Charlie Haywood
Creative Director / Founder

Charlie founded Hotfoot Design in 2006 and has worked in the creative industries for over 15 years in a range of in-house and agency roles, in both the UK and US.

Charlie is involved in all projects, from the initial pitch through to developing concepts in the design studio. When not in the office, Charlie is a (fairly) keen runner and likes to plan weekend trips away with his family in their campervan.

  • First job?

    After University and a spell at JWT in Manchester my first full-time job was at a design agency in Bolton.

  • Which people do you most admire?

    In business it's my Mum and Dad. They both had successful businesses in their own right, and always worked incredibly hard to succeed. That work ethic is instilled in me. In sport it's Jonny Wilkinson. He was an inspirational player and yet comes across as very humble.

  • Tell us something we don't know about you?

    I was once punched by an All Black. I bumped into the team in a bar in Las Vegas on their tour of the States and ended up joining them. Carlos Spencer jokingly - but drunkenly - punched me on the arm which felt like being hit by a sledge hammer.

  • Favourite bit of tech?

    My Macbook Pro and my Fitbit.

  • Favourite band?

    Foofighters. Everlong is a brilliant track.

  • Favourite holiday destination?

    Portugal. My grandparents moved to the Algarve when I was five and my uncle also lives there. It has some of the most incredible beaches.

  • Favourite piece of art?

    Ghost Signs are large scale hand painted advertising from years gone by. I find them fascinating.

  • Favourite apps?

    Fitbit and Spotify are mostly used.

  • Favourite film?

    Withnail & I.

  • What did you want to be when growing up?

    I was always wanted to be doing something in art if I'm honest. I was constantly sketching cartoons when I was younger and I excelled in art and design at school. Being a sportsman was a close second.

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Awards & Accreditations

  • RAR Recommended 2008-2016
  • Downtown In Business
  • The Bibas 2016 - Creative Agency of the Year Finalist
  • Lancashire Business Awards Nominee 2016
  • Boost Business Lancashire
  • CIM - The Chartered Institute of Marketing
  • Awwwards Nominee 2016
  • Digital Lancashire Founding Member
  • Lakes Hospitality Association
  • Red Rose Awards 2017

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