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. Nearly 18 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

Martin Clarkson, Chairman at The Storytellers

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 Covent Garden 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 nearly 18 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… over 17 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
Olly Woodhead Commercial Director

People unlock the key to success in any business. My belief in this brought me to The Storytellers and motivates my mission to build a business which will move a million more people. My drive to unlock the potential of people and teams is reflected in how I spend my weekends: completing triathlons with friends, playing in a rugby team, refereeing my son’s football and watching my daughter’s gymnastics!

Olly Woodhead

Commercial Director
Hannah Moyo Head of Consulting UK

In a world where narrative has never been more important, I love working with people every day to show the impact it can have – to guide us, connect us and help us to understand each other. I’ve always been inspired to help people adapt to and champion change with a background in technology services and transformation. Now I’m able to combine this with the art and science of storytelling. When I’m not storytelling, I’m mentoring young people, keeping fit or running a book club

Hannah Moyo

Head of Consulting UK

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 UK and International Development

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 at workwithus@thestorytellers.com.

Please indicate the role you are interested in applying for in the subject line of your email and let us know about your passion for storytelling, past experience and how you can help us grow our capabilities.


Job openings:


The Areas of Expertise Coordinator role is a newly created role primarily responsible for supporting our Areas of Expertise, which includes Creative, Production, Writers, Facilitators and Digital in order to effectively deliver on time, on budget and to the highest standard for our clients.

This role is is a key member of the resourcing team and drives effective collaboration throughout the business, working closely with the Producers and delivery teams to identify expert resource and requirements, plan and schedule forecasted workloads, ensure effective traffic management, briefing and coordination of resources, providing regular updates and ensuring deadlines are met. 

This role will also work within client teams where required to provide support in client programme delivery (e.g. production assistance or print management).

The role will sit within the Areas of Expertise team and will report to the Areas of Expertise Lead.

Please submit your CV via email and include the role title in the subject line to workwithus@thestorytellers.com. We aim to respond promptly but there may be a delay due to high volume of applications.

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As part of the company’s growth strategy, The Storytellers recognise the need to further innovate its products: to develop game-changing solutions that enhance our ability to deliver story-driven change, extend our relationships with our clients and grow our revenues and forward pipeline. This innovation includes the development of digital solutions, the wider application of storytelling techniques to make change happen and the use of diagnostics and data to strengthen our programmes.

In service of this, we are looking to recruit a Product Development Manager to organise and lead this innovation programme and rapidly bring these new solutions to market. This individual will also be responsible for continuing to productise our existing and new solutions in a way that enables us to scale the business for our global client base. Reporting to Commercial Director, the role will take a holistic view of product development across the entire proposition. There will be a particular focus on collaborating closely with the delivery teams to implement an effective product development and enhancement cycle.

Please submit your CV via email and include the role title in the subject line to workwithus@thestorytellers.com. We aim to respond promptly but there may be a delay due to high volume of applications.

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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.

Please submit your CV via email and include the role title in the subject line to workwithus@thestorytellers.com. We aim to respond promptly but there may be a delay due to high volume of applications.

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