Meet the team

Verity Blake

Verity Blake

Managing Director

With over 25 years in PR, Verity holds the highest level degree from Bournemouth University’s Centre for Excellence in Media Practice. 

Building a reputation as a communications specialist, she has created communication and digital strategies for some of the most exciting B2B and B2C brands worldwide including Ericsson, Norton Security, 3Mobile and AXA PPP.

Skilled across multiple sectors including legal, finance, technology, energy and HR, Verity has built HeadOn PR to become well recognised as ‘the ideas people’ – a creative, digital PR consultancy that creates different opportunities that go above and beyond expectations. Verity has also worked client side, so understands the demands of her clients and builds strategies that deliver against KPIs, supporting bottom line results.

Becky Charman

Becky Charman

Senior PR Consultant

Known for her straight-talking and direct style, Becky is a highly driven PR with over 20 years’ consumer, B2B and B2C experience and has worked both in-house and consultancy, including work for one of the country’s largest regional PR agencies.

In addition to her rapid, champagne-opening abilities thanks to her work for The National Lottery, Becky’s other areas of expertise include developing and implementing strategic, results-driven campaigns, media relations and event management for a host of major brands.  Her key sector experience includes HR, legal services and careers, health and leisure, property, education, energy and publishing.

Jo McConnell

Jo McConnell

Senior PR consultant

Jo’s love of media started in her teens with an avid passion for fashion magazines and weekend newspaper supplements – inspiring her to seek a career in the world of journalism. After completing a degree in fashion journalism at London College of Fashion, her first role was as an assistant on the fashion desk at a national newspaper, where she learnt fast about what makes the media tick.

Progressing into the world of PR, with a desire to hone her communication skills in a business environment, Jo worked for a number of prestigious PR agencies across London, including Quantum PR, MSL and Ketchum, rising to the role of Associate Director across a portfolio of global consumer lifestyle, b2b and technology brands.

Now with over 20 years’ experience in media and public relations Jo really understands what is required to make a good story. She is most described as tenacious, enthusiastic and resourceful and continually strives to achieve exceptional results that make a business difference.

Val Proctor

Val Proctor

PR Account Manager

Val is a former journalist with over 25 years’ PR experience,  gained in South Africa and the UK. Val has a wealth of B2B and B2C knowledge, spanning across the education, technology and charitable sectors. 

Val is a talented and engaging writer, and has further areas of expertise including media relations, implementing strategic PR campaigns and social media management.

 

Lucy Allen

Lucy Allen

PR Account Executive

Holding a Masters degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Lucy is a B2B and B2C PR professional with a strong skillset in writing and social media management.

Having previously held several successful positions within a national jewellery brand and later as an editor at one of 53 accredited Chambers of Commerce in the UK, Lucy is a hands-on media specialist, and supports with crafting powerful content for a range of publications, and across multiple social media platforms.

Emily Goold

Emily Goold

Junior PR Executive

Emily is a recent BA (Hons) Media and Journalism graduate, achieving a 2:1 degree from the University of the West of England, a top 40 university in the UK. Throughout her degree, Emily gained a wide range of invaluable skills needed to become a successful media and PR pro. With specialist insight into the global media landscape, Emily is highly adept at communicating to diverse audiences. 

Emily holds a strong skillset in writing, photography and video editing, podcasting and social media management. 

Ryan Blake

Ryan Blake

Commercial Director and Sales Transformation Specialist

Ryan has over 25 years experience in the Home Services and Utilities sector, working across B2B and B2C channels. He demonstrates a rare breed of experience, having been involved and responsible for large scale transformation programmes and projects for companies undergoing significant periods of change where corporate communications are key.

He has delivered large-scale sales and business transformation projects across B2B/B2C sales channels, field operations, call centre and commercial functions for companies such as British Gas and Harvey Water Softeners (Culligan International), and thrives by supporting SMEs to scale, identifying opportunities and developing their sales strategy.

