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Dan Saxby

Managing Director

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Before founding The Elephant Room, Dan had an international career over 14 years with iris. He was responsible for growing the iris network across APAC and Europe before leading iris London as CEO for 6 years. Dan's core clients over that time were Samsung, Adidas, Diageo, MINI, Barclaycard and Wickes.

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Katy Sumption

Creative Director

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Katy spent her formative years at iris London, Engine’s digital agency Jam and has also had stints at Brave and Poke. Creating campaigns both on a global and local scale, Katy has led clients such as Sky, Unilever, Shell, Amazon Fashion, Wickes and Britvic. She is now one of the very few female directors pioneering through advertising and championing a new wave of talent.

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Will De Groot

Cultural Strategist

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Will leads the strategic understanding of culture at The Elephant Room. He has experience deploying a range of qualitative research methodologies to unearth emergent cultural shifts and attitudes. Will started his career as a strategist before moving to Flamingo delivering Global insights for brands including Adidas, and Diageo. An accomplished writer on the subject of men, Will is a signed author currently working on a non-fiction submission on the topic of modern masculinity and male identity.

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Shannie Mears

Chief Talent Officer

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Shannie is a born entrepreneur. Her given ability to build, connect and develop relationships with young people from the wider creative industries drives The Elephant Room’s talent network beyond any traditional agency’s reach. She is also the brand manager for underground video publication GUAP magazine, runs her own events for young millennial women and an ambassador for Girls Talk London. In 2017, Shannie was chosen by SheSays as one of the nine 'I AM REINDEER’ women disrupting the creative industry.

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Chris Grimwood

Client Director

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Chris has worked with Dan since 2007 where he started in the iris Singapore office. After moving back to London, Chris went on to lead multi-disciplined accounts on Sony Mobile, Shell and Samsung. An advocate of bringing agency client teams closer together and ensuring that no matter what the task or problem every client feels part of the creative solution. Chris is the ultimate new breed of suit.

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Hannah Mearns

Strategy Director

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Hannah and Dan met when she created the Experience Planning team at iris. Over her career, Hannah has had senior planning, experience and digital strategy roles at agencies such as iris, Dare and Tribal.
Over that time, Hannah has led clients such as Sony Mobile, adidas, Sainsbury’s, Barclays Volkswagen and Unilever brands. Hannah is a mum and still finds time to pursue her passion as a writer.

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Dan Saxby

Managing Director

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Before founding The Elephant Room, Dan had an international career over 14 years with iris. He was responsible for growing the iris network across APAC and Europe before leading iris London as CEO for 6 years. Dan's core clients over that time were Samsung, Adidas, Diageo, MINI, Barclaycard and Wickes.

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Katy Sumption

Creative Director

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Katy spent her formative years at iris London, Engine’s digital agency Jam and has also had stints at Brave and Poke. Creating campaigns both on a global and local scale, Katy has led clients such as Sky, Unilever, Shell, Amazon Fashion, Wickes and Britvic. She is now one of the very few female directors pioneering through advertising and championing a new wave of talent.

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Will De Groot

Cultural Strategist

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Will leads the strategic understanding of culture at The Elephant Room. He has experience deploying a range of qualitative research methodologies to unearth emergent cultural shifts and attitudes. Will started his career as a strategist before moving to Flamingo delivering Global insights for brands including Adidas, and Diageo. An accomplished writer on the subject of men, Will is a signed author currently working on a non-fiction submission on the topic of modern masculinity and male identity.

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Shannie Mears

Chief Talent Officer

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Shannie is a born entrepreneur. Her given ability to build, connect and develop relationships with young people from the wider creative industries drives The Elephant Room’s talent network beyond any traditional agency’s reach. She is also the brand manager for underground video publication GUAP magazine, runs her own events for young millennial women and an ambassador for Girls Talk London. In 2017, Shannie was chosen by SheSays as one of the nine 'I AM REINDEER’ women disrupting the creative industry.

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Chris Grimwood

Client Director

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Chris has worked with Dan since 2007 where he started in the iris Singapore office. After moving back to London, Chris went on to lead multi-disciplined accounts on Sony Mobile, Shell and Samsung. An advocate of bringing agency client teams closer together and ensuring that no matter what the task or problem every client feels part of the creative solution. Chris is the ultimate new breed of suit.

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Hannah Mearns

Startegy Director

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Hannah and Dan met when she created the Experience Planning team at iris. Over her career, Hannah has had senior planning, experience and digital strategy roles at agencies such as iris, Dare and Tribal.
Over that time, Hannah has led clients such as Sony Mobile, adidas, Sainsbury’s, Barclays Volkswagen and Unilever brands.
Hannah is a mum and still finds time to pursue her passion as a writer.

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2 Spare Street
Elephant and Castle
London SE17 3EP

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The Elephant Room HQ.
Hotel Elephant
2 Spare Street
Elephant and Castle
London SE17 3EP

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The Elephant Room HQ.
Hotel Elephant
2 Spare Street
Elephant and Castle
London SE17 3EP

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The Elephant Room HQ.
Hotel Elephant
2 Spare Street
Elephant and Castle
London SE17 3EP

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