Leadership


David Wild

Co-Founder & Chairman

David Wild

Co-Founder & Chairman

David advises on business and organisational strategy in the UK, USA and across Europe. With over 30 years’ experience, David has worked with clients in the finance, defence, aerospace, energy, tech, planning, pharma, chemicals, health and food sectors. 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. He led delegations of politicians to Japan, USA, Russia, China, France, Germany, Finland, and Sweden to share experiences and learn from other programmes. He 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.

Martha Dalton

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Martha Dalton

Co-Founder & Managing Director

A former Director of a City communications agency, and political strategist, Martha advises global clients on strategic communications, campaigns, public affairs and strategy. She has advised clients such as QinetiQ, Amazon and the infrastructure and higher education sectors on critical political issues, regulatory challenges and reputational management. She had led high profile campaigns for the Musician’s Union and the Bourbon Alliance. Listed in PR Week’s 30 under 30 2016, she is a Trustee of the Institute of the Future of Work and co-founded the grassroots organisation RegistHERtoVote. She has advised a number of political campaigns and headed up communications for Labour Party leadership candidates in 2015 and 2020.

Fran O'Leary

Co-Founder & Director, Client Services

Fran O'Leary

Co-Founder & Director, Client Services

Fran has over 10 years’ experience at board level advising clients on strategic communications and public affairs in the tech, sustainability, education and health sectors. She has written for the Times, the Cambridge Evening News and magazines and she has made Bafta nominated programmes for ITV, Channel 4 and other broadcasters. Prior to becoming a director of a communications consultancy, she worked in a policy related role within Government. Fran is a member of the PRCA Public Affairs Board Executive Committee and Co-Founded RegistHERtoVote, which encourages women to vote. She Co-Founded the Institute of AI, bringing together legislators from countries around the world to discuss policy, working in partnership with the Global AI Action Alliance and the World Economic Forum.

Stuart Warriner

Non Executive Director

Stuart Warriner

Non Executive Director

Stuart Warriner is a Non-Executive Director at Lodestone and 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.

Leon Flexman

Corporate Affairs Director

Leon Flexman

Corporate Affairs Director

Leon Flexman is a corporate affairs and communications professional with over 25 years’ experience in stakeholder relations, communications, and sustainability. Most recently he worked with the UKAEA on the programme to deliver a prototype fusion power station. He was a director of Hitachi-owned Horizon Nuclear Power where he helped create the company and led the corporate affairs activities supporting the delivery of new nuclear power stations in Wales and England. Prior to that he spent 7 years at RWE npower, a UK Utility with a diverse power generation, retail and trading portfolio and one the UK’s largest renewable energy firms. Leon began his career with international consultancy Hill & Knowlton, developing a specialism for infrastructure development, transport and energy.

Advisors


Andrew Gimson

Associate

Andrew Gimson

Associate

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, specialising 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.

Neil Lindsay

Associate

Neil Lindsay

Associate

Neil is a Lodestone Associate with over twenty years experience as a public affairs and communications consultant. He has advised large multinationals and small startups, national trade associations, charities and NGOs, in sectors including: healthcare and pharmaceuticals; transport, infrastructure and construction; professional services; energy and defence; telecoms and technology. Neil has also worked for a Conservative MP, a Cabinet Minister, and a Democrat Congressman in Washington DC, and for ten years sat on the board of the Tory Reform Group, the organisation representing moderate, One Nation Conservatism. A keen psephologist, Neil developed the Lodestone ‘barometer’ to help clients better understand what to expect from the 2015, 2017 and 2019 general elections.

Victoria Page

Associate

Victoria Page

Associate

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.

Phil Riggins

Associate

Phil Riggins

Associate

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.

Sietske de Groot

Associate

Sietske de Groot

Associate

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.

Alan Lockey

Associate

Alan Lockey

Associate

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.

Charles Haymen

Associate

Charles Haymen

Associate

Charles is a communications and reputation advisor, and an associate at Lodestone. He has 20 years experience in journalism, strategic communications, policy analysis, public affairs, thought-leadership and speechwriting – including a decade in Government media relations. He knows education, skills and R&D policy inside-out, has an extensive contact book and is trusted at CEO and Board-level across multiple sectors. Charles now focuses on the university sector working directly with senior leaders on everything from business planning, organisational change and regulatory compliance to brand positioning, profile building and crisis communications.

Claudia Wood

Associate

Claudia Wood

Associate

Claudia Wood is the former Director of Demos, the cross-party think tank and is now based in Northern Ireland. Her expertise encompasses research and evaluation, policy development and impact measurement in a range of social policy issues. Claudia has worked at both the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Resolution Foundation, and while at Demos worked closely with a number of trusts, grant makers, the European Union, local government, alongside large corporates like MasterCard. Claudia has led a variety of policy development work encompassing housing, health and social care reform, financial inclusion, disability, early years education and life chances. She advises across a wide range of policy issues relating to Northern Ireland, the UK and internationally.

Team


Harry Padfield

Associate Director

Harry Padfield

Associate Director

Harry is an Associate Director at Lodestone. He advises senior business leaders on political and media strategy with expertise in the energy, health, agriculture, and education sectors. His work has included advising some of Europe’s largest investment specialists in clean energy infrastructure and several NHS Trusts. Harry also helps co-ordinate Lodestone’s Health Advisory Unit to enable clients to become more resilient, as well as their European Affiliate Network programme. Through his work Harry has built up an extensive network of business, media and political contacts in the UK and internationally. Prior to joining Lodestone he worked for an agency that specialised in creative branding, and worked for Steen Associates, an international M&A firm that focuses on the aerospace sector.

