Simon is the UK CEO of H+K Strategies and the Global Head of H+K’s Energy and Industrials practice.
Simon is a specialist in corporate communications, international public affairs, financial PR and litigation communications. In addition to his role as CEO of H+K London, Simon oversees H+K’s global energy and industrials business, working across oil and gas, traditional and new energy, mining, transport, infrastructure and logistics. In 2018, his team was awarded Energy Consultancy of the Year at the Petroleum Economist Awards. Key clients have included Shell, Dong Energy, IOGP, Statoil, E.ON, GE Oil&Gas/Baker Hughes, Anglo American, DHL, ICMM, Ford, DP World and Hitachi.
Previously, Simon was a partner at College Hill, leading the energy and natural resources team and co-leading the emerging markets business across Russia/CIS, Africa and India. At College Hill, Simon managed the financial PR for many oil, gas and natural resources companies; he won a SABRE award for his work with the Royal Bafokeng Nation and a PRCA award for best financial communicator for his work with Landkom. Before that, he was European director of emerging markets for APCO Worldwide, working with clients such as Yukos Oil, the Alfa Group and President Yushchenko of Ukraine.
Simon has an MA (Hons) from Cambridge University, an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and a Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Simon has lived and worked in the U.S. Japan, Germany and Russia.
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Claire is focused on how we and our clients adapt to an ever-changing world; creating new communication strategies and ideas that set the agenda as well as react to it. Claire looks at how we connect to culture and communities, apply trends and technology, and encourage change to be distinctive and future proofed. Claire works across all sectors, from Energy + Industrials to Food + Drink.
Claire’s background is in consumer communications, working across a diverse range of brands to build awareness through to loyalty. She leads the adidas account at H+K, which spans global strategy on a brand and category level, as well as local execution in the UK and US.
Her leadership of the adidas account has seen extensive award wins, including Integrated Campaign of the Year, Idea of the Year, Brand of the Year, Agency of the Year, Branded Content of the Year and a Cannes Lions.
Claire is a judge for D&AD’s New Blood Awards and PRCA’s Young Lions, and included in Creativepool’s Top 100 Influencers. Claire is a member of TEDxBrixton.
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Suzy is responsible for business development and marketing in the UK. Her team is part of H+K’s global business development and marketing unit, working together across geographies and time-zones to ensure one cohesive offer.
Focused on driving growth throughout the business, Suzy works with every sector and specialist team in the UK to help define their offer, serve existing clients, win new ones and market our proposition. She is a passionate advocate for the H+K Way, our clients and our culture.
Suzy has over a decade of experience in integrated communications, including seven years serving clients at H+K. She has a deep understanding and appreciation of the changing nature of the communications industry, having developed strategies and run award-winning campaigns for clients ranging from global leaders to challenger brands, think tanks, NGOs and charities.
Suzy is passionate about progressing social and environmental change through communications. In 2017 she co-founded Better Impact™, H+K’s way of empowering and enabling brands to have a better impact on people and the planet.
Before H+K, Suzy ran the PR department of communications agency Life Size, a start-up dedicated to the clean technology sector. She has also worked at APCO Worldwide and Bergmans Public Relations. Suzy has a First-Class degree in Politics BA (Hons) from Durham University and an MSc in International Business from Leeds University Business School.
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Tim Luckett is Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ Global Crisis Practice Lead and has 20 years of media and PR consultancy experience. He is a specialist in Issues + Crisis management and brand reputation. He has handled a number of high-profile reputational issues across a range of sectors and is well versed in designing internal and external communication strategies to help senior management tackle significant business challenges.
Tim has advised on issues such as product recalls and withdrawals, deliberate contaminations, brand attacks by NGOs and activist groups, fraud, sexual discrimination, leaked documents, redundancies, avian flu, pension fund holes, blackmail, court cases, deaths in service and mergers. Tim led and coordinated a European-wide product recall following Sudan 1. He also advised and trained WorldCom on its response to corporate fraud. He has led crisis response programs for Bernard Matthews (avian flu), Northern Rock (financial collapse) and the administration of XL airlines on behalf of Kroll. He has instigated crisis preparedness programs for McCormick, Adidas, Phones4u, Federal Mogul, Astra Zeneca, HSBC, Comet and B&Q.
