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Our story

Founded in 1986 with roots firmly in the City, today we are an independent partnership of forty financial, corporate, brand and digital consultants. Our heritage means we understand how businesses deliver and the importance of giving independent and discreet advice from a position of trust. We have a history of driving award-winning creative communications programmes.

Meet the team

Our team is made up of some of the industry’s most experienced consultants working alongside the most creative young PR talent to deliver the perfect balance of strategic counsel and flawless execution. It’s a hard working, straight talking, no-politics, friendly culture where successes are always shared.

Alex Appleton

Alex Appleton

COO Partner

Alex Appleton

Alex Appleton

COO Partner

After nine years as a Chartered Accountant in a leading professional firm, I was attracted to PR by the way new ideas in this business constantly challenge convention – and by the sheer creativity of the people. After spending two years in a medium-sized communications group as head of finance for EMEA, I was drawn to Hudson Sandler by the agency’s professionalism, the approachability of the people and their openness to new ideas. I’m constantly amazed by our consultants’ addiction to giving clients the best possible service, playing a real role in driving forward their businesses – and I’ve been quick to learn one of Hudson Sandler’s most valuable lessons: always keep an open mind.
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Alex Brennan

Alex Brennan

Partner

Alex Brennan

Alex Brennan

Partner

After three years studying philosophy at Bristol University (when cricket commitments allowed, of course) I took a Masters degree in Finance & Management, graduating with impeccable timing in the immediate aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.  Impressed by an enviable client list and fantastic culture I was instantly sold on a career in communications at Hudson Sandler. My primary focus is advising companies the consumer industries and working with brands in telling their stories and managing increasingly scrutinised reputations across stakeholders. My biggest thrill remains the feeling that I’m genuinely part of my clients’ businesses and, from that position, giving real value-added advice.  All this in an always dynamic, collaborative and thoughtful environment amongst people who don’t take themselves too seriously, but are relentlessly client-centric.
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Alexander Clelland

Partner

Alexander Clelland

Partner

I joined Hudson Sandler to work in a varied environment for an agile, boutique consultancy of senior advisers after leading communications functions for large financial services organisations, such as Macquarie and RBC Investor & Treasury Services, and Fitch Ratings. Coupled with my previous consultancy experience as a Partner at the financial specialist communications consultancy Penrose Financial, I have worked with companies across investment banking, hedge funds, private equity, foreign exchange, bond trading and stock exchanges. This was a natural evolution from my previous work as a journalist at Reuters covering credit markets as well as writing for leading trade publications in banking and capital markets. I actually started professional life as a probation officer, and I have found the skills of diplomacy, sensitivity to situations and getting the best out of people to be very useful in all my working life since.
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Andrew-Hayes

Andrew Hayes

Managing Partner

Andrew-Hayes

Andrew Hayes

Managing Partner

When I left University in 1987 I joined the corporate advisory division of a leading investment bank.  After three years I decided that selling the deals I was working on was where I wanted to be.  So I rang Michael Sandler to ask for a job.  That was in 1990 and I have enjoyed working at Hudson Sandler ever since. Deals have included over 20 IPOs as well as advising on many of the highest profile M&A transactions of recent years.  And I am proud to have built long term relationships with a portfolio of retained clients where we always strive to deliver new perspectives and original thinking.  We continue to win great quality new business with the new challenges that I relish. The speed of change across the media gets faster and faster and more and more interconnected, making our enormous experience even more relevant as clients seek to cut through all the noise. And of course, the challenges and opportunities this creates makes our role ever more fascinating and important to commercial success.
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Ben Kelvin

Junior Client Executive

Ben Kelvin

Junior Client Executive

After Graduating with a Political Science degree from the University of Bath, I realised grand ideas concerning the state of global politics were irrelevant unless you had a bad haircut and a reality TV show. Despite my clear shortcomings, Hudson Sandler offered me the chance to work in communications, in which I closely monitor macro trends across a wealth of different landscapes, ensuring our rather enviable list of clients receive real value-added advice.
Bertie-Berger

