Team

Laura Oliphant

Laura Oliphant

Founder and Managing Director

Laura Oliphant

Laura Oliphant She/Her

What I do at Stand:
I guide our direction and growth. This requires me to keep one step ahead of clients, competitors and the market. Day-to-day I bring ideas and a vision to our thinking, ensuring we deliver on our commitment to build brands that believe in better.

What I stand for:
Communications changes the way people think, feel and act. It should – and can – be used for good. Tackling the big challenges our society faces not only requires us to show people the power of positive change – we also need to bring them along on the journey.

My standout moment:
I’ve spent my career creating campaigns that change people’s lives. From health and finance to school meals, there’s no issue I haven’t tackled. I’ve seen first-hand what fairer access to services and opportunities looks like. The standout moment is seeing each life we touch change for the better.

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Georgie Howlett

Georgie Howlett

Director

Georgie Howlett

Georgie Howlett She/Her

What I do at Stand:

As a Director at Stand I support Laura with the running of the business, ensuring we’re doing our best work and living by our values. I deliver strategic comms work for our clients, ranging from audience insight, to positioning workshops, to behaviour change comms strategy. 

What I stand for:

I thrive on working with complex problems, drawing on insight, behavioural psychology and systems thinking to bring about change. My experience spans education, health and the environment, and I have worked with the likes of National Trust, RSPCA, WRAP, Youth Music, Tommy’s, Big Change and B Corporations like Ella’s Kitchen.

My standout moment:

Some of my proudest moments have come from anecdotes of how our work has helped – this matters just as much as the statistics. I enjoy working iteratively, so when a series of pilot waste and recycling initiatives for a county council yielded clear results, with one pilot reducing contamination rates by 11%, it was incredibly satisfying and shaped how the project was scaled.

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Grace French

Grace French

Associate Director and Head of Culture

Grace French

Grace French She/Her

What I do at Stand:

I am lucky enough to have a dual role. As an Associate Director, I harness my background in psychology to develop comms strategies driven by behaviour change, for corporates and not-for-profits. As Head of Culture, I oversee our co-created culture strategy, ensuring Stand is a great place to work.

What I stand for:

Everyone has the power to make ‘better’ a reality – something I strive to achieve in my work. Across years of campaigning for overlooked groups of different ages, abilities and backgrounds, I know from experience that the first step to making change is to start conversations that should already be happening.

My standout moment:

Championing the social care sector during the pandemic will always be a humbling experience. By counterbalancing relentless negativity and shining a light on the amazing things happening behind closed doors, at a time of unmatched pressures for the sector, we tangibly increased respect for carers and reassured a concerned nation.

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Mey Tang

Mey Tang

Office & Operations Manager

Mey Tang

Mey Tang She/Her

What I do at Stand:

I make sure all the moving parts of the company run smoothly and effectively, from ensuring our business objectives are met, to managing our finances and heading up HR. I’m often also a motivator, confidant, party planner and baker!   

What I stand for:

Above all, I care about the team. We have a strong community at Stand. I do what I do to make it the best possible place to work, for current employees and future employees.

My standout moment:

Becoming a B Corporation! I played a major part in the rigorous process, and feel very proud that we’re now part of this global movement seeking to balance profit with people and the planet.

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Fleur Clarke

Fleur Clarke

Head of Content and Creative

Fleur Clarke

Fleur Clarke She/Her

What I do at Stand:

I bring our clients’ messages to life, whether that’s by finding the right platform or concocting creative new ways to grab their audience’s attention. Before joining Stand I ran award-winning campaigns for the world’s greatest writers, including Stephen King and Agatha Christie. I now bring this storytelling approach to Stand, where I champion new and underrepresented voices. 

What I stand for:

I believe in the power of storytelling. Whether that’s an individual experience that hits you between the eyes and brings a cause to life, or the way arts and culture can transport people and transform their lives. Everyone has a story, and as communicators we are here to tell it.

My standout moment:

While in publishing, I launched the first-ever TikTok ‘Creator House’ for books – an influencer activation where young readers championed the joy of reading. It was covered in The Guardian and The Bookseller, and each book went on to become a Sunday Times Bestseller.

