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Ameet Gill OBE

Ameet Gill OBE

Partner

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 Stephenson

Paul Stephenson

Partner

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 Evans

Simon Evans

Partner

Simon 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 all aspects of 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.

Gergely Polner

Gergely Polner

Partner

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 Barrington

Stephanie Barrington

Finance Director

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 Whyte

Lottie Whyte

Head of People

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 Allan

Kirsty Allan

Director

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 manage 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.

Felix Lettau

Felix Lettau

Director

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.

Oliver Lewis

Oliver Lewis

Director

Oliver is one of the leaders of Hanbury’s Brexit insight and analysis team, working with companies like KPMG and Barclays on matters related to the UK’s decision to leave the EU. Prior to that he was Director of Research for the successful Vote Leave campaign in the UK’s referendum on the EU. He was previously Director of Research at Business for Britain and before that worked with the then Education Secretary Michael Gove and with the New Schools Network. Author of the seminal publication ‘Change or Go’, he has advised Cabinet Ministers on a range of policy issues. He has written for The Spectator and Standpoint and has served as a Borough Councillor.

James McBride

James McBride

Director

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.

Jonathan Suart

Jonathan Suart

Director

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 Collins-Walsh

Colette Collins-Walsh

Associate Director

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.

Emily Fermor

Emily Fermor

Associate Director

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.

Alexander Fitzgerald

Alexander Fitzgerald

Associate Director

Alexander was the Economy Spokesperson at HM Treasury where he communicated the government’s economic, fiscal and monetary policy to national and international media. He was also a policy advisor covering business and international tax, advising the Chancellor and Treasury Ministers in the lead up to the Budget and Autumn Statement. He holds a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine and has previously worked for CityAM and the U.S. Embassy in London. Alexander also serves in the British Armed Forces.

Spencer Powers

Spencer Powers

Associate Director

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 Preston Bell

Kit Preston Bell

Associate Director

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.

Joseph Slater

Joseph Slater

Associate Director

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.

Anne-Sophie Deman

Anne-Sophie Deman

Executive

Anne-Sophie graduated as valedictorian from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) in International Relations, where she conducted research on EU trade policy. She holds a Master’s Degree in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she focused on EU-China relations. After graduating from the LSE she worked as a trainee at the European Political Strategy Centre, the in-house think tank of the President of the European Commission.

Anthony Graham-Dillon

Anthony Graham-Dillon

Executive

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.

James Hicks

James Hicks

Executive

James graduated from the University of Bristol in 2018 with a degree in Economics, specialising in macroeconomics. He has previously undertaken work for a Conservative MP and Select Committee Chair, and has also spent time working on The Daily Telegraph’s Features desk.

William Husbands

William Husbands

Executive

William 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, social theory and international politics. Prior to working at Hanbury, William undertook a year-long internship at Renault Credit International, working on a variety of middle-office projects including forecasting, reporting software implementation and preparations for securitisation.

Thomas Kirkby

Thomas Kirkby

Executive

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 LeTendre-Hanns

Pascal LeTendre-Hanns

Executive

Pascal graduated from UCL with a First Class Honours degree in European Social and Political Studies, specialising in international relations and French, and 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 blogger.

Edward Oldfield

Edward Oldfield

Executive

Edward is currently undertaking a Business Administration Level 3 Apprenticeship whilst working at Hanbury. He previously worked for Change Britain, the successor organisation to Vote Leave, latterly as Campaign Coordinator. During the 2017 General Election, Edward worked in the Media Monitoring Unit of CCHQ. He has been published in both the Telegraph and the Spectator.

Emma Pryor

Emma Pryor

Executive

Emma spent three years as Parliamentary Assistant to a Conservative MP and Government Minister. She worked on the EU referendum and 2017 general election campaigns, gaining experience in policy areas including agriculture and fisheries. She has also worked in the press office at the Conservative Party. Prior to this, Emma worked for a company helping to support US and European SMEs entering new export markets.

Leopold Traugott

Leopold Traugott

Executive

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

Beatrix Vandooren

Beatrix Vandooren

Executive

Beatrix previously worked in the Brussels office of a French MEP where she focussed 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. Beatrix graduated from the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Politics and Economics.

Charles Bohan-Hurst

Charles Bohan-Hurst

Marketing and Events Executive

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 Hare

Courtenay Hare

Personal Assistant and Office Manager

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.

Our team has extensive experience of advising Prime Ministers, Presidents, Cabinet Ministers and CEOs.

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