Our team

Alasdair Douglas Chairman

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 Guidance.

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 regulated sectors.

Claire Davidson Partner

A co-founder of DRD Partnership, Claire has worked across a wide spectrum of sectors including FMCG corporate brand-building, inward investment, human and animal health, charities, trusts and membership organisations. She has delivered strategic communications programmes in over 100 countries. At a board and trustee level, she presently works with clients on value protection, risk mitigation, litigation communications, issues management and crisis management.

Claire provides guidance on communications strategies addressing regulation, market access and product positioning for companies, as well as counsel to international corporate leadership teams, the management of higher education providers, international NGOs and leaders of campaigns for human rights. Claire is trained in mediation and is frequently engaged in facilitating meetings addressing complex issues faced by intergovernmental agencies such as WHO and FAO, as well as working closely alongside advocacy groups in the EU, the US and internationally.

Lawrence Dore Partner

Prior to co-founding DRD Partnership in 2012, Lawrence began his career in the City as an investment analyst at British Steel Pension Fund before moving first into investor relations and then financial communications at firms including CitigateDeweRogerson and Brunswick.

Lawrence co-founded Mantra PR in 2000 which was sold to Loewy in 2007 and then joined M&S plc as Interim Head of Financial and Corporate PR.
Lawrence advises a range of clients with a particular focus on litigation, risk preparedness, crisis management and reputation management.

Pete Bowyer Partner

Pete joined DRD Partnership in January 2018, and leads the company’s public affairs activities.

He is one of the UK's leading political consultants with over 25 years in public policy and strategic communications. He is an expert at creating and running integrated government and media relations campaigns to influence public policy.

Over his time as a consultant, he has advised multinational corporations, international NGOs and high-net-worth individuals on a wide range of issues across many different sectors.

He was Senior Director, Public Affairs at Weber Shandwick (2000-2005); Founding Partner, EURO RSCG Apex Communications (2005-2011); Managing Partner, Maitland Political (2011-2017) and Founding Partner, Maitland Green (2015-17).

Pete started his career as a Parliamentary Advisor to a Shadow Minister in the mid-1990s. After 34 years’ membership, he remains active in the Labour Party with cross-party contacts throughout Westminster and Whitehall. He served three terms as an elected councillor in the London Borough of Lambeth.

He is currently chair of UK100, the network of local leaders committed to 100% clean energy in their areas by 2050.

Kate Miller Partner

A lawyer by training, Kate is a senior reputation management specialist who has advised corporates, institutions and individuals on a broad range of critical communications issues. Her areas of focus include media and stakeholder relations, reputation and crisis management, litigation communications, campaigns, profile building and cyber.

Kate started her career as a litigator at law firm Allen & Overy in London, qualifying in 1997. In 2000 she moved into the world of communications, spending the first 12 years at Brunswick specialising in financial communication for corporates including mergers and acquisitions, financial calendar, corporate positioning, stakeholder engagement, crisis and litigation. Since 2012 she has focused on reputation management for companies, institutions and private clients, with many of her clients having an international footprint across diverse geographies.

Jon McLeod Partner

With over 25 years of experience in public affairs and international communications, Jon specialises in regulatory policy challenges and has advised businesses and individuals on political relations, corporate governance, dispute resolution and reputation management.

Bringing connections across political parties, the law and industry sectors, as well as particular knowledge of communications challenges arising from competition and anti-trust matters, where he has worked alongside leading legal firms in a wide range of transactions and investigations, Jon leads DRD’s competition and anti-trust practice.

Jon has recently completed delivery of the launch of Business Banking Resolution Service (BBRS), a new independent financial services ombudsman scheme for seven of the UK’s leading business banks. Previously, he was a partner and head of public affairs at Brunswick Group. Before that, Jon spent 21 years at Weber Shandwick, latterly as chair of its UK corporate, financial and public affairs practice, and of its Manchester office. Clients counselled include those in sports business, media, heavy industry, raw materials, technology, life sciences, leisure, trade and professional services.

Paul Barnes Partner

Paul has 30 years experience advising clients at board level on public affairs and strategic reputation management. He is an expert in helping to influence government thinking and in creating coalitions to campaign for policy change. His clients range from FTSE 100 companies to smaller businesses, trade associations and charities.

Paul’s recent work includes a national campaign to change UK business taxation, a programme to reform visitor visa procedures and the securing of commitment and funding for a major infrastructure programme in central London.

He was a partner at GJW Government Relations, which founded the modern, professional public affairs industry in the early 1980s. More recently, he was joint managing-director at Weber Shandwick Public Affairs.

