We’ve been there, seen it, done it.

Our Consultants

Cact.us understands that growing an agency presents many challenges. We understand, because we have all taken part in that journey ourselves. With our combined agency experience, we are uniquely positioned to provide commercial development support, operational guidance and expert financial advice.

Our consultants all have outstanding professional experience in the agency world. Their experience and quality of advice will be invaluable, whether you’re growing an advertising, marketing, creative or digital agency.

Spencer Gallagher

Spencer Gallagher

Founder of digital agency Bluhalo, Spencer oversaw 1100% growth between 2002-2007 becoming a Deloitte tech UK fast 50 company. He successfully sold the agency to Gyro International in 2008. After completing 2 years of an earn out, and having taken Gyro/Bluhalo to the top 10 UK digital agencies, Spencer co-founded Cact.us, a consultancy driven to help other agency owners successfully scale their businesses.

Peter Hoole

Peter Hoole

Peter helped grow Bluhalo to become the 12th largest digital agency in the UK with a turnover of £12M. After the company was sold to Gyro International in 2008, Peter co-founded Cact.us to advise and support the next generation of creative agencies. In 2014, Peter co-founded The Agency Collective, offering networking and support to smaller agencies.

Mark Probert

Mark Probert

Mark is based in Edinburgh and works around the UK as a non-exec supporting some of the UK's fastest growing agencies. Mark's passion is collaboration and helping agency owners to achieve their goals. As well as being an Ambassador to The Agency Collective, Mark is also a mentor with Creative Edinburgh.

Mark's areas of agency expertise include all aspects of accounting, auditing, financial and strategic management, tax strategy, M&A advice, systems implementation, legal and HR.

Karl Heasman

Karl is an entrepreneurial marketer and Henley Business school qualified coach. He has over 20 years experience working in the UK, US and Singapore on the agency and more recently, the client side.

Karl founded one of the UK's fastest growing agencies, Cognito, which he successfully exited in 2008. He is now using this experience as an agency mentor and executive business coach.

James Henderson

James Henderson

James is the UK’s leading agency branding and positioning expert. James is a highly regarded speaker and judge for The Drum awards.

Specialties: Brand Communications: Brand Strategy, Brand Identity, Creative Development, Creative Direction, Writing, Art Direction, Graphic Design, Typography.

Will Cooper

Will Cooper

Will is Associate Consultant for Cact.us in the West of England. He has held senior management and board level roles within independents and networks both in and outside of the UK. His expertise has led to between 30% and 260% YoY growth for some of the region’s fastest growing brand, creative, experience design and digital agencies.

He is a non-exec and works closely with owners and boards to help realise their vision for success. Will’s areas of expertise include agency strategy, new business, client service, partnerships, business operations and human resources.

Lins Karnes

Lins Karnes

Lins provides agencies with the operational and production strategies they need to deliver high quality profitable projects. He works with and puts in place project management team structures that ensure your agency has the right delivery culture and the tools and processes to support your agency growth.

Rob Da Costa

Rob Da Costa

Rob helps SME businesses increase profits by working with management teams to set strategy and focus on the core activities that will make a difference.

Using his 25+ years of business experience of starting, building and selling his own marketing business, he now helps other businesses grow. Today he mostly focuses on working in the service sector with PR, Marketing, Design, Web, Digital, Market Research & Recruitment agencies.

Matt Pilgrim

Matt Pilgrim

Matt has a proven track record for creating and executing agency channel development strategies both in the UK and across multiple regions.

Join us

We are also looking to grow our team of experts and likeminded individuals. Have you scaled your own agency? Do you have a firm grasp of the agency business landscape? Want to help others achieve what you have? Then we’d like to hear from you.

Get in touch

Email us:

hello@cact.us

Call us:

0208 611 2563

Write to us:

Cactus, The Bloomsbury Building, 10 Bloomsbury Way
Holborn, London  WC1A 2SL


Whatever your agency challenge is, why not get in touch.