Meet the Champions Team

Meet Champions (UK) plc

With decades of collective knowhow and the vigour of youth, our team have a great balance of perspectives that never fail to deliver insight and inspiration. 

Combining the expertise from ten in-house departments, we form a unique family that specialise in a wide range of fields. From digital marketing, to event management, we create a talented team that cover all your branding needs. 

John Hayes

John Hayes

CEO

Role: I’m a huge memorabilia enthusiast, with pieces spanning everything from sport, entertainment and music.

Fun work fact: I once sponsored Johnny Herbert’s F1 car at the British Grand Prix.

Matt Hayes

Matthew Hayes

Managing Director

Fun work fact: I am the current reigning champion of krumping at Champions Speakers

Fun non work fact: My chosen karaoke song is Angels, by Robbie Williams

Roxanna Hayes

Roxanna Hayes

Operations Director

Role: I work directly under the CEO and Managing Director, working on a variety of projects. I also manage Champions' recruitment and HR whilst running the internal operations of Champions (UK) plc.

Fun work fact: Just call me 118!!

Fun non work fact: I laugh like a hyena! Can't bake cakes to save my life….

Sophia Hayes

Sophia Hayes

Sales Director

Role: I manage the sales side of the business from magazine adverts, table sales and awards Sponsorship.

Fun work fact: The best day of my working life was when I found out the Co-op sold Sushi!

Fun non work fact: I ♥ Ronan Keating

Jack Hayes

Jack Hayes

Celebrity Manager

Role: Overseeing the after dinner department and recruiting new celebrity personalities to our portfolio.

Fun work fact: Playing imaginary golf at the BP3

Fun non work fact: I can breakdance.

Louisa Hayes

Louisa Hayes

Director - CSR

Role: I’m in charge of all purchasing and selling of sporting, music and film memorabilia and experiences to companies and raising money for charities through the main and silent auctions run at events. From designing the brochure of what is to be on offer at each event, to processing payments and stock auditing. Aside from this I set up and oversee the running of events as a whole.

As well as the events and charity side I am in charge of making sure the CEO is where he should be at the time he should be…. The hardest job in the business!!!

Fun work fact: Meeting celebrities for memorabilia signings.

Fun non work fact: I play indoor cricket for England Women!

Katie Dudgeon

Katie Dudgeon

Music & Entertainment Executive

Harry Worgan

Harry Worgan

Digital Marketing Apprentice

Hannah Tyler

Hannah Tyler

Celebrity & Keynote Speaker Administrator

Maya Odedra

Maya Odedra

Influencer Marketing Executive

Role: Managing the creation of social media strategies, and the planning and execution of successful social media and influencer campaigns; making sure to ultimately increase brand awareness, and audience engagement across a range of social media platforms and report the effectiveness of the activity.

Dislikes: Me and Coffee do not mix. I get my energy from my aura.

Fun work fact: Prior to working at Champions/Influencer Matchmaker, I used to live in Amsterdam working in Digital Marketing!

Fun non work fact: Similar to Tinder, I am the influencer world’s definition of swiping right.

craig atkinson

Craig Atkinson

Sam Appentsen

Sam Appentsen

SEO Executive

Beth Glynn

Beth Glynn

Celebrity Administration Executive

Chris Tompkins

Chris Tompkins

Keynote Speaker & Entertainment Executive

lauren thomas

Lauren Thomas

Senior Content Executive

Role: Writing blogs, press releases and website copy, alongside creating copy for brochures, newsletters and magazines

Dislikes: Courgettes, slow walkers

Fun work fact: I can magic up very basic developer skills to assist the web team (you’re welcome boys)

Fun non work fact: I have danced in the O2 Arena and the Royal Albert Hall

Lisa Brakewell

Lisa Brakewell

Account Manager

Role: Strategy Consultation, Client Support and Process Management

Dislikes: Bad parking, rudeness generally but especially in restaurants

Fun non work fact: I ran my first Robin Hood half marathon this year

Chris Darlington

Chris Darlington

Tayte McCarthy

Tayte McCarthy MAAT

Assistant Management Accountant

Role: Fashion Icon

Dislikes: Bad driving and Radio Music

Fun work fact: Suit or scruffy, no inbetween

Fun non work fact: I play tournament paintball

Tom Standeven

Tom Standeven

Client Relationship Manager

Role: Looking after Clients needs from enquiry to delivery, managing projects effectively working closely with internal stakeholders and the supply chain.

