycling but not at the same time.
DEPUTY MANAGING DIRECTOR
Andy has been at Drum for almost five years having previously worked as Head of Investment at PHD UK. At Drum, apart from helping to develop the business, he is responsible for educating his young, energetic and creative colleagues about the world before 1990.
Andy loves hitting golf balls, playing piano and sometimes even spending time with his family. This can involve watching his eldest son spar in the ring as he trains for his next fight as a Pro Boxer, or helping plan his youngest son’s world domination as Tooting’s first rap-star-footballer. He can also be found reassuring members of the public that his dog is in fact extremely friendly and loves nothing more than a bit of attention.
EXECUTIVE STRATEGY DIRECTOR
James is a strategist who has done everything but make (traditional) ads in a career spanning media agencies, creative shops and media owners. He’s responsible for the strategic output of DRUM’s work and making sure we create things with real purpose for brands and cultural value for their audience. Despite his best efforts he hasn’t yet managed to convince any clients to commission the film that combines his loves – a historical drama set over one crucial day of the Ashes test match that culminates in a massive rave.
Head of Brand & Communication
As Head of Brand & CommunicationAs Head of Brand & Communication Natasha is responsible for redefining, invigorating and representing the Drum brand. This includes all marketing, PR and brand communication from an internal and external perspective. When she’s not representing DRUM she’s representing girl power - she’s a mum of three girls and run’s DRUM’s Frank You well-being initiative for women (and now men), which alternates every month between industry experts coming in and giving talks about their leadership journey to running workshops that cover everything from hypnotherapy, HIIT training, yoga & mediation, nutrition, mentoring and life coaching. As a trained hypnotherapist in her spare time so is the Co-Founder of House of Wellbeing, a hypnotherapy platform which helps businesses to change the thinking patterns and behaviours of their employees - enabling them to have a better, stronger and healthier work force.
EXECUTIVE HEAD OF PRODUCTION, PARTNERSHIPS AND TALENT
Andy oversees all of Drum's internal and external production and partnerships offering. It's all about making the best work possible. He leads from the front and loves a challenge.
HEAD OF CLIENT SERVICES
As an ex client herself, Ruth moved across to the agency world three years ago to head up the Client Services team at Drum. Ruth’s mission at work is to ensure her clients are always kept happy which comes easily for her as she lives by the motto ‘desire the happiness of others’. This, combined with her passion for music (of any kind but mainly house), clothes and socialising, ensures her clients are not only happy, but well entertained with a good lunch.
Ruth loves having fun, needs lots of coffee and looks forward to seeing pink skies (as the sunny days always follow).
And like Lego Batman, Ruth only works in black or very, very dark grey.
Monica is Drum’s Commercial Director. Being a trained chartered accountant with a penchant for fashion, she combines left and right brain to great effect in aligning commercial solutions to client/project objectives with a focus on shared success. Monica also has responsibility for Drum’s Learning & Development ensuring our people have the right platform to hone skills and develop their craft, which all contributes to a vibrant Drum culture and informs our product innovation.
If she hasn’t got her head in a Vogue or is making Strictly shapes on the dance floor with her eight year daughter, you'll probably find her supping at the latest Time Out eaterie trying not to drip a chilli sauce down her new top.
Fran is an Account Director in the Client Services team at Drum. With an eye for detail, Fran loves to organise, plan and make lists! When not indulging these tendencies, Fran loves baking, long country walks and gallons of tea.
Assistant Management Accountant
Sophie is Drum’s Assistant Management Accountant. Originally a Londoner, having spent 18 years pretending to be an Australian, she finds herself back in the big smoke unsure whether to say data or ‘dar-tah’, and how often people misconstrue her use of the phrase ‘bloody ripper’. Some of her favourite things include: watercolours, shower beers and D&B raves.
Typical accountant stuff.
Margherita (also known as Mad Mags) has a background in cars and phones, working on Toyota for almost 5 years and helping Huawei push past Apple to become no 2 smartphone provider in Europe.
When not at work she is either trading black truffles (her side hustle), or is on holiday.
Senior Account Manager
At Drum Samira works as a Senior Account Manager on the client services team keeping the clients wants and needs in mind to drive the projects. Samira loves to travel, get outdoors and try new sports; the more adrenaline-fuelled the better. She is obsessed with gyoza and so need to book a trip to Japan to eat my way through the country.
Alex is an Account Manager at drum, with a background in integrated brand campaigns, she joined us last year having spent 3.5 years managing the Samsung brand and product account. Alex loves an adventure, and outside of work you will find her hiking up a mountain or planning her next trip (which almost always must include diving).
Ivo Garland is one of the Social Designers.Ivo cut his teeth working on the commercial set floor as a runner before making his way up as a freelance videographer, editor, and animator. He produced work for clients like Shell, Coco-Cola, Mercedes, and Puma, making a name for himself shooting and designing cinemagraphs before landing a position in the DRUM Design team. He's an avid photographer and filmmaker, having been nominated for a Channel 4 Random Acts commission straight out of university. He recently won the Adobe Judges Prize for his work at last years Creative Jam session.