Bertie Berger

Client Manager

Bertie-Berger

Bertie Berger

Client Manager

Studying Geography and Geology at the University of Leeds, I never imagined walking straight out of university and into financial communications would be where I found my first job. However, I was thrilled to find myself at Hudson Sandler, an agency with such a long-standing reputation and within days of finding my feet, I knew that I would enjoy learning a lot from the experienced and friendly team here. Already, my time here has allowed me to develop my abilities, collaborate with a range of clients and explore a number of different sectors.
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Bonny Gosling

Client Coordinator

Bonny Gosling

Client Coordinator

Since graduating from University in 2015, I have had a passion and drive to create a positive, organized and energetic working environment. After finishing my first job out of university, I was introduced to Hudson Sandler, where I am now thriving in the fast-paced, reactive world of PR. I am thoroughly enjoying adding this new industry to my skillset, (with help from the fantastic team), and being the go to person when you need to get things done.
Charlie-Jack

Charlie Jack

Partner

Charlie-Jack

Charlie Jack

Partner

A self confessed ‘media junkie’, my City PR life started in 1997 in the corporate PR department of Square Mile Communications working on the agency’s large professional services clients. To keep up with the dotcom masses, I left to become a founding Director of Citywebwatch, a leading financial news service. Having enjoyed the front line of financial media, I returned to PR to join Abchurch Communications, where I spent five and a half years managing financial, media and investor relations programmes for clients, in addition to working on a wide range of ECM transactions and special situations. As a Director, I also led the agency’s media relations practice. I was drawn to Hudson Sandler by the type of businesses the agency represents and the encouraging fact that these clients and my Hudson Sandler colleagues very rarely part company.
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Dan Lovegrove

Daniel Lovegrove

IT & Facilities Manager

Dan Lovegrove

Daniel Lovegrove

IT & Facilities Manager

After spending three years studying advanced IT, I decided to explore life in the city. From the moment I joined Hudson Sandler, the atmosphere, people and the bright green walls (2002) kept the place vibrant and attractive. After spending 10 years working on the digital and IT infrastructure, those bright green walls have finally gone, but the same vibrant, buzzy atmosphere still remains.
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Dominic Morris CBE

Telecommunications Sector Specialist

Dominic Morris CBE

Telecommunications Sector Specialist

I began to develop my sector specialism from the late 1980s as a civil servant licensing the first mobile operators and promoting competition to BT from the emerging telco services sector. In the 1990s, I was the Prime Minister’s adviser on TMT in the Downing Street Policy Unit. The first CEO of Ofcom asked me to be its Chief of Staff and so part of the top team dealing with and developing the fast changing environment of the 2000s. I joined Stephen Carter back in government as expert adviser on the Digital Britain project which paved the way for the 4G auction and the first Digital Economy Act. After 5 years at Lloyds Banking Group, advising the Board and top management on reputation management and strategic communications in the wake of the financial crisis, in 2015 the Chairman of Ofcom asked me to be the senior advisor to her and the incoming CEO of Ofcom. In my subsequent consultancy life, I continue to relish dealing with the challenges of the telecommunications sector and helping clients to manage successfully the media and reputational aspects of the wider political and regulatory climate.   Dominic has been with Hudson Sandler Quiller for two years.
Elena-Garside

Elena Garside

Client Director

Elena-Garside

Elena Garside

Client Director

I started my career in journalism at the ripe old age of 12 writing for children’s newspapers, then later working as a kids TV presenter. Having graduated from St Petersburg State University with a degree in journalism I got a job working for the Russian financial newspaper Vedomosti, which first opened up the world of finance to me. Working there reinforced my belief that I wanted to pursue a career in finance and that I wanted to work towards a more international dimension. Therefore I moved to London in 2008 and did a stint at the BBC before launching myself on a career in financial PR. The first-hand knowledge I’ve acquired of international M&A, IPOs, listings and privatisations, coupled with a deep understanding of Russian and CIS legislation, politics and the economy, brought me to the CIS team of Hudson Sandler.
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Emily-Dillon

