From strategists to coaches, copywriters and designers, our team combines diverse skillsets. Our collaborative culture ensures every project benefits from multiple perspectives, sector specialists and broad expertise.
I founded the business.
I am fascinated by the art and science behind what we are doing to get effective responses to the work we do. I’m as ambitious for our future as I was when we set sail on 11th March 2002.
I spend two-thirds of my time supporting clients to refine narratives and ensure they are verbalised as effectively as possible. This means constructively speaking truth to power on a daily basis. The other third is spent obsessing about our own organisational development, striving to develop an environment where careers can blossom.
I lead Bladonmore’s coaching business.
It’s a simple thing: I help people communicate better. Everyone can make the telling of their story more engaging, more compelling, more effective. Our consultancy practice is based on doing fundamental things – listening, understanding, advising – extraordinarily well. When we do that, our clients really connect with those that matter to them.
Every day, we work to merit the trust placed in us by the most senior people in world-leading organisations. I find that challenge exhilarating. People ask me if I miss journalism. I don’t. I am privileged to be asked to consider client issues in high definition and wide screen, and find yet further clarity.
Good advisors are like mountain guides. They minimise risk; they encourage; and find the best path while being aware of many perils.
I manage Bladonmore’s communications projects
I bring insight, advice and focused execution to help organisations communicate more effectively with their key audiences. I oversee services for our clients that range from messaging projects and investor communications programmes, to fundraising initiatives for financial institutions and professional services firms.
I guide our narrative projects through from consultancy to content production.
I’ve spent most of my career telling stories, and – whether the purpose was hitting ratings targets, increasing sales, engaging stakeholders, or driving internal change - I’ve seen time and again how a well-crafted narrative can make a profound difference to the outcome.
I consider it a huge privilege to have the trust of our clients; to learn how their businesses work, the challenges they face, and what they’re trying to achieve. Good communication is essential to the success of their strategies, and I love being in a position where I can add value. There’s usually both art and science in making things engaging and relevant to the audience.
The processes of helping people communicate better — be it on TV, in writing, or in person - is one I’ve always enjoyed. When you help someone improve, it can be as gratifying for you as it is for them.
I deliver crisis communications, media and presentation coaching sessions.
I challenge clients to be better story tellers. Often that means asking tough questions: does this content express what you want to say? Is this message too risky to be delivered publicly?
At other times, I help people overcome nervousness about talking to journalists or presenting to large audiences. In these situations, my job is to build confidence by identifying what is going well and using that as a basis for improvement.
I love my job because every day I am grappling with complicated and fascinating issues. Sometimes I am helping medical professionals at the front line of primary care, at others it is working with decision makers in the City to talk about Brexit. These are the kind of conversations I would have killed to hear when I was a journalist, and I know I am privileged to be in the room.
I lead Bladonmore’s presentation coaching team.
I have spent my entire career in communications, but in very different ways. I began as a speech therapist and while I know longer practice, it gave me a fascination in how we process language and respond to it. This fascination has been reawakened in recent years as advances in technology have revised our understanding of these areas. We know how to craft information which will be impactful and memorable, and why some types of language are more effective in communication than others. And we use this information to influence the way we coach our clients to be more effective communicators.
As well as a great team at Bladonmore we are privileged to have some great clients. Whether working with CEOs from FTSE 100 companies, the leaders of the world’s largest banks or some of the most exciting private equity firms in the sector, every day is a rewarding challenge.
I produce, write and direct films for Bladonmore clients which bring their business stories to life.
Helping our clients — particularly those who invest in businesses and wish to tell the story of how value is being added — is core to what we do. With nearly three decades as a professional film maker, I bring proven and award-winning experience to the telling of these stories to meet client objectives. This has led to a privileged career working in more than twenty countries. I never lose my enthusiasm for spending time with clients in the heart of their operations, with a mandate to showcase their talent and to bring their factories, offices, plants and stores to the screen.
