Ameet advises a range of businesses and investors on UK and international politics, including helping them navigate complex policy problems. He also works closely with the Hanbury data team to advise political campaigns on their messaging and corporates on their reputation. Prior to founding Hanbury, he was formerly Chief Speechwriter, Director of Strategic Communications and Director of Strategy to Prime Minister David Cameron. He spent six years working in Downing Street and has an unparalleled knowledge of the workings of Whitehall. He played a central role in three campaigns: the Scottish Referendum of 2014, the General Election of 2015 and the EU Referendum of 2016, and has been described by the Mail on Sunday as ‘the most influential figure from an ethnic minority background in British politics’.
Paul advises business leaders on building winning campaigns, managing reputational risks and navigating complex policy. He helps challenger companies tell their story to new audiences and boost their growth. He has worked with major international businesses to navigate complex political and regulatory issues and works with Hanbury’s data team to develop clients’ understanding of their reputational risks and audiences. Prior to founding Hanbury Paul was Director of Communications for the successful Vote Leave campaign in the UK’s referendum on the EU. He was previously Special Adviser to then Transport Secretary Philip Hammond and to then Health Secretary Andrew Lansley. He also spent several years as Executive Director for External Affairs at the British Bankers’ Association. The Daily Mail described him as ‘by common consent one of the best communicators and operators in Westminster’.
Simon is Hanbury’s Chief Operating Officer and oversees all aspects of the company’s operations including legal, compliance and regulation. He was formerly Head of Government Affairs and Regulation at an international strategic advisory firm where he advised high-profile business leaders, corporations, entrepreneurs and philanthropists on their reputation and public profile. He has worked with some of the world’s largest technology companies in Europe, the US and Asia, advising them on policy, regulation and strategy. Simon qualified as a solicitor in 2006 and spent the early part of his career working in international law firms.
James leads Hanbury’s Data Strategy Team where he advises a range of clients on projects involving political and commercial strategy. He began his career at investment bank Rothschild before moving into market research at Populus where he was Head of Analytics. Prior to joining Hanbury, James worked as a strategy consultant at OC&C where he utilised his banking and market research experience on IPO and M&A processes. James’s work revolves around statistical analysis, polling, regression modelling, propensity modelling and high-level strategy. He has worked on political campaigns across the world, and in the corporate world helped develop consumer sentiment models, reputation trackers and consumer segmentations and oversaw over 100+ surveys for multiple clients. Performing background analytics roles at the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum, 2015 General Election, 2016 EU Referendum, James headed up Ruth Davidson’s Scottish Conservatives election strategy at the 2016 Holyrood election and 2017 General Election where he played a key role in doubling the vote of the party. He sits as an Advisory Board Member of centre-right think tank Onward and writes regularly on politics and statistics for the Spectator and Times RedBox.
Gergely was Head of EU Affairs at Standard Chartered Bank and at the British Bankers Association. Prior to his City career, he spent eight years at the EU institutions, including as a spokesperson for the EU Council Presidency and Head of UK Public Affairs for the European Parliament. He started his career as a lawyer and built a successful legal translation business.
Stephanie is Hanbury’s Finance Director and has overall responsibility for the company’s finances, with a focus on fostering and maintaining collaborative business partnerships. Prior to joining Hanbury she worked at Pearson Plc where she held roles including Global Finance Lead, Finance Transformation and VP, Finance. She previously spent ten years working in Commercial Finance at Penguin Publishing with a broad remit to provide financial and commercial business support. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young.
Lottie is Hanbury’s Head of People, with responsibility for attracting and retaining the Hanbury team. Lottie started her career in PR advising businesses from SMEs to FTSE 100 at corporate and financial communications firm College Hill. She later became the youngest ever Partner at Instinctif Partners, with responsibility for global new business, marketing, acquisitions and people. Prior to joining Hanbury Strategy she was a Board Director at M&C Saatchi. Lottie is also Trustee at London based charity YourStory.
Kirsty leads on Hanbury’s work with investors, providing insight and analysis on political and policy risks across a range of sectors. Kirsty previously set up and led the political due diligence department at an international political consultancy and over the last three years has worked with investors to identify and manage political risk throughout the transaction process and the investment term. Prior to this, she spent three years working for a minister in the Coalition Government and has previously stood for election as a Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Democrats. Kirsty holds a Master’s degree in History.
