Meet the core team

Tim Stubbs Hughes

Founder & Director

Tim trained as an actor at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre and then completed his Master of Arts at Goldsmiths College, London.

Tim has been involved in theatre, producing, directing, handling the publicity, marketing, and fundraising for over 30 successful and critically acclaimed productions presented everywhere from London and Edinburgh to Europe and South Africa.

Tim also has extensive commercial experience from his work in presentations and desktop publishing within investment banking.

Since establishing Grey Swan in 2010, Tim has developed the company to focus on providing branding services for its clients through a range of solutions.

In terms of the day-to-day operations of Grey Swan, Tim works in the areas of photography, presentations, web design, and video content.

Julia Stubbs Hughes


Julia trained as an actor at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre and then pursued a career in theatre, acting in both new writing and classics.

During this time, Julia was also Joint Artistic Director of a new writing/new work company for 12 years. Alongside acting in and producing their critically acclaimed productions, which included a number of World Premieres from talented new playwrights, she began her directing career at the company.

Julia has also gained considerable commercial experience through her executive support roles in both established consultancies and successful start-ups. She is now a freelance theatre director, the Literary Associate of an award-winning pub theatre, a published playwright and a film blogger.

At Grey Swan, Julia works in the areas of copywriting, social media, photography, and web design, as well as working closely with Tim to develop the company’s client base.

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