Reputation Managers

Top 10

TERENCE FANE-SAUNDERS

CHELGATE

‘If you ask an average PR consultant if they can manage a crisis, they will say yes. I will dispute that,’ says Fane-Saunders in his deep voice. He believes a great reputation manager is someone who has been around long… Read More

PATRICK HARRISON

WEBER SHANDWICK

Weber Shandwick’s newly appointed director of reputation management and strategic media relations has seen it all in his twenty years in public sector communications. Having worked for the royal family, Harrison has met a variety of leaders (including President Obama… Read More

PADDY HARVERSON

MILLTOWN PARTNERS

‘The most important thing is to really have a plan: to approach the idea of reputation and privacy management like you would approach a business challenge,’ says Harverson, Milltown’s co-founder and co-managing partner. ‘The media’s interest in business leaders is… Read More

JONATHAN HAWKER

SLATE CAMPAIGNS

‘I do take very unusual approaches to neutralising attacks,’ says Hawker, explaining how he’s seen off Interpol Red Notices for a handful of clients accused of crime and corruption. ‘It’s not typical PR, but it has a PR outcome, if… Read More

CHARLES LEWINGTON

HANOVER

Those looking for reputational advice would be hard-pressed to get better than Lewington’s office. A former senior hand at the Express newspapers, Lewington was also John Major’s press secretary before founding Hanover in 1999, overseeing its growth from a team… Read More

DAVID MCDONOUGH

NORRIS MCDONOUGH LLP

A veteran of the corridors of power and the byways of influence, McDonough is a trusted adviser to UHNWs and high-flying individuals in public life (not to mention ‘a head of state, as I still do’). He founded his own… Read More

CHARLIE METHVEN

DRAGON

‘There seem to plenty of opportunities in our Mayfair marketplace,’ says Methven of his high end ‘intelligent advisory service’ based on Grosvenor Street. HNWs seem to be as sought after, and as message savvy, as ever as his firm has… Read More

ED WILLIAMS

EDELMAN

The former Reuters executive explains his move to PR, saying he wanted to bring his knowledge of how ‘issues evolve and are shaped’ into the private sector, ‘and quite honestly I wanted to be in the room before big decisions… Read More

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PAUL BLANCHARD

RIGHT ANGLES

A former councillor and parliamentary adviser who stood for election in 2005, Blanchard works for a number of global CEOs and senior politicians, none of whom ‘want publicity for its own sake’. His starting point is efficient use of social… Read More

RYSZARD BUBLIK

SOCIAL360

The founder of Social360 says social medias are now bigger and better but are becoming more problematic for his blue-chip clients, who are increasingly targeted by pressure groups and activists. Bublik says clients are usually singled out on social media,… Read More

JOHN EVANS

HAWTHORN

‘You always get a kick out of building something from the ground up,’ says Evans, who’s had an eventful twenty years in both the digital and communications sectors. Starting out at Gavin Anderson, he went on to acquire M&A knowhow… Read More

MICHAEL FARRANT

PROJECT ASSOCIATES UK LTD

Farrant feels ‘honoured’ to be part of the strategic communications world, a private client landscape that is rapidly growing and where ‘nothing’s ever the same’. The head of private client and head of corporate at Project Associates is charming and… Read More

MATTHEW FREUD

FREUDS

Freuds is evolving, with recent independence from its corporate owner, a brand new office decked out in art, a new CEO (Andrew McGuinness) and possible collaborations in the pipeline. Chairman Freud’s experience of more than three decades in communications, since… Read More

ROSS GOW

ACUITY

Gow specialises in ‘fixing difficult issues elegantly for family offices and UHNWs who don’t necessarily want to be seen doing what I would call the “bare-knuckle stuff”’. Acuity’s managing partner has had a busy year looking after clients in the… Read More

ANDREW HONNOR

GREENBROOK

Having worked with the government, BA, Goldman Sachs and RBS, Honnor stepped into the hotseat of public affairs director at News International (now News UK) in 2011 just a few weeks after the resignation of Rebekah Brooks, a very acute… Read More

MARK HUTCHINSON

MARK HUTCHINSON MANAGEMENT

The calm and personable Hutchinson, who has acted for Nigella Lawson and JK Rowling, says social media activity has been a major source of excitement (and concern) in his field. The Twittersphere can become an ‘unpleasant’ place, especially when soundbites… Read More

DAVE KING

DIGITALIS

King has seen a significant increase in business as HNWs realise the importance of his services. A YouGov report Digitalis commissioned into business leaders is revealing: ‘It was a fascinating piece of research. Unsurprisingly it told us that 90 per… Read More

STUART LEACH

BELL POTTINGER

Leach has just come from court when he speaks to Spear’s. ‘We make sure we’re there with [clients] because you never know what’s going to happen, what journalists are going to turn up and who’s going to write what.’ Being… Read More

TIM LUCKETT

HILL + KNOWLTON

The former Mail on Sunday journalist has had a busy year advising on ‘good old fashion issues’ such as product recalls, employee scraps and advising CEOs as well as litigation support where clients need him because ‘prevailing in the courtroom… Read More

SIR NICHOLAS LLOYD

BROWN LLOYD JAMES

Corbynism is on the rise, and it could stir up more Twitterstorms for wealthy individuals, says Lloyd, BLJ’s chairman. The past year has been lively, with more problems from social media platforms targeting successful HNWs. ‘More often than not we… Read More

DAVID PRINCE

SCHILLINGS

The fallout from the revelations about the intrusive actions of government surveillance has shown, according to Prince, Schillings’ delivery director for IT security, that ‘people actually care about their privacy.’ Therefore, there has been a substantial upswing in people wanting… Read More

ANTHONY SIMON

PORTLAND COMMUNICATIONS

Number Ten’s former digital communications head, now Portland’s director, says more people are getting a grip on social media, and some even have a bigger profile than their company; this can be a good thing as ‘staying quiet is not… Read More

GEORGE THWAITES

CLEARWOOD COMMUNICATIONS

Having spent fifteen years on Fleet Street, George Thwaites says he’s proud to be a PR ‘but I still ultimately think of myself as a journalist — hopefully one with another string to my bow.’ In reality it’s more than… Read More

DAVID YELLAND

KITCHEN TABLE PARTNERS

‘I’ve got more search power on my iPhone than I used to have as editor of The Sun,’ says the Kitchen Table Partners founder. The former Brunswick man says having access to it is not enough: ‘You’ve got to know… Read More