Reputation Managers

Spears 2020

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

EDWARD AMORY

FREUDS

Freuds managing partner Edward Amory has seen it all. ‘I’ve worked in politics as an adviser to ministers, then in media as a writer and fixer for editors,’ he explains. ‘This role combines the two worlds. Clients range from providers… Read More

PAUL BLANCHARD

RIGHT ANGLES PR

Paul Blanchard, managing director of Right Angles PR, works with CEOs and senior politicians – ‘none of whom want publicity for their own sake’ – at his tailored service. The firm’s work often involves the skilful use of social media,… Read More

MICHAEL BODANSKY

FREUDS

Michael Bodansky has a varied track record, built around a clear enthusiasm and storytelling ability. ‘Even in obscure, technical or “boring” industries, there’s always an interesting story to tell,’ he tells Spear’s, adding that: ‘If you can figure that out,… Read More

ZOE BRENNAN

PORTLAND COMMUNICATIONS

Portland partner and head of writing Zoe Brennan draws on 20 years’ experience on Fleet Street and in the lobby to lead the firm’s writing practice. She works across a range of matters: speechwriting, drafting op-eds, narratives for clients and… Read More

SIMON BREWER

AV Premier Marketing is a firm renowned for its privacy, which probably explains why founder Simon Brewer is in such high demand from UHNWs worldwide. Brewer founded the firm 22 years ago after 18 years in the City, initially to… 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

LIA CHIARIN

FREUDS

A practising artist specialising in both painting and graphic design, Lia Chiarin’s fine art background feeds into her work. As she explains: ‘From hand-drawing the artwork for major global campaigns, to Instagram consultancy and the odd Christmas cracker design, I… Read More

JULIETTA DEXTER

THE COMMUNICATIONS STORE

‘The perception of PR has suffered enormously over the last year,’ says Julietta Dexter, CEO of The Communications Store. Her firm is one of the UK’s leading strategic brand development agencies and, luckily for those in need of modern ideas,… Read More

JOHN EVANS

HAWTHORN ADVISERS

‘Another record year,’ announces John Evans, who began Hawthorn in 2013 and has since grown from a one-man band to a 30-strong operation. The past year saw revenue growth of 50 per cent across capital markets, strategic communications and private… Read More

TERENCE FANE-SAUNDERS

CHELGATE

Chelgate’s CEO is an experienced media hand, having established the first foreign PR business in China, led Hill + Knowlton’s Asia Pacific operations and chaired Burson-Marsteller UK – before setting up his own boutique firm. Expert in managing crises and… Read More

MICHAEL FARRANT

PROJECT ASSOCIATES

‘What an amazing experience,’ beams Project Associates director Michael Farrant, who says the last year has been the ‘most exciting’ for the company to date. ‘The firm as a whole has gone through an exceptionally large growth period, and the… Read More

RORY GODSON

POWERSCOURT

‘I love to help clients navigate uncharted territory, protecting them from their enemies and getting them home safe,’ explains Powerscourt CEO Rory Godson, who founded the firm in 2004. He started out as a journalist, and was business editor of… Read More

ROSS GOW

AQUITY

‘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

GRANT TULCHAN

Tulchan has had another strong year, according to founder and senior partner Andrew Grant. ‘For a “boutique” style firm in London to be ranked 7th globally in M&A league tables says a great deal about the quality and scale of… Read More

JORDAN GREENAWAY

TRANSMISSION PRIVATE

In the past year Transmission Private has doubled the number of families it supports. And to meet the demand properly, it has also doubled its staff. ‘It’s very important to me that each client and family member receives high-quality personal… Read More

PHIL HALL

PHA MEDIA

As a former News of the World editor, Phil Hall knows the power of the media better than most. ‘If you go into a court of law, you expect to be properly represented by someone who understands how that system… Read More

PATRICK HARRISON

WEBER SHANDWICK

Weber Shandwick’s reputation management and strategic media relations director has seen it all. Having worked at St James’s Palace and Clarence House as press secretary to Prince Charles, Patrick Harrison has met a variety of world leaders and coordinated communications… Read More

PADDY HARVERSON

MILLTOWN PARTNERS

Paddy Harverson set up Milltown Partners in 2013, having been the Prince of Wales’s right-hand man and director of communications at Manchester United before that. The business is a partnership between Harverson and DJ Collins, former London communications head at… Read More

JONATHAN HAWKER

SLATE CAMPAIGNS

Fresh from dealing with the fallout from the BHS pensions scandal, Hawker has no intention of slowing down. In the past 12 months he has lent his expertise to similarly thorny issues such as a recent crisis at the Institute… Read More

DAVID HAWKINS

CLIVEDEN ADVISORY

The charming David Hawkins has had a varied career with spells in the arts, technology, politics and wealth management. That breadth of experience is reflected in the range of services offered through his firm, Cliveden Advisory, which spans media relations,… Read More

ANDREW HONNOR

GREENBROOK

Andrew Honnor is used to being in the hot seat, having advised the government, Goldman Sachs, Ukraine (on its bond restructure) and RBS. He was also public affairs director at News International after Rebekah Brooks’ resignation. ‘We’re the largest adviser… Read More

NICOLA HOWSON

PORTLAND COMMUNICATIONS

Nicola Howson struck out on her own in 2014, after time served as ITV communications director and freuds’ chief executive. Advising high-profile individuals (including Kevin Spacey for the past 15 years) and corporations on reputation, her clients at Portland are… Read More

DAVID IMISON

SCHILLINGS

David Imison has spent the past year crafting a ‘multi-year reputation strategy’ for Schillings’ largest client. The strategy spans Asia, the US and Europe. He is proud of what he delivered: a first-rate service, working seven days a week on… Read More

ALEX JUST

MONTFORT COMMUNICATIONS

b of the Oxford Union, a runner-up in the World Debating Championships, and having run speaking training around the world, Alex Just is no stranger to strategic communication. Yet what he likes best about the work is the direct contact… Read More

DAVE KING

DIGITALIS

‘We’ve invested many millions in tech,’ says Dave King, founder of Digitalis. The firm’s technology mitigates online reputational, physical and cyber-security risks for UHNWs and their families. Launched in 2009, Digitalis mines clients’ online information, advises on potentially risky data… Read More

CHRIS LANE

MACKRELL.

