Cicero Group is an integrated communications agency specialising in corporate PR, financial PR and public affairs.
Iain is an expert in integrated communications, global political risk and public policy.
He has over 25 years experience in communications, initially as a business journalist and then as a founding shareholder at Incisive Media. He has also worked for a range of politicians, including Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP on his leadership bids.
Iain is co founder and Executive Chairman at Cicero Group and focuses on public policy and corporate communications strategy supporting many global FTSE and Fortune 500 blue chip organisations. He provides CEO and Board level counsel.
He is one of the Financial Times / OUTstanding Global 100 Executives.
He regularly contributes to national and international print and broadcast media including Sky News and BBC. He is also contributing Political Editor of Square Mile.
Iain is the immediate past Chairman of the Association of Professional Political Consultants and a past Chairman of the CIPR Public Affairs group.
He is a Fellow of both the CIPR and the PRCA.
He was ranked in the top quartile of the Total Politics Top 100 Lobbyists and appears in the PR Week Power Book. CityAM also includes him in the list of “The City’s most influential financial PRs” voted by broadcast and national business editors. He features in the Square Mile “Power 100” list.
He served on the Advisory Board of the Queen Elizabeth II Garden in New York from 2012 until 2016. He joined the Advisory Board of Modern Europe in early 2014.
He loves spending time in Nice, France and is an opera nut.
Jeremy brings more than 25 years’ experience in banking, business and politics to his role as Cicero’s Chief Executive, serving the client base across the UK, continental Europe and Asia Pacific.
After 12 years at Citibank and JPMorgan and four years as an elected Wandsworth Borough councillor, Jeremy became one of Cicero’s principal investors in 2000.
Mark has been a Director at Cicero for 10 years having joined the board in 2010. He is currently overseeing the firm’s expanding international research business.
Mark previously worked for the UK Labour Government between 1997-1999 for both the Rt. Hon Nick Brown MP and the Rt. Hon John Reid MP. He has also more recently worked as an adviser to the UK Treasury-sponsored Bischoff Review, which led to the creation of TheCityUK. Private sector experience includes having worked as the head of government relations at Direct Line where he also served on the ABI EU policy committee and CEA Motor Insurance Committee. He has also lived and worked as a political lobbyist in Brussels and Washington DC.
A prolific writer and researcher, Mark has undertaken major thought leadership projects, such as a longitudinal study of UK pensions for Scottish Widows and the 20-country survey on retirement for HSBC. Mark is also active in UK and EU government relations across a number of Cicero’s blue chip corporate clients dealing with international financial regulation, tax policy and retail financial services. He currently sits on the American Chamber of Commerce EU financial services committee and tax task force.
Helena leads Cicero’s Brussels team and has over a decade’s worth of experience working on Government and EU policy – financial services and digital. Before joining Cicero, Helena was a Political Functionnaire on the European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and has also worked at the Irish Industrial Development Agency. She began her career in the European Commission.
Helena advises clients on technical policy issues and provides strategic advice on the EU legislative processes. She holds a Master’s degree in European Social Policy Analysis and has previously lived in Denmark and Japan.
In 2012 Helena was voted European Consultant of the Year at the European Public Affairs Awards. In 2014 she was listed as one of the Top 40 Rising Stars of the Trading and Technology Industry by Financial News.
Tom leads Cicero’s UK Public Affairs practice and is a member of the Executive team. He has over 15 years’ public affairs experience across the banking, accountancy, business and public sectors. He has advised several FTSE clients through industry-changing legislative and regulatory reforms in the financial sector. He has also worked for several MPs in Westminster, including former Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mark Hoban MP and Shadow Business Minister, Iain Wright MP through his work on the All-Party Group for Business, Finance and Accountancy.
Before joining Cicero in 2011, he worked at HBOS advising on political relations during the merger with Lloyds Banking Group, and at the ICAEW where he was responsible for leading the organisation’s political and regulatory engagement across Westminster and Whitehall.
Mike leads Cicero’s Corporate and Financial team, and has provided advice and expertise to a range of clients in recent years including Barclays, Home Retail Group, Aldermore Bank, MetLife, Sainsbury’s, the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association and NYSE Euronext. He joined Cicero in January 2011.
Before Cicero Mike led the PR offering at another London-based agency, having entered agency life from the in-house team at Betfair plc, where he spent time in both corporate (communications and IR) and consumer PR teams. He has also worked in the United States, first on the Presidential Election in 2004 and then a U.S. Senate race in Missouri in 2006 for incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill.