From brand positioning, lead generation to creating bespoke sales processes and tools, Ryan develops stand out strategies which will increase your sales conversion and add value to your company offering to meet your customers’ needs. Ryan holds certificates in leadership, consulting, change management, project and programme management.

Dave Harries

Dave Harries

Head of Digital Communications, Podcast & Video production & Media Trainer

Dave’s career started at the BBC where he was trained as a radio Studio Manager. His BBC broadcast experience and later freelance career as a producer and presenter led him to champion the power of the professional broadcast-style interview as an effective, credible and authentic communications tools for businesses. During his career he has moved from a technical role to the creative production and presentation area of broadcast radio and TV, developing a varied skill-set encompassing audio and video production. 

Dave can create professional videos and podcasts for your organisation or a live event from planning through to web distribution. Drawing upon 30+ years in broadcast and video production, he can also help you refine your media skills, helping you prepare for those all-important media interviews, secured by our PR team. He can also show you how to use all forms of media as a platform to express yourself authentically and effectively.

Siobhan Gailey

Siobhan Gailey

Social Media and Digital Marketing Strategist

With over 10 years in digital marketing and social media, Siobhan is the one who will capture your customers’ attention on social media. Her strategic vision and consultation ensures that your business is the one customers want to ‘like’, the one they want to follow and engage with, and the one they want to share with others.

Siobhan has experience across a wide range of sectors, working both in-house within the communications sector, and more recently as a consultant.

Her skillset covers developing data-led, comprehensive social media strategies that are designed to generate results, and in implementing these across the major social media platforms. Siobhan is also a qualified Facebook and Instagram advertising strategist, skilled in implementing paid social media campaigns, and generating a demonstrable ROI.

Michelle Garrett

Michelle Garrett

PR Consultant (US)

As a public relations consultant, content creator, blogger, speaker and award-winning writer, Michelle is a specialist in working with B2B clients.

You will recognise Michelle’s articles and advice which have been featured in Entrepreneur, Ragan’s PR Daily, Forbes, Attorney At Work, Spin Sucks, Muck Rack, FairyGodBoss, ThomasNet, Freelancers Union and others. Michelle was named a Top Digital PR Leader in 2020, and her blog was on the list of Top 25 Must-Read Public Relations Blogs.

Lorna Al-Ani

Lorna Al-Ani

Creative Content Writer

Lorna’s career in content writing began with a fascination in how people’s minds work, studying a BSc degree in psychology. A role as marketing manager followed and, finding most enjoyment in the creativity of writing, Lorna now specialises in copywriting that engages and inspires client’s specific target customers.

Her expertise covers all types of content for both B2B and B2C audiences from website copy, blogs, articles, email campaigns and newsletters, sales decks and corporate brochures, media and social media content, and investment pitches. 

Working for leading global brands, such as Dentsu Aegis Network, Holland & Barrett and Exodus Travels, Lorna creates first-rate work for a wide range of sectors including IT, travel and healthcare , creating high-quality content that delivers results for her clients every time.

Guy Willett

Guy Willett

SEO consultant

Guy is a time served SEO consultant working for over five years with over 125 organisations across three continents. He has experience working with both B2B and B2B clients across a wide range of sectors from technology, professional services to plant hire and hypnotherapy.

He works across a wide range of CMS systems and platforms including WordPress, Wix, Squarespace, Shopify and Umbraco to name a few. He concentrates on expediting ROI with a concentration on on-page optimisation techniques like keyword research, page optimisation, technical SEO and content management and then looking at longer term off-page optimisation including local SEO, competitor backlink analysis and link building.

Serena Gay

Serena Gay

Podcast Producer

Serena is a BBC-trained radio journalist who founded and now runs Made4U Podcasts based in Cheltenham.

Made4U Podcasts launches podcasts for entrepreneurs, companies and organisations to help them reach new streams of profitable clients.

Serena also personally hosts three podcasts including the weekly Podcast Launch Pad with tips and tricks on how to launch a business podcast.

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