Tim has extensive experience of running media and presentation training. In the last year he has run media training programs for: BSkyB, Conservative Party MPs, United Biscuits, Intel, HP, RFU, Gillette, Carling, Jonny Wilkinson and Andy Murray. Tim’s detailed media knowledge comes from his strong journalistic background. He was a crime correspondent on the Sunday Mirror and investigative reporter on the News of the World. He also worked as a reporter on the Mail on Sunday where he ran the Scottish news desk and covered the 1997 General Election. He also freelanced for The Sun, Today and the Evening Standard. He began his career as a sports reporter in the East Midlands.
Tim is a respected public speaker on corporate reputation and has a postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism along with a degree in economics and politics.
He was recently included in PR Week’s Global Power Book and has been named by Spear’s Magazine as one of the country’s top reputation managers.
Tim has a postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism and a degree in economics and politics.
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Charlie is the MD of the UK Tech, Sports + Entertainment practice at H+K. She is the lead for consumer brands within the Technology sector and the Client Services Director for Intel UK and EMEA, Dolby EMEA and Huawei Global.
Charlie has over 18 years’ experience spanning Consumer, Corporate and Internal campaigns crossing agency and in-house positions.
She has worked on varied accounts providing unique insight and experience across a number of sectors from Lifestyle to Retail, Consumer Technology to Energy Providers. Past clients include: FujiFilm, mysinglefriend, Navman, Samsung, Orange, TiVo, Firebox, Iwantoneofthose, Gocycle, Mind Candy, Virgin Energy, Griffin Technology, Orbitsound and Midway Games.
As Head of Communications at Firebox Charlie drove the strategic direction and planning for video and blog content, events, experiential, social and international media relations. Working with the head of key departments including creative, marketing and buying she directed a merchandising task force to drive forward key macro events and customer programmes to ensure brand messaging resulted in sales and awareness for the company.
Charlie studied PR at Bournemouth University, and has a passion for photography.
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Jessica Walsh leads the London Healthcare practice at Hill+Knowlton Strategies. Originally from the New York office, Jessica has fifteen years of experience in global health communications. For nearly a decade, Jessica has worked in London on European, UK and global clients, developing ideas for people-centred healthcare projects that improve outcomes including patient experience.
Since joining the London team, Jessica has held leadership roles in our New York and London teams, working in HIV, anesthesia, multiple sclerosis and oncology across product and patient affairs portfolios. For four years, Jessica led the OsteoLink team, working on behalf of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and the University of Geneva to create the first social network dedicated to people who live with osteoporosis. She has also served as a communications advisor to one of London’s largest public sector organizations, helping its management board deliver culture and organizational change. Currently, she serves as strategy lead for a range of European healthcare clients in rare diseases, psoriasis, hepatitis C, corporate and patient affairs, with a good deal of experience in biologic medicines.
Jessica graduated from Wellesley College with honours in psychology and French. Fluent in French, she spent her post-graduate year teaching English at the political science university in Paris and interning at ABC News. In 2012, she co-wrote and produced the award-winning short film, Wild Horses.
Jessica sits on the UK board at H+K, and since 2015, Jessica has participated on the faculty of WPP’s Maestro program for senior leaders. In 2017, she was part of the WPP Walk the Talk women’s leadership pilot. Her 2017 talk Can Creativity Keep Health Human? given at the H+K annual Creativity + New Reality conference at Kings Place in London is available on YouTube.
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Chris is a Managing Director of the Energy + Industrials team and has worked in communications consultancy for over 15 years, focusing on energy and related businesses for the last six years, first in the Middle East and then in London. He specialises in providing advice to clients in the UK and from a variety of international markets on integrated campaigns involving content, media relations, policy and stakeholder communications, digital engagement and crisis and issues management. Chris is also part of an energy sector working group for H+K in EMEA.
Chris has worked across the energy value chain and for many large industrial organisations ranging from industrial gases, to aviation and fuel cells to steel products. Chris has also worked on a range of energy industry issues including Arctic exploration and production (E&P), shale gas, climate change and carbon markets, gas advocacy, safety and the impact of E&P sound on marine life. In the renewables and retail space Chris has worked on policy reform and subsidy support mechanisms, public attitudes to renewables, market reform, and regulator and stakeholder engagement.
