Jean Pierre Bandeira has more than 22 years of experience in marketing and business development. He has headed up business development for telecommunication, hospitality and real estate firms worldwide and has led expansions in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America. This world view and his intimate understanding of the needs and expectations of differing business cultures have resulted in a true competitive advantage in Brazil. His interpersonal skills, vision and strategic planning has been the foundation for creating strategic alliances with the largest and most successful land owners and real estate developers in Brazil. Among other achievements, he has capitalised on this unique understanding of business practices in South America to successfully launch Practicis, a brand and services company for top tier residential developments, for Gafisa, Brazil’s largest homebuilder. He has successfully executed multiple land assembleges in the high density Sao Paulo environment.
With over 18 years’ experience and a passion for design, Josh has put together a network of supply, design and production in the UK and Europe which now contributes to yoo’s already impressive network of artisans.
With a consultative approach, he will find the right design solution for your hotel, restaurant, home or office. Josh also plays piano, drinks martini, and skis, but not at the same time.
Angela brings to yoo Studio, a unique vision and depth of experience developed across an international portfolio of hospitality, large-scale luxury residential and mixed-use projects.
Adept at brand story creation, Angela is also a specialist in design thinking and brand synthesis to position projects. Her expertise has also developed an innate ability to design memorable experiences, always with a sense of place and occasion, while maximising the commercial potential of a property.
A strategic designer, Angela has delivered programming and planning of technical services for complex developments throughout the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Eurasia. Prior to joining yoo Studio, Angela conceptualised and delivered projects for Shangri-La, Rotana Hotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott International, Nakheel and Emaar.
Sophie graduated from KLC in Chelsea in 2011, with a diploma in Interior Design and interned at Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Mayfair. She then moved to Holland to spend a year as head intern at Marcel Wanders. Sophie says she always had a passion for interior design because both her parents were architects, so she spent a lot of time on building sites as a youngster. These early experiences gave her a fantastic grounding in her chosen specialty. A talented addition to the yoo team, Sophie is always a bright presence around the office - not least because of her fantastic and much admired shoe collection!
Chris is a real estate professional and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and has been CEO of yoo Holdings since October 2006. He is responsible for all the activities of the Group which include Design & Branding, Furnishings, Capital and Hotels.
With a career in commercial and residential real estate spanning over 30 years, Chris has worked on major projects all around the world both as an advisor and a principal. His experience includes major development projects and corporate consultancy as well as running a transactional team in the central London market.
Chris has been responsible for setting up the yoo business in Asia and has recruited a number of new licensed designers to the business including Marcel Wanders, Kelly Hoppen and Anouska Hempel. He drives the business development of the Group and all of our joint venture activities.
Chris is a regular speaker at industry events on various topics, including the power of branding in real estate and client service.
Prior to yoo, Chris held a number of senior positions in real estate. He was CEO of UK based property consultancy, Lambert Smith Hampton and also Group Property Director at serviced office provider, Regus during its IPO. He was also a partner of CB Hillier Parker.
Chris is also non - Executive Chairman of the RICS Business Development Board which is responsible for the commercial activities of the institution.
Rachel studied at the Glasgow School of art and graduated 2010 with a First Class BA Hons Interior Design.
This young designer has already been recognised for her talents, winning Bar of the future design award and has had her work featured in idFX magazine.
Growing up she was always surrounded by design – her dad has his own interior design company.
Upon graduating, Rachel worked at United designers for 1 year and a half on projects in the UK and overseas (London and Vienna) specialising in luxury hotel and multi-million pound high end residential design. She then continued specialising in hotel design at RPW before joining yoo.
Ignacio joined yoo in 2012 as designer for yoo Design Studio. An accomplished Interior Architect, Ignacio was immersed in design from a young age by his father, the artist and interior designer Ramon Corredoira. After studying in A Coruña in Spain, Ignacio finished his GCSEs in Boston in 1996, before moving back to Spain to complete a degree in Interior Architecture at the Superior Architectural School of Madrid. In 2007 Ignacio joined architecture firm HKS, where he developed interior design strategies for education, commercial and healthcare sectors. More recently Ignacio was based in Denmark where he took part in the development of the Better Place Visitor Centre project based on a ‘green design’ for sustainable architecture.
