As well as having a dedicated member of our senior team who actively leads your account and an account team with the experience to deliver for you, as a Pagefield client you can tap into one of the best networked agencies in London, led by our world-class Board, which is chaired by Sir Christopher Meyer.
Mark founded Pagefield as an agency that reflects his own commitment to clear-sighted strategic thinking and flawless campaign execution. He brings more than 20 years of experience in public and regulatory affairs, corporate public relations and campaigning to clients including the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, Camelot and Discovery.
Mark was the main Board Director responsible for Camelot Group plc’s campaign for the £50 billion third lottery licence, transforming the company’s reputation from one of Britain’s most unpopular corporations to the world’s most respected lottery operator.
As Public Affairs Director for ITN, Europe’s largest commercial news operator, Mark ran the company’s successful campaign to win the ITV News contract, together with a raft of lobbies to protect freedom of expression in broadcast journalism.
Mark honed his knowledge of government at the Industry and Parliament Trust, working to educate business leaders about Westminster, Whitehall and the European Union institutions and parliamentarians about the commercial world.
Mark graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) from St Anne’s College, Oxford.
Oliver is Pagefield’s Chief Executive, with day-to-day responsibility for running the business and overseeing all of its client, team and external-facing operations. He is one of Pagefield’s most experienced corporate affairs practitioners and he is available to all of Pagefield’s clients to offer strategic counsel when required. He is also the day-to-day lead Partner for multiple clients including Airbnb, Discovery, ITN, Leidos and Motability.
Oliver has over 16 years’ experience campaigning and bid support for commercial broadcasters, the film industry, and the property, automotive and defence sectors both in the UK and Brussels. Immediately before joining Pagefield, he was Head of Corporate Affairs at the UK Film Council, where he provided senior counsel on corporate communications, acting as a spokesman with international, national and specialist media on the full range of issues in the film sector.
In 2007, Oliver was recruited by ITV plc to help the company develop a fresh and ambitious policy agenda, and during his tenure, he successfully reinvigorated ITV’s parliamentary support. Oliver’s career has spanned the entire communications spectrum, taking in public affairs, media handling, crisis management, and high-profile campaigning, as well as a period working for a British Member of the European Parliament.
Oliver graduated in European Studies and French from Durham University and he is a Freeman of the City of London as well as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, where he sits on the Civic City Committee.
Sara is one of Pagefield’s Founding Partners. Her primary area of responsibility is new business and growth. She oversees all proposals and pitches and then works alongside new clients and the relevant account team to ensure a smooth transition: ensuring that Pagefield lives up to the promise of the pitch. Sara also provides senior counsel to a small group of clients.
Sara’s experience in corporate communications spans over 20 years including 15 years in-house in the private, public and third sectors and five years at global PR agency Hill & Knowlton where she was a Board Director and member of the ExComm. Over the course of her career she has worked for or advised organisations at a regional, national and international level including UNICEF UK, the Advertising Association, Transport for London, Kelloggs, B&Q, Camelot and EDF Energy. She started her career in Parliament working for the Labour MP, the Rt Hon Peter Shore MP.
Having spent 15 years on ‘your side’ of the table, Sara approaches client work with a very clear understanding of the inherent pressures of placing your reputation in the hands of an agency. She has spent the past five years working with her fellow Founding Partners to create the kind of agency that she always wanted and never found: one that works hard to understand your business and your environment; one that will offer tailor-made strategies and flawlessly implemented plans; one that ensures the involvement of senior people in all aspects of the work – and not just the pitch.
Gráinne Warner is Pagefield’s Finance Director.
Gráinne has worked in a financial capacity in a wide variety of industries for over 25 years and joined Pagefield in 2010. She qualified with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and was accepted as a fellow of the Institute in 1999 in recognition of her strategic roles working at board level over the course of her career.
Before setting up as a freelance management accountant in 2001 Gráinne was Head of Finance with the ITV Network Centre which she left following the birth of her first two children. In the time since, Grainne has provided strategic financial services to a range of SMEs, developed a second career in complementary therapies as well as working in a number of voluntary positions.
In addition to her work at Pagefield, Grainne is a Director and serves on the board of the UK Reiki Association and Treasurer of a US not for profit corporation, the Reiki Foundation International.
Chris is an experienced public affairs, PR and reputation management consultant in the UK, Europe and internationally. He has 360 degrees of experience in consumer, corporate reputation and integrated marketing consultancy for leading brands in technology, professional corporate reputation and consumer goods. Following several years as senior political consultant with international consultancy Grayling in London, Chris spent 5 years based in their European operations in Moscow as a country manager responsible for building the agency’s tech and corporate communications practices. During this time he played a strong role in winning and servicing clients like Ford, eBay, PayPal, Facebook, Apple, Axis, Scripps and Gemalto. He also led corporate communications for the likes of Credit Suisse, AIG, and Herbalife. He returned to the UK in 2016 to spearhead Grayling’s European new business division, helping to spread clients and strengthen the offer of integrated communications within the agency. Chris also has experience in international development, culture and trade for The Department for International Trade (formerly UKTI), The British Council and The Foreign Office (FCO).
Geoff is a corporate communications specialist with a track record of advising clients – including multinationals, start-ups, governments, charities and campaign groups – on media relations, thought leadership, issues management, corporate social responsibility and stakeholder engagement.
Geoff joined Pagefield in March 2014 and brings more than eight years’ consultancy experience working for organisations across a range of sectors including technology, finance, enterprise, retail and not for profit. Clients past and present include BT, HP, The Economist, Business Growth Fund, John Lewis, Stonewall, General Mills, Sime Darby, the Government of the Falkland Islands, and the Institute of Ideas.
Before making the move into PR, Geoff completed internships with a number of Liberal Democrat Members of Parliament.
He is a politics graduate from Bristol University.
Lucy works across Pagefield’s sectoral practice areas leading a range of accounts including Kellogg’s, Discovery, Airbnb and Motability.
Lucy is an experienced consultant with particular specialisms in strategic communications, public affairs, stakeholder engagement and campaigning. She has ten years of consultancy experience providing strategic advice to a wide variety of clients seeking to engage across Westminster, Whitehall and local government. In particular, Lucy has a strong track record advising major property developers and house builders and has worked on a number of significant regeneration projects across the UK.
Prior to working in communications, Lucy worked in local government at Cardiff City Council. She has a Politics degree from Bristol University and an MSc in Public Affairs from Brunel University, where she also guest-lectures on public affairs.
Kieran is a public affairs specialist with seven years’ experience of advising clients across a diverse range of sectors including manufacturing, energy, technology and housing.
He possesses a strong background in developing and implementing successful campaigns and engagement programmes across Westminster and Whitehall.
Kieran joined Pagefield in March 2016 from Tata Steel Europe where he was responsible for leading on UK campaigns over energy costs, business rates, skills and innovation.
He previously spent over five years in consultancy working for organisations such as Sky, Cuadrilla and Three Mobile. He started his career in the constituency office of Rt Hon Ruth Kelly MP.
Mallika is a Specialist Partner at Pagefield – bringing over 15 years of corporate reputation, business-to-business public relations experience to the team. Mallika’s key areas of responsibility include supporting new business development efforts and providing strategic and creative input to integrated client campaigns across digital channels, social and traditional media. Her experience spans large, global organisations, trade associations and exciting startups, with clients including EY, Coca-Cola GB and EUG, International Sweeteners Association, SABIC (Saudi Basic Industries Corporation) and De Beers Group.
Mallika began her career as a journalist covering the global capital markets, becoming Assistant Editor aged 22. She then went on to a brief stint at a new Financial PR agency, before moving to WPP’s Hill & Knowlton. Here she managed the account for SABIC, the Middle East’s largest non-oil corporation, which spanned seven regions and incorporated industry trade fairs, media relations, corporate brochures, intranet launch and internet re-launch. Other clients included profile-raising programmes for the UK Government’s Learning and Skills Council, thought leadership for PricewaterhouseCoopers and the pharma giant Merck Sharpe and Dohme, raising their profile following a reputational issue.
Mallika next moved to an independent consultancy, where she oversaw the DeBeers Group Consumer Confidence campaigns, developing strategic industry partnerships and thought leadership, as well as CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation. She also ran the integrated Public Affairs, Financial and Corporate communication programme for Development Securities PLC and several other property companies. During this time, she started a food blog, which led to a cookbook published globally by Harper Collins, and had two children.
Philip has extensive experience of advising, leading and implementing Financial, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations Campaigns. His approach and advice is based on a background in Finance and Accounting and over 20 years in Communications and Investor Relations.
Philip has advised Senior Management teams from small and medium growth companies to large international entities across both the Public and Private markets. He has worked across multiple sectors, including Oil & Gas, Biotech, Retail, Industry, Consumer Finance and Technology. Advising Companies and individuals on reputation management, profile development, IPOs, M&A, shareholder disputes, Government Relations, crisis management and debt holder communications.
Philip was previously a Partner at Bell Pottinger, having previously been a Director at Pelham PR. He initially trained as an accountant with a multinational US entertainment company.
Lesley applies her 25 years of experience in broadcasting, politics and the arts to create TV and radio programmes, events, campaigns, cultural initiatives and other content for our clients. Lesley’s work in television has spanned documentaries, factual, factual entertainment and light entertainment.
She is experienced in live broadcast and both short- and long-form programme making, working across the production process from format development to directing, producing and editing.
She has directed and produced a number of high profile documentaries for broadcast television, including Mummy’s War (Channel 4) – which took Carol Thatcher to the Falkland Islands and Argentina on the 25th anniversary of the Falklands War – and The Boy Who Lived Before (Channel 5). For BBC World, she travelled across Africa and Asia to profile political and social leaders.
David joined Pagefield in October 2016 and has over five years’ experience in managing high-level political and media campaigns and providing reputation management counsel to individuals and companies in crisis situations.
He has advised clients across a number of sectors including energy, property, transport and sports business, and has designed and implemented crisis and issues protocols for a North Sea oil and gas company and an international business services provider with over 70,000 employees.
Throughout his career, David has advised clients in Russia, Turkey, Nigeria, Brazil and across the Middle East.
David studied English literature at Newcastle University, and received his journalism diploma at the Press Association.
Sam joined Pagefield in September 2016 as a Consultant with a focus on corporate communications. He currently works across media relations, reputation management and public affairs. His current clients include Experian, BGF and the Fundraising Regulator.
Prior to joining Pagefield, Sam spent almost two years at Bell Pottinger, where he was a part of the Corporate and Brand team, working across media relations, sustainability and events. His clients included HSBC, Amazon, South Africa Tourism, Stannah Stairlifts and the International Festival for Business. Before this he worked in education and tech in Singapore for a number of start-ups.
Sam graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2013 with a BA (Hons) in History.
Paul is a corporate affairs professional with six years’ experience across financial services, FMCG, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and energy. Specialising in corporate media relations, issues management and stakeholder engagement, he possesses a strong background in developing successful engagement programmes spanning areas such as food security, the environment and climate change. Paul joined Pagefield in May 2017 from the corporate affairs team at Cohn & Wolfe, part of WPP.
Past clients include Barclays Corporate Banking, Golden Agri-Resources, Tetra Pak, ExxonMobil and the Crop Protection Association.
Paul read Politics and History at the University of Sussex.
Ben joined Pagefield in April 2014. His clients span a range of sectors including tech, energy, infrastructure and education, where his work ranges from political and stakeholder engagement, to PR campaigns and events, to social media and digital communications.
Prior to Pagefield Ben worked at the charity leaders network ACEVO as a policy officer, working to improve the voice of the third sector in Westminster and Whitehall. Whilst at ACEVO Ben worked on several influential public policy publications and campaigns, as well as developing and implementing new research tools for the organisation.
Ben’s current clients include Airbnb, Kellogg’s, Motability, Ebico, HS1 Ltd and University of Warwick.
Ben read Biology at the University of Sheffield where he graduated in 2013 with an integrated Masters in research.
Josh is a Consultant at Pagefield, having joined the company in January 2015. He works as media and political relations specialist on a variety of clients including BGF, Hewlett Packard and AB InBev UK.
Prior to joining Pagefield, Josh worked in finance for two years in the world’s largest executive search and talent consultancy firm, Korn Ferry. His responsibilities included revenue analysis and group reporting for the EMEA region as well as a range of projects around the acquisition of smaller entities. Josh also worked with a number of European offices to improve internal communications and implement changes in company procedures.
Josh read Politics at Newcastle University
Eleanor is a corporate communications specialist with over three years of experience advising clients on media relations, crisis and issues management, stakeholder engagement, event management and public affairs. She has advised international and national clients in a range of sectors, including: charities, FMCG, sports, education and media. Eleanor currently works with AB InBev, Variety, the Children’s Charity, Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI), Civitas Social Housing PLC and others.
Prior to joining Pagefield, Eleanor spent two years in Edelman’s Corporate Reputation team focusing primarily on corporate media relations and crisis communications for clients including: The Walt Disney Company, Disneyland Paris, Manchester City Football Club and The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Eleanor also has experience in event management, having worked with clients on high-profile events such as Cannes Lions and World Retail Congress.
Eleanor graduated from Queen Mary, University of London in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in History.
Ben is a Senior Executive at Pagefield, having joined in August 2017. He currently works across media relations, stakeholder and political engagement for clients including Starling Bank, CitySprint and Long Harbour.
Prior to joining Pagefield, Ben worked within a specialist public affairs practice at a global communications agency, shaping stakeholder engagement in Westminster and Whitehall and supporting clients in the technology, financial services and agricultural sectors. Outside of consulting, Ben has experience in Westmintser, working for the Conservative Party for both 2015 and 2017 General Election as well as working for Graham Brady MP, Chairman of the 1922 Committee.
Ben graduated with a degree in Politics and Parliamentary Studies from the University of Leeds.
Leonie is an executive at Pagefield, having joined the company as an intern in September 2015. Her clients span a range of sectors including tech, energy, property, transport, and FMCG where her work ranges from media relations to reputation management and public affairs.
In her time so far at Pagefield she has worked with the team on PR campaigns and events, political and stakeholder engagement, as well as social media and digital communications.
Prior to joining Pagefield, Leonie completed an internship with the Labour Party and then Shadow Mental Health Minister, Luciana Berger MP giving her direct insight into the workings of Westminster.
She is a politics graduate from the University of Liverpool.
Alice is an Executive at Pagefield, having joined as a Researcher in August 2016. She works across a diverse range of clients including AB InBev, the Fundraising Regulator and Variety the Children’s Charity, primarily providing research and monitoring services.
Prior to joining Pagefield, Alice spent time as an intern at two different PR firms, where she helped to manage the social media strategy for four different clients, as well as helping with stakeholder engagement whilst organising a Parliamentary event.
Alice read Politics at Newcastle University, and recently completed her MA in International Communications and Development at City University London.
Alice is a Executive at Pagefield, having joined in July 2016. She predominantly works on new business; researching prospects and providing support to the wider team throughout the pitch process.
Prior to joining Pagefield, Alice interned at two PR agencies, where she worked on a range of corporate and consumer clients, producing media coverage reports, undertaking research tasks for new business pitches and supporting media engagement.
Alice graduated from the University of Birmingham in June 2016, with a BA in History.
Peter is a Researcher at Pagefield, having joined in January 2017. He predominantly works on supporting the team through research and monitoring services for a number of different clients and sectors.
Prior to joining Pagefield, Peter founded and operated a network of Social Media Enterprises, successfully gaining a following of over 100,000 people from around the world. During this time he worked with a range of global companies, mainly through advertising campaigns, and developed his skills in digital marketing and online branding, as well as gaining experience of search engine optimisation and social media optimisation.
Peter graduated from the University of Portsmouth in June 2016, with a BA (Hons) in International Relations and Politics.
Olivia joined Pagefield in July 2017 as a Researcher. She works across a diverse range of clients, providing research and monitoring services.
Prior to joining Pagefield, Olivia held communication and campaign roles at both corporate and non-governmental organisations, including The Body Shop and Fairtrade Foundation. During this time, she worked on international campaigns, producing campaign materials, developing social media strategies and supporting media engagement. She also has experience in issues management and compiling media coverage reports.
Olivia graduated from Newcastle University in June 2015, with a BA (Hons) in Politics and History.
Hal is a Researcher at Pagefield, having joined in May 2017. Hal supports the team providing monitoring and research for clients across the agency. Prior to joining Pagefield, Hal studied politics at Durham University. He achieved a first in his dissertation examining the effectiveness of negative distractionary campaigning in the 2015 general election.
Chloe joined Pagefield in October 2014 and is the PA to Chief Executive, Oliver Foster. Alongside these responsibilities, Chloe is also the Office Manager and oversees the efficient functioning of the office, as well as playing an important role in the organisation of Pagefield events.
Prior to joining Pagefield Chloe worked in a number of different roles, specialising in corporate reception, hospitality management and events.
Ellie is Executive Assistant to both Mark Gallagher and Sara Price and has been with Pagefield since 2011.
Prior to joining Pagefield, Ellie spent five years at PR agency Fishburn Hedges where, as a team assistant, she worked with high profile clients such as Tetra Pak, Tesco Finance, Sungard, BT and Barclays. She spent the final 18 months of her time there working as PA to the Chief Executive.
Ellie’s career started as a Project Co-ordinator at the National College for School Leadership in Nottingham, where she was responsible for leading nine regional co-ordinators in key aspects of the NPQH programme for potential head teachers.
She graduated from Nottingham University with a BA Hons in Ancient History & Archaeology.
Sir Christopher is a significant authority on international affairs and has unparalleled understanding of the corridors of power around the globe.
Sir Christopher Meyer is former British Ambassador to the United States and Germany and former Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission. He is a non-executive director of the Arbuthnot Banking Group, a member of the international advisory board of British-American Business inc., an Honorary Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge and a member of the Worshipful Company of Stationers.
He is author of DC Confidential and Getting Our Way and is a regular broadcaster and documentary maker on foreign affairs.
Teresa Graham CBE
Member of the Pagefield Board
Teresa Graham is passionate about two things: providing strategic advice to ambitious, growing businesses, and freeing those businesses from the fetters of red tape.
She is an expert in regulatory affairs, serving as the immediate past Deputy Chair of the Government’s Better Regulation Commission (BRC). She is Chairman of the Administrative Burdens Advisory Board of HMRC and is the immediate past Chair of the Regulatory Board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Publications include a major piece of work on litigation and compensation for the Lord Chancellor, an independent review for the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the Small Firm’s Loan Guarantee Scheme, and a ground breaking study for the Prime Minister, titled “Less is More”.
Dame Dianne Thompson DBE
Member of the Pagefield Board
Dianne began her career in a variety of marketing roles with companies such as Co- operative Wholesale Society, ICI, Sterling Roncraft and Woolworths. She was Managing Director of Sandvik, a Swedish steel company and spent fourteen years as CEO of Camelot. Dianne also lectured at universities and started her own advertising agency, Thompson Maud Jones in Manchester. She retired from Camelot in November 2014 and is now President of the Market Research Society and a non-executive director on the board of Next, as well as running a hotel on the Isle of Wight.
In 2001 she was awarded the Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year award. Five years later she was awarded a CBE and in 2015, a Damehood. She is a regular attendee at the Women of the Year lunch and has sponsored tables and held positions on the committee. She is a longstanding member of the Women in Advertising and Communications London and has served on the executive committee for many years as well as being its President.
Dame Sue Tinson DBE
Dame Sue Tinson was ITN’s first female editorial trainee in 1964 and continues to advise Europe’s largest commercial broadcast news operation today.
She worked for ITN as editor of News at Ten for 11 years, and as producer of many current events programmes: political, foreign, military, science and royal. She has also been ITN’s overall Associate Editor and Director of External Relations, and was made a Dame of the British Empire by Margaret Thatcher in 1990. Sue’s insight and media intelligence is much sought after in the corporate world and she has served on the Boards of Asda plc, Chime Communications plc, The Yorkshire Building Society, Freeserve plc, St Ives plc and Cannons plc. She has also worked as a consultant to Camelot and ITV and has served terms as a Commissioner of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Steering Committee and as a Trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund.
In 2013, Sue joined the Foundation Committee, chaired by Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers, to select the Appointments Board for the new Press Complaints Commission.
James Ashton is a senior financial journalist and media consultant. He was City Editor and Executive Editor of the London Evening Standard and City Editor of the Sunday Times.
He continues to write widely as well as running his own consultancy advising companies on media effectiveness and corporate narrative and chairing events.
James is also a director of Comic Relief Limited and runs Oscar’s Book Prize, a competition to find the best pre-school book of the year.
Alison Hastings is a media consultant and trainer. As a consultant her clients include Camelot, Trinity Mirror and Press Association. Alison has an unrivalled understanding of local media and press regulation.
She began her career in journalism in 1984, was appointed Head of Editorial Staff Development at Thomson Regional Newspapers in 1994 and was Editor of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle between 1996 and 2002. In 1997 she was appointed as an Editor Commissioner on the Press Complaints Commission and continued working for them as a trainer and consultant from 2002 onwards. Alison was appointed as Trustee for England to the new BBC Trust in November 2006 and was Chair of the Editorial Standards Committee between 2010 and 2014. Alison is Vice President of the British Board of Film Classification and a non-executive board member of Archant.
Sian Jarvis CB
Sian started her career as a BBC trainee journalist and moved on to Reuters/GMTV when the new breakfast show launched in 1992. She regularly presented the news and became their political correspondent in the Westminster lobby in 1994-1999.
After 5 years covering both the Major government and the early years after Blair’s election she became a civil servant at the Department Health. In all she spent 12 years on Whitehall working for 6 Secretaries of State, first as head of news and later as Director General for Communications for the DH and NHS.
In 2009 she was named PR professional of the year and in 2010 was awarded a CB for her services to the Dept of Health. She led a marketing team that created enduring public health campaigns including Change4Life. The marketing approach attracted the attention of Michelle Obama and was adopted as the US approach to tackling childhood obesity. She has since been widely viewed as a health specialist. Following on from government, she joined Asda as Director of Corporate Affairs in 2011.
Sian moved on from Asda in 2013 to set up her own consultancy advising on health affairs and communications and has worked with a number of clients including Asda, SABMiller, Diageo, the National Association of Primary Care and NHS England, a number of med tech companies including System C and OrCam.
Sian is a trustee of charity Step up to Serve, that leads the campaign to increase the number of young people in volunteering and social action. Sian heads up the health and social care strand of their work. She also sits on the management committee of the Women of the Year Lunch and Awards highlighting the achievements and role of women in society.
Sir Michael Lockett
Over the last thirty years Michael has founded, acquired and grown 16 different businesses across the communications spectrum.
Michael has played an integral role in staging some of the largest and most recognisable global events that have taken place in the last twenty years, from the Hong Kong Handover Ceremony to the Millennium Project. In 2012 alone, Michael was at the helm of three of the UK’s major events: the Shard’s unveiling, the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics and, as Chief Executive of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, the authority behind the 1,000-strong flotilla that represented the fulcrum of The Queen’s Jubilee celebrations.
In September 2012, Michael was appointed a Knight Commander of the Victorian Order.
Michael headed-up John Major’s presentation unit during the 1992 General Election and helped with David Cameron’s Leadership Campaign in 2005.
He sits on the board of numerous successful companies which include Populus, Aura, Unspun, and The Leadership Agency. He is also a Director of The Oracle Cancer Trust at The Royal Marsden and has diversified into executive search with Grace Blue and Indigo Mile.
Dr. Gerard Lyons
Dr Gerard Lyons is one of the UK’s leading economists and is an expert on the global economy, financial markets and monetary policy, with an excellent forecasting record. He has testified to the US Senate Banking and Foreign Affairs Committees and to Committees in both Houses of the UK Parliament, spoken at the EU-China Summit in Beijing, and on the globalised televised BBC Debate from Davos. He is a Board Member of Bank of China (UK), Chief Economic Strategist and shareholder at Netwealth Investments, advisor to financial consultants Parker Fitzgerald and Chief Economic Advisor to think tank Policy Exchange.
He is on advisory boards at: Warwick Business School; the Grantham Institute on Environmental Change at the London School of Economics and Imperial College; and the Official Monetary Financial Institutions Forum, and is advising on a project at the Centre for Social Justice addressing low UK productivity and its wider economic and social impact. He is Vice Chairman of the 48 Group, Committee Member of the Hong Kong Association and he co-founded Economists for Brexit.
From January 2013 to May 2016 he was in a non-political role of Chief Economic Advisor to Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London. Previously he spent 27 years in senior roles in The City at Chase Manhattan, Swiss Bank Corporation, DKB International and Standard Chartered Bank. He has been ranked top global forecaster (out of 350) and the month before the financial crisis was one of only two UK economists predicting a deep imminent recession. He is also a public speaker and author.
Catherine has had one of the most wide-ranging careers within the Pagefield team, including child advocacy, financial services, diplomacy and politics. In 1999, Catherine founded PACT – Parents and Abducted Children Together – where she was Chief Executive until early 2016. As a result of this nearly two decades’ worth of commitment to tackling the growing problem of parental child abduction across borders, Catherine was made Commander of the British Empire (CBE) “for services to families and children”. During her time at PACT, Catherine was also a Founding Member of the Home Office Strategic Advisory Group, and a member of the National Crime Agency’s CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) Advisory Group.
Catherine has for long been active in politics as a member of the Conservative Party, and from 2010-2015, as Chair of the Party Patrons, she served as National Treasurer of the Party, working closely with senior members of the party leadership who now lead the Government of Prime Minister Theresa May.
Catherine is married to Sir Christopher Meyer, former British Ambassador to the U.S., with whom she advanced British interests in Washington by creating high-level networks of influence in politics, business and the media. Catherine began her career in the City of London, working in commodities for Merrill Lynch, Dean Witter and EF Hutton, and she went on to serve as Non-Executive Director of LIFFE (London International Financial Futures and Options Exchange) between 2003-2008.
Sir Peter Middleton
Sir Peter brings with him an unrivalled knowledge of the financial services industry and nearly 30 years’ experience of public service at HM Treasury.
Sir Peter is currently UK Chairman of Marsh and McLennan Companies, Chairman of Marsh Ltd, Chairman of Mercer Ltd, Chairman of Burford Capital, Chairman of Burford Capital Holdings (UK) Ltd., Chairman of Hamilton Ventures, Chairman of XCAP Securities Ltd., and is the incumbent Chancellor of the University of Sheffield.
In government, Sir Peter spent some 30 years at HM Treasury, working closely with nine chancellors, and was Permanent Secretary from 1983 to 1991.
Following his departure from the Treasury, Sir Peter joined Barclays in 1991 as Group Deputy Chairman and was appointed Barclays Group Chairman in 1999, a position he held until he retired in 2004. During this time he was also a Board member of Bass PLC from 1992-2001 and General Accident from 1992-1995. He was also President of the British Bankers Association from 2004-2006 and a member of the National Institute for Economic Research from 1996-2007.
He was Chairman of Camelot Group from 2004 to 2011, a Director, Chairman and Deputy Chairman of United Utilities from 1994-2007 and a board member of the OJSC Mobile Telesystems from 2005-2007.
Sir Peter is an Honorary Fellow of the London Business School, Hon. Professor of the Management School, University of Sheffield and was a visiting Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford.
Nikki’s background is in strategic marketing, campaigning and politics. In addition to ten years as a Parliamentary Chief of Staff, Nikki has held senior roles including Chair of Westminster Housing, and Ambassador at Large for Variety, the children’s charity, for over ten years. Nikki has been with the charity for over seven years, bringing to bear her experience in voluntary work, politics and business. Nikki looks after major donors and key corporate individuals, and she also helps create events and special occasions to bring Variety’s top supporters together.
Nikki was also previously Head of PR for Europe Middle East & Africa for Visa International.
Alan Pascoe MBE
Alan Pascoe MBE is an Olympic Silver Medallist and was Vice-Chairman of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid. He is also the pioneering entrepreneur behind two world-leading marketing agencies, API and CSM Sport and Entertainment (previously known as Fast Track).
After a successful track career in hurdles – winning a silver medal in the Olympics in 1972 and gold in the European Championships and the Commonwealth Games, among others – Alan became involved in events marketing and consulting, and started two companies from scratch, building both into world-leading agencies. He set up his first business, API, in 1976, beginning with six people, and building up to 350 employees, operating from 13 offices around the world. In 1998, he sold API and then started Fast Track later that year, which became the founding company of Chime Sports Marketing Group (CSM). Over the past 38 years, Alan has devised and organised a wide variety of sports events, including the National Fun Run in Hyde Park (the precursor of the London Marathon) and the Paralympic World Cup.
Alan’s many trusteeships have included sports volunteer charity, Torch Trophy Trust, school business charity, Young Enterprise and currently Sir Keith Mills’s charity, Sported; he has also been a member of The Sports Council and the BBC Advisory Board.
Debbie Wosskow OBE
Debbie Wosskow OBE is recognised as one of the most prominent serial entrepreneurs in the UK, known for successfully launching and scaling businesses in the areas of digital disruption, the sharing economy and female empowerment.
Debbie holds a number of high-profile leadership positions across associated sectors and is regularly interviewed on those subjects in the media, on TV and on radio.
Debbie is CEO and founder of Love Home Swap who established and chaired the government-backed sharing economy trade body SEUK. She is also on the Mayor’s Business Advisory Board and co-founder and chair of AllBright, an investment fund for female entrepreneurs.
A long standing investor, Debbie has personally backed a number of female-led businesses including ShareStyle, a digital marketplace for style services, and TAP, a smart technology company that enables Event Producers and Partners to deliver a more tailored event experience.
In 2015, Debbie was named as one of the Evening Standard’s 1000 most influential people in London. Hailing from a family of female entrepreneurs, her entrepreneurial journey started at the age of 25 when Debbie launched her first company Mantra, a marketing consultancy, which she later sold to Loewy Group in 2009. Debbie is also a Trustee of the Hampstead Theatre.
Bill Akass is a communications consultant and a veteran journalist with 28 years of frontline experience as a reporter and senior Editor. Bill has advised chairmen, CEOs, managing partners, communications directors, senior lawyers, as well as fellow Editors – on media handling, crisis management, interview techniques and social media strategy. Bill offers senior counsel and intensive media training based on bespoke and realistic scenarios.
Tom has led communications work on some of the UK’s most high profile renewable energy projects and has devised and implemented consultation and communications packages for projects across the UK.
In addition to being an Specialist Partner of Pagefield, Tom runs Gunsko Communications, which services the renewable energy, environmental and development sectors.
Prior to establishing Gunsko Communications Tom worked as Head of Marketing and Communications at Partnerships for Renewables. During his time in this role he devised consultation programmes that exceeded ‘best practice’ to ensure that public sector clients could be confident that the community would be central to the development process. Public sector clients included: the Environment Agency, British Waterways,Forestry Commission Scotland, NOMS and Local Authorities.
Tom joined Partnerships for Renewables from AMEC‘s wind energy business where he was ‘Media and Government Relations Manager’. At AMEC, Tom was responsible for project negotiations and communications activity across a wind energy portfolio which included high profile onshore sites such as the Lewis and Edinbane wind farms and the Aberdeen offshore wind farm.
After 15 years as a network TV presenter on the BBC and Channel 5, no one is better placed than Rob to help companies deal with broadcast media.
Rob delivers strategic counsel that can literally change the news agenda. He trained at the BBC and subsequently worked on business programmes for BBC1 and BBC World, reporting from the United States, Pakistan, the Philippines, Taiwan, France and Ireland. He was appointed an ITN News Anchor for the launch of Channel 5, and had his own daily programme for seven years, interviewing everyone from Cabinet Ministers to pop stars; sporting heroes to convicted criminals. He has also hosted quiz shows, documentaries and talk shows on Five. Rob has advised major corporations and organisations on communication strategies with internal and external audiences. He has provided media training courses, presentation coaching, speech-writing services and crisis communications advice to some of Britain’s best-known companies
Rob is a Senior Trainer and Consultant for the BBC World Service Trust, working alongside broadcasters in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Bulgaria, Serbia and Azerbaijan. He has worked with ITN for Saudi Arabian TV, and advised a new commercial television station in Mongolia and the national broadcaster of Cyprus.
Joanne is a highly experienced media trainer, speechwriter and specialist copywriter.
As a journalist with more than 25 years’ experience – and a weekly ‘share tipping’ column in the financial pages of the Mail on Sunday – Joanne has an insider’s understanding of how journalists operate. Since 2002, she has helped clients including FTSE 100 chief executives, management consultants and charities to benefit from that knowledge. She is particularly skilled at honing both the content and delivery of media messages so clients can become confident and accomplished media practitioners.
Joanne is also an award-winning speechwriter, working with leading UK companies, Magic Circle law firms and international financial organisations to create dynamic, motivational or inspirational speeches for internal and external audiences.
In recent years, Joanne has developed an expertise in specialist copywriting, drafting complex policy documents and regulatory submissions that form an integral part of her clients’ public affairs agenda.
Joanne is a Cambridge graduate, who has worked at the Evening Standard, Channel Four and The Times. She writes the Midas investment column for the Mail on Sunday and a monthly column for The Banker magazine.
Tanya has a strong track record in corporate affairs and marketing – having been named Marketing Week’s Marketer of the Year in 2016, as well as in June 2016 as one of AdAge’s Women to Watch.
