the team

We’re a close-knit network of specialists who love to collaborate. Do say hello!

Milk & Honey PR global team group photo posing

Our hive is made up of creatives, planners, digital specialists, copywriters, influencer marketers, publicists, designers, branding experts, award-winning journalists, corporate strategists, and social strategists.

We work across a breadth of sectors from finance to tech to consumer, and we do it all through the lens of nurturing reputations of purpose-led businesses in order to have a positive impact on the world.

Our number one metric that we monitor and measure ourselves by is team happiness.

Kirsty Leighton

Founder & Group CEO
Kirsty is the founder of Milk & Honey. She has over 25 years of experience in corporate brand PR and communications. Kirsty has a privileged view of the communications landscape having held leadership positions in successful City and financial, technology, corporate and consumer agencies. She started Milk & Honey determined to put people first, creating a happy and healthy place to work. Where passion and creativity are prized. Where clients are celebrated. One where there is time to think, to go the extra mile. A land of opportunity.

Laura Reijnders-Dorr

Group CFO
Laura is keeper of the cash! A chartered accountant with a master’s degree from Erasmus, Laura spent ten years auditing with EY before joining the board at Milk & Honey. She plays a central role in directing the business. Keeping us on an upward growth trajectory whilst ensuring client’s budgets are treated with care. Ensuring we deliver the best possible return on investment.

Paul Cohen

CEO, North America
Paul runs Milk & Honey’s North American business and brings more than two decades experience shaping vital conversations in ways that matter. A trusted communications advisor to executives and teams across three continents, Paul has represented multinational corporations, start-ups, industry associations, sovereign governments and non-profit organizations. He leads a powerhouse team out of Milk & Honey’s new New York office and works alongside clients’ leadership teams to help organizations tell their stories to successfully drive business results.

Francesca O'Connor

Partner, Global Head of Brand
Fran heads up brand communications across our group. She started her media career as an assistant on a TV production company in 2007 before moving to PR. Since then she has held a number of senior positions in global agencies designing and delivering high impact campaigns for technology, wellness and consumer lifestyle and retail brands. These include Kellogg’s, Diageo, Philips, P&G, Nikon, Moonpig and Sony. At the hive, Fran has board responsibility for talent development and wellbeing. Ensuring the whole team are growing, learning and supporting one another.

Manuel Hüttl

CEO, Germany
Manuel is a partner and CEO of Milk & Honey’s first office in Munich, Germany. He is a communications veteran, with more than 20 years’ experience across international agencies, advising C-suite executives and global organisations.Thinking outside the box is pivotal to Manuel, and he is driven by innovation and to create cutting edge campaigns, that work. Manuel is also the Senior Vice President of the CMO council – a global peer group of over 16,000 marketers across EMEA. Father of two, Manuel has previous been a lecturer and has published a book about reputation management.

Caroline Gruen

Partner, Client Services Director
Caroline heads up our B2B and client services. She started her multi-award winning PR career in 2009 in-house within the automotive industry before moving to central government, then to global agency Weber Shandwick. Over the years Caroline has built up quite the awards cabinet, having been recognised in PRWeek’s 30 under 30 in 2016 and celebrated for her client campaigns along the way too. As a board director at the hive, she leads our client quality and measurement activity, ensuring every creative campaign has demonstrable business results.

Michael West Jr

Michael is driven and motivated by business challenges, energised by change and brings a unique and strategic eye to business issues. With a blend of in-house corporate and agency experience, Michael contributes a distinctive perspective to our business. He adds a wealth of knowledge in corporate reputation, communications, policy and public affairs areas. Throughout his career, Michael has worked for several Fortune 500 companies, gained extensive international experience and served in leadership roles in US local and state governments. A consummate learner, Michael is in constant search of the right strategic approach and most effective angle to offer solutions to any business dilemma. Outside of work, he volunteers his time with organisations that help children and families. Michael also loves college and professional sports and can often be found in several stadiums and arenas across the U.S.

Zharina Arnaldo

Partner, Global Media Director
Zharina comes into the Hive with more than 20 years’ experience in a variety of exciting international roles. She started off her career in brand management, marketing washing-up liquid for P&G, moved to Finland to work with a telecom company in Nokia’s heyday, then pivoted careers and became an international broadcast journalist working for some of the biggest outlets including the BBC, CNN, Reuters and Al Jazeera English – which earned her an Emmy nomination. Zharina’s media expertise (which spans interviewing stars on the red carpet and covering natural disasters) is key to building out Milk & Honey’s strategic media offering. Her consulting work – advising heads of state and C-Suite executives – and fintech experience from working at Klarna, also comes in handy in helping the agency with its rapidly expanding financial services/fintech portfolio. When not on the clock, Zharina is busy keeping fit (she has run a full marathon while drinking), teaching yoga or volunteering to help refugee entrepreneurs build their business.

