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Graham McMillan

Graham McMillan – Chief Executive

Graham helped to found Open Road in 2007. He was previously head of public affairs and a board director at Fishburn Hedges. While there he won consultant of the year and consultancy of the year in 2005 at the Public Affairs News Awards.

Graham has over 20 years of experience in corporate communications, public affairs, issue and crisis management and corporate responsibility in the UK, the EU and globally.

He is a trustee of two charities in the early years sector.

Outside: theatre, cinema and ferrying small children around.

 


Martin Le Jeune

Martin Le Jeune – Director

Martin was a founding director of Open Road, joining the consultancy after three years as director of public affairs at Sky.

Martin’s career began as a fast-stream civil servant in the Cabinet Office where he served as a ministerial private secretary and was on the staff of the Committee on Standards in Public Life. He then moved to communications consultancy Fishburn Hedges and became a board director and head of the consultancy’s corporate responsibility work.

Martin is deputy chairman of the Institute of Business Ethics and a trustee of whistleblowers’ charity Public Concern at Work. He is a fellow of the Centre for Policy Studies.

Outside: singing, running, mowing.


Nick Deluca

Nick DeLuca – Chairman

Nick was a founding director of Open Road. He has over 20 years of experience in the corporate affairs world.

Nick began his career in the United States Senate as an aide to the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

He then moved to the UK and joined Westminster Strategy where he was a Board Director until 1995 when he left to be a founding Director at APCO UK. Nick helped build the European and then Global network of APCO Worldwide while developing specialised expertise in cross border, international communications and issues management, with a particular focus on the aviation, aerospace and entertainment industries.

He left in 2003 to operate independently before joining Open Road for its launch in January 2007.

Outside: Sinatra, Springsteen, Sicily


Emma Haselhurst

Emma Haselhurst – Director

Emma joined Open Road in March 2010.

Emma began her career in BT’s public affairs team, after which she moved to Weber Shandwick for four years, working primarily for healthcare, food and drink, and education clients before joining Open Road. She has continued to specialise in the healthcare and food and drink sectors.

Emma has worked on Capitol Hill, and has spent time campaigning for congressional races in Illinois (Republican) and South Carolina (Democrat).

She is an alumna of the Becket Chimney Corners YMCA, an outdoor education facility in the Berkshires, Massachusetts.

Outside: baking, bees and Agatha Christie.

Twitter: @emmahaselhurst


Jessica Frost

Jessica Frost – Director

Jessica joined Open Road as a director in October 2014.

Jessica has worked in consultancy for over a decade, with previous roles at Lexington Communications and Regester Larkin. She was also one of the first members of the Open Road team, joining the organisation as a consultant in 2007. She is an expert in in public affairs and stakeholder engagement, and a specialist in issues and crisis management.

Outside: box-sets, cinema, reading (the great seat-based activities)

Twittner: @JessFrost83

 


Alexa Knight

Alexa Knight – Head of Healthcare

Alexa joined Open Road in September 2013.

Alexa is a healthcare specialist having worked across a range of issues in the sector. Alexa worked in house for a number of years at the Royal College of Nursing and at the Healthcare Commission, in government and stakeholder relations. Subsequently she moved to hanover, providing consultancy in media, corporate affairs, government and NHS relations to healthcare charities, service providers and pharmaceutical and device companies.

Outside: design, drama and juggling.

 

 


India Knight

India Knight – Associate Director

India began her career as a consultant at DJH Associates, working for clients across public affairs, political campaigning, community engagement and media relations. She then worked for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers where she led its public affairs engagement with a focus on energy, manufacturing, education and transport policy.

India joined Open Road in May 2011 and was promoted to associate director in May 2014. She currently advises clients including National Grid, Genting Casinos, Eurostar and Airwave, on public affairs, political strategy, corporate reputation and thought leadership.

Outside: gardening, period dramas, drum and bass.

 


Hannah Marwood

Hannah Marwood – Associate Director

Hannah joined Open Road in January 2011, after over four years in PR and stakeholder communications.

Her career began at Weber Shandwick, where she gained experience in public affairs, media relations and financial communications. She has worked with clients in the energy, healthcare, legal and government sectors.