In recent years we have developed a particularly strong niche in creating films and campaigns for investors. It is hugely satisfying to take a written document such as an investment due diligence report and think about how that can be brought alive as a film: to unpick the numbers and build a narrative to serve the agenda for our clients at the times that matter most for them.
I deliver technical solutions that enable clients to achieve their communications goals.
With over fifteen years’ experience working on digital projects, I help clients to find more effective and creative ways to express themselves. My remit covers any and everything that can be communicated online; I leverage a team of creatives, coders and filmmakers to deliver hard-working solutions that help clients build audience engagement across their own and third party digital channels.
It’s about more than over-the-counter outputs. When clients come to us seeking our skills and technical expertise, we work with them to devise, develop and deliver a tailored communications strategy. Sometimes that results in a website, other times it warrants an app, a microsite — or a targeted email campaign.
In my time at Bladonmore I’ve maintained long-lasting relationships with clients who return to us again and again, knowing we understand the real challenges they face. Maintaining an eye on the outcome a client is hoping to achieve, I focus on innovative and impactful solutions that can be sustained.
I drive the development of our coaching business, ensuring we continue to solve our clients’ communications challenges.
I engage with new and existing clients at all levels to pitch and develop sessions that meet their aims and deliver real value for their businesses. In my experience working with some of the world’s leading technology firms – in the US, Ireland and the UK – I have learnt the value of maintaining deepening relationships across a diverse client base.
I attribute my interest in the ways people – and businesses – communicate to my academic background in Human Geography. The understanding I gained through that study informs the way I coach leaders and executives to be better communicators today. I’m passionate about helping others successfully navigate complex or challenging issues and have worked with leaders across industries while doing so. Helping someone articulate their story, be they start-up founder or corporate leader, is truly an honour and a privilege.
My ability to quickly connect and build rapport with people helps me to do this effectively. I leverage positivity, pragmatism and a motivational style that boosts the confidence of clients and colleagues alike, while helping them achieve their goals and maximise their impact.
I lead Bladonmore’s creative team.
I am a senior strategic creative. I love to collaborate with writers, strategists and consultants to bring creativity and innovative thinking to a range of projects. I help clients solve big-business problems and generate change through better visual communication.
I’m driven by simple ideas that are beautifully executed, that work extremely hard, and live across many channels. My role at Bladonmore is to marry high-level strategic thinking and consultancy with outstanding creative solutions.
I help clients visualise their message and bring their ideas to life.
A priority for me, and for our clients, is striking a balance between crafting visuals that are both visually stimulating and that achieve everything they are trying to communicate. It’s vital I understand a client’s message in order to create artwork that hits the mark.
I’m passionate, but I’m not precious about my designs. Whether a brief calls for something simple or complex, and no matter who the audience is, I’m willing to explore a wide range of ideas in order to get it right. I pride myself on being flexible and open-minded, and work closely with clients and members of the team to develop ideas that really work.
I deliver the words and verbal concepts for clients to articulate their stories in print and online.
Content is the ultimate differentiator. Any business, anywhere in the world, can copy everything about another, except for one thing: how it communicates. I work with our clients to define what makes them distinct, credible and relevant, and use this to create a clear and compelling narrative that repositions their business or strengthens their existing brand.
My background in digital and SEO has made me especially strategic in how I go about crafting content. I use research tools to help me plan content both on- and off-line, and metrics to understand how my copy is performing. This enables me to design and optimise content that helps clients tell the stories they want to tell in a way their audiences want to hear.
Ultimately, I hope the words I craft delight our clients, but don’t surprise them. My aim is to capture the essence of their business and distil it into copy that is enriched, but still feels familiar.
I develop artwork across a range of narrative and messaging projects.
I execute ideas to exacting standards, creating artwork that is on-brand while continuing to push creativity forward. I take the time to understand a client, and understand their message, to allow me to capture the story they are trying to tell.
