We work alongside visionary corporate affairs leaders and their teams, providing them with the advice, tools, and support to create change through media relations, public affairs, digital media, internal communication, and stakeholder engagement.

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How we work

Great communications create change when they inspire people to think, feel, or do something differently; the best communications can change the way we think about the world.

Marketers and politicians have understood this for decades. But corporate communication has lagged behind, often focusing on data at the expense of emotion, and short- term tactics at the expense of longer–term outcomes.

With an understanding of strategy built in management consultancy, FTSE 100 businesses, government, agency, and political campaigns, Blakeney’s approach brings structure, insight, and emotional intelligence to organisations and individuals that want to create change.

We support some of the world’s biggest organisations, challenger brands, start – ups, and public figures with communication strategy, public affairs, reputation management, digital engagement, and developing the right level of communication capability in their teams.

"Great communications create change when they inspire people to think, feel, or do something differently."

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Meet our team

We only hire people with in-house experience, because we believe that the best advice and support comes from people who have done your job and understand the unique pressures and demands you face.

Gabe Winn

Gabe Winn

Chief Executive

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Gabe Winn

Chief Executive

Gabe founded Blakeney to bring a management consultancy mindset to strategic communications, supporting clients on some of their most fundamental business challenges.

Gabe began his career as a strategy consultant at Accenture, before finding his calling in communications with senior roles at Barclays, Prudential, British Gas, and Centrica, where he was Corporate Affairs Director for the company’s international business.

Gabe left Centrica to lead external relations for Britain Stronger in Europe, the ‘Remain’ campaign for the UK’s EU Referendum in 2016, directing a team that built and mobilised the largest ever network of endorsers in a British political campaign.

He has trained as a game ranger in Zimbabwe, and as a spy for a major BBC television series.

Jonathan Lomax

Jonathan Lomax

Managing Director

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Jonathan Lomax

Managing Director

Jonathan is a senior corporate affairs adviser, having advised some of the country’s largest businesses on political, regulatory and media issues for more than 15 years.

He began his career as a local journalist then, following a stint working in politics, he moved into communications as Head of Public Affairs at The Salvation Army.

He initially worked in consultancy at AS Biss, becoming a member of the senior management team when it merged to form Mandate. He was part of the small team that led the merger of Mandate, Hogarth and Penrose to form MHP Communications, and later became Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of MHP’s Corporate Affairs division.

Jonathan left MHP in 2017 to join MSL as Managing Director, Corporate Reputation. He was listed in PRWeek’s 2019 Power Book, and is a 2019 PRWeek Awards judge.

Tas Bhanji

Tas Bhanji

Director

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Tas Bhanji

Director

Tas started her career in Beijing, providing strategic communications support to multinational companies, including Air Products, Mars and Novo Nordisk, as they expanded their operations in Asia.

She then moved to Brussels, where she gained a firm understanding of the EU and supported companies in their efforts to shape policy across Europe.

Tas then moved back to London where she worked for the CBI as a Senior Campaigns Adviser covering energy and infrastructure before joining a major communications consultancy. Working with a range of clients, including Siemens, Huawei, Zurich Municipal and the Department of International Trade, she provided senior counsel on both public affairs and corporate communications.

Prior to joining Blakeney, Tas worked at McDonald’s in Corporate Communications for Eastern Europe. She was Co-Chair of the PRCA’s Diversity Network in 2016.

Lizzie Loudon

Lizzie Loudon

Director

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Lizzie Loudon

Director

Lizzie is an expert in politics and media, with extensive experience advising senior politicians on communications and political strategy.

Lizzie served as Special Advisor to Iain Duncan Smith before becoming Press Secretary to Prime Minister Theresa May, and most recently as Chief of Staff to Rory Stewart – helping him run his campaign for Mayor of London.

Lizzie also has worked in the private sector, providing direct advice to CEOs as well as devising successful public affairs and communications campaigns.

This variety of experience, alongside extensive connections across politics and the press, means Lizzie is well placed to advise clients on how to engage with government in order to effect the change they want to see, as well as how to design persuasive and eye catching media campaigns Lizzie is particularly interested in the nexus between business and politics and helping clients navigate that intersection to their advantage.

Neale Coleman CBE

Neale Coleman CBE

Senior Adviser

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Neale Coleman CBE

Senior Adviser

Neale is one of the UK’s most experienced political and policy experts, having advised three London Mayors, and the leader of the Labour Party.

Neale led housing and regeneration for former London Mayor Ken Livingstone and is credited by him for being “the mastermind behind the Olympics”. Neale was one of the few members of Livingstone’s team to be retained by Boris Johnson, and was appointed deputy Chair and then Chair of the London Legacy Development Corporation by Johnson following the Games. He was also on the Board of the Olympic Delivery Authority throughout its existence.

He has also worked for current London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, and leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn.

Neale advises Blakeney’s clients on policy and political strategy at a local and national level, with a particular focus on infrastructure, housing, development and regeneration.

