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Meet the team that brings us Alive – Stan

Meet Stan, Alive’s operations and design director who is quick off the draw in more ways than one! Here he gives us the inside track on his lifelong passion for design and world record winning ways.


How did you first get into design?

I’ve been working in design for 19 years now, having started as a junior designer and working my way up the ranks to creative lead. Last year, I started doing more on the leadership and project management side of things and looking at improving Alive’s own processes and efficiencies (which hopefully I’m doing!).


How long have you worked at Alive?

I joined Alive way back in 2012 as a senior designer. I knew Alan, one of the founders, as we’d previously worked together at another agency. He was creative director there and a couple of years after leaving got in touch to tell me about Alive and to ask if I wanted to join. There was just four of us in those early days and we’ve since grown to become a team of 15.


What’s it like working at Alive?

It’s a fun place to work and everyone’s very motivated and enthusiastic to get stuck in for clients. This may sound cheesy, but it feels like a family. There’s a genuine closeness that’s unlike anywhere I’ve worked before. We’re also treated equally. There’s no difference. Alan and Alex, the two founders, care about the people who work here. You’re not treated like you work ‘for’ them. We all just work together.


What do you most enjoy?

I love leading on creative projects and campaigns and seeing them come to fruition. I’ll always be juggling lots of things to get them over the line and when you see a happy client, you know it’s all been worth it. I also enjoy supporting the team to help them do the best job they can.


Favourite projects you’ve worked on?

I’m really proud of the ‘Let’s talk about it’ campaign we worked on for Bedfordshire Police. It was designed to open a dialogue among professionals, communities and the general public around tackling extremism. We were really starting from scratch with it, as there was nothing like it at the time and being a sensitive subject, it took a lot of research and conversations to get right.

Another project that stands out for me was creating a book of inspiration for a client. They wanted something that would help encourage and inspire employees to come up with new product ideas and innovations. It was a great opportunity to create a highly spec’d printed document to be proud of.


Finally, something we’d never guess about you?


I’m actually called David! Stan comes from my surname, Stanley. It’s just something I’ve always been called and wherever I go, the nickname follows me.

Perhaps more exciting is that I ran multiple times for Great Britain at Junior level in both track and cross country and held a world record! When I was 16 I was called up to be part of the team GB under-20s 4 x 800m relay team. I was the youngest in the team by a mile and managed a ridiculous PB! We achieved the Junior 4 x 800m world record, which stood for more than 20 years.

“The guys at Alive understand the complexities of our business which means we don’t need to explain the detail of every project or design piece – they’re already on it, which keeps things moving and delivers the results we need.”

Emily Stoten — Head of Marketing, Selecta

“I feel like they own and care for the project as much as we do! I would not use anyone else for my creative work and think Alive is ahead of the game.”

Jo Hobbs — Communications Manager

“Thanks for all your help. We are delighted with the campaign, both in terms of the creativity and messaging but also the thought taken over the rollout of the materials. All looks absolutely fabulous!”

Sarah Crowdy — Campaign and Media Officer Communications, South East Water

“We went to ‘Alive’ for ideas on how to run a specific employee program in Europe. Alan and his team were brilliant in coming up with fresh, creative and practical approaches. The team took charge and executed brilliantly. We are pleased with the progress made so far and hope to have the same level of partnership and commitment going forward.”

Sobha Varghese — Tata Consultancy Services

“So glad that we chose Alive to create our new website. As well as taking the time to get the visual side of our requirement right, they worked with us to understand us, our business and our clients and reflect this across the site. We loved their flexible approach, which, coupled with the right level of challenge has replaced our old, clunky site with one we can be proud of. ”

Victoria Ford — Perago

“Alive were there to help when we were working every hour to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. They gave us the creativity, ideas and support we needed to deliver campaigns which empowered our residents in the most difficult time most of us have ever seen, personally and professionally. The team understood what we needed, worked closely with us and delivered fast without any compromise on quality. Working with Alive has been a joy in the darkest of times and I have no doubt will have helped to save lives. Thanks team x”

Julie Odams, Assistant Director of Communications & Customers — Derbyshire County Council

“If you are looking to improve creativity and build teamwork, I highly recommend a session like this for your team. No matter where you are in your creativity journey, a workshop like this can give your team a boost of energy and ideas to invigorate their creative thinking.”