Ottilie Ratcliffe

Partner, Global Creative Director
Ottilie leads our creative output at Milk & Honey. With a track record in developing impactful purpose-led campaigns, she is passionate about building a creative department that understands the power of values, and can maximise the voices of our impressive client roster who are making positive change in the world. She has over a decade’s experience delivering award-winning campaigns for global brands, and in 2021, she was named chair of the PRCA creative group. Ottilie is 30Under30 alum, winner of Young Lions, winner of PRMoment Best Young Communicator.

Rachel Proctor

Associate Partner, Global Head of Digital
Rachel is our digital doyen. She is responsible for all digital services across our client portfolio. Rachel also sits on the board ensuring that we continue to develop our integrated offer. Rachel has been working in marketing communications since 2014 when she graduated with a first-class honours’ degree in business management and marketing. Before joining the hive, Rachel worked with Thomson Reuters in a variety of internal communications and event roles. Prior to that she was part of the awards team at Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. Rachel is a voracious learner and holds diplomas in web design, digital PR and mobile app development. She was celebrated in 2019 as one of PR Week’s ‘30 under 30’ identifying the industry’s leaders of tomorrow.

Naomi Powell

HR Director
Naomi sits external to the business and advises on all things people. She is passionate about the human experience and the ever-improving happiness of our team. Having worked in creative agencies for most of her career, Naomi has a deep understanding of what makes an agency tick. She advises on people related aspects of the employment relationship and ensuring the people strategy is aligned with business values, vision and mission to achieve success. She is an approachable, pragmatic, creative and curious HR leader.

Richard Green

Non Executive Director
Richard sits external to the business and advises on risk, governance and tax. As non-executive director, his principle role is to keeps the board on their toes. Pushing us to be the best we can be. He works between New York, Sydney and London offering business advisory chartered accountancy services for ambitious growth companies.

Alice Kennedy

Client Director, Creative
Alice is a corporate communications and campaign specialist with over five years’ experience working agency side. Before joining Milk & Honey, Alice worked at global consultancy Teneo, with a portfolio spanning tech, health, FMCG and charity. Alice has a passion for creative storytelling and reputation management through insight-driven campaigns. As well as developing and delivering corporate and consumer campaigns for household-name brands, she has extensive experience in proactive and reactive media relations and issues management. Past clients include Facebook, Instagram, WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined), Tesco, King and Reckitt.

Kath Myers

Partner, Planning & Consumer
Kath has over 20 years’ experience in integrated consumer comms working across the retail, technology, FMCG, sports, entertainment, wellbeing and leisure and tourism sectors. She has led the development of commercially successful and award-winning campaigns that have been recognised by The PRCA Awards, EMEA Sabres and CIPR Awards. She’s passionate about helping brands and businesses to develop a credible and meaningful role within the lives of their consumers. At the Hive she’s responsible for consumer and planning and creates campaigns that are designed to engage audiences based on their interests and passions. Outside of professional life Kath enjoys a gentle run in a local park, gets joy from singing and dancing when she has the chance, and loves a good theatre show or musical.

Adam Toms

Head of Content
Adam has more than 20 years of communications experience in the public, charity and private sectors. As head of content, Adam takes complex subjects and translates them into a form that’s understandable, meaningful and interesting to relevant audiences. He has put words into the mouths of Lords, Ministers of State and blue-chip CEOs – and developed the full range of corporate communications collateral. Before joining the hive, Adam led Editorial at Genomics England, ran his own writing business, was head of communications at a national medical regulator, managed corporate communications within the NHS and has been at the sharp end of major national events such as the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

Imogen Wallis

Head of Discovery
Imogen is a lover of all things social and SEO. Having been both agency and client side, Imogen began her career 2015 as an account manager for a social media agency. Here she was deep diving into content creation, copy writing and creating event coverage for a range of clients from fashion to confectionary. Looking to switch things up and work in-house, she then took up the helm of all things marketing and PR at luxury nightwear start-up Yawn. Tackling all sides of the business from PR coverage, social media management, online discovery and PPC. Imogen’s experience, and first-class honours degree in marketing and advertising, has allowed her to gain a fantastic understanding of client struggles from all business angles and how to optimise the digital world. When not building award worthy digital campaigns, you’ll find Imogen planning her next trip across the world, singing her heart out at a gig or taking her puppy ‘Biggie’ out for some quiet time.

