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Robin Shenfield

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer


Robin is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Mill and has led the company from its formation in 1990 to a business that includes offices in London, New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, and an acclaimed asset management and distribution company Beam.

The guiding ambition of the company has been to produce world-class creative work and The Mill has applied this ethos to every strand of its activities. Robin was a hands-on visual effects producer prior to The Mill and began his career in marketing and as a journalist writing about media.

Michael Wolfson

Group Chief Financial Officer


Michael is the Chief Financial Officer of The Mill Group, joining the company in 2007.  He has over 20 years experience in the media and business service sector.

Prior to joining The Mill, Michael was Group Finance Director of Antenna Audio, the world's largest provider of audio tours and oversaw the company's sale to Discovery Communications in 2006.  He qualified at PWC and has also held senior financial roles at Getty Images, United News & Media, where his key clients included the BBC and Pearson.

Michael is a graduate of Warwick University and he is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Alistair Thompson

Executive Vice President, International


Alistair is Executive Vice President, International, and is based in The Mill in London.

Alistair joined The Mill London in 1998, when he produced and supervised visual effects projects for Levi's, Guinness, VW and Mercedes and worked with directors including Michel Gondry, Frank Budgen, Ivan Zaccharias, Bryan Buckley, Noam Murro, Traktor, Frederik Bond and Chris Cunningham.

Noreen Connolly

Managing Director (Beam)


Noreen was appointed Joint Managing Director of Beam in October 2013.

She has over 20 years of experience in the advertising industry and is responsible for the smooth day-to-day running of all client-facing operational areas. Starting agency-side at Grey and DMB&B in the TV departments, before making the transition to the supplier side, Noreen was then responsible for setting up operations at the digital-delivery company IMD before she left as Operations Director.

This was followed by a stint at Adstream again as Operations Director, before joining the Beam team in 2004.

Pat Joseph

Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer


Pat is co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Mill and has driven The Mill's ground-breaking creative output since its origin in 1990. He is considered one of the most influential VFX professionals of the last two decades.

Before The Mill, Pat worked within the film special effects department at National Screen Services on films including 'Moonraker', 'The Spy Who Loved Me', 'For Your Eyes Only' as well as 'Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Superman'.  He then joined Geoff Axtell Associates where he drove the company's evolution from optical film to digital VFX. 

Prior to joining The Mill,  Pat was senior special effects advisor at Rushes.

Darren O’Kelly

Managing Director [London]


Darren is Managing Director of The Mill London, overseeing the businesses and contributing to group strategy.

Darren was formerly The Mill London's Head of Production where he led the team through a period of expansion, including the launch of a number of successful new business divisions.

Since joining the company as a producer in 2002, he has collaborated with most of the world's leading agencies and directors. His credits include award-winning visual effects work for brands such as Guinness, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Sony, Audi, and Nike.

Darren read English and Philosophy at University College Dublin and holds an MA in Film and Television from Dublin City University.

Jared Yeater

Managing Director [Chicago]


Jared is Managing Director of The Mill's newest studio in Chicago.

Jared started at The Mill in New York as a  producer in 2010 and has led the team in Chicago since January 2013 when the studio launched, initially an Executive Producer. He was instrumental in setting up the studio and assembling the right team to respond to demand in the Midwest. Under Jared's leadership the studio has trebled in size.

In April 2014 he was promoted to Managing Director. He also sits on The Mill's Group Executive Board, contributing to The Mill's company strategy.

Stephanie Tancock

Managing Director (Beam)


Stephanie became Joint Managing Director of Beam in October 2013.

She is ACCA-qualified and has over 9 years of financial experience within the banking and media industries.

In May 2012, Stephanie took the natural transition from Beam Financial Controller to Commercial Director, where she undertook the responsibility for all commercial aspects of the Beam business, including leading the team and managing some key client contracts.

Michael Baulk

Group Chairman


Michael has been chairman of The Mill Group since 2007.

Michael joined Leo Burnett as trainee on Procter and Gamble in 1966.  He joined Ogilvy and Mather in 1971, became a Board Director in 1975, Deputy Managing Director in 1979, Managing Director in 1980 and was appointed to the Worldwide Board of Ogilvy & Mather in 1983.  

He joined Abbott Mead Vickers in September 1986 as Chief Executive, became Chairman & Group CEO of AMV plc in January 1997 and Chairman of BBDO EMEA in 1999.

Michael also sat on the Worldwide Board of BBDO and was a non-executive Director of Debenhams and RHM.

Heather Fullerton

Managing Director [New York]


Heather is Managing Director of The Mill in New York. Her experience as both a client and agency leader gives her a unique perspective to contribute to The Mill's strategy and growth. She also sits on The Mill's Group Executive Board.

Heather joined The Mill in 2014. She was previously Managing and Strategy Director of BlueberryFrog  (the non-traditional division of StrawberryFrog) in Amsterdam. Then as a Partner of StrawberryFrog she moved to New York to launch StrawberryFrog North America. After many years as a Frog, she joined McCann Erickson as Executive Vice President and Group Managing Director, followed by work with select agencies in innovation and brand development. Prior working on the agency side, she worked in Accenture's strategy practice and at Levi Strauss & Co in Paris.

Damien Macaulay

Chief Operating Officer (US) & General Manager (LA)


Damien is the Chief Operating Officer of the New York, Los Angeles and Chicago studios and General Manager of The Mill's Los Angeles studio, overseeing the business on a day to day basis.

He joined The Mill in 2012 and sits on The Mill's Group Executive Board helping drive and implement new strategies across The Mill's US studios. He was also instrumental in the launch and growth of The Mill's newest studio in Chicago in January 2013.

Prior to joining The Mill, Damien spent 15 years at Technicolor in a a variety of finance and operational roles in London, Melbourne and Los Angeles, across their Home Entertainment and Media Services divisions. 

Damien is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.



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