The AprilSix Proof Team
Who We Are
Armed with curious minds, a command of clear language, and a desire to tell complex stories in a way that would inspire others, we began our journey in 2005 with two clients that are still with us today.
We have grown year on year through working with, and for, some of the brightest people on the planet.
Our team combines agency technology, science communication and in-house corporate communications experience to create a powerful machine that creates strategies, secures media coverage, develops content and drives social engagement.
We became part of the April Six family in 2014 and can now perfectly align communications with the full suite of marketing tactics to achieve unrivalled results for our clients.
Previously he managed media and marketing campaigns for global brands such as Philips and Nestle Waters.
He is now motivated by helping technology and STEM organisations demonstrate the value of their work or drive sales of their products and services. He is an expert in helping clients understand what they want to communicate and delivering those messages to the people they need to influence.
Jim drives best practice in PR as Chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations STEM Committee, a member of STEMPRA and an affiliate member of the Institute of Physics. He reports to the April Six Group CEO.
Joe has worked in communications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining AprilSix Proof, Joe worked at the innovation charity Nesta, where he managed the communications for two early stage investment funds and helping to promote groundbreaking start-ups such as Shadow Robot Hand Co and ULTra (Urban Light Transit). Before that, Joe worked his way up the Press & Public Affairs department of Arts Council England, joining as a graduate and leaving as a Press Officer.
Joe has an MA in Journalism and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). He is a former board member of STEMPRA and mentors MSc science communication students.
She has extensive agency experience and this has honed her ability to work in high pressured environments, multitask and deliver coverage across national, regional and vertical titles.
In addition to agency work, she has also worked in-house at The Institute of Cancer Research.
For our clients, she provides strategic insight from her specialist expertise in the science, technology and engineering sectors, and manages an exceptional team to deliver consistently impressive results for some of the brightest organisations in the world.
Ellie's background spans from tactical delivery through to strategic consulting for a portfolio of clients including some of AprilSix Proof’s flagship accounts. She also played a key role in our work to support CERN in devising its most recent five-year communications strategy.
She is also well experienced in supporting new and growing businesses to achieve their goals, having worked with an array of start-ups and SMEs both directly and through providing consultancy and training to incubators.
Ellie is a History and Linguistics graduate with a meticulous eye for detail and an infectious enthusiasm for all facets of science and engineering. Her approach to PR has always focused on building strong client relationships and making sure we are an invaluable extension of our clients’ teams.
After working as a marketing manager for several years, Andrew moved into business development consultancy where he created client acquisition programmes for some of the UK’s leading agencies. An Art History and English Literature graduate from the University of Newcastle, Andrew joined AprilSix Proof in early 2018.
His professional background includes more than twelve years working in public affairs, developing an extensive political network. He has worked in central Government, in Parliament – heading offices both in the Commons and the House of Lords – and for the Institution of Civil Engineers. More recently he has worked freelance and in-house for external clients on a broad range of policy areas including Brexit, digital regulation, employment legislation and taxation.
He graduated from the London School of Economics in International Politics and History, and holds a post-graduate degree from Kings College London. He is an active member of the public affairs community through participation in the CIPR Public Affairs Committee, which leads on the drive towards professionalism and transparency in the industry.
Vernon is committed to delivering innovative and effective public affairs communication which have been recognised as award-winning by both the PRCA and the Association Excellence Awards as a core part of fully integrated PR and marketing campaigns.
After more than 20 years as a broadcast journalist, Jim joined the agency in early 2019, bringing a wealth of experience and contacts.
In his last role Jim ran the Innovations video service for Reuters Television for five years, providing b-roll edits for the product’s 100-plus client list of major international broadcast channels, and voiced edits for its 60 website clients.
Jim has also edited a series of English-language newspapers in Spain and written four published books on rock bands Squeeze, The Stranglers and Ian Dury and the Blockheads, and the footballer Roy Bentley.
