About us

About us:

Thoburns has many years of experience – but our approach is anything but old-fashioned.

Founded in 1986 by Richard Thoburn – Thoburns has over 30 years’ experience in helping its clients navigate a variety of communications challenges.

We believe reputation is at the heart of modern communications and that requires innovative, creative thinking – not a ‘one size fits allʼ solution taken off the shelf.

Our clients get dynamic, bespoke advice in financial and corporate communications, sustainability, cyber security, issues/crisis situations, advertising & media services, and leadership communications – to maintain and enhance their reputation.

Our advisory board

Shaukat Aziz served as Prime Minister of Pakistan between 2004 and 2007, following five years as the country’s Finance Minister and thirty years at Citibank. While in office, he steered an economic turnaround taking Pakistan from the brink of bankruptcy. His time in government was marked by high economic growth, exchange rate stability, a reduction in poverty and an upsurge in local and foreign investment.

He is a member of several boards and advisory boards of various commercial and non-profit entities around the world and is a frequent speaker on a wide range of global, geopolitical and economic issues.

Roger Bootle is one of the City of London’s best-known economists and founder of Capital Economics. He is also a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. He was formerly Group Chief Economist of HSBC and, under the previous Conservative government, was appointed one of its Independent Economic Advisers. In 2012, Roger and a team from Capital Economics won the Wolfson Prize. He is a regular media commentator and columnist for The Daily Telegraph. He has written several books on monetary economics including The Trouble with €urope, which analyses what has gone wrong with the EU and how to put it right.

He graduated from Oxford University.

Reg Valin is a marketing and business development consultant and Business Angel backing entrepreneurs seeking funding for business expansion.

He commenced his City career with the Bank of America and then joined the Charles Barker advertising and communications Group, ultimately being appointed Chief Executive of their financial and corporate communications company, Charles Barker City. He then founded and became Chairman and Chief Executive of the Valin Pollen Group which floated on the London Stock Exchange four years later. Specialising in Financial PR and Investor Relations, the company was retained as a communications and strategy adviser on many major privatisations, IPOs and takeovers.

Our team

Accounts and Office Manager

Bella is the Accounts and Office manager for Thoburns. A graduate in Marketing and Advertising, Bella worked throughout her studies at the well known luxury cake store The Hummingbird Bakery for three years as a Senior Sales Consultant.

She then progressed within the same company whilst studying as an Accounts Assistant for three and half years where she improved the finance administrative structure also managing payroll and HR duties for over 130 employees.

Non-executive Director

Jaime is founder and CEO of Ymedia, the most successful domestic media agency in Spain. After 15 years working for the Publicis Groupe, starting as a junior media planner and eventually becoming managing director, Jaime set up his own agency in 2007.

Ymedia’s growth consistently defied economic conditions winning accounts such as BMW, ING Direct, Ikea, Burger King and William Hill. In 2013 Dentsu Aegis acquired 51% of Ymedia. Jaime has particular experience in the financial sector where in addition to handling ING Direct’s media strategy in Spain, he has also advised Banco Popular, Ibercaja, and Visa.

Managing Director

Jeff has spent nearly 20 years working in financial services communications, mainly in public relations, marketing and branding.

His experience covers a range of industry sectors including market structure, financial technology and banking, with much of his work focussed on delivering international communications programmes. Jeff joined Thoburns from Weber Shandwick Financial where he co-led the financial services team. Prior to that he was a director at Bell Pottinger Corporate and Financial.

Director

Having worked in the communications industry since 2006, Max has extensive experience in managing all aspects of financial and corporate B2B client projects. From developing and delivering traditional and digital marketing and PR communications strategies, profile raising, to managing teams of designers and specialists to execute print, digital, and audio-visual communications campaigns, branding, advertising, content marketing, and corporate reporting projects.

Max speaks a number of languages fluently and has a Masters Degree in Translation from the University of Mainz and an MBA in International Marketing from the European Business School, Reutlingen.

Director

Nick is a financial and corporate communications specialist with over 20 years’ advisory experience. He joined Thoburns in October 2017 from Bell Pottinger where he spent 13 years and was a Partner in the Financial & Corporate division.

He started his career at Deloitte in audit, and has gone on to advise companies across all sectors from start-ups to FTSE100s on: IPOs, M&A, crisis, activist investor and Foreign Direct Investment campaigns.

Operations Director

Pepper is Operations Director at Thoburns and has worked closely with chairman, Richard Thoburn – since 2011 – on all aspects of growing the agency. In addition to working for Thoburns, Pepper also works with Thoburns’ sister agency, Greentarget and is a trustee for Burnie’s Foundation, an animal charity which owns a sanctuary in Norfolk and rescues dogs from Romania.

Before that, Pepper began her career in the US pharmaceutical industry working – in operations – for Hemispherx Biopharma Inc, a manufactuer of clinical drugs.

Chairman

Richard founded Thoburns in 1986, initially focusing on helping financial institutions in the Middle East raise their profile with the international financial community through creative advertising, media buying and public relations supporting events such as IMF/World Bank meetings and Davos.

In 2011, Thoburns acquired Greentarget, a specialist financial and corporate public relations agency with a particular expertise in banking and market structure. We have since added capabilities in branding, employee communications and sustainability to the Thoburns offer. Richard is a founder trustee of Burnie’s Foundation, an animal charity which owns a sanctuary in Norfolk and rescues dogs from Romania.

Financial Controller

Selwyn joined the team in July 2018 bringing a wealth of financial and commercial knowledge from his time as an independent consultant and working at Iris worldwide as the Global Head of Procurement and Financial Operations.

Giving back – Burnie’s Foundation

Burnieʼs Foundation (est. 2016) is a Thoburns initiative – founded by Chairman, Richard Thoburn – with the aim to alleviate animal suffering.  To date over 650 animals have already been rescued across the globe, from the streets of Romania to the cruel bear bile farms of Asia.

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Animals rescued and counting

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