Mike has appeared on a range of national broadcast media in the UK, including BBC News, ITV News, Reuters and Bloomberg, and has been quoted in all national newspapers in the UK as a spokesperson.
In April 2012 he founded online political discussion site SpeakersChair.com, now with more than 400 contributors ranging from Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, to ordinary voters. Mike is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Chair’s the University of Bristol’s London Alumni Society and is a Member of the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA).
Kate joined Cicero in September 2015 as Senior Counsel in our Corporate PR and Public Affairs practices. She arrived on the back of a 25-year career in broadcast media, having worked for Sky News, where she spent the past nine years as Executive Producer. Before working at Sky she held a number of roles at the BBC, including Assistant Editor of Newsnight, The World at One and PM with Eddie Mair.
Kate was in charge of the Sky News Royal Wedding coverage in 2011, where she delivered a record-breaking audience.
Irene is a former journalist with over 10 years’ experience in communications. She started life as a journalist working for Sky News, the BBC, Panorama and Dispatches working as an undercover reporter and a producer, before moving into PR and content production. She has delivered award-winning campaigns for clients including Barclays as well as multi-content PR campaigns for Deloitte, Standard Life, Close Brothers and Legal & General, among others.
Irene is a specialist in financial services, working with clients including Royal London, Aviva and Virgin Money in the personal finance sector. She has helped launch a number of challenger banks including Masthaven and Tandem, and is well experienced in the business finance area.
She is also skilled in consumer content production having previously produced TV channels for Barclays and Deloitte, and video and multimedia content for clients including Aegon, Scottish Friendly, Friend’s Life, Care UK, Starbucks, Fitbit and the Food Standards Agency.
John is a political consultant and analyst with a decade of experience working in London and Washington, D.C. He advises major clients in financial services, real estate and mining. He leads Cicero’s political risk analysis and is a regular speaker on political risk for the corporate sector with a particular expertise in complex and highly regulated markets.
He joined the multi-award winning consultancy Cicero Group in 2006, opened its US presence in 2011 and was appointed to the group board in 2014. He holds a BSc in Government from London School of Economics and an MSc in Public Policy from University College London.
James was Labour MP for Warwick & Leamington from 1997 to 2010. He served as a welfare minister in both the Blair and Brown governments introducing a range of welfare reforms and taking two major pension reforms through Parliament, including the introduction of auto-enrolment and changes to the state pension scheme.
Before joining the government, James served on the Treasury Select Committee, with particular interests in monetary policy, consumer credit and banking reform. James was also a member of the parliamentary committee that introduced reform to banking supervision and regulation, and separately served on several Finance Bill committees.
Prior to entering Parliament, James held academic posts at Brunel and Oxford Universities, specialising in American political studies.
James is a regular contributor to several periodicals and has previously published writings on American politics. He also writes on issues of moral philosophy.
Mark joined Cicero in 2013 and has over 30 years of PR experience. He has been Head of Communications for Halifax, Birmingham Midshires, HSBC, First Direct and Bank of Scotland. He headed press relations at Halifax Building Society during the world’s largest ever flotation and then oversaw the merger of the Halifax Bank with Bank of Scotland in 2001 to form HBOS.
In 2008 Mark joined HSBC as Head of Press Relations looking after their four main UK brands – HSBC Retail, HSBC Business Banking, First Direct and Marks and Spencer Bank – becoming Head of UK Communications in 2011.Most recently, Mark worked for the Payments Council on the launch of the new industry-wide Current Account Switch Service.
Phil’s experience in financial services research consultancy spans 14 years and all corners of the provider and agency worlds. Having joined Aviva’s graduate programme in 2002, spending time in key insight and distribution strategy roles, Phil jumped agency side in 2005, taking a strategic planning role with Teamspirit (the specialist financial agency).
Just as the credit crunch shed its skin and emerged as a fully fledged recession, Phil founded FS research consultancy So Here’s The Plan in 2009 which he led and grew successfully before joining forces with Cicero in June 2016.
Phil has worked, and continues to work, with insurers, asset managers, banks and platforms, providing real and continuing understanding of what’s happening and about to happen across financial markets; invaluable insight into what key advisers and consumer groups value and actionable plans to drive business growth. You can see some of Phil’s work in Money Marketing where he has a weekly column.
Judith oversees Cicero’s political and social media monitoring systems.
Previously, Judith was a researcher focusing on international pensions systems with Cicero and before that she worked for the European Commission Delegation in Beijing, China.