Destined for a career as an electrical engineer – ‘the family business,’ he says – Chris Lane’s head was turned by a week’s placement at a London-based barristers’ chambers, specialising in high value construction disputes. ‘Sitting in reception on day… Read More

STUART LEACH

MONTFORT COMMUNICATIONS

‘At the end of the dispute we aim to make sure our client moves on as either the right winner or the wronged loser,’ says Stuart Leach of his unique role in the private client sphere, as a former barrister… Read More

CHARLES LEWINGTON

HANOVER

Hanover chief executive Charles Lewington says that in a world of disruptive technologies, political ambiguity and shifting markets, businesses increasingly realise the need for high-level strategic consultancy – to anticipate, advise and act on regulatory, legislative and reputational issues. The… Read More

TIM LUCKETT

HILL + KNOWLTON

The world is becoming increasingly litigious for HNW clients, who need a crisis expert like Tim Luckett on speed dial. ‘We’re stepping in to ensure that any comms strategy is completely aligned with the legal strategy,’ he says. To ensure… Read More

DAVID MCDONOUGH

SANCTUARY COUNSEL

David McDonough OBE, adviser to UHNWs, high-flying executives and corporations, tells Spear’s that the past 12 months have flown by. A successful year was spent in advising ‘a fascinating, challenging and growing portfolio of clients, all concerned about the consequences… Read More

STEVE MORRIS

PORTLAND COMMUNICATIONS

During Steve Morris’s 10 years as managing partner at Portland, the firm has grown massively, from a team of just 20 to more than 250. The firm now advises some of the world’s best-known billionaires, family offices, philanthropists and CEOS,… Read More

JAMES OLLEY

MONTFORT COMMUNICATIONS

‘Trusted senior counsel to leaders is increasingly what we’re being asked to provide,’ says James Olley, who advises those in leadership positions in high-stakes situations and is highly regarded by clients and advisory teams for his experience and expertise in… Read More

JOE PHELAN

ETOILE

Given Joe Phelan’s global cast of clients, it is unsurprising that this seasoned government relations and corporate communications executive does not hold the most conventional view on Brexit. ‘Many of my clients are of course interested in Brexit, but they… Read More

SIMON QUARENDON

SELBEY ANDERSON

For Simon Quarendon, a man with a 35-year career in corporate affairs, the appeal of reputation management is its unpredictability. ‘It isn’t formulaic’, he says. ‘There’s no one silver bullet or magic solution. Every situation has a different set of… Read More

TIM ROBINSON

SCHILLINGS

Formerly a major general in the Army, Tim Robinson helps clients to protect their reputation, privacy and security from a wide range of threats. He is an experienced problem solver and proven battlefield leader. Of his career change, he says:… Read More

ROLAND RUDD

FINSBURY

Roland Rudd, founder of Finsbury, must be engulfed by the call of his many capital market clients and his People’s Vote campaign. As well as his work with Finsbury, he also holds a number of board positions, including as the… Read More

GABRIELLE SHAW

GABRIELLE SHAW COMMUNICATIONS

A pioneer in the space, Gabrielle Shaw setup her firm to focus on reputation management for brands in 1997. The award-winning agency has since worked closely with clients, often as lead global comms advisor, for boards, private family offices and… Read More

MALIKA SHERMATOVA

MINERVA

Malika Shermatova, managing director of Minerva PR, is a truly remarkable success story. ‘I came into the UK at the age of 19, didn’t know anyone or anything, spoke relatively good English, but the real challenge was starting from scratch,’… Read More

ANTHONY SIMON

PORTLAND COMMUNICATION

‘People see the world differently,’ says Anthony Simon of the recent ‘contextual shift’ in Western politics. It is a trend that has precipitated change in Portland, with the formation of a specialist Brexit team (including some from the UK government),… 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

LAURA TOOGOOD

FIELDMASTER GROUP

Laura Toogood, a stalwart of this index and occasional contributor to Spear’s, holds a PhD in social informatics and is a co-author of the book Journalism and PR: News Media and Public Relations in the Digital Age. In 2016 she… Read More

JOACHIM VON HALASZ

VON HALASZ CONSULTING

Joachim von Halasz’s clients include many top firms in wealth management and family offices. ‘It is the trusted and personal relationships that are maintained consistently over decades which make the ultimate difference,’ says von Halasz, who has over 20 years… Read More

ED WILLIAMS

EDELMAN

‘Our clients are managing through a period of immense disruption across all aspects of life: politics, both domestic and geopolitical, technology and public expectation,’ says Edelman CEO Ed Williams. Six years advising former BBC director-general Mark Thompson and Reuters CEO… 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 Kitchen Table Partners founder David Yelland. He also spent 11 years at Brunswick and Weber Shandwick, where his clients included the… Read More