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Thoburns has always been a relationship-driven agency. We help our clients navigate a variety of communications challenges and  we manage reputations through every communications medium. By combining any of our specialist financial, corporate, sustainability, and crisis communications skills (all underpinned by strong digital expertise), we provide a truly integrated, impactful and commercially astute approach to modern communications.

We are headquartered in London with partners in key centres worldwide and can draw on that international network to work cross border and across continents.

Our team

Ben Rothschild

Ben Rothschild

Ben joined Thoburns in September 2022, after six years’ experience at a corporate communications agency based in London.

Ben has worked with a variety of international clients covering the insurance, risk management, robotics, property, and luxury goods sectors. He has supported and advised clients across a range of campaigns through media relations, copywriting, internal communications, and content creation, helping them communicate effectively with their target audiences.

Prior to working in corporate communications, Ben graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in History and Ancient History.

Brian Monteith

Brian is a communications and public affairs specialist with nearly forty years’ experience across commercial, corporate and government accounts.

Working initially in the City of London, Edinburgh, and then internationally, clients have included Budweiser, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Lyceum Theatre and international governments.

Brian is a regular TV and radio contributor to the likes of Newsnight and Sky, and has had a weekly column in The Scotsman since 2009. This follows regular columns in the Edinburgh Evening News (18 years) and City AM. He has also contributed op-eds to the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph and Mail on Sunday.

He has held elected office twice, serving in both the Scottish and European parliaments.

Elizabeth Baker

Elizabeth is a qualified Management Accountant and has over 20 years’ experience working with a variety of well-known brands. This includes 15 years at Procter & Gamble working with brands such as Pampers, Duracell and Pringles.

Elizabeth also spent six years at Perrigo, a pharmaceuticals company, where she was Finance Manager for Ireland.  She joined Thoburns in June 2019.

Georgi Rochford

Georgi Rochford

Georgi joined Thoburns in September 2022, after graduating from Durham University with a degree in Law.

Prior to Thoburns, Georgi completed the Legal Practice Course, and an internship with a Financial Services consultancy specialising in supporting financial institutions with their Financial Crime Compliance Frameworks.

Jake Horwood

Jake joined Thoburns in November 2023. Prior to Thoburns, Jake worked as an accredited sports journalist and editor. He also completed work experience placements at The Wall Street Journal and Stats Perform, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from University College London.

Jane Padgham

Prior to joining Thoburns in February 2024, Jane spent over a decade as a financial journalist, including seven years as the Evening Standard’s Economics Correspondent. She crossed the media fence in 2007, joining the Financial and Professional Services team at Fishburn Hedges – and has wide subsequent experience at various agencies as well as in-house – specialising in media relations including profile-raising, thought leadership and crisis communications.

Jane holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Johanna Lawson Dick

Johanna Lawson Dick

Johanna joined Thoburns in September 2021 as an Account Executive having graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2020 with a degree in Politics and American Studies. Prior to joining Thoburns, Johanna worked for a PR and integrated communications agency specialising in the Technology and Healthcare sectors. She has also completed internships at a Think Tank and with a strategic communications consultancy firm.

Katie Frank

Katie has over a decade of experience in corporate communications, reputation management, and public affairs across EMEA, Asia and the Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining Thoburns, Katie advised clients at the Rud Pedersen Group and Portland Communications across finance, tech, energy, and healthcare. She has advised a range of clients during her career including the global semiconductor company Nexperia during the high-profile national security investigation of the acquisition of Newport Wafer Fab, the Epilepsy Society on creating the award-winning online safety campaign ‘Zach’s Law’, Pfizer on the COVID-19 global vaccine rollout, and investment banks on company restructures following the implementation of sanctions against Russia in 2022.

Katie has also led campaigns, communications strategies, and high-profile events for senior politicians across the UK and Europe.

Mark Webster

Mark has over 30 years’ experience in journalism and media training. In that time, he has worked with leading international print and broadcasting organisations, companies, governments and civil society organisations.

Mark’s early career in journalism was with the Financial Times, working predominantly in Africa. He then joined Independent Television News (ITN) – one of the UK’s leading television news providers, where he was variously Political correspondent, Business and Economics Editor, bureau chief in Russia and then Ireland.

Mark has also delivered a wide range of media training programmes in his time working for the Thomson Foundation, with extensive experience in Africa and Eastern Europe.

Matt Jones

Matt joined Thoburns from the in-house communications team at TP ICAP, an FTSE 250 Financial Services business. Matt has a range of experience in corporate communications, where he has supported organisations, from high profile businesses to early-stage startups in financial services, technology, education, transport, and sport.

After starting his career in the UAE with Four Communications Group, Matt has worked in international in-house and agency teams advising and delivering on diverse communications strategies, including media relations, content creation and crisis management. Matt graduated from Coventry University with a degree in Journalism.

Max Richardson

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.

Nadine Abou Rjeily

Nadine joined Thoburns in May 2022 and has over eight years’ communications experience specialising in Arabic media relations.

Prior to Thoburns, Nadine worked as a media consultant at the Arab Foundations Forum – a member-based association of Arab foundations which aims to strengthen the capacity of Arab philanthropy in the MENA region – and as an Account Director at WHAT’S UP? – a monthly entertainment magazine and platform in Lebanon. Nadine studied Psychology at Le Collège Notre Dame des Frères.

Natalia Lapotko

Natalia has over ten years of experience in media and communications. Previously, she worked as a financial journalist at Mergermarket, where she covered various financial transactions in the fintech and business services sector.

As a specialist in financial and corporate communications, Natalia has provided strategic counsel to a diverse range of companies, including fintech unicorns, start-ups, and publicly listed businesses. Her expertise extends to navigating the nuanced landscape of financial markets and effectively conveying complex information to a broad audience.

Nick Lambert

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.

Pepper Sells

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 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.

Richard Thoburn

Richard founded Thoburns in 1986, originally as a communications agency focused on emerging markets. In 2011, Thoburns acquired Greentarget Strategic Communications, a specialist financial and corporate public relations agency with a particular expertise in banking and market structure. Greentarget was sold in 2019 and the Thoburns offering has since been refocused to provide an even more integrated approach.

He is a founder trustee of Burnie’s Foundation, an animal charity which helps alleviate animal suffering.  Richard completed the Owner/ President Manager (OPM) program at Harvard Business School, where he still maintains strong connections.

Simran Randhawa

Simran Randhawa

Simran joined Thoburns in September 2022 as an Account Executive having completed a Master’s in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at Durham University.

Prior to joining Thoburns, Simran completed internships in publishing and several law firms.

Victoria Geoghegan

Victoria has over 15 years’ experience in corporate and financial communications and joined Thoburns in September 2018.  Previously, Victoria was Managing Director of Bell Pottinger Financial and Corporate, one of London’s leading Financial & Corporate communications firms, working for both Stock Exchange-listed and private clients as well as with high profile individuals and investment promotion agencies.

Victoria has advised clients as diverse as James Dyson, FTSE250 real estate companies Unite Students and Workspace, financial services companies CYBG (now Virgin Money) and Investec, 18 companies on retail bond issuance, Bermuda’s investment promotion authority and M&A such as Net-a-Porter’s merger with Yoox and Liberty Media on its $4.4 billion acquisition of Formula One.

She is also very experienced in both profile raising, thought leadership and crisis communications campaigns.  Victoria read International Business, Finance and Economics at Manchester University and is a trustee of charity focussed on education of children and young people in Nigeria.

Interested in joining our team?

If you have a passion for communications and a creative mind, we’d love to talk to you.

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