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Our team is drawn from diverse professional backgrounds. Our consultants are former journalists, fund managers, stockbrokers and lawyers. They have worked in parliament and lectured as academics. Delivering value to our clients depends not only on a thoughtful and creative approach to communications but on the application of experience and judgement.

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Jos Simson
Chief Executive Officer
Jos joined Tavistock in 2010 and became Chief Executive Officer earlier this year. Jos is a senior adviser to Tavistock clients and has extensive experience advising both private individuals and listed businesses across a broad range of campaigns.

In the listed arena he has advised Boards and companies across all manner of communication challenges including complex M&A activity, equity and debt financings, IPOs and reputation management issues.

Jos attended Birmingham University and the University of Aix-Marseille where he graduated with a degree in French studies.

 

Charles Vivian
Director
Charles Vivian started his communications career at Citigate Dewe Rogerson in 1997 before co-founding Pelham Public Relations in 2004. During that time he created a successful mining practice at the agency as well as growing the business into one of the fastest growing financial and corporate communications businesses in the UK; until 60% of the agency was sold to Bell Pottinger in 2011.

He then continued to work with the financial and corporate business at Pelham Bell Pottinger, before being promoted to Managing Director of the Geopolitical division that focussed on international strategic communications and advised individuals, corporates, ministries, and governments, with a main focus on Africa.

Charles decided to leave Bell Pottinger in 2016 and then joined Tavistock in September 2017.

Simon Hudson
Director
Simon’s focus is on the energy and cleantech sectors. After beginning his career in investment markets in fund management and then in equity sales in London and Hong Kong, he moved into financial PR and was a co-founder of agency Hudson Sandler

He subsequently founded investor relations consultancy City Insights which was acquired by Tavistock in 2003. He spent three years working in-house with two FTSE 250 companies as head of IR and corporate communications.

He is a member of the Investor Relations Society and has a degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

James Whitmore
Director
A Classics graduate from Durham University, James joined Tavistock in January 2013 to work in the real estate team. His knowledge of real estate was honed during 24 years as a property journalist

James was latterly the executive editor of Property Week. He won many awards for his writing including the PPA’s Business Writer of the Year in 2007, one of the top prizes for business magazine journalists. He was later named the International Building Press’s Business/Financial Journalist of the Year and LSL Property’s Property Business Journalist of the Year.

James Collins
Consultant
James has been with Tavistock since 2011, specialising in investor relations and corporate communications. He advises clients on investor relations strategy, primary and secondary equity raisings, corporate positioning, M&A, crisis and financial calendar work.

Before joining Tavistock, James was Head of Investor Relations and Communications at a global London listed company. Prior to that, James was an Investor Relations executive for a large Investor Relations agency based in London.

He has a marketing degree and is a member of the Investor Relations Society.

Tony has been a senior member of the Tavistock Investor Relations team since he joined in 2003. He has served a variety of clients in various sectors including banking, beverages, health care, pharmaceuticals, property and oil services.

Prior to moving into Investor Relations in 1998, Tony worked as an investment analyst for stockbrokers Carr Kitkat & Aitken and Greig Middleton through the 1990s, covering all consumer and leisure stocks. This followed an early career in academia, working in a Business Faculty of the University of East London. He is an author of a textbook on Economics and has published journal articles on economic matters and, in a specialist area, the methodology and accuracy of investment analysts’ equity forecasting. 

Tony has degrees in Economics from the LSE, an MA from the University of Leicester and an MBA in Finance from the City University Business School. He has an accounting qualification and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (FCSI).

 

Axel Tan
Chief Operating Officer
As Tavistock’s Chief Operating Officer, Axel is primarily responsible for the non-client facing side of the business.

He has wide-ranging commercial expertise which is usually deployed behind the scenes in our financial, business development and corporate activities; he counts the successful acquisition of Conduit PR in 2010 among his proudest achievements.

Axel remains a director of City Insights, which he and his colleagues sold to Tavistock in 2003. Prior to that, his career included roles in accountancy, investment banking, financial analysis and strategic planning.

Axel is a graduate of Imperial College London. Outside work, his interests include adrenaline sports and travelling.

Barney Hayward
Consultant
Barney joined Tavistock’s natural resources team in 2014. Since joining he has been advising mining and oil and gas AIM-listed companies on their financial and corporate communications.

Prior to Tavistock, Barney completed an internship in the IR department at a top FTSE 250 oil and gas company. He has an Honours degree in Business Management from the University of Gloucestershire.

 

Sandi Major
Bookkeeper
Sandi joined Tavistock’s accounting team in 2009 from a Company in the advertising industry. As Bookkeeper, she is responsible for the day to day administration of Tavistock’s accounting function.
 
Edward Lee
Consultant
Edward joined Tavistock in 2016 and works across the financial and corporate communications practice advising clients in the natural resources and financial services sectors.

