Daniele Schmidt-Fischer

Daniele joined GK Strategy from a political consultancy to support on a range of clients across a variety of sectors, specialising on the healthcare and life sciences environment. Previously, he completed a traineeship in the International Policy Analysis Division at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany, and worked as an Associate for a financial Start-up. Daniele has a BA in Politics and War Studies from King's College London. He speaks German (native), Italian (native), and English.  

Will Blackman

Associate Director

Will is an experienced public affairs consultant, having begun his career working in the House of Commons before entering consultancy six years ago. 

He has worked across a variety of sectors, with particular experience in technology and financial services, and has experience of advising some of the world's largest companies on their public affairs and political engagement strategies. 

Dr Iain Wilton

Head of Research

Iain is an experienced policy and public affairs specialist. His professional background includes working as a Ministerial special adviser and leading an award-winning communications and campaigns team at the Royal Statistical Society. Relevant qualifications include a history doctorate and the Investment Management Certificate from CFA UK. Iain’s policy and regulatory experience is cross-sector and he has previously led public affairs teams in media, sports and local government organisations.

Natasha Pinnington

Adviser

Natasha is an experienced academic and political researcher. She gained her doctorate from the University of Cambridge in June 2021, prior to which she worked as a parliamentary researcher for a Secretary of State in the coalition government. Natasha works largely on GK’s Insights team, providing strategic research-based support and analysis to a range of clients and across policy areas.

Monica Thompson

Associate

Monica is an experienced political consultant, who has spent a number of years working with the public sector, where she was a keen advocate for the vital role that education plays. Monica has vast experience in the education sector having previously worked for an education trade body, and as the education lead for a major political publisher. Monica holds a master’s degree in Intelligence and International Security from King’s College London and is also fluent in four languages.

Sam Tankard

Adviser

Sam joined GK Strategy from another agency in October 2021, bringing expertise in planning communications and political engagement for major infrastructure, housing and energy projects at both Westminster and local government level. Sam’s political experience also extends to running for local councillor for the Labour Party in May 2021. Sam now supports several projects across health, education and financial services, providing research, political analysis and strategic support communications for clients.

Nicole Wyatt

Account Manager

Nicole joined GK Strategy to support on a range of clients across a variety of sectors. Nicole previously worked in-house for a charity’s advocacy team focusing on animal welfare and completed her Master’s in International Public Policy.

Lavinia Troiani

Account Executive

Lavinia has a Bachelors' degree in Politics and Economics, where she had the opportunity to experience a year in industry as a public affairs associate in a pharmaceutical company. She recently finished a Master's degree in European and International Public Policy and is now a political adviser in the GK Strategy Advocacy team specialising in health, education and international development.

Joshua Owolabi

Political Analyst

Joshua joined GK’s due diligence team, having previously worked as an analyst for a venture capital advisory firm. Joshua works across a range of projects, providing strategic research-based support to clients as well as political, policy and regulatory insights.

Milo Boyd

milo@gkstrategy.com Account Executive

Milo works in a range of client teams across GK, having joined following an internship in November 2020 and after graduating from university with a degree in Modern European Studies (History, Politics, Spanish).

Scott Dodsworth

scott@gkstrategy.com Managing Director

Scott has over 15 years’ experience in public affairs, government relations and reputation management. He has a strong network of senior political and government stakeholders in London and overseas together with skills in developing and maintaining complex relationships with parliamentary and government audiences around the world. His expertise has been built in senior public affairs and communications roles in-house and in advisory firms.

Tim Farazmand

Strategic Adviser

Tim is a Strategic Adviser to GK and our clients. Over the last 30 years, Tim has worked extensively in the private equity world, including for 3i Plc, Royal Bank Private Equity, LDC and Palatine. Tim is also a former Chair of the British Venture Capital Association.

John Griffith-Jones

Strategic Adviser

John  was the inaugural chair of the Financial Conduct Authority from 2013 to 2018. John brings additional experience in financial services from his prior career as UK Chairman and Senior Partner at KPMG. John is a strategic adviser at GK.      

David Laws

Strategic Adviser

David was an MP for 14 years, a cabinet member and minister in several departments and prior to that worked in the City. Today he uses his wealth of experience to provide strategic advice to GK's clients.

Deeva Amin

Graphic Designer

Deeva leads all GK's rapidly expanding creative offer, helping develop our collateral for clients as well as focusing on brand development and storytelling, a passion she developed from her previous work in the advertising industry.

Emma Petela

emma@gkstrategy.com Director

Emma started life at GK as an intern but has risen up to lead the strat comms team as well as representing us on industry bodies.

Jack Sansum

Account Manager

Jack works across a range of GK clients, having joined fresh from completing undergrad and masters degrees in public policy.

Joe Cormack

Head of Health

Joe began his career on the National Graduate Development Programme with the Local Government Association, working across the policy, public affairs and improvement teams. He shifted to public affairs and communications consultancy in 2015 and has experience leading campaigns across a range of sectors, developing a specialism in the healthcare and life sciences environment. He leads GK’s health and social care activity.

Louise Allen

louise@gkstrategy.com CEO

Louise is GK's CEO and provides strategic counsel to GK's clients, particularly high growth and private equity backed businesses. Over the past 10 years at GK, Louise has advised on communications strategies and private equity deals across highly regulated industries.

Odie

Good Boy

When not rooting through the bins for food, Odie is responsible for maintaining morale. And the management accounts.

Phil Hope

Adviser

Phil is a former MP and Minister of State for Care Services alongside various other ministerial roles. He helps GK clients through providing strategic advice and sharing his experiences of policy making.

Robin Grainger

robin@gkstrategy.com Exec Chairman

Robin co-founded GK over 12 years ago and manages our relationships with the investment community.

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