Meet the Team

Our dedicated team has a wealth of experience that we combine to ensure you get the best possible service. Meet our fantastic team who are dedicated to producing special products for special occasions, providing excellent customer service and offering exceptional in stock availability. Click a team member to learn a little more!

Chairman & CEO

Mike Forder

The buck stops with me!

Date started: I joined as full time Executive Chairman in September 2007.

My favourite nights of the year are Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve – and for the sake of my marriage I’d have to say Valentine’s Day.  We hold a drink and nibbles party at home every Christmas Eve for family and close friends, it’s always a hoot until I bore everybody rigid by the annual traditional recital of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’. News Year’s Eve I go to a local hotel with my wife for a black tie and posh frock dinner and disco. Valentine’s Day is a civilised, romantic affair at home with me cooking the dinner, pouring champagne and providing Creative Party’s Valentine decorations of course. My favourite products by a long margin are our Snowman and Snowdog ranges. The Snowman™ has been a Christmas ritual in my house for over 30 years and I am delighted that our company helps to continue this tradition via the great party and cake decorating products we offer. Where am I at parties?…pouring the drinks of course!

Head of Operations

Andrea Di Francesco

Think about the usual working routine, where you never learn anything new…well my role is far from it!

Date started: November 2016

The best party I ever been to was my wedding party! It was just unreal. We were right by the sea, surrounded by palm trees, not one cloud in the sky. We had an open bar with unlimited drinks, music for all my guests; who were dancing from the early afternoon till late night. The bill was astronomical and the headache the day after even bigger…but it was worth it!!

Supply chain Analyst

Gabriel Stampfli

I oversee stock control

Date Started: February 2018

My favourite type of party would be a Christmas party or one that involves a BBQ but I would say the best parties are always the unplanned ones. For my 23rd a group of friends surprised me last minute and we kept the party going with rum and beers right up until the next day! My favourite product would have to be any of the cake decorations because after all, what is a celebration without a well-decorated cake and if its chocolate, Even better!

Operations Manager

John Draycott

In this role I wear many hats. I’m responsible for the building, its contents and anything that goes in and out of it.

Date started: 11th September 2000 – the longest I’ve been with any company, it’s always challenging, changing and exciting.

The best party I’ve ever been to was our 40th wedding Anniversary, I organised a surprise party for my wife; when she’s happy, I’m happy. My favourite kind of parties are family birthdays, BBQ`s and Christmas Day. I like the tablecovers because they look good and it saves my table from getting stained! What would a birthday be without the ceremonial blowing out of the candles (usually multiple times so all the grandkids can have a go). I’m usually chatting in the kitchen at parties – and I like the classic party games with the kids like pass the parcel. I love the photo props as you can lose your inhibitions when you’re behind them.

Product & Marketing Director

Holly Bryony Forder

A pretty broad role covering new product development, trade shows, website, brochure production and lots, lots more!

Date started: Sept 2011

Lots of my friends have been getting engaged or married recently, so I would have to say at the moment my favourite parties are a combo of the hen parties (or hen weekends as it tends to be!) and then the weddings! Without fail…I’m always found on the dance floor – normally with a prosecco or mojito in hand! Seeing as I manage the range, I obviously love all our products; but anyone that knows me will know I favour anything pink, glittery or girly! I really love the glitter candles and our glitter table decorations which make such a sparkly statement.

Product & Marketing Assistant

Lyndsey Pitchford

I am Hollys creative right-hand woman assisting with editorial, market research, trade shows, imagery and new product development to name a few.

Date Started: September 2017

My favourite type of party would be one that involves friends, live music and a good old-fashioned buffet, vol-au-vents and all! My favourite party memories are ones that took place at friend’s houses and most definitely at my surprise 30th organised by my mum although I think my impending wedding this year will be a contender!  At parties, you will see me on the dance floor for ten minutes and then at the buffet for the rest of the night with my shoes off. My favourite product this year would have to be the new self-inflating balloon toppers. I think they make such a cool statement on top of a cake and it’s not something I have seen before.  I also really love Unicorn Sparkle. I get swept away in a mystical cloud of happiness when I spot all things Unicorn!  

Stock & Administration Assistant

Katrina McGowan

I help with customers and purchasing

Date started: Started with the company when I was 17 (I won’t admit to how many years ago that was!)

My favourite parties are summer barbeques with family.  You will usually find me in the kitchen making my famous homemade sausage rolls or sat in the garden with a cocktail (or six).   I can also be persuaded to join in if there is karaoke, without much arm twisting! My favourite products would be our edible decorations – as we can introduce new products easily if new trends appear during the year – also loving the unicorn ranges!

