Leadership

Simon Whitehead

CEO, United Kingdom | Global Head of Energy + Industrials
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A specialist in corporate communications, public affairs, financial PR and litigation communications, Simon has 20 years’ experience advising clients on growth, reputation and risk. He runs H+K’s largest stand-alone office, with 300+ consultants working across eight industry sectors, a wide portfolio of specialist services and a creative studio.

Simon is also the lead of H+K’s Global Energy sector, overseeing clients operating across traditional and new energy, mining, transport, chemicals, infrastructure and logistics.

Before becoming UK CEO, Simon led H+K London’s Energy + Industrials team, growing it into London’s largest industry sector and being awarded Petroleum Economist Awards’ 2018 Energy Consultancy of the Year.

Previously, Simon was a partner at College Hill where he led the Energy and Natural Resources team and co-led the Emerging Markets business across Russia/CIS, Africa and India. Before that, he was European Director of Emerging Markets for APCO Worldwide.

In his early career, Simon worked for 8 years in international banking at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and for 2 years in political campaigning around the 1997 General Election.

Simon has an MA (Hons) in Classics from Cambridge University, an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and a Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He has lived and worked in the UK, US, Japan, Germany and Russia.


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Claire Holden

Chief Innovation Officer
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Claire is focused on how we and our clients adapt to an ever-changing world; creating new communication strategies and ideas that set the agenda as well as react to it. Claire looks at how we connect to culture and communities, apply trends and technology, and encourage change to be distinctive and future proofed. Claire works across all sectors, from Energy + Industrials to Food + Drink.

Claire’s background is in consumer communications, working across a diverse range of brands to build awareness through to loyalty. She leads the adidas account at H+K, which spans global strategy on a brand and category level, as well as local execution in the UK and US.

Her leadership of the adidas account has seen extensive award wins, including Integrated Campaign of the Year, Idea of the Year, Brand of the Year, Agency of the Year, Branded Content of the Year and a Cannes Lions.

Claire is a judge for D&AD’s New Blood Awards and PRCA’s Young Lions, and included in Creativepool’s Top 100 Influencers. Claire is a member of TEDxBrixton.


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Suzy Greenwood

Head of Business Development + Marketing
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Suzy is responsible for business development and marketing in the UK. Her team is part of H+K’s global business development and marketing unit, working together across geographies and time-zones to ensure one cohesive offer.

Focused on driving growth throughout the business, Suzy works with every sector and specialist team in the UK to help define their offer, serve existing clients, win new ones and market our proposition. She is a passionate advocate for the H+K Way, our clients and our culture.

Suzy has over a decade of experience in integrated communications, including seven years serving clients at H+K. She has a deep understanding and appreciation of the changing nature of the communications industry, having developed strategies and run award-winning campaigns for clients ranging from global leaders to challenger brands, think tanks, NGOs and charities.

Suzy is passionate about progressing social and environmental change through communications. In 2017 she co-founded Better Impact™, H+K’s way of empowering and enabling brands to have a better impact on people and the planet.

Before H+K, Suzy ran the PR department of communications agency Life Size, a start-up dedicated to the clean technology sector. She has also worked at APCO Worldwide and Bergmans Public Relations. Suzy has a First-Class degree in Politics BA (Hons) from Durham University and an MSc in International Business from Leeds University Business School.


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Louise Leuschke

Chief Financial Officer
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Louise is the UK CFO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies. She has over 25 years working in senior finance roles in the marketing industry.

She started her career in practice as an auditor, but soon moved into the industry and has held senior financial and operational roles within Omnicom (RAPP), IPG (FCB Inferno) and the independent sector (Unlimited Group).

Louise has been involved in all financial and commercial aspects of the business, having worked across direct marketing, CRM, digital transformation, research, advertising and PR.

Her international experience includes managing agencies in the Netherlands and acting CFO of a French subsidiary of Omnicom.

She brings a wealth of experience in managing agency operations, driving efficiency and enabling growth.

Louise is a qualified accountant (FCCA) and holds an Executive MBA from the Cranfield School of Management.