I blend copy and creative elements as seamlessly as possible. I focus on aspects such as typography, layout and presentation to create visuals that are interesting, engaging and ultimately very readable. I’m also passionate about using strong, impactful imagery — when it comes to art-working, I like to let the pictures do the talking.
I have creative and technical responsibility for delivering projects from camera to client with maximum efficiency.
Whether I’m guiding a project from brief through production, or contributing to post-production edits, I’m truly committed to delivering a final product that is polished and refined. While coordinating our team, I pride myself on communicating clearly and regularly with clients and colleagues to manage expectations all round. And I’m not afraid of trying something different or unusual to achieve the best possible outcome of any client brief.
I believe film is a truly excellent medium for putting forward narratives, stories and communicating key messages. It can stand alone or in support of other content as part of an integrated marketing strategy, as part of a specific campaign or to bolster an overall brand. It’s a fast and effective medium for engaging vast audiences and, done effectively, can generate a powerful response.
I manage relationships and briefs, budgets and strategic planning for Bladonmore’s coaching projects.
For me — it is always about effective interactions, be it with clients, suppliers or colleagues.
Forging strong and lasting relationships, and having a real understanding of the challenges those people face – gives the best possible platform for achieving results that can exceed expectations and that helping our clients stand out from their competitors.
We strongly believe in our goal of delivering excellence in all that we do. Part of getting there is about using my EQ and experience to challenge briefs and how we approach things. Getting this right and still having a successful outcome is the tricky but satisfying part.
I co-ordinate Bladonmore’s narrative projects, including branding, design and communications.
I make sure projects are meticulously planned, run smoothly, and are delivered on time and within budget. I thrive on the challenge of managing complex projects — working around unforeseen events and last-minute changes.
I enjoy getting to know our clients well too so I can predict what will work best for them in any given scenario. I tend to get to know their businesses as well as they do, and become as passionate about their projects as they are. I love seeing the impact of our work.
I oversee budgets, deadlines and outputs for our clients’ narrative and editorial projects.
I help clients eek out the finer details of their objectives and establish exactly what it is they’re looking for. With first-hand experience as an in-house comms manager, I can empathise with clients and anticipate their needs.
I relish a challenge, and I always look forward to trying something I’ve never done before. As I approach each new project, I draw on the experience and insight I gained on the last so that I can help our clients communicate ever-better.
I co-ordinate and plan Bladonmore’s coaching projects, managing relationships, budgets and briefs.
Bladonmore’s coaching department is a fast-paced, complex and exciting environment. I ensure that we achieve the outcomes and level of excellence that we and our clients expect by meticulously planning and orchestrating a range of strategic and operational projects.
Building strong, lasting and open relationships — whether this is with clients, suppliers or colleagues — is key to how we operate and I love developing a deep understanding of our clients and their worlds; not only is this fascinating in itself, but it is how we develop the strategies that help them to craft and then tell their stories.
I feel enormously privileged to have the trust of our clients, and it is an honour to have them come back to us time and again — it’s a sign we ‘get’ them; that we truly understand the challenges and opportunities they face. Seeing how people engage with our work and how we make a real difference to how they communicate; that is what is incredibly rewarding.
I manage film projects from brief to delivery, within budget and to the highest standards.
With a deep knowledge of digital media, I bring diverse yet specific insights help clients solve their communications challenges.
I closely manage every aspect of the process to ensure that the best and most appropriate talent is applied to every project we deliver. I do all this while making sure our projects run smoothly and on time — and exceeding our clients’ expectations.
I thrive on strong relationships, and forge close connections with my clients as we work towards shared aims. It doesn’t matter if I’m talking to a client, a colleague or a supplier; I bring my whole, smiling self to the table. I am invested in helping my clients achieve success.
I manage the logistics of our coaching calendar.
