MEET THE TEAM

Kate Hoare

Director

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An experienced business communications strategist, Kate has proven expertise working with brands and organisations to implement and execute stakeholder engagement campaigns that promote, protect and enhance reputation.

She has advised the boards and management teams of UK and international public and private companies on their core capital markets communications activity, including corporate transactions, investor relations support and financial calendar management for Admiral Taverns, easyHotel plc, IPH-Brammer, Ted Baker Plc and TUI Travel PLC.

Kate is excellent at handling high profile crisis and specialist situations, both from an internal and external communications perspective.

Favourite film: The Remains of The Day
Favourite smell: Fresh countryside air
Favourite book: A Little Love Song
Favourite word: Luscious

Polly Fairbank

Account Manager

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Polly provides executive support on several key accounts, spanning corporate and consumer PR. Her clients include Admiral Taverns, Aptitude Software and Clintons.

Polly also runs social media accounts for several clients, initiating content and executing tactical campaigns that boost awareness and loyal communities, notably on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Historical person I’d like to have supper with: Henry VIII
Favourite island: Skye
Favourite book of 2017: In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park

James Horne

Account Director

+44 (0) 203 701 7663


James’s experience spans consumer, corporate, B2B and crisis management communications across multiple industry sectors.

James has managed PR programmes and external press offices for household names, including Asda, Bosch, Dreams and Clintons, as well as PR programmes for global brands such as Xpress Money and KANA Software.

His work regularly propels established businesses and start-ups on to national broadcast platforms including the BBC, ITV and CNN.

Favourite book: Autumn/Winter Argos catalogue (1994)
Favourite film: Aliens (1986)
Favourite smell: Greggs bakery (10:30am)

Penelope Overton

Director

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Penelope co-founded Houston PR in 2007. A former solicitor, she has broad-ranging responsibilities, including financial management, legal, personal development and compliance. She manages this work alongside her career in dispute resolution and executive and life coaching.

Favourite activity for a Saturday afternoon: Browsing in a fabric shop
Favourite word: Preposterous
Favourite film: No Direction Home

Fiona Call

Account Executive

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Fiona is an experienced Account Executive in B2B and B2C communications at Houston PR. She works across a range of consumer, technology and financial clients as the key day-to-day press contact. Fiona has a keen eye for the crucial stories taking shape in within the media landscape and is experienced in building relationships with quality target media outlets. She has built her experience in small-large PR agencies such as Hotwire Global and Grayling. Fiona has also coordinated press activities on international accounts spanning 20 countries.

Fun facts:

Favourite city: Porto
Favourite afternoon snack: Coffee and Lotus biscuits
Most exciting place I’ve sung: Disneyland Paris

Michelle Jeffery

Consultant

+44 (0) 203 701 7666


Michelle has in-depth knowledge and experience of internal and external communications, from strategy to deployment. She advises clients on corporate and financial PR, B2B PR, consumer PR, internal communications, change management and crisis management.

She has worked in-house, including at TUI Travel PLC, BG Group and Virgin Media. She also spent five years as a senior advisor at a pure-play financial PR agency. Michelle is adept at delivering high quality, high impact communications across multiple channels.

Favourite smell: Jasmine
Favourite book: Brideshead Revisited
Favourite fact: The Isle of Wight is England’s largest island

Alexander Clelland

Director

+44 (0) 20 3701 7660


Alexander has more than 20 years’ experience in corporate communications, leading global and regional in-house communications teams. His consultancy experience includes advising clients across the financial services, technology, and leisure and hospitality sectors. Prior to joining Houston, Alexander was a Partner at Hudson Sandler, one of the UK’s most established PR agencies. He managed global and pan-European clients and led the corporate team who worked with UK hospitality clients.

Hamish Thompson

Managing Director

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Hamish founded Houston PR in 2007. For 30 years he has advised FTSE 100 companies, investment banks, retailers, consumer brands, educational bodies and public figures on effective communication. His client experience includes many leading UK and international brands and public figures.

Hamish features regularly in the annual PR Week Power Book, is a frequent commentator in the media about media, communications and politics and is a stable genius. Many, many people are saying that.

Favourite book: The Life of P T Barnum
Favourite film: Escape from New York
Favourite fact: The area code for Cape Canaveral is 321