Meet the Team

Our reason for existing is to provide superior levels of knowledge, support, and service. As such, we don’t have lots of employees on the bench waiting to jump on an account. Instead, we establish our clients requirements and then utilise the skills and talents of an established, expert team to support in the delivery.

This provides our clients with the following benefits:

  • Enhanced performance: Working with the best in class
  • Speed of response: Allowing us to be fleet of foot and not limited by one individual’s skill set
  • Flexibilty and scalability: We can manage any size of project and standards are never compromised
  • Bespoke: With genuine support, we are able to offer something tailored instead of trying to keep a department busy
  • Lower costs: We carry a lower overhead which is reflected in our fees to our clients

Bridget Aherne

Bridget is an award-winning public relations leader whose work was recognised at 2018’s CIPR Excellence Awards, where she was named outstanding independent practitioner.

She provides counsel to the leaders of organisations across the country – as well as remaining hands-on in the delivery of activities for those she works with. Bridget’s time in PR has seen her work for large public sector organisations including police, fire, local government and private sector businesses.

At Greater Manchester Police, she led communications for high-profile murders, international manhunts, terrorism issues and for operations to disrupt and capture organised crime gangs. She also contributed to protecting and enhancing reputation surrounding corporate matters as part business-as-usual and during crises.

She helped embed a new communications function in a senior role at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, where the team rapidly transformed the way in which the service communicated with staff and its communities, and resulted in a number of award wins. Bridget supported the service in dealing the tragic death of colleague Firefighter Stephen Hunt, who lost his life tackling a fire in July 2013.

At Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Bridget quickly delivered a number of essential changes to move communications from a tactical to a more strategic function. Her work there was recognised at the 2015 CIPR Excellence Awards where she was awarded the title of CIPR & IoD PR Director of the Year.

Since then, Bridget has provided interim and project support for a number of organisations including Greater Manchester Combined Authority (leading the way on English devolution agreements and preparing for the first mayoral election outside of London), Bristol City Council (consulting the public on controversial changes to save £26m) and KeolisAmey Metrolink (establishing a communications and marketing function as they took over the running of Metrolink when the light rail network had a track record of poor performance).

Richard Koch

A world-leading authority in the fast moving payments space, with recognition for navigating complex stakeholder environments and producing results that deliver a tangible difference for consumers.

With considerable experience in developing and deploying innovative and effective ways to engage with EU and UK policy makers on a wide range of payment and consumer credit issues, over the past decade he has been at the centre of evolving legislation and regulation, delivering a number of globally-recognised projects.

Blending market experience, expansive knowledge of the political and regulatory landscape with big data and new and emerging technologies, he is committed to designing and delivering innovation, driving new revenue opportunities and championing customer propositions and outcomes.

Peter Weston

Peter Weston

Peter’s career spans almost 40 years, and includes senior client-side roles in the leisure, banking and retail sectors, as well as board positions in advertising, culture change and digital agencies.

His experience spans senior in-house roles within the brewery industry with Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries, finance with NatWest, and retail with Boots and Iceland, where he worked on some of the UK’s best known campaigns.

And working for agencies including McCann Erickson, Corporate Culture and Pavilion, he worked across a range of big-name clients including Peugeot, Co-op and Marks and Spencer.

He went on to become a founder of a successful design and communications business  before establishing himself as a marketing and communications consultant. He works alone, or with agency/client teams at all levels, providing effective communications solutions through insight and application.

He brings an analytical approach to creative executions, a sense of humour, and a desire to ensure that all investment provides the desired commercial return.

Emma Beck

Emma Beck

Emma is a true PR professional with more than 25 years’ experience in public relations.

She has specific expertise in business support comms – Business Finance Solutions (Start Up Loans), Co Angel, the Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub, Manufacturing Advisory Service; consumer PR M&S Money, UCI Cinemas, Silentnight, National Express, Iceland, Vimto. Rocco Forte Hotels; B2B comms: – Daisy Group; legal firms including Slater Heelis and Appleyard Lees; franchise network Bright & Beautiful.

Anthony McNamara

Head of research and content, law graduate Anthony has experience of a number of sectors including business development, property, education and construction. A highly skilled, creative, and original writer he produces content that is in high demand.

Anthony produces all forms of content marketing. His unique style and approach has been used by start-up companies through to global multinationals to generate handbooks, guides, blogs, whitepapers, web copy, infographics, press releases, and biographies.

Anthony’s experience of various professional sectors, coupled with a natural flair for the creative, allows him to produce compelling, results-focused content that not only delights and intrigues, but delivers a measurable impact on the bottom line.

Clare Rebecca Passmore

Clare Passmore

Clare’s specialism lies in social media strategy and consumer lifestyle PR. Graduating from the University of Manchester with a degree in Management and Marketing of Fashion Textiles, Clare started her career in the fashion PR industry, working for women’s fashion house Motel as blogger and marketing intern, before heading to Herzogenaurach, Germany to work in the originals team at Adidas HQ.

Returning to London, Clare joined global boutique lifestyle PR agency Devries Slam, teaming up with a variety of brands from Tesco, Benefit Make-Up, Sonos and lots more. After a Sabbatical travelling the globe, Clare once again headed home to London, for a role at M&C Saatchi Sports & Entertainment, joining the lifestyle division, collaborating on global projects with Reebok and CR7 (Cristiano Ronaldo fashion) and the launching of multiple fashion and lifestyle brands.

Clare works across multiple food, yoga and FMCG brands and projects.

Kay Bailey

Kay has 20 years’ experience in delivering complex technical products and services, releasing value across a number of sectors including IT and Telecommunications, Payment Services and Government Departments.
Working in various Head of Product Management, Product Owner Lead and Agile Delivery roles she has built a strong reputation for building high value technically complex services. Highly experienced in leading Agile Transformation and organisational change she has worked with very large public and private sector organisations to drive new ways of working and deliver value for stakeholders while building the right service through user experience driven design so users get the service they really want.
Kay provides consultative and leads teams in Agile Transformation and Delivery, Product Management, Product Owner and Scrum Master and Product Delivery in Payment Services, Fraud, Error and Debt, Telecommunications and IT/Cloud Services.

Bernie Wilson

Bernie is an experienced content planner and copywriter and has worked across most industry verticals over the last two decades. She has accumulated a great deal of experience writing for technology organisations.

She writes with a fun, engaging style, and is skilled in adopting just the right tone for her target readership to differentiate client’s from competitors and position them in the market place as knowledgable, credible businesses which their key market can buy into.

Her ethos is ‘comms with a purpose’ so she perfectly aligns her writing to your business, sales and marketing goals to deliver real ROI.

Joe Kizlauskas

Joe Kizlauskas

Joe has an IT career that spans more than 20 years. He built his first website in 1998 before Google, Facebook and LinkedIn existed.

Between then and now he has worked as an IT Security Specialist for local Government, the Police and the Royal Navy, advising them on how to secure their websites from hackers.

He embarked on a career as an Infrastructure Manager for a Premier League Football Club before moving on to work and design the infrastructure for an internet service provider.

Coming full circle, for the last two years Joe has been advising some of the North West’s biggest brands on how to drive traffic to their websites and acquire more customers online utilising strategies including SEO (Search Engine Optimisation), paid search and data driven insight, helping generate leads and drive customer behaviour online.

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