Guy Cookson
Marketing Director / Partner

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Guy Cookson

Guy is a director and partner at Hotfoot and focuses on developing strategies to help 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 lives in Lancaster with his fiancé Louiza Rabouhi and their children – Oscar, Mateo and Mimi.

  • First job?

    I washed dishes at a local restaurant so I could buy records - in those distant days before you could stream everything.

  • Which person do you most admire?

    I'm a big fan of Jonathan Goldstein from the podcast Heavyweight.

  • Most treasured possession?

    The photos my fiancé Louiza takes with her 35mm camera.

  • Favourite record?

    Too many. At the moment I am listening to a lot of Big Thief, Kurt Vile, Julia Jacklin, Leonard Cohen, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Mac DeMarco, Wu-Tang.

  • Favourite book?

    The Art of Looking Sideways by Alan Fletcher, a founding partner at Pentagram.

  • Favourite piece of art?

    I love the Angel of the North by Antony Gormley.

  • Favourite apps?

    Feedly and Spotify.

  • Favourite websites?

    The New Yorker, the FT and It's Nice That.

  • Favourite films?

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

  • Favourite podcast?

    There's so many. Reply All, Design Matters, 99% Invisible, the New Yorker Radio Hour, Fresh Air, EconTalk...

  • Favourite places to visit?

    Berlin and New York.

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

    My grandmother, Nina Luschwitz, was born in India. She had two children but then 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

  • The Drum Recommended
  • Marketing Lancashire
  • The Bibas Winner
  • Lancashire Business Awards Nominee 2016
  • Boost Business Lancashire
  • Cumbria Tourism
  • Awwwards Nominee 2016
  • Digital Lancashire Founding Member
  • Lakes Hospitality Association
  • Red Rose Winner