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An ideas collective. Crafting global brands with effective design.

About us — The Canopy team

The Canopy was founded in 2015 by Sarah, Dan and Marc, three lifelong friends with a passion for great design and a desire to make a difference.

Our beliefs.

We believe in design that makes a difference. In ideas that move our clients’ customers, that provoke a reaction, that challenge preconceived notions and elicit powerful responses. We tell compelling brand stories, stories of distinction, stories unique to your brand and your identity.

Who we
work with.

Our clients come to think us as part of their team, or an extension or their work family, always ready to share our experience, expertise and enthusiasm for what we do. We’re trusted by some of the biggest names in business, as well as some not-so-big names, but how we work remains the same; and that’s together.

Our awards.

Effective design and ideas are at the core of what we do. We believe in delivering effective and creative solutions to help connect people to our clients’ brands and products.

Meet
the team.

At the heart of everything we do are great people who love working with great people, and a passion for outstanding design that truly makes a difference. Meet the bold, brave, curious, considerate, distracting, disruptive, inspired, inspiring problem-solving, convention-challenging, change-affecting, opinion-shifting, never-settling, hard-grafting bunch of creative bods that make The Canopy.

Marc

Managing Partner

Marc Reeves

Marc has a wealth of marketing expertise and a passion for bold, brilliant and effective design. Marc’s career has encompassed everything from video production, to strategic planning, to product development and launch. A digital marketing expert, Marc has driven online strategy for a number of the world leaders in consumer, professional and industrial products. He co-founded The Canopy in 2015.

Sarah

Operations Partner

Sarah Morrissey

As Operations Partner, Sarah is responsible for looking after the team, overseeing studio operations and workflow, organising training and managing The Canopy’s finances and accounting. With a background in Graphic Design, Sarah has extensive knowledge and experience of the agency process from both a creative, strategic and financial perspective, and loves a project that allows her to stretch all her skill sets. Sarah co-founded The Canopy together with Marc and Dan in 2015.

Dan

Creative Partner

Dan Todd

As Creative Partner, Dan’s role is to wade through the unnecessary to deliver truly outstanding and effective design that gives you stand out over your competitors. As the creative guardian at our Winchester studio, Dan works with the Creative Director and the design team to define the creative vision and strategy for your project, bringing it to reality through a combination of daring design, creative courage and a sprinkling of love. Together with life-long friends Marc and Sarah, he co-founded The Canopy in 2015. Alongside being crowned Weymouth Disco Dancing Champion 1997, he cites this as his greatest achievement.

Brian

Non-Executive Director

Brian Mansfield

Brian’s vast experience as an agency leader, brand strategist and coach are invaluable in propelling forward both The Canopy and our clients’ businesses throughout the next exciting phase of their journeys. Brian’s previous roles have included Chairman of Taxi Studio, where he helped drive significant growth and establish their reputation as one of the UK’s most respected independent agencies. He has also been a board director of the Design Business Association (DBA), and acts as Non-Executive Director for a number of ambitious young creative agencies across the UK, helping them define their vision and scale at a manageable rate.

Andrey

Head of CGI & Visual Effects

Andrey Lebrov

Star Wars obsessive and Jedi Master of all things effects-related, Andrey is inspired by the infinite possibilities in the world, and never tires of recreating the real world on screen. Awe-inspiring computer skills aside, Andrey loves spending time with his wife Natalia, and acting as ‘Horsie’ to his daughter Mila, who he credits as his personal stress eliminator. Typical Andrey quote; “What is fun?”

Stuart

Commercial and Strategy Director

Stuart Robertson

Stuart joined us from a career in professional sports administration, where, amongst his many achievements, he became globally recognised as the creator of the hugely successful Twenty20 Cricket format. A highly experienced and successful Commercial Director, Stuart’s expertise and passions lie in the areas of strategy development, change management, customer insight and innovation. His skill set adds a deeper commercial and strategic offer to The Canopy's existing and new client base.

Steve

Creative Director

Steve Cluett

As Creative Director, Steve employs his years of expertise in brand design and strategy to plan, devise and bring to fruition the vision for your business. Steve studied at Winchester School of Art and the University of Westminster, graduating with a degree in Graphic Information Design. He has spent his career working at some of London’s top branding agencies including; Columns, Uffindell, The Partners, Superunion and Playgroup. Strategic thinking, brilliantly crafted design, a passion for typography and a meticulous attention to detail are characteristics of his approach to any project.

Mark

Creative Director CGI/ VFX

Mark Hunter

Mark ‘The’ Hunter is a vastly experienced creative director, motion designer, animator and CGI/VFX designer. A graduate of Chelsea School of Art with an MA in painting, Hunter spent many years working in London as CD for Flawless Media in Soho. He has also worked at Five by Five and as a freelance Art Director and Motion Designer, and is as reliable at producing stunning imagery as he is unreliable at carrying four pints back from the bar. A former furniture designer and skateboarder, Hunter wowed everyone with his grace on the ice rink at last years’ Christmas party. Until he didn’t.

George

Senior Designer

George Flood

George graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication design. With a true passion for creativity and an outstanding eye for design, he has honed his creative skills both in-house and in agency environments. Famed for his sartorial elegance, George owns more shirts than he’s had hot dinners, which is fewer than you might think, given that he exists entirely on a diet of Tracker bars.

