Our People

Our team members are drawn from a variety
of backgrounds across both work and life
experience. Their experience spans
politics, media, trade bodies, think-tanks and
encompasses more than 25 nationalities.

We pride ourselves on our commitment to
diversity and inclusion as we understand the
unequivocal benefits it provides for our
consultants, our clients and wider stakeholders.

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Sonia Khan

Associate Director - UK Public Affairs

sonia.khan@h-advisors.global

Sonia is an Associate Director in H/Advisors Cicero’s UK Public Affairs team. She has widespread sector experience, working with clients across financial services, tech, management consultancy and transport. Sonia also provides political counsel to senior stakeholders, drawing on her 10 years’ experience in politics. She oversees work on cross sector domestic political risk tracking and manages the delivery of political products including political advisor mapping. Her clients have included Accenture, Barclays UK, BlackRock, Funding Circle and the Oversight Board.

Sonia is passionate about animal welfare and volunteers at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home as a member of their Global Advancement Board where she promotes Battersea’s capabilities abroad. She is also keen on expanding access to politics to minority groups and has written about this as a regular commentator in British newspapers such as the Times and on broadcast television. Sonia was recognised as ‘One to Watch’ by Women in Westminster 2021 and one of the most influential PR professionals in Britain in the PR Week PowerBook in 2021 and 2022.

Sonia started her career in local campaigning for the Conservative Party before working as a Grassroots Coordinator at the thinktank, The TaxPayers’ Alliance. Sonia then joined the Government in press office roles from 2014 – 2018 including at the Department for Work and Pensions and the Home Office. She was then Press Secretary for Liam Fox where she worked with embassies across the world covering the USA, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Sonia has also worked at No10 Downing Street in a bespoke campaigns team set up by David Cameron to launch the National Living Wage campaign. Sonia has also worked as a special adviser in the Treasury to former Chancellors, Philip Hammond and Sajid Javid and oversaw their engagement with the media.
Iain Anderson

Executive Chairman

https://www.linkedin.com/in/iain-w-anderson/?originalSubdomain=uk Iain is a founding shareholder and Executive Chairman of H/Advisors Cicero. He has over 30 years' experience as a political adviser, business journalist and CEO and Board level counsel for some of the world’s leading business and not for profit organisations. He focuses on corporate strategy and messaging. His clients have included Barclays, Unum, Blackrock, Royal Mail, General Electric, The Oversight Board, Legal and General, American Express.

Iain believes passionately in workplace opportunity and was appointed as the UKs first ever LGBTQ+ Business Champion by the UK Government in 2021. He is a former Chair of Stonewall - the LGBT charity. He is also a non-executive director of Innovate Finance – the members body for the global fintech sector. He is a non-executive member of the Court of the University of St Andrews. He chairs the Development Committee of Robert Gordon’s College. He is one of the Financial Times Global 100 LGBTQ Executives and one of the Financial Times Allies of Women in Business.

Iain worked initially as a business journalist and then as a founding shareholder at Incisive Media. He has worked for a range of politicians, including Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP on his leadership bids. Iain is a former Chairman of the Association of Professional Political Consultants and the CIPR Public Affairs group. He is a Fellow of the CIPR and the PRCA and is a Freeman of the City of London. He was ranked in 2021 as the No1 lobbyist in the UK in the PR Week Power Book. CityAM also includes him in the list of “The City’s most influential financial PRs” voted by business editors. He has served on the International Advisory Board of the Institute of Business Ethics and the Advisory Board of the Queen Elizabeth II Garden in New York.
Mark Twigg

Chief Executive Officer

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mark-twigg-3ba9981/?originalSubdomain=uk Mark is a founding partner and current CEO of H/Advisors Cicero. He has amassed over 25 years’ experience delivering public policy, media, market research, and brand campaigns for some of the world’s leading business organisations. His work increasingly focusses on ESG and sustainability issues. His clients have included Accenture, General Electric, Novartis, Gilead, BlackRock, Barclays, BNP Paribas, HSBC, and AXA. He has also worked for several governments including the UK, Japan, Switzerland, Malta, and Colombia. He has a truly global perspective, having worked with clients in more than 50 countries.

