London-based mobile game development studio Hutch has announced the addition of three new senior hires as it expands its HR, licensing and game development teams. The new joiners bring years of experience that will provide valuable expertise as the studio continues to grow.
Hutch CEO and co-founder Shaun Rutland said: “The Hutch team is incredibly ambitious, so we’re constantly looking for fresh, motivated minds to help us reach the next level of our development. Welcoming Charmaine, Damian and April, we are excited to maintain the momentum that not only makes Hutch a great developer, but also levels up our publishing capability and overall work environment.”
Please see full details of each new hire below:
Charmaine St John, Head of People
Charmaine kicked off her diverse, and 20-year long, career in HR at M&C Saatchi, and has since worked across a wide variety of companies and agencies, such as PHD and Fuse. Becoming a vital and trusted advisor throughout her career, Charmaine has been responsible for helping companies achieve Best Company status, and has been recognised with a place on the iList by the IPA for achievements in Diversity and Inclusion.
Charmaine joins Hutch as Head of People. This is a new position designed to support staff development, further build on company culture, and continue to foster an inclusive environment where people are inspired to do their best work.
Damian Hosen, Game Director
With an extensive portfolio of game companies under his belt, including Sony, NaturalMotion and Sumo Digital, Damian has built a highly successful career, and brings more than 25 years of expertise to Hutch. Damian has directed successful AAA and mobile games, alongside managing company wide design departments, working on titles such as LittleBigPlanet3, Until Dawn and more.
Damian joins Hutch as a Game Director for Rebel Racing, where he will use his wealth of experience to manage and expand the player experience, helping Hutch shape the future of racing.
April Huang, Licensing Manager
Starting her career as a teacher in Taiwan, and transitioning into a doctoral researcher in the Department of Languages in Finland, April’s globe-trotting career saw her move to the UK to kickstart her games career with Codemasters. Over a 10-year period, April worked on all major titles in Codemasters and advanced from an initial Research role, to a Senior Licensing Executive role overseeing all F1 titles. She then moved onto a production role bringing her transferable skills to the role of Producer.
April joins Hutch as a Licensing Manager, bringing her prior licensing experience to the team. She will further seek to strengthen Huch’s relationships with licensing partners, such as F1 and the car manufacturers, alongside exploring new partnership opportunities.