Prior to forming The Nisse Consultancy, Jason Nisse spent 20 years on British national newspapers, including six years as a business editor. In 2006 he became director of media relations for Barclays plc before moving into consultancy, firstly at Fishburn Hedges and then as a founding partner of Newgate Communications. At both firms he led the special situations and crisis communications disciplines, also providing media and message training as well as board level communications consultancy. Among the clients he has advised are Just Eat Takeaway, Index Ventures, Cenkos Securities, Centamin, SME Alliance, BT, Glencore, HM Treasury, AXA, Zurich, Barclays, Nestle, PwC, Investec, Sidewalk Labs and the award winning campaign for 10,000 Black Interns. He has also lectured on crisis communications at Harvard University and King's College, University of London.
In over 30 years in journalism and communications, I have been lucky enough to work with some excellent friends and colleagues whose expertise complements mine. They have agreed to join a network that allows The Nisse Consultancy to offer the most rounded possible consultancy.
Their experience and our long relationships mean that they can be called upon at short notice and need little time to “get up to speed”. All their work is guaranteed by The Nisse Consultancy – the buck stops here.
KATE HINTON: Sustainability and public awareness
Recently shortlisted for the PR Moment Awards, Kate Hinton has over 20 years of experience of communications. Starting out as a journalist she has spent the bulk of
her career in senior communication roles across a variety of sustainable and environmental organisations including the Environment Agency, Energy Saving Trust, Greenergy and London First. She has provided PR and Public Affairs support for a number of clients including: Zipcar, People Who Share, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, Green Energy, Association for the Conservation of Energy, Global Action Plan, Minus7, PassivSystems, Made by Many and the Education and Training Foundation.
Her key achievements range from: an award winning public awareness campaign, Breathe Easy, on air pollution which was supported by Lord Deben and David Coulthard; influencing Treasury to introduce one of the first tax incentives for cleaner fuels and technologies for cars (ultra-low sulphur diesel); working with manufacturers on other cleaner fuels by launching the UK’s first biodiesel blend; and leading the development of policy thinking on the greening of company car taxation. More recently she led a media campaign with IEMA to ensure the introduction of mandatory greenhouse gas reporting.
ALAN TWIGG: Consumer communications
An award-winning integrated communications specialist, Alan is an expert in positioning brands for consumer lifestyle relevance and growth. He has supported leading
brands ranging from Red Bull, Nintendo and UEFA Champions League to Peroni, ebay and Expedia. In particular he has expertise advising retail, food and hospitality, and franchised businesses including Spar, Waterstones, M&S, Dominos, Hamleys, Yo Sushi, Giraffe, The Real Greek and Mitchells & Butler.
JANE ACTON: Arts and cultural communications
fields of arts and culture – from corporate comms for the publishing industry to strategic counsel for international arts prizes and their sponsors. She has helped to launch prestigious museums and galleries, publicised exhibitions and managed high-profile anniversary campaigns and international news stories. Previous clients have included The Lowry in Salford, the Ian Fleming literary estate, Plymouth University and the Women’s Prize for Fiction.
Since launching as an independent consultant in October 2017, Jane has been working with a select portfolio of clients, including the British Academy, and handled the UK media campaign for Michael Wolff’s explosive book Fire & Fury.
Jane Acton is a London-based independent PR consultant with more than 25 years’ experience in cultural communications.Her expertise has been honed in the
JASON LEWIS: Corporate Investigations
Corporate investigations specialist Jason Lewis is a
former award-winning investigative reporter on the Sunday Telegraph and The Mail on Sunday.
He now runs International Insight which provide background support to clients involved in high profile disputes, litigation, asset tracing and pre-transactional
due diligence projects.
His clients include law firms, financial institutions, multinational corporations and wealthy individuals, offering them a bespoke approach drawing on 20 years
of journalist experience and know how coupled with
more than five years in international corporate intelligence industry.
He provides targeted research aimed at understanding
and solving the particular problems clients are faced with.
LIAM FITZPATRICK: Change & Employee Communications
Liam’s experience of change and transformational communications comes from working in-house and in consultancy.
He has worked in government, higher
education, NGOs, technology, civil engineering, food and hospitality, energy, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and transportation as well as telecoms. He works with leaders on their communications and believes strongly that managers and supervisors are the keys to successful transformation.
