Above: “The Tower of London has been the heart of the city for a thousand years with beautiful architecture, a stunning location and a vibrant history. It has a sense of symmetry and majesty, making it for me the most stunning building in London.”
Jane, a communications strategist and dynamic leader in the world of luxury, fashion and lifestyle, has worked in public relations for over 25 years.
In 2001, Jane founded Talk PR, an agency with a mission to ‘Build Rewarding Relationships’, which it does on behalf of many prestigious clients including adidas by Stella McCartney, American Express, The British Fashion Council, Residential by Land Securities, Lane Crawford Joyce Group, Le Creuset, M?ller, G.H.MUMM, Procter & Gamble, V&A and The Macallan. In 2009 Jane founded the SERMO network which now boasts 13 strategic partners around the world.
Jane is committed to nurturing and developing new talent and campaigns to improve diversity within the industry and has supported the Taylor Bennett Foundation for the past four years.
Above: “The view crossing the river from home in the South always reminds me what an amazing city we live in. Outstanding when it's sunny and still great in the rain. And you can't argue with Westminster Bridge, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament for an awe-inspiring eyeful of London...”
Helena has worked in consumer PR for over 18 years, creating and overseeing UK and global communications programmes for a wide range of clients and businesses.
She started her career at Lynne Franks PR and was a founding member of Talk PR in 2001.
Helena is particularly skilled in the development of results driven, influencer industry-facing campaigns and bespoke sector immersion programmes, for which she’s created many for brands within the P&G Beauty & Grooming, Prestige & Salon Professional portfolios.
As well as overseeing client relations, Helena is responsible for the creation and implementation of Talk PR’s industry leading Learning & Inspiration Programme which encourages constant growth and development in each and every member of staff.
Above: “Somerset House is such a peaceful haven – it’s like an oasis in the middle of the city. It’s particularly close to my heart as it is the site of some of my favourite London firsts: from LFW shows to open air cinema screenings and nights ice skating under the stars.”
Ryan has been Talk PR's Chief Operating Officer since 2008 and is responsible for the company’s operational and business management, financial and business strategy, growth, and developing and implementing internal controls.
Ryan worked closely with Talk PR’s CEO to set up SERMO Communications, Talk PR’s global network of independent communications agencies. He now plays a business advisory role to the network and its partners.
Prior to joining Talk PR, Ryan spent seven years at WPP’s Ogilvy Group, first as Head of Finance for Ogilvy PR and then as Business Systems Director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, where he successfully restructured systems and processes of many regional offices to drive efficiencies and profitability.
After graduating with an honours degree in accountancy, Ryan continued his professional accountancy training in practice before working as Group Financial Controller at The Marketing Store Worldwide and Head of Finance and Operations at Prism Software, a new media start-up.
Above: "Liberty never ceases to inspire me – from the minute I walk through the wood panelled entrance to the moment I leave clutching one (or several) of the deep purple bags. It has the characteristic London mix of classic and cool, British and global, luxury and every day. Lovely.”
Tanya is a communications expert with over 25 years’ experience in consumer, B2B and corporate PR. She is one of the best-connected and most trusted operators in London.
At Talk PR, Tanya has overseen UK and global communications campaigns and reputation management programmes for clients including: adidas by Stella McCartney, The Macallan, Lane Crawford Joyce Group, the British Fashion Council and P&G.
Over the past five years, Tanya has built and developed Talk PR’s global network of independent communications agencies, SERMO, which now comprises 13 agencies working in 18 countries with over 400 staff and a combined fee income of ?26million. Tanya became President of SERMO in March 2014 and is responsible for extending partner collaboration, introducing central business management systems, adding an increased level of value for clients and marketing and growing the network into new markets.
Tanya was a founding director of M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment and has been a consultant for Audience, a social marketing organisation in the public and voluntary sector.
Tanya is a founding member of the Fashion Circle, a group of influential women in fashion led by Jane Shepherdson, CEO of Whistles, which aims to harness the power of Britain’s fashion industry to help support the women’s projects of Oxfam and other charities around the world. The Fashion Circle is part of the wider Circle group of women, founded by Annie Lennox.