Laura is the creative other half of Elliott. The two started their career at Leo Burnett where they won “Best young team” at Cannes Lions two years running.
They both have an inherent interest in giving back, in both their work and in helping other people get into the creative industries.
Aside from making adverts she’s also hand modelled in a few!
In her spare time Laura makes her own cards (in a pledge never to buy one again), likes travelling and funny work out groups like clubbercise.
You can find me hiking, travelling, and drinking beer on the beach. I am fascinated by advertising and the work that goes behind it.
Elliott likes to make things and solve problems. He particularly likes to makes things that solve problems.
In his first year in the industry, he was awarded 'Best Young Creative in the UK' by Cannes Lions . (A title he and his partner Laura were nominated for the following year).
In his spare time, Elliott prioritises mentoring, Gymnastic Strength Training and obstacle course racing.
Senior Account Manager
Laura is a Senior Account Manager on the Client Services Team at Drum, with a background in Media buying having spent 3 years working across the L’Oréal account. She previously owned a green card, and spent some time in America before joining the world of Advertising in London. Interests outside of work include running (after regrettably signing up to a half marathon), music, travelling, pizza and prosecco.
Amateur ballerina, dog whisperer and airport enthusiast, constantly unbalanced due to a disproportionately sized head. Expert on Costco food samples. Easily confused. Dislikes mermaids. Face planted while eating a yum yum once, low point in life. Managed to wrangle Best in Advertising at Central Saint Martins. Mad.
Charles is Drum’s Financial Controller which means he gets called things like “mean” and “strict”. When he isn’t telling Drummers that they can’t just have a party at a trampoline park he enjoys travel, food and eating while travelling. He also likes working out how things work so spends his weekends trying to reinvent the wheel. Or reupholster a sofa. Or make cheese
Director of Technology
Oli Thurtle is chief geek at Drum. Working in the production team as Director of Technology, he looks after all Drums Digital, Tech and Social output- with a keen interest in Data.
He has got an unhealthy relationship with computers and soldering irons.
When he’s not at work, his passion for making things continues. He’ll build anything from full scale arcade cabinets to robotic animals.
Video games, Cycling, Skiing and Drum and Bass take up his time when he’s not fiddling with electronics.
Sarah joined Drum from Virgin Media where she worked in the Sponsorship team looking after V Festival, EGX and Ideal Home Show. Bringing a wealth of experience and a can-do attitude, Sarah oversees one of our biggest accounts. With her fiancé hailing from Down Under, expect your Instagram feed to be regularly spammed with beautiful, holiday beach shots or when she’s at home, photos of her dog Oscar (Dela Hoya).
Fiona is the longest serving member of Drum and looks after the team. Away from the office, Fiona is mum to two teenagers, who have expanded her musical ‘appreciation’, though she’ll always be a fan of cheesy 80’s songs over grime! She is a keen gardener and fair-weather golfer, who also enjoys traveling and drinking red wine, and it is her ambition to learn Spanish when she can find the time.
Lee is a passionate, enthusiastic and resourceful Senior Designer who has made his name at Drum as a social media maestro, working on a huge variety of projects and brands and using his experience from his art & design background through to graphic design and marketing. He has had to take on many ideas and executions including art direction, branding, graphic design, illustration, digital, photography, film, motion graphics and stop-motion. Helping brands stay in contact and interact with fans and followers with positive, informative and entertaining content while always chasing those all important likes, comments and shares.
Fuelled on coffee and orange squash, his interests haven’t changed through the years, only intensified. Film and games have always been an important part of his visual education, as well as art and photography. The desire to think of something and then to create that idea, drives him in his work and play, be that a short film or a Sunday lunch.
HEAD OF DESIGN
As head of design at Drum, it’s Mike’s job (and passion) to guide, develop and enhance the visual aesthetic of briefs from concept to delivery, across the agency. Mike heads up a team of talented art directors, designers, illustrators, photographers and animators, working on campaigns for the likes of PlayStation, McDonald’s, Hasbro and Virgin Holidays to name a few. As one of the token agency antipodeans, Mike has called London home for the last 10 years, but still insists on calling sweets lollies, yoghurt yo-ghurt and says the words aquatic and data a bit funny. He may or may not have a pet kangaroo back home. Outside of work Mike is a sponge for anything visual, enjoying print-making, street art, modern art and film. He’s partial to a good craft beer in his free time (which no longer exists now he’s father to a two year old).
Jess is an organiser, connector, sorter and planner with underlying creative and eccentric tones. Orchestrating projects from start to finish, bringing in the right talent at the right time and ensuring client’s needs are met is her role. Communication psychology has always fascinated her and she adores being surrounded by strategists and creatives of every type, in and out of work. Eclectic is a kind word for her cultural tastes and although she strives to embrace the detox/gym world, good food and cocktails will always take priority.
