Alexei Hartley – Principal

Alexei supports our partners and leads teams across client projects, taking great pleasure in drawing order from complexity.

He has always sought to combine a keen interest in art and design with an intellectual curiosity in the world around him. He studied Architecture at the University of Cambridge, and a desire to apply his creative thinking to business challenges led him to a career in brand strategy.

He joined Circus from the strategy team at a leading corporate branding agency and has worked with industrial giants, financial institutions, and city districts to shape and implement meaningful brand narratives. His experience with a diverse range of clients in esoteric industries has fuelled his relentless curiosity and cemented a rigorous approach to his work.

Alexei continues to pursue his academic and artistic interests outside the office too: he reads a book a week, draws regularly, and runs his own pottery and woodwork business in his spare time.