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

Chris H

Chris H

Based down on the sunny south coast, my background is in the arts which led me to working as a voice over agent and  TV/film production companies. During this time I’ve worked with Advertising agencies and television production companies, including a World Cup Nike Commercial, High End content for Jaguar Land Rover and the Re-booted iconic Thunderbirds Are Go.

Outside of work you’ll find me with my 6 year old son camping, rock pooling, building dens campfires reading his favourite book from the Percy the Park keeper collection.

Favourite Book:

Stig of the dump

Christine M

Christine M

Chris loves everything children’s books and a career highlight for her has been writing two of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s activity books. Whether it be a touchy feely novelty book or a beautifully illustrated book for older children, Chris has worked on all the kidlit you can think of with Penguin Random House, Bloomsbury and Scholastic. Please note: anything unicorns will win her over!

Favourite Book:

Winnie-the-Pooh


Sean

Sean

A lover of all things Animation, Sean’s passion for working on kids products and campaigns comes from a young-at-heart attitude to life and being part-raised by Pokemon! As a plant parent and lover of all things green, Sean, can often be found adding new baby-plants to their indoor jungle.

Favourite Book:

Alfie

Alfie

Graphic Designer, Marketing Manager and Seafood lover. You can catch Alfie doing one of these outside working hours: long distance running, cooking, dancing, beaching or travelling. Give a Alfie a Cadbury’s Caramel or Jaffacake, and you will have a friend for the rest of your life.

 

Favourite Book:

The hobbit


Rocky

Rocky

Rocky enjoys drawing and painting, which keeps his internal artist passion alive. He also likes to challenge his creativity on the daily basis. Beside from drawing, he spends his time watching all type of movies, except horror & thrillers. Other than movies, he also is a sneakers fanatic who likes to collect sneakers as a hobby.

Favourite Book:

Stiff by Mary Roach

Elsa

Elsa

Designer and illustrator Elsa often jokes she got into children’s books to avoid getting a ‘grown up’ job. As a child she spent most of her time in the garden hunting for fairies or shut away in her room writing stories. Now as a 28 year old woman-child she loves drawing, reading fantasy novels, and playing board games with her friends. 
Favourite Book:

The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies by Cecily Mary Barker


David

David

Music loving, beard growing, kids communication guru Dave has long given up on his fantasy of living in some bohemian commune, somewhere in California. Instead he spends his time either playing with his two children (Rainbow-Spirit and Waterfall) or creatively directing content for other people’s children to engage with. His children actually have sensible names… but a man can dream can’t he!

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

Graphic designer and illustrator who loves to draw since i was a kid.
I Grew up loving animals and books like Matilda, The Witches, Harry Potter and Eragon, those made me dream.
I also loved climbing trees and I still do it if I get a chance.
Favourite Book:

Sophie's World

Ben

Ben

Ben treasures the illustrated books he’s held on to from his childhood, including the ‘Lester’ series by Quentin Blake and ‘Granfa Grig’ by Wallace Tripp.
When he’s not playing board games or writing new Dungeons & Dragons adventures, he loves dancing with his wife Becky and watching cartoons with his daughter Eva. The ones they laugh at most together are “Owl House’ and ‘Lower Decks’
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. Lauren likes nothing better than curling up on the sofa and reading her favourite children’s books. Beautiful picture books have always been her passion and this 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 daughter, is the most important thing to her. Since she loves books, children’s books accompany them from day one, with favourites “Princess Lillifee”, “Conni -Books” and the adventures of the magical pony “Sternenschweif”.

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


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

I’m a doting mother of two lovely (crazy, noisy, hat-wearing) daughters. Most of my working life has been spent writing and editing reading and phonics books, as well as English language courses for children learning English abroad. I love the zoo and once fed and washed some rhinos. My favourite author is Dr Seuss (even when it makes me cry a bit).

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


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

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


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

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


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