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 Davidson Ryan Dore, 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 Davidson Ryan Dore 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 Davidson Ryan Dore.
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 Davidson Ryan Dore 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.
Sarah has been an international corporate and
financial communications consultant for almost 20 years. She
has extensive experience in transactions (principally IPO and
M&A), investor relations, CSR, issues management and strategic
PR consultancy. She has advised on some of the largest deals ever
completed, across a wide range of sectors, and in diverse countries
across both developed and emerging markets.
Sarah was a senior consultant at Maitland, and before that she
created the successful IPO offering at M:Communications, a company
she joined from Citigate Dewe Rogerson where she was a director on
Ellen is a communications specialist with more than 20
years' experience in the healthcare arena, providing senior
strategic counsel in the pharma, biopharma and health
As well as designing and directing campaigns for landmark
therapies, she advises on pipeline and portfolio strategy
management. She works on behalf of clients to bridge the gap
between business leaders, patients, policy makers and the clinical
community, recruiting independent experts for advisory boards and
facilitating stakeholder engagement to support
Ellen graduated from Cambridge University and is a Fellow
of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Jelena joined Davidson∙Ryan∙Dore 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 Davidson ∙ Ryan ∙ Dore, 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 Davidson Ryan Dore 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 Davidson Ryan Dore 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
A native English speaker, Sarah also speaks conversational
Japanese and Spanish.
Irina joined Davidson Ryan Dore 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 Davidson Ryan Dore, 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 Davidson Ryan Dore as an analyst in August
Prior to joining Davidson Ryan Dore, 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,
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 Davidson Ryan Dore as an analyst in July
Prior to joining Davidson Ryan Dore, 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