H/Advisors Cicero expertly guides clients through the regulatory process across all sectors in the UK and EU. We help our clients understand, engage with and embed regulatory change in their business. With twenty years of expertise, including ex-regulators and government officials, we blend compliance with strategic insight, advocating for a responsible corporate landscape where regulatory understanding fosters innovation and societal progress.
Our regulatory monitoring service, Cicero Pulse keeps you informed of the latest developments in the political arena. Via an easy-to-use portal, Pulse provides access to political and regulatory updates covering six regions (UK, Europe, USA, Supranational, Asia/Pacific, and Rest of World) offering a repository of information that can be tailored to your specific needs. We keep a constant watch on regulatory developments and regularly engage with UK, EU and EU27 regulators to keep you ahead of the curve and allow you to swiftly adapt your strategies and operations to remain compliant and competitive.
Our advisory service provides expert guidance on navigating complex regulatory landscapes. We offer strategic advice on compliance, policy implications, and regulatory trends, ensuring you are well-positioned to respond to regulatory challenges and opportunities.
We can help you gain critical insights into the regulatory landscape with in-depth analyses of regulatory policies, trends, and personnel. This enables you to react to change ahead of the rest of the market. We can help you understand the future direction of regulatory policymaking, ensuring that your business planning and decision-making are fully informed of the risks and opportunities.
We facilitate direct dialogues with regulatory bodies, helping to shape regulators’ approaches and policies. We know where engagement does – and doesn’t – work, ensuring that limited time and resources are targeted most effectively to deliver your corporate messaging and achieve change. Our expertise means we can provide our clients with regular mapping of key officials and regulators across your priority institutions.
Our campaigns are designed to influence and shape regulatory environments. We can drive awareness among the policymaker community and the public to advocate for your business priorities. We use our deep understanding of regulatory processes and stakeholder dynamics to achieve real change.
Our risk services identify and assesses potential regulatory challenges and their impact on your business. We provide comprehensive risk evaluations, helping you anticipate and manage regulatory hurdles effectively.
We have long-standing expertise in engaging with regulators and can advise you on how to make your concerns land with your regulators and/or supervisors, while maintaining a cordial relationship with the key authorities. We can help you respond to regulatory reviews, consultations, and exercises – at all stages of the policy development process.
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.
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.
Mairi is an Account Director in the UK Public Affairs team, working primarily with financial services clients. Her current clients include Barclays, BNY Mellon, abrdn, MarketAxess, Lloyd’s of London, Dell and The Oversight Board. She advises clients on political and regulatory developments, specialising in sustainability, international affairs, and the Union.
Mairi leads the H/Advisors Cicero charity partnership programme, which provides a range of pro-bono public affairs and communications support to the company’s annually selected charity. She is an active member of her local Constituency Labour Party and Labour in the City.
Before joining H/Advisors Cicero Mairi spent five years working at TheCityUK. While there, she led the financial and related professional services industry’s post-Brexit European engagement, regularly travelling to Brussels and EU Member States to discuss regulatory and market access issues. She also supported the industry’s activity ahead of COP26, UK G7 Presidency and Italian G20 Presidencies. Prior to this, Mairi worked for the American Chamber of Commerce in the UK working on transatlantic trade issues. She started her career at the Scottish Government in Edinburgh.
Head of UK 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.
Alen is an Associate Director in our Brussels office and leads the EU Tech team. Over the past five years, Alen has been advising a wide range of clients in the tech space, including manufacturers, software providers, online platforms, cybersecurity firms, telecom & tower companies, and cloud providers, amongst others. His previous experience includes positions in foreign policy and national politics as well as think tank and research roles, focusing on technological developments, emerging trends, public policy, and EU politics, amongst others.
Head of Financial Services Policy
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.
Alex is an Account Director within the EU Public Affairs team of H/Advisors Cicero. He joined the company in 2019 and has since advised clients on European political and regulatory risks. His work has also included the development and implementation of European and Member State legislative engagement campaigns. His clients have included Abrdn, Funding Circle, IHG, Index Ventures, Legal & General, MarketAxess, Onfido, PIMFA, Plus500, Rio Tinto, thyssenkrupp Steel and Worldpay (FIS).
Alex is actively involved in the startup ecosystem, with a strong focus on ESG and renewables. He advises on ESG issues and supports in ongoing assessments of the UK and European funding landscape for cleantech startups.
Previously, Alex worked as Acting Legal Advisor for the Bristol-based startup Perceptual Robotics. Prior to this role, Alex worked in a number of Athens-based law firms on issues pertaining to project financing – with a particular focus on the shipping finance space. Alex holds both an LLB in Laws as well as an MSc in Political Economy of Europe from the London School of Economics and Political Science.