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Cait Dacey

Cait Dacey

Account Director

Cait Dacey

Cait Dacey She/Her

What I do at Stand:

I help our clients dig under the skin of their organisation to develop a long-term vision, grounded in the change they want to see. Adopting a behaviour-change approach, I create a strategic plan for how we’ll get there, guided by my experience working with global, EMEA and UK-based clients across healthcare, data, education and others.

What I stand for:

I’m passionate about how behaviour change can help combat inequities, including access to healthcare and education. With a master’s degree in Gender and Culture, I’m a strong advocate for intersectional feminism and working towards equality.

My standout moment:

Being awarded an ‘Exceptional’ mark in LSE’s Health and Economics Policy qualification is one of my proudest moments. Attaining this level in an economic qualification is something I hadn’t thought possible. Stand supported me in the training, and it was thanks to the encouragement from the team that I’ve excelled in something I’m truly passionate about.

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Sean Mackenney

Sean Mackenney

Account Director

Sean Mackenney

Sean Mackenney He/Him

What I do at Stand:

As an ideas-driven person, I support our clients achieve their business objectives with creative and pragmatic solutions, often drawing on my experience helping businesses amplify their sustainability and social impact work. I bring extensive knowledge in sustainability, especially within the realm of food, having led multistakeholder campaigns for prominent NGOs in the sector.

What I stand for:

I believe in the power of collective action to solve the most pressing issues we face today. What drives me as a comms professional is the power to change hearts and minds through what we do, and ultimately mobilise change.

My standout moment:

Representing my former organisation at COP26 in Glasgow, calling for decision-makers to address issues around animal agriculture. I see my efforts, and those of my colleagues, as having paved the way for a bigger conversation around food and the impact it has on climate change.

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Beth Davies

Beth Davies

Senior Account Manager

Beth Davies

Beth Davies She/Her

What I do at Stand:

I help clients achieve impact through their communications; whether that be through driving a national conversation about the need for batteries and energy storage in the transition to net zero or helping reframe later life, my job is all about telling the right stories to the right audience.

What I stand for:

I’m always focused on action and am motivated by ensuring teams, campaigns and clients are moving in the right direction, with the end goal in mind. When people work effectively, that’s when communications can have the best possible impact.

My standout moment:

Leading an insight project for a charity that supports deaf children, which led to valuable learnings about where communications could help most. This included looking at how to better reach donors and change perceptions of issues faced by the deaf community.

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Sadie Fox

Sadie Fox

Account Manager

Sadie Fox

Sadie Fox She/Her

What I do at Stand:

I am a seasoned media relations guru and adept at running a proactive and reactive press office. I’m committed to nurturing new talent, along with growing Stand’s profile and championing our culture. Always focused on action, I take a proactive approach to relationship building, campaign planning and account management.

What I stand for:

Working on hard-hitting campaigns that bring about meaningful change. My client list spans education, health and social care, equality and non-profits. As a passionate communicator, previous positions within entertainment, volunteer roles and work experience have strengthened my interpersonal capabilities, proactiveness and creativity.

My standout moment:

The monumental results we’ve achieved for Safer Internet Day over five years working with them stand out. Our total potential reach through coverage comes in at 1.1 billion, with 2022 seeing the highest ever coverage and supporter numbers for our client. This generated significant national interest in conversations about the safe and positive use of digital technology for young people.

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Liv Scarlett

Liv Scarlett

Account Manager

Liv Scarlett

Liv Scarlett She/Her

What I do at Stand:

I manage accounts that range from ESG,  environmental sustainability, community engagement, behaviour change, and physical and mental health accessibility. I use research and engage with people with lived experience to create campaigns that facilitate genuine, measurable change.

What I stand for:

I’m fascinated by people and the way in which people think. In line with behaviour change principles, I love understanding barriers and motivators to human behaviour and working on campaigns that work to solve real world problems.

My standout moment:

Continuously securing key pieces of national coverage for the various accounts I’ve worked on over the years I’ve been at Stand – whether that’s been a bigger name, or a smaller organisation with a low profile. I love the challenge of finding creative and compelling ways to tell a story.

