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.

Becca Baker

Group Finance Director
Becca is keeper of the cash! A chartered accountant with a mathematics degree from University of Southampton. Becca has over 15 years' experience in the media and entertainment industry 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.

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.

Meilin Wong

CEO, Singapore
Meilin is partner and CEO of Milk & Honey Singapore, the agency’s first office in Asia. She has a diverse career in building and implementing communications, marketing, GTM and commercial growth strategies that spans over 25 years. She’s held organizational and functional leadership roles in agencies as well as large enterprises and startups across various industries, including WellbeingTech, HealthTech, EdTech and Payment. Meilin is an actively advocate for an inclusive and equitable society, especially in the workplace. She’s currently on the Advisory Board of Live On Purpose, a privacy-by-design charity platform, and a Mentor at She Brilliance, a women empowerment movement.

Kath Myers

Partner, UK Managing Director
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.

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.

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.

Imogen Wallis

Associate Partner, Digital
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.

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.

Claire Lematta

Group Non Executive Director
An exceptional global leader, Claire sits external to the business and advised the board on growth and culture. Claire is an experienced communications consultant and leader for business and not for profit organizations. Skilled in fundraising, global communications, corporate and internal communications, organizational development. Expert in decision making and alignment strategies for networked organizations. Claire also holds a masters in in Organisational Development and Leadership.

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.

Sanjiv Winayak

Client Director
A graduate in Astrophysics and Philosophy, Sanjiv has been working in fashion, beauty, and lifestyle PR since 2013. Passionate about data driven ideation, Sanjiv brings an objective, measured and results driven approach to his work. Prior to joining Milk & Honey, Sanjiv worked with brands such as Teva and Planet Organic. In his spare time, he cooks and plays tennis, with his aspirations in either field far outweighing his ability.

Patrizia Heun

Client Director
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.

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.

Georgia Cobden

Client Director
Georgia joined Milk & Honey to bolster its strategic consumer communications offering, bringing with her seven years of experience delivering hard working press offices and award-winning integrated campaigns for global brands across Travel, FMCG, Retail, Hospitality and F&B industries. She is an energetic and creative collaborator with a passion for campaigns that create positive social impact and behavioural change for consumer brands, organisations, and Government. Georgia is a qualified Mental Health First Aider and member of the Harringay Council Volunteer Programme, Wellbeing Walks. Things that make her most content include spending time with loved ones, trips to vineyards and distilleries, exploring new cities and dancing to her favourite music.

Conor Douglass

Client Director
Conor joins as Client Director into the New York team. Formerly of Edelman, Conor started his career focused on political campaigns, from a local mayoral race in 2013 to a US Congressional race in 2016. He also spent four years in Washington, DC working on Capitol Hill and in public affairs before arriving in NYC in 2019 to work for Edelman where he represented large F&B brands like PepsiCo and Campbell’s and supported professional services firms. Outside of work, Conor is volunteers with an environmental group in Brooklyn that supports sustainability efforts in the community. He also stays active on the tennis court and the occasional hike in upstate New York.

Sianna Peal

Head of Digital, North America
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.

Calli Haramaras

Senior 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.

Liza Kinnear

Senior 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.

Melanie Richter

Senior Client Manager
Books, books and more books - Melanie loves a good book and working with language. That's why she studied Modern German Literary Studies (major), German Linguistics (minor) and Political Science (minor) at the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University in Munich, and startet to work in Public Relations. Before Milk & Honey she gained experience in different communication agencies with a strong focus on tech clients - from gaming to IT security. She is curious about new technologies and loves to tell stories about their benefits for society. Besides a good book, Melanie loves hanging out with her friends and family. Because what more do you need besides nice people, exciting stories and music in your life.

Caitlin Banton

Senior Client Manager
Caitlin is a strategic communicator and influencer specialist. Starting her career in 2017, she has experience in delivering cross-channel programmes for market leading lifestyle and FMCG brands. From implementing hard working press offices to crafting high reaching content series, her experience on integrated campaigns spans editorial, influencer marketing and full service social, from devising social strategies right through to content creation, community management and paid media. She is passionate about creative storytelling with a channel neutral approach to effectively bring brand stories to life. In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys spending time with friends and trying new things – whether it’s trying new spots in town or pushing herself at a new workout class.

Petrina Marks

Executive Assistant to Founder & CEO
Petrina is a seasoned EA with over 20 years of experience working with CEO’s and senior executives. Like any top level EA, she can juggle a variety of projects and tasks, whilst keeping the board in check and is also 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.

Chavaey Waithe

Digital Client Manager
Chavaey joins Milk & Honey having finished her Masters’ degree in Psychology at the University of Glasgow. As part of the digital team, she combines her passion for storytelling and eye for detail to tell meaningful brand stories and lead campaigns. She joins us with experience working in-house and agency side spanning across government affairs, social media and PR for brands such as Macquarie Group and Battenhall. As a passionate social justice advocate, you will find Chavaey working on causes near and dear to her heart outside of work.