Born and bred in London, Barty has been working in branded content for 10 years. When not at work he can be most often found on a tennis court, a snowboard, or on an everlasting quest for the world’s finest pizza.
HEAD OF COMMERCIAL PARTNERSHIPS
John is Drum’s Head of Commercial Partnerships concerned with distributing the content the wider agency makes to wherever our audience might consume it. John’s claim to fame at Drum is that he has the longest commute each day but all made better by his magnificent “man cave” and the menagerie of horses (six) and dogs (four) to welcome him home after a long day. Country life has blessed John with a unique juxtaposition from the London media life and horse manure in equal measure.
His absolute passion is all things sport, especially football. He can be found in front of Sky Sports most weekends and made a trip to Toulouse to watch Euro 2016 last year. John plays golf to a handicap of eight and is also the labour and transport (Groom) for his wife, Maria, who is the current British Indoor Driving Champion with her Shetland Pony, Pot’oss.
Andrew is a junior creative at Drum with a background in film, copywriting and art. He’s also a dab hand at writing personal bios for websites. They usually start with a personal fact; that he is obsessed with the film Jaws for example. You may then go on to learn that in his spare time he practices calligraphy, hand lettering and sign painting. His bios can take unexpected turns and bring up outdoor activities like rock climbing, cycling and hiking, all of which he enjoys. They are generally easy to read, but he has a tendency to get a bit sesquipedalian in the last sentence.
Kelly is an Account Director at Drum. She has built her career as a marketer over the past 10 years and her background is deeply routed in music and culture.
Her career highlight was meeting Pharrell Williams and he told her she had awesome hair.
She drinks too much Red Bull.
She collects Nikes and Vans and has a dedicated ‘shoe room’.
She love Lobsters and even has one as a tattoo .
Some of Kelly's favourite music includes Punk, Hip Hop and House Music.
At weekends Kelly spends her time racing BMX or designing clothes for her own fashion brand.
Heralding from parts unknown, just West of Hertford, Lee is a massive wrestling fan who runs his own You Tube channel on all things sports entertainment. He’s also a singer in a rock band, who has been very fortunate to headline shows at great venues such as HMV Forum and Electric Ballroom over the years. Loving gaming, Netflix, karaoke and laughing; expect to hear a Santa-esque bellow when you come to visit him.
Tamarin's originally from Cape Town but deserted her life in the sun and has been living in Clerkenwell for the past few years. She's worked mainly in large creative agencies, loves being client facing and never turns down a challenge. When not working she's enjoying London or setting off on rather ambitious adventures with her husband - having been to 21 countries in the past two years alone. She (tries) to keep fit with yoga and running; and finds cooking programmes relax her. Chocolate is her biggest weakness and she'd substitute pretty much any meal for it.
Laura is Production Director at Drum. Her role is to manage the day-to-day running of the Production and Talent team, who bring Drum’s creative ideas to life, working alongside the most innovative partners and talent. Outside of work she can often be found in Homebase buying tools she doesn’t know how to use, or braving the roads of North London in an attempt to enjoy cycling. She loves travelling to far flung places (or anywhere by the sea) and talks about her cats too much.
Claire is one of DRUM’s Creative Directors. Having spent 12 years working in ATL and digital agencies in London, where she won a number of awards including a D&AD pencil and Cannes Lion. Outside of work Claire's passion for dance music and the lack of female representation in this industry led her to set up a club night championing female talent. She now DJs in a double act – Les Petits Oiseaux – and dabbles in writing and producing tracks. Claire also helps run a charitable clothes swapping enterprise, The Clothes Club, that promotes more socially conscious clothes habits and raises money for good causes.
HEAD OF STRATEGY
Suneil is Drum’s resident beer, food and Peckham obsessive. As a planner, you’re just as likely to find him elbows deep in reams of data as down the local greasy spoon eavesdropping on the unsuspecting public. When he’s not Drumming, you’ll find him either drinking or brewing beer, experimenting with obscure Middle Eastern spices in the kitchen, or desperately searching for someone that’ll take him to Anfield. If you’re unlucky then he’ll also bore you with the finer details of home renovation, having recently completed his first big project.
Phil works in the production team at DRUM producing content from brief to delivery working alongside the Client Services, Creative and Strategy teams. He has experience creating content for brands, broadcasters and publishers producing live football, music and entertainment shows, documentaries, podcasts, commercials and record breaking YouTube videos and then there was that thing with The STIG but that’s for another time.
CONTENT EXPERIENCE DIRECTOR
Ben sits between strategists and creatives to ensure that we’re considering all the psychological, environmental and technological factors that make up the moment in which our content is experienced. Any day of the week might start by searching through academic papers on tribal group dynamics, followed by an afternoon monitoring emotional responses to a man in a peanut costume. Out of the office, he could be found in a mosh pit, watching Man United, playing a number of musical instruments (badly) or just geeking out on anything from computer games to astrophysics.