We’re a mix of ex-journalists, communications professionals, experienced consultants and creative sparks

The Social PR team

We are a creative public affairs, community consultation and PR agency delivering campaigns for clients in the property, construction, housing, retail and energy sectors. Being Social means we combine online expertise, media intelligence, political insight and engaging personalities to get results. We reach new audiences, achieve great media coverage, give communities a voice and help clients successfully deliver their projects – and we’re always ready for our next challenge, wherever it may be.

Social responsibility is central to our company ethos. That is why we donate a percentage of our pre-tax profits to charity and give staff the opportunity to spend two days a year supporting a local charity of their choice. We work hard to foster a supportive environment for our staff which promotes health and well-being. The Social team are given their birthdays off and enjoy free fresh fruit delivered to the office every week.

See our client work across property, retail, energy and construction

Case Studies 

John is a versatile communicator and has had 20 years’ experience of working with some of the biggest names in the UK.

He was instrumental in working with Number 10 during the millennium celebrations and has managed the media for a range of organisations including major retailers; private developers and housing associations, as well as the Royal Family and high profile celebrities.

He is particularly skilled at managing media issues and crises. John gets on with people and is an expert at capturing hearts and minds. His work in reinventing consultation to help developers achieve planning consents has won awards.

He is as comfortable presenting to a board of directors; briefing the national press or discussing policy or planning applications with politicians as he is working with local people at grass roots level.

John has worked on numerous contentious planning applications, including mobile phone masts, supermarkets and wind farms and he has an excellent understanding of the planning process as well as how to identify and work with supporters.

As an ex-journalist, Caty has honed her skills as a writer and has the ability to write about a range of subjects to fit perfectly with the audience.

PR and writing is in her blood. She cut her teeth in PR in Manchester, where she has worked for the last 14 years. Caty has a natural ability to ‘sell’ stories to the media and handle press enquiries, having helped run the press office for one of the largest councils in the UK.

Feature writing, blogging, opinion pieces, website copy and the good old, solid press release are her specialities. Caty is brilliant at creating and placing content where it is guaranteed to reach the right audiences. A creative thinker, she helped to bring brands like Urban Splash and Ask Developments to life through clever use of storytelling and media relations.

Ben is a highly experienced communications strategist dealing with some of the most high profile projects and clients in the UK and abroad over the last twenty years.

He specialises in transport, infrastructure, construction and regeneration and has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors.

For almost 10 years Ben was Media Director for High Speed 1 (where he also led communications for the London 2012 Olympic transport strategy for St Pancras International) before becoming Lead Spokesperson for High Speed 2 for three years. Prior to that Ben spent eight years at agencies including: Ogilvy PR Worldwide; Freud Communications and Blue Rubicon. Here his clients included: Nike; BP; KFC; Birmingham City Council; King’s Cross Central; The London 2012 Olympic Village; Tate Modern; The Eden Project; Millennium Stadium, Cardiff; Odyssey Belfast and New Doha International Airport. He also set up and sold two public relations agencies of his own, including international offices. His work has included as much about strategic proactive promotion as it has about issues management and dealing with crises.

Ben’s media contacts in the sector are unrivalled and he has sat on the editorial board of several trade magazines. He is a member of CIPR and has been included in the PRWeek PowerBook 150 since 2015.

Outside of work, Ben has a wife and three children. He spends whatever time he has left watching Arsenal (his playing days are sadly over but he is chair of a local youth football team) and trying to keep his dreadfully unreliable motorbikes on the roads of North London.

Pete is a communications expert with 10 years’ experience of working in public affairs, community consultation and PR. He is adept at understanding audiences and engaging in effective and creative ways. From Facebook campaigns to viral films, media releases to community meetings, Pete has a track record of delivering results for clients across the country.

A veteran of over 50 housing, supermarket, infrastructure and energy planning applications, Pete has been entrusted to manage community and stakeholder engagement by some of the UK’s leading names in housing, retail, energy and regeneration including Lidl, RWE Innogy (formerly RWE npower), National Grid, Barratt Homes and Extra MSA Group.

His work has been recognised with PR industry awards for his innovative and committed approach to community consultation on complex and controversial planning proposals. As well as his effective approach to building relationships with communities, Pete has the skills required to decipher complicated planning proposals into plain language, with the help of a creative approach to visual communication.

An attention to detail and commitment to shared goals means Pete continues to enjoy excellent relationships with the clients, colleagues and communities he has worked with.

As President of Leeds’ particularly active Chamber of Commerce, Gerald is a well-known figure in the region’s business and political community. He joins our team as Chairman of Social Leeds.

Gerald is credited as the man behind the transformative Trinity Leeds shopping centre and having worked in the region for over 30 years, he has unrivalled connections and influence. On hand to offer strategic stakeholder advice, Gerald is an expert networker and understands who best to engage with to put your plans into motion.

Former Portfolio Director for Land Securities and Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, he has a number of other non-executive roles for Yorkshire-based institutions including Leeds City College and The Tetley. Gerald first worked alongside Social as part of the team tasked with securing planning approval for a major £50m motorway service area - a project which clearly demonstrated how his expertise and our wider communications skills could complement each other. He is excited to be helping us secure further investment in the region and to be supporting Social as we grow our own Yorkshire-based offer.