Passionate about free hand drawing and minimal and pure architecture and Design, Ignacio’s other passion is the ocean and he enjoys surfing at every opportunity.
Hayley studied law in Liverpool and graduated with a first class honours, after which she independently embarked on a seven month adventure around the world. Hayley then went on to train at a top city firm in London including spending six months working with the legal team at British Airways. Hayley provides legal support to the entire business on commercial, corporate, IP and marketing matters. When not being a legal eagle, Hayley’s other passions include arts, design, cycling and travel, so she was a perfect addition to the yoo team when she joined as Legal Advisor in 2013. Excited by the challenge of working for a creative global business with influential and highly regarded designers, she instantly fitted in as a fun and supportive member of the team.
Yvette is a multi-disciplinary individual with over 9 years’ experience in marketing, communications and press relations within the design, architecture, luxury and property industries. Having studied a Bachelor of Media and Communications at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Yvette worked in branding and graphic design before continuing her education by completing a degree in Interior Architecture at the University of Technology, Sydney. Work brought Yvette to the UK, where she has worked in interior design at architectural practice Woods Bagot, and in marketing and communications at luxury furniture manufacturer Walter Knoll.
Most recently Yvette worked at Caro Communications as an Account Director, heading up the luxury design team - managing global press campaigns, marketing strategies and events for a portfolio of high-end clients including Dornbracht, Molteni&C, Artemide, Bethan Gray, The Bodleian Library, ISSEY MIYAKE, The Royal College of Art, Vivienne Westwood, Frieze Art Fair and the V&A.
As Head of Marketing, Yvette drives yoo’s global marketing activities, overseeing all project marketing, branding and PR, delivering key corporate marketing initiatives and ensuring that the brands in the yoo portfolio - yoo inspired by Starck, Jade Jagger for yoo, Kelly Hoppen for yoo, Wanders & yoo and Steve Leung & yoo – are consistently represented across all yoo projects and in the public sphere.
Since graduating in Interior Architecture nearly 20 years ago, Mathew has been involved in creating and project managing some of the world’s most exciting developments, at some of the world’s most diverse and exciting design studios. Beginning his career as a traditional architectural junior, Mathew then qualified as an architectural technician before leaving to complete a degree in Interior Architecture. Mathew has since been instrumental in the design and development of a wide range of projects from luxury hotels and multi million pound penthouse developments, to award-winning eco-homes and world famous wineries in New Zealand.
Mathew also previously ran his own multi-award winning architectural practice, providing him with a depth of project knowledge from concept stage, through financial analysis to final client handover, which is vital in his role as Design Director. As Studio Director at yoo, Mathew oversees and controls day-to-day operations of the yoo Design Studio, ensuring projects are correctly resourced, developed and completed on schedule.
Michael Delaney grew up in London and studied architecture at the universities of Portsmouth and Glasgow. He has worked for some of the profession’s most inspiring names, including Rick Mather, Nigel Coates and David Connor, and the leading London design agency Imagination. Guinness, Ford, Vivienne Westwood and the University of East Anglia have numbered among his clients. Projects have ranged from complex housing proposals to bespoke furniture, and he has proved his skills time and again in both domestic interiors and commercial (retail and restaurant) projects. Michael joined yoo in 2006 and is currently leading concept proposals on projects in St Petersburg, Morocco, New York, Panama and Dubai.
Janice is an expert furnishings consultant with over eight years’ experience across the furnishings and design industries. As Project Manager for yoo Furnishings, Janice manages the smooth sourcing, delivery and installation of all yoo Furnishings contracts across six continents.
Prior to joining yoo Janice worked in the buying team for The Conran Shop, before taking Project Management roles with two international furnishings consultancies where she was responsible for teams of up to five people ensuring successful procurement and delivery for clients including Deloitte and UBS.