Paul was a councillor for ten years and, at 23, became Britain’s youngest mayor. He is currently Campaigns Director of Conservatives Abroad, working with the Conservative Party to engage British expats worldwide. He was Chairman of the Board of a major London further education college and a member of the Government’s London East Learning and Skills Council.

Tamlin Vickers Partner - Brussels

Tamlin Vickers is based in Brussels where he advises on EU regulatory affairs and market entry.

He was previously director of Atlas Capital Group, a boutique investment advisory firm providing high-level advice to western banks, corporations and family offices on entering China; as well as assisting Chinese conglomerates on expansion into Europe. Prior to that, Tamlin worked at Amec plc, a leading engineering consultancy specialising in the oil and gas market, where he advised senior management on the European economic and political landscape, and on business opportunities in the Far East.

Tamlin has also worked in the European Corporate Affairs Division of Tesco plc and as Senior Advisor to a member of the UK Parliament’s European Scrutiny Committee.

Tamlin read Law and French Law in London and Paris before completing a Master’s in European Governance at the London School of Economics.

Jeremy Oppenheim Senior Advisor

Jeremy has wide-ranging experience within central and local government as well as the charity sector. His career includes recently being the Director for Safeguarding and Counter Extremism at the Home Office, responsible for UK Government policy on safeguarding, including modern slavery, domestic abuse, countering extremism and child sexual abuse.

He was the Head of In-Country Immigration for the UK Border Agency at the Home Office where he introduced the "points-based system" and was responsible for all casework and enforcement across the UK. He has been a director of social services in London and was Chief Executive at Jewish Care, a national charity offering social care to British Jewry.

He worked as international ambassador for the Home Office dealing with immigration policy and practice, and undertook reviews of human trafficking support and the passport service for the Home Secretary.

Steven Myers Senior Advisor

Steven is a vastly experienced management professional in the gambling, leisure and hospitality sectors, having previously served as Managing Director Development and Secretariat of Genting UK for 13 years with over 40 casinos across the United Kingdom.

In 2015 he delivered the £150m mixed-use resort development, Resorts World Birmingham, comprising of retail, hotel, food and beverage, casino and conferencing. 2016 saw the opening of a challenging casino project in Cairo, Egypt focusing on the luxury market to complement the companies’ Mayfair properties.

Since leaving Genting in 2017, Steven has completed a Masters in ‘Major Programme Management’ at the University of Oxford and is currently working with several private equity companies in the gaming, hospitality and leisure sectors.

Jelena Kudelko International Director

Jelena works across a range of sectors, with particular expertise in government and diplomatic relations, crisis management and cross-border legal disputes. Her recent work includes campaigning on behalf of UK and international organisations, as well as litigation support for high-net-worth individuals.

Jelena started her career at Gardant Communications, where she provided research and analytical support, primarily for clients from Russia and the CIS region.

Prior to that she worked in Moscow as a legal analyst.

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 College London.

A native Russian speaker, Jelena is also fluent in Lithuanian and is currently studying Italian.

Fflur Sheppard Senior Associate

Fflur is an experienced corporate and crisis communications manager, responsible for training and coaching at DRD alongside her client work.

Fflur started her career as a Corporate Affairs graduate at Tesco, where she worked on the horse meat scandal, brand relaunches and exiting of both proposed store sites and less profitable markets. She also advised on supplier relations, prepared successive chairmen for shareholder questions at Annual General Meetings, media trained store staff, and led local community engagement in Wales, the Midlands and the South East of England.

After leading Corporate Communications at B&Q she left the sphere of in-house retail to join an integrated agency, where she specialised in crisis communications and reputation management for a wide range of organisations, from charities and schools to membership organisations and pharmaceutical companies.

Fflur is a Welsh speaker and has a first class degree in English literature from the University of Warwick.

Anna Bailey Associate

Anna has significant international experience in strategic communications, having worked for major global corporates, multi-jurisdictional litigations, philanthropic organisations, international governments and embassies.

She joined DRD Partnership from Project Associates, where she helped set up the consultancy's first overseas office in Brussels, assisting clients to navigate complex international communications challenges. There, she was embedded in a major Gulf embassy as the Ambassador's strategic communications and public diplomacy consultant. Prior to her work in the communications sector, Anna worked in Westminster for a Liberal Democrat MP.

Anna holds a degree in Modern Languages from the University of Durham. She speaks French and is learning Italian.

Edward Bowie Associate

Ed trained in law and spent six years as a public lawyer working on complex judicial reviews, regulatory investigations, and public policy development for both public and private sector clients. 

