About

What’s the story?

They used to tell us not to “tell tales”, to stop “making up stories”.
Well, thankfully, our passionate team of rebelling, storytelling mavericks buck this trend every day.

Our talented designers, editors and illustrators are joyfully releasing around 30 new books a month into the wild. These books are being read by all ages, in all genres, as we relish the opportunity to tell great tales and make up wonderful stories.

Collaborate define brand identities through developing interesting narratives and personalities. The art of storytelling gives us the ability to create incredible storyboards for movies and animations. Our content generation is honest, imaginative and engaging. The content we generate for your books, for your brands and for your learning and development programmes will be rich in detail and thoughtfully crafted. Our creatives are skilled across all creative disciplines and we can develop your stories through to packaged files in both print and digital formats.

Our illustrators, editors, photographers, designers, web developers and animators are based in our Worthing, London, New York and Marbella studios.

Meet the team

Susan

Susan

Dog mom extraordinaire, Susan loves her family, her rescue chihuahuas, and her coffee. Having a strong interest in children’s publishing, she is excited to move to this side of the industry from art buyer to creative collaborator.Her purple hair is in no way attempting to hide her gray.

Favourite Book:

Stiff by Mary Roach

Elsa

Elsa

Designer and illustrator Elsa can play the drums and the guitar. But it’s not all rock and roll, occasionally Elsa swaps her drumsticks for her knitting needles. We’re all looking forward to getting a woolly scarf for our next secret Santa!

Favourite Book:

The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke


David

David

Music loving, beard growing, design guru Dave. Some might say he belongs in a 1960s commune somewhere out in a desert where he can’t be seen or heard. But we’re lucky that he’s resisted this bohemian, beatnik fantasy and instead creatively directs all things Collaborate.

Favourite Book:

Ham on Rye by Charlse Bukowski

Caroline

Caroline

Caroline has been helping artists write their own children’s books for many years now & loves nothing more than seeing one of these books comes to life! She also enjoys and hates golf – depending on the day and the weather! Meditation and learning Spanish are her other hobbies – but not at the same time.

Favourite Book:

Any LaB book and Life Between Lives by Michael Newton


Karen

Karen

Her love for drawing with crayons on the walls as a child turned into a true passion for design and illustration. Always looking for a new adventure around the world that ignites her imagination to create and color the world with magic.

Favourite Book:

Alice in Wonderland

Kate

Kate

Party-planner Kate is the spearhead of all things social at Collaborate. She is studio-mum / cake-buyer / agony-aunt and most other hyphenated roles, but mostly Kate lands the big projects for us. Her role as mum continues when she gets home to Jack and Lego time begins!

Favourite Book:

Everything created by Collaborate


Lewis

Lewis

From La Planète sauvage to Hey Duggie, if it’s animated Lewis loves it. When he’s not staring at the screen though, he’s playing The Horsey, The Monster or just Daddy for his daughter Maggie. His imagination is his greatest weapon, but he’s also pretty handy in the kitchen.

Favourite Book:

The Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Moebius

Pica

Pica

Our designers are passionate and dedicated to creating the right material for your brand. We often team up with brand consultants and specialists to ensure our designs work hard for your business.

Favourite Book:

Anything by Josef Müller-Brockmann


Nicole

Nicole

Mint and chocolate chip ice cream lover and weirdo by heart. Nicole is a graphic designer and illustrator who loves to draw, learn new stuff, and watch movies and TV series’ in her free time while discussing about daily events with her cat.

Favourite Book:

Sophie's World

Adolfo

Adolfo

Adolfo has an incredible knowledge of art history. He loves travelling and has visited most of the top galleries in Europe. He enjoys meeting new friends despite insisting he has social incontinence.

Favourite Book:

Museum guides and travel books


Laura

Laura

Resident illustrator, photographer and Korean pop DJ. Laura has a passion for art and geek culture and can often be seen hanging around comic and film conventions.

Favourite Book:

The Sherlock Holmes books

Ben

Ben

Between bouts of board-gaming Ben struts his stuff on the ballroom dance floor, he assures us there is not a sequin in sight. Ben is an amazing illustrator and animator. But he can’t be good a everything – which is why he is persisting with his piano lessons.

Favourite Book:

The Dispossessed by Ursula LeGuin


Brainz

Brainz

We have people we can call upon to develop strategies for brand position as well as people who can develop a series of interesting formats for publishers that sit alongside their existing titles. It’s all about knowing the right person for the right job.

Favourite Book:

My little black book

Jenny

Jenny

Some manner of strange gremlin-child in a (fairly) convincing human disguise. Jenny is a versatile illustrator, animator, designer and recovering World of Warcraft addict. She is fuelled solely by tea and cute dog videos.

