We solve business issues with world-class creativity.
We are built for the fast-moving world of our clients:
a unique mix of thinkers, designers,
developers and filmmakers.
We offer expert advice and award-winning creativity
across Brand, Investor Communications,
Employee Engagement and Sustainability.
We bring a global, creative perspective
to communications challenges.
Some people to know
Annie BissetDirector, Annual Reports/IR
Annie has over 20 years experience in advising companies on their communications programmes – internally and externally. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant and financial reporting specialist.
Dan BudgenClient Services Director
Dan is a client services professional with over 12 years’ experience in corporate communications. His clients have varied from global corporations to small-caps and charities.
Richard CarpenterChief Executive Officer
Richard leads MerchantCantos as well as working with blue-chip clients on communications challenges across the spectrum from investor communications to branding and employee engagement. A business journalist by training, Richard is a published authority on corporate communications.
Akim CarterClient Adviser & Senior Producer
Akim is an expert in financial communications, executive interviews, deals and IPOs. He has advised on, and produced, a wide range of projects from investor documentaries to animation.
Wendy ChoyAccount Director, Hong Kong
Wendy advises on global and Asian-regional communications for corporate, financial services and consumer brands. Her work around brand, digital as well as IPO & M&A communications has helped clients connect and engage with their critical audiences effectively.
Jarrad leads MerchantCantos’ creative studio and is responsible for our creative output. He focuses particularly on our work in print, digital design and brand.
Leonie DixonDirector, Project & Planning, New York
Leonie is experienced in the management of complex communications projects and campaigns. Her expertise covers employee engagement, digital, branding, advertising, corporate reporting, and sustainability. She is also responsible for the development and management of the Account Management team in New York.
Barry DunneDirector, Dubai
Dubai, MerchantCantos’ first office outside London, is led by Barry Dunne. Barry works across a wide range of communications disciplines, specialising particularly in investor communications and employee engagement. Barry is a member of the Middle East IR Association.
Patrick EastwoodPartner, Hong Kong
Patrick heads MerchantCantos’ Asian operations from our Hong Kong office. He is client lead and adviser to many of the region’s biggest businesses.
Hannah GriffithsSustainability Adviser
Hannah has over a decade’s experience in sustainability communications. She advises clients on a variety of needs, including strategy, engagement and materiality, and reporting; and works hand-in-hand with the creative team to produce insight-led solutions for the issues that matter most.
Philipp GutmannDirector, Berlin
Philipp heads up our new office in Berlin. An advertising and communications specialist, he brings over 10 years of integrated client-side and agency, advertising and marketing experience and has worked across both Europe and Asia.
Steve HicksonCreative Director
Steve directs our team of designers in London, providing inspiration and creative oversight. He helps clients cut through the noise and maximise the impact of their business messaging using engaging, beautifully simple design.
Mae HillawiSenior Account Manager, Dubai
Mae is client services professional. Her particular expertise covers corporate communication (internal & external) and a diverse range of projects including employee engagement campaigns, branding, corporate reporting and digital.
John HopkinsDirector, San Francisco
John has recently made the journey cross-country from the East Coast to head up our San Francisco office. John is experienced across sectors and specialises particularly in technology, financial services and consumer goods.
Bill KrarupDirector, Investor Communications
Bill brings over 25 years’ experience to his role as Director, Investor Communications at MerchantCantos, where he oversees complex projects, both in print and online, and advises on best practice in corporate reporting.
Barnaby LoganExecutive Producer
Barnaby leads both standalone film projects and the film element of integrated campaigns, providing senior leadership at every stage.
Toby runs the film and webcasting side of the business and is involved with the general management and strategic direction of the firm. Toby joined as Managing Director in September 2011.
Hannah MablyExecutive Producer
Hannah has extensive experience in developing and producing original creative film content and integrated campaigns for global brands, corporates, charities, government and media agencies. Her work has won 50+ industry awards for creativity and effectiveness.
Tim oversees the film team’s creative output. His work has picked up more than 40 industry awards. Specialisms include employee engagement, brand films and executive interviews.
MerchantCantos’ digital team is headed by James McCobb. James has over 20 years’ global communications experience on both agency and client-side advising on digital transformation and communication.
Keelin has stewarded almost every part of MerchantCantos since joining in 1989 and is now responsible for keeping MerchantCantos a well-oiled machine, overseeing operations, HR, project management and print production.
Phil MorleyDirector, Employee Engagement
Phil helps clients develop and deliver compelling and effective employee engagement communications and campaigns. Phil has worked in creative communication roles for nearly 30 years, holding senior roles on both client and agency sides in the UK, Italy and Hong Kong.
Sonal R. PatelExecutive Producer
As Executive Producer, Sonal leads film projects, and the film element of integrated campaigns, providing senior leadership at every stage.
Ian RoeDirector, Sustainability
Ian heads our Sustainability offer, advising a wide range of clients across different sectors. He has extensive experience delivering, reporting and advising on sustainable change and reputation management issues for global businesses.
Guy RushClient Adviser, San Francisco
Guy leads creative teams from the West Coast, advising some of the world’s leading brands and organizations on a wide range of communication issues, from IPOs & M&A to longer-term brand, reputation and employee campaigns.
Rick SellersDirector, Digital Strategy
Rick develops creative digital strategies for a wide range of clients. Recent work includes award-winning corporate websites, intranets, crisis apps and deal sites.
Matt works closely with MerchantCantos’ Partners to ensure the highest standards of client delivery and creative integrity. Matt brings over 25 years’ experience in the communications industry with a particular focus on strategic communications, marketing and brand.
Jeff SindonePartner, New York
Jeff has led MerchantCantos’ North American operations and our New York office since joining MerchantCantos in 2013. Jeff has been working with global companies to address their complex communications and business challenges for over 20 years.
Kate StarkDirector, Brand Strategy
Kate has been advising leading global brands for over 9 years. Working closely with our Design, Digital and Film teams, she applies strategic rigour and creativity to help clients solve complex brand issues.
Anna TugetamBrand Adviser
As Brand Adviser, Anna's expertise lies in brand strategy development, brand architecture, brand employee engagement, and service proposition development.
James WilliamsonSenior Producer & Client Adviser
James is a highly experienced Senior Producer who specialises in the delivery of executive interviews as well as rich media solutions and creating programming for banks and professional service firms.