Reputation Managers

Top Ten Reputation Managers

TERENCE FANE-SAUNDERS

CHELGATE

‘We must be the lowest-profile PR firm in the country,’ says Chelgate CEO Terence Fane- Saunders. ‘We are very discreet… we think our clients have the right to expect that.’ Chelgate takes international PR and reputation management assignments on behalf… Read More

PHIL HALL

PHA MEDIA

Phil Hall’s Soho outfit has seen ten per cent growth in another busy year. The former News of the World editor is the go-to man for high-profile clients with a record to set straight. A notable example has been Sir… Read More

PATRICK HARRISON

WEBER SHANDWICK

Patrick Harrison, former press secretary to Prince Charles, is no stranger to influential figures, having met Barack Obama and the Pope at the Royal household. His second year at Weber Shandwick has given him an even more extensive network of… Read More

PADDY HARVERSON

MILLTOWN PARTNERS

Paddy Harverson was Communications Secretary to The Prince of Wales, responsible not only for advising Prince Charles, but also the Duchess of Cornwall, Prince William and Prince Harry. He orchestrated media coverage of the wedding of the Duke and Duchess… Read More

JONATHAN HAWKER

SLATE CAMPAIGNS

‘I have seen it all,’ Jonathan Hawker tells Spear’s. Having dealt with everything from the largest fraud in continental Europe to clients who ‘fall victim to a crime in a way that you cannot fathom’, Hawker says he can ‘mitigate… Read More

CHARLES LEWINGTON

HANOVER

‘Brexit has created huge uncertainty among our global clients, [so] they turn to good public affairs consultants,’ says Charles Lewington. He’s well positioned to help, with his own experience in the top echelons as a former adviser to Number Ten,… Read More

DAVID MCDONOUGH

NORRIS MCDONOUGH

One of the most experienced advisers in London, David McDonough is a trusted counsel to businesses, professional firms, chairmen and CEO s. On the shockwaves of global change in the wake of Brexit and Trump, he says: ‘There’s more scope… Read More

CHARLIE METHVEN

DRAGON ADVISORY

Founder, owner, and director of Dragon Advisory Charlie Methven asserts that ‘PR has been one of the last great homes of the amateur for quite a while now,’ and needs to ‘professionalise on a continuing running basis’. Whether that be… Read More

ROLAND RUDD

FINSBURY

Roland Rudd recently oversaw an alliance with German corporate PR behemoth Hering Schuppener and with leading Washington government affairs firm the Glover Park Group, giving Finsbury a truly global reach. Finsbury itself has opened an office in Tokyo, from where… Read More

ED WILLIAMS

EDELMAN

Former journalist and Harvard graduate Ed Williams is Edelman UK and Ireland CEO and vice chairman, Europe. His years advising the then BBC director general Mark Thompson and Reuters CEO Tom Glocer gave him a deep understanding of the pressures… Read More

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RICHARD ABBEY

EY

Richard Abbey started his career as an accountant at EY in 1988, working on the firm’s renowned forensic fraud and investigations unit, helping clients identify and address wrongdoings. Even before technology brought complexity to the space, he had a grasp… Read More

PAUL BLANCHARD

RIGHT ANGLES

Paul Blanchard has recently opened a Manhattan office, and one in Los Angeles is imminent. The expansion follows the success of his CEO PR project, a tailored service that seeks to champion CEO s as thought leaders and recognised authorities… Read More

MATT CARTER

MESSAGE HOUSE

‘We don’t want to makethe headlines,’ says Matt Carter. ‘Our job is to give guidance to communicators so they can run more effective campaigns.’ That comes from bringing in data to inform a company’s message: to find if their ‘gut… Read More

MATTHEW FREUD

FREUDS

There’s no let-up for Freud’s founder and chairman Matthew Freud, whose clients include UBS, Uber and Google. In 2016 he acquired US tech PR specialist Brew, and his Soho-based firm’s performance that year led him to reportedly tell staff that… Read More

ROSS GOW

ACUITY

‘That would be an interesting gig, working with Trump,’ muses former barrister Ross Gow. ‘I would. We take arms dealers. But I draw the line at certain characters — Jimmy Savile types, people who are proven predators. I believe… until… Read More

ANDREW GRANT

TULCHAN COMMUNICATIONS

Andrew Grant and his team at Tulchan specialise in ‘critical communications’ in ‘times of significant stress and public interest when… scrutiny is intense, and the outcome is vitally important’. They advised Merlin following the Alton Towers roller coaster crash in… Read More

ANDREW HONNOR

GREENBROOK

Greenbrook was founded in 2012 to address the trust deficit left by the financial crisis — an area its founder believes traditional PR firms often didn’t have the specialism, expertise or assertiveness to operate in. It’s still a world where… Read More

MARK HUTCHINSON

MARK HUTCHINSON MANAGEMENT

A PR practitioner with 20 years’ experience, Mark Hutchinson has been running his own outfit since 2011. Two clients he can name are JK Rowling and Nigella Lawson. ‘The issue of online and social media continues to be a massive… Read More

DAVE KING

DIGITALIS

‘There’s still a fair amount of naivety and misunderstanding,’ Dave King told us when we asked if HNWs are getting web-wiser. ‘But people have woken up to the fact that we all come under scrutiny online and the internet is… Read More

TIM LUCKETT

HILL + KNOWLTON STRATEGIES

A former correspondent for top-of-the-line tabloids the Mail on Sunday, Sunday Mirror, and more, Tim Luckett is a man intimately familiar with what makes for both good headlines — and bad. His work for Hill+Knowlton Strategies is to help clients… Read More

SIR ALAN PARKER

BRUNSWICK

Sir Alan Parker, friend to Gordon Brown and the Camerons, chairs the 1,000-strong private partnership and comms firm, which has 24 offices in 14 countries. The firm has more than a third of the FTSE 100 companies as clients, and… Read More

ANTHONY SIMON

PORTLAND COMMUNICATIONS

People see the world differently,’ says Anthony Simon of the ‘contextual shift’ in Western politics. It is a trend that called for the biggest change in Portland in 2016, with the formation of a specialist Brexit team (including some from… Read More

GEORGE THWAITES

CLEARWOOD COMMUNICATIONS

Having previously worked at the Mail on Sunday, where he broke a number of stories, George Thwaites still retains the air and outlook of a journalist. That’s something his clients appreciate as he takes a hands-on approach to writing stories… Read More

DAVID YELLAND

KITCHEN TABLE PARTNERS

David Yelland, founder of the boutique reputation firm Kitchen Table Partners, compares reputation management to the insurance industry, as more clients see the landscape as ‘risk management’. Having edited The Sun in London and been deputy editor of the New… Read More