H/Advisors Cicero is a leading public affairs agency, having provided award winning services to clients across the UK and Europe for over two decades.
We believe that greater collaboration between organisations and governments can have a profound impact on the corporate landscape and on society more widely.
H/Advisors Cicero’s award-winning consultants have been providing political advisory to the world’s largest private sector organisations for over 20 years.
Informing business decisions through clear strategic counsel, our clients understand how to position themselves to optimise their business within the current political landscape.
The world has changed markedly over the last decade resulting in heightened geopolitical risks and tensions. Politics is increasingly impacting on the corporate landscape, including trade and inward investment decisions, as well as managing cross-border operating models, talent, and supply chains.
Our consultants develop strategies which help clients to navigate this complex political landscape, enabling them to make the right strategic business decisions.
Our teams have a proven track record for success in engaging with policy and regulatory stakeholders to enact change across the globe. We have extensive networks across the political and regulatory landscape, including the public policy media, in the UK, Ireland, and other EU Member States. We also engage directly with the EU institutions (Parliament, Council, Commission, and regulatory bodies) and combine this engagement with clear and original strategies to help clients craft and land their policy and regulatory campaign messages effectively.
Our experienced consultants work with clients to ensure they are scrupulously prepared ahead of key Parliamentary Committee appearances.
Our team provides real time tracking on key legislative proposals providing coverage of Parliamentary debates and providing proprietary insights from key Parliamentarians ahead of committee hearings. Our team can also help to draft and table legislative amendments and undertake legislative risk assessments.
Within the EU context, our team can also help to manage pan-European policy campaigns by identifying the key supportive Member States and influencing those governments at the grassroots level (through local Member State political engagement) to help galvanise support in Brussels. As part of the H/Advisors network, we have on-the-ground operations in 15 EU Member States including Germany, France, Spain, and Italy.
With proprietary tools, data, and expertise at their disposal our team of consultants keep clients abreast of the political and regulatory debates, and legislative changes that lie ahead. H/Advisors Cicero ensure clients remain one step ahead, capturing opportunities and mitigating risk before it's too late.
Managing Director - EU Public Affairs
Helena leads H/Advisors Cicero's European team and is a member of the Executive team. She has twenty years’ experience working on Government and EU policy issues – financial services, digital, environmental, energy and trade. Before joining H/Advisors Cicero, Helena was a Political Functionnaire on the European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. She also headed up the EU department at the Irish Industrial Development Agency (IDA Ireland). She began her career in the European Commission.
Helena provides senior counsel to clients – FTSE, scale ups and trade associations - on technical policy issues in addition to multi-country campaign strategy and planning on the EU legislative processes. She has worked hand in hand with client teams winning amendments that lead to significant economic, social and commercial gains for clients and their customers/stakeholders.
She has won awards: voted European Consultant of the Year at the European Public Affairs Awards and has been listed as one of the Top 40 Rising Stars of the Trading and Technology Industry by Financial News (2014).
She holds a Master’s degree in European Social Policy Analysis and has previously lived in Denmark and Japan.
Managing Director UK Public Affairs
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.
European Director - Health
Aideen is a communications specialist with experience in corporate, commercial and government communications management. With a B.A in European Studies and M.A in Political Communications, she has over eight years of professional experience in public affairs and communications.
Before joining H/Advisors Cicero, Aideen worked as a Senior Consultant with Hanover Communications and previously Cullen Communications where she managed accounts for multi-national clients’ providing detailed public relations, government and industry consultancy.
UK Director - Public Affairs
Tom leads the multi-sector public affairs practice at H/Advisors Cicero, with a focus on energy, tech, transport, and sustainability. Having been at H/Advisors for eight years, Tom has successfully led client accounts including LinkedIn, Uber, Legal and General, and Meat and Livestock Australia. Tom is a founding member of Havas Genus, an integrated global network of sustainability experts.
Tom is an active member of Westminster North Conservatives and currently provides pro bono strategic advice to New Horizon Youth Centre, a charity focused on tackling youth homelessness.
Prior to joining H/Advisors Cicero, Tom worked in the City where he lobbied for legislative and regulatory developments in international insurance markets. Tom has worked for several public affairs consultancies focused on renewables and green finance, lobbying successfully on the Energy Act 2011 and on Electricity Market Reform for renewable energy clients.
Tom graduated in Philosophy from the University of Southampton and holds an MSc in International Conflict and an LLB from the College of Law in London.
Head of UK Public Affairs
Simon is Head 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.
Rt Hon Sir David Lidington works as Strategic Counsel within H/Advisors Cicero’s public affairs team.
Lidington was first elected as a Member of Parliament for Aylesbury in 1992. He served the Conservative Party front bench for more than 20 years, including as Minister for European Affairs, Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, where he acted as Deputy to the Prime Minister. He stood down from government in July 2019 and did not stand as an MP at the 2019 General Election.
In September 2019 he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath for political and public service.
Lidington works as a client counsel and is not involved in any lobbying capacity.
UK Associate Director - Public Affairs
Lizzy is an Associate Director in H/Advisors Cicero’s UK Public Affairs team, working predominantly with financial services clients. She has widespread agency experience, assisting several FTSE250 clients on 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 sits on the Executive Committee of The Women in Public Affairs (WiPA) Network. She was recently elected Secretary of WiPA, and as part of this role, leads Executive Committee meetings, liaises with sponsors of the Network, and writes the monthly newsletter. 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.
UK Associate Director - Public Affairs
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.
UK Associate Director - Public Affairs
Alice Perry is an Associate Director at H/Advisors Cicero. Alice works with clients across H/Advisors Cicero, providing political counsel and leading on Labour engagement. Alice was a Labour Councillor for 11 years in the London Borough of Islington. Alice represented Local Government on Labour's National Executive Committee for eight years, chairing the NEC in 2021-2022. The Labour NEC oversees Labour's strategic director, campaigns, candidate selection, finance and policy making. Alice was a member of Labour's National Policy Forum for over ten years, co-chairing the Justice and Home Affairs Policy Commission for over five years. She was involved in drafting three general election manifestos and has a comprehensive understanding of Labour's policy-making process.
Alice was 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. Alice was a member of the LGA Culture, Tourism and Sports Board and Innovation and Improvement Board. She was Deputy Whip of the LGA Labour Group and co-Chair of the LGA Labour Group’s Women’s Leadership Taskforce, working to increase female representation in politics. She was also 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 communication, winning several awards for outstanding campaigns. Alice 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 London and the Mayor’s office to market London to international students. She was also a member of the British Council Alumni Advisory group, to advise the UK government on international alumni relations.