Our colleague, boss, co-founder and friend, James Wheatley, sadly passed on Friday 15th of April 2016. Always a gentleman and a deeply warm person. Honest and true to his Yorkshire origins, he was ever-ready with an easy smile and a joke up his sleeve which he would deliver with a cheeky laugh. James is greatly missed and will remain a role model for all Hiveworkers, as well as all those who knew him.

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Pierre Briffaut
Founder & CEO

Following eight years in Orange, playing various roles in sales, marketing, strategy and digital, Pierre became CEO of Orange Digital - the internal digital agency of Orange. Following a two-year spell developing the company Pierre led a management buyout to create Hiveworks, a buzzing, mid-size agency that creates great customer experiences. Outside of work Pierre enjoys playing board games with his three kids and cycling on the roads of Ile de Ré.

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Maria Pares
Operations Manager

The true internationalist, Maria is an exuberant Venezuelan living in London who’s married to a Northern Irish man. Her background is in events management, but she’s now the office manager at Hiveworks. She loves cooking all types of foods, and has lately been experimenting with the delights of spicy vegetarian cuisine. Maria is usually the centre of organising the away days and anything fun around the office. 

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Vincent Hudson
Exec Service Design Director

Since the late 90's, Vincent helped establish the experience design discipline at USWeb, one of the first global digital consultancies. He was then at DigitasLBi as Director of user experience for all projects on key accounts and led all user experience work for Cathay Pacific. Vincent brings experience from a range of industries; automotive, banking, travel, fashion, consumer electronics, pharmaceuticals, entertainment and e-commerce.

Sophie du Bouetiez de Kerorguen
Client Services Director

Sophie began her career in 2003 in Paris at AOL. In 2005 she moved to London to develop mobile strategy and campaigns for international clients such as Vauxhall, Virgin Holidays, John Lewis, Bose and Oxfam. Outside of work she has always loved travelling and discovering new places - and still continues to do so with her two children. 

Alexandre Simon
Service Design Director

Alexandre brings a wealth of experience starting out as a web developer with in Barcelona, before becoming a graphic artist for BFDG in New York.  He transitioned to interaction design with Attoma and worked at Orange as a UX designer. Prior to joining Hiveworks, Alexandre spent several years as a consultant for a range of clients; Biocartis, Tai Ping, Orange, SNCF, Schneider, EDF plus many more. 


Geoff Troth
New Business Director

Geoff brings a wealth of senior business development experience, spanning multiple marketing and creative sectors; brand innovation, digital, experiential, PR and product design. Geoff excels in building new client relationships, delivering them value for money, replacing ineffective approaches and forging long term revenue streams. He is a saviour of classic Volvos and rumoured to have an excellent singing voice. 

Yvain Granier
Senior Consultant & Client Partner

After completing a masters degree in management and strategy, Yvain started his career in Paris in the Orange Group Digital Marketing Team. He then moved to London where he actively contributed to the digital transformation of Orange, EE and T-Mobile by delivering large analytics, data and social projects. Yvain likes to think of himself as a jack-of-all-trades and counts good champagne among his weaknesses.

Marjorie Rossi
Service Design Consultant

An enthusiast of insight-driven strategic thinking, Marjorie has created solutions that drive positive change and efficiency within organisations, such as; Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Samsung Electronics and Argos. Fascinated by the power of meaningful experiences, she has improved services for agency and in-house companies within the; travel sector, consumer electronics and non-profit sectors. Originally from France, she has worked across 5 different countries in 3 languages.

Laurent Dubois
Business Analysts & Project Manager

Laurent worked for 8 years in France on digital and IT projects in both the telecoms and energy sectors (Bouygues Telecom, EDF), before joining Hiveworks in London. He ensures functional and technical requirements are well captured and that the designed solution complies with these requirements. Laurent likes to travel, run marathons and has recently celebrated becoming a proud father for the first time. 

Susanne Howells
Senior Visual Designer

After being discovered at D&AD New Blood, she joined Digitas and stayed for two years, before travelling the world covering 17 countries in seven months with her now-husband Neil. Since landing back in the UK she freelanced for a number of agencies and directly for clients including Nickelodeon and Comic Relief. Her experience spans across a variety of media and disciplines from event design to rebranding a luxury wine merchant, and she loves good design in all its forms.

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Natacha Hannothiaux
Strategic Planner

Natacha is passionate about brands and people and so it seems only logical that she became a Strategic Planner. Her previous agencies include Proximity BBDO and Ogilvy & Mather in Paris, where she worked on brands such as Nestlé and Dove. Natacha is French-Colombian-Russian, born in Martinique and who has lived in Belgium and Spain. Her favourite thing is music: she cries to Chopin and dances like a maniac to Beyoncé, but never both at the same time.


Claire Briffaut
Senior Financial Analyst

A lady who relishes a challenge, Claire has tried to reform the finances of the NHS and of hospitals in France, while working as a Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Attempting such gargantuan tasks turned her to the slightly smaller - but no less immersive - project of Hiveworks. Claire is the mum to three children, and loves baking and sewing. Claire often bakes treats for the hungry Hiveworkers - where her efforts usually last all of about five minutes!


Tristan Desplechin
Head of Business Development - France

Tristan has been a Hiveworker since its creation. He comes with a wealth of experience with previous roles including; Innovation Consultant, Marketer and Account Manager for the beauty, insurance, telecoms, food and tourism sectors. Outside of work, Tristan counts music and travel as his main passions. Thanks to his globetrotting he speaks English, Spanish, German and is learning Brazilian Portuguese to support his development in Bossa Nova!

Marina Vitale
Service Design Consultant

As ex startup co-founder, Marina is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship and sees Service Design as a way to tackle business challenges. She worked in-house for enterprises like Siemens and Technogym in her native Italy. Marina has helped clients in various industries, including healthcare, retail and business intelligence and has developed projects from Italy to Stanford, US. She speaks Italian (mainly with gestures), Spanish and English.


Rob Dow
Delivery Manager

Rob has over 15 years of wide-ranging client services and technical project management experience. Before joining Hiveworks, he has worked on market research projects and large CRM databases, before moving to manage both creative and digital teams for agencies working with the automative, media, pharmaceutical, retail, travel and telecoms industries. Rob loves travelling, exotic food, playing in a band and opening up and fixing things.


Simone Menegaldo
Visual Designer

Simone got the digital bug as a child disassembling Game Boys and since then he has been fascinated with the possibilities of creativity. He spent five years studying graphic and product design at IUAV university in Venice (a time that also saw him working part time as a pizza maker). In his spare time, he likes snowboarding in the Italian Alps, swimming, basketball, as well as reading about science and tech news.


Harry Vos
Service Design Consultant

Having immersed himself in the world of design in startups, Harry has helped clients create services that customers love. He is a champion for customers, communicating needs in innovative ways, such as film and animation. He works to make service design more agile to keep up with development teams. Harry brings experience from a broad range of sectors; teleco, energy, IT, prof. services, pharma, FMCG and consulting. Outside of work, he'll be searching for records, or making furniture from pallet wood. He hopes to one day have a shed.


Social Media Booster

Java is a very cute dog who can often be seen around the London office. She helps out with generating interest on social media, greeting our visiting clients and guarding the office against couriers. 

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