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Finn Communications Ltd
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Leeds
LS11 5QP

Who We Are

We specialise in specific client sectors so that we really understand your business issues and we provide specialist communications skills in consumer, trade, digital, content and creative

Meet The Team

Whether you’re looking for experts in corporate crisis communications or social media brand strategy, experiential events or consumer PR, Finn has the team for you.

Meet your team …

Richard Rawlins Richard Rawlins

Richard Rawlins

MD
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  • Best campaign:
    Stella Movies – outdoor film screening of Jaws on Brighton Beach
  • Career highlight:
    Establishing Finn
  • Fave social platform:
    Twitter
  • Most visited website:
    BBC News and Snow-Forecast
  • Party trick:
    Can remove a cork from a champagne bottle with a sword
  • Fave song:
    Chicken Fried, Zac Brown Band
  • Most treasured possession:
    Martin guitar
  • Last holiday destination:
    Ile de Re
  • Place you most want to visit:
    Nashville, Tennessee
Alison Puente Alison Puente

Alison Puente

Partner and Director
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  • Also worked at:
    In-house at Pace plc and Yorkshire & Clydesdale Bank, and agency-side at Text 100 in London and San Francisco, working with clients including eBay, IBM, Microsoft and Visa International
  • Career highlight:
    Working in San Francisco at the peak of the dot com era
  • Nickname:
    Ali P
  • Most visited website:
    BBC news
  • Party trick:
    Performing Wham Rap
  • Fave book:
    Life of Pi, Yann Martel
  • Fave meal:
    Sushi, chocolate and pinot noir
  • Last holiday destination:
    Chicago
Greg Felgate Greg Felgate

Greg Felgate

Partner and Director
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  • Best Campaign
    Running the PR and roadshows for UEFA and its brand partners, including Coca Cola, MasterCard, McDonalds, BBC and Eurosport, for the UEFA Women’s Euro 2005 tournament
  • Party trick:
    Cocktail flaring
  • Fave film:
    Shawshank Redemption
  • Fave song:
    Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
  • Scared of:
    Butterflies
  • Thing guaranteed to make you laugh:
    My son’s dance moves
Matt Bourn Matt Bourn

Matt Bourn

Partner and Director
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  • Career highlight:
    Building a golf hole on top of a London skyscraper for Anheuser Busch's sponsorship of the Ryder Cup
  • Fave social platform:
    Flipboard, genius curation of content
  • Most visited website:
    Open Culture, a brilliant resource for all things creative
  • Party trick:
    Before PR I was a children's entertainer so juggling, party games and karaoke
  • Desert island essential:
    Pen and paper
  • Scared of:
    The dark, not a fan
  • Ideal weekend:
    Writing workshop in Berlin
Naomi Biltcliffe Naomi Biltcliffe

Naomi Biltcliffe

Senior Account Manager
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  • Also worked at:
    MK Things Happen in Sheffield, Lucre in Leeds and an event management company in Spain
  • Nickname:
    Nay
  • Secret skill:
    Fluent in Spanish
  • Fave film:
    Die Hard
  • Career highlight:
    Flying a plane full of drag queens to Lanzarote for the weekend
  • Most treasured possession:
    My statement necklace collection
  • Fave food:
    Jalapeños
  • Last holiday destination:
    Scuba diving in Malta
Claudia Bowler Claudia Bowler

Claudia Bowler

Lead Designer
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  • Best Campaign:
    At the Branding Iron we did ‘Bullsh*t Free Zone’, sending out mini cowpats to people (chocolate cookies in grassy boxes)
  • Most visited website:
    designspiration.com
  • Party trick:
    Skipping over my arms
  • Fave book:
    War and Peace
  • Fave film:
    The Big Lebowski
  • Most treasured possession:
    Record player and records
  • Hobbies:
    Drawing
  • Celebrity lookalike:
    Chuckie from the Rugrats
  • Thing guaranteed to make you laugh:
    Vic and Bob
Ian Briggs Ian Briggs

Ian Briggs

Head of Media Relations
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  • Also worked at:
    Journalist at Telegraph & Argus, The Yorkshire Post and TheBusinessDesk.com
  • Fave social platform:
    Twitter
  • Party trick:
    I can belt out the odd tune when forced
  • Fave song:
    Thunder Road, Bruce Springsteen
  • Fave drink:
    Real ale
  • Last holiday destination:
    North Wales
  • Celebrity lookalike:
    Footballer Teddy Sheringham
  • Thing guaranteed to make you laugh:
    Blackadder
Bev Byard Bev Byard

