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
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
Andy joined Open Road in September 2011 as a consultant.
He began his career seven years ago working for the Liberal Democrats, scoring success in a number of local election campaigns before moving to the marketing department at Amnesty International UK.
Prior to joining Open Road he worked on several high profile not-for-profit campaigns, including Power2010 and the AV referendum Yes campaign, where he was responsible for a team of staff delivering the regional campaigns and media effort.
His experience spans digital communications, advocacy, media and marketing.
Outside: politics, football, festivals.
With more than ten years’ experience in public affairs and corporate communications, Vanessa joined Open Road in January 2014 from an in-house role at Coca-Cola South Pacific.
Having started her career drafting government policy at the Home Office, Vanessa honed her political and campaigning skills in public affairs and communications agencies before taking up senior client-side roles at Carbon Trust and Coca-Cola.
She has significant experience creating integrated communications campaigns for clients in FMCG, culture, media and sport industries. A former advisor to Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Rank Gaming and Betfair; she is also a passionate sustainability and social media enthusiast.
Vanessa has strong ties to the Liberal Democrat party, having managed Nick Clegg’s media events during the last General Election campaign. Vanessa has lived in London, La Paz and Sydney, and when not in the office she is most likely to be off exploring a far flung part of the globe.
Sean joined Open Road in February 2014 as a senior consultant.
Sean Kemp was a Special Adviser in Downing Street for the Liberal Democrats before joining Open Road in 2014.
A former journalist, Sean was Head of Media for the Liberal Democrats during the 2010 general election, where his job included preparing Nick Clegg for the first ever televised leaders’ debates.
He provides political, strategic and media advice to a wide range of companies, including Prudential, Asda and Vodafone, as well as occasionally appearing on TV to talk about politics mainly so that his mother can still brag to the neighbours.
Amna joined Open Road in 2014 as a senior consultant focusing on healthcare comms and new business. In the past she has worked on award-winning campaigns for clients including the World Hepatitis Alliance, Nike, Open University and Royal Pharmaceutical Society. In October 2012, Amna worked in Washington DC and campaigned for Barack Obama during the US Presidential Election. In her spare time Amna is a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Liberal Democrats in South London.
Simon is a senior corporate communications and public affairs practitioner, particularly in the fields of reputation protection, crisis and issue management.
He has most recently held senior communications roles at Visa Europe, leading their 2012 Olympic and Paralympic communications programme and Cadbury, where he was Corporate Affairs Director for Britain and Ireland as well as Global Director of Crisis Management. At Cadbury, Simon handled the company’s response to the salmonella outbreak and recall in 2006, going on to manage the company’s worldwide crisis preparedness and response programme.
His background brings a wide range of international experience from working for leading communications consultancies, as Head of Press and Public Affairs for UNHCR based in London, as well as work with the not-for-profit and NGO sectors.
Outside: Friends, Cornwall and Scandic Noir
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
Don joined Open Road in February 2013.
He previously worked as a policy officer for South West Councils, working primarily on projects for the Home Office and the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Don has also spent time in Parliament interning for Liberal Democrat MP Andrew George. He graduated from the University of Bristol in 2009 with a Masters with Distinction in Public Policy.
Outside: Persian food, late nights and the Isle of Iona.
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.
Sonia joined Open Road in December 2013 bringing with her over 5 years’ experience in corporate communications for the legal sector.
Her career began at legal and professional services PR agency Kysen, where her clients included a number of international law firms, barristers’ chambers and forensic accountants.
Following this, she worked for the in-house PR team at international law firm Taylor Wessing, leading on PR and communications for the media, technology, employment, life sciences and healthcare teams. Sonia was responsible for all PR aspects of Taylor Wessing’s Tech City initiative whilst at the firm, which was accredited with a Chartered Institute of Marketing Excellence Award.
In 2013, Sonia joined law firm Simmons & Simmons as Senior PR & Communications Executive, before moving to Open Road as a Consultant
Outside: Prossecco, creative writing, yoga (not at the same time)
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.
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.
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.
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