We tell your truth
And get your voice heard
Toucan is a multi-talented team of storytellers. We’re strategic thinkers and creative doers, a diverse mix of left and right brains with big picture vision and an eye for the small stuff. Our projects unite the people that matter to you, building positive brand engagement and sparking cultural transformation.
What’s our story?
We’ve built Toucan around what we love doing most – creating and producing extraordinary content across film, events and communications. We are visual and experiential experts Lynn Chambers and Sally Nettleton, who started the Toucan journey almost 30 years ago. Today, our team creates outstanding content that delivers on your commercial goals.
With a background in writing, comedy and acting, we wanted to turn our talent for entertaining people into a sustainable business that could help companies, organisations and enterprising charities get their voices heard in the most authentic and imaginative way.
The stories we tap into and illuminate touch people on a pure, emotional level, creating space for change. Work with us and you’ll be collaborating with a wealth of talent; people who share the same curious mindset and boundless enthusiasm.
Founder & MD
Toucan’s owner and Commander-in-Chief is Lynn. With a CV that spans PR and marketing, professional singing and stand-up comedy, Lynn has spent the latter part of her career making films and managing shoots and events around the world. She heads up the agency, keeping a beady eye on quality and ensuring all our lovely clients are having the best time working with us.
Co-Founder & Director
With a background in theatre, directing, film production and stand-up comedy, Sally is a talented storyteller, director and producer. Always interested in the ways people can excel in their performance and communication, Sally has worked with a number of high profile clients to hone their presenting skills. She also created and runs the IP group training programme for the GSK IMPACT Awards.
Meet the Toucan team.
We’re a group of business-focused creatives from the world of film, events, media, design, comedy and communications with one thing in common – we believe in the power of storytelling.
Client Services Director
Helen is the conductor of the Toucan orchestra. As Client Services Director, executive strategist and sustainability lead, she keeps our story moving forward and ensures our projects are meticulously planned and seamlessly delivered. With a background in global projects and large scale events, years of experience in shaping budget strategy and a whole raft of skills in analysis and insight, Helen has the perfect blend of strategic and creative thinking to keep us all playing in harmony.
Barry has storytelling in his blood. He’s written, produced and directed everything from BBC documentaries, Radio 4 sitcoms and BAFTA-nominated short films to stand up comedy specials. Toucan’s creative director and executive producer, Barry conceptualises and provides content for a wide range of global brands. He creates the overall vision, writes the script and manages every aspect of the production.
Operations and Production Director
Mark has over 20 years of experience in the events industry. Working both venue and agency side has given him well rounded experience with roles that include ExCeL London, Imagination, George P Johnson and, most recently, Identity. Mark’s agency experience includes 7 years at Imagination as Senior Production Manager followed by 9 years as Head of Technical Production for George P Johnson London where key roles included Project Director of Cisco Live 2019 leading the delivery team taking full responsibility for the client management and managing and reconciling a budget in excess of €20 million. Mark and his team delivered a flawless 5-day event in Barcelona attended by over 14,000 delegates. Most recently Mark led the highly successful Production and Operational delivery of COP26 in Glasgow. Mark is also a part of the faculty at Westminster University where he regularly lectures under and post graduate students in the Events and Tourism school. Clients worked for: IBM, Google (Developer and Cloud), SWIFT (Sibos), Cisco (Cisco Live EMEA), VMware, Zumba, Salesforce, Magento and Vodafone
Rachel has a proven track record of delivering high levels of ROI, increased revenues, and wider brand awareness. With over 20 years’ experience in developing and rolling-out business strategy and brand communication campaigns across a wide variety of sectors, Rachel’s role at Toucan ensures that client strategy aligns seamlessly with desired outcomes across each project
An incredible visual storyteller, Lisa has a talent for emotive and engaging images. While she has the likes of Bob Geldof, Kate Middleton and Paul McKenna on her CV, she thrives on connecting and capturing the uniqueness in each and every person she photographs no matter who they are or what they do. Lisa’s warm, easy-going approach soon puts people at ease and with an exceptional eye for composition and a gift for finding the beating heart of every story, her images are always compelling.