Bev Byard

Associate Finance Director
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  • Also worked at:
    Union Industries, The Website (Leeds) Ltd, Fresco Group, SMG Financial Services, Heron Design, Filtronic Components Ltd
  • Fave social platform:
    Facebook
  • Nickname:
    Bevlar
  • Fave song:
    Tainted Love, Soft Cell
  • Place you most want to visit:
    Australia
  • Celebrity lookalike:
    My old boss used to say Hermione Norris
  • Desert island essential:
    Laurent Perrier Rose
  • Thing guaranteed to make you laugh:
    Jimmy Carr
Julia Cross Julia Cross

Julia Cross

Associate Director
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  • Also worked at:
    Weber Shandwick, Ptarmigan (now Good Relations) and Cow PR
  • Career highlight:
    Having a monthly column in a local lifestyle magazine
  • Fave social platform:
    Pinterest
  • Secret skill:
    My knowledge of regional UK newspapers
  • Fave book:
    The Witches, Roald Dahl
  • Most treasured possession:
    My house. Renovating it was a huge achievement
  • Scared of:
    Putting my contact lenses in
  • Desert island essential:
    My cat Jasmine. She loves to sunbathe
Jessica Davenport Jessica Davenport

Jessica Davenport

Associate Director
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  • Best Campaign:
    Working on the launch of Virgin Media and launching bmi’s inaugural routes from Manchester to Las Vegas
  • Nickname:
    JD or JDizzle
  • Most visited website:
    Buzzfeed
  • Fave book:
    The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  • Fave film:
    Shawshank Redemption, Top Gun and Elf
  • Most treasured possession:
    Photos
  • Last holiday destination:
    New York
  • Thing guaranteed to make you laugh:
    Youtube clips of animals doing silly things
Ryan Heeley Ryan Heeley

Ryan Heeley

Digital Project Manager
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  • Also worked at:
    Marks and Spencer, Virgin Holidays, Puma and Interhome
  • Most visited website:
    Chesterfield FC
  • Career highlight:
    Playing football at White Hart Lane with Puma
  • Fave book:
    India, Rick Stein
  • Fave song:
    When the Sun Goes Down, Arctic Monkeys
  • Most treasured possession:
    Trainers
  • Celebrity lookalike:
    Mark Owen
  • Desert island essential:
    A football
  • Thing guaranteed to make you laugh:
    Lee Evans
Carly Hill Carly Hill

Carly Hill

Digital Account Director
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  • Career highlight:
    Presenting a website prototype to a client in Switzerland
  • Nickname:
    The American
  • Most overused word:
    Awesome
  • Most treasured possession:
    My British passport (I became a dual citizen last year)
  • Scared of:
    Enclosed spaces
  • Hobbies:
    Running, nail art and Netflix
  • Celebrity lookalike:
    Sandra Bullock or Kate Beckinsale
  • Desert island essential:
    Diet Coke
  • Also worked at:
    Turn Key, Coolpink, HMA Digital Marketing, RBP International, Press Association
Kirstie Jones Kirstie Jones

Kirstie Jones

Social Media & Content Manager
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  • Also worked at:
    Superbreak and The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
  • Career highlight:
    Being a panel member discussing Social Media in Travel at the Travel Technology Europe Conference in London
  • Scared of:
    Elton John
  • Celebrity lookalike:
    Zooey Deschanel or Zoella
  • Most treasured possession:
    My house!
  • Thing guaranteed to make you laugh:
    Gifs of baby goats
  • Desert island essential:
    Mascara
  • Hobbies:
    DIY, photography, browsing the New In section of ASOS
Rebecca Jones Rebecca Jones

Rebecca Jones

Associate Director
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  • Also worked at:
    Ketchum, Surgery, Purple and Strawberry
  • Career highlight:
    Announcing Michael Phelps as Global Ambassador for Head & Shoulders in New York for the 2012 Olympics
  • Nickname:
    Bex
  • Fave social platform:
    Instagram
  • Party trick:
    I used to be able to backflip on demand
  • Fave book:
    The Secret History, Donna Tart
  • Last holiday destination:
    South of France
  • Celebrity lookalike:
    Mel Blatt from All Saints or Dani Behr
Shelley Jones Shelley Jones

Shelley Jones

Assistant Accountant
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  • Finn highlight:
    Finn away day to celebrate our 10 year anniversary
  • Fave film:
    Grease
  • Most treasured possession:
    My wedding ring
  • Tea or coffee:
    Tea - barely any milk, no sugar
  • Hobbies:
    Knitting
  • Desert island essential:
    Tablet and wifi
  • What makes you laugh:
    Peter Kay
  • Ideal weekend:
    With my family by the sea
  • Fave holiday destination:
    The Maldives
Jordan Kavanagh Jordan Kavanagh

Jordan Kavanagh

Account Executive
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  • Career highlight:
    Becoming Finn’s first ever placement student
  • Nickname:
    J Kav
  • Most overused phrase:
    Imagine if ...
  • Scared of:
    Badgers and sandpaper
  • Hobbies:
    Travelling and taking edgy Instagram pics
  • Celebrity lookalike:
    Eddie Redmayne
  • Thing guaranteed to make you laugh:
    Peep Show, The Office and myself
Hannah Marshall Hannah Marshall