Amanda is a Fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), having qualified in 2000 and has a vast knowledge gained within various industry sectors, starting with a Chartered Accountants practice and moving into industry with Manchester Airport Group.

Since then she has worked in a variety of sectors from Proquote Ltd (a subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange) global oil company Shell and as a financial director and company secretary for a PR agency, where her work included producing statutory accounts, VAT returns, P11Ds and payroll.

A very keen animal lover, Amanda has also been a volunteer treasurer for a charity in her spare time at the Humane Education Society, putting in place financial procedures, checks and systems to improve its accounts function.

Nathan has over 25 years’ experience in fully integrated marketing encompassing all marketing channels, gained across a number of agency and client side senior roles.

He has proven success in the development and leadership of fully integrated, multi-channel marketing teams, delivering enhanced marketing channel offerings, client servicing levels and achieving high levels of effective and increased awareness and lead generation.

A former transport journalist, Chris joined Social in 2016 as an Account Director with more than 14 years’ experience in PR, journalism, and marketing.

Since moving into Public Relations in 2011, Chris has worked on behalf of numerous high-profile B2B and B2C clients including: Aldi, Peel Ports, Transport for London, The Mayor of London, Keepmoat, GRAHAM Construction, MEPC, Carter Jonas, IHG Holiday Inn, Conwy Borough Council, Pinsent Masons.

Chris has extensive experience of profiling C-Suite members and developing thought leadership pieces for The Telegraph, FT, The Times, Sky News, The Guardian, BBC as well as regional and trade media titles.

An award-winning former journalist Chris specialises in delivering public relations strategies and campaigns which; generate national and international coverage, effectively communicate key messages and match business objectives.

Tony has over 15 years integrated agency experience that covers both brand and digital communications. Over the course of this time Tony has helped companies, big and small, create, refresh and position their brands in the marketplace and implemented successful online and offline campaigns.

Tony has a wealth of marketing experience within a wide range of industry sectors including; construction, wholesale, sports travel, manufacturing, environmental and the motor industry.

Understanding the market and challenges businesses face he uses insight and analytic information, plus the talent of the team around him to guide strategic direction and deliver creative solutions to briefs whether they are brand, campaign or digital that brings a return on investment for clients.

Victoria joins the Social Communications East team with a detailed understanding of the regional economic and political landscape following her previous role in press and communications at the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

She has extensive experience of developing stories and gaining media coverage across a range of economic, social and environmental agendas.

With particular strengths in building effective relationships, Victoria has worked in partnership with key stakeholders from the public and private sectors in Leeds City Region and beyond.

Alongside PR, Victoria’s previous experience working for a Member of Parliament and more recent work with local authorities provides her with a great insight into the workings of local and national government. This knowledge is enhanced by over 7 years experience in campaign planning, events management and developing communications strategies.

Mark has a wealth of PR experience, having worked in the industry for more than ten years. Prior to working with Social Communications, he was part of the press and communications team for Marketing Manchester, the agency charged with promoting Manchester on the international stage.

Adept at articulating powerful messages across a range of media, Mark has worked across various projects in support of Greater Manchester’s economic development strategy, including the city’s ground breaking devolution deal. He has advised New Economy, Visit Manchester, Greater Manchester’s Local Enterprise Partnership, Manchester China Forum and Manchester at MIPIM on communications.

Mark has experience of working with national and international journalists on stories ranging from destination features to articles about new investments and developments. With particular strengths in copywriting, generating new ideas and building effective relationships with stakeholders, Mark has a knack for learning his subject matter inside out, juggling multiple projects and sticking to deadlines

With a background in events management, Tim has developed his public relations and writing skills across a variety of platforms, audiences and markets.

With more than seven years’ experience in a range of media roles, including broadcast journalism and voice-over work, Tim has developed his specialism in B2B PR, particularly for the social housing sector.

He has managed award-winning campaigns in the housing market and his technical writing has brought clients widespread coverage on renewable and disruptive technologies.

Tim’s excellent communication skills, ability to ‘sell’, event management experience and media contacts mean he is well able to work across both the Public Relations and Consultation teams.

Michael has a high level of experience of working in public affairs, offering expertise in stakeholder engagement, community consultation, as well as planning and infrastructure communications.

He has a proven track record of delivering results for clients with experience of managing a wide range of projects including strategic land promotion, large scale commercial and residential development; as well as grass-root neighbourhood planning.

Prior to joining Social Communications, Michael worked in London and the South East with his clients forming some of the UK’s leading names in the housing and regeneration sectors including Berkeley Homes, Crest Nicholson, Willmott Dixon, Redrow; and Miller Homes.

He has been previously elected as a councillor and served for two years as the Leader of the Conservative Group on Reigate & Banstead Borough Council – Michael was the youngest councillor in the country to hold this role in a majority group. Prior to that he has worked in Parliament for several MPs including the Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Deputy Chief Whip; and Karl McCartney MP.