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Pippa Burridge

Managing Director, Operations
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Pippa is responsible for the day-to-day business operations and is lucky enough to work across the whole of H+K London, with a variety of talented, diverse and creative people.   ​

Pippa is passionate about developing our own people, as well as bringing in the best talent in the market place and creating a dynamic and engaging work environment to help us achieve our business objectives.​

Pippa joined H+K in 2004, having previously worked client side, at both a start-up agency and prior to that in a medium size consumer brand agency, so is aware of the challenges clients face and the need to develop exceptional client teams with the right combination of skills, expertise and drive to produce outstanding work.    ​

Pippa has worked as a Non-Executive Director at Epic ELM CIC, the first youth services department in the UK to be set-up outside of local authority control. She is a qualified coach after completing the Professional Certificate of Coaching at the Henley Business School and is particularly interested in supporting senior and rising women in the work place. She is also enrolled as a mentor with The Aspire Foundation.


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Tim Luckett

Global Head of Crisis Communications
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Tim Luckett is Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ Global Crisis Practice Lead and has 25 years of media and PR consultancy experience. He is a specialist in Issues + Crisis management and brand reputation. He has handled a number of high-profile reputational issues across a range of sectors and is well versed in designing internal and external communication strategies to help senior management tackle significant business challenges.

Tim has advised on issues such as product recalls and withdrawals, deliberate contaminations, brand attacks by NGOs and activist groups, fraud, sexual discrimination, leaked documents, redundancies, avian flu, pension fund holes, blackmail, court cases, deaths in service and mergers. Tim led and coordinated a European-wide product recall following Sudan 1. He also advised and trained WorldCom on its response to corporate fraud. He has led crisis response  programs for Bernard Matthews (avian flu), Northern Rock (financial collapse) and  the administration of XL airlines on behalf of Kroll. He has instigated crisis preparedness programs for McCormick, Adidas, Phones4u, Federal Mogul, Astra Zeneca, HSBC, Comet and B&Q.

Tim has extensive experience of running media and presentation training. In the last year he has run media training programs for: BSkyB, Conservative Party MPs, United Biscuits, Intel, HP, RFU, Gillette, Carling, Jonny Wilkinson and Andy Murray. Tim’s detailed media knowledge comes from his strong journalistic background. He was a crime correspondent on the Sunday Mirror and investigative reporter on the News of the World. He also worked as a reporter on the Mail on Sunday where he ran the Scottish news desk and covered the 1997 General Election. He also freelanced for The Sun, Today and the Evening Standard. He began his career as a sports reporter in the East Midlands.

Tim is a respected public speaker on corporate reputation and has a postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism along with a degree in economics and politics.

He was recently included in PR Week’s Global Power Book and has been named by Spear’s Magazine as one of the country’s top reputation managers.

Tim has a postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism and a degree in economics and politics.


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Tanya Joseph

Managing Director, Specialist Services
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Tanya heads the Specialist Services practice which brings together issues and crisis management, internal communications, behaviour change and public affairs.

She has a wealth of communications experience having worked for the private, public and NGO sectors supporting them across communications disciplines including public and corporate affairs, issues and crisis management and behaviour change campaigning.

A former journalist, she served as Press Secretary to then Prime Minister Tony Blair for over four years before joining Grayling where she ran the public affairs practice in the UK and worked on a range of clients including Mars, Fujitsu, the DWP and Scope. Since leaving Grayling she has worked in-house at Sport England and Nationwide Building Society and has also run her own consultancy working with the likes of Tesco, ISBA and Lloyds Banking Group.

She was the architect of the multi-award-winning This Girl Can campaign which in its first year inspired 2.8 million women to get active.

Tanya is a graduate of the London School of Economics and has an MA from the University of London. A South African by birth and a Londoner in her soul, she has lived and worked in Paris, Pakistan and Hong Kong.

Among her many extra-curricular activities, Tanya sits on the board of Liberty, the human rights organisation; the Thomson Foundation which works to raise standards of journalism across the world; and London Sport which is working to make London the most active city in the world.


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Nick Clark

Managing Director, Financial + Professional Services
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Nick joined H+K in 2020 from Four Communications.

He joined Four Communications on the acquisition of Consolidated PR (a process he lead), and became head of PR at the agency in 2015, developed and lead its crisis programme and additionally become head of the Corporate and Financial practice in 2018.

He became Managing Director of Consolidated PR in 2008, having first grown its Financial Services practice. During his tenure, the agency was twice retained on the UK Government communications roster and was reconfirmed twice on the Scottish Government roster.

He joined his first agency, GCI Group, in 1996 and was promoted to the Board in 2001. At GCI he specialised in business to business and financial services public relations.

He has worked with clients including banks [HSBC, Barclays, A+L, Zurich] airlines [Etihad, Air France KLM], financial services companies [Aon, Zurich] management consultancies [PwC], accountants [Deloitte], FMCG brands, retailers, healthcare, logistics, the leisure industry and in the Arts.