Dislikes: grapefruit, Man United

Fun work fact: Head Coach of Champs 5 a side

Fun non work fact: 1st time on a Plane was to South Africa at 20.

Abbey Elvin

Abbey Elvin

Client Relationship Manager

Role: Managing clients/projects

Dislikes: People with no manners ( being polite costs nothing )

Fun work fact: Accidently inviting a new client to a team meal ( whoops )

Fun non work fact: I swam with tiger sharks in FIJI and volunteered in an orphanage

Lando

Lando

Chief Morale Officer

Role: Making everyone smile and ensuring they always leave work covered in hair 😊

Dislikes: People wearing hats, carrying anything strange and talking too loudly when I’m trying to sleep

Fun work fact: I once managed to steal Ewen’s ham sandwich and he didn’t even notice!

Fun non work fact: My favourite toy is my brussel sprout – if you ask me ‘where’s brussel’ I’ll bring it right over for you!

George Sfintescu-Niculescu

George Sfintescu-Niculescu

SEO Executive

Role: Make websites go ⬆️⬆️⬆️

Dislikes: People who lift more than me

Fun work fact: I ate a full, raw bell pepper every morning at my desk for 4 months.

Fun non work fact: I once drank so much, I woke up in another city.

Lauren Perkins

Lauren Perkins

Digital Marketing Executive

Role: Helping the SEO team to improve traffic and rankings of Champions Websites

Dislikes: Vinegar, loud eaters and rain

Fun work fact: I am very organised, my desk is always neat and tidy

Fun non work fact: I have an extensive shoe and handbag collection that is ever expanding!

Satwant Dhillon

Satwant Dhillon

Financial Controller

Role: Compiling the management accounts for the business, managing the balance sheet, providing information to the management team on profitability.

Dislikes: Reality Shows, Creepy Crawlies

Fun work fact: Never far from the biscuit tin…..

Fun non work fact: Once stalked David Beckham round Singapore, also love superhero movies

kieran matthews

Kieran Matthews

SEO Manager

Role: Helping clients achieve more from their website

Dislikes: snakes, porridge and forest

Fun work fact: Nobody knows my name 😒

Fun non work fact: A great relative is the antagonist of a Sherlock Holmes book

Sinead Stroud

Sinead Stroud

Head of Brand Strategy

Role: Creating bespoke brand strategies for our clients to help them achieve their business goals.

Dislikes: Wasps, cooked carrots and crazy golf

Fun work fact: I studied Journalism at University so my ability to write shorthand sometimes comes in handy!

Fun non work fact: I learned Irish Dancing from the age of 4 – it only ever comes out at weddings though now!

Megan Lupton

Megan Lupton

Senior Content Executive

Role: Manage internal content and oversee the Champions Speakers YouTube channel.

Dislikes: Wet bread.

Fun work fact: I am completing a practice research PhD at De Montfort University.

Fun non work fact: I have interviewed Sir Mo Farah and Dr Alex George!

Georgia Haslam

Georgia Haslam

Social Media Manager

Role: Heads up the social media team as well as delivering both organic and paid social media solutions to a vast array of B2B and B2C clients.

Dislikes: Any type of life admin that involves my car…

Fun work fact: Worked with Marco Pierre White and Rachel Stevens on a filmed social media campaign.

Fun non work fact: I’m half Scottish and have a huge family up there!

Joe Burton

Joe Burton

Music & Entertainment Executive

Megan Mosley

Megan Mosley

Content Manager

Role: Writing, proofing and organising everything to do with the written word!

Dislikes: Coffee.

Fun work fact: I have a first-class honours degree in Journalism!

Fun non work fact: I once competed in the kickboxing world championships in Germany! Definitely couldn’t do that now.

