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Emma Kosian

Emma holds over ten years’ experience in strategic communications and crisis management. She protects and rebuilds the reputations of businesses, governments and high-net-worth individuals. Emma has counselled senior leaders, politicians and individuals on complex issues and during moments of significant change.

Emma closely collaborates with law firms, advising on high-profile litigation cases and reputation issues. She has worked on reputation management campaigns across sectors (extractives, TMT, real estate, FMCG, and financial services) for a diverse set of clients in the EMEA and Americas region.

Emma Kosian joined Hawthorn in 2024 from Woodrow, a boutique reputation management consultancy, where she led the crisis and issues, and internal communications offering. Prior to her time at Woodrow, Emma worked for Burson-Marsteller UK (now BCW), Deloitte, and Shell.

Emma spent significant time on the ground in Nairobi, Kenya throughout 2019 – 2023 and has a deep understanding for Sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on East Africa.

Emma holds a MsC from Leiden University and speaks English, German, Dutch and Spanish.

Outside of the office, Emma is an avid hiker, skier, and traveller, who is always on the look-out for the next adventure.

Salonee Gadgil

Salonee Gadgil is Director of Digital at Hawthorn. She leads Hawthorn’s content and social media services, collaborating with clients to determine how their digital channels can best support their broader business objectives.

Salonee’s approach is equally rooted in creativity and analytics, with a strong emphasis on measuring the impact of creative content. Her academic background includes media studies, branding, and sociology. She began her career in copywriting and B2B publishing before transitioning to consultancy. Salonee has experience working across various sectors, including med-tech, financial services, energy, luxury services and media.

Outside of work she plays piano (badly), dance, enjoy cooking and am parent to a big fluffy dog called Chewbacca.

James Davey

James Davey is a Director at Hawthorn, focused on strategic communications for companies in the financial services sector. He advises alternative investment firms and high-growth businesses on fundraisings, M&A transactions, debt financings and a range of other issues.

With extensive experience working across private equity, growth & venture capital, private debt, high-yield credit, real estate and real estate debt, James combines an in-depth understanding of the market dynamics and communications landscape specific to each asset class with a wider perspective on the common threads affecting investors, managers and companies across the ecosystem.

James joined Hawthorn in 2015, having studied History at the University of Cambridge and spent a summer at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Since then he has worked with global, pan-European and UK-focused alternative investment managers, with fast-growing companies in the fintech and wider TMT sectors and with service providers such as corporate finance advisors, boutique investment banks and financial technology consultants. He also has experience of political advisory mandates with clients across sectors including healthcare, construction and geopolitics.

Outside of work, he enjoys playing football, watching most sports, reading history, film and chess.

Grace Skelton

Grace works primarily on political advisory, supporting clients with their stakeholder relations, policy development and managing complex political challenges. She uses her several years of experience working for the Labour Party, a trade union and in the UK Parliament to advise clients on navigating Westminster.

Grace also has corporate communications and lobbying experience from her two years working for a national trade body. Here, she developed her skills in strategic communications and stakeholder management, building media-integrated advocacy campaigns during what was a turbulent period for the industry.

In her spare time, you will find Grace passionately supporting Liverpool FC and cheering on the England national team in tournaments of all sports.

Dan Patten

Dan Patten is a Director at Hawthorn, specialising in political advisory and international campaigns. He advises clients, including (U)HNWIs and major corporations, on government relations, regulatory affairs, and crisis communications.

With expertise spanning various sectors such as financial services, technology, defence, health, and litigation, Dan leads political and regulatory campaigns that aim to enhance the reputation of his clients, whether they are individuals or large corporations.

Before joining Hawthorn, Dan worked in Public Affairs at FTI Consulting, where he advised Nazdaq and LSEG100 corporations, chief executives, cultural institutions, and trade bodies. His work encompassed a diverse range of campaigns and reputational strategies.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dan managed crisis campaigns for multiple clients across various industries and facilitated their participation in government and industry advisory groups.

Dan’s career also includes serving as a Parliamentary Researcher in the UK Parliament, where he managed the parliamentary relations of a successful Conservative leadership campaign candidate.

Outside of his professional life, Dan enjoys cycling and playing tennis.

Charlotte Juckes

Charlotte Juckes is a Director, Strategic Communications. She has over eight years’ experience advising on crisis and corporate communications and campaigns, with a specialism in working with consumer-facing global businesses, including in the finance, media, luxury and retail sectors.

Charlotte takes a creative and multidisciplinary approach to deliver high-impact communications and engagement strategies that generate positive outcomes. She has consulted on communications programmes for individuals, national and multinational companies, governments and executive teams spanning a range of industries and issues, with extensive experience advising on narrative development, executive positioning and profiling, building reputational resilience, issues management and industry engagement. Selected client experience includes Forbes, NatWest, Yoox Net-A-Porter, and Kering.

Charlotte has been with Hawthorn since the firm’s early years. She has strong experience advising on issues and strategies related to DEI and gender equality in the UK and internationally, having joined Hawthorn following a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies at Oriel College, University of Oxford, where she received a Distinction for her work on women’s media sources.

Outside of work, Charlotte loves to travel, read, and venture into the great outdoors as much as possible.

Victoria Ainsworth

Victoria is a corporate and financial communications specialist advising companies at all stages of growth. With a focus on the financial services space, Victoria works across private equity, venture capital, wealth / fund management and banking, to deliver multi-faceted communicated strategies that help companies manage stakeholders and meet their reputational objectives.


Victoria is also an experienced financial communications specialist, supporting clients at every stage of their public journey, from pre-IPO narrative building and profile raising, to ongoing financial calendar support, stakeholder engagement, media handling, deal support and crisis management.
Victoria joined Hawthorn in 2016, from Man Group Plc, one of the world’s largest alternative asset managers, where she worked across the firm’s communications and investor relations functions. Prior to joining Man Group, Victoria worked at Rathbone Investment Management in the communications and marketing team.


She graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Masters degree (Hons) in History. Outside of work, Victoria is a mum of two, and enjoys travelling with her sons, cooking for the family, as well as reading and interiors.