6 Goodwins Court
WC2N 4LL London
Tom Buchanan

Tom is one of the most knowledgeable financial, transaction and crisis advisors in the UK, with deep experience of advising clients in Europe, the US, the Gulf States and Asia. 

Having graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MA in English literature, Tom spent three years at Price Waterhouse training as a Chartered Accountant.   From there he went to Brunswick - first as the press clippings boy and working up to join the partnership 6 years later.  During his 20 years at Brunswick, Tom spent four happy years in New York, establishing the firm’s first international office and advising European clients on IPOs on the North American exchanges.    

Since Brunswick,  Tom has fulfilled a number of  management roles in other agencies, including Maitland and Tulchan, before taking the plunge to set up his own firm.  A number of his clients have agreed to become founding clients of Paternoster.  

Tom has led teams on more than 20 IPOs in various exchanges across the globe, has completed numerous M&A projects and acts as the strategic counsel to a number of listed Boards on ongoing communications matters.  He has a strong reputation as a crisis advisor and led teams on a number of high profile mandates, including the death of Alexander McQueen, a case of botulism in a major food manufacturer, a sustained campaign by activist shareholders, and the discovery of a significant accounting fraud.   

Extracurricular interests include playing the guitar badly, and working on Sundays as a priest in the Church of England.  His first novel remains firmly unfinished. Tom speaks French.

Catriona Woolner-Winders

With 20 years of global in-house and agency experience at the highest levels, Catriona is a highly experienced corporate affairs leader with strong business, commercial and financial acumen, as well as a track record of delivering successful and cohesive communication, reputation and crisis management programmes.

Before helping Tom to set up Paternoster Communications, Catriona led Group Corporate Affairs, including Corporate Reputation, Communications and Sustainability, at Kingfisher - a leading home improvement company (FTSE100) with 1,100 stores and 77,000 employees in 10 European countries. 

Catriona joined Kingfisher from Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) where she led global WBA Executive Communications and Internal Communications, in addition to being Director of Communications of Global Brands and serving on the Executive team of the beauty brand division of WBA. WBA is a NASDAQ listed (market cap $95bn), Fortune 500 company with 370,000 employees in 25 countries. 

Prior to moving client-side, Catriona was at Brunswick, London, where she advised the C-Suite and focused on global consumer facing companies.  Her career began in banking at CIBC and RBC in Canada.

She has an international background having travelled extensively and lived in Jamaica, Hong Kong, France, Canada and the UK.

Catriona loves cars, is a trained chef and is a rum (and  gin) aficionado. She speaks French and has loved living in London for almost 20 years.