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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

    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, 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

    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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  • Alan Lockey

    Associate

    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.

  • Jo Dalton

    Account Manager

    Jo Dalton is an Account Manager, specialising in public affairs and campaigns. 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, Labour councillors 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. 

  • 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.

     

  • 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.

  • Neil Stockley

    Associate

    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.

  • Ed Barker

    Associate

    Ed is a Lodestone Associate and as an experienced and well-connected political adviser and campaigns consultant, he specialises in media relations.

    He has managed various senior MPs’ Westminster offices, placed many agenda-setting national stories and has written articles for several of today’s cabinet ministers. Ed played key roles in both the Esther McVey and Boris Johnson Conservative leadership campaigns and continues to handle media relations for the campaign group, Blue Collar Conservatism.

    Ed also set up and implemented John Penrose MP’s successful energy price cap campaign in 2017.

    In a previous life, Ed was George Michael’s saxophone soloist on his final live tour.

  • 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.

  • Charles Heymann

    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.

  • Isabelle Coombes

    Senior Account Executive

    Isabelle is a Senior Account Executive who works across PR and comms, digital strategy, public affairs, REF impact and events. She works with clients in tech, financial services, higher education, energy, infrastructure, third sector and trade associations. She supports our clients implement integrated public affairs, communications and social media strategy alongside events organisation.  Organising high-profile events, she has run parliamentary launches with meaningful cross-party and cross-house engagement. With expertise in social media and content creation, she has helped develop social media strategy for high profile political figures and national campaigns. Isabelle has a background in photography which she draws on for visual content capture and social media creation. She also holds a LLB in Law from the University of Sussex.

  • Jack Bell

    Account Executive

    Jack Bell is an Account Executive and supports clients with high profile events, research and analysis and advising on client communications strategy. He currently works across energy, higher education, third sector and financial services. At Lodestone, Jack works with one of the UK’s largest university accommodation providers, a billion dollar asset manager and the UK’s largest innovation foundation. He 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, where he was actively involved with leading his college’s Politics Society that includes debates with Rt Hon Ken Clarke MP.

  • Alexis King

    Account Executive

    Alexis King is an Account Executive and supports clients with research and monitoring, government relations, external communications and delivering high profile events. He currently works on clients in the energy, heath, higher education and third sectors. As part of his role, he supports one of the world’s largest clean energy investment companies as well as undertaking bespoke research projects. Prior to joining Lodestone, Alexis worked in the UK, France and Bolivia. He has experience in political campaigning, teaching and journalism, and has spent time volunteering for an international charity. He is fluent in French and holds a BA in International Relations and French from the University of Exeter.

  • Orlando Wind-Cowie

    Account Executive

    Orlando Wind-Cowie is an Account Executive and helps clients develop integrated communications strategies, campaigns, conducts client specific research and organises high profile events. He works across a variety of clients in tech, energy, higher education, rural policy and emerging brand research. As part of the secretariat team for the Parliamentary Internet, Communications and Technology Forum, he organises at least one event in Parliament each month on leading policy topics. Prior to Lodestone, Orlando managed restaurants, street food brands and freelance events teams across the country. He 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.