Favourite Book:

The Red Tree by Shaun Tan


Lauren

Lauren

Talented designer by day, amazing singer by night, Lauren loves attending and performing at festivals. Travelling, surfing and long walks also keep her busy. But Lauren’s big passion is evident in the amazing books she designs for our clients.

Favourite Book:

To Kill A Mockingbird

Artie

Artie

Pencils, charcoal, Wacoms – it doesn’t matter what the format, style or genre it is – our artists are more than capable of delivering. With 1000s of books to our name our artists are amongst the published artists in the world.

Favourite Book:

The Tony Hart Art Factory


Tom

Tom

Brand & Creative Development Manager Tom loves a nice cup of Yorkshire Gold with a slice of marmite on toast. On occasions, he likes to get up on stage and make people laugh. He surfs, loves to draw and plays the drums. He’s what you might call ‘a quintessential English Rocker.’

Favourite Book:

A Village Lost and Found by Brian May

Tamara

Tamara

Tamara loves being close to nature, playing tennis and travelling the world on culinary adventures! Her great organisational skills make her a wonderful asset to the accounts team.

Favourite Book:

The Power by Naomi Alderman


Yeeun

Yeeun

Yeeun is a good communicator and listener, and she helps Collaborate to expand its business into S.Korea. She finds her happiness in the small little things she does, like an iced Americano on a hot day or watching an episode of One Piece on Sunday morning.

Favourite Book:

My Sweet Orange Tree by José Mauro de Vasconcelos

Siobhan

Siobhan

Passionate about design and animation, Siobhan loves talking about all things creative. When this creative sales agent isn’t working, she spends her time re-watching classic 80’s action movies and tends to her large assortment of indoor plants.

Favourite Book:

The 5 People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom


Ricardo

Ricardo

Ricardo is one of our accounting geniuses located out in sunny Marbella. In his free time he loves cycling, sailing and all things sport!

Favourite Book:

Sailing Alone Around the World by Joshua Slocum

Natasha

Natasha

Mega organised office manager Nat not only keeps business running smoothly – she’s also bossing her new role as a mum! Crafty and creative, she’s also a brilliant card designer and a wonderful baker! We don’t know what we’d do without her.

Favourite Book:

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell


Marion

Marion

Marion says that family, especially her fourteen year old daughter, is the most important thing to her. Aside from this she loves being outside with her two dogs, and when she finds a little time she’ll be sat somewhere quiet with her nose in a good book!

Favourite Book:

Marie Curie, A Biography by Eve Curie

Erica

Erica

A committed introvert and only child, Erica’s relationship with art is her longest and most successful one yet. When she does manage to pry herself away from illustrator, she’s either boxing or writing her own offbeat stories and making herself laugh. 

Favourite Book:

Anything by Edward Gorey


Qwerty

Qwerty

Qwerty represents the editors and authors we use to write our stories and edit our children’s books. Qwerty is passionate about language and often works into the small hours to ensure ‘that’ manuscript hits ‘that’ deadline.

Favourite Book:

Any thesaurus

Ed

Ed

His glasses are getting thicker and thicker as the years go on, but he definitely has an eye for a procedure! Our COO, tasked with overseeing strategic business activities, improving overall business functions, training heads of departments, managing budgets, creating policies, and communicating business goals.

Favourite Book:

Anything made by Collaborate!


Carrie

Carrie

Editor Carrie loves the peaceful things in life; playing cello, taking long walks in the mountains, enjoying tea, cheese and real ale. She takes a keen interest in wildlife and even sponsors a Rhino!

Favourite Book:

The Sneetches by Dr Seuss

Louis le Princess

Louis le Princess

Animation, live action, book apps, whatever it may be, if it moves, we move it. Our team of animators can work in most formats. We script write, create the animatics and deliver highly-rendered movies. We like to move it, move it!

Favourite Book:

The Making of Star Wars by Jonathan W. Rinzler


Babs

Babs

Babs is a firm believer in the Law of Attraction, which might be what makes her such a superstar accounts manager (combined with all that hard work and expertise of course!) It’s no ‘secret’ that she is well loved by the Collaborate team.

Favourite Book:

Secret by Rhoda Byrne

Ashley

Ashley

An animal lover and coffee addict, Ashley has always been drawn to all things creative. She can often be found wandering around indie art markets, admiring murals, or cheering on a street busker. Ashley believes that art is a universal language and hopes to play a part in supporting the global exchange of great art.

Favourite Book:

The Enchanted Forest and Folk of the Magic Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton


Alexina

Alexina

When our French speaking agent, Alexina isn’t busy selling book Ideas or managing projects, you can find her sipping on a cup of coffee and doodling in a sketchbook.

Favourite Book:

The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka