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Ranelagh Political Communications
Anna graduated from Leeds University with a BA(Hons) in Politics and Parliamentary Studies and has worked in the US House of Representatives and in Parliament, running General and Local Election campaigns as well as a Shadow Minister’s office.
She now runs a public affairs agency, specialising in representing membership bodies and trade associations. She builds informed relationships between clients and key decisions-makers in the Commons and the Lords and provides strategic advice to execute campaigns over many parliamentary sessions, as well as organising events within the Palace of Westminster and across the UK.
She also volunteers for APS UK, establishing and fundraising for a research fellowship at St Thomas’ Hospital.
Bite Back 2030
Caroline is Director of Policy and Engagement at Bite Back 2030 – a youth activist movement campaigning to transform the food system.
Leading on all aspects of government affairs and policy development, Caroline’s role is to ensure young peoples’ voices and experiences are heard by policymakers. Before joining Bite Back, Caroline led the Obesity Health Alliance and has also worked in the Department of Health and for Cancer Research UK.
Carl Thomson is Public Policy Manager at Airbnb and a board member of the Short Term Accommodation Association.
Previously, he was a director at Whitehouse Communications and Interel, and an Associate Partner at Dentons Global Advisors. He also worked for several Conservative Members of Parliament, was a local councillor and a former candidate for parliament. He was a member of the Association of Professional Political Consultants management committee, and won Best Crisis and Issues Management at the 2021 PRCA National Awards.
Carolina is Vice-President at global agency FINN Partners, in the London office.
She has over 12 years of experience in public affairs, both in the UK and EU, strategic communications, and stakeholder and media engagement. Carolina has worked in agencies as well as in-house across highly regulated sectors, including energy, tech, and legal services. She has advised global companies at the most senior level. She has recently completed the Business Sustainability Management Course, at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
Humane Society International
Claire Bass is Senior Director of Campaigns and Public Affairs at Humane Society International/UK and has been working in the animal protection movement for two decades, with recent significant involvement in the successful passage of the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Act. Claire is the chair of the Animal Welfare Strategy Group in a UK NGO umbrella body (Wildlife and Countryside Link) and is a lead author and strategist on a joint third sector campaign to government to secure the best possible deal for animals in the course of the UK’s exit from the European Union. Claire holds an MSc in Marine Environmental Protection from the University of Wales and in her previous role as Head of Wildlife Campaigns at World Animal Protection she was responsible for the concept, strategic planning, and launch of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative, a collaboration that now has membership of 18 governments and more than 100 businesses and NGOs.
John Lewis Partnership
As Senior Manager for Public Affairs at the John Lewis Partnership, Damien leads the Partnership’s political and policy strategy and engagement across Westminster and the Devolved Nations. In this role he is responsible for delivery of advocacy campaigns that support the Partnership’s Purpose – Working in Partnership for a Happier World – including the Partnership’s Building Happier Futures programme to support Care Experienced People, and Waitrose’s leadership on agri-food standards. His role also covers influencing pan-partnership policy issues impacting their two brands – John Lewis and Waitrose – and wider retail industry, from retail crime and business taxation, to skills and the future of work.
Prior to joining the Partnership in March 2018, Damien was Interim Head of Public Affairs at Sainsbury’s, having initially joined Sainsbury’s on secondment from Defra where he held a number of policy advisory roles. Now living in St Albans, Damien is originally from Northern Ireland, has an agricultural background and is a partner in the family farm.
With over 25 years of experience in politics and public affairs, David has provided support to over 100 international blue chip companies, trade associations, and professional bodies during his time in consultancy.
Brevia Consulting provides straightforward public affairs and public relations support to organisations in a range of sectors including health, energy, technology, industrials, transport, infrastructure, civil nuclear, and not-for-profit. Prior to entering Consultancy, David was a senior political adviser to the Conservative Party and worked with eight Secretaries of State on a range of policy briefs.
Weber Shandwick, Women in Public Affairs Network
Ella is Head of Public Affairs UK at Weber Shandwick and previously led political and government outreach for Northern Europe at Meta.
She is Co-Founder of the Women in Public Affairs Network, launched in 2012 to provide women in the PA industry with a space to network, learn and develop their careers. She lives in Bedford with her husband and two young sons.
Lizzy is Head of UK Public Affairs at H/Advisors Cicero, working predominantly with financial services clients. She has widespread agency experience, assisting several FTSE250 clients on legislative affairs, financial services policy and consumer policy. Her clients have included Barclays UK, American Express, Klarna, Santander UK and AXA UK. As part of the H/Advisors Exchange Programme, Lizzy spent four weeks in Washington D.C. with H/Advisors Abernathy working on U.S. Public Affairs and building relationships across the pond.
Lizzy started her career working for two Liberal Democrat MPs – Paul Burstow MP and Adrian Sanders MP – in Westminster during the Coalition Government. Prior to joining H/Advisors Cicero, Lizzy worked for a political consultancy firm specialising in local government and planning. Here she worked on various planning applications across the UK on behalf of large-scale residential developers, whilst circumnavigating local politics.
Emily advises clients on UK political strategy, campaigns and communications. In her six years at Hanbury she has helped build the public affairs practice which she now manages. She is an experienced communicator and campaigner, having run media for Jo Swinson’s successful bid for the Liberal Democrat leadership, served as a councillor for five years, and worked on three general election campaigns.
Emily has been elected by industry peers to represent them as Vice Chair on the PRCA Public Affairs Board Executive Committee. She also sits on the Design Museum’s External Affairs Committee. In 2023 Emily was named one of the 100 most influential and inspirational women in Westminster.
Hannah Swirsky is the Public Affairs Manager at Samaritans, the UK and Ireland’s largest suicide prevention charity, managing parliamentary influencing and engagement. Hannah previously worked as a Parliamentary Assistant to a Labour MP, as well as for organisations campaigning on issues including women’s political participation, human rights and mental health.
Henry runs Global Government Affairs for Logically AI, a UK tech scale-up that combines advanced AI with one of the world’s largest commercial fact-checking and Open Source Intelligence teams. The company works with governments, businesses, and social media platforms to identify harmful mis and disinformation online. Prior to Logically, Henry managed public affairs functions at BT & Twilio, was UK Public Affairs Lead for The General Medical Council, managed Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs for The GSMA across Asia-Pacific and was Gatwick Airport’s first public affairs manager following its sale by BAA.
Jessica is Head of Public Affairs and Associate Director at Hanover Communications where she provides senior counsel and advice on political communications and campaigns.
Jessica has over 5 years of consultancy experience and began her career working in Westminster. She is also a member of the Public Affairs Board Executive Committee
Jess Lister is an Associate Director at policy and strategy consultancy Public First, focusing primarily on education policy both nationally and internationally. Since joining the education practice at Public First in 2021, she has worked with some of the biggest names in the education sector and established a reputation for creating public affairs strategies that combine sharp policy analysis, political awareness, and public opinion.
She was previously public affairs coordinator at the University of Cambridge, and helped the university navigate the small matter of Brexit, a general election, and a global pandemic.
Jess is Head of Public Affairs at Teach First – a charity that works to end inequality in education. She oversees the organisation’s strategy for political engagement and creating policy change. Prior to TF she worked in consultancy, supporting national and international charities and NGOs with advocacy work.
Jess has over 15 years’ experience of working in policy, campaigns and public affairs in the charity sector, covering health, disability and education at both local and national level.
She is currently Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns at the baby loss charity Sands and along with her team recently won the 2023 Amplifying Voices Award at the Sheila McKechnie National Campaigner Awards for work to secure a confidential enquiry into the deaths of Asian and Asian British babies.
Jess is passionate about collaborating for social change and empowering people to get involved in policy decisions that affect them.
Kirsty is a senior policy and public affairs advisor with twenty-five years’ experience across government, voluntary and private sectors. Prior to joining Global, the media and entertainment group, in 2014, she spent ten years at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, working on a range of policy areas.
Kirsty is Chair of Governors at the Global Academy and is also a board member of Coppafeel!, the breast cancer awareness charity.
Laura is Deputy Managing Director and Partner at WA Communications.
Laura leads the marketing communications offer at WA, with a track record of building corporate affairs consultancy teams that develop highly targeted multi-channel stakeholder corporate affairs campaigns that mobilise the right audiences and secure client outcomes.
With more than a decade of consultancy experience, she has led public affairs and marketing communications work across a wide range of sectors including tech, energy, rail, aviation, and private health. Her client experience includes working with Microsoft on its AI and online safety campaigns; supporting Drax in its campaign to secure BECCS in the Humber; supporting EDF to gain consent for Sizewell C; and with Heathrow to win support for expansion.
She also played a leading role in the Conservative Party’s successful 2019 digital strategy, and previously worked in the Party’s press office. She is a passionate advocate for women across the industry, and currently sits on the Women in Public Affairs Advisory Committee. In her spare time, she likes to watch her beloved Arsenal FC at the Emirates Stadium and run around Highbury Fields when the weather allows!
Leon has more than 20 years international experience as a government relations and corporate communications specialist, having worked for three of the biggest global agencies, been seconded to two national oil companies, and worked inhouse for the likes of SONY and Anglo American.
Leon has led multi-functional cross-border teams in the UK and across Europe and Middle East to develop bespoke reputation, government affairs and communications strategies for pressure groups, foreign governments and large multinationals across multiple sectors. Leon is responsible for overall strategy and client campaign development across Atticus’ client base.
Liam Hebert is a Director at Rud Pedersen’s London office, counselling a broad spectrum of UK and international clients.
With over 30 years’ experience in strategic communications across a diverse range of corporate sectors, he brings deep expertise in reputation management, media relations and political communications with a particular emphasis on contentious matters: crisis, issues and litigation.
Magdalena has spent 18 years in the communications industry, working across political and regulatory affairs, public affairs, and government campaigns, as well as conferences and events.
Magdalena began her career as an assistant to the public affairs team at Finsbury (now FGS Global). Over her near two decades with the firm, she has worked on a wide range of public affairs campaigns and events, coordinating and managing some of the most successful public affairs events in recent years, including award-winning party conference receptions, bespoke in-person conversations, as well as a series of events during COP26 for several FTSE100 companies.
A former Director of a City communications agency, and political strategist, Martha is a founding partner of Lodestone and its Managing Director.
She advises global clients on strategic communications, campaigns, public affairs and strategy. She has advised FTSE250 companies, brands and charities on critical political issues, regulatory challenges and reputational management. She had led high profile campaigns for the Musician’s Union and the Bourbon Alliance. Listed in PR Week’s 30 under 30 2016, in PRWeek’s Powerbook 2023 as an environmental champion, she is a Trustee of the Institute of the Future of Work and co-founded the grassroots organisation RegistHERtoVote. She has advised a number of political campaigns and headed up communications for Labour Party leadership candidates in 2015 (Tom Watson MP) and 2020 (Lisa Nandy MP).
Naomi Williams is Managing Partner and Co-Owner of Camlas. Naomi has worked in public affairs in Wales since 2011 and has extensive experience of working across numerous policy areas, with a particular focus on infrastructure, housing, energy and environment. She provides strategic advice and support for clients on their political engagement in Wales. Naomi was also the Chair of Public Affairs Cymru between 2021/2023 and is a regular political commentator on Welsh language news programmes offering analysis of latest political developments in Wales.
Originally from Criccieth, Naomi graduated from Cardiff University with a BA degree in Politics and Welsh and went on to receive a postgraduate Masters degree in International Relations. As an alumni of Cardiff University, she regularly provides mentorship opportunities for current undergraduate and post-graduate students at the university. In addition, Naomi has a Diploma in Public Relations from the Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
Prior to joining Camlas, she worked as a legal consultant for The Law Society and worked for both the former Assembly Member for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, Dafydd Elis-Thomas and former South Wales West Assembly Member, Dr Dai Lloyd.
Noa Cohen is UK Public Affairs Manager at General Mills, a multinational food manufacturer. Prior to going corporate, she worked at the CBI and Advertising Association. She is also Public Affairs Director at Next Gen Tories, a campaign organisation focused on promoting policy priorities for the under-45s within the Conservative Party. Noa has an MA in Politics from the University of Edinburgh.
Olivia Choudhry is the Founder of the Public Affairs Racial Diversity Network (PARDN). PARDN is the first of its kind national network hoping to break barriers and provide a voice to racially diverse professionals who are trying to work in, currently working in or trying to progress within the Public Affairs sector. Olivia specialises in government relations work and is currently an Account Manager at Cavendish Consulting, an integrated communications agency.
Paul is a Director at Tendo Consulting, where he leads on aviation, road transport, housing and infrastructure. He began his career in Parliament working for a senior frontbencher and has also worked for The FA and led the strategy and public affairs team at a major housing provider.
Rebecca is a Partner at Pagefield with over 15 years’ experience providing strategy, policy, public affairs, and corporate communications support for clients in sectors including property, charities, FMCG, defence and transport.
Rebecca is actively involved with the Labour Party, having stood as a candidate at the 2017 and 2019 General Elections, and she was a Labour Councillor in Southwark from 2012-2022.
Rebecca was announced as one of the ‘Ones to Watch’ in the Women in Westminster 100 in 2023.
Ruby is an experienced young professional who has until recently worked for the Railway Industry Association (RIA). In this time Ruby held the role of Public Affairs and PR Executive and was responsible for RIA’s outfacing communications, representing members’ interests to government officials and liaising with politicians.
Ruby is a local councillor in the London Borough of Enfield, where she sits on the Education and Children’s Social Care committee and the Equalities committees.
SEC Newgate UK
Sabine is an Associate Director in the Advocacy team at SEC Newgate UK. She has over a decade of experience working in public affairs and communications. She gives senior counsel to organisations across a range of sectors, including food and drink/FMCG, supply chains, international trade and associated consumer briefs.
Over the course of her career she’s worked at Dods UK Monitoring as a parliamentary expert, and delivered Marketing, Corporate Communications, PR and PA briefs across a range of roles across the charitable, public and private sector. At SEC Newgate she combines these disciplines, specialising in integrated campaigns, to make sure her clients have the best chance of being noticed and listened to by decision-makers.
Sam is the CEO and co-founder of PoliMonitor a political monitoring and engagement service enabling organisations to better understand and engage in politics.
Previously, Sam was an adviser to Tim Farron MP, Private Secretary to Lord Adonis and assisted Prime Minister Gordon Brown with digital communications at 10 Downing Street.
Sarah Clothier is a former journalist and experienced public affairs consultant, specialising in political communication and public health campaigning. For the last 12 years, she has worked as Public Affairs Consultant for Slimming World, the largest group-based weight loss organisation in the UK and Ireland.
In 2019, Sarah completed an MA in International Public and Political Communication (distinction) at The University of Sheffield. She has co-authored and led a number of award-winning national public health campaigns working with strategic partners and government agencies.
Sarah works as an Associate Lecturer on the MA Public Relations at Sheffield Hallam University.
Shomik is the Founder and CEO of Inline Policy, a political consultancy that advises technology companies from its offices in London, Brussels and Washington D.C.
Since 2017 he has also served as the Director-General of the UK Short-Term Accommodation Association where he advises on public affairs matters and represents the Association in front of policymakers. He has represented the Association in government working groups and Parliamentary hearings in England, Scotland and Wales; and he sits on the UK Tourism Industry Council, which is steered by the UK’s Tourism Minister.
Shomik previously worked at Blackrock and JPMorgan. He holds a BSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics, an MA in Political Science from Columbia University, and an MBA from INSEAD.
Simon is a vastly experienced consultant, having worked in public affairs and communications for fifteen years.
Stephanie is a Director at Lexington, leading their Labour practice she has over a decade of experience advising senior politicians, business leaders and charities on communications strategy and politics. Stephanie provides senior strategic advice and counsel to some of the consultancy’s biggest clients on securing policy change, managing risks, and navigating political turbulence. Before joining Lexington, Stephanie was the Director of Progress, a leading think-tank and campaigning organisation for Labour members where she worked with leading Labour politicians to secure political change within the Labour Party.
|Stephen is the founder and CEO of BECG. He is also a member of the Cavendish Advocacy board, Liberty One Board & CrowdControlHQ Board providing strategic leadership counsel to the team and clients.
For 25 years Stephen has worked in public affairs and corporate communications and as an innovator in communications, he is focused on driving the value of communications with new technology and platforms.
Stuart has over 25 years’ experience of advising clients on public affairs and reputation management. He is the author of books including ‘Public Affairs in Practice’ and ‘Reputation in Business’, regularly blogs and was named Current Affairs Online Influencer of The Year by Vuelio in 2020.
Stuart leads the PRCA’s Diploma in Public Affairs Management.
Thomas Barton leads UK Public Affairs at Entain Group, having previously worked in lobbying at Sainsbury’s and at Vodafone Group. Thomas is also the Founder and CEO of Polis Analysis, a start-up political intelligence organisation. Before starting his career in public affairs, Thomas worked in Parliament and also held numerous roles with the Conservative Party.
Dentons Global Advisors
Tim has over a decade’s worth of experience in policy and public affairs. He has been a trusted advisor to major companies and trade associations, specialising in sustainability, technology and public procurement. He has a track record of success in delivering public policy and fiscal change, directing high level campaigns, and advising decision makers on crises and sensitive corporate issues. Former clients have included Uber, Fujitsu, Hitachi, ABB, Stena Line, National Grid, International Game Technology, Calor and Callsign, working on a range of issues from major public sector bids to tax, regulation and industrial policy. Prior to joining the public affairs industry,
Tim worked in high-profile areas of government, ranging from international climate change negotiations to business policy. Tim graduated in Law from Oxford University and holds a master’s degree in Public Policy.
Thom is currently the UK Public Affairs Lead at easyJet and joined in August 2022. In this role, he leads on easyJet’s public affairs strategy and engagement in the Westminster and Devolved Nations. He also leads easyJet’s charity engagement through its charity partner UNICEF and works closely as part of a pan-European Corporate Affairs team. Prior to joining easyJet Thom worked at ADS, the UK’s aerospace, defence and space trade association for almost five years, leading on many cross sectoral political campaigns, events and wider political engagement.
Thom is a British Politics and Legislative Studies graduate from the University of Hull and previously worked for a Labour Shadow Cabinet Minister in Parliament.
Tom joined WWT in October 2018 as Head of Policy & Advocacy.
He leads the Trust’s policy and advocacy on key wetland-related issues with a wide range of stakeholders including Government, politicians, businesses and wider civil society. This includes WWT’s calls for a Blue Recovery, creating 100,000ha of wildlife-rich wetlands to help address the climate, biodiversity and wellbeing crises.
Before joining WWT, Tom worked in policy and public affairs roles at the Canal & River Trust, Ramblers and RSPB. He has also worked at Defra and for MPs in Parliament.
Verona is an experienced government affairs and policy professional currently leading UK public affairs for FTSE250 global cyber security firm NCC Group. In this role, she oversees NCC Group’s engagement with UK government and regulatory decision-makers and the wider policymaking community, against a backdrop of the increasing regulation of cyber resilience. Prior to joining NCC Group, she has overseen in-house and consultancy public affairs programmes for a range of organisations – from FTSE100 and public sector institutions to start-ups and disruptors, across many sectors of the economy including aviation, logistics, and utilities.
Fiona is Head of Public Affairs at Royal Mail, a FTSE250 undergoing substantial change where government affairs is key to solving problems and managing change. Here, Fiona leads across a number of policy areas (including trade, transport and the environment; employment and pensions; tax and corporate governance; data and technology) while working with colleagues in internal and external communications to develop integrated corporate affairs campaigns. Fiona has considerable experience working for businesses in London and Brussels for over 15 years, delivering on UK and EU public affairs priorities in the food/drink and transport/logistics sectors.