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Paternoster is growing very rapidly.  We have a talented team that brings senior experience from larger agencies as well as in house roles.  The beauty of Paternoster is that, despite its size, it can offer a whole range of communications services, from investor relations to public affairs, from transactions to crisis communications, and from corporate brand work to financial communications and digital strategy. All delivered by a team of advisors who know what they are doing.

 

One of the keys to our success is to recognise that there are significant pools of talent who are not looking to work full time, chained to a desk in London.  We are happy for some of our staff to base themselves at home if they would prefer and we are happy to structure their working week around other commitments, with an understanding that Paternoster’s clients’ needs will always be looked after.

 

We’re always on the lookout for talent with which to grow the team.  If you’d like to work with us, please do get in touch.

Our Team - text
Tom Buchanan
Founding Partner

Tom is one of the most experienced reputational advisors in the UK, with deep experience of advising businesses and institutions 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.  


Since Brunswick Tom has fulfilled a number of management roles in other agencies before taking the plunge to set up 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.   


He is a highly experienced advisor to independent school governors and academic institutions, typically in crisis situations.  As a Chairman of governors himself, he is able to offer advice on governance as well as reputation risk, and typically acts as spokesman for the school to the media.


Extracurricular interests include working on Sundays as a priest in the Church of England and as a Canon at Ely Cathedral. Tom speaks French.

Fiona Holroyde
Senior Advisor

Fiona has over 25 years experience of advising global companies. Both inhouse, as a member of a Corporate Affairs Executive team, most recently at BUPA and as an external adviser in many of the top consultancies including Brunswick and FTI Consulting. She has an excellent track record working with Boards and Executive teams on political, regulatory and reputational issues. She has strong knowledge of navigating global issues across different regulatory and political regimes and the cultural sensitivities needed to ensure successful campaigns across a range of sectors including financial services, education and health.

 

Outside of work Fiona spends her time trying to tire out her two young boys, baking and gardening. Having grown up in the Middle East the thing she is really missing during lockdown is being able to travel, particularly to South Africa a country she is passionate about.

 

Iman Barb
Junior Associate

Iman is a versatile graduate from the University of Bristol with a background in Psychology. She has worked in a range of industries including teaching, fashion and hospitality management - most recently in Zanzibar before joining Paternoster.

Iman speaks English and Bengali fluently. When she is not working as Tom’s executive assistant she can be found cooking up a storm or tailoring garments from scratch.

Louise Evans
Consultant

As a Communications Director and Senior Adviser, Louise Evans has led the communications for some of the country’s most high-profile businesses including Sainsbury’s, ITV and ITN. Most recently, Louise was Director of External Communications & Sustainability, and a member of the Management Committee, for the UK’s flag carrier airline, British Airways, creating the company’s inspiring programme of centenary celebrations in 2019, and latterly, being instrumental in managing the company’s response to Covid-19, as well as reputational issues

 

 

Louise joined British Airways from J Sainsbury Plc., where she was Director of Corporate Affairs. At Sainsbury’s, Louise led the Corporate Affairs function, which included teams across corporate and financial communications, media relations, corporate social responsibility, public affairs, digital and consumer PR. Among her achievements at Sainsbury’s Louise was responsible for bringing to life Sainsbury’s food waste campaign, Waste less, Save more, for the creation of the Sainsbury’s Live Well Index and for communications relating to the acquisition of Argos.

 

Louise has also held senior communications roles at Dentsu Inc., the global media, creative and digital communications group, ITV Plc, ITN and WHSmith Plc.

 

Louise is passionate about consumer industries, sport (particularly football and MUFC), interior and garden design and one particular dog!

Jane Tozer
Consultant

Jane has worked in publishing and communications for over 30 years, initially for the newly launched Independent newspaper and then a succession of magazines, including Publishing Director of the journalist’s journal, Press Gazette and the National Press Awards, where she rubbed shoulders with some Fleet Street legends: the mid 1990s was an exciting time to be in the milieu of the national press and she loved every minute of it.

Subsequent publishing roles included Wine Magazine and the International Wine Challenge, where she nurtured an already enthusiastic appreciation of the subject, and some automotive periodicals, before a move into the Public Sector as a Communications Director at the Department of Health, producing a couple of children along the way.

After a family move to Africa, while raising two small children, she volunteered for a local education charity before re-training as a biology and chemistry teacher and working in British curriculum prep and secondary schools. Jane left the teaching profession when her own children came to boarding school in the UK and began working as a freelance writer for a wide range of organisations, including large commercial outfits, NGOs and government agencies, before joining Paternoster as their Schools’ Lead earlier this year. As a believer in education and life-long learning, she begins an MA in journalism this September, part time to accommodate her work and nomadic lifestyle, and continues to travel widely, drink expensively and spend time with her horse, dogs, husband and children. In that order.

Charlie Codrington
Associate

Having completed a degree in Politics and International Relations at Bristol University, Charlie joined Paternoster two years ago and has helped manage multiple clients with a focus on retail and academic institutions. He currently heads up Paternoster's digital strategy and is building out our Online Crisis training offer. 

When he's not at his desk, Charlie can be found surfing down in North Devon attempting another tough mudder. 

 

Ben Hohan
Consultant

Ben has almost a decades of experience in comms, both in-house and agency-side. He began his career at Brunswick, where he worked across the financial communications, digital and public affairs teams. He left the firm to specialise in early-stage technology, spending stints at Firstlight PR and Seven Hills, working with startups and tech advocacy groups on market positioning, issues management and tech policy.

After Seven Hills, Ben went to Prevalent AI as the first employee, heading up marketing and communications. He joined a founding team that included former GCHQ Director Sir Iain Lobban and Andy France, DarkTrace’s founding CEO. At Prevalent, Ben handled all communications for the company and leadership team including speechwriting, product positioning, and frequent partnerships with the National Cybersecurity Centre. More recently he has worked with technology and government clients on issues management and messaging.

During his time off Ben coaches his local youth basketball team Southwark Legends, reads about mental models, and passionately supports Munster and Irish rugby.