Lewis Oakley

Client Director
Lewis is top of his game, recently achieving recognition as one of PRWeek’s 30 under 30. The annual list which charts the UK’s PR stars of the future. Lewis’ drive is to create stories that not only generate press interest, but stories that also deliver the value his client is looking for. He also specialises in working across Europe with agency partners. In total, Lewis is working with five agencies across Europe to grow the reach of his existing accounts. Not only adding value for his clients but forging a connected comms strategy blueprint for the future. Outside of the 9-5 hours, Lewis uses his PR skills to push for better understanding of bisexual people. He regularly contributes to Metro, HuffPost and Independent on the subject as well as a weekly podcast, Bisexual Brunch. This work has seen him recognised by the Pride Power List as one of the most influential LGBT+ people in the UK.

Beverley Noble

Client Director
Bev is a data geek with a passion for insight–driven campaigns. She uses her joint loves of storytelling and analytics to design campaigns that help deliver impactful results for her clients. Most days, you can find her working with the team to secure media opportunities and co-ordinating through the line activity. Before joining the hive, she worked at LEWIS Communications delivering B2B and B2C campaigns with a range of tech clients.

Patrizia Heun

Senior Client Manager
Patrizia brings energy and a can-do attitude to Milk & Honey's German office, which she's helping to grow on the Munich grounds. Her passion is telling great stories for clients in an innovative way and her warm personality has helped her to build strong relationships with Journalists in Germany and the UK. With a degree in PR & advertising, Patrizia kicked-off her career in PR at The Hoffman Agency in London, which fostered her excitement for B2B tech. Over the years, she's worked with several multinational clients in the tech sector and in various areas - from AI over semiconductors to telecommunications, 5G, e-commerce, and surveillance technologies. In her spare time, you'll find her on a sailing ship, learning how to play the Ukulele (which might still take some time) or traveling the world.

Tosh Vijayatharan

Group Finance Manager
Tosh is all about the numbers and oversees all finance functions across the Milk & Honey Group. With a degree in accounting from the University of Nottingham and over a decade’s worth of experience working with marketing and communications agencies, Tosh ensures that our finance operations run seamlessly. In his spare time, Tosh likes to get behind the wheel and see where the road takes him. He’s also a self-professed Netflix nut.

Kelly Horn

Senior Client Manager
Dublin native Kelly started her career at a tech PR agency in 2018, working with early stage start-ups to help them refine and develop their messaging. She then took her career to Scotland, where she worked across a varied portfolio including tech, professional services, consumer, property and care, before making the move to London and joining the Hive. Kelly loves finding the human voice at the heart of stories and getting to the root of the impacts our clients are having. Past clients include Scottish Water, CALA Homes, Mackie’s of Scotland, and Banks Renewables. Outside the office, you’ll find her exploring her new hometown for the best restaurants, coffee, and barre classes.

Charla Maclean

Digital Creative
Charla is our sunny digital creative who is enthusiastic about delivering both meaningful brand communications and strategic, impactful creative ideas with flair, precision and positivity. She has a passion for sustainable and purpose-led brands with a background in in-house marketing roles across telecommunications, FMCG, consumer lifestyle and food & drink. Charla started out her marketing career in Hong Kong working for BT and then moved to London to work for global fashion brands Topshop and ASOS. She later honed her craft in digital and brand comms roles for sustainable brands such as Method and Ecover before joining the hive to pursue a career in PR. She specialises in content, influencer, social media and events – with a number of multi award-winning campaigns under her belt. When she’s not buzzing round the hive you’ll find her jumping in the sea close to her flat in Hove, life drawing or trying out a new plant-based recipe!

Petrina Marks

Head of Operations
Petrina is another amongst us with a dual career, a seasoned EA and now head of operations, capable of keeping the board in check and a super talented baker. Having worked with Kirsty in a previous agency, the two work together in sync. Petrina is energetic, innovative and motivated with strong attention to detail. She keeps the office humming, occasionally fuelled by some fabulous edible creations.

