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We are passionate. About creativity. About relationships. About outcomes. We have the insight and experience to shape and share your story – and create the kind of lasting impact your competitors can only dream of. Our world-class team is made up of communication experts, award winning directors and producers, event managers and digital dynamos; all at the very top of their game.

Stephen Watson

Chief Executive Officer

Stephen has a background in media and politics and has spent his career advising on communications and reputation.

He’s a former BBC News and Current Affairs producer. He founded ctn group and established The Leadership Agency. He works predominantly with individual leaders and their leadership teams, advising on communications strategy and coaching personal impact skills. He’s a frequent public speaker and retains an interest in political campaigning and international relations. He’s chairman of the British-German Association and serves as an Honorary Officer and advisor to the Royal Navy.

Nick Ashley

Technical Project and Production Management

"I strive to be versatile and efficient. I love a role which offers a variety of challenges in and around our business."

Nick is a versatile project and production manager with many years’ experience working with high profile clients in a busy video production environment.

Nick has active involvement in infrastructure planning and development, facility management, IT support, technical production management, crew supervision, studio lighting, video camera operation, and live vision mixing and directing. Nick also has more than 10 years’ experience as an Avid video editor working with in-house and freelance producers and directors on various short form videos and presentation material.

Nick was overall technical manager for the Time for Change event at the Shard working with key production partners, has worked on literally hundreds of training workshops in a management and technical capacity, and manages all external technical partners and suppliers.

Matt Birtles

Editor & Director

"Success is understanding a client’s message and turning it into something visceral, memorable, and inspirational for their audience."

Matt is one of our in-house editors and self-shooting directors. Having studied both literature and the technicalities of filmmaking he is well placed, not only to know how to tell your story, but how to make it a reality. With experience at the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 his work is of broadcast-quality standard and he continues to strive towards perfection for his clients.

Matt works alongside the producers to interpret your brief, translating your message so that it will work effectively on the screen and win the attention of your audience. He is involved at every stage of the filmmaking process, from directing and filming your content, to shaping it in the edit. He’s also a massive typeface geek, so your films will always be on-brand!

Matt recently edited films for the Foreign Office’s Counter Terrorism campaign and has directed and edited countless films for all our main clients over the years, including: BP, Royal Navy, Tetra Pak, Unilever and the GEMS Varkey Foundation. He’s filmed Samuel L Jackson and likes to bring it up in conversation whenever possible.

Rebecca Denholm

Head of Film

"Film is the perfect medium for sharing stories in a creative, emotional and memorable way. It takes passion and skill to bring our clients’ messages to life through film and live video, and I’m proud to head up a team that does this with utter conviction and class."

With more than a decade as a broadcast journalist for ITN and Channel 4 News, Rebecca joined as a Producer in 1998 and is now Embolden's Head of Film.

Communicator, filmmaker, journalist, writer, creator and producer. Arch organiser and mobiliser!

From name-dropping shoots with people like Mikhail Gorbachev, the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, to filming with school kids in the slums of Mumbai to factory workers in China, on oil rigs in the North Sea to battleships in the Atlantic, she’s been given privileged insights into the worlds of commerce, technology, education and manufacturing. She’s filmed and produced live events in more than 45 countries, and worked with some of the world’s best film and video practitioners.

Sheena Dunne

Operations Director

"AKA ‘chief cook and bottle washer’."

Sheena combines her knowledge of business operations and challenges, with strategy and execution to find the best creative communications solutions to meet business objectives.

Project management, marketing, campaigns, production, ops. Sheena does lots of stuff and has been doing it for almost 20 years’, all over the world, both client and agency side.

Sheena project managed a global event for 2000 employees including multi location simultaneous live events, webcasts & live TV Studio Broadcasts.


Creative Producer

"A left-handed, symmetry-loving, art exhibition devotee with strong track record of appearing in the background of shots."

Emily is responsible for balancing a creative eye with a practical head. She works with the team to come up with the big ideas and then uses her experience to make sure these can be delivered on time and on budget.

Emily works with clients to find out what they want to achieve – sometimes it’s a clear goal, but sometimes it’s not and that’s all part of the process and the fun. She then sources the best team for the project, and brainstorms, scripts, directs and juggles logistics along the way to create films that people want to watch, and that her clients can be proud of.

Over the past five years Emily has worked on everything from G8 summits to Royal Navy destroyers and organised shoots across the world; from the balmy tropics of Jamaica to the blizzards of the Arctic Circle. She’s donned wetsuits, powdered too many noses, bargained for props and written countless scripts about pretty much every topic you can imagine, all in the name of FILM. She also moonlights as the in-house voice over artist when budgets just won’t stretch.

Tatjana Jovanovski

Finance Manager

"I love working in a fast paced environment where every day brings new challenges and forces you to learn something new."

Experienced accountant with strange eastern European sense of humour trying to explain to creative people that timesheets are a necessary evil and expenses equal money in their bank account. Not always successful. Whoever said that behind every good business is a great accountant? It’s true!

After more than 30 years of experience and 10 years in the company, Tatjana has done it all and wants to do much more.

Carol Lamb

Production Accountant

"It’s all in the detail, getting all aspects right to deliver a commercially outstanding product."

Carol works with our production team to help them deliver a commercially profitable product and complements our small but agile finance team. She is responsible for the management of our staff’s environment and enjoys that no two days are the same.

Carol gets to work on all our projects and enjoys working alongside all our team.

Stewart Milton

Director & Creative Editor

"You can’t expect an audience to be excited about a film if you’re not."

Stew’s role is to be part of the team that comes up with an idea. The person to direct a film; shoot the footage for a film or edit the final outcome and in most instances he will do all of those roles for one job.

Stew is multi-skilled and dynamic in approach. An accomplished filmmaker with 20 years’ experience who self-shoots, directs, edits and writes treatments and scripts. He is passionate about being creative, whether that is with a visual concept for documentary style shoots or coming up with the perfect idea for a drama.

Stew has worked on a vast array of award winning projects for many of our clients but in his own words ‘you’re only as good as your last project’ and is very proud to have been part of the team involved in the recent Global Teacher Prize films for the Varkey Foundation and Embolden’s ongoing work for the Royal Navy.

Heidi Mallace


Heidi has a unique and in-depth understanding of reputation management. She has been driving outcomes and working in the industry for over 15 years. From managing your online presence to crisis management, Heidi knows the advice to give and how to make things happen.

As a Director of The Leadership Agency and as a Board member of ctn group Heidi advises individuals and leadership teams on developing their communication skills and long-term reputation strategies.

She began her career at Brunswick before joining Project Associates, a strategic communications consultancy. She then headed up Special Projects and the London office for reputation.com, a Silicon Valley-founded company which pioneered the online reputation management industry.

Our Story

There are endless ways to reach people today. But, connecting with them on a deeper level, for the long term, demands more. More ambitious creativity. More focused innovation. A more compelling story. Something we’ve been giving our clients for 25 years. As an agile creative agency we partner with world-leading brands, businesses, organisations and governments to engage the world’s most demanding audiences.


Live video category - Tusk Time for Change

Environment event category - Taking the Arctic to Davos


Drama category - Counter Terrorism Films

Drama category - Run Hide Tell Films


Health & safety category - Counter Terrorism Films

Education & training - Counter Terrorism Films


Documentary category - Global Teacher Prize 2017

Celebratory category - Global Teacher Prize 2017

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