He advises on strategy, messaging, media training and crisis planning and handling.


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Charlie Morgan

Managing Director, Tech, Sports + Entertainment
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Charlie is the MD of the UK Technology, Entertainment and Sports group practice at Hill+Knowlton Strategies.

She is the strategic brand and client services lead for Dell EMEA, Google and Activision, working closely with brands to define their strategic communications purpose, ensuring campaigns have business impact, as well as audience engagement.

As MD of the Tech practice Charlie has led a number of incredible campaigns for global tech giants including Huawei, Intel and Dolby. Her specialism is creating the very best teams and leading campaigns to ensure efficiency, processes and campaigns are executed to perfection. Her passion for media and the craft of communications has been the backbone of her 25 years experience, spanning corporate and consumer campaigns and crossing agency and in-house positions.​

She has worked on market leading accounts  providing unique insight and experience across a number of sectors from Lifestyle to Retail, Consumer Technology to Energy Providers, as well as guiding C Suite leaders on communications strategies and thought leadership profiling. Past clients include: FujiFilm, mysinglefriend, Navman, Samsung, Orange, TiVo, Firebox, Virgin Energy, Griffin Technology, Orbitsound and Midway Games. ​

As Head of Communications at Firebox Charlie drove the strategic direction and planning for video and blog content, events, experiential, social and international media relations. Working with the head of key departments including creative, marketing and buying she directed a merchandising task force to drive forward key macro events and customer programmes to ensure brand messaging resulted in sales and awareness for the company. ​

Charlie studied PR at Bournemouth University.


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Jamie Corr

Managing Director, Sports
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Jamie Corr is Managing Director of Sports for H+K. He is a sport communications and partnership marketing specialist and has worked with the world’s biggest global brands to activate their relationships with international governing bodies including the Olympics and FIFA World Cup.

He is a well-respected figure in the global sports industry and past clients include Bridgestone, Allianz, GE, Samsung, Atos, British Airways, McDonald’s and RBS. His work has seen him involved in range of sports including the Olympics, football, golf, rugby, cycling and action sports and allowed him to build an understanding of the importance of marrying communications and marketing expertise with a commercial focus.

Jamie joined H+K from GMR Marketing and previously worked at the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne where he was part of the Television and Marketing Services Partnership Marketing Team. His role at the IOC allowed him to build a global network of contacts and understanding of the complexities and cultural sensitivities of global sports events, communications and marketing activation.

Jamie has a BA Hons degree in History and an MSc in Sports Marketing from the University of Stirling and is a member of the International Institute for Sports Business and Leadership Advisory at the University of Guelph in Canada.

He is a keen golfer and is a member of the St Andrews New Club in Scotland.


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Jessica Walsh

Managing Director, Health
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Jessica Walsh leads the London Healthcare practice at Hill+Knowlton Strategies. Originally from the New York office, Jessica has fifteen years of experience in global health communications. For nearly a decade, Jessica has worked in London on European, UK and global clients, developing ideas for people-centred healthcare projects that improve outcomes including patient experience.

Since joining the London team, Jessica has held leadership roles in our New York and London teams, working in HIV, anesthesia, multiple sclerosis and oncology across product and patient affairs portfolios. For four years, Jessica led the OsteoLink team, working on behalf of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and the University of Geneva to create the first social network dedicated to people who live with osteoporosis. She has also served as a communications advisor to one of London’s largest public sector organizations, helping its management board deliver culture and organizational change. Currently, she serves as strategy lead for a range of European healthcare clients in rare diseases, psoriasis, hepatitis C, corporate and patient affairs, with a good deal of experience in biologic medicines.

Jessica graduated from Wellesley College with honours in psychology and French.  Fluent in French, she spent her post-graduate year teaching English at the political science university in Paris and interning at ABC News. In 2012, she co-wrote and produced the award-winning short film, Wild Horses.

Jessica sits on the UK board at H+K, and since 2015, Jessica has participated on the faculty of WPP’s Maestro program for senior leaders. In 2017, she was part of the WPP Walk the Talk women’s leadership pilot.  Her 2017 talk Can Creativity Keep Health Human? given at the H+K annual Creativity + New Reality conference at Kings Place in London is available on YouTube.


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Sara Jurkowsky

Managing Director, Energy + Industrials
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Sara is a Managing Director of the Energy + Industrials team in London, with a portfolio of brands including Hitachi, Equinor, Shell and eOn. An international corporate communications specialist, Sara has led award-winning campaigns for UK and multinational companies, international institutions and governments.

