Guy Cookson
Marketing Director / Partner

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Guy Cookson

Guy is a director and partner at Hotfoot and focuses on helping our clients grow their businesses.

Prior to Hotfoot, Guy co-founded digital ad platform Azullo; ran marketing for a network acquired by DMGT plc; worked at the Red Consultancy with clients including Braun, Microsoft and the Woodland Trust; and launched a design magazine. Guy has spoken at various industry events and written for titles including the Guardian, the Drum and Campaign. He regularly writes for our popular blog White Space. Guy has two sons, Oscar and Mateo.

  • First job?

    I washed dishes at a local restaurant so I could buy records - in those distant days before Spotify!

  • Which person do you most admire?

    I'm a big fan of Jonathan Goldstein from the podcast Heavyweight because I love the way his mind works.

  • Most treasured possession?

    Photos - I just wish I got round to printing more of them.

  • Favourite record?

    These days it's a huge playlist I've created on Spotify.

  • Favourite book?

    The Art of Looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher - I keep going back to it.

  • Favourite piece of art?

    The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai has fascinated and slightly scared me since I first saw it in a book as a small child. I love the Angel of the North by Antony Gormley.

  • Favourite apps?

    Overcast for podcasts, Feedly for reading, and Spotify for music.

  • Favourite website?

    Probably the New Yorker.

  • Favourite film?

    It's a tie between Manhattan, Do The Right Thing and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Or one by Almodóvar.

  • Favourite podcast?

    Oh god there's so many great ones. Reply All, 99% Invisible, WTF with Marc Maron, Home of the Brave, How I Built This, Radiolab, Revisionist History, Heavyweight, Rumble Strip, Open Source with Christopher Lydon...

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

    My grandmother, Nina Luschwitz, was born in India. She married and had two children, but her husband died in a motorcycle accident. My grandfather, whose family was from Dublin, was sent to India during the Second World War. He met my grandmother, they married and had twins, one of which was my mother.

  • What did you want to be when growing up?

    A journalist or a racing car driver.

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Awards & Accreditations

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

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