Emily Dillon

Client Director

Emily-Dillon

Emily Dillon

Client Director

After graduating from Bristol University and a stint in Marketing and Communications at HSBC in Luxembourg, I moved to Moscow in 2011 to teach English to teenagers and entrepreneurial businessmen. I then spent almost two years in Russia working in some diverse business environments, meeting some fascinating people and honing my Russian language skills. On return to London and eager to find a career in promoting Russian businesses in the UK, I was very fortunate to secure a position with Hudson Sandler who have spent almost a decade successfully doing just that. Armed with the language, local experience and a real affection for Russian culture, I relish the opportunity to support some of the world’s industry leaders in consistently challenging the negative preconceptions around Russian business. Another exciting focus has been working closely with the CEOs and CFOs of small-mid cap UK companies, building their investment profiles from IPO. From ongoing reputation management to the thrills of high-pressure transaction support there is absolutely no “typical” day in the office, and learning directly from the experiences and insights of Hudson Sandler’s senior team and the business leaders themselves is constantly stimulating and inspiring.
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Emily-Jones

Emily Jones

Senior Client Executive

Emily-Jones

Emily Jones

Senior Client Executive

After graduating from Leicester University with a degree in History, I was keen to pursue a career in public relations and landed a role in the corporate and media team of a primarily consumer agency. Here I was lucky enough to develop and implement both corporate and consumer campaigns for a range of media business, building skills in corporate PR whilst also gaining an understanding of the consumer side - as well as great insight into the media industry. An interest in corporate PR beyond the media world bought me to Hudson Sandler, where I work with clients across a range of industries.
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Fern-Duncan

Fern Duncan

Senior Client Executive

Fern-Duncan

Fern Duncan

Senior Client Executive

I joined Hudson Sandler after graduating from The University of Manchester with a degree in Russian Studies. I previously spent a year living in St Petersburg and more recently worked with a group of designers in starting a retail brand in Spain. I am passionate about all things Russian, particularly modern politics and the media. I love being in a role that requires me to use my Russian skills every day. The team at Hudson Sandler are a fantastic mix of people to learn from and no day is the same.
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Giulia-Viglianisi

Giulia Viglianisi

Head of Hospitality

Giulia-Viglianisi

Giulia Viglianisi

Head of Hospitality

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Hattie O’Reilly

Senior Client Manager

Hattie O’Reilly

Senior Client Manager

After studying French and Italian at Bristol University, having enjoyed a year of eating my way around Paris and Rome, I moved to London to start my career in PR. After three years at Byfield Consultancy, I moved to Powerscourt where I advised a range of private and listed companies on their profile raising. I was attracted to Hudson Sandler by the enviable client list and the people who work here. From day one, there’s not been a dull moment and I’m thrilled to work with such a talented, fun and easy-going team.

Jara Payne

Creative Manager

Jara Payne

Creative Manager

After a degree from the University of Southampton and an unforgettable year in Barcelona I found myself yearning to be back in London. A few different roles followed but ultimately I decided I wanted to spend my time in a world with exposure to incredibly innovative and professional businesses, but where I would still have licence to exercise my creative flair.
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Jasper Bartlett

Client Executive

Jasper Bartlett

Client Executive

After graduating from University College London with a degree in History, I jumped into a role at a specialist Theatre PR company. One year, a few dozen red carpets, and several thousand star-ratings later, I decided to move to the City in search of new challenges. At Hudson Sandler I have found myself embedded in a close-knit team alongside some intimidatingly intelligent colleagues. I work on behalf of a number of highly innovative clients in a wide range of industries, so no two days are alike.
Jocelyn Spottiswoode

Jocelyn Spottiswoode

Client Executive

Jocelyn Spottiswoode

Jocelyn Spottiswoode

Client Executive

I joined Hudson Sandler after completing my Masters in International Relations and International Communications at Boston University (USA).  Before moving to the USA I studied English Literature and Russian at the University of Glasgow.  Having lived in Russia, Kazakhstan and the US it’s unsurprising I am always looking for the next adventure, whether it be at work, home or abroad.

John Merva

Senior Client Manager

John Merva

Senior Client Manager

I started off my career in Japan, where I fell into corporate communications and soon fell in love with working with companies on telling their stories. When I came back in 2007, I was then able to put a Japanese and Korean degree to slightly different use by joining the City in Japanese Equity Sales and then European Equity Trading at Daiwa. Still telling companies’ stories, but in a slightly different way. After the crash, I came back to communications, working in Malaysia for financial services companies before returning to England. Since then, I’ve specialised in working with financial services companies with compelling tech stories. Technology is an integral part of everyday life, both at home and for companies and I really enjoy getting under the business’ hood and helping them talk about their solutions. Being passionate about technology and finance is core to my work at Hudson Sandler and it’s great to play a role in telling even more stories to a constantly expanding range of audiences.