He is a skilled facilitator and tutor running programmes for communications professionals and coaching management teams. Liam is a member of the University of Florida’s Thought Leadership Circle for communications.
Liam has co-written three books on Employee Communications and Change and contributed to several more on PR. He’s also well known as a trainer and an advisor on the shape of PR and Communications teams. When he’s not working, he’s probably dreaming about cycling.
PAUL TAYLOR: Energy and community engagement
Corporate Affairs at London Electricity Group (EDF Energy), joining shortly before EDF’s acquisition of London Electricity from Entergy. During his time at LE Group, Paul led the PR and government relations that supported EDF’s business strategy in the UK.
Paul established Taylor Keogh Communications 2003, and has worked with project developers, energy suppliers, early stage sustainable technology companies, trade bodies and financial institutions. Paul is a member of the Energy Institute and a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Renewable & Sustainable Energy. His client work encompasses public affairs, media relations, financial communication through to stakeholder/local community relations and business marketing.
Paul Taylor has nearly 30 years PR and communications experience, both in-house and consultancy, mainly in the energy and utility sectors. He is a former Head of
CHRIS REED: Digital and social media
Specialising in social for the last few years, he has developed and implemented six-figure campaigns across owned, earned and paid-for comms for clients include LinkedIn, Sky, Virgin Media Business, Starwood Hotels (now Marriott), Eurostar and TfL.
He’s the author of several social media ‘best practice’ guides for one of the best-known social media monitoring firms, and regularly runs digital transformation programmes for organisations trying to dovetail their social, PR, and marketing and comms teams.
He’s also a reputation-management and crisis communications expert, working with a broad range
of customer-facing businesses including airports, international hotel chains and rail companies to provide training, support and crisis communications consultancy.
He now runs Restless Communications, speaks regularly at industry events and shouts a lot at Arsenal. He is @chris_reed on Twitter.
Chris has over 20 years’ communications experience spanning PR and social media, helping organisations amplify (or defend) their stories to targeted audiences worldwide.
English-speaking media and investors. The firm is active across a range of sectors supporting clients in involved in fund raising, M&A, activism, litigation, IPOs and pre-IPO situations with a global network spanning media, politics, and business.
Following a successful career in financial journalist, Andrew was a partner for over 15 years in Brunswick’s global financial institutions group. He graduated from Oxford University with an MA in French and Russian and is also fluent in Hebrew and German
Andrew Garfield set up Garfield Advisory in 2016 with a view to providing international businesses with insight on building and protecting their reputations with
ANDREW GARFIELD: International communications
ANDY BERRY: Financial and investor relations
Andy was until December 2015 Global Head of Communications for Global Banking and Markets at HSBC, following a three-year period as Regional Head of Communications
for EMEA, HSBC, leading a team of 120 communications staff across a region of 87,000 people.
Prior to HSBC, Andy spent 12 years in consulting, latterly as Head of the Financial Practice at Fishburn Hedges, where he led the accounts for financial services clients including Paragon, Moneybookers and Bank of America. He was a key member of the team advising HM Treasury, the FSA and Bank of England on communications on Northern Rock and Bradford & Bingley.
Before entering the world of communications, Andy had a 16-year career as an investment banker, advising corporates across a range of sectors on fundraisings, M&A and investor relations as a Director of the Equity Capital Markets businesses of BZW and CSFB.
JO DE KONING: North of England
Jo has almost 20 years’ experience working in consultancy and in-house for complex, multi-national organisations. She has led communications and responsible business teams for major consumer brands including
McDonald’s and Just Eat. Most recently she was director of corporate affairs for leading UK consumer legal services firm, Slater and Gordon.
At McDonald’s, Jo coordinated issues management and media engagement across 38 European markets, working closely with the US team in Chicago. She then became the first ever head of corporate comms at Just Eat, overseeing external and internal communications and building a team which won In-House Team of the Year at the CorpComms Awards in 2019. She went on to become Head of Responsible Business following Just Eat’s merger with Takeaway.com.
Jo started her career at London-based communications consultancy, Fishburn Hedges, where she advised clients across a range of sectors. She is now based in Manchester and works with clients in the UK and internationally.