Before returning to the UK in 2010 Chris spent nearly five years working for H+K in the Middle East in a variety of roles across Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, providing him a unique perspective on these important emerging markets. Chris also led the development of H+K’s expertise in energy and industrial sectors in the Middle East.
Chris graduated from Kingston University, England with an honours degree in Business Studies. Chris is an associate member of the UK Chartered Institute of Public Relations.
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Sara is a Managing Director of the Energy + Industrials team in London, with a portfolio of brands including Hitachi, Equinor, Shell and eOn. An international corporate communications specialist, Sara has led award-winning campaigns for UK and multinational companies, international institutions and governments.
Prior to returning to the London office, Sara built a dedicated energy practice for H+K in the Middle East region, transforming the portfolio and developing a market-leading integrated communications offer with clients including ADNOC, Emirates Global Aluminium, the World Energy Council and Masdar. She also led H+K’s Abu Dhabi office, with clients including Sotheby’s, Abu Dhabi Ports and Lavazza.
Additional experience includes leading the agency’s work with the MiSK Foundation of Saudi Arabia, the Crown Prince’s personal foundation focused on youth engagement and development. With MiSK, Sara was part of the leadership team delivering a flagship youth empowerment event in partnership the UNDP on the side lines of the UN General Assembly. In addition, she managed all international communications on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government during President Trump’s state visit and organised the messaging, positioning and media programme for government ministers at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Sara graduated from Washington & Lee University in the United States with a dual degree in mass communications and romance languages. She is a member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs.
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Ian joined Hill+Knowlton Strategies in 2005 with over 20 years brand building experience. He specialises in creating standout campaigns that start with a clear audience insight and delivering ideas that have compelling storytelling with a strong narrative at their heart – ideas that lead to measurable and positive business outcomes.
His work has spanned global and local campaigns and he has worked with many of the UK’s best known brands across multiple sectors including ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Virgin, O2 and Sky TV in the retail and leisure space and wider campaign work for the likes of: Heinz, Nestle, Pernod Richard, Diageo and Coca-Cola Great Britain.
He currently leads the food + drink division and has an active role on brand and nutrition comms for the multi brands portfolio Mondelez International (belVita breakfast biscuits, Dairylea and Barny) TUI travel (Thomson and First Choice) and consults on the multi-channel retailer QVC.
Before joining H+K, Ian was a board director at specialist consumer agency Jackie Cooper PR for nine years. He was latterly responsible for the re-branding of BT Cellnet to O2 and the on-going consumer and retail PR campaign. Ian is a business and marketing graduate from Lancashire Polytechnic and also holds a diploma from the Market Research Society.
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Claire is Managing Director of H+K London’s Retail + Leisure practice, a team with a wide variety of clients from across the retail, lifestyle and travel sectors.
An experienced brand communications specialist with both agency and in-house experience, Claire’s expertise lies in helping clients in this space to unlock brand and business impact through strategies, stories and ideas that earn attention.
Before specialising in the retail and leisure sector, Claire developed brand-building global comms strategy, designed high-profile, conversation-driving campaigns and built and ran award-winning, fast-paced local market newsrooms for companies and brands as diverse as P&G to Paddy Power.
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Matt joined Hill+Knowlton Strategies as an Associate Director in September 2011 and now leads the 30-strong Financial + Professional Services team. The team creates a wide variety of work, from corporate and consumer communications, to content marketing and social media, to corporate and public affairs. Current clients include HSBC, Aon, Bupa, BNY Mellon and Visa Europe.
As well as leading the team, Matt works on a wide range of client briefs, most of which start with helping the client develop their positioning and the messages required to underpin that, and then create or develop the content needed to tell that story to the public and to other stakeholders across as many channels as relevant.
Matt started his career working on the Guardian’s website. He then set up an English-language website for a German newspaper before spending several years working for dotcoms. Having worked in and around digital and social media since 1998, he is a passionate advocate of the possibilities of technology, including beyond consumer to corporate and business-to-business communications.
Matt previously worked at Open Road, where as well as leading the digital and social media practice, he worked for BlackBerry, Orange, Universal Music, HSBC, and Prudential. During five years in London government, Matt spent 18 months lobbying for London in Brussels, and later worked as an adviser to the Mayor of London on technology and digital policy. He led the communications (PR, digital, advertising, marketing) team for the 2008 elections for Mayor of London.