An active campaigner on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Mark leads Havas UK's work on promoting mental health and disability workplace inclusion. He has worked with the UK Government’s Inclusive Economy Partnership and the Disability Access to Insurance working group. He currently sits on the PIMFA DEI Committee and is a regular public speaker on LGBT, mental health, and disability inclusion. He was recognised in the Inside Out / Sunday Times workplace mental health ‘Leader Board’.

Previously, Mark 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 also worked as an adviser to the UK Treasury-sponsored Bischoff Review on the international competitiveness of the UK financial services sector. Mark worked in-house as a lobbyist for the RBS insurance brands, serving on several ABI and CEA (Insurance Europe) Committees. He has also been an active member of AmCham EU serving on the tax and financial services committees. Mark helped to establish the International Financial Centres Forum and advised the Swiss Bankers Association for 12 years. His experience includes working in London, Brussels, Singapore, New York, and Washington DC.
John Rowland

Managing Director - UK Public Affairs

https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-rowland-a52a3414/ John leads the UK Public Affairs team at H/Advisors Cicero. A strategic communications consultant with 17 years’ experience working in London and Washington D.C., he has advised clients in financial and professional services, technology, global hospitality, defence and mining industries. He is known for his work on complex issues in highly regulated markets. He was named 2023 Public Affairs Professional of the Year in the PR Week UK Corporate, City and Public Affairs Awards. At the time of his award, PR Week said “the respected agency figure has built a formidable reputation, reflected in the value that clients place on his insightful and strategic counsel and proactive, enthusiastic style.”

He is a member of the Executive Committee of the PRCA Public Affairs Board and is a freeman of the Company of Communicators, the City of London livery company for PR professionals. John is a non-executive director of Churches Mutual, a workplace credit union for employees and trustees of Britain’s churches. He is member of the Advisory Board of the Managing Partners Forum, which promotes management excellence in the professional services sector. He is a keen BBQ chef, aviation enthusiast, husband to Marie and dad to two young boys.

Starting at the firm in 2006 as a graduate, John has been instrumental building his team into one of top-rated in London (#2 in 2022 PR Week rankings and finalist for Public Affairs Agency of the Year in the 2023 PR Week CCPA awards). He is an engaging and entertaining speaker, who regularly contributes to industry conferences and webinars. He has degrees from the London School of Economics and University College London.
Andrew Roberts

Chief Creative Officer

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/andrew-roberts-b964b332 Andrew is Chief Creative Officer at H/Advisors Cicero and is responsible for overseeing our thought leadership and creative campaigns across brand and marketing, media and policy audiences – inclusive of campaign strategy, message development, research, copywriting and digital design. With over 15-years of experience Andrew’s clients have spanned a range of sectors that include financial and professional services, health and pharma, technology, energy and infrastructure. His clients have included Aegon, Legal & General, BCLP Law, Kennedys Law, Baird Global Investment Bank, Accenture, Becton Dickinson, Fresenius Kabi and Microsoft – with his experience spanning the UK, US, LATAM, EMEA and Asia.

Andrew also represents H/Advisors Cicero within the Havas Genus Sustainability Network, which brings together a broad set of capabilities that businesses require to address their sustainability practices.

Andrew has a research and data analytics background, and has extensive experience in delivering both quantitative and qualitative insight for clients across thought leadership and marcomms campaigns, branding, new product development, proposition testing and market insight projects. He previously held the position of Head of Research at H/Advisors Cicero and holds the MRS Advanced Certificate for Market & Social Research Practice.
Judith Becker

Chief Operating Officer

https://www.linkedin.com/in/judith-becker-340a7222/ Judith is the Chief Operating Office of H/Advisors Cicero with over 15 years’ experience in the agency world. She works closely with the Finance, HR and Business Development teams to ensure the strategic objectives of the company are achieved. Additionally, she oversees the political monitoring and intelligence team and is in charge of the development and maintenance of Cicero Pulse, our proprietary online portal. She developed the service from its UK and EU financial services roots to cover multiple jurisdiction and sectors serving hundreds of clients across the globe during the past fifteen years.