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Marco Savo

Marco Savo

Digital Account Manager

Marco Savo

Marco Savo He/Him

What I do at Stand:

As a digital strategist, I help our clients improve their online and social media presence. I bring a wealth of expertise in all areas of digital marketing, and I am specialised in developing brand storytelling through social media and online content.

What I stand for:

I believe that if we all make small, everyday changes as individuals, we can create a ripple effect that helps to reduce global inequality and environmental exploitation. At Stand, I’m able to work closely with clients and on projects that strive to improve our society in many different ways.

My standout moment:

Every time I see my colleagues digitally upskilling as a result of the knowledge and insights I’m able to share, particularly when it comes to supporting junior team members. I love being the go-to problem solver, always on hand to help.

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Izzy Roberts

Izzy Roberts

Senior Account Executive

Izzy Roberts

Izzy Roberts

What I do at Stand:

I help deliver internal and external comms strategies for our sustainnovation clients. I’m also on the marketing team, making sure our own brand represents everything we’re about. You’ll probably catch me writing something, like a media pitch or client report analysing the trends arising from our comms activities.  

What I stand for:

Working with colleagues and clients who also want to make a difference through their work. I’m particularly interested in sustainability and the new and innovative technologies driving the net zero transition. 

My standout moment:

Being commended for my dissertation at uni. I studied the lived experiences of people trafficked into the UK to demonstrate how it brings unimaginable suffering, and argued for better preventative policies to stop traffickers slipping through the net. Though challenging, it was the highlight of my degree.

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Clara Taylor

Clara Taylor

Senior Account Executive

Clara Taylor

Clara Taylor She/Her

What I do at Stand:

I help run day-to-day activity, ensuring it aligns with the strategic direction of accounts. My role means I’m always on top of the news agenda in my clients’ respective fields, and day-to-day I might be drafting their external communications materials or managing their social media channels.

What I do at Stand:

As a politics graduate, I’ve always had a keen interest in social issues. My work at Stand means that I’m able to immerse myself in the areas I care about most, like sustainability and the energy transition, and advise my clients on how they can make the most impact while bringing about social change.

My standout moment:

My standout moments lie in my written work. I love getting my teeth into longer form thought-leadership pieces and have helped my clients get featured in The World Economic Forum, City AM and more!

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Ashleigh Clark

Ashleigh Clark

Senior Account Executive

Ashleigh Clark

Ashleigh Clark She/Her

What I do at Stand:

My academic background in international journalism has given me real insight into the modern media and socio-political landscape and allowed me to develop strong research and copywriting skills. I bring these skills to Stand, where I work as part of a team providing counsel and creativity to clients, helping to achieve their goals.

What I stand for:

I believe that our views of everything – from the most trivial detail to the most complex subject matter – can be influenced by the words and visuals used to communicate them. So, I’m passionate about making sure the most pressing issues are communicated in the right way to support change.

My standout moment:

Like our client Anchor, I feel strongly about raising awareness of the needs of our ageing population. Working on their Music4TheMind campaign, which highlighted the benefits of music therapy for people living with dementia, was a really rewarding experience – I saw how the information we communicated truly impacted people’s lives.

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Lizzie Alexander

Lizzie Alexander

Account Executive

Lizzie Alexander

Lizzie Alexander She/Her

What I do at Stand:

I enjoy a little bit of everything! I support a range of clients with my experience in digital, content creation and media relations. I draft up everything from press releases to social media posts.

What I stand for:

A fairer and more equitable society. I care about supporting our clients in the not-for-profit sector, driving the changes we need. I also enjoy getting stuck in and expanding my knowledge, of the sustainability sector for example, all while pursuing my passion for fighting inequalities.

My standout moment:

At Stand I’ve been part of campaigns centred around creating a more sustainable and equitable society, including those that have reframed conversations about social care and raised the profile of sustainable mobility offerings. Though I wouldn’t say I have one standout moment, I really love working with others who are also passionate about making an impact.

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Ember Lamas

Ember Lamas

Account Executive

Ember Lamas

Ember Lamas She/Her

What I do at Stand:

I work with a diverse range of clients, helping to amplify their voices and tell their stories across an often noisy and crowded media space. My role requires me to be analytical and creative – constantly finding new ways of communicating the messaging of brands that truly matter.

