The Team

Darren Hughes

Darren Hughes – Managing Director

Darren joined Agora in 2000. Starting his career with the group in a marketing role, that progressed to business development and then became Managing Director in 2008. Previous to Agora, Darren volunteered as a Special Police Officer for the Metropolitan Police service for six years, whilst studying marketing and business management. He then worked for Europe’s leading publisher of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology information. Darren lives in Hertfordshire with his wife, two children, Evie and Harry, and their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs. For his sins, Darren is an avid Crystal Palace fan and fisherman – the fishing a release from the pain of supporting Palace.

Claire Roberts

Claire Roberts – Product Development Assistant

Claire began her career at Agora in 2008. Working in our Customer Service department she developed an insightful knowledge of our company from the point of view of our readers and eventually moved into our product development team, where she plays an integral role in ensuring our products and services meet the needs of our readers. In her spare time she loves DIY and is currently renovating her home. She lives in South West London.

Dean Murphy

Dean Murphy – Designer

Dean joined Agora in 2002. As our Head of Design, he makes sure the products and services we provide readers look good both online and in print. Dean is qualified in Art and Design and Advanced Graphic Design and more recently has studied Web Publishing, developing his knowledge of HTML/CSS. When not spending his spare time with his wife and their young daughter, he is an ardent follower of Queens Park Rangers. He also enjoys playing football, as well as boxing. He lives in Orpington, Kent.

Rob Jones

Rob Jones – Developer

Rob joined the Agora team here in the UK in 2014, though prior to that he helped set up Agora’s Argentinian office. It’s his job to make sure all of our websites run smoothly and find new ways to help deliver readers a better service online. Rob has a degree in politics, but likes to spend his spare time making films with his friends. Their most recent effort – Ibiza Undead – should hit the straight-to-DVD shelves any time now. He lives in Muswell Hill, London – next to a golf course.

Duncan Moreland

Duncan Moreland – Copywriter

Duncan joined Agora in 2012. Since joining he has written promotions, articles and reviews – basically, anything with words in it. He’s got a degree in English with Creative Writing, which he reckons is tantamount to having a napkin signed by Lionel Richie attached to your CV. In his spare time he falls off skateboards, reads science fiction and whiles his life away on the odd video game – not to mention the great time and effort he puts into annoying his significant other. He currently lives in South East London, where market stalls, bookies and underpriced fishmongers are the rule of law.

Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson – Sports Marketer

Rebecca joined the Agora team in the summer of 2016 all the way from down under (Australia). She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor or Marketing Management and decided to move to the UK to work. Having loved London and Agora, Rebecca has decided to stay and live here. In her spare time she enjoys traveling and playing touch rugby. She lives in South West London.

Poonam Patel

Poonam Patel – Compliance

Poonam graduated with a Law Degree and worked in the Legal Profession for almost a decade. Originally from Leicester, she moved to London in 2011. She decided on a career change from Law to Compliance and joined the Agora team in April 2016. Random facts, she once fractured her ribs when she was racing a quad bike in Egypt and she got married in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas on her birthday. She currently lives in North London.

Faisel Mahboob

Faisel Mahboob – Head of Compliance

A highly experienced finance professional with extensive experience in compliance and financial services. I joined Agora towards the end of 2017 and have oversight of overall risk and compliance responsibilities. I also ensure that Agora complies with its day to day regulatory requirements. In my spare time I enjoy playing cricket, snooker and travelling whilst exploring new cultures.

Samuel Asquith

Samuel Asquith – Sub-editor

As sub-editor for the growth franchise, I determine the themes of the content going to our free newsletter Risk & Reward. I also edit our other growth franchise services, and regularly contribute endo’s and adverts. I also broadcast emails and write the odd article when needs be. In my own time I’m an editor for a music magazine and I surf whenever I can. Yorkshire born and bred…

Daniel Clifford

Daniel Clifford – Copywriter

Daniel joined Agora in 2016 and specialises in writing both long and short sales copy – as well as the odd article. Aside from copywriting, Daniel also sub-edits the company’s flagship newsletter, The Daily Reckoning. He has a degree in English Literature, and in his spare time he enjoys reading, writing and going to the gigs of obscure bands he finds on the internet. He is a Welshman living in South East London.

Joseph Mekail

Joseph Mekail – External Marketer

Joe joined in October 2016 after graduating in marketing. He runs campaigns on different ad networks and tries to bring in new customers into the business. In his spare time, he goes the Emirates to watch Arsenal play and sees the occasional musical here and there.

Amy Karczewski

Amy Karczewski – Marketing Assistant

Amy joined the team in 2017. She broadcasts newsletters, manages some of Agora’s social media pages and works with the marketing department. Born in Greenwich but grew up by the seaside in Margate. She has a degree in photography and helped baby turtles safely get to the sea on the beach in Mexico.

Mujahid Chowdhury

Mujahid Chowdhury – Web Developer

Initially web development started as a hobby for me. However once I saw the opportunities available in the web development/ IT sector I decided to get serious and upskill. I have now been developing for just over 8 years. I run my own web development business whilst working at Agora Financial UK. In my spare time I enjoy staying fit, travelling and BBQing with my family, friends and pet hamster called Günter.

Annabel Alabi

Annabel Alabi – Marketing Assistant

I joined Agora Financial UK October 2017 once finishing my masters degree in Digital Marketing. It was through my undergraduate degree that my interest in marketing started and since then I have undergone minor projects with close friends but wanted broader experience in my field and that’s when I joined The Team. Apart from the joys of marketing, I also love keeping fit regularly, experiencing different cuisines and spending quality time with friends and family.