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Robin Shenfield

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Biography

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 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

Biography

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.

Ben Hampshire

Managing Director [Los Angeles]

Biography

Ben became Managing Director of The Mill Los Angeles in May 2008 and oversees the business on a day-to-day basis.

Originally with The Mill London as a producer and later as Head of Production, he has driven the rapid expansion of the Group's newest office.  As a producer in London, Ben worked on many of the Mill's high-profile projects including the BTAA Craft award-winning Department of Transport spots directed by Walter Stern for AMV and Vaseline 'Sea' for Ivan Zacharias/BBH.

Ben is a graduate of Bristol University, with a degree in Economic and Social History. He began his career working for actor William Hurt in 1994.

Pat Joseph

Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer

Biography

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]

Biography

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.

Noreen Connolly

Managing Director (Beam)

Biography

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.

Michael Baulk

Group Chairman

Biography

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.

Alistair Thompson

Executive Vice President, International

Biography

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.

Stephanie Tancock

Managing Director (Beam)

Biography

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.

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London

40-41 Great Marlborough Street, Soho, London, W1F 7JQ

Tel: +44 20 7287 4041
Fax: +44 20 7287 8393

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New York

451 Broadway, 4th/5th/6th Floor,
New York, NY, 10013

Tel: +1 212 337 3210
Fax: +1 646 432 8958

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Los Angeles

3233 S. La Cienega Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA, 90016

Tel: +1 310 566 3111
Fax: +1 310 566 3144

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Chicago

54 West Hubbard Street, Suite 502,
Chicago, IL, 60654

Tel: +1 312 605 8900
Fax: +1 312 822 0882

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