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Team

Our talented team create an enjoyable environment in which we can do great work, helping our clients grow their reputations, create positive change and win new business.

John Higginson

Partner

John Higginson has worked for the Evening Standard, The Sun, The People, Independent, Daily Express and Mail on Sunday and spent seven years at Metro where he was political editor based in Parliament. Since leaving journalism he has helped a wealth of clients, from Uber to Hitachi Rail and Centrica, to deliver communications success.

Clodagh Higginson

Clodagh Higginson

Partner

Clodagh was ITV Good Morning Britain’s political correspondent and Whitehall Editor of The Sun. She has an impressive history of breaking exclusive political stories and one of her key strengths is making complex political stories relatable to the British public.

John Higginson
Jacqui Smith

Jacqui Smith

Chair of Empower and Birmingham NHS Trust

Jacqui is the Chair of female empowerment campaign Empower and the Jo Cox Foundation. She is also the Chair of University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Sandwell Children’s Trust and Precious Trust and The King’s Fund. She was Labour MP for Redditch between 1997 and 2010. In government, Jacqui served as Minister for Women and Equalities, Health Minister and Schools Minister before becoming the first woman to hold the office of Home Secretary.

Clodagh Higginson
Bella Davies-Heard

Bella Davies-Heard

Senior Associate Director

A strong belief in the power of purpose – for accelerating global change and galvanizing business growth simultaneously – has shaped her decade in communications, with past and present clients including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNICEF, Pernod Ricard and Microsoft.

Jacqui Smith
Sian Sutherland

Sian Sutherland

Associate

Sian advises Higginson’s clients on how to build brands with heart and how to communicate purpose. Co-Founder of the Mio and Mama Mio range and campaign group A Plastic Planet, Sian helps people and brands ignite and flourish. She has 25 years’ experience in brand building in Europe and the USA.

Bella Davies-Heard
Alex Davies

Alex Davies

Associate Director

Alex Davies is a former Chief of Staff to Sir Vince Cable and has 15 years’ experience working in both Houses of Parliament. Alex gave strategic advice to a range of democratic reform and civil liberties campaigners through political grant maker Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Limited. He has also served as a leading Lambeth councillor.

Sian Sutherland
Alex Pegler

Alex Pegler

Senior Account Manager

Alex supports clients working in the environmental sector and creative and manufacturing industries including A Plastic Planet, Ask Us For Ideas and Made Thought. Alex handles the day-to-day running of Higginson’s environmental campaign Nature 2030.

Alex Davies
Esmé Parkins

Esmé Parkins

Account Manager

Esmé supports Higginson clients working across the environmental, manufacturing and creative sectors to deliver media campaigns and public affairs support.

Prior to joining Higginson, Esmé worked in strategic communications at a planning consultancy, providing communications advice for built environment projects.

Alex Pegler
Shireen Anthony

Shireen Anthony

Senior Executive Co-ordinator

Shireen is Senior Executive Co-ordinator, supporting John’s work and undertaking research for the Empower strategic communications practice. Before joining Higginson she spent several years chairing a charity in the field of health, and worked for other third sector organisations before joining the Westminster team of a senior politician.

Esmé Parkins
Jacob Metcalf

Jacob Metcalf

Senior Account Executive

Jacob works with Higginson clients including A Plastic Planet and Heap and Partners. Before joining Higginson, Jacob covered breaking news, council meetings, courts, inquests and led up the crime reporting division while building relationships with authorities working for the Oldham Evening Chronicle.

Shireen Anthony
Olivia Passco

Olivia Passco

Senior Account Executive

Before joining Higginson Strategy, Olivia was at a PR agency for the UK SME arena. She has worked for clients in a range of industries spanning from recruitment, energy, law and financial services. Olivia studied Sociology at the University of Bristol focusing on Military Sociology.

Jacob Metcalf
Stephen Dillon

Stephen Dillon

Senior Account Executive

Stephen works with Higginson clients such as Karhoo, WealthiHer, Look Ahead and Blackheath High. Before joining Higginson, Stephen worked at a political affairs and communications consultancy based in Belfast assisting on peace-building projects in the Middle East.

Olivia Passco
Polly De Burgh Marsh

Polly De Burgh Marsh

Account Executive

Before joining Higginson, Polly gained experience at London-based public affairs agency Hanover, assisting with their industrial clients. Polly studied English Literature at Bristol University and has a Masters in International Politics from SOAS, where she focused particularly on governance in Africa.

Stephen Dillon
Lucy Siegle