Prior to returning to the London office, Sara built a dedicated energy practice for H+K in the Middle East region, transforming the portfolio and developing a market-leading integrated communications offer with clients including ADNOC, Emirates Global Aluminium, the World Energy Council and Masdar. She also led H+K’s Abu Dhabi office, with clients including Sotheby’s, Abu Dhabi Ports and Lavazza.

Additional experience includes leading the agency’s work with the MiSK Foundation of Saudi Arabia, the Crown Prince’s personal foundation focused on youth engagement and development. With MiSK, Sara was part of the leadership team delivering a flagship youth empowerment event in partnership the UNDP on the side lines of the UN General Assembly. In addition, she managed all international communications on behalf of the Saudi Arabian government during President Trump’s state visit and organised the messaging, positioning and media programme for government ministers at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Sara graduated from Washington & Lee University in the United States with a dual degree in mass communications and romance languages. She is a member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs.


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Ian Withington

Managing Director, Food + Drink
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Ian joined Hill+Knowlton Strategies in 2005 with over 20 years brand building experience. He specialises in creating standout campaigns that start with a clear audience insight and delivering ideas that have compelling storytelling with a strong narrative at their heart – ideas that lead to measurable and positive business outcomes.​

His work has spanned global and local campaigns and he has worked with many of the UK’s best known brands across multiple sectors  including ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Virgin, O2 and Sky TV in the retail and leisure space and wider campaign work for the likes of: Heinz, Nestle, Pernod Richard, Diageo and Coca-Cola Great Britain. ​

He currently leads the food + drink division and has an active role on brand and nutrition comms for the multi brands portfolio Mondelez International (belVita breakfast biscuits, Dairylea and Barny) TUI travel (Thomson and First Choice) and consults on the multi-channel retailer QVC.​

Before joining H+K, Ian was a board director at specialist consumer agency Jackie Cooper PR for nine years. He was latterly responsible for the re-branding of BT Cellnet to O2 and the on-going consumer and retail PR campaign. Ian is a business and marketing graduate from Lancashire Polytechnic and also holds a diploma from the Market Research Society. ​


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Claire Davies

Managing Director, Retail + Leisure
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Claire is Managing Director of H+K London’s Retail + Leisure practice, a team with a wide variety of clients from across the retail, lifestyle and travel sectors.

An experienced brand communications specialist with both agency and in-house experience, Claire’s expertise lies in helping clients in this space to unlock brand and business impact through strategies, stories and ideas that earn attention.

Before specialising in the retail and leisure sector, Claire developed brand-building global comms strategy, designed high-profile, conversation-driving campaigns and built and ran award-winning, fast-paced local market newsrooms for companies and brands as diverse as P&G to Paddy Power.


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Orla Moran

Managing Director, Consumer Packaged Goods
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With 13 years’ experience in integrated, lifestyle PR, Orla’s expertise lies in campaigns that inject a purpose into a brand and speak to people’s passions, while driving equity and sales.

Whether it’s positioning Magnum ice cream as a fashion-focused brand to reach a style-obsessed female audience, or making Lipton the antidote to hidden loneliness among millennials, Orla is passionate about delivering campaigns that truly engage with – rather than broadcast to – consumers. She has extensive experience leading cross-channel creative campaigns, fast-paced press offices and smart influencer programmes for her clients on a global, regional and local basis.

At H+K, she leads the 20-strong CPG practice for H+K London, a team whose work spans everything from behaviour-change campaigns to corporate sustainability counsel and everything in between, all the while rooted in an expertise for the fast-changing and ever-challenging FMCG industry.

Aside from client work, Orla is passionate about driving best practice for mental health in the PR industry, having qualified as a Mental Health First Aider. She is also a member of Women in PR, an organisation which seeks to increase the number and diversity of women in leadership roles within the industry.

Orla graduated from Cardiff University with a BA in French and Cultural Criticism, alongside a PRCA-accredited MA in International Public Relations, for which she was awarded distinction. In 2010 she was shortlisted for PRCA Young Communicator of the Year.


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Noor Kheir

Managing Director, Ford
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Noor leads the Ford of Europe communications team, one of H+K and WPP’s largest global accounts. This is an integrated account that spans earned storytelling, advertising, media and production. This role involves working directly with the Head of Communications for Ford of Europe and is part of the internal leadership team. Noor is responsible for shaping the external communications strategy across corporate, brand, consumer and technology divisions at Ford.