Judith is a graduate of Maastricht University (BA European Studies), Peking University and the London School of Economics (Double MSc International Affairs) and a native German speaker.
James has worked in EU public affairs for nine years. His clients include businesses and trade associations spanning the financial services sector. He advises his clients on legislative and regulatory issues affecting the banking, markets, insurance and asset management sectors. In 2013, James was nominated by the trade journal, Financial News as one of the “40 people under the age of 40” to watch in the trading and technology sector. James holds an MSc in Politics from the University of Edinburgh.
Kris heads the design team leading creative within Cicero and provides expertise and strategy to a range of clients. He has produced work for the financial, political and communication sectors, as well as producing content for a range of clients including BT and HSBC.
Prior to Cicero, Kris developed his knowledge working for creative agencies and as a freelancer. Kris has top level experience in a variety of platforms within the creative sector and has had the pleasure of working on projects for Disney, BBC and the Olympics. Kris has experience in animation, audio production, exhibition design, graphic design, illustration, music composition, user Interface design and video.
Nick has 20 years’ experience in financial journalism and media relations. He worked for 10 years on the personal finance desk of The Sunday Times, filling roles from reporter to deputy editor and then editor. While in this role, Nick built up an extensive network of contacts that includes many of the most senior financial journalists in the UK.
Nick left The Sunday Times in 2003 to join mortgage brokers Chase De Vere Mortgage Management as director of marketing and communications. In this role he became one of the top three most regularly quoted pundits in the financial media, according to statistics from Presswatch.
He then accepted an offer from Australia in 2007 to set up a finance section for the Murdoch-owned Sunday Telegraph newspaper – Australia’s largest selling title – before being promoted to Business Editor of both the Daily and Sunday Telegraph newspapers and overseeing an integration of the Daily and Sunday teams. Nick returned to the UK in February 2013 and immediately agreed to join Cicero as senior counsel.
He specialised in broad consumer finance, investment and SME issues, including SME finance. He led a campaign on SME finance for the Sunday Telegraph to highlight how banks were starving the SME sector of cash through their onerous underwriting terms, and championed smaller banks, brokers and accountants who were able to use their expertise to bypass the box-ticking approaches of the big banks. As a freelance writer in 2011 he continued championing this issue in various publications.
Job Type: Entry level - Public Affairs
Cicero is looking for two Associates to support its Public Policy Monitoring and Intelligence Service Novares. The new staff member will be permanently based in London and the role will include opportunities to travel to Brussels.
Main tasks will include the monitoring of UK and EU parliamentary activities (e.g. plenary, committee hearings, public hearings), various conferences and think tank events and to provide detailed monitoring from these events.
- Working experience in the UK or European Parliament/MPs office/MEPs office/government department or similar is absolutely essential;
- Understanding of both the UK and EU political landscape is required;
- Keen interest in political affairs;
- Excellent English writing and editing skills;
- Attention to detail and accuracy;
- Exceptional time management and the ability to work under pressure;
- Foreign language skills an advantage.
Job Type: EU Public Affairs
Cicero Group’s EU Public Affairs team are looking for a dynamic Account Manager to work as a leading member of client account teams, assisting with wider client management, research and account administration. The role will be in a fast-moving environment helping our clients stay on top of the busy EU legislative landscape. The role is based in London with regular travel to Brussels.
- Minimum 3 years’ experience in a consultancy, European institution, trade association or equivalent organisation. The preferred candidate will have experience in a management position although we will consider an experienced Account Executive who can demonstrate the required competences.
- Knowledge and experience of the EU legislative and policy landscape is essential.
- Experience of managing public affairs campaigns and interacting with clients is preferred although comparable experience is also welcome.
- Experience of working in a Brussels context.
- Experience of managing junior members of a team.
- University degree and/or masters.
- Building and managing public affairs campaigns (legislative and non-legislative).
- Developing a detailed knowledge of policy and legislative issues including in financial services and the digital economy.
- Monitoring, tracking and analysing the EU legislative agenda
- Helping to develop Cicero Group’s external presence including drafting briefings for public distribution, generating content for our website and supporting the development of our social media profile
- Supporting new business activity including working on pitches, and identifying and converting prospective new business targets
- A “get up and go” attitude, ready to assist in a wide range of tasks, build networks and lead on specific projects, tasks or policy areas
- Excellent written and communication skills
- Research skills
- Planning and organisation
- Accuracy and attention to detail
- The working language of the office is English and an additional language would be an asset, especially French.
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