Having started his career working for the Yes to Fairer Votes referendum campaign, Arnie has almost seven years of stakeholder engagement, community consultation, public affairs and communications experience.

Arnie joined Social Communications in early 2017, following a five-year stint at a public affairs and property communications agency based in Leeds. In this role he was involved in public affairs, property communications and stakeholder engagement campaigns, including leading on communications around the largest city centre retail development to open in the UK in 2014.

In his career Arnie has worked with some of the biggest names in UK property and infrastructure, including Westfield, Meyer Bergman, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, IKEA, National Grid and Northern Powergrid.

Arnie has developed a keen interest in the overlap between community engagement, media relations and political developments. He is currently focussing on the Government’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ agenda, having written articles regarding devolution to the north and how this could affect property and planning.

Fran is a natural networker with passion for writing, digital strategies and social impact. An experienced, entrepreneurial blogger and social media consultant, she brings with her first hand knowledge of how to build a lasting and valuable online presence.

Fran has brought social media expertise to every role in her career to date. She has developed social media strategies and schedules for a wide range of clients, and substantially grown the online presence of charities, magazines, housing events and more. She has also spoken at several events and workshops in the digital and media sectors.

A creative person with never-ending ideas and a genuine interest in real stories from real people, Fran marries organisation with creativity to produce successful social media strategies.

Iain has a wealth of branding experience, from creating and managing numerous branding projects from development to implementation, to providing design support for consultation.

Alongside his passion for design, Iain possesses strong typography and layout skills, and is adept in both digital and print design. Iain has proven experience in working with clients on new brands, including re-branding, and can skilfully follow existing brand guidelines.

He also has extensive pre-press and print knowledge, allowing him to see a client’s brief through from concept to print delivery and has experience of filming and editing events footage and one-to-one interviews for multi-national organisations.

Iain constantly follows what is happening in the world of design and keeps up to date on current design trends.

Luke heads up Social Communications’ video production, seeing projects through from their initial conception through filming, editing and finally post-production.

He has previously worked for several years in commercial broadcasting, for companies including ITV and Timeline Television, and with credits on shows such as ‘You’ve Been Framed’ and ‘Judge Rinder’.

Whether organising and co-ordinating a project, or on the creative side of actually writing and shooting it, Luke has a proven track record delivering engaging content to clients on time and on budget.

Seb has over a decade’s experience creating content for the web, and as a pop culture and tech journalist has written for a wide range of digital and print outlets including Wired, Empire, BBC America, Den of Geek and When Saturday Comes.

In addition to creating written, visual and audio media for online audiences with an immediate and engaging voice, he specialises in curating and managing content, and has the technical knowledge to support in both front and back end web development.

A first-class degree graduate in Graphic Design, Dan previously worked as a Creative Artworker for HSS Hire and a freelance designer in his spare time. He is now using his passion for design, motion graphics, and illustration knowledge as part of Social Communications.

Led by a dedication for all things design, Dan possesses extensive experience in creating multi-level content such as print media, motion graphics, responsive email templates, and websites.

His accomplished four-year career and work with various Manchester agencies allowed him to possess the ability to collaborate on and identify innovative and eye-catching briefs, as well as developing a knack for staying on top of the latest design and motion graphics trends.

Lucy joins Social Communications as Executive Assistant and Group Marketing Support. With experience in both the property and publishing sectors, she brings a broad range of organisational and marketing skills to the agency.

She began her career as a Communications Assistant for a popular London Publishing House and in recent years has looked after numerous key property and construction clients at an executive level. Her role at Social will encompass working with the management team across the regions, as well as helping to promote the agency itself.

Joining Social from a full-service communications agency, Clover has experience in building and maintaining client relationships, having completed competitive research for her previous employer’s largest client. Alongside her strong research and analytical skills, she has a key understanding of media and political monitoring, including the use of analytics to monitor social media activity.

Clover has experience of working across a wide range of public affairs projects across the UK although she has begun to carve out a specialism for regeneration and placemaking schemes. With a keen interest in social affairs and political culture at both the local and national level, Clover uses this knowledge to inform Social’s engagement with stakeholders.

Clover is a 2016 graduate from the University of Manchester with an Honours degree in Geography with International Study, spending her third year attending the University of California, Los Angeles.

Enfys is a trained journalist with a passion for writing and a keen eye for detail who has moved from covering local news to join Social Communications as a copywriter and content producer.

Having graduated from Staffordshire University with a degree in journalism, she worked as a senior journalist at a weekly newspaper in Wales.

Prior to graduating Enfys spent time working with Sky News on regional politics and produced regular written and video content for a Staffordshire news website.

With bags of experience in producing and editing eye catching written content, Enfys knows how to promote our client’s visions and maximise their reach to any audience.

Emily is an accomplished PR consultant with more than 12 years’ experience. She has worked both in house and in consultancies, advising clients of all sizes…

… and from a variety of industries, in particular the property, construction, and professional services sectors.

With a proven track record of building and maintaining client relationships, her expertise includes advising on strategic public consultation campaigns, having delivered projects for a number of high-profile organisations in this sector, including Waitrose and John Lewis.

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