The Team - WeAreAbsoluteUK

The Team

Paul Stephens | Director

Paul has over 20 years experience managing contractors on fit-outs for the likes of Tesco and Bristol Airport. He’s worked with us for over four years on major bar and restaurant projects nationally, giving us the benefit of his experience and particular strengths: his knowledge of construction processes and his ability to manage budgets.

Before adolescence, Paul was a boy soprano with such a powerful voice that, as a party piece, he could shatter wine-glasses with his top C. He’d just begun offering a cost-effective service to the NHS and BUPA – his voice could shatter kidney stones, too – when, sadly, his voice broke.

His lucky tuber is the yam.

Helen Stephens | Creative Director

Cornwall-born Helen graduated from Falmouth School of Art and Design in 1989 and has over 20 years’ experience in the design industry. She worked in London before returning to Cornwall in 1991 to run her own studio. Helen is a fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers, was a board director of the DBA and chaired The Cornwall Design Forum for 3 years.

If Helen was granted one superhero-power to use for a week she would choose the power of flight (or, if was cold out, the power to turn tapwater into Bollinger). 

Her lucky biscuit is the fig roll.

Tilly Avram | Middleweight Designer

Bilingual Ottilia (Tilly) brings with her excellent communication skills, an instinct for organising people as well as her thoughts, and a flair for great design, as shown by a fantastic range of award-winning work for clients like Red Bull, Coca-Cola and Hippodrome Casino.

Tilly’s pride and joy was her troupe of acrobat-chickens. Using a regime of daily workouts and seed-based rewards, she drilled them to perform forward rolls, cartwheels and flip-flaps to a soundtrack of 1990s soft rock. Sadly, the agent who offered to get them TV exposure turned out to be a merciless and cunning fox.

Her lucky finch is the Mealy redpoll.

Lauren Hood | Junior Graphic Designer

Lauren joins us after a stint freelancing for innovative agency The Storytellers, and, before that, clients such as Brand Brewery, Hive Health and Saatchi & Saatchi Healthcare, all of whom both added to her expertise and benefitted from her talent and passion.

Had she not chosen design, Lauren could have made a handsome living as a ventriloquist. Perfectly able to deliver monologues, do impressions and even sing without moving her lips, Lauren still uses her skills occasionally, whether just for fun, or in difficult meetings when no one’s agreeing with her.

Her lucky pear is the Stinking Bishop.

Jamin Lean | Graphic Designer

Jamin’s an inventive, dynamic designer with rich and varied experience. In two recent roles he’s been art director and designer for global brands like Bentley Motors, Tarmac, Goodyear Dunlop, Harley Davidson, Hardys Wine, Avis, CBS, Open University and Banrock Station.

Jamin’s the UK’s leading exponent of fruit sculpture. His life-sized Take That, made from dried bananas, featured on The One Show; he’s created a frieze for the British Museum using prune and plum stones, and he’s currently working on a private commission to create a bust of Piers Morgan out of pomegranates and pulped mango. 

His lucky butterfly is the Painted Lady.

Niove Eracleous | Account Manager

Niove arrives in Cornwall from her roots in the Lake District via the scenic route: South America (travelling initially, then owning and managing a surf bar in Peru) and Dubai (high-profile roles for prestigious international brand management, design and strategic communications agencies).

Taught to knit when small by an aunt, Niove won Britain’s Fastest Knitter (2003) and was World Runner-Up the next year. She knitted a replica Simon Cowell in three minutes on Britain’s Got Talent but was disqualified after allegations about ‘performance-enhancing’ herbal tea. (Niove cleared her name, sued successfully and donated nearly all the proceeds to charity.)

Her lucky boiled sweets are Sherbet Lemons.

Charlotte Strachan | Account Manager

Charlotte comes to us fresh from seven years in senior account management roles in Bristol and London, where she amassed a formidable array of skills, from day-to -day client liaison and media buying to long-term strategic research and planning.

Charlotte says she’s one of the world’s foremost experts in the art of growing ‘super-bonsai’ trees which, effectively, are just like bonsai trees, only much bigger. Most of us, however, just think of these as ‘trees’.

Her lucky Estuary is the Severn.

Rachael Pashley | Interior Designer

Rachael’s been a very successful and award-winning designer, both freelance and in-house, in the 12 years since she graduated from Falmouth College of Arts. She originally moved to Cornwall from Derbyshire and, after her degree, never went back.

Rachael’s uncanny sixth sense has seen her barred from ever buying lottery tickets or scratch-cards. No High St or online bookmakers will take a wager from her, and she’s been courted by the main political parties. At a live show last year, Rachael read Derren Brown’s mind.

Her lucky pastry is rough puff.

Ian White | Interior designer

Ian moves to Cornwall and joins us after the best part of seven years with a top London consultancy, bringing with him a solid and impressive background of working on interiors for a host of up-scale high street names.

As a boy, Ian had a prize-winning Flea Circus, whose performers he’d trained on trapeze, high-wire and tiny musical instruments he crafted from pasta and house-dust. The whole troupe was destroyed in the great Dog-Shampoo Disaster of ’91.

His lucky dynasty is Ming.

Nicholas Bunt | Architectural Technician

Nick joins our team with bags of experience of architecture, interiors and engineering, having been, variously, a senior draughtsman, site supervisor and freelance architectural technologist.

Nick’s an all-time top Monopoly player, having won the South of England, All-England and UK titles between 2003 and 2011. Controversy clouded the World Championships in early 2012, however; he fought with an Australian over who was going to be the car, and accused the Japanese competitor of acquiring Vine Street without paying in full. His ban expires in 2016.

His lucky crackers are cream.