Tushar Parmar

Client Director
Tushar is a media junkie who has worked across a range of B2B and B2C campaigns. He combines strong research and writing skills with his creative flair, delivering results that generate impact and add value. Starting out as an intern in 2015, he hasn’t looked back since. His experience includes digital SEO and B2B agencies where he used research, data and videos to secure coverage. Graduating from Northumbria University, he also held a role at The Business Desk, covering regional Yorkshire news. At the Hive, he is responsible for Milk & Honey’s volunteering programme. Outside the office, he enjoys playing and watching (sadly the latter of late!) cricket and rugby whilst also exploring the live music scene.

Lizzie Elkin

Senior Client Executive
Lizzie is extremely passionate about using communications as a force for good. She loves working with interesting and ethical brands, using her media savvy to secure top-tier coverage that makes a difference. After finishing her degree at the University of Nottingham in History and Politics, she moved to London to pursue a career in communications and PR. She thrives on building strong media and client relationships, helping brands find their impact. Lizzie is the first president of the Employee Ownership Trust. Out of the office, you’ll find Lizzie listening to music and podcasts, painting or playing netball.

Calli Haramaras

Client Manager
Calli joins Milk & Honey’s North American team with her can-do attitude and problem-solving spirit. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in journalism and international studies, she moved to New York City to kick off a career in PR with Ketchum. Calli has worked across large corporate and consumer accounts from Mastercard to KPMG and Capital One, telling their stories and elevating their thought leadership. Outside of the hive, Calli spends her time exploring the city, taking Cody Rigsby’s classes on Peloton and learning how to speak Greek.

Daniel Quinn

Client Executive
Coming from a background of working with global healthcare clients, Daniel has a passion for creating new relationships and telling new stories with clients who are focused on making positive impacts on the lives of others. He is excited to be part of the Hive in the North American office and is ready to bring a new and fresh perspective to his clients’ work. After graduating from the University of Richmond in Virginia, Daniel started his career working for a healthcare PR and medical communications agency in New York City as an Account Executive. There, he worked with various healthcare companies specifically dealing with essential medicines, COVID-19 treatments, immunology, and opioid addiction. Outside of the office, Daniel can be found at the nearest concert venue listening to the next up-and-coming artists. Daniel also loves traveling to new places, whether it be within or outside the United States.

Eloïse Clarke

Client Manager
With a degree in International Relations, Eloïse moved to the big city in 2018 to kick-off a career in PR. This fostered a passion for all things corpsumer, digital, and social impact. She loves nothing more than sparking creative ideas and thinking strategically on new business pitches. As well as drafting content and seeking newsjacking opportunities for clients. A massive people person and multi-linguist, she is focused on building a global roster of media relationships.  Before joining the Hive, Eloïse worked at London PR agencies Weber Shandwick, Hanover Communications and Portland. Over the years she’s gained a portfolio of multinational clients spanning not-for-profit, healthcare, public affairs, B2B, corporate, consumer and tech.    Outside of PR you can find her practicing yoga, chancing her efforts at becoming the next west-end star (in her kitchen) and reviewing pints of Guinness.

Reggie Okehie

Senior Client Executive
Reggie is passionate about research and communication, having completed a degree in PR, he combines the knowledge from his degree with his passion for the PR industry to help deliver the best possible results to clients, and support the team. In his spare time, he volunteers as a coaching assistant at his local athletics club, watches a lot of football, and listens to music.

Jack Ashton

Client Manager
Jack always brings energy and enthusiasm to his PR projects. He’s outgoing and positive and uses this positivity to build solid relationships with journalists. After graduating from the University of East Anglia, he began his PR career at a Manchester agency, improving digital and PR campaigns for a range of clients across the public sector, health and health tech. He moved to London to join the hive in 2021 where he works across a range of clients as well as our internal marketing team. In his spare time you’ll find him developing delicious recipes or reading for our Hive Book Club.

Liza Kinnear

Client Manager
Liza specialises in all things B2B finance and fintech, having carved her niche in this space over the past four years working in agencies. With an LLB Law degree and MSc in Political Science, Liza veered into the world of PR to bring together her key passions - writing, research and comms. Working across businesses of all different shapes and sizes to build their brand in the media and ensure consistent coverage, Liza drives quality exposure in front of target audiences. Outside of work, you'll find Liza trying new food spots, having a laugh at comedy gigs, and exploring new places.

Sianna Peal

Digital Client Manager
If you’re looking for a dynamic, creative, and results-driven marketing strategist, then look no further. With over five years' of digital marketing and PR experience in the USA, Sianna knows how to optimise her clients' performance and raise brand awareness. Before joining Milk & Honey North America, Sianna used innovative strategies and market analyses that got her clients results. Sianna is a motivational leader, who places collaboration at the heart of success, ensuring business objectives are achieved while developing people's talent and industry knowledge. Outside of work, you’ll find Sianna at the park with her dog Ahsoka, or chatting over brunch with her friends.

