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

Currently Head of Financial. Services, Kreab London and a former BBC Economics and Business journalist and experienced corporate affairs director; Head of Corporate Communications at Janus Capital Group, EMEA and AsiaPac.

He is a qualified change management practitioner, a Prince’s Trust mentor and fundraiser, and previously Chairman, Corporate and Financial Group, Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

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

Estelle Bibby is head of media relations at Schroders responsible for all Schroders media interactions and engagement globally. Estelle has spearheaded many of Schroders high profile, impactful media relations campaigns.

Estelle joined Schroders in 2016, prior experience includes both corporate in-house and PR Agency experience including roles at Direct Line Insurance Group and JBA public Relations. Estelle has over 20 years’ experience in Financial Services media relations.

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.


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

Most recently Natasha was the Head of European and Latin American PR at Janus Henderson Investors (JHI). She was responsible for financial, corporate and product communications.  She collaborated with JHI’s global network of PR agencies. Last year she passed the Certificate in Investor Relations.  She has more than 15 years of communications experience. She speaks French and Spanish. Her degree was in Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Leeds.



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

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.


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 Kenefake is EMEA Corporate Communications Manager for Morningstar, an investment research & data provider, responsible for media relations and internal communications. Having previously worked at Morningstar’s Chicago headquarters, Mary transferred to London in 2018. Prior to joining Morningstar in 2016, she worked in marketing and media relations for Ariel Investments.