Amy Lilja, IC Manager — Hennepin Healthcare

“This looks amazing - brought a smile to my face scrolling through it :-)”

Jack Ford, Head of Marketing — streamGO

“Love it. I will pass to the boss, but I think it's awesome.”

Matt Fletcher — Met Police

“We worked with the team at Alive to create our staff recognition video.
At a time like this, its never been more important to share the amazing work that our staff have done and continue to do on a daily basis under very difficult circumstances. We wanted to shout about this and recognise that when the time came, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue stepped up to the plate. We didn’t want an ordinary thank you post on social media or a basic email sent out internally, we wanted something special. Enter Alive. ”

Emma Wright — South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

“The (Alive) team were able to creatively pull together and document (in just over 2minutes) everything our service has achieved over the last few months, from thousands of prescriptions deliveries to hundreds of phone calls made to the vulnerable. The final product was so powerful and reflective of what our service has and continues to achieve. It couldn’t have been better received within the service – thanks Alive for once again helping us to communicate our vision!’”

Emma Wright — South Yorkshire & Rescue

Thank you so much. Incredible work done at incredible speed by incredible people.
Outstanding work as ever and what a turnaround. As for the concepts – wow. These are that good it would be an insult to describe them as just good. It’s a joke, quite frankly. This is exactly the Alive effect I was after. Right now I feel like I am living in an Alive With Ideas wonderland. Thank you!”

Jack Grasby, Campaigns Manager — SYFR

“Our company is fun, we have great brands, but most importantly we’re all about our people – and I wanted an agency who would understand that and help us bring it to life through our website and other comms. Straight away I felt that Alive ‘got’ us and provided the creative inspiration exactly where we needed it, as well as the technical expertise to deliver a well-functioning website.”

Keren McCarron, Head of Corporate Affairs & Communications — KP Snacks

“Alive were professional, friendly and great to work with. Most importantly they were creative, helping us to bring an extremely important safety campaign to life.”

Jack Grasby — South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

“Alive helped us create a video of our response to the floods of winter 2019. Our Chief Officer received messages from all round the country praising us for it and was really pleased with both the video and the response to it.”

Alexander Mills, Communications Manager — South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue

“I have worked with Alive with Ideas for many years now and they are by far the best Ideas and design company I have ever worked with (I’d even go as far as to say the best company of any sort that I’ve ever worked with). They are an incredibly talented and creative team, who are normal human beings, completely grounded, totally down to earth, approachable, friendly and an overall joy to work with.”

Steph Tranter, Hybrid Exec Coach & Psychologist —

“Alive are unique in how much they deeply listen and invest in you and your ideas. I have not come across a company that listens as much as they do to ensure your needs are understood and met (actually - they always exceed my needs and expectations). Everyone I recommend Alive to has an equally brilliant experience. When you work with Alive, you are not only getting some genius creativity brought into your life, you are also hanging out with some of the best examples of human beings I’ve ever known.”

Steph Tranter, Hybrid Exec Coach & Psychologist —

“What I really appreciate about Alive is that they work with us as partners, and care as much about getting it right for our patients as we do.”

Sara Langston, Patient Engagement & Marketing Manager — italk

“We got 'Alive' involved to help us shift mindsets across our organisation and they delivered! Using simple, clear and creative ideas the team have delivered us a campaign which has seen a dramatic increase in idea sharing and development. They’ve also played a significant role in creating a culture of shared success. I wouldn’t hesitate to work with again, in fact, we already are!”

Gavin Buckle — B&Q