Truly a people person, it’s the international focus of yoo and the interaction with diverse clients and suppliers from all over the world that Janice thrives on.
Mark completed both parts of his studies (parts 1 and 2) at the highly respected architecture school at the University of Canterbury. He started working with John Hitchcox as soon as he had graduated, helping to set up the Manhattan Loft Corporation. Within five years, he was Creative Director, responsible for every design issue from building development to corporate design.
After a few independent years running his own highly successful and profitable practice, Mark once again joined John Hitchcox to assist him in setting up yoo with Philippe Starck. Mark’s architectural background and hands-on experience in the area of cutting-edge development has given him an unusual and valuable insight into the commercial machinery of the property industry, as well as the expectations of the clients. Mark, who lives between London and Sussex, oversees the quality of the output from the yoo Design Studio all over the world.
Alex heads up yoo’s 3D visualisation team responsible for generating 3D visualisations for all yoo interior and furnishings concepts.
A graduate of Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication with a BA Hons in Product & Furniture Design, Alex brings a real designer vision and understanding to yoo’s renderings. Prior to joining yoo, Alex was 3D visualizer for Wagstaff Design and a designer at United Visual Artists where he designed constructed and visualised furniture & interactive installations in both permanent and semi-permanent environments.
Jay brings to the yoo marketing team over seven years’ experience in marketing communications and public relations across the design, arts and property industries.
As marketing manager, Jay works with yoo’s international client base to take projects from launch to completion. Jay is also responsible for the development of corporate marketing and assists in the management of PR internationally.
Jay grew up in Australia, where he received a BA in PR and International Journalism from the Queensland University of Technology. Before moving to London, Jay was a marketer for the Queensland Government’s film commission.
Wassim came to yoo in 2008, after working as an assistant to IT Director in a small business. He is responsible for all yoo group Network & System Infrastructure, IT Budget, IT Projects Strategies, Planning and Implementation. Waz has an interesting string of countries to his name. He grew up in Beirut. He got his first degree in computer science from the Technical University of Riga, and attended the University of East London for his MSc in computer systems engineering.
Geraldine has been at yoo in the role of Group General Counsel since 2013. With many years’ experience in the legal profession, Geraldine advises on a wide range of matters, providing legal support to the entire business on commercial, corporate, intellectual property and marketing matters. She is also a great source of out-of-hours pro bono legal advice, which she says she does “for the good of society”! A true citizen of the world, Geraldine has lived and worked in Rome, New York and London. Polyglot, art-lover and aficionado of indie films and documentaries, she is also a devotee of her home and family in Italy, and heads back to visit whenever she can.
A strong member of the marketing team, Hannah helps on all aspects of yoo's marketing offering. She helps manage individual projects, manages international events and acts as the ‘voice of yoo’, managing our presence across social media platforms.
A real thinker, Hannah graduated from the University of Manchester with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Hons). A talented artist with a penchant for oils, in her spare time Hannah enjoys painting commissions and working towards her own exhibition.
Kate contributes to a variety of international projects within the yoo Design Studio, as a specialist in furniture specification, procurement & project management. Her first job with yoo was in 2005, working on The Lakes by yoo project in Gloucestershire. Kate trained in three dimensional design and Theatre Set Design in London, but immediately went onto working in interiors upon graduating. She has worked for Virgin Atlantic on all its Upper Class lounges, for BP on its head office in Surrey, for Sony, Pret A Manger, the Raven Group and many more, but always in the specifier's role. She is, she says, passionate about offering solid interior solutions, from specification and budget to interior styling and completion.
When not working with yoo, Kate runs her own company, offering high-end domestic interior solutions for private residences and commercial clients. Kate is also the FF&E lecturer at London's The Interior Design School.
Emma achieved a First Class BA in English Literature at Exeter University before her writing skills took her into copywriting and marketing. Since graduating she has accumulated more than seven years’ experience in online marketing, working for digital and social media agencies, creating compelling online experiences, growing communities and generating brand awareness online. Most recently Emma worked as Digital Marketing Executive at luxury loudspeaker manufacturer B&W after which she took a career break to finish work on her first novel.