Alex has delivered some truly stunning results for clients over the years, producing campaigns that truly meet her clients’ business objectives and long-term goals. Well beyond media relations, her experience also includes direct stakeholder engagement as well as public affairs.
Last year, her exceptional achievements and unshakable passion to deliver the best possible service were recognised by the PCR Women of the Year awards, naming Alex as a finalist in the PR Powerhouse category.
More than anything, Alex loves hearing about the latest innovations and working with the media to inform audiences about advances that can make a difference to their lives.
Previously, Amita worked at Spreckley where she developed an extensive knowledge of the B2B technology market. Her clients included Ingram Micro Cloud, Romax Technology, The Green Grid and Outsourcery. Prior to Spreckley, Amita was at AxiCom where she worked with tech industry heavyweights Dell and Red Hat.
Amita graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA in Film & Literature. Having a keen interest in the arts as well as technology, she once designed a billboard advert for the Department of Education which was displayed throughout London.
Niall brought B2B technology and business PR knowledge from his previous role at Spreckley. His clients there included Outsourcery, APM Group and Helvetic Fund Management, as well as personal PR for former Dragon's Den investor and cloud computing pioneer Piers Linney.
Niall holds an MA in Public and Political Communication from Dublin City University, where he also graduated with a BA in Economics, Politics and Law.
She works with clients in our Science, Engineering and Innovation division to provide strategic consultancy on content and media relations, and ensure the delivery of consistently impressive results. Rachel prides herself on building strong client relationships to become an indispensable resource of tactical direction and practical advice.
Her favourite part of her job is identifying areas where we can deliver additional value to clients, to help them achieve their commercial objectives.
Rachel graduated from the University of Essex in History and Politics.
Paul previously worked in public affairs and corporate communications at Fleishman Hillard and Ketchum for clients spanning healthcare, financial services, technology and cyber security, including JP Morgan, Boeringer Ingelheim, Websense, Qualcomm and IBM.
Paul holds a first-class honours degree in Public Relations. He loves travelling, music, philosophy and politics and is a keen squash and tennis player.
With over three years’ experience in PR, Nancy originally started in the B2B and B2C technology sector, running press offices, managing social media accounts and delivering campaigns for a range of clients. From well-known global brands, across UK and EMEA regions, to fast-growing UK start-ups and government funded organisations.
Nancy is particularly interested in the impact of fundamental discoveries on society. She also has experience in public affairs, working with lobbying group, Campaign for Science and Engineering (CaSE) as well as two Members of Parliament.
Nancy also holds a BSc in Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method from the London School of Economics.
With 18 years’ experience in communications, Doug is a graduate of Cardiff University’s Post Graduate Journalism Diploma and holds an LLB from the University of Dundee.
Doug has worked in-house at RBS, Lloyd’s of London, DLA Piper and other financial and professional services firms.
More recently Doug has worked on the tech agency side and comes to us from stints at London tech agencies Hotwire and Archetype where he has been working on a range of technology clients – including AI powered start-ups and more established technology brands.
A print journalist by training, Giorgia specialises in communications and PR for the international science and engineering sector, with a focus on space. She has provided strategy, media relations, editorial and production services for everything from sustainability, to security, to human interest to cutting-edge technology.
Previously, Giorgia has worked in communications for the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Telecommunications and Integrated Applications directorate, and was ESA’s UK media point of contact. She has also delivered freelance PR and Dutch-to-English translation services to both the public and private space sector in the Netherlands.
Before joining AprilSix Proof, Jack worked as a journalist at The Times and The Sunday Times, where he specialised in social media production.
Jack holds a Masters degree in Science Journalism from City, University of London for which he was awarded a studentship by The Wellcome Trust. He has written for New Scientist, The Times, The Guardian, MailOnline and CNN.
Prior to AprilSix Proof he worked for a public affairs and communications agency advising organisations in the tech and science community, voluntary and charitable sectors, higher education institutions and a number of other sectors, on public affairs, political risk, stakeholder relations, digital engagement and media relations.
