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Lodestone Communications

Staff Profiles

  • Martha Dalton

    Co-founder & Managing Director

    Martha Dalton is a Co-founder and Managing Director of Lodestone. She works closely with senior leaders across a range of sectors to create successful communications strategies. A former Director of a City communications consultancy, Martha has worked on issues at the centre of national debate and advised clients in the UK, Ireland and USA.

    She has advised a number of political campaigns and co-founded the grassroots organisation RegistHERtoVote. Listed in PR Week’s 30 under 30 2016, she is a member of the IoD’s 99 Club for young entrepreneurs, an elected member of the PRCA’s PR Council and judge. Martha sits on the Prince’s Trust Built Environment Leadership Group.

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  • David Wild

    Co-founder & Chairman

    David Wild is a Co-founder and Chairman of Lodestone, advising on business and organisational strategy in the UK, USA and across Europe. With over 30 years’ experience in business and politics, David has worked with clients in the finance, defence, aerospace, energy, tech, planning, pharma, chemicals, health and food sectors.

    As part of this work, he advises a range of clients that has included QinetiQ, MBDA Missile Systems and KPMG. Prior to consultancy, David was a Board Member of Nirex, the organisation in charge of the UK’s radioactive waste strategy. Whilst in post he led delegations of politicians to Japan, the USA, Russia, China, France, Germany, Finland and Sweden to share experiences and learn from other programmes.

    He also works with leading global thinkers, academics and senior government officials on long term resilience. David has an extensive network in the media, industry and politics.

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  • Fran O' Leary

    Co-founder & Director, Client Services

    Fran O’Leary is a Co-founder and the Director responsible for Client Services. Her experience is founded on a career in broadcast, print and online media and she has advises clients across a broad range of sectors including energy. She has written for The Times, The Cambridge Evening News and websites, as well as making Bafta nominated programmes for ITV, Channel 4, five and other broadcasters. Fran is a member of the network of experts advising the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, part of the think tank Demos. Prior to becoming a Director at a communications consultancy, she worked in a policy and research related role within Government.

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  • Stuart Warriner


    Stuart Warriner advises Lodestone’s Political Risk unit, which provides investors with insight for their due diligence processes. A Corporate Finance specialist and former Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, he has led transactions with an aggregate value of over £2billion. Stuart has extensive M&A experience including transactions involving Private Equity. His international experience has involved working on cross border transactions encompassing North America, the Far East and Europe. Stuart is also a Senior Advisor to GCA Altium, the European business of GCA, a global investment bank. He is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant and has an MA in Economics from Queens College, Cambridge.

  • Andrew Gimson


    Andrew Gimson is an author, political journalist and an Associate at Lodestone. He writes for a wide range of newspapers and magazines, and as Contributing Editor to Conservative Home, specialises in interviewing Cabinet ministers and other leading politicians. His biography of the Foreign Secretary – Boris: the Adventures of Boris Johnson – was described by reviewers as “brilliant” and “an effervescent delight”, and was reissued in September 2016 in a new and fully updated edition. He is also the author of Gimson’s Kings and Queens: Brief Lives of the Monarchs since 1066. He started his career in the Conservative Research Department and has served as Deputy Editor of the Spectator, political columnist at the Independent on Sunday, and Berlin correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.

  • Sonia Sodha

    Associate (Education, Health and Third Sector)

    Sonia Sodha is Chief Leader Writer at the Observer and a freelance consultant for the voluntary sector. Sonia provides strategic advice to Lodestone’s education, health and third sector clients. She also makes documentaries on economic and social issues for Radio 4. She is a former head of public services and consumer rights policy at Which?, the Consumers’ Association, where she led their work on public services. Prior to this, she was a Senior Policy Adviser to Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, the Leader of the Opposition. She has also worked as Head of Policy and Strategy at the Dartington Social Research Unit and led programmes of work on public services, education, children and families at the think tanks Demos and the Institute for Public Policy Research. Sonia is a trustee of the Trust for London, City Year UK and Ambition School Leadership.

  • Max Wind-Cowie


    Max is currently on secondment at the National Infrastructure Commission.
    Before his secondment, Max Wind-Cowie provided senior counsel and strategic advice to executives and board members. A policy, research and public affairs specialist, Max advised organisations in a wide range of sectors. Alongside his role at Lodestone, Max worked at the independent think tank Respublica, where he was Deputy Director. He previously led the Progressive Conservative programme at the think-tank Demos where he authored research on a range of policy areas. Max is a regular contributor to the Telegraph, ConservativeHome, and the Huffington Post. He regularly appears on radio and TV programmes and speaks, on politics and policy, at conferences around the UK.

  • Harry Padfield

    Senior Account Director

    Harry is an experienced public affairs and government relations practitioner with expertise in the agriculture, higher education, defence and energy sectors. Through his work he has established an extensive network of Westminster contacts across both the Conservative and the Labour Party. Harry also helps co-ordinate work on the European Affiliate Network programme.

    Prior to joining Lodestone he worked for an agency that specialised in creative branding, and has also worked for Steen Associates, an international mergers and acquisitions firm that focuses on the aerospace sector.

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  • Casey Calista

    Account Director – Head of Tech & Digital

    Casey works with a number of clients handling reputation management, campaigns, and developing digital strategy. She also manages the provision of secretariat services for the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum APPG – now the largest and most active group of its kind. With a background in digital media, she brings her digital expertise to a range of clients and supporting the growth of Lodestone’s tech policy and digital advisory and training offer.