Sharon Sparano

Sharon Sparano

Accounts Manager

Role: Making sure all payments are made to suppliers, Managing the Debtors, payroll, various other tasks

Dislikes: Lockdowns!!

Fun work fact: I enjoy working in a lively always changing Company, and the variety this gives my role.

Fun non work fact: Enjoy spending time with my new Grandson

Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

Office Manager

Role: Manage the office and PA to the CEO.

Dislikes: Meat as I’m a veggie!

Fun work fact: I danced professionally at The Tower Ballroom in Blackpool twice. Or I was Jim Davidson’s choreographer.

Fun non work fact: Last year I overcame my phobia of snakes and held one numerous times. Now I can comfortably watch I’m a Celebrity without having to turn away from the screen.

David simms

David Simms

Laura Hayes

Laura Hayes

Keynote Speaker & Entertainment Executive

Hilary Gorbould

Hilary Gorbould

Celebrity & Brand Partnership Executive

StJohn Krog

StJohn Krog

eCommerce Developer

Role: eCommerce Developer

Dislikes: Not learning.

Fun work fact: I’m completely self-taught.

Fun non work fact: I have built my own café racer.

tim mutton

Tim Mutton

jo foster

Jo Foster

Celebrity & Keynote Administration Manager

Role: I work in the Celebrity team organising contracts, logistics and practicalities of events, for example travel and accommodation.

Dislikes: Slow Walkers and Tonic

Fun work fact: I once individually raised £12,000 for Charity.

Fun non work fact: I have a Collie-Doodle and love Art

Laura Bowler

Laura Bowler

Keynote Speaker & Entertainment Executive

Kieran Warner

Kieran Warner

Credit Controller

Role: Chase debtors

Dislikes: The word ‘Basically’

Fun work fact: I’ve got eyeballs, not crystal balls.

Fun non work fact: I’ve been to Disney World Florida 8 times.

Mark Matthews

Mark Matthews

Senior Keynote Speaker Executive

Callum Jackson

Callum Jackson

Web Developer

Role: National Treasure

Dislikes: Waking up in the morning

Fun work fact: Voted Most Funny 2021

Fun non work fact: I want to build a Drag car

Sam Jones

Sam Jones

Creative Media Executive

Role: Filming everything, hoping to get as many ‘You’ve Been Framed worthy’ bloopers as possible.

Dislikes: Not a big fan of octopi, far too intelligent for their own good.

Fun work fact: I definitely use the work car more than my own.

Fun non work fact: I support Leicester City Football Club.

Amelia Hayes

Amelia Hayes

Senior Manager at Influencer Matchmaker

Role: Partnering brands with influencers and celebrities

Dislikes: People who don’t like my dog 😊

Fun work fact: I own the office chief morale officer, Lando and have been at Champions over 8 years.

Fun non work fact: I’ve taken part in the London Marathon twice and managed to beat my husband both times 😊

Ewen Lewis

Ewen Lewis

Senior Designer

Role: I'm part of the Creative Team at Champions (UK) plc, working closely with Sarah Pearson, the Marketing Manager. I am responsible for developing creative ideas, seeing them from conception to completion.

Fun work fact: I joined Champions on Valentine’s Day!

Fun non work fact: I started playing drums at the age of 7½! With over 30 years’ experience, I have played for many local Leicester bands and Orchestras.

Ben Faulkner

Ben Faulkner

Head of Web Development

Role: Working with the digital team to make beautiful and powerful websites.

Dislikes: Condiments being left out of the fridge, you know who you are.

Fun work fact: I’m officially allowed to use the job title “Head of warm and fluffy Champions”.

Fun non work fact: I have qualifications in both etiquette and diesel engines.

Annie Taylor

Annie Taylor

Graphic Designer

Dislikes: Spiders

Geoff Sanders

Geoff Sanders

Graphic Designer

Role: Studio Manager

Dislikes: celery and pineapple (equal measure)

Fun work fact: I am the current reigning champion of champions (thanks covid lol)

Fun non work fact: In 1996 I was Jason Donovan's minder