James Liddell

Senior Client Executive
Passionate about telling important stories, James helps his clients make a difference to the world around us. After graduating with a degree in Journalism and Communications from Cardiff University in 2020, James kicked off his PR career in the Welsh capital. Coverage hungry, James has an affinity for media relations, and he won’t stop until he gets results that drive impact for his clients! James is experienced in delivering fully integrated, insight-driven campaigns for a variety of public, private, and third sector clients. In his downtime, you’ll likely find James sipping coffee, strumming guitars, or proudly (and poorly) singing the national anthem at the rugby.

Lola Carter

Client Executive
Lola is driven by a desire to help purpose-driven organisations shake up the status quo. Lola graduated from the University of Sussex with a first-class Psychology degree in 2021. Shortly after, she kicked off her career and has since gained experience in delivering insight-driven campaigns for a variety of consumer, B2B and not-for-profit clients. Naturally inquisitive and passionate about developing meaningful and long-lasting relationships, Lola is fascinated by great comms and how it can influence consumer behaviour. Outside of working hours, you’ll find her experimenting with extravagant vegan recipes in the kitchen and exploring her new stomping ground of SW London.

Linnea Lipson

Client Executive
Linnea uses her passion for creative storytelling to deliver impactful coverage on behalf of her clients. After graduating from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism with a degree in Journalism and Integrated Marketing Communications, she went on to work with Rogers & Cowan PMK. As part of the Brand Strategy and Thought Leadership team, she worked across a variety of accounts including Verizon, Yahoo and Relativity Space, honing their thought leadership and media strategies. Outside of the office, you can catch Linnea searching for New York’s best bowl of pasta, working her way through the city’s art museums and finding new concert venues.

Anna Tattersall

Client Executive
Anna has a creative eye, bringing with her an artistic flair and an enthusiasm for content creation. With an upbeat and can-do attitude, Anna is an exciting addition to our happy Hive. After graduating from the University of York with a first-class History of Art degree, Anna moved to London to start her PR journey. Having previously held a role as an art editor of a student-led art, culture, and fashion magazine, Anna brings innovative style across her client portfolio. In her spare time, you can find Anna staying active, travelling, or visiting the latest art exhibition.

Jess Turvey

Client Executive
Jess loves getting under the skin of ambitious growth companies. She’s a University of Chester graduate, with a first-class degree in International Tourism Management. Before Milk & Honey, she undertook a range of placements across marketing and PR, including a year at Mercedes Benz. Jess is passionate about sustainability and learning. She has combined the two to become trained as an IEMA Green Impact Environmental Auditor and is also a Carbon Literacy Project graduate. Away from the desk you can find Jess rewatching ‘Friends’ for the umpteenth time, cooking up a storm (and usually a mess) in the kitchen, finding the best spot for a rosé and supporting her beloved Arsenal.

Maz Chowdhury

Client Executive
Maz values connecting people with purpose. She is focused on being a positive impact on those around her, thus uses these tools to come up with creative and emotive ideas for clients. Fascinated with the notion that PR can be a force for positive change, she studied PR and Media at Sheffield Hallam University to enhance her knowledge of the industry and its practices. In 2021, she graduated with a first-class degree and began working in communications and marketing for a social enterprise in Cambridge. This enterprise in particular, provides work experience and learning opportunities for young women who have suffered negative life experiences. Maz moved to London in early 2022 to join the hive. Away from work, she will be found creating content for her food page on Instagram, listening to podcasts, doing yoga and going to music events with friends.

Jonah Miti

PR Apprentice
Jonah has a key understanding and interest of the tech space, and values business and PR in the modern climate. He is approachable and eager to increase his knowledge in the work environment. Jonah is someone who strives to achieve and always looks to increase his wider business knowledge. Jonah has just finished sixth form after completing a two-year course in business and music technology. His hobbies include being an anime and manga enthusiast, gaming, music, and music production. He has recently increased his interest in literature. He also enjoys films and skateboarding.

Ryan Carraro

Client Executive
Ryan has a passion for writing and research. He joined Milk & Honey after completing a master's in Strategic Communications and interning in Financial PR. Outside of the office, Ryan has a keen interest in books, film, and music, and a love hate relationship with Crystal Palace FC.