He has previous experience working with various political stakeholders including as a Parliamentary Assistant and campaigner during the 2010 and 2015 General Elections. During his time in Parliament, he worked across several key areas including policy casework, parliamentary meetings and external events. As a campaign organiser, he was based in two marginal constituencies and worked closely with local and regional parties, candidates and members leading up to the General and Local Elections in May 2015. He also worked for a large management consultancy as a Key Account Management Specialist for its corporate finance clients.
He graduated from the University of Surrey with a BSc in Politics and remains active in political campaigns.
Before joining Proof in December 2017, he worked in communications at the open access science publisher BMC for three years. Here he developed his ability to communicate complex topics to a variety of audiences, particularly through social media channels.
At the University of Sheffield, Dan studied for a BSc in Biochemistry, and an MSc in Science Communication.
She has worked in marketing and communications across different industries and geographies, including a surf camp in Morocco and the transportation division of Thales in Paris.
Jenny graduated from the University of Warwick with a BA in French in 2016, during her degree she also spent a year teaching English in the French Alps. Aside from French, she has a decent grasp of Spanish, an interest in learning new languages and discovering new cultures.
Previously, he gained wide and varied experience at a boutique consumer agency, a travel and luxury agency, a financial agency, and in-house at a global insurance company.
Piers graduated from UCL in 2017 with a BA in Linguistics. Born in Germany, Piers grew up primarily in Thailand, but with stints in the Philippines, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. He is bilingual and semi-fluent in Spanish, which piqued his interest in the structure of language. He particularly relishes the prospect of breaking down complex ideas for a wider audience.
During her MSc she engaged in a range of communications experience, including as Science and Technology Reporter for The Mancunian, the UK's largest student newspaper, where she was shortlisted as Contributor of the Year. She also volunteered in multiple public engagement initiatives such as Manchester Science Festival and The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, as well as being Social Media Coordinator for Pint of Science Manchester, running an online publicity campaign and contributing to the sale of over 1000 tickets.
During her degree, she completed a placement year at BMW Group, working in corporate communications, marketing and events. The role included management of the internal employee newsletter, which was distributed bi-weekly to 1,300 people, as well as organising both internal and external events.
Molly has also worked as a media and journalism intern at university, enhancing opportunities for students seeking careers in those industries. A keen writer, Molly has written freelance blogs and articles for websites such as Student World Online and local publications.
Prior to working at AprilSix Proof, he worked for a Conservative MP in Westminster where he worked on casework covering a variety of policy areas. Jonathan has also interned in the Campaigns Team at Conservative Party Campaign HQ and at the Centre for Social Justice.
He graduated from the University of Birmingham with a BA in Political Science and regularly campaigns for the Conservative Party.
While studying physics at the TU Delft, he was an editor of the physics faculty’s quarterly journal. One of his articles, on the oversimplified and misleading use of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse as an example of externally forced resonance in university courses, was published in the national Dutch journal NTvN. He also led the organisation of a week-long symposium in 2018 with speakers including physicist Erik Verlinde and Director of ESTEC Franco Ongaro.
At Imperial College, he regularly contributed to the student-led science communication radio programme iScience. He wrote his MSc thesis on the current normative shift towards open data within the broader sociology of science: its causes and potential consequences.
Rachel has enjoyed various placements in communications, such as with the charity Child's i, who have worked to establish fostering and adoption in Uganda. There she worked with the communications team on the ground in Kampala to profile some of the children the charity has placed into foster care. More recently, Rachel completed a placement with Redwood Consulting, a retail and property development PR firm.
In her spare time, Rachel is a keen poet and has been published in Warwick Writing Society's publication, as well as having been commended in Young Poet's Network competitions.
Rachel has experience working with digital communications, such as multimedia content creation and social media management. Prior to April Six, she had communications roles at the Natural History Museum, the Francis Crick Institute, and the University of St Andrews.