The Team

Karl Simpson

Founder & Director – Finance, Property Acquisition & Operations

Karl has almost 40 years experience in the hospitality scene here in Brighton and has seen the many changes in this industry.  A highly creative and innovative chef, Karl was the original founder of the award winning american bistro Paris Texas on Western Road and Chardonnay in Kemp Town.  Plus 3 further restaurants in this City.  Additionally, back in the late seventies Karl set up Troggs, housed in the luxurious Granville Hotel previously owned by Karl’s parents Audrey & David Simpson.  The Granville was a real destination at that time being the first boutique hotel to open in the city, with uniquely themed rooms situated on Brighton’s iconic sea front.

Drinking habits
morning – strong cortado

afternoon – pot of Chi Trading On the Level loose leaf tea

Annette Fowler

Founder & Director – Strategy, HR & Brand

Annette had a completely different background.   25 years working in corporate sales, marketing, hospitality, recruitment and training in the distribution and recruitment industries.  She was based both here in the UK and abroad.  Having spent most of her life under the corporate umbrella she was keen for some independence and is thoroughly enjoying supporting Karl with Mojo’s.  Her valuable skills help to allow Mojo to shine in this city and provide superb support for the ever growing team.

Drinking habits
morning – strong flat white

afternoon – pot of Chi Trading Earl of Brunswick loose leaf tea

Deborah Desavie

Senior Manager (Based at Queens Road Branch)

Deborah was brought up immersed in France’s culinary world.  From the early age of 11 she was involved in supporting her father’s busy restaurant in Cannes, South of France.  Learning from a professional at an early age has given her real attention to detail and a keen dedication to ensuring a smooth running operation.  Deborah has been a key supporter in driving the Mojo message forward with our customers.  Deborah’s skills also extend to artistic talents.  Her incredible flair for design and creativity really add something to our locations.  Check out her superb window designs and her amazing couture displayed at Queens Road!

Drinking habits
morning – dark cocoa hot chocolate

afternoon – large jug of fresh mint tea

Marika Markovicova

Acting Branch Manager (Based at Lewes Road Branch)

Our lovely Marika has a true true passion for everything coffee.  She has spent the last 12 years working within the independent coffee scene here in our vibrant city.  She even has her own band of followers that keep up with her coffee travels!  Marika’s passion for hospitality is catching as she leads her team with speed and enthusiasm.

In her spare time you will find her chilling out with her most loving companion, her totally gorgeous oh so beautiful Weimaraner dog, Lapine.  Marika is our resident dog expert with a warm welcome and a cuddle always ready for our regular four legged friends.


Drinking habits

Morning – strong double espresso with a smoke

Afternoon – same as above, let’s not change a tradition!

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