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Richard Suchet

Richard has grown and protected the reputations of globally renowned brands, prominent business leaders and high-net-worth individuals. He has worked across a range of sectors and counselled clients including Netflix, Snapchat, KPMG, Heathrow, Universal Music and many more. 

A former journalist and broadcaster, Richard began his career at the Daily Telegraph before joining the production team at Sky News, where he eventually became an on-screen correspondent covering some of the biggest U.K. and international stories at the time, including the horse-meat scandal and Europe’s migrant crisis. After more than a decade at Sky, he moved to LBC as Chief Correspondent. Before joining Hawthorn, Richard was a Partner at Portland Communications.  

He is the proud dad of three daughters and in his spare time he enjoys playing squash, watching Arsenal, playing geeky board games, and gorging himself on all things Beatles-related.

Victoria Wallin

With over 20 years’ experience, Victoria has helped a host of private and public sector organisations achieve their business goals through communications, from disruptive startups, membership bodies and campaign groups to major global brands. 

Before joining Hawthorn, Victoria was a Senior Partner at Portland where she advised businesses across a range of sectors, including those in highly regulated industries such as energy, aviation, finance and pharmaceuticals. 

From Pfizer, Heathrow and Barclays to Index Ventures, the All-England Lawn Tennis Association (Wimbledon) and the NSPCC, she has helped many organisations simplify complex issues, manage high-profile crises, and deliver targeted and effective campaigns. 

Complementing her broad experience, Victoria has significant expertise in the built environment. For over 10 years, she worked as a specialist in the commercial property team at FTI Consulting working with landlords, developers and architects, including British Land, SEGRO and the Crown Estate.

A keen runner and fitness enthusiast, Victoria can be found in the gym whenever life with her two young children allows.

Tabitha Steemson

Tabitha is a Senior Consultant at Hawthorn, supporting clients in financial communications and corporate PR. She is experienced at working with clients on all aspects of strategic communications, from building campaigns to proactive media relations, having worked across a range of sectors in the B2B space.

Prior to joining Hawthorn Tabitha worked with legal sector clients and conducted a high-profile PR campaign with the team of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

In her spare time, Tabitha enjoys singing, doing the New York Times crossword, and supporting Arsenal Football Club.

Steve Atkinson

Stephen Atkinson, a partner at Hawthorn, leads the financial services practice, specialising in advising clients on financial and corporate communications.

He focuses on guiding individuals, in house teams, Boards/CEOs and leaders on reputation, deal flow, fund raisings, narrative building, corporate relations, stakeholder management and crisis management activities. He works with a broad range of clients including retail banks, fintech companies, private equity, private debt, asset management and corporate advisory companies. As is the norm at Hawthorn, Stephen also consciously works with a variety on non-financial companies and not-for-profit organisations to ensure our clients benefit from the broadest possible range of experience.

Prior to joining Hawthorn, Stephen worked at Standard Chartered Bank where he held a variety of leadership and communications roles including Group Head, Investor Relations and Communications and then served as the Group’s Corporate Affairs Director for five years with responsibilities for all communications activities of the Bank including media, investor relations, internal communications, public affairs, sustainability, reputational risk management and brand management. Stephen also served as the Regional Head of Private Banking for the AMEA region and as the Group’s Chief of Staff.

Ross Hawkins

Ross Hawkins joined Hawthorn from the BBC, where he was a political correspondent, working for its flagship programmes on television and radio. After beginning his career as a newspaper reporter, he spent almost twenty years in broadcasting, covering general election campaigns, Parliament and the impact of political decisions on industry.

He advises on public affairs and corporate communications. Ross graduated from Oxford University.

Jon Wynne-Jones

Jon Wynne-Jones leads work on Hawthorn’s corporate clients, with a particular focus on the media industry. He is responsible for providing reputation management, including promoting campaigns and thought leadership, as well as helping clients navigate challenges to their image.

Jon believes in the importance of personal connections, acting as a trusted advisor to senior business leaders and using his extensive network to build partnerships.

Jon has a rare mix of experience, having worked in-house, at global agencies, and as a national newspaper journalist. Prior to Hawthorn, he was the head of external communications for dmg media, with particular responsibility for the Daily Mail. He also worked for the WPP agencies, Burson-Marsteller, and Hill and Knowlton after 15 years as a national newspaper journalist for titles including The Telegraph, The Mail, and The Independent.

Jon enjoys playing sports, even if to a very average level, and watching them, particularly Arsenal and the Chicago Bears, as well as traveling, reading, and country pubs.

John Evans

John established Hawthorn in 2013 and has built the business into one of the leading independent consultancies in London with operations in New York and the Middle East.

Over the past 10 years, he has advised a broad range of individuals and businesses including NatWest, Forbes, Kering, ION and DLA Piper. In addition, John has advised on some significant fund raisings, M&A as well as issues and litigation support. He has been a top recommended advisor by Spears for 8 years and has been recognised by Chambers for his work in litigation support.

John is a member of the Royal Albert Hall philanthropy board and supports the work of Gemini Untwined.

Sarah Sands

Sarah Sands joined Hawthorn from the BBC, where she was editor of the Today programme, Radio 4’s flagship news and current affairs programme. She was previously editor of the London Evening Standard, the first woman to edit The Sunday Telegraph and deputy editor of The Daily Telegraph.

Sarah is the Deputy Chair of the British Council, was Chair of the Gender Equality Advisory Council for G7 for 2021 and is on the council for 2022. She is a Trustee of the Science Museum, Partner at Hawthorn Advisors and Board Member of Channel 4 and the Berkeley Group. She is a Patron of the National Citizen Service, an Associate at the IWM and former Trustee of Index on Censorship.

Sarah is an honorary fellow of Goldsmiths College, University of London, Lucy Cavendish College Cambridge and a visiting fellow to the Reuters Institute.