I work closely with our coaches to understand how best to support the delivery of our presentation coaching and media training sessions. I’m a fiend for organisation tools, and pull together all the components to make everything run smoothly and productively. Working with the team is second nature — I ‘get’ them, and they ‘get’ me.
I think quick on my feet, and don’t allow myself to be knocked down by a challenge. My experience working in Hong Kong means I understand how best to coordinate projects for an international and internationally-mobile workforce. It gave me a great foundation for meeting the challenges of delivering coaching sessions in different locations around the world.
I really enjoy the interactions I get to have with other people on a daily basis, whether vendors, coaches or clients. I love hearing the stories of the individuals and businesses that come to us — there’s so much diversity.
I work across our film productions, assisting with the post-production process to ensure that projects are delivered to brief and schedule.
While I spend some time coordinating or otherwise assisting with film shoots, my role is mostly to oversee post-production and the editing process. When I’m not directly assisting with project deliverables, I’m like our in-house librarian, archiving footage and maintaining resource libraries.
I’m attentive to even the finest details. That’s true whether I’m drawing on my background in music tech to tune and clean up productions, or ensuring schedules and processes are properly followed. Big or small, I make sure projects run smoothly from start to finish, and that we deliver quality every time.
Personally, I think film is an extraordinary tool. Combining both visual and audio modes of communication, it really is the complete package. And there’s something extremely honest about it — we help clients appeal directly to their audiences from within their own environments, where they perform at ease. Film is a quick, proficient and effective way to achieve multiple aims, exactly and however you intend.
I make sure we hire, retain and develop the very best talent at Bladonmore.
I do everything I can to ensure our people are mentored, developed and looked after throughout their time here.
Bladonmore people are exceptional – hugely skilled and interesting to be around. They’re incredibly smart but there’s little in the way of egos. And there’s a lot of knowledge sharing: I see people join, and quickly improve even further in what they do.
What I enjoy is helping people who are already at the top of their game become even better. It’s what we do for our clients and it’s how we work internally too. There’s a rigour here that everyone benefits from. We question and stretch ourselves - which is crucial to developing what we do and excelling in that.
I oversee financial and management accounts across the group
I guide client teams in managing their projects, and in turn maintain good cash flows within the business.
I have a number of years’ experience in reporting and presenting financial data to both senior management and non-finance personnel, as well as handling all of the statutory requirements. I have the benefit of a strong Finance team at Bladonmore, that have excellent attention to detail and are highly organised in their approach.
I assist with the day-to-day running of the Group’s finance department and oversee, maintain and enhance our management reporting systems.
Just as our consultants are responsible for drawing out the stories behind our clients’ businesses, I analyse, compare and review our own information to support our directors in managing ours. Ask me a question — any question — about our clients and projects and I am sure I can help.
Many people make the mistake of thinking that the accounts team is just about the numbers, but I see us more as the central cog that keeps everything turning smoothly. I pride myself on making sure I get all the information in a timely manner to make sure our team and our clients get everything they need.
I help the client team with all their monthly reporting, reconciling and balancing the numbers.
I play an integral role in the financial and logistical components of content and coaching projects. Providing this support across the business helps us deliver excellence in all that we do, which better enables us to support our clients.
It takes exceptional communication, organisation and determination to gather, produce and deliver all the information that we and our clients need. That’s why I pride myself on my attention to detail. I’m interested in developing every aspect of my role, and I’m always eager to immerse myself further in what we do at Bladonmore.
I ensure the office is well equipped to keep things running smoothly.
I understand how important it is for our team to have an infrastructure and resources they can rely on. I’m the one they turn to if a machine, system or process is having an off day. I can solve a kaleidoscope of problems, and I’ll drop everything to get things fixed.
In over six years at Bladonmore I’ve seen it all, but I’m not sure I’ve ever lost my temper! I stay calm under pressure and find a quick solution, which makes me a great person to have on the team.
I welcome clients to our offices and direct their enquires over the phone.