Amy

Senior Client Services Manager

Amy Ford

Amy graduated from the University of Chichester with a degree in Media and has spent her whole career in creative agencies. With a keen interest in business and innovative design, Amy’s passion is building long term relationships with clients and helping create cutting-edge marketing strategies that transform businesses. The self-proclaimed clumsiest person you’ll meet, Amy is capable of spilling whatever’s in her glass (unless it’s wine). Having once portrayed a rock in her year 6 nativity, the dramatic arts’ loss is The Canopy’s (and our clients) gain.

Ben

Senior Copywriter

Ben Lewis

Firmly of the belief that two tacos is exactly half the number needed to make it through the average Tuesday, Ben pioneered two-for-two-for Tuesdays – his proudest moment. A purveyor of finely crafted copy, Ben has churned out weapons-grade wordsmithery for some of Britain’s biggest brands, including P&O Cruises, Sky TV and Now TV. A keen sportsman, he’ll try his hand at almost anything, but needs to work on his tennis. Which is rubbish.

Nick

Senior Designer

Nick Paul

He may have two first names, but Senior Designer Nick has never let that stand in the way of his creative ambitions. His initial love of fine art gradually progressed into a love for design. Something of a perfectionist, Nick’s main interest is in branding, although he also fosters a new-found interest in illustration. Nick attended Winchester School of Art and before joining The Canopy, spent two years as a freelancer working with clients such as Ancestry, BBC, Chelsea FC, Hasbro, McLaren and Tech21.

Katie

Creative Producer

Katie Hyam

‘Hyams’ hails from St Albans, Hertfordshire, but has taken to life in Winchester like a duck to water. A sports fanatic, Katie has thrown herself into every available sport and society imaginable. Having grown up surrounded by creatives (both Katie’s parents paint and her Grandad was an architect), it’s perhaps unsurprising that Katie wanted to learn every possible design-related discipline. Utilising her keen eye for detail, Katie works on delivering beautiful moving imagery and photography, ensuring our clients capture their own unique visual style.

Joe

Designer

Joe Fielding

Joe graduated from Winchester School of Art with a degree in graphic design, and a mission to produce great creative work, collaborating closely with clients to understand their aims and create work that resonates with their brand and audience. A keen gamer, Joe also adores Anime and harbours a long-held dream to visit Japan. He is inspired by unique visual and graphic arts drawn with a clear vision and purpose. As a kid, Joe loved to order cheeseburgers without the cheese or the burger. We wouldn’t have him any other way.

Rob

Photographer

Rob Luckins

Rob takes his role as chief tea-tester at The Canopy very seriously. Although rarely seen without a cuppa in hand, Rob still manages to find the time to turn out beautiful imagery inspired by photographic icons such as Mark Seliger, Art Streiber, Michael Muller, Patrick Hoelck, and Austin Hargrave. Father to two very active boys and husband to a very patient wife, Rob likes to sculpt monsters in his spare time.

Jake

Junior CGI/ VFX Artist

Jake Wallis

Despite a love of tweed and turtlenecks, Jake is not a geography teacher and in fact graduated from the University of Essex with a BA (Hons) in Digital Animation. Something of a Star Wars superfan, Jake has a self-confessed obsession with all things nerdy. When it comes to travel, Jake loves New York for its energy and immense size, although he does welcome the occasional quieter escape. Along with the support of his girlfriend, an enduring love of VFX and CGI kept Jake’s dream of breaking into the industry alive. His ultimate dream is to have his name featured in the credits of a big blockbuster.

Katie

Creative Artworker

Katie Moody

A born and bred Southampton girl, Katie stuck with her roots and graduated from Southampton Solent University with a BA in Graphic Design in 2012. Katie enjoyed working in many design environments, from smaller in-house studios designing holiday brochures (and a trip to Africa to boot), to bigger design agencies and most recently, creating the national press ads at B&Q head office. Katie is a keen illustrator and spends far too much time on Instagram, but also enjoys baking, blogging, pilates and yoga.

Jenny

Project Manager

Jenny Almeroth

Jenny has worked in creative agencies for the past 10 years since leaving University, covering a variety of projects from shoot production for a Jimmy Choo SS campaign in a freezing New York, to the branding and marketing materials for The Leadenhall Building in her old homestead, London. Weekends are now spent at her allotment trying to keep the fruit and veg alive and being a human climbing frame and bouncy castle to toddler Margot.

Rich

CGI VFX Artist

Rich Fry

Rich graduated from the University of Hertfordshire with a degree in Visual Effects for Film and Television. He has gained extensive experience, first as a 3D Generalist at nineteentwenty in Bristol, followed by time at Industrial Light and Magic in Soho and Electric Theatre Collective. As is compulsory for any VFX guru at The Canopy, Rich is a huge Star Wars fan, and is also inspired by the movies of Christopher Nolan and David Fincher. When he’s not creating beautifully imagined visuals, he enjoys hiking, live music and photography.

Alice

Studio Manager

Alice Mew

Alice studied Media Culture & Production at Southampton Solent University and worked in TV production in London, followed by three years at a creative agency in sunny Sydney. However, the lure of a wet winter in Winchester proved too much to resist. Alice isn’t afraid to Articulate her love of board games, and her proudest achievement so far is being upgraded from writing with pencils to pens in primary school, something we’re shortly hoping to do at The Canopy. A big foodie, she’s particularly partial to a cheeseboard with a side of cabanossi.
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