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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 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
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
Stephen Dillon

Stephen Dillon

Account Manager

Stephen works with Higginson clients such as TIPA, Castleforge, Look Ahead and Best for Britain. Before joining Higginson, Stephen worked at a public affairs and communications consultancy based in Belfast assisting on peace-building projects in the Middle East.

Alex Pegler
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.

Stephen Dillon
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.

Esmé Parkins
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.

Jacob Metcalf
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.

Shireen Anthony
Isla Tweed

Isla Tweed

Account Executive

Before coming to Higginson Isla gained experience in Communications at the Legislative Assembly in the Parliament of NSW in Sydney. She has a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, undertaking a Digital Marketing placement in Paris in her third year.
Polly De Burgh Marsh
Bella Shorrock

Bella Shorrock

Social Media Manager

Bella manages social media for Higginson, creating and sharing content to promote the agency and its clients. She previously worked with her local MP managing social media campaigns and canvassing groups.

Isla Tweed
Lucy Siegle