I love the social aspect of my role, I develop my relationships with visitors that go beyond small talk — after all, everything we do is about communication. My goal is to ensure every client feels valued and respected each time they come to us, and I do this by engaging with people as individuals. I always try to exceed peoples’ expectations, whether their requirements are simple or complex.
My aim is to not only create a welcoming environment but to always be two steps ahead, whether I’m managing things front of house or organising hospitality services for coaching sessions and meetings. I anticipate what our coaches need for them to run their sessions to the highest standard, and how I can assist clients so they get the most out of their visits with us.
I edit and write content for Bladonmore’s clients, including magazines, thought leadership, white papers and speeches.
Information is more accessible than ever before yet insightful content can often seem frustratingly elusive. My aim is to help clients stand out from their peers through the creation of well-written, thought-provoking content, which both reflects and reinforces their core messages and beliefs.
Getting it right is more than just clever word-smithing. It involves really listening to what clients want. It involves understanding their business and the environment in which they work. And it involves a determination to deliver the best.
I improve the performance of those who take part in our media and presentation coaching sessions.
For more than twelve years I have been helping Bladonmore clients think visually and deliver convincing messages on-camera, drawing on my experience as a filmmaker and touring musician with a number of high-profile bands.
Having played in front of audiences of more than 5,000, I have practical — and hard-won — experience of how to present the best version of yourself when the stakes are high.
I develop, write and direct outstanding film and video.
I started my career as a TV runner, and soon found myself being sent around the globe in search of the perfect shot. I’ve starred down the barrel of an AK47 making films for De Beers in Africa & India, and was arrested in Kazakhstan while promoting opportunities in their country with PwC. Most recently I escaped a kidnap situation in Nigeria working on a CSR series on behalf of Microsoft.
With a background that includes directing at a commercials production company for ten years, I focus on telling compelling short stories for well-known brands using documentary, drama or humour — and sometimes all three!
I coach senior executives for media, public speaking and investor engagements.
As a strategic communications consultant with more than twenty years’ experience, I help organisations to define, then deliver their messages effectively to multiple stakeholders, including media, regulators, investors and policymakers, as well as employees.
My career has involved working across many sectors, although the majority has been in financial services. I operate at the most senior levels to devise and execute strategic communications plans including media relations, crisis and issues management, reputation management, investor relations, public affairs and internal communications. I am a highly experienced and effective coach and trainer, helping senior executives to gain maximum impact with multiple audiences.
I coach Bladonmore clients to talk to the media, specialising in broadcast scenarios
Whether a world leader preparing for G20 or a volunteer for a charity, my priority is helping clients get their message across effectively. I bring insight both as a journalist and media trainer to prepare clients for a range of environments, from public meetings, select committees to a live TV studio audience.
My practical experience ensures that delegates gain a real and relevant insight into the media experience and how they can use that insight to achieve the best possible outcome. I’ve trained some of Bladonmore’s leading clients, including Airbus, and it’s a pleasure to regularly be asked for my presence across varied needs, including presentation and media skills.
I advise and coach clients on strategic and financial communications, leading on sustainability and public affairs.
Sustainability should not be treated as a halo or shield, but as another aspect of a well-run, forward looking business. I help clients integrate the communication of environmental, social and governance factors, and regulatory issues into larger stories about their overall business strategy and performance.
One of the most satisfying things I do is show companies and their leaders how to communicate their positive contribution to society. This is not simply about reeling off a list of credentials, but showing how their core products and services make the world a better place, whether that’s improving mobility, building homes and infrastructure, or financing the growth of businesses large and small.
I create content for the businesses and brands Bladonmore supports.
I believe that the best way to grow influence, enhance credibility and maximise impact is to tell authentic stories. Stories with purpose and meaning that transform individual profiles and create brand identities that are free of jargon and predictability.
By utilising journalistic skills and sensibilities, I help to uncover stories and tell narratives that provide businesses and executives with that extra edge, that get people to sit up and take notice.