About

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.

Team

Jim Sutton
Jim Sutton
Managing Director
Jim is Managing Director of our London office and leads AprilSix Proof’s operations in the UK and EMEA. He joined Proof Communication in 2007, becoming a director in 2011.

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 Meaney
Joe Meaney
Operations Director
Joe is the Operations Director at AprilSix Proof and joined the business in 2007.

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.
Amy Drummond
Amy Drummond
Associate Director - Head of Technology
Amy has worked in communications for the past 14 years, and has directed campaigns for start-ups, multinational corporations and non-profit organisations. She has experience of promoting a wide range of technologies – from IoT and artificial intelligence, to data analytics and cyber security.

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.
Ellie Dobson
Ellie Dobson
Associate Director - Head of Science, Engineering & Innovation
Ellie leads the Science, Engineering & Innovation practice at AprilSix Proof, with responsibility for continuing to build on the organisation's historical strength in the sector.

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.
Andrew Newton
Andrew Newton
Business Development Director
Andrew is AprilSix Proof’s Business Development Director, managing our new client outreach and onboarding processes.

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.
Vernon Hunte
Vernon Hunte
Associate Director - Public Affairs
Vernon Hunte is Associate Director at AprilSix Proof with responsibility for directing the political engagement and campaigns for clients in Westminster, Whitehall, the Devolved Administrations and European Institutions.

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.
Jim Drury
Jim Drury
Head of Video
Jim is Head of Video at AprilSix Proof, responsible for providing high-quality video content for our clients across the science, engineering, innovations and technology sectors. He can provide different types of video for website, social media or broadcast.

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 Stephenson
Alex Stephenson
Senior Account Director
Alex is a Senior Account Director at AprilSix Proof with more than six years experience in science, engineering and technology PR, with a particular interest in navigation, STEM start-ups and all things quantum. She runs campaigns for flagship accounts in our Science, Engineering & Innovation Division.

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.
Amita Hanspal
Amita Hanspal
Senior Account Director
Amita is responsible for creating and developing client campaigns, ensuring that we translate their technical content into clear and engaging communications.

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 Moran
Niall Moran
Account Director
Niall is known for delivering exceptional media coverage and being the agency’s go-to-guy for social media strategy insights, focusing on building results-driven campaigns informed by social listening intelligence.

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.
Paul Noonan
Paul Noonan
Senior Media and Content Manager
Paul helps clients unlock their hidden USP and transform often complex and little-known science and technology innovations and issues into compelling media campaigns. As Media and Content Manager he is responsible for developing impactful campaign ideas and producing influential content to bring innovations and ideas to public prominence.

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.
Nancy Williams
Nancy Williams
Senior Account Manager
Nancy is an Senior Account Manager at AprilSix Proof, specialising in the Science, Engineering & Innovation division.

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.
Anna Brown
Anna Brown
Account Manager
Anna is an Account Manager in the technology division at AprilSix Proof. Her role includes creating engaging content for clients, and generating quality media results across national, trade and local media titles.

Anna joined Proof in January 2018 from a London-based integrated agency where she worked across B2B and B2C clients. During this time she was responsible for running press offices, managing social accounts and the delivery of campaigns.

Anna has a BA Hons in English and American Studies from the University of Nottingham where she graduated in 2016 after spending a year studying in New York.
Giorgia Muirhead
Giorgia Muirhead
Account Manager
Giorgia has more than 7 years of experience in transforming a wide range of topics into engaging, understandable content.

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.
Jack Millner
Jack Millner
Media and Content Manager
Jack is AprilSix Proof’s Media and Content Manager, working within the Science, Engineering and Innovation division. He is a visual storyteller, and he specialises in bringing science stories to life using a mixture of video, images and social media.

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.
Peter Smeed
Peter Smeed
Account Manager - Public Affairs
Peter Smeed is an Account Manager in our Public Affairs team and works with SAS, the National Physical Laboratory, UKI2S and CompTIA. His role involves political engagement and campaigns for clients in Westminster, Whitehall, the Devolved Administrations and European Institutions.

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.
Garry Ho
Garry Ho
Account Manager
Garry joined AprilSix Proof in 2019 as an Account Manager in the technology division, after several years in consumer and corporate communications for global brands. As an Account Manager, he is responsible for crafting compelling content, campaign management and garnering coverage across tech, B2B and top-tier publications.

He also worked in-house at London City Incubator, helping cybersecurity and engineering novel technologies developed by academic researchers with commercialisation and IP strategies.

Garry holds a BA in Cultural Studies from York University in Toronto and a MA in Media & Communications from City University of London.
Natalia Gorohova
Natalia Gorohova
Account Manager
Natalia is an Account Manager with the Science, Engineering and Innovation Team. Before joining AprilSix Proof, she was a programme manager for the New Scientist Live festival since its inception in 2016, responsible for creating the programme of talks and performances by the world’s leading scientists and artists.

Prior to that, she was a content editor at The Economist Events and a number of B2B publishers in the financial sector. She has developed and delivered content programmes for top level business forums in Europe, the US, Asia, Africa and Australia.

Natalia is passionate about engaging scientists, businesses, policy makers, the media and the public in meaningful conversations about science and innovation. In her spare time, Natalia enjoys being an active member of several philosophy debating societies and hiking clubs in London.
Dan Caley
Dan Caley
Account Manager
Dan works with clients from AprilSix Proof's Science, Engineering & Innovation division.

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.
Piers Grassmann
Piers Grassmann
Senior Account Executive
Piers joined AprilSix Proof in August of 2019, having worked at an integrated PR, marketing and social media agency for wholesale financial and technology clients.

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.
Fiona Batchelor
Fiona Batchelor
Account Executive
Fiona started as an Intern in the Science, Engineering and Innovation division of AprilSix Proof, before securing a permanent role as a Junior Account Executive, then being promoted to Account Executive in early 2019.

Fiona started at AprilSix Proof while completing a Master's in Science Communication at The University of Manchester, where Joe served as her professional mentor in her final project on public relations for science. Her earlier research project was on "The Impact of Brexit on International Science Collaboration in the UK", as she sustains a great interest in science policy. Prior to this, she graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Science, also from Manchester.

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.
Molly Hunt
Molly Hunt
Junior Account Executive
Molly is a Junior Account Executive in our Tech team. She recently graduated from the University of Leeds, where she studied English Literature and History.

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.
Louis van der Linden
Louis van der Linden
Junior Account Executive
Louis has a philosophy (BSc LSE) and physics background, and has recently completed a masters in science communication at Imperial College London.

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.
Jonathan Shapiro
Jonathan Shapiro
Junior Account Executive - Public Affairs
Jonathan joined AprilSix Proof in September 2019 and is a Junior Account Executive in the Public Affairs Team.

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.

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