Maria Valentine - Managing Director
Sue Wright - Senior Campaign & Event Manager
Lucy Ewing - Senior Event Manager
Richard Borrett - IT Support
Becky Shore - Head of Business Development
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Louisa Vaughan - Head of Events
Matt Sweet - Creative Director
David Adams - Creative Designer
Hayley Exon - Head of Communications
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Jim Harrison - Web Developer
Lucinda Kingsnorth - Events Manager
Ted Melhuish - Communications Administrator & Data Analyst
Kirsty Spain - Business Development
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Dave Badger - Junior Web Developer
Rachel Douglass - Event Manager
Avril Aslop - Account Manager
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Maria Valentine.

Managing Director

Wow, it's hard to say in a few lines what I love most about this industry, my fish and Yellow Fish! With over 26 years in the game I've pretty much done it and seen it all! I'm hugely proud of what Yellow Fish stands for; a company that puts personal values and client relationships first, one that creates magic and fun every day and a fish that always goes the extra mile.

I'm a hippy chick at heart with a long list of loves that include my family, open spaces, sunshine, Ibiza, Africa, dancing in the sand, yoga, music and belly laughing!

Fun Fish Fact

I start every day with a raw veggie juice and finish it with a glass of wine…!

Sue Wright.

Senior Campaign & Events Manager

I love music, eating seafood and drinking wine in the sunshine! My working day starts with a cycle to work along Brighton & Hove seafront - what could be better than that?

I love my job and truly care about what I do. I have a strong work ethic and like to get the job done!

Fun Fish Fact

My great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was a Viking - (I am proud to be half Finnish!)

Lucy Ewing.

Account Director

I love travelling and seeing new places so this is the perfect job for me. I love music, living in the countryside and hearing my toddler giggle!

Putting an incentive trip itinerary together and seeing the winners having the time of their lives is worth all the hard work. I couldn't imagine doing anything else.

Fun Fish Fact

I once had a photo shown on Timmy Mallet's Wacaday!

Richard Borrett.

I.T / Tech Support

It's official, I'm a techy geek! I support Yellow Fish in all things IT, software, hardware and AV. Rarely do I come out during the day but when I do, I love being part of such a dynamic and creative fish who are always wanting to push my boundaries. I love to travel in the real world as well as the techy one, experiencing new cultures and cuisine.

Fun Fish Fact

Shhh - I support several A listers with their IT; but can't give names! Oh, and I like dressing up as a troll!

Rebecca Shore.

Head of Business Development

You know that annoying person who smugly knows all the latest hotspots… that's me! To say I'm obsessed with travelling the world, finding the coolest restaurants, bars and hotels is an understatement.

I'm proud to say I love my job and the people I work with and I still get a huge buzz creating memorable experiences for our clients. Outside of work you will find me in a pub garden surrounded by friends and family planning my next adventure.

Fun Fish Fact

Amy Winehouse called me “a beaut” by the seafood bar at Gatwick Airport.

Louisa Vaughan.

Head of Events

I've been managing events for as long as I can remember and still love it as much as the day I started. My role is constantly challenging and is extremely varied & exciting, I'm so privileged to be able to combine my work with travelling & seeing the world!

I'm happiest when I'm with my family & friends and believe in living life to the full, you only get one shot.

Fun Fish Fact

I once hung out at Robbie Williams' house in LA and swam in his pool, I even went down his slide! ;)

Matt Sweet.

Creative Director

To be able to stretch my creative legs on a daily basis is just awesome. I love the science and thought process behind great design and relish opportunities to try something new and expand my creative world.

There is a real buzz in Brighton and I love to take 'mini lunch-break adventures' into the Lanes to explore the amazing music and vintage shops our seaside city has to offer.

Fun Fish Fact

My band once supported the band Texas to a crowd of over 3500!

David Adams.

Senior Creative Designer & Studio Coordinator

There's never a dull moment in the studio with fresh challenges to tackle. The artist in me throws out creativity, and my logical side comes in to tidy the job.

I enjoy the eclectic lifestyle of Brighton as well as the simple things, sipping a macchiato whilst oiling the beard and watching the world go by. Sinking a few craft beers after a week of creativity makes me smile.

Fun Fish Fact

I once hand illustrated a large stag mural on the wall during a live hip hop event in Reading.

Hayley Exon.

Head of Communications

Full of passion for all things communication and always an organiser. I like developing unique reward⁄recognition schemes for important folk and coming up with quirky copy and ideas on any campaign.

I'm an easy talker with a passion for meeting new people and generally having a natter! With a lot of love for Brighton, I generally get involved in what our city has to offer; mooching around the Lanes, sea swimming, running on the seafront and local events.

Fun Fish Fact

I don't like gin, I won't be swayed.

Jim Harrison.

Web Developer

Since I was young I've always enjoyed solving puzzles and this has translated well into becoming a web developer.

Despite being a techy, I enjoy hitting the gym and cooking great food - those combined with coding means I never stop listening to music either.

Fun Fish Fact

I was once interviewed on TV and couldn't answer any questions properly. Embarrassing!

Lucinda Kingsnorth.

Office Manager

I may have broken many a finger in my amateur netballing career - but you'll still be in great hands when I'm looking after your event because I'm absolutely obsessed with being organised in the most efficient way possible.

I also love the bold, colourful & creative, both in my work - and in my earring⁄nail varnish collections!

Fun Fish Fact

I once took part in an ITV gameshow and ended up in the gunge tank - it took forever to get it out of my hair!

Ted Melhuish.

Communications Manager & Data Analyst

Originally sourced from Essex, I'm a data crunching, problem dissolver and I love being surrounded by the creative people at Yellow Fish who inspire me on a daily basis. Out of work you'll find me experimenting with world cuisines, playing video games or soaking up the exciting and varied nightlife of Brighton. For me, excitement lies on the road less travelled.

Fun Fish Fact

I once won a year's supply of Cheddar and ate it in 6 months.

Kirsty Spain.

Business Development Support

I'm super nosey so keeping on top of the hottest destinations, trendy hotels & cool venues all over the world suits me perfectly! Starting my events career at YFish means I've learnt from the very best in the industry... that should earn me some brownie points! I fully understand the amount of planning and detailed organisation it takes to create a tip top event and in my business development role I can make sure that's implemented from the word go.

Fun Fish Fact

When I was eight years old I danced as a chicken with Wayne Sleep!

Dave Badger.

Web Developer

Web Development ties together my appreciation of great design and love of logical thought. It's a pleasure to be able to bring brilliant designs to life on a daily basis and work with likeminded creative people!

Fun Fish Fact

I've written and illustrated a rhyming children's story (which lasts exactly the same amount of time it takes my son to fall asleep...)

Rachel Douglass.

Event Manager

This industry amazes me every day. I love the fast pace, creativity and excitement that is involved and I can honestly say I look forward to each day. I love creating and delivering unforgettable experiences for our clients and outside of work I spend my time exploring, delving into delicious food and wine and spending as much time with my nearest and dearest as the weekends will allow.

Fun Fish Fact

My first job was on a farm in Surrey milking goats!


Account Manager

Originally from Yorkshire I gravitated south to London and then the south coast. I love living by the sea and the climate means it’s great for outdoor activities. My personal favourites being cycling and roller blading.

Fun Fish Fact

Pictured in ‘Smash Hits’ magazine at a film premiere with Holly Johnson from Frankie goes to Hollywood.