Matt has an MA in English Literature from Trinity College, Cambridge University, and an MA in British Politics from Goldsmiths, University of London. He speaks (increasingly rusty) German.
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As a managing director at H+K London, Avra leads the Consumer Packaged Goods sector, which includes a diverse client portfolio ranging from beauty and grooming brands to household products to over-the-counter medications.
Avra has helped clients to progress from an earned-only mentality to developing integrated communications campaigns and cut through content that delivers across paid, earned, shared and owned channels. The results have been successful from a commercial and a communications perspective and recognized with industry awards including the Drum’s Marketing Can Change the World award for Duracell’s battery recycling program, the Drum’s Marketing Global Brand Strategy of the Year for Pampers/UNICEF ‘I pack=1 vaccine’ and an Effie for Febreze’s ‘Road Trip from Smell’.
Beyond her day job, Avra is a Superbrands panel member, a board member of the New Nature Foundation, an interviewer for the University of Pennsylvania, an aspiring voice over artist and occasional blogger. An American expat who came to the UK over a decade ago, Avra currently lives in North London with her husband, daughter and two Burmese cats.
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Clare has been at H+K for over a decade during which time she has developed a broad skillset including corporate and public affairs, reputation management, media relations and crisis management. Each of these skills enables her to advise the companies she works with on reputation management – how to promote and improve it, and how to protect it.
She has worked with clients that include Bibby Financial Services, Visa, IHG, BNY Mellon, Clifford Chance, the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), OC&C Strategy Consultants, British Cycling and HSBC UK.
Clare spent three months on secondment at H+K Singapore in 2014 having won the Dave Robinson Scholarship. In Singapore she worked on a range of corporate affairs briefs for financial and professional services clients, including One Raffles Place and the RTO of KOP (real estate). She also got her first ever front page for HSBC in the Straits Times!
Clare has worked at Westminster, Brussels and Holyrood in various communications and policy capacities. She has also worked at the Financial Services Authority in the Parliamentary Affairs team in the Communications Division.
Clare graduated from University of Edinburgh with an MA (hons) in politics. She is keen on running and plays netball twice a week. She is politically active but seems to be the kiss of death to the campaigns she works on – though she recently had a win. Who knows, the Coffey curse may have lifted!
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Pippa is responsible for the day-to-day business operations and is lucky enough to work across the whole of H+K London, with a variety of talented, diverse and creative people.
Pippa is passionate about developing our own people, as well as bringing in the best talent in the market place and creating a dynamic and engaging work environment to help us achieve our business objectives.
Pippa joined H+K in 2004, having previously worked client side, at both a start-up agency and prior to that in a medium size consumer brand agency, so is aware of the challenges clients face and the need to develop exceptional client teams with the right combination of skills, expertise and drive to produce outstanding work.
Pippa has worked as a Non-Executive Director at Epic ELM CIC, the first youth services department in the UK to be set-up outside of local authority control. She is a qualified coach after completing the Professional Certificate of Coaching at the Henley Business School and is particularly interested in supporting senior and rising women in the work place. She is also enrolled as a mentor with The Aspire Foundation.
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As an insights driven creative planner Eleanor works on integrated concepts across earned and owned channels for big brands, uncovering great human insights that inspire creative work which really changes behaviour.
At H+K London, the agency’s Global Center of Creative Strategy, she works across all vertical sectors to provide and develop the skills needed to combine effective strategy with high levels of creative craft. Her current portfolio includes The Coca-Cola Company, Smart Energy GB and Campari Group where she leads earned media creative strategy.
In previous roles she has lead communications planning for FMCG, tech and healthcare companies including global flagship Unilever brands Dove and Magnum as well as brand consultancy for Merck. With a heritage in earned-first channels, her work focuses on producing channel neutral strategies that connect to popular culture and human behaviour in order to resonate at a deep level.
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Alex’s role stretches across the Hill+Knowlton creative offer. With a background in editorially driven content, he has conceived of and led creative content marketing programmes for global brands across many different sectors in markets including the UK, South Africa, China, the Middle East and North America.
Formerly MD of John Brown Media, Alex’s career has spanned copywriting, editing and creative direction as well as client and agency leadership and growth.
In today’s noisy, always-on culture it has never been more important for brands to accept and embrace a new marketing relationship – that consumers are in charge, we engage on their terms or not at all – and that only world-class creative work, delivered in the channels they already choose to embrace, will really cut through.
