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Leon Panitzke

Director and head of digital

Leon Panitzke

Director and head of digital

Specialist in: Digital Communications, strategic communications, co-ordinating programmes with multiple stakeholders, public relations, campaigns, internal and external communications and management.

Background: Computer Games, Finance, Copywriting, Localisation, Health, Local Government

Career highlight: Every single project we worked on with links to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: from the bid through to legacy projects that still have resonance even today. (My first trustee role with Healthwatch Lambeth.)

What drives me? Electricity. Integration. I’m passionate about every project that I work on. We have a diverse team at Verve which leads to lots of challenging discussions in the office and makes every day different.

Email Address: leon.panitzke@vervecommunications.co.uk

Clive Caseley

Director and head of change practice

Clive Caseley

Director and head of change practice

Specialist in: Marketing, business development, media relations, research.

Background: Strategist and pragmatic PR, he has advised boards and directors through some of their most complex challenges. Clive is a former Marketing Director of national mental health charity MIND, and has also been a local authority Communications Director and an Executive Director of Arts Council England.

Career highlight: Clive’s award-winning engagement and marketing programmes have enabled complex service transformation, reshaped organisational cultures, and laid the foundations for new institutions to be created through merger or acquisition.

What drives me? ‘The opportunity to work with amazing leaders who are changing lives.’

Email address: clive.caseley@vervecommunications.co.uk

Alex Louis

Account Director

Alex Louis

Account Director

Specialist in: Systems thinking and communications in the public sector space.

Background: Leading and managing communications, marketing and PR teams in local government, education, criminal justice and the NHS. Trained as a radio journalist, ran a small PR consultancy specialising in housing and voluntary sector. Freelance journalist, PRO.

Career highlight: Successfully and single-handed, managing over 20 national and regional media – including live interviews with the Home Secretary (after a prison riot broke out), at the first national conference on the future of multi-ethnic Britain, after being brought on board with 48 hours’ notice.

What drives me? I’m drawn towards the difficult, complex and complicated, believing strongly that it’s here we can find solutions.

Email address: Alex.Louis@vervecommunications.co.uk

Matt Holmes

Senior account manager

Matt Holmes

Senior account manager

Specialist in: Project management, public relations, digital solutions, stakeholder engagement

Background: NHS, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Department for Health, Roche, National Skills Academy for Financial Services

Career highlight: Launching the first public search engine for the NHS Directory of Services.

What drives me? Unlocking new technologies for greater efficiency and impact 

Email Address: matt.holmes@vervecommunications.co.uk  

Kaya Cheshire

Senior digital specialist

Kaya Cheshire

Senior digital specialist

Specialist in: Digital Communications, Content Marketing, Internal Communications, Social media strategy and management.

Background: TV, Broadcasting (Channel 4)  Education (GL Assessment) and Health Communications

Career highlight: Kaya managed a 360 Digital Campaign with Channel 4 at the age of 16 which resulted in a reach of over 800,000 people globally.

What drives me? ‘Creativity and strategy, I love learning about businesses, the way they work and what makes the customers tick. As soon as I’ve worked that out and put together a campaign, I like to tweak, analyse and problem solve.

Email Address: kaya.cheshire@vervecommunications.co.uk

Kerry Sheehan

Communications director

Kerry Sheehan

Communications director

Specialist in:

Transformational employee communications and external forensic communications; multi-channel PR/marketing campaigns and strategy; media strategy/management; digital strategy; brand building; reputation, issues and crisis management and improvement; public affairs/stakeholder management; consumer and B2B/B2C programmes; CEO and board comms programmes; PR programming and message/narrative development Member of @CIPRUK National Professional Development and Membership Committee Member of @CIPRLPS Committee

Background:

Senior PR consultant @CostaCoffee; @IHG @Sainsburys Former news editor/editor @NewsUK @sknobserver

Career highlights:

Sydney, Rio and London Olympic Games – international news lead and PR consultancy Brand development/launches @CostaCoffee Training @Sainsburys PR/media champions and crisis comms management Re-launching leading national newspaper/digital channels for St Kitt’s and Nevis World exclusive of the terrorists behind the 7/7 attacks

What drives me?

