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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 of Lodestone and the Director responsible for Client Services. She has over 8 years’ experience at board level advising clients in a wide range of sectors on strategy, public affairs, corporate communications, corporate change programmes and M&A. She started her career in the media and she has written for The Times, The Cambridge Evening News, the Fabian Review, Demos Quarterly and magazines. During her time in TV, she made Bafta nominated programmes for ITV, Channel 4, five and other broadcasters. Prior to becoming a Director of a city based communications consultancy, she worked in a policy and research related role within Government.

     Fran supported the Democrats 2012 election campaign and has advised on campaigns in the UK. Having conducted the UK’s largest poll of non-voters she then Co-Founded RegistHERtoVote, which encourages women to vote. She studied PPE at Oxford and is now part of the founding team setting up the global Institute for AI.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 and several NHS Trusts.

    Harry also helps co-ordinate Lodestone’s Health Advisory Unit to enable clients in the health sector 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 has also worked for Steen Associates, an international mergers and acquisitions firm that focuses on the aerospace sector.

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  • Neil Lindsay


    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


    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.

  • 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. Jo joined Lodestone after five years as Political Secretary to Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, where she acted as an adviser and gate-keeper. She managed relationships with the Parliamentary Labour Party, Labour HQ, local government and across the DCMS brief, coordinating the Shadow DCMS team and stakeholders. Jo worked on Tom Watson’s successful Deputy Leadership campaign and played a key role in the 2015 and 2017 General Elections and 2016 EU referendum campaign, gaining extensive networks across the Labour Party.

    Since joining Lodestone, Jo has led successful public affairs campaigns for Good Things Foundation, the Musicians Union and a number of higher education and sustainability accounts including the University of Hull, University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham Hydrogen Innovation Zone and the Energy Research Accelerator, which is made up of nine universities in the Midlands. She also has experience in strategic communications, PR, corporate comms, crisis comms, internal comms, brand strategy and social media, supporting clients such as Midlands Engine, Bute Energy and Accenture.

    Jo has established a strong network within Parliament, the APPG networks and amongst the tech sector. She 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 has extensive events experience both in Parliament and externally, was listed in PR Week’s 30 under 30 in 2020 and has been included in Computer Weekly’s 2021 list of most influential women in tech, as well as recently joining the Digital Policy Alliance as an Ambassador.

  • Leon Flexman


    Leon Flexman is a corporate affairs and communications professional with over 25 years’ experience in stakeholder relations, communications, and corporate sustainability. Most recently he was a director of Horizon Nuclear Power where he led the corporate affairs activities in support of the mission to deliver new nuclear power stations in Wales and England.  Prior to that he worked for RWE npower, a UK Utility with power generation including a major renewable energy portfolio, trading and supply businesses .  In his early career Leon spent 7 years in international public relations consultancy Hill & Knowlton.  He has a BA in English Language and Literature and a post-graduate diploma in public and media relations from the Centre for Journalism Studies in Cardiff, Wales.

  • 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.


  • Claudia Wood


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Charles Heymann


    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.

  • 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 numerous 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 management and crisis management, utilised over two Conservative mayoral elections and the 2019 general election at Conservative Campaign Headquarters.

    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 is an Account Manager at Lodestone, 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

    Senior Account Executive

    Orlando Wind-Cowie is an Account Manager at Lodestone who helps 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.

    Orlando graduated from York St. John University with an Applied Theatre degree. Whilst conducting his studies he worked with charities engaged with social inclusion, mental health service provision, youth engagement and issues of homelessness.

  • 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.

    Previously, Laurie studied Ancient and Modern History at the University of Oxford, before moving to the Netherlands to study for an MA in Colonial and Global History at the University of Leiden.