Emma assists the entire YOO team with all digitally-related activities, from overseeing social media activities, to managing web projects, developing content for the online magazine and driving traffic to all YOO's digital platforms.
When she's not working Emma loves to ski and gets quite sad when the snow melts in summer time!
Alex brings his experience of furniture, lighting and product design to the team for both bespoke and retailed pieces. His passion is for well crafted, sustainable sourced, and British made products that will last a lifetime.
Having worked in Melbourne, Australia for two years, missing the cold and rain, he returned to England to work for Sir Terence Conran’s company Benchmark. He was involved in projects such as The Groucho Club and The London Library, before moving on to David Collins Studio as Lead Bespoke Designer where projects included as The Mandarin Oriental, The Delaunay, Aqua Hong Kong and Fortnum & Mason. Alex has also worked in a senior role for Kelly Hoppen on diverse product collections. In his spare time, Alex develops, produces and exhibits his own designs.
John Hitchcox’s rare combination of entrepreneurship and design savvy has had an unparalleled effect on property development worldwide. In 1991 he co-founded the Manhattan Loft Company, bringing to market incredible domestic living spaces, carved out of generous post-industrial buildings, the like of which had not been offered in London before.
In 1998, with his great friend, design giant Philippe Starck, Hitchcox set up yoo, a ground breaking property design and development company. yoo is now the largest residential design and development brand in the world. yoo homes have been designed and developed in large scale projects with partners across 27 countries. Designers Jade Jagger, Marcel Wanders, Kelly Hoppen, Anouska Hempel and Steve Leung have all joined the yoo family, creating a portfolio that offers luxury design in many different forms, from the cutting-edge to the most enduringly classic. yoo has won many industry awards for design, development, community building, hotels and residences.
John was born into a family of creatives; his father was the highly respected architect, Brian Hitchcox OBE. John entered the world of property development aged only 19, starting on his own with a house in South London. John lives in London with his family.
As Finance Manager for yoo Hotels Kamal oversees all accounts and undertakes feasibility assessments and financial modelling for yoo Hotels’ exciting new projects.
As Group Management Accountant Kamal also assists yoo’s Financial Controller in driving the financial business plan and preparing management accounts and periodic financial statements. As yoo’s key Finance contact for all yoo projects, Kamal also enjoys interacting with yoo’s clients all over the world.
Prior to joining yoo in 2008, Kamal worked for over ten years in credit risk management, treasury, and project management experience in the aviation industry. Prior to that, Kamal worked in an accountancy practice managing a portfolio of over 200 off-shore investments.
Kamal assists the Financial Controller, looking after, he says, “the pounds and the dollars”. Originally from Casablanca, Morocco, he studied electrical engineering, before deciding to pursue a career in finance. He is now studying to be a chartered accountant. Kamal previously worked in the treasury department of a global entertainment company, after running what he calls his “own little business venture” for four years. He joined yoo in 2008.
Rebecca is an accomplished property professional with over 20 years’ experience in Real Estate Sales and Finance. At yoo Rebecca is responsible for Business Development in the Indian and European regions, while working to grow and manage yoo’s existing client base with some of India’s and Europe’s leading developers. Prior to joining yoo Rebecca worked at Pure International Property Limited, a real estate and marketing firm where she spent six years in developing their client base. Before this, Rebecca developed her strong understanding of development finance through a sales role in the portfolio and Investment Management Services division of a Hong Kong based property finance firm. A fluent German speaker, Rebecca also has a strong affinity with Indian culture, and she has enjoyed immensely seeing the growth of yoo living in the country.
For Rebecca, yoo is a perfect fit, combining her love of property and her love of design. Truly a people person, it’s meeting interesting clients all over the world which Rebecca finds most appealing about her role. “I love talking,” she admits. “So the more people the better.”
