Our Story

We’ve been on quite a journey since 2003, when our four founders sat round Alison’s kitchen table and turned the seed of a business idea – storytelling to make change happen – into a practical, award-winning methodology. Seventeen years on, we have become the home of story-driven change and emotional connection, driven by our purpose to move people to do great things – a purpose that is our heartbeat and underpins everything we do.

And making the magic is a world-class team, blending a unique mix of personalities, skills and exceptional talent that bring the art and science of storytelling to life: from management consultancy and board facilitation to strategic writing, leadership development, organisational change, film-making, graphic and multi-media design, project and event management, training and digital and live communication. 

Our approach combines both content and capability-building, delivered as a seamless, integrated programme that we are constantly innovating to harness new technologies and trends.

Senior leadership team

After 30 years at M&S, I decided to join a fledgling group of storytelling entrepreneurs on their extraordinarily successful journey. My passion for the performing arts and all things theatrical plays beautifully to my role as Chairman, facilitator, navigator and coach, and it gives me great pleasure – when I’m not involved in the latest West End show – to inject our magic and emotion into our clients’ businesses.

Martin Clarkson


Before co-founding The Storytellers, I spent years in music, TV and live events. As Chief Executive I’m responsible for taking the business to the next level and building a bright long-term future: whether driving strategy with the senior leadership team or finding and developing the fantastic talent that makes us who we are. My home life is the antithesis to our busy South Kensington offices. Therapy for me lies in the land, which I make the most of on our smallholding in rural Gloucestershire.

Chris Spencer

Chief Executive

I’m always focused on our growing client base, which has surpassed all expectations since we started 16 years ago. Bravery and tenacity are qualities we hold dear at The Storytellers, and I guess my adventurous pastimes – from shooting to diving, skiing, and cycling – helps me keep my competitive edge sharp in work and play

Alison Esse

Co-founder and Director

What a journey… 16 years… the privilege of advising over 90 CEO’s and senior teams… travelling from Istanbul to Santiago… the science behind the art… and hearing from our clients how storytelling has changed their lives. I call myself a corporate tourist, which is a move up from the busker I was in my youth. Though even now nothing gives me greater pleasure than to bash out a tune on the old piano

Marcus Hayes

Co-founder and Director

I believe in the power of live events and a shared emotional experience. With a background in cultural studies, production and performing in theatre, live TV and comedy, I enjoy discovering storytelling in different contexts, spaces and media. Outside work I try to absorb as much of the London arts scene as time will allow, getting hands-on with projects when I can.

Amy Clarkson

Head of Creative and Production

I’m motivated by moving people to do great things. I’ve worked all around the world with family offices, blue chips and fast growth start-ups all looking to enable and inspire their people to make a difference. Storytelling is an incredibly powerful way to connect people to meaning and purpose. It’s also my fascination – one I feed by travelling to cultural and historic hubs at every opportunity

Robert Tennant

Head of Consultancy

In Film, TV and Digital Production, I’ve told stories in one shape or another throughout my career. I believe in the transformative power of narrative, and I love collaborating with clients to find the best medium to bring their story to life. Outside the office I’m a chef for a pop-up restaurant, an avid film-goer and a classically trained singer. Ask me anything about dystopian Austrian Auteur Michael Haneke.

Doireann O’Rourke

Head of Programme Management

I feel passionate about three things: building strategies and bringing them to life, the power of leadership to develop talent, and helping teams evolve with change. It was a magical moment when I discovered all three elements at The Storytellers, delivered by a diverse team of the finest professionals who bring the art and science of the storytelling together so beautifully.

Nailia Tasseel

Chief of Staff

Join the team

We’re always on the lookout for talented storytellers and original thinkers to join our team. We love new thinking, new skills, and new ways of sharing the power of story. If you have experience in any of the skill sets outlined above, get in touch! Let us know about your passion for storytelling, past experience and how you can help us grow our capabilities at workwithus@thestorytellers.com

Job openings:


We have two newly-created roles of Business Development Consultants, who’ll be responsible for driving sales growth in the business. These are vital roles within the commercial function, supporting The Storytellers’ ambitious growth plans.

The primary focus of the Business Development Consultant is to drive new business through developing and creating strong relationships with C-suite stakeholders, across defined sectors in the UK. The nature of the position will mean that there is a wide opportunity to also develop clients with a global footprint.

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We’re looking for Associate Strategic Storywriters who seek lasting relationships and diverse, challenging and rewarding work. The Strategic Storywriter will work closely with the leaders of some of the world’s largest organisations and create stories that reach thousands of people. The Strategic Storywriter will join our interdisciplinary project team, working alongside Consultants, Producers, Creative Consultants and Programme Managers. This role will be overseen by our Senior Strategist and Writer.

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