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Our people are commercially minded communications experts in the built environment sectors, who are connected and creative problem solvers achieving measurable results for their clients.

Senior Team

Stephen Pomeroy

Andrew Howard

Julius Duncan

Rachel Bell

Richard George

Max Camplin

Jamie Gordon

Jennifer Riddell-Carpenter

Samantha Clough

Carl Daruvalla

Ally Kennedy

James Bird

Amy McNeill

Rhiannon Thompson

Kevin Whitmore

Laura Wyatt

Nick Sutcliffe

Miles Willshire

Tom Morrison

Matt Crisp

Krystian Groom

Tobin Byers

David Button

Sarah Wardle

Daniel Fryd

Carrie Lowe

Fiona Harvey

Chris Ricot

Carole Riley

Marcio Juarez

Iain Roberts

Stephen Pomeroy

CEO

Stephen is the Founder and Chief Executive of BECG. As a high-level strategist with 20 years’ communications experience in political, business, stakeholder and media communications, he has advised many FTSE companies, CEOs and company boards. Stephen has worked across all the built environment sectors, delivered award-winning campaigns and is passionate in supporting clients to achieve their objectives by communicating and working with government and stakeholders.

Combining his political, stakeholder and media relations experience, he has significant expertise in providing a full range of communications support to clients and is recognised as a UK expert on political, media and community relations in the built environment.

A devoted supporter of corporate social responsibility, Stephen has advised many organisations on cause-related marketing and advocacy. He was previously a trustee of the UK charities Fixers and the Global White Lion Trust, and currently provides strategic support for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Endangered Species.

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Andrew Howard

Managing Director

Andrew Howard is one of the UK’s leading specialists in the politics of planning and development. Andrew now advises a wide range of UK and international clients and has extensive experience of working on high-profile, complex development projects across the country.

As one of the founders of the company, Andrew has ensured BECG’s reputation was built upon securing successful planning consents. His wealth of industry knowledge ensures he provides specialist guidance on a strategic basis for our clients across sectors including commercial, leisure, infrastructure, hotels, energy, waste and resources, residential and transport.

Andrew specialises in the politics of planning and his experience draws both on his industry expertise and his background in community politics. A former Councillor, Chair of an NHS Trust and parliamentary candidate, Andrew has worked across the public sector in health, education and local government. He now leads BECG’s planning and political teams whilst continuing to work directly for clients on key projects.

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Julius Duncan

Board Director

Julius has over 20 years of communications experience with large private and public sector organisations in the UK and abroad. He started his career in the City of London as a financial journalist before joining RLM Finsbury where he advised large quoted companies on their public relations, public affairs and investor relations strategies.

Day to day, Julius provides clients with strategic communications and reputational growth counsel, whilst also leading BECG’s crisis communications and response unit.

Julius has worked with a wide range of sector clients including: Taylor Wimpey, Shell, Virgin Mobile, Galliford Try, Northern Gas Networks, Bertelsmann, Inmarsat, Thames Water, BT, and A2 Dominion.

He is currently the Chairman of the Public Relations and Communications Association’s (PRCA) Property, Construction and Infrastructure Group.

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Rachel Bell

Non-executive Director

Rachel joined the BECG Board in January 2017, bringing with her extensive experience and knowledge of best practice, agency management and leadership. Her track record of success in building and leading PR and Marketing companies within the industry is widely regarded and she is acknowledged as one of the most prolific female entrepreneurs within the sector. Rachel was the first woman to be awarded the coveted Sunday Times Best Leader award in 2012.

Rachel is a long-standing Board member of the PRCA (The Public Relations Consultancies Association), is ranked 4th in the UK PR Power Book published by PR Week and is the highest ranking independent practitioner in her field.

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Richard George

Board Director

With Board level responsibility for financial administration, Richard qualified as a chartered accountant and corporate treasurer with PwC. His role is to work at Board level and within the finance team to advise becg on commercial strategy and performance and work with the executive team to facilitate the growth of the company against the business plan.

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Max Camplin

Director – Head of London

As Head of our London team, Max has overall responsibility for BECG’s service delivery to clients across a range of sectors in the Capital and wider South of England. Providing planning and political counsel to clients such as Blackstone, British Land, Inland Homes, Goodman and Frasers Property Group, Max’s expertise covers retail, residential and commercial developments across the UK.

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Jamie Gordon

Director – Infrastructure & Energy

Jamie leads BECG’s work in the energy and infrastructure sectors. He has 25 years’ experience of delivering strategic and operational communications programmes and currently advises on some of the UK’s largest projects from offshore wind farms to high speed rail, interconnectors to highways schemes.

