Meet the Senior Team
Shimon Cohen is the Founder and Chairman of The PR Office. He is a media relations and reputation management specialist who has advised a wide range of clients ranging from Governments and multinational corporations to public and voluntary sector organisations.
Shimon advises an eclectic collection of companies across all business sectors. He works with clients all over the world in professional services, business, real estate, extractive industries, politics, entertainment, sport, technology and the community and not for profit sector. He currently advises Chairmen, CEOs and a number of high profile sports and media personalities.
Shimon headed communications for the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s 46664 Campaign writing a number of speeches for Madiba. During the 2016 FIFA Presidential election campaign Shimon headed the communications team for HRH Prince Ali of Jordan.
Prior to founding The PR Office in 2004, Shimon served as Chief Executive of Bell Pottinger Public Relations and before that Shimon was Executive Director at the office of the then Chief Rabbi, Lord Jakobovits.
Shimon is active in the voluntary sector advising a host of representative, welfare and educational organisations. Shimon is a loyal Cardiff City fan and has a wide variety of pastime interests. He is married and has three daughters.
Laura is a Managing Director at The PR Office. As a communications consultant, Laura’s role is focused on developing and implementing strategic communications programmes for on-going and bespoke projects, building creative and issue led campaigns as well as crisis management; helping clients to navigate issues and debates.
In her career Laura has worked with start-ups, long established brands and service providers directing accounts across corporate, investment, consumer personal finance and B2B sectors. Client experience includes The Isle of Man Government, The Post Office, Invesco Institutional, PayPal, BDO, Byrne and Partners, Crescent Petroleum and Co-op Bank.
Some of the significant projects and events Laura has worked on include supporting the Post Office as they moved into the banking arena with the launch of its current accounts, advising Co-op Bank on both internal and external communications when the organisation was navigating numerous issues in 2013 and the 2016 FIFA Presidential election for HRH Prince Ali of Jordan.
Laura believes in engaging whichever channels and audiences are appropriate to deliver an organisation’s goals; often utilising events, social media, traditional media, political engagement or employee engagement.
Laura started her career in the communications team at leading children’s charity the NSPCC, before moving into financial and B2B communications at Lansons.
Marc Cohen is a Managing Director at The PR Office. He is a specialist in financial communications/Investor Relations, corporate communications, media relations, CEO profiling and crisis communications. Marc has advised a wide range of companies (from start-ups to some of the world’s biggest business) and political leaders, governments and NGO’s on all aspects of their PR and communications.
During his career Marc is proud to have worked across almost every industry sector, holding the philosophy that the wider your experience the better your advice, bringing best practice, insights and know-how from a range of sectors. Marc does, however, have particularly strong experience in TMT, private equity, infrastructure/transport, energy/natural resources and consumer/leisure.
Marc has worked on some of the most interesting, complex and significant business and political communications events in recent years. Including Europe’s largest IPO post the financial crisis, Ebola, rise in European anti-Semitism, global private equity transparency agenda and the Israeli start-up technology revolution.
Marc has advised on over 60 M&A transactions, 15 IPOs and a range of debt/restructuring mandates, bringing deep experience of supporting financial transactions.
After graduating from Law School, Marc started his career working in the City at Deloitte, before moving into communications and working at Bankside Consultants, FTI Consulting and Kreab Gavin Anderson.
In his spare time, Marc holds a number of voluntary roles acting as a Director of UK Israel Business, Chairman of the Norwood Investec Private Equity Dinner as well as being active in Jewish communal life. Marc was a representative of the Board of Deputies of British Jews from 2014 – 2016.
Rajmeena is an Associate Director in the Corporate and Professional Services team. Rajmeena initially trained as a lawyer and has over seven years of corporate, finance, public affairs and media communications experience across in-house and agency.
As well as heading up the PR for a British Asian Music channel early on in her career and a UK start-up, Rajmeena is a dynamic b2b media campaigner and reputation expert. Rajmeena specialises in strategic planning, cross-border media campaigns, crisis and reputation management as well as tackling wider corporate marketing and communications issues.
Client experience includes: Hunton & Williams LLP, EIP, HBFS, and Collyer Bristow LLP, Al Jazeera, UKTI [GREAT campaign], The European Parliament, Reed Smith, Emirates, LUKOIL, British Bankers Association, and The US Chamber of Commerce. Rajmeena is also a board member of the CIPR’s Diversity and Inclusion Forum.
Alex has nearly ten years’ experience of the charity sector, starting out as a junior press officer for business charity Enterprise UK before rising to head up the communications team for a major national charity. Now a seasoned consultant, he provides strategic direction and hands-on communications support to a range of organisations, campaigns and issues.
From delivering targeted fundraising appeals to devising compelling campaigns with the widest possible reach, Alex has a successful track-record of working across the full spectrum of PR, communications and marketing channels to help organisations achieve their objectives, grow their income and achieve social change.
His experience includes health and social care charity change, grow, live, Nightingale Hammerson, FiMT, Bolt Partners LLP and a number of fundraising agencies and other commercial suppliers to the charity sector.
Chris is our Digital Strategist and his remit covers clients’ digital footprint from website planning and structure to keyword lists, social media and eCRM. He is an experienced brand strategist and understands that digital effectiveness means different things to different clients.
He has worked in a range of sectors from media and retail to gaming, not-for-profits and financial services. He has held board level roles on the client and agency side, been a non-executive Director for a start-up and Trustee of an NFP. Chris has worked around the world, including projects across Europe, in the US, South Africa, India and China. Clients have included Sky, Trinity Mirror Group, Discovery Communications, Premier Retail Networks, Zanussi, SONY Television and CCTV.
He commissioned a website for the first time in 1995 and has worked on somewhere around 100 since then. He joined LinkedIn in 2005, Facebook in 2007 and Twitter in 2008. He has an MBA from Hult/Ashridge Business School.
Sam Clarke (non-Exec)
Sam Clarke has been a qualified Chartered Accountant in practice for over 25 years and has looked after the finances of The PR Office since its foundation over 10 years ago.
Sam Clarke is a partner in a commercial practice based in Shoreditch and has a reputation for being committed, responsive and hard working.
Richard Baines (non-Exec)
Richard is a director and founder of The Amber Group, a consultancy that specialises in helping creative service businesses and marketing teams to grow.
Although a specialist in the creative service sector, Richard has also worked with a range of corporate and service businesses including medical practices, investment companies, management consultancies, technology firms and trade associations.