Katerina Parker

Senior Client Executive

Katerina Parker

Senior Client Executive

After graduating from the London School of Economics (LSE), I decided, like many of my contemporaries to pursue a career in investment banking. I spent 10 years’ working in London’s Investment Boutiques (Credit Agricole CIB, StormHarbour and Sunrise) in Corporate Finance, focusing on Project Finance, M&A transactions and Equity & Debt Capital Financing deals in Infrastructure, Energy, Metals & Mining, PFI/PPP, predominantly covering the Russia/CIS/Mongolia region. What I enjoyed the most was helping EM firms raise their international profile amongst Western investors. During that time I frequently observed companies fail to achieve their business objectives as a consequence of not positioning themselves effectively with the financial community. I decided to move to Financial Communications to help them do just that, whilst leveraging my experience of what investors are typically looking for. Hudson Sandler won me over not only with its clever and enthusiastic team, but by being the undisputed leader in the Russian strategic communications sector. I was inspired by the commitment to their Russian client base, despite all of the geopolitical hick-ups, when Russian companies needed the expertise and loyalty more than ever. As the good old proverb states: “a friend in need is a friend indeed”!
Lucy-Wollam

Lucy Wollam

Senior Client Manager

Lucy-Wollam

Lucy Wollam

Senior Client Manager

I had always assumed that after university I would fulfil my ambition of becoming a lawyer for a London firm. However evidently it was not meant to be. Following stints at consumer, corporate and financial services agencies, I realised that corporate PR was where my passion lay and I was itching to learn more. So after completing my degree in French & Spanish and living in three countries in the process, I was absolutely delighted to find myself at Hudson Sandler, where the team is friendly, the collective experience vast and the media landscape constantly evolving. I relish gaining knowledge of the various domains that our clients work across, and engaging with them and my colleagues to fully support their growth and development.
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Maria-Ignatova

Maria Ignatova

Head of Asia Pacific & CIS

Maria-Ignatova

Maria Ignatova

Head of Asia Pacific & CIS

I started my career after University as a journalist in Moscow where I worked for a number of publications including Izvestia and Forbes. At that time Russia was exploring the frontiers of capitalism and the natural resources sector – especially with my focus on the two “sexiest” areas, oil and diamonds – was the place to be and it helps me a lot on my current work. My many Russian clients appreciate my familiarity with the country, its language and its customs. Our investor relations programmes build on this expertise and our appreciation of the increasing influence of the CIS countries and their rapidly expanding economy.
Michael Sandler

Michael Sandler

Chairman

Michael Sandler

Michael Sandler

Chairman

After graduating from Boston University, I practiced as a Chartered Surveyor before joining the far more exciting world of financial public relations in 1980. I became a director of Streets Financial, which did so well that just six years later, I left to co-found Hudson Sandler. The world has changed many times since 1986, but I have continued to enjoy the cut and thrust of financial PR - advising a wide range of companies and City institutions as well as working on numerous takeovers, listings and fund raisings. Every day I thank my lucky stars I had the good sense to get out of surveying.
Michelle Meehan

Michelle Meehan

Client Coordinator

Michelle Meehan

Michelle Meehan

Client Coordinator

After graduating in Sociology with Psychology with First Class Honours I wanted to gain corporate professional exposure but also be able to exercise my own skills and values in an exciting environment. Whilst considering my career options I was introduced to Hudson Sandler and became very excited about the dynamic variety that a role in PR offers. I hope to learn, grow and add value to the company by coordinating the smooth running of our internal teams and external clients efficiently.
Nelly Akpaka

Nelly Akpaka

Client Executive

Nelly Akpaka

Nelly Akpaka

Client Executive

After graduating in Public Relations at Greenwich University, I was selected for the award-winning Taylor Bennett Foundation PR programme, where I worked at RLM Finsbury and Golin. I gained further experience at Financial Services PR agency, Team Spirit, before joining Hudson Sandler’s brand team where I will be advising clients across a wide spectrum of sectors.
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Nick Lyon

