A potted history
Yvonne is the yin to Katie’s yang – she thinks in Excel spreadsheets, while Katie thinks in pictures and narratives. Her unflappable organisational skills and level-headed advice have become a vital part of Studio Treggiden. A self-employed consultant who specialises in helping small, creative businesses with everything from strategy, forecasting and planning to day-to-day studio management, Yvonne does all of that for Katie and more. She comes from a background of investor relations in the building materials and energy sectors, and entered the creative sphere in 2012 with a four year tenure at Margo Selby. Alongside her role at Studio Treggiden, she also works with Block Design and runs an Airbnb at the bottom of her garden.
Anthony has been working with Katie for more than five years and has edited her last three books, two forewords and countless other pieces of written work, offering a fresh pair of eyes, a different perspective and a trusted sounding board on all things written. Anthony spent seven years at Mr & Mrs Smith, where he was managing editor, then set up his own business helping people to write books and brands to tell stories. Anthony is the editor at design communications agency Zetteler and spends the rest of his time working with clients such as Aman, The LUX* Collective, Music Concierge, Jotun and the National Cookery School Guide. Anthony likes to tell people he lives in Hertfordshire, although it would probably be more accurate to say Essex.
Originally hailing from Vancouver, Canada and now working for the Sophie Hicks Agency in London, Sarah Williams is Katie’s literary agent – for books as well as public speaking, TV and radio opportunities. Sarah’s experience representing writers across fiction, food, lifestyle, personal development, humour, popular science, travel, nature and memoir makes her a crucial part of Katie’s team and often the first to hear her most nascent ideas. Sarah was named a Rising Star by The Bookseller in 2016. She has a PhD in English literature, is a graduate of the publishing program at Columbia University and is on the faculty of the Columbia Publishing Course at the University of Oxford, Exeter College.
Bruce is a location and travel photographer with over thirty years of experience in shooting interiors and architecture – and a gentle and respectful approach to capturing people’s homes. He and Katie have been working together on homes stories for interior design magazines and newspapers for almost a decade. His clients include editorial publishers worldwide, national tourism organisations and hotel and hospitality industry groups. His work has been published in Harper's Bazaar, Coastal Living, The Telegraph Magazine, Homes and Gardens, Country Living, The Boston Globe, Maco Magazines (Trinidad) and many other books and magazines.
Katie’s dad ignited her love of reading at a young age, giving her a treasured copy of Black Beauty that his parents had bought him for “coming 1st in geography” in 1952, and pointing out ‘greengrocer’s apostrophes’ wherever they went, passing on a tendency for grammatical pedantry. After retiring from a career in oral surgery and dentistry, he studied with the Open University and gained a BA (Hons) in Humanities with Classical Studies and Literature specialising in Shakespeare, his enduring passion. He now proofreads everything Katie writes. Sadly, while both Katie and Robert enjoy the Guardian’s quick crossword, he has failed in his many attempts to teach her the art of the cryptic.
Daniel and Katie met in 2010 when he was social media marketing manager for mydeco.com and she was the recipient of their Best Interior Design Blog in Great Britain award. They’ve worked together ever since, running the social media marketing and online branding courses at the London College of Communication (UAL) and re-crafting Bethan Gray’s brand presence across every online touch point. Daniel’s web design, e-commerce and SEO expertise are a valuable addition to Katie’s marketing and editorial insight, resulting in copy that is not only engaging and articulate, but also effective. Daniel is director of October Communications and blogs at ateliertally.com.
Another member of the team who thinks in Excel, Tam works for Cornwall-based accountancy firm, The Peloton, and looks after Studio Treggiden’s books. The Peloton prides itself on offering not just financial support, but everything a small business needs, and Katie rates them so highly she can’t stop recommending them to people, regardless of whether or not they ask, not least because serve up a mean lunch to reward all that number-crunching. When not chatting business strategy, Tam is a keen runner who can often be spotted pounding the Cornish coastal path with her English pointer or found volunteering with local initiative, ‘Falmouth and Penryn Welcome Refugee Families’.
Originally from Scotland, Kirsty studied textile design and fashion design at The Scottish Textile College, before ‘somehow ending up in banking’. After ten years, she emigrated to Australia and retrained as an interior designer. Kirsty and Katie were introduced when she joined the confessions of a design geek team as a (paid) intern on a trip to the UK. She now combines interior design, styling photoshoots for magazines such as Home Beautiful and 25 Beautiful Homes with transcriptions and editorial research for Katie. She’s much happier juggling a couple of things she enjoys and the time difference actually works really well, as Kirsty works while the rest of the team is sleeping!
Yeshen met Katie through a mutual friend and he has since taken most of Studio Treggiden’s promotional photography, as well as becoming Katie’s go-to product photographer for editorial and commercial projects. Yeshen is a talented product photographer and Squarespace specialist with a passion for helping designer-makers and micro businesses thrive. He works from his gorgeous first-floor Victorian home studio in London’s Islington, alongside his partner Natasha, a filmmaker, both of whom can run much faster along Cornish beaches than Katie and her husband – in fact Katie’s dog, Jago, is the only one who can keep up with them!