Stephen Francis

Stephen Francis

Managing Partner at The Growth Collective
London, United Kingdom

About me

Senior communications professional with significant business experience gained over twenty-five years across the design, marketing, production and PR landscape as innovator, entrepreneur, consultant and senior manager.

Experienced leader in business transformation, branding, strategic & tactical PR, marketing communications, sales and relationship development, content management, creative concept to delivery, while generating revenue growth opportunities and creative business problem solving.


Managing Partner
The Growth Collective London
2000 - Present (18 years 11 months)
Business and communication specialists working across creative and technology businesses to transform their service offering, sales and communications. Special focus is on non-UK companies entering the market place.

Advising owners, senior managers on how to become more relevant, fit for purpose, when communicating with their audiences. Implementing projects and campaigns of any size.

TGC London partners ensure clients are ready to seize upon the opportunities in both mature and developing markets, locally and globally.

Focus is on commercial development, growth strategies, technology, brand communications and Investment.
Exec Senior Consultant
March 2014 - October 2016 (2 years 7 months)
Experienced mobile journalists, writers, PR folk and content strategists create independently minded, insightful news, video and written content to engage target audiences.

Using only IOS systems to capture video and audio content, Mojo is the first truly mobile only news room service for brands.
Head of Marketing and Business
Helicopter Film Services Ltd - HFS Group
October 2013 - December 2015 (2 years 2 months)
The HFS Group are specialist in Aerial Film Production & Aviation Services.

Founded in 1993 as Helicopter Film Services it has grown to include Helicopter, Jets, Drones and specialist high-speed camera tracking vehicles for work in Feature Film, Broadcast TV, Commercials and Branded Content production.

Avengers: Age of Ultron, (James Bond) Bond, Now You See Me 2, Mission Impossible 5, Paddington Bear, Into the Woods, Rush, Captain Phillips, The Bourne Identity trilogy, Commercials for EE, Jaguar, Mazda

HFS Aviation, the latest addition to the group, offers Aviation Management, Helicopter Charter and Leasing Services to the private and public sector.
Exec Head of Talent Management
2011 - June 2014 (3 years 5 months)
A creative talent resource and production consultancy, covering content, commercials, documentaries and film production.

Sharing production skills and knowledge with an ever growing range of diverse creative businesses including creative agencies, direct to brand, media companies, PR, production companies, market research and marketing businesses.

Collaborators come in all shapes and sizes;
MPG, Havas Worldwide, VCCP, Minimart, The Gate films, AMV, Firecracker Films, Reel DealHD, Helicopter Film Services and Three Sixty Marketing
Exec Client Service Director
Real Reputations
2009 - 2011 (2 years)
Boutique PR & brand communications consultancy focused on content creation strategies
Commercial & Client Services Director
KLPR Group
2002 - 2009 (7 years)
PR & communications consultancy collaborating with companies within the marketing, creative services and technology sectors

Clients worked with: Globecast, France telecom, Ascent Media, 142, SOHO Labs, Rushes Post Production, Sense, The MCCA
Managing Partner
1995 - 2000 (5 years)
Founding partner of one of the first full service digital design & marketing consultancies.

Covering all on-screen environments, delivering web sites, title sequences, interactive games, films, through to research and development projects for De Beers, France Telecom GlobeCast and Levi's
Co- Founder & MD
Buying by Design
1992 - 1995 (3 years)
Creative services co-buying agency. Working with SME design businesses, their
suppliers and clients.
Creative Services & Production Procurement
Fitch RS Design Grp
1988 - 1992 (4 years)
Negotiating production & creative service agreements on behalf of one of the worlds
largest multi-discipline design groups. Working with brands such as British Airways,
Ford & the Saudi Arabian Government.
Production Manager
BMP Advertising & BMP Business
1986 - 1988 (2 years)
Working within the agencies production departments
Photographer's Assistant & Photographer
1982 - 1986 (4 years)
Travelling extensively while working with various above & below the line Advertising
Editorial, Fashion & Lifestyle photographers


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