At Open Road, Hannah is continuing to work across communications disciplines with financial services and healthcare clients.

Outside: reading, cooking, and constantly planning the next overseas adventure.

 

 


Sean Kemp

Sean Kemp – Associate Director

Sean joined Open Road in 2014 having spent four years working as a Special Adviser in Downing Street. He was previously Head of Media for the Liberal Democrats where he ran the party’s press office for the 2010 general election and was part of the team to prepare Nick Clegg for the first televised leaders’ debates.

Before working in Westminster he had been a journalist, including time spent working for the websites of the Independent and the Evening Standard and he still writes online about politics for the Times and the Spectator. He advises clients across a range of sectors on politics and campaigning.

Outside: Reading (novels and political biographies in strict rotation), indie music snobbery, playing football

Twitter: @Sean_Kemp

 


Alex Savage

Alex Savage – Senior Consultant

Alex Savage is enjoying his second stint at Open Road, having previously worked for the agency for three years from 2011 to 2014.

Having worked as a press officer for the Labour group at the London Assembly in the interim, where he led the group’s media strategy in opposition to mayor Boris Johnson, Alex returned to Open Road following its merger with Blue Rubicon. He now splits his time across Open Road and the Blue Rubicon Institute for business reputation.

He specialises in financial services and infrastructure, and is an active member of the Labour Party.

Outside: The National, collecting vinyl, football (watching and playing)

 


Don Wallace

Donald Wallace – Senior Consultant

Don Wallace is a senior consultant at Open Road, providing public affairs advice and support for a range of clients, specialising in energy, infrastructure and technology policy and politics. He is the day-to-day lead for Google, National Grid, Vodafone and EngineeringUK.

He previously worked as a policy officer for South West Councils, working on projects for the Home Office and the Department for Communities and Local Government. Don has also spent time working in Parliament. He holds a Masters with Distinction in Public Policy from the University of Bristol.

Outside: Persian food, late nights and the Isle of Iona.

 

 


Gemma Scotcher

Gemma Scotcher – Senior Consultant

Gemma started work as a researcher at the Houses of Parliament. She then joined Portcullis Public Affairs and worked on a variety of healthcare clients from the pharmaceutical industry and charity sector.

Before joining Open Road she was Public Affairs Manager at The British In Vitro Diagnostics Association. She worked closely with the Chief Executive, shaping public affairs strategy for the British IVD sector. It was here she became interested in healthcare innovation and the uptake of new technologies by the NHS. Gemma led a diagnostic pilot for NICE Implementation Collaborative (an initiative from the Government’s Innovation, Health and Wealth agenda).

Gemma is also involved in the not-for-profit sector. She is a trustee for an LGBT mental health charity based in Brighton.

Outside: craft beer, psychoanalysis, techno

Twitter: @gscotcher

 


Rachel Rouse – Senior Consultant

Rachel Rouse joined Open Road as a Senior Consultant in June 2015. She joined from Tetra Strategy, where she developed experience delivering high-profile public affairs campaigns, corporate communications and crisis communications projects for a range of clients from fields including food & drink, manufacturing and the third sector. Rachel has previously worked in journalism, including at the Daily Express. She has a degree in politics and international relations from Manchester University, and a postgraduate degree in newspaper journalism from City University.

Outside: musicals, museums, mind-numbing TV

Twitter: @rouseyuk

 


Adam Marks

Adam Marks – Consultant

Adam Marks joined Open Road in April 2014. He previously worked at the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) in the Corporate Affairs Team. NEST is the fastest growing pension scheme in the world following the introduction of automatic enrolment and Adam played a key role during its establishment.

Prior to that, Adam worked for the APPG on Taxation and its Chair Iain Liddell Grainger MP. Here, Adam analysed HMRC and the implementation of Real Time Information. Adam has also spent time working for Grant Shapps MP when he served as Shadow Housing Minister. At Open Road Adam works on Prudential, IMA, BDO, Eurostar and Genting.

Outside: Adam is a passionate Spurs fan and helps to organise the Great Christmas Pudding Race in aid of Cancer Research.