Josh is a BAFTA-nominated filmmaker with a long-standing love of editing. He’s an exceptional storyteller with a keen eye for narrative and for building in beautiful footage to help show rather than tell. Adept at long or short form editing, he is also very experienced at handling sensitive storylines resulting in emotive and powerful edits that bring stories to life and have a powerful emotional impact on the viewer.
George is an accomplished video editor with a wide range of films, documentaries and music videos under his belt. He has years of experience editing complex content, balancing critical information with emotive storytelling to create impactful films. His creativity and skill brings the source material to life in a way which ensures the films are always engaging and memorable.
Director/Director of Photography
Owain is a versatile filmmaker and aerial cinematographer – as well as a camera operator, editor, and animator. With almost 20 years in the industry, Owain has worked across many different genres from advertising and broadcast to corporate, travel, and documentary. As a Director and Director of Photography, Owain crafts beautiful, emotive visual content and has a knack for finding the perfect shot, even in the most challenging of situations.
Director / Senior Producer
With a passion for immersive storytelling, Jamie revels in pushing the creative boundaries in films that engage, educate, and impact an international audience. From England, yet having visited over half of the world’s nations, you’ll find in his work compelling stories of social and environmental purpose, often layered with emotive undertones and the accompaniment of gripping, cinematic visuals. A self-professed ‘lighting obsessive’ and ‘tech nerd’, Jamie has garnered a reputation for crafting beautiful compositions, and employing his warm personality to dig beneath the surface of any story to get to the heart of the topic.
On a fast moving film set, Rob’s expertise is in connecting the whole team, moving between key members and activities to facilitate a smoothly run shoot. An intelligent and highly-capable camera operator, Rob has a particular flair for crafting stories in the edit. He’s also meticulously organised and adept at handling production management.
Joseph is an energetic, strategic leader with a reputation for creating high-performing, cross-functional teams to deliver all aspects of a project. A skilled account director, Joseph has been producing corporate B2B events for clients since 2014, with guest numbers ranging from 50-15,000 both nationally and internationally, and most recently producing global virtual/hybrid events. With a background working agency-side for multinational tech companies such as Google, Joseph keeps all stakeholders on track at every stage of the journey, from brainstorming and creative management through to production problem-solving.
Words are Esme’s world. Published and recognised across a range of media including books, magazines, newspapers, advertising, corporate communications, photography, film and television, she is always searching out the best way to tell a story. With a successful career spanning everything wordy, from bestselling non-fiction to coaching, copywriting and public speaking, Esme helps us get under the skin of our stories so they can sing really, really loud!
Senior Graphic Designer
Amie is a multi-skilled graphic and digital designer with over 12 years industry experience. She’s worked at some of the UK’s top creative agencies with brands such as DreamWorks, Adidas and Unilever. At Toucan, her creativity ensures the success of multiple PR, advertising and experiential event campaigns for our global corporate, consumer, sport and healthcare brands.
Sarah is an event producer with over 10 years’ global experience in live events and venues across a range of projects, from huge events like Lady Gaga presents Love for Sale global fan zones to brand pop-ups, PR stunts and experiential activations for private, B2B and B2C clients. Specialising in creative strategy and implementation, event and technical production, people management and client servicing with experience across the UK, Europe and the US, Sarah is a voice of creativity and calm in the Toucan nest.
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Things we’re proud of
Over 150 inspirational films for leading global brands
Since 2011 we’ve been creative partners to world pharmaceutical leader, GSK, working across film, communications and events
11 years of creating content, producing and developing the prestigious GSK IMPACT Awards in association with The King’s Fund
15,000 global attendees at the virtual Transformational Medicines and Vaccines Awards
Creating an employee-focused stories campaign that resulted in the company’s top performing global campaign and a 96% positive sentiment amongst the internal audience.
Reducing our impact on climate change
At Toucan, we like to keep things real. That’s why rather than making empty promises about sustainability, we’ve put our money and our voices behind climate change experts Ecologi, who help fund impactful climate solutions for partners like us.
Take a look at our impact on carbon reduction and reforestation here.
As well as what we’re doing with Ecologi, we can help you calculate the ecological impact of each individual project and advise on the best way to offset the environmental footprint.