Anastasia grew up in Athens, but has lived in London since 2005, when she arrived in the city to study at London University's Bartlett School of Architecture. She first came to yoo as an intern, and was invited to join the team as a fully-fledged designer in September 2009. So far she has mostly worked on projects developed under the yoo Inspired by Starck brand, from concept to detail. Something of an entrepreneurial spirit, she also ran a successful seasonal art gallery on the Greek island of Mykonos in summer 2008 and 2009, having converted a 74 square metre building into a contemporary art gallery.
After growing up in the Caribbean from a young age, Ross achieved a 1st class honours in furniture and interior design from the university of Plymouth.
Following graduation he worked for a number of celebrated architects and interior designers leading high specification residential projects from inception to completion at some of the most desirable addresses in London and internationally. Ross has also spent a number of years working independently, successfully completing a Central London head office for an international company as well as high specification residential projects.
In his spare time Ross is a keen photographer, writes a blog championing design and architecture and has also been invited as a guest critique for a number of universities.
Tarek joined the yoo Design Studio in 2011. Prior to joining yoo, Tarek successfully completed projects on a wide variety of scales; from large masterplans, smaller residential projects, to interiors and bespoke pieces of furniture. Tarek’s strong instinctive design approach and strategic vision saw him work with some of the professions most interesting architects, including Norman Foster on the Selfridges Store refurbishment and at Will Alsop's studio, where he worked for ten year’s on some of the studio's most high profile and celebrated projects.
Tarek, who studied architecture at the Bartlett UCL, is also a freelance writer and lecturer and has been invited to lecture and be a guest critic at various universities and art institutions. Tarek also writes for ‘Building’ magazine and BD online, as well as for his own blog.
As PA to our CEO Chris Boulton, Sam helps organise Chris's hectic schedule, and is also kept busy with ensuring the smooth running of yoo's human resources function.
Sam is well-prepared for the last, having worked in Human Resources for the Government for several years. A keen traveller Sam recently spent a year travelling in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia.
Eric graduated in 1983 with an Honours degree in Design from De Montfort University (Leicester).
In his early career, he participated in a range of noteworthy projects including five star hotels, casinos and retail developments, palaces and numerous private residences for the Omani and Saudi royal families, both in England and in the Middle East.
Eric’s involvement in cruise ship design has seen him become a leading contributor to the shaping of interior architecture for many of the most advanced and evolutionary cruise ships built in the last two decades.
For his services to cruise industry he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects in 2003.
Over the years, Eric’s reputation for inspirational designs delivered with consummate professionalism has been instrumental in the successful outcome of projects both on land and at sea throughout Britain and Europe, the Middle East, America and China.
Tom joined yoo in 2010 as buyer and procurement coordinator for FF&E for yoo and yoo Furnishings projects.
Tom is responsible for the smooth running of the furnishings process from sourcing of key pieces from all over the world to final installation.
As a founding member of yoo Hotels, Marco Nijhof brings to the company some of the most extensive and diverse hotel management experience in the world.
With more than 30 years' experience in the development, management and ownership of hotels, Marco began his career as a bellboy at the age of 16. Marco's acumen, savvy and talents for hotels were soon realised, and it wasn't long before he climbed the ranks to become one of the world's youngest General Managers of a Grand Hyatt hotel at the age of 30.
Marco has since grown his career to become one of the world's leading authorities on hotel development, management and ownership, with an outstanding track record in high volume, multi-site operations across five continents.
Ayodeji is part of yoo’s accounts team where his work includes accounts payable and group VAT returns. He joined the company in 2008, and says that he is inspired by the quality of yoo’s design work. He went into accountancy in 2000, after ten years in the Civil Service at the Department of Health and Social Security. Now he is studying for his Professional Accountancy Exams with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Ayodeji was born in London and raised and educated between Nigeria and Britain. He is now a full-time resident of East London.
