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.

Michael Kovacs
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 former Home Secretary

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
Sian Sutherland

Sian Sutherland

Associate

Co-founder of A Plastic Planet one of the most recognised and respected campaigns tackling the plastic crisis. A serial entrepreneur she has run Michelin-starred restaurants and built a successful beauty brand. She has a particular interest in plastic and health and has become one of the most recognised anti-plastic campaigners in the world.

Jacqui Smith
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
Amanda McNally

Amanda McNally

Head of Built Environment

With 15 years’ experience in the property, retail and leisure PR sectors, Amanda has created and implemented many award-winning campaigns across a range of clients including leading retail destinations, property landlords and investment managers. With a keen focus on ESG, her unique approach blends corporate, B2B and consumer disciplines to ensure the very best targeted and collaborative commercial results.

Alex Davies
Alex Pegler

Alex Pegler

Account Director

Alex leads on supporting clients working in the environmental sector including A Plastic Planet, Viva! and Population Matters. He joined Higginson in March 2017.

Amanda McNally
Charlotte Radcliffe

Charlotte Radcliffe

Account Manager

Before joining Higginson, Charlotte worked at a Manchester-based agency for two years supporting consumer and corporate clients across a range of industries, including food and drink, property, and planning.

She has a degree in Media and Communications from Cardiff University and previously worked as a researcher for unscripted productions at the BBC.

Alex Pegler
Ryan Seller

Ryan Seller

Account Manager

Ryan joined Higginson from an agency specialising in PR for scaleup technology brands where he managed the HR and People Management technology division. In his spare time, he volunteers for the LGBT+ Switchboard charity, supporting its Media and Brand operations. He studied English Literature at Royal Holloway and has a passion for writing and content development.

Charlotte Radcliffe
Jacob Metcalf

Jacob Metcalf

Account Manager

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.

Ryan Seller
Polly De Burgh Marsh

Polly De Burgh Marsh

Senior 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.

Jacob Metcalf
Lauren Aston

Lauren Aston

Executive Assistant

Lauren is an Executive Assistant supporting John’s work. Before joining Higginson, Lauren was an Event Sales Manager who provided exceptional customer service and built rapport, with the main responsibility of planning and executing internal and corporate events.

Polly De Burgh Marsh
Ollie Minett

Ollie Minett

Graphic Designer

Ollie is a Graphic Designer with vast knowledge across the different design platforms. Prior to joining Higginson, Ollie has experience working as a graphic designer at marketing agencies as well as for Life Water UK, winner of the best sustainable beverage brand in 2020.

Lauren Aston
Sophia Kendall

Sophia Kendall

Account Executive

Before coming to Higginson, Sophia gained experience working at the Daily Mail as a Digital Content Editor. She has a degree in English Literature and also worked in the marketing department for an FMCG company.

Ollie Minett
Liberty Davidson

Liberty Davidson

Account Executive

Before joining Higginson, Liberty worked as a Community Organiser at the University of Sussex Students’ Union, enabling student-led campaigning. Liberty studied Sociology at the University of Sussex and has a Masters in Governance, Development and Public Policy from the Institute of Development Studies, where she researched deliberative democracy and its solutions to political disengagement.

Sophia Kendall
Mashaal Imran

Mashaal Imran

Trainee Accountant

Mashaal is an AAT Level 4 Technician working as Trainee Accountant for Higginson’s business services provider Mushroombiz. Graduating from apprentice to her current role, Mashaal looks after the company’s payroll, general and purchase ledgers.

Liberty Davidson
Lucy Siegle

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