Meet some of our legendary team

We believe that the core of our business is our people. We encourage a tenacious, collaborative and fun working environment and foster a culture of innovation and positivity. We celebrate success, we look after each other and we thrive on delivering exceptional results for our clients.

Dan Hawley

Managing Director

Dan is our esteemed MD. He has four kids, loves travelling, golf and pub crawls. He is always making people laugh and has an infectious humour. You wouldn't know it looking at his photo, or any other photo of Dan. One day we'll catch him smiling and not looking like a convict.

Ben Duffy

Account Director

Ben has worked agency-side for over 15 years across various disciplines within technology/CE retail and joined PLB in August 2020.

Katie Baker

Strategy Director

Katie joined PLB in May 2020, following 6 years at Samsung. Katie loves all things outdoors and is a keen surfer, open water swimmer and runner. She can't boil an egg though.

Simon Lee

Production Director

Simon has been at PLB for 27 years. He loves a holiday, fancy dress, cycling, beer and has been known to wear heels in his spare time. Simon's nickname is Panda (for reasons he has never divulged).

Steve Wiggins

3D Designer

Steve has been working at PLB for the last 6 months. He has an unhealthy obsession with the game of golf & loves medium format photography.

Clifford Irving

Production Manager

Clifford actually started working with PLB in 1987!! and then became a permanent member of the team 14 years ago. CJ as he is affectionately known, loves clubbing, the Greek islands and is an exceptional photographer.

Frank Hruby

Senior Field Engineer

Frank has been working at PLB for 3 years, primarily looking after WHSmith stores in airports and train stations. He loves playing sports (has played football all his life and supports Slavia Prague!), travelling, gardening and looking after his lovely daughter as much as he can, over in Czech. He lives a healthy lifestyle, is a perfectionist and workaholic!

Dakota Crook

Account Director

Dakota has worked with PLB for 5 years and previously worked in the PR industry. Dakota loves sunshine, holidays and the seaside.

Andy Simcock

Senior Project Manager

In a dank cave 20 years ago, Andy was born. Hewn from a slab of living stone. Down a twisted passageway to PLB Group he went. Down and down.

Ben Jones

Senior Designer

Ben has worked with PLB for 7 years, and came from the design industry. He is a keen runner and cyclist and loves the pub. After studying 3D design at university, he moved into graphic design, but now tends to work on the creative parts of PLB design projects whilst supporting the studio in all aspects of design. He bought his cottage locally a few years ago and has been doing it up ever since without a great deal of success. It seems his DIY skills aren’t as good as his design skills.

Lauren Forte

Account Manager

Lauren is fairly new to the team, working with PLB for nearly a year. She joined us in November 2019 to cover Mel’s maternity leave. Lauren is permanently cold, drinks too much coffee and hates spiders.

Andy Wright

Sales & Account Director

Andy has worked at PLB for 4 years, previously working in the IT industry. Andy has a passion for technology and innovation and is always keen to bring something new to our clients. In his spare time, he plays squash and the occasional rugby match, but more often or not can be found on the touchline watching his 2 boys play on a Sunday morning.

Bex Mount

Installation & Maintenance Administrator

Bex has worked for PLB for 2 ½ years and has vast experience of managing an office efficiently. She has a passion for music and loves djing with her son in her spare time.

Daniel Irving

Production Prototyping

Daniel can only be described as an inventor! Incredibly creative, he invents and builds things in his spare time, as well as at work. He has two children and has been with PLB for 5 years.

Theo Smith


Theo is a graphic designer & typographer, he joined PLB around 5 years ago as a Junior. He is a keen skier, with an interest in gaming, tech and film, particularly special and visual effects, and enjoy learning more and exploring new developments in the industry.

Jenna Spearing

Account Director

Jenna has two beautiful children, has a passion for cooking & growing veggies and loves to go camping. She has worked at PLB for 2½ years, joining us after 15 years of working with magazines.

Nick Smith

Project Manager

Nick is a Project Manager who has worked within the retail display industry for over 10 years and has been with PLB for three years. Outside of work Nick is a mountain biking, heavy metal listening, speargun fishing, superdad.

Melissa Thomas

Senior Account Manager

Mel is nearing her 7th anniversary with the PLB team. She’s a real foody and at her happiest when dining out!

Emily Wan

3D Designer

Emily has been with PLB since 2015 and has been working in the 3D design industry for 8 years. She loves all kinds of food and enjoys cooking for her friends and family. She recently became a mother so her dinner parties now include toys and messy floors.

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