 


Alex Rawle

Alex Rawle – Consultant

Alex Rawle is a consultant at Open Road where he specialises in public affairs and healthcare comms. He currently advises clients such as Novartis, Sanofi Pasteur MSD and Asda.

Since joining Open Road in 2012 Alex has worked on a number of high profile public affairs and public relations accounts including Sony, Coca-Cola and Vodafone. He also tried his hand at music PR for the music video platform VEVO.

Before joining Open Road he coordinated a series of online media projects for the campaign group Unlock Democracy. Alex graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Politics and then accepted a position as an intern in the Washington D.C. office of a Congressman.

Outside: street food, Netflix and running.

 


David Radestock

David Radestock – Consultant

David joined Open Road as a Consultant in June 2014, and works on a number of accounts across the infrastructure, housing, gambling, and FMCG sectors.

He moved to Open Road from Pagefield, where he worked on public affairs and public relations clients for a variety of private sector and charity clients.

He previously worked on the AV referendum Yes campaign, and has interned for YouGov and the Labour Party.

Outside: travelling, cooking, eating

 

 


Emily McQueen

Emily McQueen – Consultant

Emily McQueen joined Open Road as a consultant in January 2013 and works on a number of public affairs and corporate communications accounts including Coca-Cola, Asda, National Grid and the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation.

Before this she worked for Freshwater UK in the public affairs and corporate PR teams where she gained experience with clients in energy and architectural sectors and ran the press office for the trade union law firm, Thompsons Solicitors.

She is an active member of the Labour Party who attended last year’s conference in Brighton as a delegate for Vauxhall CLP.

Outside: cycling in London, going to foreign festivals, and drinking gin.

 


Peter Wasson

Peter Wasson – Consultant

Peter joined Open Road from MHP Health in April 2015 where he worked on a number of clients in the health and pharmaceutical sectors, including Novo Nordisk, Lundbeck, Otsuka, Pfizer and the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. Prior to joining MHP Health, Peter was Policy and Campaigns Officer at the Patients Association where he managed its press and public affairs engagement.

He has a wealth of experience in developing health policy and delivering effective public affairs strategies and has experience liaising with representatives at all levels of national and devolved administrations and across the wider voluntary and charity sectors. In addition, Peter is adept at handling, analysing and communicating data from a variety of sources.

Outside: Choral music, cooking and pub quizzes

Twitter: @weterpasson

 


Rory Cronin

Rory Cronin – Consultant

Rory Cronin is a consultant at Open Road, joining in December 2014.

Rory began his career in communications as a press officer at the Demos think tank, working on projects for Coke, PwC and the Centre for London. He then moved to corporate communications consultancy Pagefield, where he worked on integrated campaigns for blue chip clients, charities and trade associations.

At Open Road he provides political and media advice to a wide range of companies, including Vodafone, Eurostar and Land Securities.

Outside: cycling, nesting, flying

 

 


Tom Denney

Tom Denney – Consultant

Tom Denney joined Open Road in July 2014.

Tom has more than five public affairs agency experience and brings a strong background in working with the unique public policy challenges faced by engagement across Westminster and Whitehall. Having previously worked at Connect Communications, he has experience of delivering successful public affairs programmes including working with parliamentarians to amend legislation, targeted contact-building, strategic advice, coalition-building and delivering successful events and party conference activity.

At Open Road he provides advice to clients seeking to manage a range of reputational and regulatory issues spanning the digital economy, media, telecoms and financial services.

Outside: Cycling, Sky Sports, Newcastle United FC

 


Tom Morrison-Bell – Consultant

Tom joined Open Road in April 2015 and works on a number of clients across sectors. Prior to joining Open Road, Tom worked at Lexington Communications specialising on DCMS, transport and general corporate issues. Tom also worked at Google, helping businesses to grow in a number of international markets, giving him a strong background in digital issues.

Outside: Cricket, cooking and jazz.

 


Anna Bage

Anna Bage – Account Executive

Anna started off her career working for an advertising trade association, where she managed day-to-day PR and public affairs. She worked closely on the partnership with the charity Missing People, who advertised the faces of missing people on digital billboards.