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Jennifer Riddell-Carpenter

Director

Jennifer is an experienced communications professional who has held senior in-house positions at L&Q, and brings a decade of communications experience from the housing association, property, urban development and charity sectors.

At BECG, Jennifer heads up the PR team in London, and leads communications strategies for clients across the built environment.

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Samantha Clough

Director

With over 15 years’ agency experience across a diverse group of clients and sectors, Sam delivers digital, social and campaign strategies fit for today’s challenging communications landscape.

Sam has a strong understanding of the principles of business growth and expertise in creating professional corporate content, focused on delivering impactful, integrated solutions. She has gained a wealth of experience working across many clients and sectors, including Associated British Ports (ABP), GenesisCare, Novartis, J&J and Ordnance Survey.

 

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Carl Daruvalla

Director of Finance & Operations

As Director of Finance and Operations, Carl sits on the BECG Board and is a CIMA and MBA qualified finance professional. He has numerous years’ experience of successfully driving financial performance, streamlining and implementing continuous improvement within finance functions across both SME and global corporate environments.

Prior to his career in finance, Carl spent several years in the agency sector where he progressed to Strategy Director and was responsible for delivering strategic marketing consultancy to a portfolio of international brands

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Ally Kennedy

Director

One of our most experienced senior Directors, Ally is a political communications specialist with expertise in planning communications, local political advocacy, stakeholder and community engagement and media relations.

 

Ally advises a client portfolio that includes housebuilders, renewable energy and regeneration projects and he sits on BECG’s  Board. He has also worked in national politics at Westminster and in a constituency office, providing him with an acute understanding of the political process at all levels, as well as broad experience of delivering commercially for clients across the built environment.

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James Bird

Director

With a background as a freelance broadcast journalist, local Councillor and parliamentary candidate, James is a seasoned public affairs professional who is as adept at negotiating the politics of Westminster and Whitehall, as he is in planning and executing local community campaigns.

With a client base as diverse as housebuilders, local authorities and transport bodies, James offers strategic and tactical advice which is politically insightful and commercially focused.

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Amy McNeill

Head of HR & Operations

As Head of HR & Operations, Amy is responsible for the daily operation of the Company, and for designing and driving the transformative people agenda across the group.

With combined operational, commercial and HR experience across the finance, broadcast, technology and not for profit industries, she brings a commercial and people focused approach to enabling organisational growth and development.

Amy heads up BECG WinGS; Women in Great Spaces, our internal Women in Business steering group, and has a particular interest in training and development, equality, diversity and CSR strategy.

 

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Rhiannon Thompson

Director

Rhiannon has significant expertise in corporate and stakeholder communications and public relations, delivering corporate communications campaigns across the built environment. She has worked for property development industry clients such as Anthology, Linden Homes and Associated British Ports (ABP), for over a decade.

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Kevin Whitmore

Director – Head of North

Kevin is an experienced political communications consultant who specialises in political advocacy and campaigning for clients across the built environment.

With over a decade’s experience, Kevin leads BECG’s North Region team, helping clients to manage their political, media and stakeholder reputations.

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Laura Wyatt

Director – Head of South

Laura leads our South of England team from the Winchester office and has successfully developed consultation strategies that have helped achieve consent for many of BECG’s clients. Laura coordinates the national planning consultation programme of one of the UK’s leading residential developers and has significant experience in delivering consultation and public affairs strategies across numerous sectors, including retirement, retail, landed estates and residential.

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Nick Sutcliffe

Director

Nick has a 15-year track record of success advising high-profile clients and now leads on BECG projects for public and private sector clients including TfL, Legal & General, Sellar, Barratt Homes, Eurohotels and TJX Europe on the process of securing planning consents.

Based in the London office, Nick has grown BECG’s client offering through his wealth of experience in many of the most controversial development sectors including prime central London residential, large strategic land allocations and on-shore oil and shale gas exploration. Focusing in London and the surrounding areas, Nick has worked on a number of high-profile developments, such as the redevelopment of South Kensington Underground Station, Kensington & Chelsea’s Genting Casino and the new opera house at West Horsley Place.

As a public affairs specialist, Nick also provides Westminster Government relations advice, specialising in energy and environmental issues. Nick was formerly a local Councillor in Guildford, serving over 12 years on a planning committee, as well as having been the Cabinet Member for planning policy for six years.

 

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Miles Willshire

Director

A former local Councillor, Miles is a public affairs professional with extensive experience of engaging with national and local politicians in support of development projects. Based in our Winchester office, Miles has delivered community consultation and stakeholder engagement for a number of key clients in the retirement living and house-building sectors.