Hannah Marshall

Account Executive
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  • Career highlight:
    Pitching for WWF in Malaysia for a global comms campaign
  • Most overused word:
    Sassy (I'm not proud of this!)
  • Secret skill:
    I can play the trombone and touch my nose with my tongue
  • Hobbies:
    Free gigs, swimming/running, hanging out with family and friends
  • Celebrity lookalike:
    Caroline Flack
  • Fave song:
    Murder She Wrote Chaka Demus & Plier
  • Thing guaranteed to make you laugh:
    Jack Dee, Frankie Boyle, my dad
Eddie Neal Eddie Neal

Eddie Neal

Digital Designer
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  • Career highlight:
    Re-designing a website for a large sports company
  • Most treasured possession:
    iMac and great grandad's Memorial Pipe after playing 100 games for Lancashire Cricket
  • Desert island essential:
    Bear Grylls
  • Hobbies:
    Football and socialising
  • Fave song:
    Under Pressure by Queen feat. David Bowie
  • Party trick:
    I can bend my fingers really far back, like really far
  • Fave film:
    Drive
Matt Rennie Matt Rennie

Matt Rennie

Senior Creative
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  • Best Campaign:
    The Gruffalo and the Vanishing Wood for Yorkshire Tea
  • Fave social platform:
    Instagram
  • Most visited website:
    Thisiscolossal.com
  • Fave song:
    Still Ill, The Smiths
  • Ideal weekend:
    A relaxed meander of the Amsterdam canals
  • Tea or coffee:
    Tea (Pantone 730 C)
  • Hobbies:
    BMX and learning Dutch
  • Celebrity lookalike:
    Rick Edwards
  • Thing guaranteed to make you laugh:
    Pigs in fancy dress
Nigel Sarbutts Nigel Sarbutts

Nigel Sarbutts

Director of Strategy
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  • Career highlight:
    The successful campaign to oppose a Manchester Congestion Charge
  • Nickname:
    Starbucks
  • Most overused phrase:
    Nice one
  • Secret skill:
    Dry stone walling
  • Desert island essential:
    Broadband
  • Scared of:
    Mediocrity
Charlotte Scott Charlotte Scott

Charlotte Scott

Accounts Co-ordinator
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  • Best campaign:
    Yorkshire Day for Yorkshire Tea. We organised for cakes to be made of famous Yorkshire celebrities
  • Nickname:
    Charlize
  • Most overused word:
    FFS
  • Secret skill:
    I’m a brown belt in kickboxing
  • Fave book:
    Harry Potter, JK Rowling
  • Most treasured possession:
    The necklace I got from my sister for my 18th birthday, never take it off
  • Last holiday destination:
    Amsterdam
  • Thing guaranteed to make you laugh:
    Practical jokes
Emma Sibbles Emma Sibbles

Emma Sibbles

Associate Director Creative & Content
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  • Also worked at:
    ASOS, The Guardian, Marie Claire and freelance for The Daily Telegraph and The Mail on Sunday
  • Career highlight:
    Interviewing The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas in LA for ASOS
  • Fave social platform:
    Instagram
  • Secret skill:
    100wpm shorthand
  • Fave song:
    Famous Blue Raincoat – Leonard Cohen
  • Most treasured possession:
    My lucky red shoes - wore them for my first magazine interview
  • Place you most want to visit:
    Space
  • Celebrity lookalike:
    Brit Marling
Matt Thompson Matt Thompson

Matt Thompson

Account Director
X
  • Also worked at:
    Yorkshire Water, Asda and Sinclair Mason, which has now merged with Grayling
  • Career highlight:
    Being interviewed by Louise Minchin on BBC Breakfast
  • Most visited website:
    Daily Telegraph
  • Secret skill:
    I occasionally do hospital radio and once tried my hand at stand-up
  • Fave book:
    History of the World, Andrew Marr
  • Most treasured possession:
    Wedding ring
  • Celebrity lookalike:
    Chris Moyles
  • Thing guaranteed to make you laugh:
    Simon Amstell or Nigel Farage
Robert Turner Robert Turner

Robert Turner

Junior Digital Designer
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  • Best campaign:
    Helping create a video campaign for 'Artforms' to promote after school music lessons for children
  • Also worked at:
    Fox Sports
  • Nickname:
    Bob
  • Most visited website:
    behance.net
  • Ideal weekend:
    Exploring a city I've never visited before
  • Hobbies:
    Snowboarding
  • Desert island essential:
    Yorkshire Tea
  • Guaranteed to make you laugh:
    Stewart Lee
Catherine Walker Catherine Walker