Andrew, who is based in Hong Kong, is responsible for creating business opportunities within the Asia Pacific region as well as the day-to-day running of the office. He has over 17 years of property experience in the Asia markets: he was a founding Director for Cushman & Wakefield in Hong Kong and, prior to joining yoo, the Executive Director for International Investments at Knight Frank Hong Kong overlooking all the cross-border transactions between their international offices, including residential developments and marketing, hotel investments and resorts developments.
Out of the office, Andrew is a “green” origami artist using environmental friendly or recycled papers. He has created a series of large sized origami lanterns for a well known Spanish restaurant in Hong Kong and published a book in 2000 for Paramount Movies – Star Trek Paper Universe (Simon & Schuster).
Gabriella joined yoo in 2010 after studying Interior and Spatial Design at the University of the Arts, Chelsea College. Gabriella grew up in Athens and moved to London in 2005. Gabriella initially chose the path of fine arts but was quickly drawn to spatial design where she likes to apply her artistic flare to the more disciplined aspects of interior design. Being particularly interested in set design, she studied performance design in her final year of her BA degree. She then participated in a charity project where she assisted in the design of costumes for the actors of ‘The Nightingale and the Rose’ play.
As Designer at yoo, Gabby has worked on yoo inspired by Starck and Kelly Hoppen for yoo projects.
Kien graduated from the University of Hull with a BSc Business Management degree in 2003 and is currently studying CIMA professional qualification. She has over ten years’ experience in accounting and speaks fluent English, Cantonese and Hakka. Kien has managed project accounts from arrange of clients in the FSTE index. She formerly, worked in a media SME companies; MerchantCantos and RAM in management & project accounting. Kien joined Yoo in 2012 based in London as a Project Accountant. Her expertise covers all project job cost accounting and monitor financial progress. Kien has been involved with 'The Great Northern Hotel' renovation project in budget control.
Having previously worked for 15 years with Crest Contract Interiors as a furniture agent and dealer for iconic companies such as Thonet and Artifort, Angela joined yoo in 2013 and is proving to be a great asset to the team. She has a wealth of experience within the furniture industry and a passion for great design.
Angela brings her exceptional ability to manage multiple projects from inception through to delivery, ensuring they run smoothly and efficiently at all times.
Anja joined the yoo design team in November 2012 to work on concept design, FF&E selection and styling. So far she has worked on yoo Inspired by Starck, Kelly Hoppen for yoo and Jade Jagger for yoo projects.
Prior to joining us, Anja worked at United Designers and Lee Broom as well as freelancing for a number of years. This allowed her to carry out projects from concept through to installation, whilst honing her specialist FF&E skills along the way. Past projects include The Heron, ME Hotel Vienna & St. George’s Tower Penthouses.
Of German origin, Anja moved to London to follow a creative career after an international upbringing in South East Asia and Turkey. Working for yoo allows her to combine her passion for exciting, cutting edge-design and travel.
As yoo Studio designer for Jade Jagger for yoo and senior designer for yoo Hotels, Lucy brings a design vision to yoo that has been applied to some of the world’s leading luxury residential and hotel projects across five continents. With an adaptable style, always with inherent understanding of modern luxury, Lucy’s skill is in understanding cultural context and target markets to create truly unique and always relevant projects.
Qualified as an interior designer and architect, Lucy’s international portfolio of luxury residential and hospitality projects reach throughout the UK, North America, Russia, Morocco and the Middle East for leading companies including Ritz Carlton, Starwood Hotels, Marriott International and Four Seasons.
Liz has worked for several art organisations on press and marketing events and organised an exhibition at the Design Museum.
From this experience Liz realised her interest in furniture and design and her passion for organisation. She has gained over 7 years’ experience working for commercial furniture companies working on projects in Education, Media and Communications, Banking and Leisure, Liaising directly with the client and architect on the specification and managing the delivery and installation of the projects. Ensuring projects were delivered on time and on budget.
Liz has come to yoo to concentrate on managing projects from the process of specification through to installation of furniture, to ensure this runs smoothly at all times. Liz brings with her passion for organisation and thrives on working in a fast creative environment.
