Our Team

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    Althea Taylor-Salmon MCIPR, PR Consultant

    Althea has 20 years experience at board director level at UK and international PR consultancies, where she led successful campaigns for blue-chip brands and entrepreneurial businesses. Her sector is wide and varied including water leisure, food, property, healthcare, retail, business finance, public sector, charity and recruitment.

    Client experience includes:

    The Army and Reserve Forces – campaigns to recruit soldiers and officers
    CALA Homes – marketing luxury properties to attract buyers
    Abbeyfield – raising awareness of independent living needs of older people and marketing properties
    Spenhill Regeneration (part of Tesco) – planning consultation/community engagement
    Sainsbury Management Fellows – stimulating interest in MBA scholarships
    Dove – helping to put Dove on the map in the UK
    Busch Gardens and Sea World in Florida, USA – stimulating UK visitors to these destinations
    Betty Crocker – Getting the cake mixes back onto the shelves of UK supermarkets and promoting the concept of baking with cake mixes
    Plan International – developing crisis communications strategy and training comms staff in three locations (UK, Sri Lanka and Ecuador)
    Choral Foundation – launching the fundraising campaign for The Chapel Royal Hampton Court Palace to protect the choir for the future
    Church Urban Fund – launch of 'Stamp it Out' (poverty) fundraising campaign

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    Iain Vellacott, Development Planning PR Strategist

    Iain Vellacott works as a consultant to Fortune PR on property and community relations projects.

    Iain has almost 40 years’ experience in the property business, originally working as a Chartered Surveyor for the Grosvenor Estate and as a director of a public property company before setting up on his own in 1991 to specialise exclusively on the political and PR side of planning negotiations.

    Over the past 25 years, Iain has acted for many of the country’s top housebuilders and development companies on medium and large scale housing proposals, commercial, mixed-use and regeneration schemes, quarry extensions and waste disposal applications.

    Iain’s client list includes Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey, Berkeley Homes, Bovis Homes, St James Homes, Kier Homes, Thames Water, Spenhill (the regeneration arm of Tesco), Hallam Land, The Fairfield Partnership, J Sainsbury, Tarmac (and previously Lafarge), Biffa Waste and Powergen.

    Iain has worked jointly with Fortune PR on a number of projects over the past 15 years, including, for example, the 2,200-home mixed-use extension of Bishop’s Stortford that received planning consent in 2014.

     
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    Gerard Blay MCIPR, PR Consultant

    Gerard has more than 25 years PR experience, having worked for two global PR agencies – Shandwick and Hill & Knowlton, where he managed B2B and consumer clients predominantly in the technology and telecoms sectors.

    He also spent two years with PA Consulting Group in its Banking, Insurance and Finance division. Over the years he gained journalistic experience working with VNU Publishing on the leading data communications publication of its time.

    Client experience includes:

    Learning Tree International – media relations programme, especially articles in tech and management publications to promote the expertise of LTI's instructors, over a decade
    BT – national newspaper media relations to promote the Global Network Services
    Microsoft - EMEA-wide messaging audit, developing new messaging and a PR toolkit and co-hosting a PR workshop for the country managers to introduce them to the PR toolkit and the new messaging
    DHL – internal and external communications in the Middle East
    British Airways – corporate media relations in the Middle East
    Ford Motor Company (Middle East) - media relations relating to dealerships and new models and events management relating to the launch of new models /media tour for the board of directors
    Fortis – media relations and case studies.
    RIAS – media relations and work on developing customer surveys and the use of the findings in media relations

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    Alex Canter, Social Media Manager

    Alex Canter is passionate about and experienced in social media, SEO, website design and video production and optimisation. His aim is to give clients strong brand image on a variety of online platforms. He has worked across a range of market sectors, including education, private healthcare, private sports firms, sales and pharmaceuticals on a variety of marketing campaigns. Increasing a client's online exposure to its target markets is a key strength and Alex prides himself on exceeding client expectations.

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    Natalie Howell, Content Strategist and Copywriter

    Natalie Howells is a content strategist and copywriter with over 10 years' experience in planning, producing and delivering high-quality content. Working across a wide range of industries, Natalie has particular experience in producing strategic content for IT/technology, entertainment, marketing, healthcare and financial services sectors.

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    Gill Dandy FCIPR, PR Consultant and Trainer

    Gill was previously a board director at Shandwick Communications where she led consumer, corporate, B2B and charity PR campaigns, before moving into the not-for-profit. Gill was communications director for a charity and membership organisation. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (FCIPR), a Fellow of the RSA and a former non-executive director of Shared Interest, a not-for-profit social investment fund and former chair of Fifth Estate, the network for PR in the voluntary sector. Gill designs and delivers tailored PR training for our clients.