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Anna Jones

Anna is a Consultant and supports a range of clients in sectors including financial services, fintech, and industrials on corporate communications and public affairs.

She has 3 years’ experience and began her career on the graduate scheme of a global strategic communications firm. There, she supported listed and private companies in the industrials and business services sector on corporate, financial, and crisis communications.

Outside of her professional life, Anna enjoys yoga and visiting London’s many museums.

Caroline Cotten

Caroline Cotten joins Hawthorn as a Consultant at Hawthorn Advisors, supporting strategic communications for clients across the life sciences and luxury industries.

Prior to joining Hawthorn Advisors, Caroline worked at a US based biotech company focused on diseases of the central nervous system. In this role, she managed investor relations, corporate communications, branding, and pre-commercial market research. Caroline also has communications experience in the fashion, hospitality, and publication industries. 

Caroline attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison, graduating with a degree in Life Sciences Communications with certificates in Entrepreneurship and Digital Studies.

In her free time, Caroline stays active with long runs and yoga. She also loves a good book and baking.

Richard Cahill

Richard has a wealth of PR experience, especially in financial and professional services, including thought leadership and media relations, crisis communications, ESG consultancy, public affairs and geopolitical advisory work.

Previous client experience includes HSBC, Bain & Company, IKEA, Mazars and GIC.

Before PR, Richard taught French and Spanish in south London secondary schools. He is married with a cat, and a fan of Manchester United and Surrey County Cricket Club.

Bella Smith

Bella has 4 years of experience in the communications industry and has worked broadly across sectors, including financial services, consumer, natural resources and industrials. Bella started at Finsbury (now FGS Global) before joining Tulchan (now Teneo) and later Dentons Global Advisors. Bella helps to develop and deliver tailored communications strategies, working with clients to actively build and protect their reputations in both crisis and non-crisis scenarios. 

A graduate of Oxford University with a lacrosse Blue, Bella enjoys being outdoors and active, particularly walking the dogs at home in Devon. At weekends she often explores the London culture scene with friends, especially the theatre.

Zoe Ruibal-Buxton

Zoe supports several client accounts with research, analysis and communications across digital channels.

Zoe graduated from The University of Leeds with a BA in English and Comparative Literature, studying abroad for one year in Valencia. Prior to joining Hawthorn, she completed several internships in digital marketing and research, before working for an organisation helping charities to increase and communicate their impact using digital and technology.

Outside of work, Zoe is a keen reader and loves to read translated fiction. She also enjoys swimming, cooking and second-hand shopping.

Jon Taylor

Jon Taylor is a Consultant who joined Hawthorn in 2023.

He works across strategic communications and public affairs, helping to deliver both press and parliamentary engagement for a variety of financial services, fintech and energy clients.

Prior to joining Hawthorn, Jon worked at a leading insurtech startup in London. Alongside PR work experience and a spell as a columnist for his student paper, he has also spent time in the office of his local MP, gaining insights into national and local politics. Jon graduated from the University of Cambridge with a First-Class BA in Human, Social and Political Sciences and holds an MA in Political Philosophy from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

Jon is a keen cricketer, and plays 5-a-side football every weekend.

Holly Youles

Holly is a Consultant and leads on research and monitoring for her client accounts which span a number of different sectors. She works with a number of Hawthorn’s corporate clients helping them raise their profile in the media and achieve their strategic goals.

Holly graduated from the University of Bath with a BSc in Politics and International Relations. Having conducted a placement year as part of her degree, Holly has experience in data analysis and producing behavioural insights for several marketing campaigns. In her final year of university, she completed a dissertation into the effect of rising corruption and national prestige in international sporting competitions.

Holly is an avid sports fan who enjoys long distance running and using the excuse of playing tennis to socialise with friends.

Holly Highfield

Holly supports our client accounts with research, analysis and media monitoring across a number of different sectors.

Prior to joining Hawthorn, Holly gained experience in corporate communications through working for an organisation in the NHS.

Holly graduated from Durham University in 2021 with a BA in English Literature. For her thesis, Holly explored Evelyn Waugh’s depiction of the Bright Young Things in 1920s London, which examined the relationship between his novel ‘Vile Bodies’ and contemporary journalism.

In her spare time, Holly is a fitness fanatic who loves going on runs and attending exercise classes. Every week Holly plays netball with friends which gives her a good excuse to go out for food and drinks after.

Hatty Spencer

Hatty is a Consultant who joined Hawthorn in 2022, after successfully completing the summer internship the same year.

She supports on accounts across multiple different sectors, providing research, analysis and media monitoring and outreach.

Hatty recently graduated from the London School of Economics where she achieved a BSc in Economics and Philosophy.

In her spare time, Hatty enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with new recipes as well as playing tennis.

Alice Pickthorn

Alice Pickthorn is a Consultant at Hawthorn and works with clients to build their national and international media presence.

Prior to joining Hawthorn Alice worked within the tech, creative and luxury industries working to build and manage reputations for businesses. She has experience leading busy press offices, profiling innovative projects and writing and placing thought leadership content across national, business and trade media. Alice has a degree in History of Art from Oxford Brookes University.

Outside of work Alice likes to travel, visit galleries and spends time volunteering with the elderly.