Emily previously led on communications campaigns at a global communications agency, where she gained experience across a range of sectors, from financial services to tech and utilities. Prior to this, Emily managed campaigns at Liberal Democrat HQ for the 2015 General Election and she was a Parliamentary Assistant to an MEP. Emily is currently an elected councillor in Kent, and stood for the Liberal Democrats in the 2017 General Election. At Hanbury, she specialises in communications, including for Deliveroo. She read Ancient and Modern History at Magdalen College, Oxford.
Felix is one of Hanbury’s lead policy and research analysts, with a particular focus on energy clients such as Bulb – the UK’s fastest growing renewable supplier. He was previously responsible for political research at the Labour Party, including the 2017 General Election campaign. Prior to this he worked for Britain Stronger in Europe during the 2016 EU Referendum and a pro-European business coalition in the City of London, providing research and analysis to a variety of stakeholders in politics and industry. Felix has also worked for the German foreign ministry and the Handelsblatt international correspondent’s office in Beijing, China.
James previously worked in the Labour Party’s Policy Unit, where he led on economy and business policy. James worked on the ‘Labour In’ 2016 EU Referendum and 2017 General Election campaigns, as well as the party’s response to three Budgets and one Autumn Statement. Prior to this, James was on the Civil Service Fast Stream programme working in five government departments across Whitehall.
Joe joined Hanbury having been the Director of Legislative Affairs at 10 Downing Street during Theresa May’s time as Prime Minister. With over a decade of experience working in a variety of political capacities, he has an in-depth knowledge of Westminster and Whitehall. He is also an experienced public affairs practitioner, with a record of assisting clients through industry changes and regulatory reforms. He now advises clients across a range of issues involving the impact of politics on business.
Jonathan is one of the leaders of Hanbury’s Corporate communications practice where he advises key clients such as Deliveroo. He previously worked for the British Bankers’ Association and the successful Vote Leave campaign in the UK’s referendum on the EU where his role included strategic communications, social media, activist engagement and media relations.
Colette has previously worked in government communications as a spokesperson for the Department for Education on childcare, social mobility and life skills. Before this, she worked for the Labour Party’s Policy Unit, leading on education and skills and worked on the 2016 Labour In EU Referendum campaign, and the 2017 General Election campaign. She worked as a Parliamentary Researcher between 2012 and 2015 and holds a Master’s degree in Political Communication from Cardiff University Journalism School.
Anne-Sophie is a member of Hanbury’s EU team. She previously worked at the European Political Strategy Centre, the in-house think tank of the President of the European Commission, and as a research assistant where she co-authored papers on European trade policy and taught a course on EU foreign policy. Anne-Sophie graduated as Valedictorian from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), and holds a Master’s Degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Before joining Hanbury, Sarah was a political and strategic adviser to the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Scott Morrison MP and previously, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP. In this role, she headed up political and policy research across Government for both the Liberal and National Parties. Sarah has extensive campaign experience and most recently played a central role on the 2019 Australian Federal Election campaign, which saw a historic win for the Liberal and National Parties. Previously, Sarah worked in media, policy and parliamentary roles for a number of Australian Government Cabinet Ministers in defence, regional development, infrastructure, health and communications portfolios.
Before joining Hanbury in 2019, Russell spent two years working in the office of Rt. Hon. Dominic Raab MP, through Dominic’s time as Justice Minister, Housing Minister, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union and Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State. Most recently, Russell was Director of Policy on Dominic’s leadership campaign. Previously, Russell worked at a public affairs agency across foreign government and corporate clients, in the policy team of a trade body and for an academic in the development sector. Russell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Modern History from Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
Spencer formerly worked in the Labour Policy Unit where he was responsible for areas including utilities, digital and the environment. He spent time as a Parliamentary Researcher and worked on the 2015 and 2017 General Elections and the 2016 EU Referendum. Prior to this he supported the development of academic research proposals. Spencer holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Biological Sciences from the University of Warwick.
Kit joined Hanbury in 2017, having previously worked in corporate and financial communications for a global integrated communications agency. He has advised on a range of successful corporate campaigns and transactions, as well as broader work on media perceptions, messaging and positioning. Since joining Hanbury, Kit has worked on corporate reputation and positioning research for a number of blue chip UK companies, and he has also worked on the development of new cutting edge approaches to internal communications. Kit studied Theology and Religious Studies at Clare College, Cambridge, graduating in 2014 with a college prize for academic achievement.
Joe graduated from Durham University in 2017 with First Class Honours, studying History and Politics. He has also worked as a research intern for the liberal conservative think tank ‘Bright Blue’. In 2016 he was awarded the organisation’s Tamworth Prize – his essay ‘Friends without Benefits: Britain and the European Union’ was published alongside contributions from a range of academics and policy thinkers.