Before this, she worked in parliament for the Labour MP Graham Allen, assisting him in his role as Chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee, as well Chair of a cross party charity on early intervention. At Open Road, Anna helps with day-to-day public affairs across a variety of sectors including property and the drinks industry.

 

 


Anna Bloch

Anna Bloch – Account Executive

Anna joined Open Road in December 2014 as an Account Executive. She is currently working on a number of public affairs projects at Open Road for clients across a number of sectors including financial services, technology and arts.

Anna began her career at TNS BMRB, specialising in qualitative research for a range of government and not for profit clients. She then worked at the Charity Finance Group where she led on its public affairs, media and research work with a focus on banking, public sector delivery and accounting. Anna is an active member of her local Labour party and is also a cooking enthusiast.

Outside: Talking, cookery books and Kevin Spacey

 


Anna Hatfield

Anna Hatfield – Account Executive

Anna currently primarily works in the financial services and energy sectors, but also works with clients in the business, gambling and defence sectors. Her clients include National Grid, Prudential, Genting and Global Strategies Group.

Anna’s current role involves thorough monitoring for her Clients, stakeholder mapping, events organisation and other ad hoc research tasks.

Anna joined Open Road in late 2013 after previously working as an Executive Assistant and Marketing Co-ordinator. Her role included developing the corporate thought leadership programme, events management and brand development. Anna also has experience working in the charity and video production sectors.

Outside: afternoon naps, baking, gigs.

 


Annie Huddart

Annie Huddart – Account Executive

Annie joined Open Road in August 2014 as an account executive following a two-month internship over the summer. She works across a number of sectors including health and retail. She graduated from Newcastle in July 2014 with a degree in politics and French. As part of her degree she spent a year working for GLA Hotels, a luxury hotel consultancy business in Paris and she speaks fluent French. She has interned in the constituency office of David Cameron MP based in London.

Outside: dancing, beaching and afternoon napping

 

 


Ben Bradley

Ben Bradley – Account Executive

Ben Bradley is Account Executive at Open Road, specialising in public affairs. His current work focuses primarily on the financial services and technology sectors, where he undertakes monitoring, stakeholder mapping and research for his clients. After achieving a First in Politics from the University of Hull he interned with the Hansard Society, a political charity, working on its annual Audit of Political Engagement and undertaking research on delegated legislation. Afterwards he interned in the Remembrancer’s Office at the City of London Corporation.

Outside: cinema, sauntering, Southern Comfort

 

 


Leo Rees

Leo Rees – Researcher

Leo joined the Open Road team in February 2015. He has public affairs and corporate communications experience from prior roles at Insight Consulting Group and Hanover. In these roles he worked predominantly on clients in the pharmaceutical and financial services sectors.

Before communications, Leo worked in the diversity team at Business in the Community and was seconded for 3 months to Public Health England.

Leo has legal experience in both solicitors and barristers firms in the fields of family, corporate and immigration law and worked briefly in bespoke financial advice at Nean Wealth Advisory. He graduated from the University of Bristol in 2013 with a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB).

Outside: disco dancing, short stories, shenanigans

 


Hayley Fussell

Hayley Fussell – Office Manager

Hayley joined Open Road in July 2013. Her role ranges from marketing and event management, to finance and the general day to day running of the office.

She was previously the Office Manager for a financial services firm where she provided administrative support, ran client events and assisted with the company financials. Prior to that she studied History at the University of London, Royal Holloway.

Outside: museums, musicals and macaroons

 

 


Keisha Walcott

Keisha Walcott – Team Assistant

Keisha joined Open Road as a team assistant in June 2014. Her role involves organising Open Road marketing events (including all party conference activities) and supporting the team from an administrative perspective. She began her career in retail merchandising at Debenhams PLC where she worked in their menswear and childrenswear departments, before making her leap into the communications industry.

Outside of work, Keisha volunteers for an organization called University Gospel Choir of the Year, an annual competition that brings together talented individuals through music. You can also catch her on the netball court playing wing defense for her local netball club.

Outside: Netball, Reality TV, Formula 1