Jo Dalton

Senior Account Director

Jo Dalton

Senior Account Director

Jo is a Senior Account Director specialising in public affairs and campaigns across the sustainability, higher education and tech sectors. Prior to Lodestone, Jo worked for Tom Watson MP on his successful Deputy Leadership campaign, General Elections and the Referendum, gaining strong networks across the Labour Party and trade unions. Jo account directs the secretariat for the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum and has been instrumental in the formation of the Data Poverty APPG. She advises clients on strategic and corporate communications, PR, brand strategy, events, internal and crisis comms. She was listed in the 2020 PR Week’s 30 under 30, Computer Weekly’s 2021 list of most influential women in tech and is an Ambassador for the Digital Poverty Alliance.

Harriet Kaye

Senior Account Manager

Harriet Kaye

Senior Account Manager

Harriet is a Senior Account Manager specialising in public affairs and campaigns across higher education, health, energy and other sectors. Harriet joined Lodestone after working for the Conservative Party on political campaigns garnering a strong network of Westminster contacts. Prior to this Harriet worked at the research, advisory and campaign company, CT Group, where she supported on a range of corporate and political clients. She has experience in digital strategy, reputation and crisis management. Since joining Lodestone, Harriet has widened her network in Westminster and manages accounts spanning the health, energy, food and music sector. She has experience in stakeholder mapping and engagement, strategy development, PR and Public Affairs.

Jack Bell

Account Manager

Jack Bell

Account Manager

Jack Bell is an Account Manager supporting clients on developing their media profile, creating impactful public affairs campaigns and advising on clients’ communications strategies. He currently advises organisations across the health, energy, farming, financial, higher education and mining sectors. While at Lodestone, Jack has also managed projects including the development of stakeholder perception audits for global e-commerce companies. Jack joined Lodestone after completing his MA in War Studies from King’s College London. He also holds a degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Cambridge.

Orlando Wind-Cowie

Account Manager

Orlando Wind-Cowie

Account Manager

Orlando Wind-Cowie is an Account Manager helping clients to develop integrated communications and public affairs strategies. He advises a variety of organisations across tech, energy, higher education, rural policy, health and international trade. As a key part of the secretariat team for the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum, Orlando oversees the Forum’s annual programme which delivers regular high-profile events in Parliament on key policy areas such as online safety, cyber security, digital skills and health tech. He has co-written speeches and articles for politicians and industry leaders on energy, infrastructure, and technology, and has a wide network within the media and across Whitehall and Westminster

Niamh McGurk

Senior Account Executive

Niamh McGurk

Senior Account Executive

Niamh is a Senior Account Executive working on a range of clients across the energy, health, higher education and tech sectors. She works across public affairs, stakeholder relations and events management for clients including PICTFOR, the University of Birmingham and Midlands Engine. Her previous experience includes providing public affairs support to leading charities, with a particular focus in the areas of climate and tech. Niamh is passionate about increasing accessibility to higher education and is a mentor for social enterprise I Have A Voice working to improve political literacy for disadvantaged young people.

Eric Robinson

Account Executive

Eric Robinson

Account Executive

Eric is an Account Executive at Lodestone working across a range of tech, sustainability, health and education clients. Support he provides includes the fields of social media strategy, political and media engagement, thought leadership and events management. Clients Eric supports include leading UK universities, NHS trusts, technology consultancies, and clean energy engineering and asset management firms. He provides support for the newly formed Data Poverty APPG, as well as the Digital Poverty Alliance on a pro bono basis. Prior to joining Lodestone, Eric interned at think tanks including the Henry Jackson Society and UCL’s Constitution Unit, as well as writing on international relations for The National. Eric has a double first in history from Cambridge University.

Laurie Sanderson

Account Executive

Laurie Sanderson

Account Executive

Laurie is an Account Executive who works with a variety of clients across the energy, health, tech and higher education sectors. He works across internal comms, PR, stakeholder relations, thought leadership, public affairs, social media strategy and digital. Laurie’s clients include one of Europe’s leading renewable energy developers and the continent’s foremost trade association for decentralised energy. Laurie works with universities that seek to address major societal issues, creating impactful content and campaigns, as well as engaging with key political stakeholders. As part of the secretariat for the PICTFOR All-Party Parliamentary Group, Laurie helps bring together Parliamentarians and key players in the technology sector to engage with the most pressing issues of today and tomorrow.

Oscar Tami

Account Executive

Oscar Tami

Account Executive

Oscar is an Account Executive at Lodestone working across a range of clients in sectors including energy, conservation, food, health, education and tech. Oscar’s time at Lodestone has included supporting on programmes of engagement with political stakeholders, helping to manage events and campaigns within parliament, and horizon scanning media opportunities for clients. Oscar currently works across public affairs, PR, stakeholder relations, and internal comms at Lodestone. Prior to joining Lodestone Oscar studied politics at the University of Liverpool. Throughout university, Oscar was politically active, supporting several MPs during national elections, Oscar was exposed to the operations of local elections and Senedd elections. Oscar’s engagement in political campaigns has been wide ranging, including involvement in surveys, canvassing and beyond.

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