Catherine Walker

Account Manager
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  • Also worked at:
    Morrisons and Yorkshire Building Society
  • Best campaign:
    Launching the Morrisons Match & More card
  • Career highlight:
    Securing BBC Breakfast coverage for the last day of shopping before Christmas (for a retailer)
  • Nickname:
    CJ
  • Party trick:
    Cartwheeling
  • Most treasured possession:
    My fluffy white cat
  • Celebrity lookalike:
    Romola Garai
Rosie Wardale Rosie Wardale

Rosie Wardale

Senior Account Executive
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  • Best campaign:
    yoomoo’s 2014 #guiltfreeze where we worked with Nailasaurus and Nails Inc
  • Fave social platform:
    Instagram
  • Fave book:
    The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
  • Fave film:
    Confessions of a Shopaholic
  • Most treasured possession:
    Pippa, the dog, and Misty, the cat
  • Last holiday destination:
    Sarraco, Majorca
  • Celebrity lookalike:
    Kate Middleton
  • Thing guaranteed to make you laugh:
    Friends
Lucie Wild Lucie Wild

Lucie Wild

Senior Account Manager
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  • Best Campaign:
    Working with an international association to promote the role of the secure element in NFC payments
  • Career Highlight:
    Managing the UK launch of the Gigabyte x11 laptop
  • Nickname:
    Lu
  • Desert Island Essential:
    A piña colada
  • Celebrity Lookalike:
    Billie Piper
  • Favourite Film:
    Dirty Dancing
  • Scared of:
    Ducks (really!)
  • Most Overused Word:
    Amazing
James Wray James Wray

James Wray

Digital Consultant
X
  • Best Campaign:
    Website and digital animation to launch the new album Sempiternal for huge metal core band, Bring Me The Horizon
  • Nickname:
    Raven
  • Career highlight:
    Pioneering and presenting a new social media software creation and app at the Harvard Lecture Theatre in Switzerland
  • Fave book:
    Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
  • Fave film:
    The Godfather I & II
  • Celebrity lookalike:
    James Dean Bradfield
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Our Culture

At Finn, we pride ourselves on providing a great environment to work in. Our values are really important to us. They guide the way we think, work, collaborate and behave…

  • Promise and deliver
  • Do the right thing
  • That’ll do won’t do
  • We not me
  • Say it
  • Make it happen
  • For the love of it
  • Personality encouraged

Our History

Richard Rawlins, MD of Finn

‘Finn exists in many ways as a result of an unconventional career. I started my adult life as a tank commander … an unusual way to learn the art of strategy and leadership. A thwarted attempt to join the advertising industry led me to Cohn & Wolfe in London, working on the Stella Artois and Reebok accounts. Liaising with global agency partners taught me how PR should integrate strategically with all marketing disciplines.  At Consolidated Communications, an idea to streamline Disney’s press office through the application of web technology took me to a dot com start-up which exposed me to the commercial reality of the real world.
 
‘I learned that too many PR agencies focus on executional outputs and craft skills (coverage, column inches, followers) rather than achieving a measurable business outcome. At the same time, the traditional marketing agencies were struggling to understand a 360 degree world where consumers answer back, and don’t do what they’re told.
 
‘All of these experiences created a frustration, which I knew I could only solve by creating my own business.

‘I started Finn in 2005. The name came from my time in the army – Finn is a tank shell, which is highly accurate and makes a massive impact. Over the past 10 years we have grown to include in-house creative and content capabilities, a digital and insight team, and PR experts skilled in solving business problems.

‘We combine the insight, strategy and creativity of an ad agency, with the commercial rigour of a media agency and the technical capabilities of a digital agency. We are proud to be a PR agency: the art and science of reputation and the use of third party recommendation and influencer relations are our core skills.’

Careers

We’re always looking for talented people to join our growing team. Whether new to the industry or looking to take your career to the next level, if you’ve got what it takes to work on some of the nation’s best-loved brands, get in touch and tell us what makes you stand out. Email your CV to thefuture@finncomms.com

In return, we offer a competitive salary, generous holidays and benefits as well as a dedicated career development programme.

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Awards

We work hard to create great work for you. If you’re happy, we’re happy, but awards are the icing on the cake!

  • PRCA Dare Awards 2016

    Best Integrated Campaign

  • Northern Marketing Awards 2016

    Best Small Agency

  • PRCA Dare Awards 2016

    Best Agency

  • PR Week 2016

    Top UK 150 Agencies

  • CIM Northern Awards 2015

    Northern Agency of the Year

  • Grocer MAP 2015

    Consumer PR Agency of the Year

  • CIPR PRide Awards Yorkshire & Lincolnshire 2014

    Outstanding Public Relations Consultancy

  • CIPR PRide Awards Yorkshire & Lincolnshire 2014

    Consumer Relations Campaign