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

Account Executive

Hector joined Thoburns in October 2018 from The Economist’s New York office – where he completed an Associate Programme. During this programme, he spent time in the Marketing, Strategy and Business Development teams in order to ensure a holistic understanding of one of the world’s most respected newspapers. Hector graduated from Georgetown University, in Washington D.C., in 2017 with a degree in History.

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.

Account Manager

John is a corporate and financial public relations professional with a background in political communications and he has advised professional services companies, including large multinational law firms, particularly on their media outreach and engagement. John started his career in an in-house communications role at National Savings & Investments – the state owned UK savings bank and he has also worked as a Press Officer for a political party. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a member of a City Livery Company.

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.

Victoria is a sustainability expert with almost 20 years experience working in house and for leading consultancy, Corporate Citizenship which is part of Chime Communications. Victoria has advised a wide range of UK and international organisations across various sectors including Diageo, Caterpillar, AstraZeneca, Vodafone, BMW and Airbus on many aspects of corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Victoria specialises in areas including strategy, programme and campaign development, partnerships, purpose, social impact, corporate foundations and community & stakeholder engagement. Victoria also set up and managed a new foundation for Harlequins Rugby FC in Twickenham, and has supported the Wimbledon Foundation on the development of its national strategy.

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