Having lived in seven countries, she has an immense interest in diversity, equality, inclusion and mental well-being. She is involved in both internal and external mentoring programs and was the board sponsor for H/Advisors Cicero joining the Women in Finance charter in its inaugural year.

Judith joined the business as a researcher focusing on international pensions systems. Previously, she worked for the Political Section of the European Commission Delegation in Beijing, China during a year abroad. She is a graduate of Maastricht University (BA European Studies), Peking University and the London School of Economics (Double MSc International Affairs). Recently, she returned to university besides work to pursue a MSc Global Finance at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass). She is a native German speaker.
Robert Agnew

Chief Strategy Officer

https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-agnew1/ Rob draws upon a decade of public policy, communications, and market research experience to support the consultant teams at H/Advisors Cicero grow and innovate. Rob is responsible for ensuring our teams perform commercially, providing extensive knowledge of strategy and business development to facilitate growth across all of H/Advisors Cicero’s core disciplines – political, media, and brand. This includes day-to-day support on revenue generative activities and long-term relationship building, product development, team up-skilling, incentivisation and corporate strategy.

Rob helps to drive integration between H/Advisors Cicero and the wider HAVAS network to ensure synergies between the global media, communications and creative capabilities and H/Advisors Cicero’s account teams helping to boost sales and enhance client servicing.

Before H/Advisors Cicero, Rob worked for start-up/scale-up businesses in market research and corporate communications supporting and leading teams from ideation to stable business. These experiences have provided him with a broad knowledge of business operations, finance and strategy. Rob was also a Research Best Practice Trainer for the PRCA - helping communications professionals understand and unlock the power of data in their day-to-day work.

In his spare time, Rob spends a lot of time running, swimming and cycling in preparation for his next triathlon.
Susan Keogh

Ireland Director

https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-keogh-31429b172/ A senior Communications Consultant with H/Advisors Cicero, Susan brings 16 years’ experience as a journalist in national media to her role. Susan is an experienced public relations and public affairs practitioner with a unique understanding of Ireland’s media and political landscape and an extensive contact list. Her area of expertise is helping clients develop the most effective strategy for communicating, engaging, and building profile in the media and with all relevant stakeholders. Years behind the microphone has also equipped Susan to deliver valuable media training to her clients. She works with the Irish government, PayPal, Swappie, Kellogg’s and RTE.

Susan has always been inspired by other people’s stories. In 2020, Susan co-wrote the bestselling book ‘With Hope In Your Heart’ with Martina Cox whose husband Sean sustained a severe brain injury in a brutal, unprovoked attack outside Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium in 2018. Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp wrote the foreword for the book and launched it in Dublin. Susan continues to hold a passion for storytelling in her current role working closely with organisations in Ireland and internationally. She is also an experienced public speaker and emcee and contributes to news and current affairs panels on radio and television.

Previously, Susan enjoyed a long career as a broadcast journalist in national radio in Ireland. She began her career in local radio before moving on to become a news reporter and anchor at national level. She also presented her own award-winning news and current affairs programme. In 2020 Susan was awarded two gold IMRO radio awards for News Broadcaster of the Year and Best News Programme.
Elizabeth Tomlin

Head of UK Public Affairs

https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-tomlin-33834533/ Lizzy is Head of UK Public Affairs at H/Advisors where she leads the team to ensure clients are serviced to a high quality and the correct team structures are in place to deliver a market-leading offer. Alongside this role, Lizzy assists several FTSE250 clients across legislative affairs, financial services policy and consumer policy. Her clients have included Barclays UK, American Express, Klarna, Santander UK and AXA UK. As part of the H/Advisors Exchange Programme, Lizzy spent four weeks in Washington D.C. with H/Advisors Abernathy working on U.S. Public Affairs and building relationships across the pond.

