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.

Beatrice Morrissey

Beatrice Morrissey – Production

Bea moved to London in 2015 after she finished a degree in Creative Writing and Media. She started at Agora in January 2017 and since then has enjoyed the challenges and developments within her role. In her spare time you will most likely find her in a pub, in search for pale ale and the perfect roast dinner.