James has worked with yoo Chairman John Hitchcox since 1994 when he joined the Manhattan Loft Corporation as Sales and Marketing Manager. He was involved in the marketing of every Manhattan Loft project, and has long and extensive experience of working closely with design and construction teams. Earlier real estate experience included ten years in the residential sales sector, where he was director at a west London based real estate agency.
With yoo from conception, James played a key role in developing the brand and its presence as an international development partner. He now heads the company’s international roll-out programme and is responsible for all aspects of business development at yoo.
Zoe is a talented interior designer and FF&E stylist with expertise on landmark projects throughout Europe and Asia.
A graduate of the University of the Arts and Chelsea College of Art, prior to joining yoo Zoe brought her stylistic vision to FFE Styling and Designing roles at Blacksheep and David Collins Studio where she worked on projects including The Wolseley Private Dining Room, The V&A Reading Rooms, Aqua Restaurant in Hong Kong, The Puro Hotel in Krakow and and an exclusive new lifestyle hotel in the Middle East soon to be unveiled.
As interior designer at yoo, Zoe is inspired by the diverse cultures of yoo’s client base and particularly enjoys designing in some of the more exotic and sun-filled locations such as Boracay.
Number-cruncher Zoran joined yoo in 2007. He says his role is to prepare and analyse the management accounts, “so we can see how much profit we are making”. He hails from Birmingham, but now lives in Brixton, south London. Before coming to yoo, Zoran worked at Easynet as a finance analyst, preparing monthly management accounts, and at BskyB. He has also held finance roles at the BBC, Atos Origin and National Grid Transco.
Out of the office, Zoran is writing a novel. His greatest hope is that one day it will be published.
Gus studied architecture at Kingston and then Westminster Universities. After a few feet-finding jobs, he landed in the Virgin Atlantic Airways design department where he stayed for seven years, working on clubhouses, lounges and airport and work environments. Virgin regularly collaborates with outside design teams, and Gus worked with cutting-edge practices Softroom and Universal on several projects, experience which was particularly useful when he joined yoo in 2007.
At yoo, he has worked extensively with Philippe Starck and with Kelly Hoppen on her first project for Kelly Hoppen for yoo at The Lakes in Gloucestershire. “It was fascinating to work with her so closely on textures and materials,” he says. Now he has embarked upon his first Wanders & yoo adventure – a foyer for a Hong Kong hotel. “It’s great to go down new avenues,” says Gus, “and feel a whole new energy. Marcel is inspiring.”
Chris brings to the yoo Studio over six years’ experience in residential and architecture design across renowned UK and international projects.
Prior to joining yoo Chris was an Architectural Designer for Helen Green Design and Candy & Candy where he worked on a number of London based projects in Knightsbridge, Belgravia and Kensington and Chelsea.
After receiving a BA Hons in Interior Architecture, Chris took up a junior designer role at Cooks and Malam before moving to Paris where he worked as lead designer at Laplace & Co, working on projects throughout the UK, France, Switzerland and Spain.
Hannah joined the yoo Design Studio in July 2011, with over six years’ experience as a freelance interior stylist for a range of respected commercial and editorial clients including ‘Elle Decoration’ and ‘Grand Designs’. Trained in furniture design, with a first class honours from the Kent Institute of Art and Design, Hannah has managed a team of 10 stylists as Creative Lead and Stylist for Homebase, and was also Shopping Director for ‘Real Homes’ magazine where she ran the Shopping and Decorating sections.
Since joining yoo, Hannah has enjoyed working internationally on Jade Jagger and yoo Design projects as well as Kelly Hoppen for yoo and yoo inspired by Starck. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys painting portraits and still life compositions and often art directs voluntary style projects with her brother who is a photographer.
Phillip has over 22 years of international experience in branding, launching, sales, marketing and distribution and is a well respected industry representative, having sat on various boards such Preferred Hotels and Global Hotel Alliance.
