James is a leading practitioner in strategic communications and social marketing, working for many departments and agencies in the UK and worldwide. He has unrivalled knowledge of branding, change and employee engagement in the public sector, having been responsible for developing these areas while Head of Corporate Communications in the Prime Minister's Office. Formerly a career civil servant, he was Environment Attache at the UK representation to the European Union and Private Secretary to housing and countryside minister James Clappison MP. He has lectured on policy and communications at the National School for Government, the Royal College of Defence Studies and the European College and was visiting Professor of Government at City University London from 2005-2009.
Mark is a specialist in the design and interpretation of social and political research and its effective application in support of client strategies. He has worked for dozens of private and public-sector clients running hundreds of consultation and research programmes in the UK and overseas. As well as his academic research, he is also a regular commentator in the media on political and social trends. He was formerly head of political research and public sector employee research at Ipsos MORI.
Jude has extensive experience in the public sector and Government including roles in Alistair Campbell’s team at 10 Downing Street as strategic communications adviser on public services; eight years in the health service including leadership of the team that carried out the design rebranding of the NHS; and four years as Director of Communications and Involvement for the Commission for Social Care Inspection. Her most recent role as Director of Advocacy and Communications for Christian Aid brought valuable charity and campaigning experience to her portfolio. Earlier roles in her career included seven years as a journalist and three years in commercial PR and marketing. Her breadth and depth of experience mean she is excellently placed to give advice to senior teams on how to prioritise reputation and relationship management to achieve corporate goals.
After graduating in Graphic Design from Central St Martins College of Art and Design, Emily worked for a number of creative London design agencies, including Pentagram, Johnson Banks and Bloom, before setting up her own agency, REG, with Ruth Sykes in 2003. Her experience ranges from exhibitions and events to packaging design and marketing, for clients such as the V+A, English Heritage and Amnesty International. Recent projects with Woodnewton include the developmentn of brand guidelines for the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.
John is highly experienced in strategic issues in the public sector, such as service transformation and diversity and inclusion. He was formerly deputy chief executive of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. His projects with Woodnewton include research for the Electoral Commission and HMRC.
After commanding the Light Dragoons in Afghanistan and helping found an innovative solar energy business now operating globally, Robin is relishing the very different strategic and engagement challenges faced by Woodnewton's clients. His strategic experience and leadership skills are matched by the experience of modern communications, including a posting at the Ministry of Defence, with responsibility for the Army's strategic communications.
“Woodnewton was founded to bring together research, strategy and engagement, and give clients all the benefits of a full-service agency at a fraction of the price. Eight years on, our client endorsements speak for themselves.”