Previously, Noor was at Edelman running a number of global and EMEA accounts such as Shell, HP and ASICS. As part of the senior leadership team at Edelman, Noor was responsible for transforming traditional PR work into fully integrated communications programmes which included influencer and social strategy,and content development across paid, earned and owned channels.

Noor has a BA Hons Degree in Social Science and is a health and fitness junkie.


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Eleanor Sullivan

Managing Director, Creative Strategy
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As an insights driven creative planner Eleanor works on integrated concepts across earned and owned channels for big brands, uncovering great human insights that inspire creative work which really changes behaviour.

At H+K London, the agency’s Global Center of Creative Strategy, she works across all vertical sectors to provide and develop the skills needed to combine effective strategy with high levels of creative craft. Her current portfolio includes The Coca-Cola Company, Smart Energy GB and Campari Group where she leads earned media creative strategy.

In previous roles she has lead communications planning for FMCG, tech and healthcare companies including global flagship Unilever brands Dove and Magnum as well as brand consultancy for Merck. With a heritage in earned-first channels, her work focuses on producing channel neutral strategies that connect to popular culture and human behaviour in order to resonate at a deep level.


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Alex Silcox

Managing Director, Creative Services
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Alex’s role stretches across the Hill+Knowlton creative offer. With a background in editorially driven content, he has conceived of and led creative content marketing programmes for global brands across many different sectors in markets including the UK, South Africa, China, the Middle East and North America.

Formerly MD of John Brown Media, Alex’s career has spanned copywriting, editing and creative direction as well as client and agency leadership and growth.

In today’s noisy, always-on culture it has never been more important for brands to accept and embrace a new marketing relationship – that consumers are in charge, we engage on their terms or not at all – and that only world-class creative work, delivered in the channels they already choose to embrace, will really cut through.


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Chris Pratt

Managing Director, Better Impact
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Chris is a Managing Director of the Better Impact team and has worked in communications consultancy for over 15 years, focusing on energy and related businesses for the last six years, first in the Middle East and then in London. He specialises in providing advice to clients in the UK and from a variety of international markets on integrated campaigns involving content, media relations, policy and stakeholder communications, digital engagement and crisis and issues management. Chris is also part of an energy sector working group for H+K in EMEA.

Chris has worked across the energy value chain and for many large industrial organisations ranging from industrial gases, to aviation and fuel cells to steel products. Chris has also worked on a range of energy industry issues including Arctic exploration and production (E&P), shale gas, climate change and carbon markets, gas advocacy, safety and the impact of E&P sound on marine life. In the renewables and retail space Chris has worked on policy reform and subsidy support mechanisms, public attitudes to renewables, market reform, and regulator and stakeholder engagement.

Before returning to the UK in 2010 Chris spent nearly five years working for H+K in the Middle East in a variety of roles across Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, providing him a unique perspective on these important emerging markets. Chris also led the development of H+K’s expertise in energy and industrial sectors in the Middle East.

Chris graduated from Kingston University, England with an honours degree in Business Studies. Chris is an associate member of the UK Chartered Institute of Public Relations.


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Victoria Entwistle

Director, People + Purpose
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Victoria is strategy lead with extensive experience in employee communications. At BT Sport & BT TV she was Principle of internal communications, working with the managing director & her leadership team to support the rapid growth of the BT Sport brand and refresh of BT TV.

Victoria also led communications for BT’s global finance transformation programme and supported the communication initiatives of BT’s Consumer leadership team, including
the CEO, CFO and Chief Counsel.

Pre BT, Victoria was with GolinHarris and worked in the head office in Chicago on internal communications for brands including McDonalds, Dow Chemical Corporation, Ford and BP.

Victoria believes passionately in using creativity in communication to help create what she terms a happy house mind-set. If your people are happy then your organisation will reap the benefits!


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Dan Berry

Director, Behavioural Science
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Dan joined H+K Smarter in 2016 from the UK Government Department of Health.

Over the previous four years he set up and led the behavioural insights team in the Department of Health and then in NHS England.

Dan has run more than a dozen behavioural evaluations in health. These include innovative and low-cost strategies to improve medications adherence and waste reduction.

There are few people more experienced at applying behavioural insights to such practical and tangible challenges. Several of Dan’s trials have been published in respected academic journals, including The Lancet. In 2014, Dan was winner of the UK Government’s Social Research Award for research “of high quality that is innovative and demonstrates practical value”. In 2016 he won the Marketing Research Society award for healthcare research.

Dan holds an MSc in public policy from University College London and a BA from the University of Warwick.


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