Lizzy is an active campaigner on diversity and inclusion in public affairs and is Chief Operating Officer on the Executive Committee of the Women in Public Affairs (WiPA) Network. As part of this role, Lizzy leads Executive Committee meetings and leads the Committee’s engagement with over 2,000 members. Lizzy is also active in the Liberal Democrats and campaigns locally in south west London.

Lizzy started her career working for two Liberal Democrat MPs – Paul Burstow MP and Adrian Sanders MP - in Westminster during the Coalition Government. Prior to joining H/Advisors Cicero, Lizzy worked for a political consultancy firm specialising in local government and planning. Here she worked on various planning applications across the UK on behalf of large-scale residential developers, whilst circumnavigating local politics.
Simon Fitzpatrick

Director - UK Public Affairs

https://www.linkedin.com/in/simon-fitzpatrick-632b787a/ Simon is a Director of UK Public Affairs at H/Advisors Cicero. He joined the business in October 2010 and now serves as part of the senior leadership team. Simon has particular specialisms in pensions and retirement, asset management and insurance having worked with the likes of AXA, Fidelity, Just Group, NOW: Pensions and the BT Pension Scheme. Outside of financial services, he has worked with a diverse array of clients which includes DHL, the Health Food Manufacturers’ Association, the APPG for Connected and Automated Vehicles and Royal Mail.

Simon takes a strong interest in the politics of the Labour Party and has written a number of reports on the party’s policy development and internal dynamics during his time at Cicero. He is a longstanding member of Labour in the City and has previously served on its management committee. Simon’s other core interests include Scottish politics, having led Cicero’s analysis for clients during the 2014 independence referendum, and electoral politics and polling, having served as Editor of our Cicero Elections microsite during two General Elections and the EU Referendum.

Prior to joining H/Advisors Cicero, Simon worked for a senior Scottish Labour MP. He holds a Masters degree in Political Communication from the University of Glasgow. Simon is a frequent writer for political and financial media, currently writing a regular politics column for Money Marketing, and having also written for Huffington Post, LabourList, Economia and CityWire. He is also a qualified mental health first aider with Mental Health First Aid England and has been a mentor as part of the 30% Club.
Alice Perry

Director - UK Public Affairs

https://www.linkedin.com/in/alice-perry-91812010/ Alice Perry is a Director at H/Advisors Cicero. She works with clients across the agency, providing political counsel and advising on Labour Party engagement strategies. Alice was a member of the Labour Party National Executive Committee for eight years, chairing it in 2021-2022, and she was a member of Labour's National Policy Forum for over ten years, co-chairing the Justice and Home Affairs Policy Commission for more than five. She was involved in drafting three General Election manifestos and has extensive experience of Labour's policy-making process.

Alice was a Labour Councillor for 11 years in the London Borough of Islington. She has held a number of other positions and memberships, including: an Executive Officer of the Local Government Association (LGA) Labour Group and has strong relationships across the Labour Party, including local and national government, party staff and trade unions; a member of the LGA Culture, Tourism and Sports Board and Innovation and Improvement Board; co-Chair of the LGA Labour Group Women’s Leadership Taskforce, working to increase female representation in politics; a member of the Shadow Cabinet Equalities Sounding Board, advising the Shadow Cabinet on EDI and sharing best practice across local and national government.

Alice has over 20 years of experience in international philanthropy, marketing and strategic communication, winning several awards for outstanding campaigns. She worked at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for over a decade, running campaigns and projects with international governments, NGOs, pharma, and philanthropists, to improve global health. Alice was Director of London International Partners, working with universities across the Capital and the Mayor of London to market London to international students. She was on British Council Alumni Advisory Board, making recommendations to the UK Government on international alumni relations.
Sonia Khan

Associate Director - UK Public Affairs

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sonia-khan-189920203/ Sonia is an Associate Director in H/Advisors Cicero’s UK Public Affairs team. She has widespread sector experience, working with clients across financial services, tech, management consultancy and transport. Sonia also provides political counsel to senior stakeholders, drawing on her 10 years’ experience in politics. She oversees work on cross sector domestic political risk tracking and manages the delivery of political products including political advisor mapping. Her clients have included Accenture, Barclays UK, BlackRock, Funding Circle and the Oversight Board.

