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.
David has over 13 years’ experience in corporate and financial communications. He started his career in the financial services team at FTI Consulting where he served a number of asset management clients, including Barclays Global Investors and Credit Suisse. David then went on to spend six years working in international relations, with international strategic communications roles at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, No.10 Downing Street, NATO Brussels and the United Nations in Kenya and Somalia.
Previously, David was an Associate Partner in one of London’s leading Financial & Corporate communications firms, working across listed and private clients, including Acacia Mining, NewRiver REIT, PlayTech and MarketTech. He also advised Anchorage Capital on its UK and European strategic communications.
Most recently David spent two years in New York as Director at two New York based financial services communications firms where his clients included Steve Drobny’s VC fund ClockTower and a number of discretionary macro hedge funds including Massar and Haidar, multi-strat hedge fund Campbell & Co, systematic quant hedge fund Quest Partners, and TMT focused Cadian. He also advised SkyBridge Capital and a London-based alternative private credit manager. David read Law at Durham University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Olivia has ten years’ experience as an Executive Assistant and joined Thoburns in December 2018.
Olivia started her career in the Professional Products division of L’Oréal – the world’s largest cosmetics company, before supporting the Chief Revenue Officer at MailOnline (a division of DMG Media) and then the CFO & CPO of a customer data science company.
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 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.
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.
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.