Origin Communications works hard to attract and retain some of the best independent PR professionals worldwide.
Because we are all senior director-level individuals with more than ten years' experience each, you will always work with the best, the most knowledgeable and skilled team available to you.
When I was young, I wanted to be a journalist and my favourite subject at school was English. I loved writing, creating ideas for exciting and engaging plots which, ultimately, tell a great story. It’s no surprise then that I turned to PR as a profession. Working with my clients, we establish the ‘plot’. Working with journalists, we tell the story. Developing PR strategies with technology companies means that there is never a dull day as I witness innovation, modernisation and the constant impression they leave on society. Personally, I’m involved with a fundraising initiative to build a school in West Africa and I’m planning to get my pilots wings and head for the skies.
Over the past 20 years I've spent in the industry I have mainly focused within channel marketing and I’ve always found anyone can work in marketing as long as they have good common sense and smart organisation skills. The client, although all of mine have been in IT, is largely irrelevant if you can take a brief, work through a logical solution and execute a timely and financially sound plan. My background has therefore stood me in good stead as I support the Origin Comms team with everything from venue sourcing for events, database interrogation for a targeted press release, research for media training, managing the team’s deadlines….the list goes on. I love that every day I have different challenges. The only place I ever really switch off is when I take a not so challenging route skiing down the France alps.
With a degree in physics and a few short stories published, working in PR was a good way to combine my interest in technology and science, and my passion for writing. Nothing in technology is boring - I love digging for the story angles that will get people interested, and working with my clients to help them shape their messages. Being German, I am also very organised. You have to be when you juggle several news announcements and launches at once, across two or three countries! In my spare time, one thing I’m still trying to master is the piano - there’s never enough time to practise.
As a teenager, I loved creating my own magazines - sticking bits of paper together, designing front covers and writing top tips. Basically, I was a magazine junkie and wanted people to read my stuff. My passion later led me to discover the world of PR where I get to write about the latest trends in information security, pitch new ideas to the media and much more. I also advise some of our clients on integrating social media into their wider marketing plans, identifying what (and how) particular platforms will work for them. Outside of PR, you will find me baking cakes…and then walking my Goldendoodle puppy or playing netball to burn off the calories!
My passion is diving and all things underwater – with a secret desire to be a marine biologist like Jacques Cousteau. But my day job as a PR consultant can be just as colourful and eventful! The desire to deliver great coverage for clients is something that never diminishes despite a long career working with some of the very best companies, as well as some of the most innovative and exciting technologies out there. I also enjoy working with professionals with a passion for what they do. Out of work hours, I love walking and enjoy the wildlife where I live.
Fuelled by as little sleep as humanly possible, I have an unmatched enthusiasm for trying to do too many things at once. I am a terrible runner and awful with numbers, but what I lack in athleticism and mathematics, I make up for in socialising and writing prowess. When I'm not working, playing trains with my sons or being informed by my four year old that my knowledge of dinosaurs is incorrect, and a Triceratops is in fact a herbivore and NOT a carnivore, you will likely find me planning a trip, making a trip or quietly correcting the grammar of anyone who crosses my path.
With more than 12 years' experience in public relations and having previously worked as a journalist and copywriter for both global (WPP Group) and local advertising agencies in Hong Kong, I have worked on many global and European campaigns for high profile technology brands including Capgemini, CA Technologies, Microsoft, Webroot and Xerox. I love summer when I can go coasteering, jet-skiing, sun-bathing in the garden, or simply for a pleasant ride in Victoria Park in London during my lunch break. I’m a communications professional by trade, photography enthusiast, LEGO lover and mostly a geek.
I have worked in PR for more than 20 years across tech, B2B and consumer clients in a mix of agency and in-house roles. My experience ranges from big brands to small start-ups so I’ve got a pretty good grasp on what the components are for a great story. I love to write but also have an unerring passion for pitching stories to the media which is why PR is the perfect match for me. Outside of work my other passion is football, watching not playing that is when I’m not ferrying my three children around. Aside from that, I can often be found training our over-enthusiastic Boxer puppy.
I started writing about tech as a graduate trainee, and – aside from brief forays into broadcast journalism and acting – I’ve not stopped since. My PR career has involved working in the charity, leisure, branding, defence and financial services sectors, as well as IT. Joining Origin has allowed me to delve deeply into a sector about which they have a wealth of knowledge and expertise, and which particularly fascinates me: cyber-security. When not at work I still regularly perform on stage, and have recently taken on an allotment despite knowing nothing whatsoever about gardening.
Former Classics PhD and academic, I headed into commercial editorial and research for travel and insurance industries. Very soon I was picked up by a very old school PR agency, and found myself working with AXA, GE Capital, Lloyds and other financial and insurance institutions. I began to direct advertising and marketing campaigns, working across brand licensing, for national broadcasters, manufacturing, security and others, including finding myself as editorial director of a specialist London newspaper. Having a prominent artist gene knocking around the family, I am also a professional photographer by night, shooting bands and theatre. You’d be surprised just how many musicians have day jobs in the tech industry!