Jack Mullen

Finance Manager
Jack joins the team with his analytical eye to bring the numbers to life. An accountant by trade and a self-professed lover of all things numerical, he provides insightful data to the team to keep things on the right track. Beyond just the numbers, Jack oversees the finance functions of the Milk & Honey PR Group. Outside of the office, you’ll find him doing all things football and finding the best pint to watch a match with.

Lola Carter

Client Manager
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.

Anna Tattersall

Client Manager
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.

Jin Lee

Senior Client Executive
Jin is a passionate and driven PR professional with experience working across industries including B2B and B2C clients. In addition to her deep earned media experience developing unique and compelling pitches, she’s experienced in developing and executing influencer campaigns to reach a consumer-focused audience. After graduating from Smith College with degrees in Government and East Asian Studies, Jin moved to New York and pursued a career in law as a legal analyst. After a career change, she went on to work at SourceCode Communications and 5WPR, working across CPG, consumer tech, and B2B portfolios before joining Milk & Honey. Outside of the office, you can catch Jin outside with her dog, staying active, or finding the next best sushi restaurant.

Kajal Rai

Senior Digital Client Executive
Kajal is the kind of person who loves to take the initiative, put her opinions forward and enjoys interacting with everyone. She has recently graduated from Pace University with masters in social and mobile marketing. She gained experience in SEM/SEO, social media content creation, client handling, and other areas while working in several marketing agencies throughout her internships now, she has joined Milk & Honey US as a Senior digital executive. Outside of office, she is passionate about cooking and eating food, exploring new places, etc.

Sydney Portigal

Senior Client Executive
Sydney joins Milk and Honey’s North American team to utilize her strategic eye in finding creative and inventive solutions for client asks. After graduating from Emory University with a degree in Political Science, she moved to New York City to join global financial technology firm The London Stock Exchange Group. Throughout her time there, Sydney lead multiple project-management workstreams, focusing on multiple areas across the business, from global onboarding to developing key internal communication launches. Away from The Hive, Sydney loves to (attempt to) cook NYTimes recipes, increase her never ending book collection, try the endless new restaurants and bars popping up around the city, and spend time with her family and friends.

Alexandra Fielker

Senior Client Executive
Alexandra has always been fascinated in the impact of communication, leading her to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Communication Science, Business and Economics as well as her Master's in International PR at the University of Munich. She joins Milk & Honey's German team after gaining PR-experience in different communication agencies working for tech and lifestyle clients. With her calm but curious nature she is interested in a variety of topics, coming in handy when working for Milk & Honey PR's multifaceted clients. Outside her job, she is passionate about reading and loves to try out new pastimes, such as dancing and painting.

Maz Chowdhury

Senior 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.

Felix Bowler

Client Executive
Armed with a degree in Business Management and Marketing and nine months of internship experience, Felix is a motivated individual ready to utilise his creativity and communication skills to contribute to the success of Milk & Honey. Felix is always eager to take on new challenges and try new things. Previously working with clients such as Roasting Plant, Cune Wine, and Berry Gardens. Felix loves all things sports and frequently plays tennis and football as often as the English weather permits. When the weather doesn’t permit, he will look to escape the UK wherever he can, a prime example being his 4-month exploration throughout South-East Asia.

Kovida Mehra

Client Executive
Kovida joins the hive fresh from her Master's Degree in Strategic Communication from the London School of Economics, which focused on corporate communications and international marketing. Prior to Milk & Honey, Kovida had turned her hand to journalism, marketing, and internal communications. An avid writer and researcher, Kovida is passionate about using her skillset to positively impact businesses and people that make a difference to the world around us. Outside of work, she is chasing the sunniest spots in London, reading and reviving her interest in art, culture and languages.

Alina Meier

Client Executive
As a passionate communicator, creative idea developer and reliable planner, Alina is based in the Munich office. After completing her bachelor’s degree in applied media and communication Studies at Ilmenau University of Technology, she went to Aalborg University in Denmark to expand her knowledge through the master's program in Culture, Communication and Globalisation. Since graduating, she has gained experience in online marketing, public relations and project management in various companies, from start-ups to communication agencies. In her free time, Alina never sits still. When she's not at the judo hall, on her run or at the lake, she's painting or crafting at home.

Maya Seth

Client Assistant
Maya studied a BA in Design at Goldsmiths University before joining the hive. She has worked with Milk & Honey’s Partner Bees & Refugees since September 2022, supporting them with marketing, digital strategy, social media and more. Maya's previous work has had a strong set of values at its heart, which she is excited to continue with Milk & Honey. Outside the office, you will find Maya swimming in the sea, listening to live jazz or travelling to explore new cultures and cuisines.