mavis supports, educates and places creative talent in purposeful roles. We cover recruitment through to executive search, and work across a range of digital, product and creative agencies, companies and startups and scaleups.

Working together

We are an independent digital recruitment and executive search agency, that loves to find the best talent for clients and the right opportunities for candidates, so that they can feel empowered and fulfilled in a new role.

With a large talent network and a lot of industry know-how, we respond to client briefs and candidate requirements intelligently, creatively, efficiently and without fuss.

mavis works with the best digital design, advertising and interaction agencies, product startups, scaleups and brands in the UK and Europe.

We find great roles at various levels from junior up to C-Suite across freelance and full time:

  • Chief Product Officer
  • Chief Product Design Officer
  • VP Of Design
  • Head Of Product
  • Head Of Product Design
  • Product Designers
  • UI/UX Designers
  • Product Managers
  • Growth Managers
  • Creative Directors
  • Design Directors
  • Art directors
  • Copywriters
  • Creatives
  • Strategists
  • Account Managers
  • Project Managers
  • Producers
  • Designers (Digital and Motion)




"Inspired by my gran, Mavis, I wanted to bring a personal touch to the world of recruitment. She was a warm, creative and successful lady, very generous with advice and hot beverages, and always there when you needed her"

– Helen Fleming, Creator of mavis

Helen Fleming

Helen Fleming

I began my career as a designer and gained valuable experience in a number of London-based design agencies before spending several years at leading creative recruitment consultancies, where I specialised in the digital sector. The combination of direct industry and recruitment experience gave me the confidence and know-how to create Mavis.

Here I can concentrate on what I do best: looking after digital talent and finding the right candidate for the right role.

I enjoy working with clever creative thinkers and designers at all levels. I have previously advised young talent at advertising and design universities, and led many graduate portfolio days with key industry figures.

My design background gives me an instinctive understanding of candidates, and the ability to evaluate portfolios and give career advice, building long-lasting relationships along the way. My inability to turn down an invite ensures that I regularly attend industry events, talks and award ceremonies.

You can see my full CV on Linkedin.

I still love making, drawing and photographing, and you can see what I’ve been doing on Instagram

If you’d like to brief me on a new role please email [email protected]

Melissa Phillips

Melissa Phillips

After graduating with a degree in Fashion and Marketing I began my career at Marks & Spencer where I gained valuable business and commercial management experience. I then moved to Sydney and freelanced with various advertising and branding agencies where I worked as part of a team of talented creatives and managers.

I am a team player with strong communication skills, and the confidence and ability to work with candidates and clients across all levels of business. I’m excited to be working in the digital creative industry. I love to review creative portfolios and help candidates achieve their career goals.

I smile a lot too.

You can see my full CV here.

If you’d like to brief me on a new role please email [email protected]

Emily Richie

Emily Richie

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A., I come from an automotive family, so fittingly I started my career in automotive advertising in Account Management. This eventually led me to New York, followed by a move to Shanghai, China. My knowledge base spans full 360 campaign work, focusing on the Account, PM, and Production side of things, with a particular knowledge in TV production, website builds, and digital product creation.

I moved to London in early 2019; I knew I wanted to stay within the creative and advertising industry, but also wanted a bit of a change. Working with mavis allows me to use my industry knowledge and understanding combined with my love of working with and helping people – everyone should be able to do what they love, and love what they do, and this job allows me to help people find that.

I love hearing about peoples’ experiences, about what they have achieved, and learned, throughout their career, and I am very grateful to be able to help these amazing people find their next perfect role, and to help our clients find incredible talent.

I have worked across the creative industry globally for more than 10 years, it has taken me around the world and put me in touch with some of the most wonderful,  interesting, and creative people I have ever met, and I am happy to be able to put that knowledge and that connection to work for those of you out there seeking your next career move.

I also love a spontaneous trip, travel photography, trying new food, and am quite keen on running and biking, and no matter how long I live in London I will still insist on the American pronunciation of “oregano!” 🙂


Olivia Cody

Olivia Cody

Ambitious and passionate about everything creative, especially branding, I decided to study a graphic design course at Shillington College. Loving the conceptual side of design – combined with an obsession for puns – my path then led me to UAL where I graduated with a degree in Creative Advertising. Shortly after I stumbled upon mavis hoping they could help me find a job in the industry I love, and they did!