Prior to Tavistock Edward worked at a leading corporate public relations firm where he advised financial and professional services clients in the UK, Europe and emerging markets.
Edward graduated with a degree in History from University College, Oxford.

Jeremy Carey
Chairman
Jeremy Carey, Chairman of Tavistock Communications, has over thirty five years’ experience in the public relations industry. He formed Tavistock in collaboration with a number of colleagues in 1991, prior to which he was a founder director and subsequently Chief Executive of City and Commercial Communications, then one of the top financial and corporate consultancies in the UK.

Jeremy’s experience spans both corporate and financial communications working with both public and private sector organisations across the full range of public relations issues including reputation management, flotations, mergers and acquisitions and crises.

Lulu Bridges
Director
Lulu is a founding Director of Tavistock, with over 25 years’ experience in financial and corporate communications and investor relations. She specialises in the telecoms, technology and media sectors incorporating companies both large and small.

Her extensive experience includes a long-standing relationship with Vodafone, which she has advised for over 20 years. Lulu’s clients include KCOM, Torotrak and Stanley Gibbons and Virgin Media prior to its merger with Liberty Global.

After graduating from Exeter University with an Honours degree in Economic and Social Statistics, Lulu began her career with Binder Hamlyn as a trainee accountant before joining WI Carr as a Small Companies analyst.

David Cracknell
Associate Director
David was one of the longest serving political editors of The Sunday Times (2001-2008) and has since advised world leaders and businesses around the world as a consultant. These have included Rolls-Royce, Tata Steel, Lloyds Bank, De Beers and Northern Rock.

He has 20 years' experience working closely with key figures in Westminster and Whitehall, including the Treasury and No.10, and has helped major corporate clients with their communications and lobbying campaigns.

Mark Foxwell
Director
Mark previously spent two years as a director at Cubitt Consulting working mainly in financial services, running global accounts, and worked as an account director at integrated communications agency Teamspirit, part of Chime PLC.

He is also an award-winning journalist, with 12 years' experience working for titles including the Financial Times and The Mail on Sunday, and is a qualified investment advisor having obtained a diploma from the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.

Andrew Dunn
Consultant
As an Account Director at Tavistock, Andrew advises growing companies on all aspects of quoted company life from managing the financial calendar and reporting to transactions such as IPOs, and crisis communications.

He joined Tavistock in 2007 and has a particular focus on the technology, media and telecoms sectors.  Previously he has worked with at the Ministry Defence as well as other financial PR and IR agencies and PR and IR training companies.  Andrew’s clients have included Vodafone Group and Vodafone UK, as well as Park Group, NWF Group, Advanced Medical Solutions, Kromek Group and IBEX Global Solutions.  Andrew has a Degree in Physics with Astrophysics from the University of York.

Emily Fenton
Director
Emily is a Director and mining and metals specialist within Tavistock’s natural resources practice. She advises AIM, ASX, FTSE, JSE, NSX, TSX listed and private companies providing strategic communications advice.

She has extensive experience in IPOs, M&A activity (having advised on plus £1bn of transactions), crisis management as well as financial calendar work.

Emily joined Tavistock in January 2011, prior to this she spent three years at a top five AIM and leading natural resources PR agency based in the City of London. Her clients have included Base Resources Ltd, Cape Lambert, Discovery Metals Ltd, Firestone Diamonds plc, Gemfields plc and Kentz Corporation Ltd.

Emily has also gained the Mining for Bankers Certificate from the Imperial College of London and holds a degree in Geography from Newcastle University.

Kirsty Allan
Consultant
Kirsty joined Tavistock in October 2015 and specialises in public relations in the real estate sector. Prior to this, she spent more than two and a half years in a global consultancy firm working across both financial and corporate communications in its real estate team.

She holds an Honours degree in Media, Culture and Society from Northumbria University.

James is a Director and advises clients in real estate, fund management, financial services and emerging markets on all aspects of financial and corporate communications including online strategy and investor relations. He holds the CFA’s level 4 Investment Management Certificate (IMC), the Google Individual Qualification (IQ) in web analytics and has a BSc in Biology from Imperial College London, which included a year studying at the École Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Montpellier.

Prior to joining the PR industry, he served as an officer in the British Army and worked as an operations manager at BT.

 

In his free time, he enjoys alpine mountaineering and spending time with his family.


james.verstringhe@tavistock.co.uk

 

 

 

Sophie Praill
Associate
Sophie joined Tavistock in September 2016, and is working with a range of clients within AIM and the Main Market.

Prior to joining Tavistock, Sophie worked in the in-house recruitment teams of PwC and Gazprom Energy. She holds an honours degree in History from the University of Manchester.

 

 

Annabel de Morgan
Associate
Annabel joined Tavistock in 2017 and works on the financial PR team. She works across a range of different clients within the mining and energy sectors.

Prior to Tavistock, Annabel completed a number of different internships throughout her academic career with large investment houses as well as at a national newspaper. She holds an Honours degree in Arabic and International Development from the University of Leeds.