What I stand for:

Projects that allow me to bring people and ideas together while instigating positive change, particularly in the worlds of art and entertainment.

My standout moment:

During my time at university I co-wrote and directed a play that was performed at Edinburgh Fringe, where most of the profits were donated to charity. It was a highly rewarding, intense and character-building experience that taught me many of the creative skills that I bring to my job every day.

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Jade Cheli

Jade Cheli

Account Executive

Jade Cheli

Jade Cheli She/Her

What I do at Stand:

I joined Stand after graduating from Bristol University, where I read Italian. I like being able to incorporate my passions for reading and writing into my job, and I particularly enjoy working in the sustainability and conservation spaces across the European market.

What I stand for:

I’m proud that our work in the renewables sector is helping to challenge stereotypes surrounding solar and other forms of clean energy. I like thinking of innovative ways to do this, and also finding solutions to other social issues through communications, such as healthcare and education.

My standout moment:

I previously worked for a charity that helped young school children in Kenya develop debating and public speaking skills. It showed me how being able to express yourself and communicate well can change lives, whether that’s on an individual or organisational scale. It was really inspiring to have made a genuine impact.

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Aaron Wyder

Aaron Wyder

Account Executive

Aaron Wyder

Aaron Wyder He/Him

What I do at Stand:

On an average day, I might be pulling together a briefing document, responding to the news agenda, coordinating media interviews and preparing social media plans for client teams. Tracking our results and measuring impact is another important part of my role, so my Excel skills come in handy! 

What I stand for:

I always knew I wanted to pursue a career that allowed me to positively contribute to society. Working with clients such as Big Change and Oliver Wyman allows me to be part of great movements spanning different fields, including education, climate change and sustainability.

My standout moment:

Finishing my undergraduate dissertation on “The East Asian Miracle and its replicability in Latin America.” Coming from a mixed background with Latin American roots, it meant a lot to be able to thoroughly research and understand Latin American history.

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Jen Hellyer

Jen Hellyer

Administrative Assistant

Jen Hellyer

Jen Hellyer She/Her

What I do at Stand:

Whether I’m making sure the office is running smoothly, working with our Office & Operations Manager on HR and recruitment, or supporting our Head of Culture, I strive to ensure Stand attracts exceptional talent and remains a great place to work. 

What I stand for:

I believe that if we work together and choose to collaborate more openly, we can make the world a happier place. 

My standout moment:

In a past role, during difficult times, it was my responsibility to support the team, and to provide them with the best platform to continue to thrive as a business. The lessons I learned through that experience were invaluable. 

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Life at

A dynamic, creative work environment

Stand is a great place for curious minds. We’re an ambitious group of professionals who are passionate about what we do. We enjoy a creative challenge and most importantly, we enjoy our work.

A focus on professional development

Everyone at Stand has access to a personal training budget which can be used towards improving their professional skills, alongside a robust internal training programme. Plus, we provide a Stand Mentor to guide your professional development and dedicated time with the senior team to help you grow.

Prioritising health and wellbeing

Our team has access to private health cover, an employee assistance programme, trained mental health first aiders, and an annual wellness bounty to spend on things and experiences of your choice. You can also access member-only fitness classes and workshops.

Time with your colleagues

We have a monthly all-staff meeting where we get together in person, inclusive bi-monthly social events, a monthly book club and annual getaways to bring everyone together. We also host our own industry events which are a great networking opportunity.

An inclusive, hybrid working model

We have a working model which is tailored to bring out the best in every individual. We don’t believe in a one-size-fits all approach and accommodate for personal needs.

That’s why we’ve introduced a nine day fortnight. Every two weeks, everyone at Stand will have a day off to spend how they wish. Whether that’s doing something creative, exploring somewhere new, having a duvet day, or finally dealing with that pile of laundry – whatever will help them to free up headspace, rest and reflect.

Time away from your desk

Everyone at Stand has a day off work on their birthday, volunteering days they can use towards a cause of their choice, creative time off to seek inspiration and the chance to take a sabbatical after three years of service.

Want to find out more about our culture or life at Stand?

Get in touch with our Head of Culture. grace@standagency.com

If you’d like to work at Stand, we’d love to hear from you.

Get in touch with our recruitment team. recruitment@standagency.com