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 an idea – to bring strategy and vision to life using the power and influence of storytelling – into a practical methodology.

This methodology – firmly rooted in blending the art and science of storytelling – has now been applied to over 170 major organisations all over the world: organisations going through unprecedented transformational change or significant performance improvement; whose leaders need to inspire and persuade their people to follow them, rather than dictate to them; organisations which need the best from their people, in a world that’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.

Storytelling is no longer just interesting theory or a childhood past-time: it’s a recognised, essential skill on which true leadership is built. It’s the surest way to shift even the most entrenched mindsets and behaviours; to unite people behind a common purpose; and to inspire real action. It’s what moves all of us to do great things.

We’ve achieved so much, but there is so much more to be done. We’ve laid the foundations, and now we’re looking forward to an exciting future, in a world that needs storytelling more than ever.

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. Our expertise spans many disciplines – from management consultancy and board facilitation to strategic communication, leadership development, organisational change, film-making, graphic and multi-media design, project and event management, training, strategic writing and digital and live communication. We love new thinking, new skills, and new ways of sharing the power of story. If this sounds like you, 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’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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As we grow, we’re looking for a Content Associate who seeks diverse, challenging and rewarding work. The Content Associate will work closely with our Business Development Associate to develop and implement The Storytellers’ content marketing plan and write copy for B2B sales materials, making sure they are delivered on time and on budget.

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