Leopold is an analyst in our EU insights team and heads up Hanbury’s Berlin office. He previously worked for leading EU policy think tanks in London and Brussels, where he was a regular contributor to broadcasters including the BBC, CNBC and Al Jazeera. Leopold has written for the Times, The Spectator, Prospect and Politico, amongst others, and directed the media project receiving the Dutch nomination for the European Charlemagne Youth Prize in 2015. Leopold holds a Master’s Degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics, and also studied in France and The Netherlands
Anthony graduated with a distinction in MSc Politics & Communications from the London School of Economics, where his work explored the intersection between politics, campaigning and new digital technologies. During his time at the LSE, he won the Silverstone scholarship and assisted with research conducted by the university’s in-house think-tank, ‘Polis’. He has worked previously on strategic communications and branding for clients which include Amazon and Nokia. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Bristol.
Will graduated from the University of St. Andrews in 2018 with a distinction in MLitt, International Political Theory, where his research focused on the intersection between political philosophy and social theory. Will works across Hanbury’s Data Strategy team with a specialism in data analytics, visualisation, and machine learning.
Aaron joined Hanbury from The London Stock Exchange Group, where he worked in a number of roles with a particular focus on data analytics and visualisation. He has experience working with and manipulating big data sets to gain business insights as well as using data science techniques to build data products. Aaron graduated from The University of Nottingham with a first class Master’s Degree in Physics and after graduating, he worked as a policy advisor within two departments of the UK Civil Service.
Neil graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Government, simultaneously studying campaign management and opinion polling at the Kennedy School. While at university, he ran a multi-million dollar educational non-profit and worked on several gubernatorial, Senate, and presidential campaigns. Most recently, Neil worked for Dominic Raab’s leadership campaign. At Hanbury, Neil focuses on political insight and polling.
Beatrix is an analyst on the EU team. She previously worked in the Brussels office of a French MEP where she focused on budgetary and environmental issues. She also has experience of working in a public affairs agency where she worked across a range of sectors from financial services to digital policies. She holds a Masters degree from the London School of Economics in EU politics where she won the LSE’s Gordon Smith Award for her work on the impact of the design of European policies on euroscepticism. Prior to this, Beatrix graduated from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Politics and Economics.
James graduated from Oxford University with a first-class honours degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. During his studies, his main interest was econometrics. Whilst at university, James spent a summer working in the Political Team at YouGov. Prior to joining Hanbury, James interned at a boutique investment management company in Westminster.
Fergus is currently undertaking a placement year at Hanbury whilst enrolled at Exeter University studying Economics and Politics. At university, Fergus was previously an editor of the student politics journal and focuses on the behavioral economics of betting. He has worked for several economic and financial consultancies which included producing and researching client orientated reports. At Hanbury, Fergus works on public affairs and communications.
Thomas previously worked in Parliament for a senior MP where he was responsible for producing reports and briefings for MPs on the Common Market 2.0 campaign. Thomas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, graduating in 2018.
Pascal is an analyst on the EU team and leads coverage of Member State politics. He graduated from UCL with a First Class Honours degree in European Social and Political Studies, specialising in international relations and French, which included a year at Sciences Po Paris. He has previously worked in the Paris-based pro-European think tank, EuropaNova, and is a regular EU blogger.
Before joining Hanbury, Luke worked as a parliamentary adviser for the Conservative Party, responsible for briefing MPs and Ministers on Treasury and International Trade policy. He has a wealth of campaign experience, most recently advising the Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock MP during his leadership bid. Luke holds a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Leicester and is a peer-reviewed historian with a number of published works focusing on backbench rebellions within the Parliamentary Conservative Party.
Charles is responsible for promoting the Hanbury brand and managing our events programme. He graduated from the University of Kent with a degree in Politics and International Relations and spent a year at City University of Hong Kong where he studied Public Policy. He has experience of working in the hospitality sector and has been involved in the development and execution of a wide variety of events.
Courtenay is responsible for managing diaries and ensuring the smooth running of the office. She graduated from the University of Plymouth with a degree in Sociology. Prior to Hanbury she was a Personal Assistant within a Family Office, specialising in investments and property.
Carlene is a qualified accountant (ACCA) and has a varied financial background, with roles in both the private and public sectors. At Hanbury, Carlene is responsible for the overall financial management of Hanbury’s day to day activities.
Our team has extensive experience of advising Prime Ministers, Presidents, Cabinet Ministers and CEOs.