KuKu Connect is part of the KuKu Group. Borne out of KuKu Creative marketing agency, which specialises in Marketing, Design, PR and Events. Connect Directors, Stephen and Philip, founded KuKu Connect to offer a refreshing way of making new business connections. They believe strongly in supporting young people and connecting communities with business.

Having been involved in a range of networking groups and forums, Stephen and Phillip decided to start KuKu Connect with the aim of creating an alternative to the usual way business events are run by fusing the best elements of business networking within a range of exciting luxury locations. At a KuKu Connect reception, you can indulge in delightful drinks and fabulous food from the very best Leicestershire and Derbyshire have to offer.

Stephen Goddard

Creative Director

Stephen set up KuKu Creative having studied graphic and print design, working as a freelancer since the 90’s, and with a career in People Management in the NHS and Charity sector. Stephen refined his creative approach by asking clients to consider the purpose and intended impact on their customers, instead of creating a bland leaflet or website. Stephen has built up his boutique agency’s services to become a highly efficient brand reflecting the needs of his clients. Due to Stephen’s natural creativity and flair, he has an impressive portfolio, gaining KuKu Creative a reputation for excellence and service.

Stephen’s interests include the arts, music, theatre and the unusual; he is an active supporter of charities involved in equality, enterprise and anything creative. He is known for his taste in exotic shirts and colourful trousers. As Creative Managing Director, Stephen proudly leads KuKu Creative and remains at the creative heart of every project. Stephen is an avid baker and loves a homemade pie, but be careful – he doesn’t like the ‘ready-made’ stuff.

Philip Brooks-Stephenson

Development Director

Philip was always behind the scenes at KuKu Creative in its early years. More recently, he came on board to develop client services. After a career in the Third & Public Sectors in Management, PR/Comms, Events and Business Development, Philip leads Development for KuKu Creative. He has successfully transformed the profile of national and local organisations.

Philip’s portfolio spans central and local Government, The Royal Household, Law, Education, Health, Social Care, and the Arts. He has gained recognition for his work in a number of professional institutions and in central Government. Philip has served as a Trustee for a number of charities and as a school Governor; he is currently the founding Chair of a community arts charity and as a Nottingham Ambassador. Philip takes a keen interest in food and wine, politics, heritage, travel and volunteering. He is a rather fussy coffee drinker and loves the dining room at The Ritz, London.


At KuKu Connect when we say we want to support Leicestershire and Derbyshire and we mean it – community is at the heart and soul of the city and county and we want to play our role.


On our launch in 2016 we were honoured to support the local charitable work of Her Majesty’s High Sheriff of Leicestershire, Professor Surinda Sharma. The High Sheriff seeks to support crime reduction initiatives, particularly with young people, as well as a number of Leicestershire health charities.
The High Sheriff is annually appointed personally by The Queen as her personal representative for all legal matters in Leicestershire and the oldest Royal appointment, supporting the Crown, Judiciary and wider community in the county. The role is an independent, non-political role which receives no remuneration, with no cost falling on the public purse, so in essence the role is voluntary and in service of the life and community of each county in England and Wales.
KuKu Connect is delighted to be able to annually support the community work of each successive High Sheriff in Leicestershire and Derbyshire.

“I am very pleased that KuKu Connect have chosen to support the charitable work of the High Sheriff of Leicestershire both in my own year of Office and with future years. The business community plays a vital role in the life of the City and County which positively touches many aspects of our wider society and communities. I very much hope you will be able to support KuKu Connect where I am delighted to be a member myself.” – Professor Surinder Sharma

The role of High Sheriff is very important to Leicestershire and Derbyshire and contributes a great deal of support and is often unknown amongst the wider public which why we want to promote and support High Sheriffs. For further information on the High Sheriff of Leicestershire please visit:


Our wish to support the wider life of Leicester and Leicestershire doesn’t stop there – we want to actively support inward invest in the county as well as the business community and are keen to support and promote self-employment and entrepreneurship initiatives with graduates, younger people and those returning to work.


We are also great fans of creativity and the Arts and those who serve society through volunteering and the Armed Forces, so if you like what we support, then get on board.
For further information on KuKu Connect’s community support or if you are a business and want to support fundraising for local people and the community please contact us at [email protected]