CIPR Corporate and Financial Group

the committee

Simon is a co-founder of strategy consultancy Cohere Partners.  He was previously chairman and chief executive of Fishburn Hedges, advising clients on corporate reputation, brand and sustainability communications.  He is an adviser to diversity business Rare and a visiting lecturer in corporate reputation at the University of Westminster.

Mobile: + 44 (0)7801 868319

Director of corporate and financial communications consultancy, Caroline Cecil Associates, founded in 1991. Vice chairman of the Reform Club Media Group. Previously director of Valin Pollen and public relations manager of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7610 4110

Director, Head of Financial Services, Kreab Gavin Anderson. Previously Head of Communications, Janus Capital Group, EMEA and AsiaPac and former BBC Economics and Business journalist.

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7074 1821
Mobile: +44 7717 857 736

Estelle is the Head of Media Relations at Schroders. Responsible for multi-media public relations strategies across the Group including Cazenove Capital and Schroders’ global network of PR agencies. Based in Schroders Headquarters in London, Estelle manages a diverse team of media relations professionals.

Prior to joining Schroders, Estelle specialised in insurance media relations, starting her career at Direct Line Insurance Group, after 4 years Estelle went on to join PR agency specialist JBA Public Relations and then Primary Group a privately owned Bermuda based international insurance investment Group, before joining Schroders.

Direct: +44 (0)20 7658 3431
Mobile: +44 (0)7770 496163

Natalie de Freitas is global media relations manager for financial services at technology consultancy, Accenture. She has over eight years’ experience as an in-house PR and communications professional, and is a NCTJ trained journalist.


Director of Native Consultancy, an agency which works with professional service firms, consultancies and business-to-business organisations. Richard has 15 years in business and financial communications.

Tel: 01442 200971
Mobile: 07805 155356

Simon is a director at MHP Communications. He has a decade of experience in financial and corporate communications, having previously worked in Asset Management with Hargreaves Lansdown. At MHP, he has advised on a wide variety of transactions and strategic issues for both public and private clients, building a particular specialism in consumer industries and financial services.

Tel: +44(0)20 3128 8789
Mobile: +447709 496125

Kirstina is Head of Communications at the IFRS Foundation. She has over 15 years’ experience, working both in-house and agency-side.

Direct: +44 (0) 20 7246 6960
Mobile: +44(0)7894 573 721

Fiona Wilkinson is a communications consultant, a non-executive director of banking and payments company Contis Group, an accredited coach, and a trustee of Speakers Trust. Previously, she was chief communications officer at Visa Europe.


Mary is Director, Communications at the British Business Bank, the UK’s economic development bank. Mary has previously held in-house roles at Inmarsat plc and Callcredit (now Transunion). Before her move in-house, Mary had a 25-year global agency career. Mary is a Fellow of the CIPR.