She is now best known for having founded the hugely successful “This Girl Can” campaign whilst she was Executive Director of Business Partnerships at Sport England. The multi-million-pound award-winning behaviour change campaign was designed to encourage more women and girls to become active, and Tanya was also responsible for developing the corporate affairs strategy to build reputation with politicians, policy makers and influencers and build the case for continued investment in community sport, as well as the partnerships strategy to develop relationships with high-profile brands including Sainsbury’s and the BBC.
Prior to Sport England, Tanya was an adviser to the Tony Blair African Governance Initiative, where she performed the role of strategic adviser to Heads of Government and Cabinet members in emerging democracies in Africa, including Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, helping them identify their strategic priorities and advising on the structures and processes to implement them.
Tanya also has extensive experience in consultancy where she provided senior public and corporate affairs counsel, communications strategies, management of issues and crises to clients including De Beers, RTZ, Development Securities, Corinthia Hotels, Millwall Football Club, Mars, AIG, The Royal Mint, Fujitsu, Halfords, Costa Coffee, The National Grid and the Government of Guernsey.
Earlier in her career, Tanya was a press office in the then Prime Minister Tony Blair’s office, joining from a similar role at the Lord Chancellor’s Department. In the six years prior to the 1997 General Election, Tanya was a freelance journalist.
Paddy MacGregor has extensive experience in corporate, strategic, crisis, internal and leadership communications and a strong focus on aligning communications with business strategies to help drive profitability.
With over 20 years experience in the public relations industry, Paddy has worked on both the consultancy side and in-house for organisations in a broad range of sectors and across multiple geographies, including three years based in the Middle East. Projects have ranged from product launches and recalls, government lobbying, developing sustainability strategies and establishing communication structures to planning and implementing multi-country communication programmes, overhauling communication functions and successful management of sensitive issues in politically complex countries around the world.
After starting life at Hill & Knowlton, one of the largest public relations in the world, Paddy was asked to join one of his clients, UBS, to head its press office for the European region of its investment banking business. Following the merger of UBS and SBC Warburg Dillon Read, he was headhunted by The Coca-Cola Company, initially to manage the public relations and corporate affairs for its Middle East and North Africa division, before taking on a broader role across its European and Middle East business, operating internationally, largely on the corporate, crisis and internal communications front. During his time with Coca-Cola, he worked and lived in the Middle East, Europe and the UK.
In 2005 he took up a new challenge with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, to build a first rate communications function in Europe to ensure that public relations and communications were playing their part in driving demand for family cruises as a credible alternative to traditional holidays.
Paddy has also worked at Cargill, the international agri-business, working on a range of projects for their multiple business units in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and beyond and has also spent some time in the professional services arena. Most recently he led the communications around a divestment and subsequent sale of a data centre business in the UK, Netherlands and Germany.
Over the years, Paddy has also developed and implemented successful internal communications strategies and programmes for a number of organisations and businesses with complex matrix structures and multi-cultural employees and diverse geographical locations. Throughout his career, he has acted as a spokesman for companies and individuals and provided senior level media counsel.
Shaughn brings more than 25 years of creative branding, communications and digital consulting to his role as a Specialist Partner at Pagefield.
Shaughn has a particular expertise in helping clients to uncover the essential narratives at the heart of their organisations and articulate them into powerful and engaging brands, identities and communications.
His portfolio covers businesses large and small, in the UK and worldwide and across many different business sectors. Notable clients have included Castrol, Nikon, Aston Martin, Orange, BMW, Triumph, CrossCountry Rail, The United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, National Savings & Investments, Sundrop Farms and, of course, Pagefield. He also has particular experience in the residential and commercial property sector having completed high-profile projects for clients such as Chestertons, Savills, Taylor Woodrow, and George Wimpey.
He has delivered successful results on paper, on-screen and on location – crossing discipline and media as a project requires. Recognition includes a coveted place in D&AD and small shares in both a DBA Design Effectiveness Award and even a RHS Gold at Chelsea.
Having worked for major agencies and independently in London, New York and Dubai, Shaughn is now Creative Director for Incorporate Design, a Surrey based creative agency – in addition to his role at Pagefield.
Shaughn holds a Joint Honours in Graphic Design and Marketing from Lancaster University.
Neil Midgley’s media training deploys a unique combination of experience: before becoming a Daily Telegraph journalist, he practised corporate litigation as a City solicitor.
Neil built up his legal CV by qualifying at Linklaters, and subsequently by practising as a senior associate at Debevoise & Plimpton – with a caseload that included high-value Commercial Court cases, oil and gas, insolvency and international commercial arbitration.
As a result, Neil can quickly master any brief – and spot the weaknesses in any message. He has put numerous senior business executives through their paces in media training, as well as doctors, lawyers, NGO and charity CEOs, scientists and academics.
After retraining as a journalist, Neil wrote about the media industry for The Daily Telegraph for over 10 years, rising to be an assistant editor in the senior management team.
As well as conducting many agenda-setting interviews himself, Neil also experienced the other side of the microphone as a respected pundit. He was interviewed literally hundreds of times on TV and radio for the BBC, Sky and others – which gives him a true insight into the predicament of the people he media-trains.
Having achieved first-class honours in his law degree at Oxford University nearly 30 years ago, Neil recently returned there, to train as a meditation teacher at the university’s Mindfulness Centre. In media training, he can offer mindfulness techniques to combat nerves and anxiety around interviews.
Raymond has been involved in the political scene in Scotland, Westminster and Europe for well over 25 years having formerly been Minister for Education, Housing, Fisheries and Sport at the Scottish Office, and before that served as Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Northern Ireland Office. He was MP for Aberdeen South, for 5 years between 1992 and 1997, and Chairman, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Raymond is a Founding Partner of Halogen Communications, founded in 2002. Since its formation, Halogen has gone on to become one of the premier public affairs and public relations companies in Scotland.
