Prior to joining DRD, Alasdair chaired Aviate Global LLP,
an international stockbroking business headquartered in London, was
a Senior Vice President and Legal Advisor at Northern Trust
Securities, chaired the representative body for the leading law
firms in the City of London, chaired The Tree Council and was a
corporate tax lawyer, managing partner and, latterly, senior
partner with Travers Smith.
He currently chairs the solicitors' pro bono charity,
LawWorks, and a privately-owned, privacy law business, Data
Alasdair has extensive experience in dealing with
regulators, government departments, legal and professional services
businesses, private equity businesses, fund managers and both
private and public commercial organisations, particularly in the
Claire started her career specialising in the promotion of FMCG
and corporate brand-building, inward investment and issues
management. In 1997 Claire moved to Shandwick as its CEO
responsible for consumer, healthcare and global brands; working for
some of the world's biggest corporations across over 100 countries.
She worked extensively on the WHO-sponsored project addressing
smoking cessation and then was retained by the Department of Health
in the UK to develop the Five-a-Day strategy, Fruit in Schools
campaign and to offer guidance on implementation of WHO guidelines
on smoking cessation and alcohol use. In 2001 Claire
developed a specialism in litigation communications, crisis and
issues management and since then provides senior counsel to global
corporations, shareholder groups, individuals and charities.
A co-founder of DRD Partnership, Claire provides guidance on
communications strategies addressing regulation, market access and
product positioning for pharmaceutical companies. She also
provides counsel to other international corporate leadership
teams, the management of higher education providers, international
NGOs and leaders of campaigns for human rights. Claire is
frequently engaged in facilitating meetings addressing complex
issues and works closely with advocacy groups in the EU, the US and
A scientist by training Locksley started his career as a
Research Scientist at 3M before moving to the Mars Group.
After fourteen years spent in research, marketing and
personnel Locksley left as Head of European
Communication. Other high profile positions
include Director of Communications at Lloyds TSB and British
Aerospace; the latter working across North America, the
Middle and Far East Africa and Australia. Subsequently,
he joined the financial PR agency, 'Brunswick' as a Partner
before leaving to set up his own consultancy focusing on advisory
work before co-founding DRD Partnership in February 2012.
Locksley's client work includes campaigning against
political repression, international anti-corruption campaigns and
advising high net worth individuals on asylum applications.
Lawrence trained in the City as an investment analyst before
moving to consultancy and working for a number of investor
relations and corporate and financial PR agencies including
CitigateDeweRogerson and Brunswick.
Lawrence founded his own agency, Mantra PR which was sold
several years later to marketing service group Loewy. After a spell
as Head of Financial and Corporate PR at Marks and Spencer plc
Lawrence worked as a partner at Gardant Communications before
co-founding DRD Partnership.
Recent client work includes advising an ex CIS state oil
company, multiple litigations on behalf of business and shareholder
groups, developing investor messaging for an international listed
life sciences company, developing a communications strategy to
support a campaign against anti-competitive pricing of financial
products in Europe and advising clients on disputes over assets in
Central Africa, Latin America and East Africa.
Robert joined DRD Partnership at the beginning of 2014, having
previously lived and worked in the Middle East for five years. His
expertise is in public policy and international government
relations, advising and supporting foreign governments on their
engagement in the UK and advising UK organisations on strategic
engagement with overseas governments.
During his time overseas, Robert was Director of Communications
and a member of the Senior Leadership Group at a subsidiary of the
Office of The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. In this role, Robert
represented the interests of Abu Dhabi in its large, strategic and
international partnerships, with a particular focus on economic
diversification and the development of physical and social
infrastructure. Before that, Robert was Head of the Abu Dhabi
office of Bell Pottinger. For over three years, Robert was also one
of two non-Executive Directors on the Strategic Governing Body of
the British Embassy, providing strategic guidance to the Senior
Leadership team and co-hosting visiting trade and parliamentary
delegations from the UK.
Robert has held positions at Brunswick; the Cabinet Office;
Government House, Melbourne and Buckingham Palace. He has also
spent time on secondment to the UK mission at the United Nations
headquarters in New York.
Robert has global experience with the UK Diplomatic
Service and with two major UK-headquartered companies, Rio Tinto
(mining) and GlaxoSmithKline (pharmaceuticals).