Nick Lyon

Partner

Nick Lyon

Nick Lyon

Partner

An Oxford degree in English led to four years as an account man in advertising where I learnt the art of the possible as well as how to book the best restaurant tables. However, the City called and I quickly became immersed in an exciting world of hostile bids, mergers ,crisis management, fund raisings and IPOs. The City has changed in many ways over the last few years with both the media and City institutions facing particular challenges from the ever evolving development of the internet and changing regulation respectively. However, there is still a role for the PR advisor who has the experience, and black book developed over the years, to guide and counsel clients in this fast changing world. It is very satisfying to still be advising companies I first met 20 years ago as well as building on the good relationships with young journalists and City advisers who now occupy lofty positions throughout the City. The job is constantly evolving but I believe the key attributes of a PR man remain the same: creative thinking, common sense, perseverance and a strong constitution.
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Pema-Seely

Pema Seely

Client Director

Pema-Seely

Pema Seely

Client Director

Whilst studying Public Relations and Events Management in London, I interned at a specialist design PR agency. Where I quickly learnt that PR involved my two favourite things: being creative and talking. I was hooked. Since graduating in 2011, I have been lucky enough to work a range of clients and B2B, B2C, corporate profiling, international and consumer campaigns. I was attracted to Hudson Sandler because of the people, their understanding of PR at a strategic level and their targeted work to support clients’ business growth.
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Sajida Malik

Sajida Malik

Financial Controller

Sajida Malik

Sajida Malik

Financial Controller

Sophie-Lister

Sophie Lister

Client Director

Sophie-Lister

Sophie Lister

Client Director

I recently re-joined Hudson Sandler for the second time in my career. Why did I come back? Because of the people – they are fun, creative and always looking for new ways to tell stories. I joined from the Press Association, where I was Communications Manager, responsible for all external and internal comms. Over the years, I have worked both in-house PR and agency side with over three years and counting at Hudson Sandler. Prior to my first role at the agency, I worked at Thomson Reuters, Hammersmith & Fulham Council and spent a year working for McGraw-Hill in New York whilst studying International Business. I graduated from The University of Liverpool with a degree in English and Modern History.
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Tim Johns

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Tim Johns

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My career in communications now extends over 25-years, the majority of which I have spent in-house.  During that time I have run communication departments at a number of high-profile blue chip companies including Sainsbury’s, BT and Unilever, leaving me well-placed to see issues from the client’s perspective.  My expertise is in helping senior executives navigate their way through complex reputational and strategic issues, and also in building communication frameworks that include all audiences. In addition to helping make complex things simple, I aim to humanise organisations, and to give leaders the confidence to see and do things differently.  For me, communications is the life blood of an organisation and to remain healthy it needs to flow freely.  I work with senior executives as both a coach, communicator and change consultant to help them get the best out of their people and their business.  And Hudson Sandler, with its people and client base, is a marvellous place to do it.
Wendy Baker

Wendy Baker

Partner

Wendy Baker

Wendy Baker

Partner

The advantage of a psychology degree is that you know what the interviewer is thinking before he does. This anticipatory skill baffled Andrew into giving me a job at Hudson Sandler and has kept me out of trouble ever since. I now work across a wide range of Hudson Sandler accounts, advising clients in the property, technology, leisure, financial services, and retail sectors. I obviously don’t miss my original calling, since I’ve now been in the financial PR business for over 20 years (ouch).
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Yulianna Vilkos

Client Director

Yulianna Vilkos

Client Director

I joined Hudson Sandler after 12 years in journalism when I realised that I want to use my newsroom insights to help clients better communicate. I learnt the tricks of the journalistic trade by writing articles for Kyiv Post, a Kiev-based English language weekly. I arrived in London in 2006 to do an MA in International Journalism at City University. After short stints at the Economist Intelligence Unit and the BBC, I landed a job at a financial intelligence service Debtwire. There I helped to develop their coverage of eastern European debt capital markets. As much as I loved the thrill of writing exclusive market moving articles, I felt that after 9 years at Debtwire it was time for a new challenge. I wanted to use my market knowledge and extensive contact list elsewhere.  Hudson Sandler won me over by the quality of its people and its passion for its clients.
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