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Karen oversees a wide range of our branding programs, bringing strategic thinking as well as commercial intelligence to projects. She is a highly versatile client service director and enjoys establishing warm and trusting relationships with clients.
She has most recently worked on an inward investment program for Egypt, positioning the country as a destination for the IT sector; global repositioning, roll out and ongoing brand consultancy for SABIC through its acquisition strategy; a community engagement program for Tullow Oil in Ghana and brand development for one of Singapore’s sovereign wealth funds.
Karen joined Hill+Knowlton Strategies in 1996 as head of the Creative Services division. In 2001 she set up the subsidiary company, The Studio.
Prior to The Studio, Karen was a consultant at Smithfield Design. During her time at Smithfield she managed corporate identity implementation for Securicor, The General Council of British Shipping and Tarmac as well as design and production of annual reports for a number of FTSE 100 companies.
As well as the managing director of The Studio, Karen keeps herself busy in her role as a board director of Hill+Knowlton Strategies. She is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
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Allison Spray is responsible for the ‘H+K Way’ for measurement, reporting and insight development globally.
Allison joined H+K from FleishmanHillard London, where she was Director of Insights & Planning. She brings nearly a decade of experience in integrated measurement and creative brand strategy, overseeing global measurement and research programs for Fortune 500 brands. In addition to leading the Insights & Planning team in the UK, she was lead for Research & Analytics in EMEA for FleishmanHillard. Her previous clients include Salesforce, Thomson Reuters, Bayer, Philips, PwC and Fitbit.
She is a well-respected industry figure and has spoken on data and analytics at numerous conferences, including PR Week’s PR360, the ICCO Global Summit, Social Media Week and PRCA’s Ignite series.
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Scott Dodsworth joined H+K in London in January 2019 and brings over 15 years’ experience in public affairs, government relations and reputation management. Scott will work to strengthen H+K’s political offering bringing his corporate affairs and government relations expertise working across all sectors.
Scott has a strong network of senior political and government stakeholders in London, Washington, Brussels and Canberra together with skills in developing and maintaining complex relationships with parliamentary and government audiences around the world.
The former Chief of Staff at global defence, aerospace and security company, BAE Systems plc. Scott joined the BAE Systems Government Relations team in late 2010 after five years at FleishmanHillard, becoming Global Chief of Staff to Chief Executive Ian King in 2015. Following three years as Chief of Staff, Scott was appointed Head of Strategic Planning at BAE Systems Australia in March 2018, working closely with UK and Australia businesses and governments on the successful £20bn procurement from the UK of the Royal Australian Navy’s future frigates.
Scott is experienced in sensitive relationship management of senior stakeholders and providing trusted advice on the political landscape to ExCo and Board members of major companies.
Before BAE Systems, Scott worked in public affairs at FleishmanHillard, covering a wide-range of clients in technology, communications, energy, financial services, security and defence.
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Victoria is strategy lead with extensive experience in employee communications. At BT Sport & BT TV she was Principle of internal communications, working with the managing director & her leadership team to support the rapid growth of the BT Sport brand and refresh of BT TV.
Victoria also led communications for BT’s global finance transformation programme and supported the communication initiatives of BT’s Consumer leadership team, including
the CEO, CFO and Chief Counsel.
Pre BT, Victoria was with GolinHarris and worked in the head office in Chicago on internal communications for brands including McDonalds, Dow Chemical Corporation, Ford and BP.
Victoria believes passionately in using creativity in communication to help create what she terms a happy house mind-set. If your people are happy then your organisation will reap the benefits!
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Dan joined H+K Smarter in 2016 from the UK Government Department of Health.
Over the previous four years he set up and led the behavioral insights team in the Department of Health and then in NHS England.
Dan has run more than a dozen behavioral evaluations in health. These include innovative and low-cost strategies to improve medications adherence and waste reduction.
There are few people more experienced at applying behavioral insights to such practical and tangible challenges. Several of Dan’s trials have been published in respected academic journals, including The Lancet. In 2014, Dan was winner of the UK Government’s Social Research Award for research “of high quality that is innovative and demonstrates practical value”. In 2016 he won the Marketing Research Society award for healthcare research.
Dan holds an MSc in public policy from University College London and a BA from the University of Warwick.
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