Sonia is passionate about animal welfare and volunteers at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home as a member of their Global Advancement Board where she promotes Battersea’s capabilities abroad. She is also keen on expanding access to politics to minority groups and has written about this as a regular commentator in British newspapers such as the Times and on broadcast television. Sonia was recognised as ‘One to Watch’ by Women in Westminster 2021 and one of the most influential PR professionals in Britain in the PR Week PowerBook in 2021 and 2022.

Sonia started her career in local campaigning for the Conservative Party before working as a Grassroots Coordinator at the thinktank, The TaxPayers’ Alliance. Sonia then joined the Government in press office roles from 2014 – 2018 including at the Department for Work and Pensions and the Home Office. She was then Press Secretary for Liam Fox where she worked with embassies across the world covering the USA, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Sonia has also worked at No10 Downing Street in a bespoke campaigns team set up by David Cameron to launch the National Living Wage campaign. Sonia has also worked as a special adviser in the Treasury to former Chancellors, Philip Hammond and Sajid Javid and oversaw their engagement with the media.
Kuba Stawiski

Director of European Communications

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kuba-stawiski-0846a3100/ Kuba is Director of European Communications at H/Advisors Cicero and has eight years of experience in communications for established and start-up financial services and tech organisations. Working closely with the Brussels and Dublin offices, Kuba has directed cross-border press teams and campaigns for tech organisations such as the Oversight Board (for Meta), large insurers and leading industry associations including The Investing and Saving Alliance and the Lloyd’s Market Association. Kuba’s strategic advice, written ability and continent-spanning media networks benefit the team and clients across the UK and EU.

Having been an active political campaigner across the UK, Poland and in EU institutions and having held several youth politics positions, Kuba is also an avid reader, with a fiction and non-fiction collection in four languages. A bilingual English and Polish speaker, Kuba has contributed work in both, as well as German, which he speaks fluently. In his spare time, Kuba travels: recent highlights include French Polynesia and walking in the Shetland Islands. His campaigns have won several prestigious industry awards for clients.

Kuba joined H/Advisors Cicero from a financial services-focused agency, where he began his career in communications in 2015 and progressed through the ranks, from PR Assistant to Director. Prior to that, he interned at a leading daily newspaper in Poland, Gazeta Wyborcza and translated at New Eastern Europe, a longer form publication focused on the countries of the former USSR. He completed his masters in English literature at the University of Oxford in 2015, following a degree in Classics and English at the same.
Chris Wimpress

Head of Political Communications

https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-wimpress-1490a97/ Chris draws up on fifteen years experience as a national news and politics journalist to deliver communications campaigns and strategies to clients whose sectors are experiencing regulatory and political change. He works with major technology companies as they navigate new legislation in London and Brussels regulating online platforms, but also supports smaller tech firms helping them to grow their business and expand into new markets. Since joining H/Advisors Cicero he has provided political briefings and counsel to a range of our clients, speaking after significant fiscal and political events at conferences and advising board-level executives.

Chris worked as a volunteer vaccinator during the pandemic – jabbing hundreds of people in London against Covid-19. He jointly runs a writers group in London supporting amateur novelists and playwrights with script editing and feedback.

Previously, Chris was a journalist at BBC Radio 4, as both a reporter and editor on its flagship programmes including Today, World at One and PM. He was a member of the lobby and Parliamentary Press Gallery, helping to launch HuffPost in the UK in 2011. He worked extensively on Brexit from the referendum in 2016 to the UK’s eventual departure from the EU, including spending a year working in Brussels during the Article 50 process. He played a senior role in shaping Radio 4’s coverage during the Covid pandemic, covering its impact on politics, business and society.
Tom Harrison

Head of Financial Services Policy

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-harrison-752b5b63/ Tom is H/Advisors Cicero's Head of Financial Services Policy, sitting in the UK Public Affairs team. Having joined in 2021, Tom leads the Public Affairs team’s work on legislative affairs and financial regulation, advising some of the world’s largest companies on engaging with the legislative and regulatory process in the UK. His clients have included large multinationals Accenture, BlackRock, Barclays, BNY Mellon as well as challenger firms, including payments institution Klarna.

