The Team

Origin Brand Consultants have a global presence with a team in both the UK and the USA. Read more about our team below.

The Team

Origin Brand Consultants have a global presence with a team in both the UK and the USA. Read more about our team below.


Rick Speer

Managing Director

Rick has been involved in international branding for over 30 years and is the founder and Managing Director of Origin Brand Consultants. He has worked with many of the world’s leading companies on a wide range of naming, design and brand research projects.

Major clients include DowDuPont, Sanofi, BASF, Novo Nordisk, GlaxoSmithKline, Volvo, Bayer, Syngenta, Astellas, Menarini, FreseniusKabi, AstraZeneca, Alcatel, Procter & Gamble, Serono, Siemens, Johnson & Johnson, Allergan, Baxter and Philips.

Prior to working in the UK, Rick held a senior management position in a US brand consultancy and worked with Procter & Gamble and State Street Bank in Boston and Hong Kong on international marketing assignments. Rick received an MBA from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a BA from Denison University.

He is married, has three children aged 32, 30 and 25 and has lived outside of London for 26 years.


Alan Atkin

Head of Naming

Educated at both St Martin’s School of Art in London and at Cambridge University, Alan worked in advertising and publishing before joining Origin in 2000.   In that time he has helped to shape some of the world’s most iconic brands.  His expertise lies in the specialized area of brand identity creation, with a key focus on name development and brand strategy

Alan graduated from Cambridge with a BA (Honours) degree in Architecture and Social-Political Sciences.

Alan has developed brand names and conducted creative workshops for a wide range of brands.  His broad experience and good knowledge of languages have helped to re-enforce and shape many well known global brands for a wide range of clients including: DuPont, AstraZeneca, BASF, Bayer, Syngenta, Sanofi, GSK, Nestlé, Novo Nordisk, BASF, Allergan, Amersham, Orion, Solvay, General Motors, Aventis, Braun, TDK, Johnson & Johnson, Siemens, Novartis, Yamanouchi, Jaguar, Shell, Husqvarna, Vodafone, Lafarge and Philips.


Steve Tille

Director, Origin USA

Steve has been involved in branding and new product development for the majority of his career.  He was Vice President of Marketing for a major cosmetic/OTC drug manufacturer for over 16 years.  His responsibilities included new product development, brand creation and naming, logo design, trademark registration and FDA compliance.

Steve was Vice President of Marketing for the Med-Tek company.  His responsibilities were new product and brand identity development for Med-Tek’s medical consumer market.

Steve has worked with a wide range of clients including Pioneer, BASF, GSK, Dow, VW, EADS, Lafarge, Dow and Shell.

Steve graduated from Hillsdale College in Michigan, is married and has two daughters working in Colorado.