His diplomatic career included postings in London, Bangkok,
Brussels (NATO and the European Union) and in Canberra as Deputy
High Commissioner. His two spells at Rio Tinto
included roles as Group Coordinator for Sustainable Development,
and from 2009 to 2015 as Global Head of External
Robert applies his global public-private background to
helping organisations understand and address the political, social
and stakeholder context in which they operate. This includes
proactive work on policy issues such as geo-politics, sustainable
development and human rights; delivering stakeholder engagement and
communications strategies to help organisations manage risk in
order to enhance and protect value; and providing mentoring
Robert is a Partner with the strategic communications
advisory firm, DRD Partnership. He is also a
Senior Advisor or Associate with a range of advisory, social
enterprise and business intelligence firms.
Jelena joined DRD Partnership in May 2012.
Jelena has a wide range of experience in international media
relations, policy-making, litigation support and campaigning for
many international clients.
Prior to joining DRD, Jelena worked at Gardant Communications,
where she provided research and analysis support primarily for
clients from Russia and the CIS region.
She also spent a year in Moscow working as an analyst within the
legal department of Delfranz.
Jelena holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the School of
Oriental and African Studies, as well as a Master of Laws (LLM)
degree with specialisation in Commercial Law from University
A native Russian speaker, Jelena is also fluent in Lithuanian
Sarah Whittam joined DRD Partnership as an analyst in October
Sarah graduated with a first class honours degree in
International Relations and Modern History from the University of
St Andrews. She also holds an MPhil in Politics and International
Relations (specialising in Sino-Japanese affairs) from the
University of Cambridge.
Prior to joining DRD Sarah worked as an English language teacher
in Kyoto, Japan. She has also worked as Media Officer for the NGO
Jubilee Scotland and as a research intern at the Centre for Peace
and Conflict Studies at the University of St Andrews.
A native English speaker, Sarah also speaks conversational
Japanese and Spanish.
Irina joined DRD Partnership as an analyst in June 2014.
Irina is an expert in policy and campaigning, having previously
worked at the European Parliament as an assistant to one of the
veteran Members of the European Parliament and the president of the
pan-European liberal party, ALDE Party. While working at the
European Parliament, Irina gained a wide range of experience,
supporting Sir Graham in his policy work, particularly as a member
of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Irina subsequently returned to
the UK to work on his European election campaign in the South West
Since joining DRD, Irina gained experience in corporate,
litigation and financial communications. She has supported crisis
management, media relations and engagement with the European
institutions, think tanks and NGOs for a wide range of clients
across different geographies including the UK, US, EU, ex-CIS
countries and African continent.
In the past, Irina also worked for Prime Research, an
international media research company in Oxford. She worked on a
wide range of projects particularly in the consumer sector and was
responsible for the Russian-speaking team.
Irina graduated with the first class honours degree in Business
and Politics from Oxford Brookes University. She is a native
Kaitlyn joined DRD Partnership as an analyst in August 2014.
Prior to joining DRD, Kaitlyn worked at the TaxPayers' Alliance,
supporting the research team in a variety of issue areas including
taxation, regulation and budgetary policy. Kaitlyn has also held
positions at Americans for Tax Reform, the U.S. House of
Representatives and a human rights NGO in Madrid, Spain.
Kaitlyn studied Political Science and Spanish Studies at
American University in Washington, D.C., and holds a Master of
Public Administration in Public and Economic Policy from the London
School of Economics.
Originally from the United States, Kaitlyn also speaks Spanish
Harriet joined DRD Partnership as an analyst in July 2015.
Prior to joining DRD, Harriet worked at the Japanese Embassy in
the Political Section where she undertook political research,
helped to manage external relationships, briefed diplomats and
assisted with diplomatic events.
Previously she worked at The Royal Household in the Private
Secretary's Office dealing with governmental liaison,
constitutional matters, Royal patronage and research.
She has also worked as an editorial researcher atThe
Weekmagazine, a television researcher and undertaken an internship
Harriet studied Japanese at The University of Edinburgh,
spending a year abroad in Tokyo at Sophia University. A native
English speaker, she also speaks Japanese and conversational