    Before joining Lodestone, Casey managed a digital start-up which brought together some of the UK’s most well-read political blogs. A US citizen, Casey also has a background in political fundraising and campaigning in the US and UK including a roll in the 2012 Obama re-election campaign.

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  • Alan Lockey



    Alan is a Lodestone Associate alongside his role as head of Demos’ Modern Economy Programme, leading on Demos’ economic research and future of work projects. Before joining Demos, Alan worked for the Labour MP Tristram Hunt and was the Labour Party’s senior adviser in education policy at the 2015 election, where he also helped draft the Labour Party’s zero based spending review. He has also worked for the Innovation Unit and the educational social enterprise, Future First.

  • Orla O'Callaghan

    Account Manager

    Orla joined Lodestone in August 2016. She works across press, PR, social and internal communications in a range of sectors including HE and food, alongside supporting clients on major infrastructure and built-environment planning projects. Prior to this, she was a Press Officer at Ireland’s largest motoring organisation in which she managed a series of high-profile issues and created innovative ways of capturing both public and governmental support. As a consultant, Orla worked alongside charities and international brands within the motoring, technology, and telecommunications industries. She holds an MA in Journalism and a BA in English Literature, and Spanish & Latin American Language and Literature.

  • Phil Riggins


    Phil Riggins is a branding specialist with more than 25 years’ experience helping understand and manage some of the world’s most well-known brands. Phil has created a variety of approaches to successful brand positioning, stakeholder engagement and reputation management. He has worked across sectors and around the world for organisations such as Airbus, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, BT, The Coca-Cola Company, Danone, Diageo, GE, G4S, Inditex, Itau, Kellogg’s, OPEC, Schroders, and the US Department of State.


  • Philippa Alway

    Account Manager

    Philippa has experience of organising high profile events and supports the provision of secretariat services for the Parliamentary Internet Communications and Technology Forum APPG. She also works across HE and energy clients, as well as built environment planning projects. Prior to joining Lodestone she worked on the Communications and Events team at the cross-party think tank Demos and gained experience in the housing, energy and education sectors at a Westminster based communications consultancy. She holds an MA in Political Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a first class honours degree in Politics from Oxford Brookes University, where she worked on the students’ union communications team.

  • Josie Betts

    Account Executive

    Josie joined Lodestone in September 2017 after completing her MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also holds a degree in Politics and Philosophy from The University of Sheffield, where she was actively involved with research and campaigning in the run up to the 2015 General Election. At Lodestone, Josie supports the team organising high profile events, assisting with research and advising on client communications strategy.

  • Ellie Hawken

    Head of Operations and Executive Assistant

    Ellie is Head of Operations and is Executive Assistant to the Directors of Lodestone. Ellie has a background in property and planning. She has a Masters in Town Planning and Urban Design and is a former marketing and project manager for the Ethical Property Foundation. She has lived and worked in Sweden and Australia where she worked for a range of international charities in operational and policy roles.

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  • Victoria Page


    Victoria is a multi-award winning brand strategy, communications and corporate reputation expert, who passionately believes in business as a force for good. Victoria has more than 15 years experience working with corporates, NGOs and government organisations to deliver exceptional brand communications strategies and responsible business counsel. She led Grayling’s Sustainability division for a decade and for 11 years has Chaired PRCA’s Green Room to broaden awareness and understanding of responsible business issues amongst communicators.  Most recently, Victoria advised Horizon on their brand strategy. Her past and current clients include Unilever, O2, John West, Meadow Foods, Costa, Hilton and Sky.

  • Neil Stockley


    Neil Stockley is a communications and policy strategist with more than thirty years’ experience in public affairs and politics, in the UK and New Zealand. He ensures that organisations achieve their business objectives by developing robust policy positions and turning complex research into compelling stories and accessible materials for external audiences. Over nearly two decades, Neil has built up significant expertise in energy, climate change and environment policy. He has provided public affairs and communications counsel to National Grid, offshore wind and waste-to-energy generators, solar operators, one of the “big six” energy companies, a challenger energy brand, a renewable energy merchant bank, distribution network operators and trade associations across the energy sector.

    In 2011-12, he worked for Arqiva, developing and implementing a political communications strategy to support the company’s smart meter activity. Neil has also worked with companies in the water and technology sectors and advised a public transport campaign on policy and strategy. He is an experienced speechwriter and editor of policy papers, submissions and publications. Neil is a former Policy Director for the Liberal Democrats and has twice chaired the party’s policy working groups on climate change. He was executive assistant to former New Zealand Prime Minister, David Lange.

  • Sietske de Groot


    Sietske de Groot is an EU regulatory expert and advocates the internationalisation and digitisation of businesses. Before setting up her own market access advice company, TradePeers Ltd, she lobbied the EU on Single Market legislation on behalf of the Federation of Small Businesses. She also worked on aviation issues in Brussels, and worked in policy roles in local government in the Netherlands and the UK. Sietske holds a double Master’s degree in Political Science and French, speaks several languages fluently and can code. She has lived in The Netherlands, France, Belgium and the UK, and worked with several partners in other countries, including the USA.

  • Carl Packman


    Carl Packman is a researcher and author with expertise in personal and alternative finance, and welfare policy. He has written two books on the rise of payday lending, both in the UK and globally, and has published a number of reports looking at poverty, the welfare state, and debt resilience.