Emily Poole

Emily Poole

Associate Director

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Emily Poole

Associate Director

Emily is a former government special adviser with a strong track record of delivering successful public affairs and communications campaigns for some of the world’s largest companies, charities and NGOs.

Emily has extensive experience in political communications, having served as a special adviser in both the 2010 and 2015 Conservative governments. In 2015 she led the Conservatives’ General Election campaign in Wales, helping to secure the best result for the Party in over thirty years. She has also held political roles in Parliament and as an aide to the Party Chairman at Conservative Campaign Headquarters. Prior to working in politics, Emily’s background was in finance. She began her career as a correspondent for the Financial Times and trained in private banking and relationship management at the Royal Bank of Canada.

Having worked on both sides of the fence as a lobbyist and in government, Emily knows what it takes to craft a compelling campaign that reaches the people that matter. With a strong network of contacts and a passion for making a difference, Emily is uniquely placed to advise clients on how to effect real change on the issues they care about.

Stephanie Lloyd

Stephanie Lloyd

Account Director

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Stephanie Lloyd

Account Director

Stephanie is an expert in British politics, and has extensive experience working in and around Westminster, including as Deputy and then Interim Director for a leading think tank, and as a consultant to senior Labour politicians.

A specialist in political communications and strategy, she has expertise in campaigns management, risk mitigation and corporate strategy with a particular focus on the delivering measurable change in adverse conditions.

With insight across the public and private sectors, and extensive connections across Westminster and the press, her deep understanding of British party politics allows her to help bridge the divide between private businesses and government. She has also appeared regularly in the media as a commentator on British politics and specifically the Labour Party for the BBC, Sky News and has featured on weekly political podcasts.

As a keen women’s football fan, Stephanie also plays in midfield for the Women’s Parliamentary football team.

Douglas Trainer

Douglas Trainer

Consultant

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Douglas Trainer

Consultant

Douglas’ political career began at University, where he was elected President of the National Union of Students during one of the most difficult times for UK student politics – the debate around tuition fees.

He was a Labour party special adviser in the first Scottish Government following devolution, and was most recently a senior aide to Labour Mayor Sir Robin Wales at Newham Council.

Douglas gained a wealth of consultancy experience as a partner at Luther Pendragon, and then moved in-house as communications director in the government business arm of outsourcer Serco.

He specialises in advising clients on public services and local and national government.

Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards

Consultant

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Jonathan Edwards

Consultant

Jonathan has spent his career with leading communications consultancies in the UK and US, following degrees from Oxford and Harvard universities, and has worked in-house at the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK and on an internship for Diageo in Lebanon.

At Washington DC-based advisory firm the Cohen Group he worked on projects in the Middle East and Asia, researching regulatory and geopolitical issues to inform sophisticated strategies.

Following a return to the UK, Jonathan was an integral member of the stakeholder relations team for Britain Stronger in Europe – the ‘Remain’ campaign during the EU Referendum.

Jonathan is an avid observer of UK and global politics, and a keen linguist who has studied Arabic, French, Spanish, Urdu/Hindi and Italian, as well as Latin and Ancient Greek.

Olivia Ash-Ranger

Olivia Ash-Ranger

Senior Account Manager

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Olivia Ash-Ranger

Senior Account Manager

Olivia is an experienced public affairs professional with experience of advising clients and designing campaigns in both the UK and internationally.

Prior to joining Blakeney, Olivia worked with APCO Worldwide where she was based in Riyadh and London offices. Olivia used her communications experience in a number of areas including city development, travel and tourism, healthcare, and mining and metals. In Riyadh, she was part of a Secretariat team building and managing Global Advisory Boards for a number of large scale projects.

Prior to her time at APCO Olivia worked in the UK House of Lords as a Parliamentary Researcher for Lord David Puttnam CBE and as the Campaign Manager for Lord Jack McConnell where she oversaw an international team working in media relations and PR to promote the McConnell International Foundation’s charitable endeavours.

Olivia graduated with an MA Hons. from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where she majored in International Relations.

Rory Grenham

Rory Grenham

Account Manager

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Rory Grenham

Account Manager

Rory graduated with a first-class Modern History with Economics degree from The University of Manchester, where he also received the Thomas Brown Prize for achieving the highest mark on his course.

At university, his studies focused on British history in the 1980s, and the 2007-8 Global Financial Crisis.

Rory is fascinated by the communications issues facing the live entertainment, music, and sports industries.

In the past he's gained experience working with former Labour MP and Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, in-house with William Hill's Public Affairs Team, and at communications firm Portland.

Nicholas Shutter

Nicholas Shutter

Executive

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Nicholas Shutter

Executive

Nicholas graduated from the University of York where he studied History and Politics. His dissertation on the Napoleonic Invasion of Russia was chosen as an exemplary work for future students.

Nicholas he has worked as an intern for Grayling as well as spending time within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and most recently as an Account Executive at communications firm Camargue. He is fascinated by the challenges and opportunities for the world of public affairs communications in the post-Brexit universe.

Nicholas is a keen traveller and has played rugby since a young age.