Our leadership

Thom Newton

CEO & Managing Partner

Thom Newton CEO & Managing Partner

Thom is responsible for driving the strategy for growth of Conran and extending the business's capability across new creative services. Prior to joining Conran Design Group he worked at (WPP agency) Coley Porter Bell, Bamber Forsyth and Fitch. He co-founded 35 Communications in 2003 (sold to the Havas Group in 2008).

Since the merger of 35 Communications and Conran Design Group in late 2008, Thom has been central to the development of the agency, leading the creation of the digital, film and animation offer and extending CDG's offer internationally. Thom has worked with some of the most successful businesses in the world and currently heads up accounts for clients that include Burberry, Cancer Research, National Grid and Tate & Lyle.

Lee Hoddy

Creative Partner

Lee Hoddy Creative Partner

Lee is responsible for creative standards at Conran Design Group and heads up the agency's design team. He has worked at some of the most successful agencies worldwide including Brand Union and Fitch.

A founding partner of 35 Communications in 2003, he joined Conran Design Group in 2008 and has been central to the development of the agency's reputation for creative excellence. Lee oversees all areas of creative output and creatively directs some of the agency's largest accounts including Shell, Rolls Royce, Freshfields and VISA.

Jane Simmonds

Managing Partner

Jane Simmonds Managing Partner

Jane has over 25 years’ experience in branding and design and has been involved in the creation and guardianship of global brand identities for Coats, Meridian Hotels, Shell, Unibail-Rodamco, and bmi. Jane’s ability in developing and building long-standing relationships with clients, across skills, channels and group businesses, is second to none in the industry.

Previously Jane was CEO of Fitch and has held senior management roles at Landor, Brand Union and Addison. Jane has been central to the formation of Havas Design+, the fast-growing global network of design and branding agencies within the Havas Group.  She currently leads our accounts for Shell, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Procter & Gamble.

Conran Design Group Offices

The Group

Conran Design Group is part of global communications group Havas. The Havas network operates in over 300 offices across 100 countries.

We work closely with group networks including Havas Health in the US. As founder members of the Havas Design+ network, we also work in partnership with our sister design and branding agencies worldwide to deliver truly global brand programmes.

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