Head of Finance

Liam Dell

In charge of the money and numbers

Date started: 28th April 2015

I love the summer parties – the beach and BBQ’s are all I need to be happy…and pinching a few paper plates from work always helps keep the washing up to a minimum! You will always find me in the kitchen at parties.  My favourite product has got to be the sugarcraft we produce. Firstly, because I have a very sweet tooth, but I also think the design and skill that goes into the handmade production of these lines is amazing!

Finance & Administration Assistant

Tina Doyle

The Rottweiler who phones you for payment but also opens accounts, arranges credit limits and various other accountancy tasks

Date started: 1976 (in a previous century with previous owners!)

I love a BBQ party on hot sunny days and nights with family and friends or a themed 70’s night with a disco! Our candle range is my favourite (but don’t want any on my cake this year!)

Sales Director

Susan Russell

Managing the sales team and account manager for export customers

Date started: May 2010

The best party I’ve ever been to is impossible to name – too many fantastic parties! But my favourite type of party has to be a milestone birthday – it’s a great opportunity to go over the top indoors and outdoors on décor, tableware and balloons to make it memorable (embarrassing even!) for the birthday boy or girl. Amongst my favourite products are the disposable tableware and cutlery for practicality, and a combination of our foil balloons and glitter table decorations for fun. I’ll typically found near the bar at parties!

National & Key Account Manager

Fiona Lake

I look after the key accounts as well as some of our independent customers

Date started: I started with the company in 2013

My favourite products are our Christmas cake decorations and tableware! I absolutely love hosting our family Christmas.  So whether we are having our Christmas in November, because my son is flying out somewhere lovely to work for the winter, or whether we are having Christmas at the traditional time, we always have our table and cake decorations from Creative Party! I can’t take all the credit for dinner, but I am great at delegating!

Account Manager for French Speaking Territories

Lola Perez Toledo

¡Hola! Bonjour! Hello! If you are from Spain or from any French speaking country, I am your sales representative!

Date started: I was welcomed by the Creative Party family in April 2016.

One of the best parties I’ve ever been is the Notting Hill Carnival in London. What I love of it is the mix of cultures celebrating an important victory for Human Rights; everyone is dancing in the street with no inhibitions and it makes me feel like I’m in the Caribbean! My favourite type of party is any celebrated with my friends and family, no matter what the theme is. And I must confess that I like to put our polka dot banners everywhere at parties, as soon as I see an empty space! My favourite product this year is without any doubt our new gold glitter candles – they’re very trendy and that’s also the reason why they sell like hot cakes. If you find me at a party it would be absolutely on the dance floor or chatting on the terrace after having given my all!

Sales Executive for South of England

Ros Herbert

Looking after our independent and wholesale customers in the South of England

Date started: 1998 – the voice of experience!

Best party I have ever been to is toss up between my hen night and my wedding in 2015 – both were a lot of fun with close family and friends with fabulous balloons and décor. I love having parties at home where you can go over the top with décor – BBQ’s are always a favourite. I love to spend the long summer nights partying with family and friends. My favourite products are our fabulous gold glitter candles, combined with our gold glitter table decorations and the black and gold latex – it looks really striking…and where am I at parties? Drinking the drinks of course! (specifically Prosecco!)

Sales Executive for Scotland

Kellie McNie

I look after our independent and wholesale customers in Scotland and Ireland

Date started: December 2015 (just in time for the Christmas Party!!)

I love all types of parties but my favourites have to be a milestone birthday party or a BBQ (when the weather is right in Scotland!) I love having family and friends over and celebrating with them. At parties I will almost always be found on the dance-floor or at the bar! My favourite products are our great new gold glitter table decorations and also our new photo booth props – they’re really good fun!

Sales & Office Administrator

Kata Bukta

I am a friendly voice at the end of the phone, offering support to everyone externally and internally.

Date Started: July 2018

My favourite type of party would be a summer garden party complete with BBQ. Summer is my favourite time of year as the sun is shining, moods are lifted and everybody is having fun. The best party I have ever attended would have to be my best friends 40th Birthday Party. We rode quads, played paintball and finished the day off with a delicious BBQ in the country. At parties you will see me taking care of everyone, topping up drinks, supplying ice and making sure everyone is having fun. My favourite Creative Party product would be the Neon Plastic Glasses. The colours are vibrant, fun and look great at parties.