Who are we?

We are an international strategic communications consultancy based in Oxfordshire, UK. Our experienced team of strategic consultants come from the worlds of journalism, marketing, international PR, political consultancies and senior corporate roles. Our international network offers our clients local in-country support or global crisis communications management.

International network

Our international network of similar agencies and professional freelancers spans 12 countries, offering our clients local in-country support for regional campaigns led by a Global Account Director.

We also manage a global crisis support network with experienced team members ready to be deployed in Benelux, Sweden, Spain, USA, Brazil, Switzerland and New Zealand.

Meet the team

Richard Adams

Board Chair

Richard has a strong track record in leading and building businesses with recent successes including the growth and sale of Prisym ID, a series of acquisitions for Wilmington plc, and the development of Doctors.net.uk. He was most recently CEO of the life sciences cloud solutions enterprise, Exeevo.

Andrew Baud

Founder & Chief Executive

Andrew founded TALA in 2007 and has 30 years’ experience in top consultancies and senior in-house roles, leading successful and creative reputation management programmes for a diverse range of organisations.

Harriet Mountford

Deputy Managing Director

Harriet is an accomplished client relations director with a strong track record of project management and event execution, coupled with excellent relationship building skills.

Graham Smith

Director

Graham has 40 years of experience in the PR sector, co-founding his own PR agency, in the mid-nineties after a decade delivering PR campaigns for some of the UK’s most influential organisations and honing his craft working both in-house and in leading London agencies.​

Nicky Smith

Director

Nicky is a research sage. With a publishing background at Haymarket and The Guardian and Observer newspapers, Nicky has initiated, researched and authored numerous ground-breaking and highly influential reports, as well as previously co-founding her own PR agency in the mid-nineties.

Sarah Garstin

Operations Director

As Operations Director, Sarah leads TALA behind the scenes, from running the finances to keeping major projects on track, and implementing HR policies to organising the best team nights out.

Chris Rowland

Associate Director

Chris is an experienced communications consultant with a track record of delivery in public relations, public affairs and grassroots campaigning. Chris blends creative energy with technical proficiency to deliver strong and engaging campaigns.

Having quickly made her mark within TALA, thanks to an engaging and dynamic approach, we are excited to announce that Louise Coxon has been promoted to the role of Associate Director. 

Louise Coxon

Associate Director

Louise’s extensive experience in senior in-house corporate communications roles have honed her expertise in protecting and enhancing reputation while delivering communication outcomes that translate into positive behaviour change and advocacy.

Claire Barry

Associate Director

An experienced communicator, having worked previously for a top London agency before leading the external affairs function for Starbucks Coffee Company. For the past ten years she has provided communications counsel to a range of global and UK organisations including Oxfam, Cochrane UK, the Global Canopy Programme and OXPIP. Claire is also an accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor, working with young people and adults.

John Moorcraft

Public Affairs Specialist

John has more than 20 years’ experience working in Westminster and Whitehall for cabinet ministers, shadow secretaries of state, party spokesmen and MPs, as well as leading political campaigns for public, private and third sectors and businesses, from multinationals through to micro-enterprises.

Becky Charman

Associate Director, Media

A direct-talking consumer and business-to-business PR expert with over 20 years in-house and consultancy experience across some major brands, Becky develops and implements UK and global PR campaigns and strategy, leveraging her extensive network of contacts and expertise in delivering engaging media relations and events. Known for her pitching tenacity, Becky’s sectors include health & wellbeing, automotive, and personal finance.

Jessica Friend Bartlett

Associate Director

Jessica has over ten years’ experience working within public relations, marketing and communications roles across the packaging and manufacturing sectors in Europe. She has been account director for well-known industry names including Tata Steel and within the UK, has worked for industry associations such as the Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association and Canned Food UK. Her experience spans both business-to-business and business-to-consumer.

Heather Hopkin

Associate Director

Heather joins TALA after an 11 year stretch in London heading up health and pharmaceutical campaigns for clients including GlaxoSmithKline, Norgine, Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma, Scope Healthcare, Olbas Oil, the Royal College of GPs, and SCA Hygiene. With a strong background in B2C and B2B, Heather is an experienced PR professional skilled in developing hardworking communications strategies to bring about positive behaviour change and better health outcomes.

Claudine Fontana

Content Manager

Claudine specialises in social media strategy and content development, and has over 20 years’ experience developing communications strategies and high impact PR campaigns for major consumer brands and national visitor attractions.

Laura Parker

Content Manager

Laura is a business copywriter and researcher specialising in written content for industrial and professional services clients including Tata Steel, Amey, and AB Agri.

Neil Coffey

Content Manager

Neil is a former speechwriter and senior communications adviser with over a decade’s experience working at the heart of Government. Neil now supports clients across the public sector, tech & life sciences.

Catherine Stuart

Content Manager

Catherine has a gift for creative content that makes you think ‘I wish I’d come up with that’!​ An expert in social media and community building, Catherine is focussed on environmentally responsible businesses as well as those which intersect with her passions.

Verity Thomas

Content Manager

An experienced and innovative healthcare communications and engagement manager with broad experience in the NHS, private and charity sectors, Verity spent ten years leading internal and external comms at Health Education England (now NHS England) before joining TALA.

Declan Laycock-Watts

Client Service Manager

Declan is a competent Client Service Manager, with a plethora of experience in retail compliance, creating and implementing new policies and procedures, recruitment, HR, and branch legality. Declan supports the team with policies, procedures, aspects of HR and any back-end client needs.

Lex Rosenthal

Senior Account Manager

Lex began her communications career working in-house at an international development NGO. She now applies her strong writing and research skills to sectors as diverse as automotive, tech, and healthcare, communicating specialist subjects with creativity and clarity.

Lauren Ball

Senior Account Executive

Lauren joined us as a Media and Communications graduate and has now started her career within PR and communications with us, supporting with a wide range of packaging clients.

Helen Dubber

Senior Account Executive

Helen began her PR career at an agency which specialises in property and construction. As a Journalism graduate, she has a good eye for identifying and leveraging media opportunities. Now working for TALA on a wide range of client accounts, from a national visitor attraction centre to global healthcare and manufacturing brands.

Lotta Baud

Account Executive

Having completed her Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship in Public Relations with TALA, delivered through the PRCA, Lotta is eager to further develop her skills and advance her career in the field. She is also currently supporting us with a range of clients.

Florence Comber

Junior Account Executive

Flo has joined TALA after completing her A Levels in 2023. She loves writing and social media and is excited to begin her PR journey as an apprentice working alongside the PRCA.

Bob Walker

Media Specialist

Bob leverages more than 30 years as an expert broadcaster and BBC journalist to help facilitate spokesperson courses and crisis simulation exercises.

Kristina Barger

Cognitive Behavioural Scientist

Kristina has 20 years of experience in human cognition and behaviour in both NYC and London. Her work with clients across North America, Europe, APAC, and the Middle East, focuses on building evidence-based, measurable strategies for digital and face-to-face communications. She is passionate about leveraging science and technology for good.

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