Above: “To me, Battersea Power Station is unique. Even though it’s surrounded by modern developments and contemporary design, it owns the skyline and drives the personality of the whole area.”
Kelly is an experienced, motivated and creative Board Director with extensive experience working with premium UK and global companies.
Her main responsibilities include devising and implementing results-driven consumer PR campaigns, content creation, events management, brand building programmes, as well as developing business growth strategies for new and existing clients.
At Talk PR, Kelly oversees the UK Consumer Lifestyle Division working on P&G (specifically their retail beauty and prestige skincare portfolio), adidas by Stella McCartney, navabi and Shopstyle.
Kelly is managing Talk Content, a new division at Talk PR set up to answer the ever-increasing demand for editorially driven content.
Above: “I love the energy and character of Borough Market. For me it represents what’s great about London, it’s a real mixing pot of cultures and influences. Whether I need hard-to-find ingredients when cooking for friends or just a day out soaking up the atmosphere at one of the great bars and restaurants, Borough Market never fails to inspire.”
Belinda joined Talk PR in 2011 and has over 13 years’ experience in developing and implementing successful public relations and events campaigns for leading, big name brands from the beauty, fashion, drinks, luxury and consumer lifestyle sectors.
Belinda, who started her career in Sydney, is responsible for a range of beauty, fashion and lifestyle accounts. Belinda worked closely with Mercedes-Benz Australian Fashion Week to develop top tier sponsorship strategies for Schwarzkopf Professional and created strategic partnerships with the Independent Film Awards for Glenfiddich.
Following a move to London in 2006, Belinda has led many high-profile consumer PR campaigns for brands including Pernod Ricard, Grey Goose Vodka, Nokia, Sony, Dove and L’Oreal.
Within Talk PR, Belinda oversees the UK Consumer Lifestyle Division working with P&G, Wella Salon Professional, M?ller and Perfect Moment. Belinda also heads up Talk PR’s Innovation Task Force which ensures big picture, integrated, social and digital thinking for all clients.
Above: “Redchurch Street was my home for a happy five years. I watched it evolve from a ramshackle thoroughfare between Shoreditch High Street and Brick Lane into a vibrant hub for boutiques, galleries and hipster caf?s. And it continues to change week by week – I still get a buzz every time I see it.
Mai has worked in consumer PR for eight years, specialising in global strategy, creative content and campaign management for clients in the lifestyle and luxury sectors.
She has particular experience in the creation of fully integrated global PR campaigns, and management of international roll-out; as well as production of large scale global launch events. Key clients include Dolce & Gabbana Beauty, for which she has been a global consultant for over five years, P&G Prestige, American Express, adidas by Stella McCartney, The Macallan and G.H.MUMM.
Above: “The British Museum represents everything that's great about London – an ancient institution with the courage to keep renewing itself. That's why I love the modern geometry overlaying the classical symmetry of the central atrium – clean lines with beautiful light, using contrasting styles but always in sympathetic tones. Genius.”
Claudia started her fashion career as Communications Director at Nicole Farhi where she oversaw the brand’s first concession in Harvey Nichols and opening of the first standalone store on Sloane Street.
She then launched Tommy Hilfiger into the UK in the late ‘90s before becoming a founding Director of Talk PR.
In her role as Creative Director, Claudia has built unrivalled contacts and experience in the fashion and luxury sectors including campaigns for Asprey, Bottega Veneta, Jil Sander, Cherokee for Tesco and Selfridges. She has directed the agency’s work on highly prestigious events such as Fashion Rocks, Armani’s One Night Only and the recent V&A exhibition, The Glamour of Italian Fashion, as well as campaigns for London Fashion Week and the British Fashion Awards.
Claudia’s role encompasses all elements of fashion brand building, from establishing a brand’s essence, look and feel, to launching, styling or re-positioning it, to creating major or intimate events and connecting with influential contacts and fashion media. She is instrumental in building and maintaining a brand’s equity and value at every stage of development and her track record makes her one of the most influential advisors within the fashion PR world.