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Monstarlab marks one year anniversary in Newcastle upon Tyne with team expansion.

Nov 14, 2022


Global digital consultancy, Monstarlab, has secured two industry heavyweights, based out of the Newcastle office to spearhead the continued expansion of the UK team. The move will further boost the company’s strategy practice, which has played a key role in new client wins across the education, legal and the public sectors over the last year. 

Newcastle team photo November 2022
(L-R) Kathryn Wharton, David Haley, Gary McClen, Sarah Linfoot, Sophie Brydon, Merlin Duff, David Titterton, Graham Campbell, Kevin Telford, Charlie MacDowall and James Hall


The strategy practice sits alongside the experience, technology and data practices to help clients such as Fujitsu, Avon and The Prince’s Trust deliver innovative and disruptive digital solutions. David Haley and Kevin Telford join as strategy consultants in public sector and financial services respectively, and will help to drive growth in these two key sectors for the business in Newcastle and beyond. 

David Haley brings 30 years experience in managing complex contracts and deliverables including Benefit Reform and major transformation programmes focused on infrastructure, Cloud and improved Citizen Services. David has a strong track record working with Civil Servants, Ministers and has represented previous organisations, at Public Accounts and Select Committee hearings in Westminster. 

Kevin Telford has worked with some of the UK’s biggest financial organisations, including Natwest, Barclaycard and VISA, has influenced the development of key consumer rights and privacy policies such as the development of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). He will leverage his extensive expertise in enabling data driven innovation, digital transformation, and agile ways of working to enhance Monstarlab’s offer to clients in financial services and insurance.

James Hall, UK managing director at Monstarlab, and based in Newcastle upon Tyne said: 

“Following a number of strategic new business wins and the expansion of key, client accounts, we’re delighted to see the team at our Newcastle office strengthened and expanded to support the growth in our Global Strategy team. Their combined knowledge and experience will be of great benefit to our clients, not just in the North East but across the world.”

Monstarlab was able to open the office in Newcastle following funding through the North of Tyne Inward Investment Fund and has played a key part over the last 12 months in raising the profile of the city at national and international events alongside strategic partners, destination, and investment organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI).

Part of NGI, Invest Newcastle supported Monstarlab with their move to Newcastle. Commenting on Monstarlab’s continued growth, investment, and commitment to Newcastle Jennifer Hartley, Director at Invest Newcastle said:

“We’ve worked with Monstarlab throughout their investment journey, and we’re incredibly excited to celebrate with the teams to mark their one-year anniversary.

“Since setting up their second UK office, their team has gone from strength to strength and this recent announcement reinforces their commitment to Newcastle and the sector. It’s been a pleasure to continue to support and work collaboratively with the teams over the last 12 months, who are now a vital and valuable part of our tech-ecosystem.

“Monstarlab’s commitment to supporting our region will further strengthen our local economy and create jobs for local people. We look forward to working with them as they move forward with their ambitious global growth plans from Newcastle.”

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