Raymond is a highly skilled political strategist having advised some of the UK’s biggest companies and organisations on matters relating to Scotland. He is an excellent communicator and has a vast breadth of knowledge relating to crisis management and strategic advice. He is also an experienced media operator with regular appearances on political discussion programmes and news interviews.
Sue has spent 15 years as an adviser to senior politicians, a producer of political programmes and a negotiator between those in the news and those who cover them.
As Head of Corporate Affairs at Channel Four from 1995 to 2000, Sue successfully campaigned to scrap the arcane funding formula arrangements during the passage of the 1996 Broadcasting Bill and then went on to lead the successful campaign against privatisation.
For the last 10 years at Channel 5 as Director of Corporate Affairs sitting on the main board, she helped realise several successful re-positions of the channel and implemented a major reorganisation and rationalisation of her department. Sue re-focused the PR and communications strategy so that it built Five’s reputation as a serious public service provider of history, arts and children’s programming. Sue also led Five’s negotiations with the Government and Ofcom on all the major regulatory and legislative reviews of the past decade, and was responsible for Five’s distinctive stand to retain public service status without public funding.
From her time as David Owen’s Press Secretary, as a producer of Question Time and Newsnight, to her role as one of the BBC‘s key negotiators between all political parties and the Corporation 1992 – 1995, to her most recent responsibilities at Channel Five: Sue brings knowledge and experience that achieves results.
Sue Robertson is a fellow of the Royal Television Society and a member of the International Press Institute. She graduated in History from Bristol University.
Sallie has spent her whole career working in senior management at the UK’s largest commercial broadcaster, ITV, beginning in the Publicity and PR division of Yorkshire Television where she ultimately became the head of department.
In 1996, Sallie joined Granada Television as Chief Press Officer and in 1997, when Yorkshire Tyne Tees Television was taken over by Granada, she was made Head of Media Relations for the North. In this role Sallie had overall responsibility for all aspects of consumer PR and for the Group’s media issues in the North. Concurrently with this role, Sallie was made Head of Regional Affairs for Yorkshire Television, which included detailed communications with local MPs on the changes and issues facing a consolidated ITV. In 2004, Sallie was promoted to Director of Programme Publicity in the consolidated ITV plc, managing an internal team of 35 programme publicity specialists and a budget of over £2 million.
Joining Pagefield in 2011 as Associate Partner, Sallie was a key member of the communications team for the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant and now works across a variety of Pagefield clients.
Tim has worked in the media for nearly 20 years, founding specialist crisis communications agency Alder Media in 2010.
Before that, he was Managing Director of the Press Complaints Commission for 6 years. Tim has been involved in some of the highest-profile media stories of the last decade, has a wide network of contacts throughout the media and the law, and now personally represents a number of leading businesses, charities, schools and individuals
Kate Wallace has over 25 years of corporate financial communications experience, including 10 years at Brunswick, spanning a variety of business sectors and government organisations. She has worked on a wide range of complex and high-profile financial and corporate assignments for major national and international organisations, both as an external consultant and a member of the in house team.
Her responsibilities have involved advising at Chairman / CEO / Board level, devising, driving and delivering financial and corporate communications programmes that deliver measurable business and reputational change. She has shaped and implemented strategic communications programmes, undertaken client reviews and run executive coaching, people development and training programmes. Over the years, clients have included national and international organisations such as Royal Mail, Lloyds Bank, Camelot, Clintons, Norwich Union, Sanlam, Sport England and HM Government, communications consultancies including Bell Pottinger, RLMFinsbury, Tavistock, Tulchan, Powerscourt and Luther Pendragon, and charities such as Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, World Horse Welfare and the Malaria Consortium.
Francesca is a communications and marketing professional with over ten years’ experience. After graduating with a degree in modern languages, Francesca was a John Lewis management trainee before entering the Diplomatic Service (Foreign and Commonwealth Office). At the FCO, she worked on issues ranging from UN sanctions regimes to extradition policy and human rights.
Francesca’s first foray into the world of communications was as a policy adviser on technology, trade and industry at the Federation of Small Businesses. She then moved to the automotive sector where she headed up a small policy team working on a wide variety of UK and EU matters, including environmental regulation and safety standards.
Francesca spent six years at the Co-operative Group, initially specialising in food and farming public affairs before moving onto legal services, healthcare and corporate responsibility. During this time, Francesca successfully managed Common Agricultural Policy negotiations on behalf of the Group and worked on a number of high-profile, industry-wide campaigns with a particular focus on public health.
Francesca took the opportunity to broaden her skills and took a role working for a serial entrepreneur in the management consultancy and technology space. For nearly two years, Francesca was head of marketing, communications and insight for a group of six fast-growth businesses. The experience crystallised a passion for working in the tech industry and she has since operated as a PR consultant in this sector.
Francesca now works with a number of fast-growth technology startups advising on communications. She interviews and writes for Fasttrack, the business league tables published exclusively in The Sunday Times. She has co-founded a women in technology network with an international law firm specialising in fintech and e-commerce. Francesca mentors at a social enterprise, Acorn Aspirations, which encourages children aged 6-19 to learn and develop entrepreneurial and technology skills and is involved in Founders4Schools. Francesca also writes for an online tech magazine, Digital Agenda. She is a Tech London Advocate.
“Her Majesty was delighted. Very seasoned hands in our press office say they cannot remember a day that got such amazing coverage”
Edward Young – Deputy Private Secretary to The Queen
“There is strength in depth in the likeable team at Pagefield and we have felt that they have provided us with very high quality support throughout.”
Nicola Shaw – Executive Director UK, National Grid and former Chief Executive, HS1 Ltd
“Their strategic vision, creative approach and absolute commitment to delivering flawless communications have been central to achieving our goal today.”
David Iron – Executive Director, Lunar Mission One