During his career he has re-positioned and launched over 12 hotels and brands throughout the world and created a number of affinity marketing programs with brands such as Aspreys, Maserati, Wilson Tennis, Sony Music as well as names such as Seve Ballasteros, Gary Player and Gordon Ramsay. He has previously relaunched Salvatore Ferragamo’s Lungarno Collection brand and worked for other prestigious brands such as Orient Express, Mandarin Oriental, Forte Hotels, Meridien Hotels, Group Alain Ducasse and many others.
Phillip recently moved his family to the UK to start work with YOO, but is originally from Canada. A fluent speaker of Italian, Phillip spent many years living in Italy, and is a self-confessed Italophile with a particular admiration for proper Italian coffee!
Aleka graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BA in History and History of Art. As part of the YOO Furnishings team she provides assistance on a whole range of projects and activities. Aleka has always had an interest in furniture design and interiors and is keen to learn on the job and progress in the industry.
As YOO Hotels Team Assistant, Lauren provides every day ad hoc support to YOO Hotels CEO, Marco and Chief Marketing Officer, Phillip Haller.
Marco's travel diary in particular keeps her very busy, but she takes it in her stride having previously worked as a PA at Ford, a Social Media Assistant at an online fashion company, and as assistant front of house management at Cobella, in Selfridges.
A country bumpkin at heart, Lauren is also a book worm, lover of travel and self-confessed chocolate addict.
Seema has specialised in online retail and digital since leaving university, dabbling in everything from design to web development and marketing. She is an accomplished web manager and has worked with some great brands - including award-winning children's retailer - The Great Little Trading Company, Vivobarefoot, and Sweaty Betty.
Seema is a real techno bug, interested in all things digital, with a broad range of knowledge and know how.
Nadia is responsible for the financial and management accounts of YOO's interior design division. Her expertise covers the preparation of budget, monthly management accounts and month/year end journals, liaising with the external specialists and business partnering.
She graduated with a Masters Degree in Accounting from INSEEC in Paris in 2009 and moved to the UK in 2012 to became a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA). Nadia speaks French, English and Spanish and has many years' experience in management and financial accounting in various sectors including Retail, Bakeries and Professional Services within large and small organisations.
Laura oversees marketing activities for both YOO Home and many of YOO's international design projects, drawing on her extensive experience as a marketing manager in the tourism and interiors sectors.
Growing up in Ireland, Laura studied marketing and international business development. Since then she has worked for Aer Lingus and the Financial Times and previously lived in New York and Amsterdam working for Tourism Ireland.
More recently Laura moved back to London to pursue a career in interiors e-commerce. She brings to YOO her extensive knowledge and experience of launching and marketing homeware online.
Laura dislikes the gym, but is partial to a white knuckle ride - she says you're much more likely to find her white water rafting or aerial training, than slogging it out on a treadmill.
As Executive Assistant to John Hitchcox Heather fulfills a high pressure and varied role whether co-coordinating meetings, events or fast-moving travel arrangements. Totally reliable, and efficient, Heather has had over 7 years' experience in a multitude of high pressure roles within top tier organisations, working with the most senior level individuals through a range of international brands and companies.
As well as knowing her way around an international flight booking, Heather is somewhat of a global nomad herself, having spent extended periods in Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, United States, South Africa and Australia.
Melissa studied Interior Architecture at the University of Brighton and then went on to work in retail design with clients such as Diesel, Asprey and Nike. Imaginative and creative, Melissa brings to YOO her enthusiasm for great design and in particular her great passion for sustainable architecture.
Ruta joins the YOO Studio design team as a Junior Designer. She says she takes inspiration in her design work from her Baltic roots but also from her travels, from great artwork, exhibitions and events, and even everyday objects. Ruta's family was involved in the design industry for years, so it was a natural part of her life from very early days. She studied arts and has always been surrounded by architects, artists and actors. In her spare time she loves being active and even does a bit of ballet.
Having achieved a Masters in Furniture Design at Buckinghamshire New University, Langton went on to work as a furniture designer with such historic British design houses as Gordon Russell and Hands of Wycombe. His considerable experience and expertise in creating spectacular interior environments makes him a key member of the business development team for YOO Furnishings.