In the UK, he worked at a leading City law firm in the commercial public law team working on a wide range of regulatory policy areas including building standards, environmental regulations, and internet safety. Ed previously worked as a political advisor to a senior Cabinet member in his native New Zealand.

Ed holds degrees in Law and a Bachelor of Arts in history and politics from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He also gained a Masters degree in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics.

James Browne Associate

James supports a wide range of clients, focusing particularly on litigation and public affairs.

He previously worked at Newgate Communications, where he held a roving role in the Financial team, also working across Geopolitical, Public Affairs and Corporate. There, he worked as a speechwriter and analyst for a G20 Cabinet Minister and MENA Central Bank, helping to increase transparency and accountability in these institutions. He also worked to advise listed clients of all sizes on effective communication with the capital markets.

His Public Affairs experience includes organising a major public health stakeholder campaign to highlight the threat around Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR). The campaign culminated in a policy roundtable which brought executive-level academics, scientists and politicians together to discuss next steps in combatting the global crisis.

James was previously a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Navy, and has also worked as a cricket journalist and professional jazz pianist. He speaks Italian.

Geordie Hazeel Associate

Geordie works across a variety of client portfolios, with a particular focus on litigation, crisis and international affairs.

Prior to joining DRD, he worked at a communications consultancy in London, where he primarily acted as a consultant to a Gulf state. In this position, he gained a deep understanding of the MENA region and worked across both media and parliamentary channels. Geordie also delivered brand development and reputation management for a range of clients, including an Overseas Territory and large financial institutions.

Before entering into the strategic communications sector, Geordie held a training contract at Linklaters, having previously completed a number of corporate law internships.

Geordie holds a B.A. in Theology from the University of Cambridge, from which he graduated with a Double First.

Bianka Weber Senior Analyst

Bianka works work across a variety of client portfolios, with a particular focus on online reputation management and social media.

Prior to joining DRD, Bianka gained thorough understanding of international affairs and institutions as she carried out internships for the Hungarian Embassy in Paris, Rolls Royce plc and the Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN. She has also interned at Red Cross during the Refugee Crisis of 2015/6.

She previously worked at Dartmouth Partners, a finance recruitment consultancy, supporting clients across financial services, including private equity, asset management, corporate banking and hedge fund markets.

Bianka holds a First-Class BA History and Politics degree from the University of Exeter and an MSc Global Politics degree from The London School of Economics and Political Science.

Viktor Koleda Senior Analyst

Prior to joining DRD, Viktor gained experience by interning in a city PR firm, a global strategic communications consultancy, and a PR start-up. He has worked in teams which advised FTSE-100 companies, professional bodies, and a MENA central bank. While completing his Master’s degree, Viktor ran the social media campaign of a political candidate during the 2019 UK election. At DRD he supports multiple clients and stakeholder engagement programmes.

Viktor holds a first-class History degree from Durham University and an MSc with Distinction in Politics and Communication from the London School of Economics. He is a native Russian speaker and also speaks German.

Harry Barber Analyst

Harry works across a variety of client portfolios, with a particular focus on international affairs, litigation, and crisis management.

Prior to joining DRD, Harry worked for the United Nations Democracy Fund and United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate, providing technical assistance to Member States. He gained international affairs experience with civil society organisations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Kosovo, as well as supporting the work of an Embassy in London.

Harry also held roles in dispute resolution seats in the legal sector in Singapore, China, and the Russian Federation. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is learning Russian.

Natasha Kennedy Analyst

Natasha works across a range of clients, with a particular focus on public affairs.

Prior to joining DRD, Natasha worked for The Royal Society overseeing the annual Pairing Scheme and supporting the Public Affairs team. Natasha has also interned at AKT focusing on building relationships with key political stakeholders on a variety of communication channels, and at The British Pregnancy Advisory Service where she gained a thorough understanding of the Houses of Parliament and communications with Members of Parliament.

Natasha holds a First Class BA Politics and International Relations degree from Loughborough University and speaks French.

Charlie McAllister Analyst

Prior to joining DRD, Charlie gained experience in public affairs, politics, and crisis management by shadowing the Head of Policy of the OLX Group in Brussels and a British Diplomat in Washington D.C. Charlie first joined DRD in 2019 as part of our summer internship programme and re-joined the team in 2021 having completed a postgraduate degree.

Charlie holds a First-Class MA in Russian and Comparative Literature from the University of St Andrew and received the Dean’s List Award for academic excellence during his studies. He also holds a postgraduate degree MLitt in Global Social and Political Thought from St Andrews.

Charlie has a passion for languages, in addition to speaking Russian, he has experience in working in German and Spanish in professional environments.