I’ve been fortunate enough to be part of the Mavis family from the early stages, watching it grow into the thriving business it is today. Starting out on a freelance basis at mavis I have also had the opportunity to work within graphic design and marketing. This background has given me a varied working knowledge within the creative space which I have been able to apply to my role here at mavis now. In working directly with clients and candidates I have developed strong relationships with some of the most inspirational minds in the industry. I really enjoy being a part of peoples’ career progression and helping in their success.

“Be nice and do great work” that’s always been my motto! 🙂

  • Melissa, Helen and the team at Mavis were incredibly supportive through my job-hunting process. They really took time to understand what I was looking for in my next role, proactively came up with suggestions of companies where I’ll be a great fit and gave helpful tips during the interview process. It was great having their expertise during my search.
    Kristina Dimitrova (Social Director)
  • The difference with Mavis has been the depth in which they get to know the talented people on their books, as well as us as an agency. This has led to some inspired collaborations which we may not have thought of otherwise, for both freelance and full time employment.
    Tom (Founder & Creative Director)
  • It’s been a pleasure working with mavis on key creative and design hires for our business as we scale.  Since 2016 they’ve been successful in finding us the superstar talent we need. Never an easy task as our benchmark for design talent is incredibly high, but the ladies are tenacious and never give up. They lately helped us hire an exceptional Head of Product Design, one of the most fundamental roles for our business, elevating product design as we continue to grow.
    Liam H (CEO & Founder)
  • I've experienced my fair share of recruiters, some good, mostly bad, then you get a rare one that's great, enter Mavis. They are super friendly, great communicators and work with some brilliant agencies. Freelancers are familiar with 'ghosting' but you'll never get that with Mavis, they are upfront, honest and transparent and want the best for their candidates. I've recommended them to others many times and will continue to do so!
    Mike Harrison (Design Director)
  • Many thanks to Melissa and Helen for helping in my job search. After an initial call to understand the direction I wanted to head in, they found and set up calls with a range of great studios that matched my ambitions perfectly. They guided me through the processes, checked in on me regularly and navigated me through the offer stages to where I am now in my new role. I couldn't be happier with where I am now and that is thanks to the Mavis team.
    Callum Buchanan (Senior Designer)
  • Helen was the first recruiter I met after having set up Space 66. While others were not sure about us, being a young agency with no folio to show potential candidates, Helen listened to my thoughts and ideal scenarios. We are still in touch via Mavis, they always promise not to blanket mail us, sending candidates who are on point to brief.
    Jon Wiltshire (Founder, Space 66/Addictive Pixel)
  • I grew up with Helen and Melissa. No, really, I actually did, we were at the same school and everything. They were like sisters to me. Alright maybe not sisters, but, you know, I really liked them. And continue to do so. They're both an absolute joy and pleasure to work with. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them...obviously.
    Stu Outhwaite (Creative Partner at Creature)
  • Helen gave me great advice when I decided to go freelance. She has brilliant connections and interesting contracts in the creative industry. She makes the effort to understand what your strengths are, finding the right role for each individual. Helen has become a firm friend and has encyclopedic knowledge of restaurants.
    Jocelyn Amner (Freelance Senior Visual Designer)
  • Hello Mavis are thoughtful, considered and responsive. They listen carefully to the brief and field high quality, relevant candidates. A joy to work with.
    Kate Roskill (COO)
  • It's been a pleasure to work with a recruitment business that not only understands our 'requirement' but understands us as people too, as well as the personality of our brand before introducing us to exceptional talent when the time is right.
    Guy Jenkins (VP, Platform User Experience)
  • Recruitment is a people business. Many agents appear to have forgotten this. Not so Hello Mavis – Helen digs deep into your business needs and then into the candidates' psyches as much as their portfolios. I have only ever seen quality CVs from Hello Mavis and that keeps me coming back.
    Adam Powers (CXO)