Tom previously spent four years at the Bank of England, spearheading work on parliamentary and political engagement, with a particular focus on the Bank’s regulatory arm, the Prudential Regulation Authority. Tom prepared numerous senior officials up to Deputy Governor level for Parliamentary Committee hearings, alongside providing political counsel to colleagues at all levels across the Bank, including the Monetary Policy Committee. Tom also represented the Bank in the HMT-BoE-FCA Legislative Strategy Forum, informing the authorities’ approach to the Financial Services Act 2021. Tom has also worked in the UK Parliament as researcher to an MP and as a civil servant for the Government of Jersey working on digital policy.

Tom has an undergraduate degree in French and Russian from Durham University, which included seven months studying and teaching in the cities of Tomsk and St. Petersburg. He also achieved a distinction in his Graduate Diploma in Economics (equivalent to an undergraduate degree), from Birkbeck, covering microeconomic and macroeconomic theory, statistics and econometrics. Tom is a keen mentor and is currently embarking on a part-time role as a school governor.
Matthew Kilcoyne

Senior Account Manager

https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthew-kilcoyne-b644624b/ Matthew is a Senior Account Manager at H/Advisors Cicero and has worked with clients in a variety of sectors – including financial services, international trade, technology, and healthcare. He has government on trade policy in the wake of Brexit run campaigns on healthcare policy during the pandemic. His clients at H/Advisors Cicero have included Laybuy, BT Pension Scheme, Meta’s Oversight Board, Novartis, the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, and Meat & Livestock Australia, among others.

Matthew was previously a Director at the Initiative for Free Trade and Deputy Director of the free market think tank the Adam Smith Institute where he commissioned and edited over forty papers across a wide variety of policy topics, appearing regularly on broadcast media such as BBC, LBC, ITV, and Talkradio as well in print in the Telegraph, The Times, ConservativeHome and The Sun. Matthew campaigned for the extension of work and residency rights to British Hong Kongers, authoring a paper Doing Our Duty: How Britain can help Hong Kong’s citizens and lobbying parliamentarians and civil society on the issue.

Matthew started his career in Cardiff as part of the Welsh Government organised Welsh Financial Services Graduate Scheme at the credit insurer Atradius, before moving to London and he later worked as a trade and investment adviser to the Government of Catalonia (Accio). Matthew worked for four and a half years at the Adam Smith Institute where he was Deputy Director, and advised government on international trade policy and free trade agreements as the Think Tank Chair of the UK Government’s Strategic Trade Advisory Group.
James van der Graaf

Senior Account Manager

https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-van-der-graaf-095055146/ James is an Account Manager in the H/Advisors Cicero Public Affairs team, working across a number of energy, infrastructure, transport and technology clients. He supports Cicero’s wider sustainability practice, with a focus on supporting clients navigate the energy policy landscape in the UK through the implementation of national and regional public affairs and communications campaigns. His clients have included Wales and West Utilities, BAM Nuttall, Hewlett-Packard, AXA UK and the InterContinental Hotels Group.

James is a member of the Labour Party and supports Cicero’s Labour offering for clients. He studied International History and Politics at the University of Leeds and was an active member of the University’s Student Labour Society.

James previously worked in-house for 4 years at an international industrial and energy group. He managed their public affairs and external communications in Westminster and the devolved governments. In this role, he focused on developing the group’s steel, aluminium and renewable energy portfolios in the UK. James then worked in the group’s Brussels office, coordinating engagement with European-wide trade, industry and business bodies. Beyond this, he supported the development of the group’s sustainability practice and delivered public affairs support and stakeholder management for a string of global M&A activity.

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