Let’s Be Brief was set-up by husband and wife team Ansel Neckles and Stephanie McLaren-Neckles.

Originally working as an educational and co-creation tool for clients via their community engagement agency twenty%extraLet’s Be Brief soon took on a life of its own.

Let’s Be Brief now runs as a platform that champions and upskills creative entrepreneurs and community.

The site regularly features interviews with entrepreneurs, artists and Let’s Be Brief’s monthly show on NTS Radio.

The pair have also created various pop-up initiatives such as State of Independence Market, a pop-up retail experience that showcases cutting edge creative brands, and of course the Let’s Be Brief Pop-Up School.



Always with an idea and quotable to hand, Ansel graduated from Camberwell College of Arts with a Degree in Graphic Design.

Wanting the challenge of pairing his design skills and wordsmithery, Ansel spent a number of years at Tribal DDB advertising agency as an Art Director / Copywriter, earning a couple of D&AD commendations for VW Golf and Touareg campaigns, as well as working on numerous ad campaigns for British Gas and The Guardian to name a few. Ansel also has time at Saatchi & Saatchi and Wunderman under his belt.

If he was a Buddhist he would probably reincarnate as a Formula One driver, but his obsession with wheels doesn’t stop there. As a keen cyclist, Ansel has been known to indulge in a spot of ‘bike porn’. Ssshh! We won’t tell if you don’t.



An independent spirit, Stephanie loves nothing better than to create something out of nothing.

Having worked across several creative industries, from TV Presenter (Trouble TV, MTV) to starting her own design label Sexie Booda – wholesaling to high street retailers and boutiques such as Topshop, Urban Outfitters and House of Fraser to setting up community engagement agency, twenty%extra, with Ansel.

In 2012 Stephanie, won both New Business Award and LCC College Award from University of the Arts – Creative Enterprise Week and went on to rebrand the same award in 2014.

Over the past few years, Steph has built an unhealthy relationship with the internet in the pursuit of *ahem* knowledge, current affairs, general nosiness and an addiction to finding new and interesting music and cultural phenomena. 



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