Andrew Ellis
@drewellis / Trailblazer member


Male, Ashburton, Devon, United Kingdom, birthday 16th June
Joined May 2017

I'm a creative director and experienced business development executive.

After a BA Hons degree in Graphic Design at The University of the Arts in London, I started my career as a design and photography assistant at the seminal creative partnership Hipgnosis.

In the early 80′s I designed the world famous “Choose Life" range of slogan T-Shirts for Katharine Hamnett and co-authored the book ‘Album Cover Album Two’ with Roger Dean & Storm Thorgerson as well as contributing to the second Hipgnosis book ‘The Goodbye Look’.

In 1982 I founded Icon Communications, an international creative agency based in London & Los Angeles specialising in design and packaging for the music industry. I sold the business in 1989 to a UK PLC and re-branded the company as Sonicon now a division of AGI Media Europe. My creative work has been published on over 350M albums and singles for artists such as Pink Floyd, Genesis, Robert Plant, Sir Paul McCartney and DuranDuran.

In 1993 I left Sonicon and founded Eyetoeye as one of the worlds first new media agencies, advising a broad range of business on digital strategy, content creation, website development, branding and design. Eyetoeye designed and built some of the first websites in the UK. They also advised many start-ups in the Internet boom years, such as First Tuesday and MoneyWorld, (now part of Moneyextra) which sold for multiple millions before the dot com crash.

In 2009 I launched Like Minds, a global thought leadership platform, holding business focussed events across the world. The company now reaches over 1.5M people on social platforms during its events.


Key Skills





The Hipgnosis team of Aubrey Powell and the late Storm Thorgerson and Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson. Richard Branson and the leadership team at Virgin Group, Ridley Scott and the RSA team and the myriad of startups I encounter on a weekly basis.

I'm inspired by the work of The House of St Barnabas in getting homeless people back into work. It also acts as a welcoming home from home for me when I'm based in London.


House of St Barnabas Ambassador
Devon Ambassador

12 Hay Hill, Mayfair Business Breakfasts
Like Minds, Exeter Ideas Festival
Dean Clark House, Exeter Business Breakfasts


Pete Lawrence and likes
21 March 2020, 20:15
Andrew Ellis
19 March 2020, 08:07
A great initiative to cheer us up while we all navigate this situation. A global online concert!
Pete Lawrence likes
13 May 2017, 18:56
Andrew Ellis
13 May 2017, 11:03
Come and join over 300 entrepreneurs and fast growth businesses from across the region and beyond. There will be a wide range of keynotes, panel debates, workshops and insights shared across the day. A world class ideas event bringing people and businesses together to peer into our social and digital future, examine the shifting media landscape, and discuss how our inter-connected culture is changing just about everything.
Katherine Lucy Sang and following or likes
27 June 2017, 6:16
Andrew Ellis
13 May 2017, 08:51
Come and join 300 entrepreneurs, startups and business owners hear from some of the UK's contemporary business leaders at "From Startup to Scale-up, How to Build Your Business & Brand." Tickets are available here: