• Wide shot of Karen Hardie on the beach

Hi, I’m Karen, a highly experienced Interim Account Director and Project Manager for growing & established creative agencies and graphic design studios.

I love creating order out of chaos, getting projects planned, organised and keeping them on track. Managing teams, suppliers and workflows is my jam.

I also love looking after clients and showing them some love, making sure their needs are being met, that they get the creative work they want, that they get invoiced on time, and that they keep coming back for more…

And, having earned my stripes in all sorts of agencies, from single owner-operated businesses right up to multi-million-pound agencies, I’m pretty experienced at it.

My experience.

As a fresh young graduate (Uni of Birmingham, thanks for asking) I launched myself into the world of creative agencies and I’ve never looked back.

I spent the early part of my career managing large-scale projects for some of the World’s biggest brands (Coke, Nike and BMW to name a few) and was lucky enough to be involved in some really exciting projects (Coke and Visa’s sponsorship of the Olympic Games, the launch of the ‘Boris bikes’ as they were affectionately termed, and Global trade activation plans for Bacardi, Drambuie and Lanson Champagne, for example).

I launched my first business back in 2011, using my experience of working with these big brands and translating that into value for growing SMEs.

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Here’s how I can help you…

During my 20-year (so far!) career, I have learned to adapt fast, be resourceful and efficient.

I’m a rare mix of big-picture thinking and hands-on implementation. I can handle the strategy and the tactics. I’m an experienced Account Director and worked as a Project Manager too.

Many of my clients see me as an extra pair of hands, helping them to manage their numerous commitments, overseeing and leading the day-to-day operations or allowing them to focus on the longer term, more strategic partnerships, plans and challenges.

I work with businesses of all sizes.

Think we might be a good fit?

Whether you need short-term help to get out of the weeds or longer-term support to improve the day-to-day operations of your business, I’d love to see how I might be able to help.

I tend to work with business owners located in London, Brighton or within West Sussex or Surrey (although I work remotely so can work with clients nationwide and internationally too).

I work with only one to two clients at any one time so I can become fully integrated within my clients’ businesses.

Shall we have a chat about it? 

What am I like to work with?

“I worked with Karen for a couple of years across a variety of projects at Meteorite. She is a charismatic individual, passionate, diligent and professional.
Karen has a unique knack of being able to understand a client’s brief and translate this into a workable creative document with a good strategic back bone. She always has time to listen, educate and bestow knowledge to others plus being able to learn and challenge at the right time…I would be happy to recommend her services.”

Robert Scutt, Digital Account Director, Meteorite