Utilising emotional and psychological intelligence, alongside insight – pushing boundaries to create real conversations – to provide transformational communications and marketing programmes/campaigns, which improve lives, build organisational awareness or drive business results.

Email Address:

kerry.sheehan@vervecommunications.co.uk

Gemma Novis

Engagement specialist

Gemma Novis

Engagement specialist

Specialist in: Equalities (including Equality Impact Analyses) and community engagement for service improvement. Qualified community and youth work practitioner.

Background: Public Sector, Higher Education, Community and Voluntary sector.

Career highlight:  Carrying out CVD health checks on hundreds of visitors to Deptford High Street with a team of community volunteers.

Being awarded a Department of Health sponsored NHS Leadership Award as one of three Community Leaders of the Year in 2010 for proving how valuable community experiences are for organisations seeking to improve health and wellbeing outcomes or to address inequalities.

What drives me: I’m driven by my conviction in the power of dialogue to inspire positive change. I love creating the space for communities (including young people) to share their experiences with policy makers and organisations.

Email Address: Gemma.Novis@vervecommunications.co.uk

Janice Muir

Head of not-for-profit practice

Janice Muir

Head of not-for-profit practice

Specialist in:  Public relations, strategic stakeholder management, campaigning, media, crisis and communication management.

Background: Public Sector and Third Sector public relations and communication.

Career Highlights: Produced media strategy and directed the launch of a major new report on Malaria for the World Health Organisation. The report was covered extensively in the national and international media, achieving a global print and broadcast audience reach of more than 310 million, for a budget of US$20,000, and a PRWeek award for best PR campaign. Subsequently directed UK media relations for a further WHO report about anti-microbial resistance and achieved an overall international audience reach of more than 317 million worldwide.

What drives me? Change, music, bit of travel, sunshine and cars

Louise Mcgill

Account Director

Louise Mcgill

Account Director

Specialist in: Communications, media relations, stakeholder engagement, writing and editing

Background: Consultancy experience spanning three continents, Louise is a strategic communications specialist with a focus on stakeholder engagement and media relations within the health, property and development sectors. Recent experience has included both in-house interim and consultancy projects with Pinnacle Group, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust and NHS England.

What drives me: Seeing the results come through after a targeted campaign or genuine engagement programme. Knowing we have contributed to making a difference to someone’s life, no matter how small, or have made a positive impact at a time of change is what drives me to go further.

Email Address: louise.mcgill@vervecommunications.co.uk

Catherine Nestor

Account Director

Catherine Nestor

Account Director

Specialist in: Communications planning, media relations, internal communications, writing, editing 

Background: Interim and consultancy experience in NHS acute trusts and clinical commissioning groups. Previously was a consultancy director and held senior in-house roles at the Wellcome Trust and British Red Cross 

Career Highlight: seeing one of my projects win a CIPRInside award 

What drives me? I want to see that people have become engaged through the work I do. Communications should not be just about putting stuff out there, but about leading to action or change. 

Email Address: Catherine.Nestor@vervecommunications.co.uk 

Graham Kelly

Research Director

Graham Kelly

Research Director

Specialist in: Market and Social Research, including quantitative and qualitative methods.

Background: Previously Head of Social Research at BMRB (now TNS-BMRB), with 20 years’ experience in commercial research agencies, plus experience in local government, construction materials and with the Health Education Authority in the 1990s. Also active in the Community and Voluntary Sector.

Career highlight: Leading the teams conducting “world best” surveys to estimate the prevalence of child abuse and neglect, for the NSPCC in 1999, and again in 2009. They were very large studies, requiring exceptional planning and the development of unprecedented ethical protocols.

What drives me: I am a naturally curious person, and I love the challenge of designing research studies to meet the client’s objectives, then project managing the whole study through sampling, data collection, data analysis and delivery of findings.

Email Address: Graham.Kelly@vervecommunications.co.uk

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