 

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Tom Morrison

Associate Director

With a decade of experience in politics, public affairs and public relations, Tom has worked for
some of BECG’s biggest clients.

A former city councillor and adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister, Tom understands the
relationships that govern local council’s across the Northern region and has used this insight
in developing innovative communications strategies for companies such as Aldi, McCarthy & Stone, Peel Group, Miller Homes, Barratt Homes, Taylor Wimpey and Transport for the North.

Prior to joining BECG, Tom worked in corporate communications for the largest listed water company in the UK, where he managed
relationships with its regulators and key stakeholders.

Matt Crisp

Associate Director

Having held in-house and agency roles, Matthew has communications and stakeholder engagement experience across the public, private and third sector. He has devised and managed the delivery of strategies to secure planning consents for projects covering the energy, transport, residential, retail and regeneration sectors.

Matthew currently leads on a number of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects with a thorough understanding of the planning process surrounding Development Consent Orders.

 

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Krystian Groom

Associate Director

With substantial experience in the industry, Krystian has worked with major house-builders, strategic land promoters, hotel operators, commercial developers, student accommodation providers, charities and Housing Associations. Krystian’s past experience includes working as part of a District Council communications team, and he has worked on national party-political campaigns in England.

He leads on a number of our high-profile, complex consultation and stakeholder engagement programmes and his expert understanding of the development process has helped secure a number of planning consents for sensitive developments across the UK.

 

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Tobin Byers

Associate Director

Working in public affairs and stakeholder engagement for over five years, Tobin has significant experience devising and implementing consultation and communications strategies. Having worked with some of the country’s leading house-builders, he has advised on consultation and political engagement on both planning applications and strategic land allocations.

Currently a Councillor in a London borough, Tobin has an acute grasp of the political context of development and his professional expertise is reinforced by first-hand political experience.

 

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David Button

Senior Account Director

David has considerable experience of designing and delivering national and local public affairs and engagement programmes for clients for property, housing, local government and infrastructure clients.

He leads our work with McCarthy & Stone in London and the home counties, as well as working with developers including Stonewater, Flogas, British Land, Fairview and Home Group, amongst many others. David is particularly interested in projects that have a community focus, supporting developers on long-term community and construction communications projects. This also includes on-the-ground resident engagement, with his work with Home Group delivering a 75% yes vote and the highest recorded turnout (90.5%) in an estate regeneration ballot to date.

David also has a long track record of helping clients to build their influence with the Government and is expert in the parliamentary process. His work has helped clients to achieve legislative changes including securing government funding for infrastructure projects, exemptions to legislation and reversing harmful policy decisions.

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Sarah Wardle

Senior Account Director

Sarah has a wealth of experience in developing stakeholder engagement and public affairs strategies across London and the South East.

Sarah has worked for major housebuilders such as Redrow and Taylor Wimpey, housing associations ranging from One Housing to Home Group, hotel operators and large build to rent developers, Greystar
and Essential Living.

Notably, Sarah led the engagement on the UK’s first
ever purpose-built family PRS development and has increasingly focused on setting early engagement strategies for estate regeneration projects.

Outside London, Sarah has worked with both the Local and Neighbourhood planning process to secure strategic allocations.

Prior to this, Sarah worked in the House of Commons for two Conservative Members of Parliament and holds a comprehensive knowledge of the legislative process.

Beyond BECG, Sarah remains politically active and is a Councillor in the London Borough of Barnet.

 

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Daniel Fryd

Account Director

Dan has significant experience of political and planning communications, with a career spanning agency, central government and local government roles.

Working with national house builders, major property contractors, strategic land promoters and planners, Dan has helped deliver complex built environment projects of national significance.

Dan previously worked at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government where he provided communications handling advice to the Housing and Planning Minister Alok Sharma MP and his predecessor Gavin Barwell MP.

 

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Carrie Lowe

Account Director

A public relations and reputation management specialist, Carrie has more than 20 years’ communications experience that embraces both strategy development and tactical implementation.

 

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Fiona Harvey

Account Director

Fiona is a dedicated marketing communications professional with over seven years’ agency experience. Her expertise is focused on integrated digital, content and branding tactical implementation, as well as insight-driven strategic direction. A commercially-minded thinker, Fiona excels in finding creative and innovative solutions that exceed expectations.

 

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Chris Ricot

Account Director

Chris previously worked as a Senior Advisor to the Leader of the London Borough of Lambeth for four years, where he provided political oversight over key policy areas. He also led on the implementation of the Leader’s policy agenda, with political oversight of the Local Plan among his responsibilities.

Key development projects include advising the Leader on the Shell Building, Elizabeth House and the Garden Bridge. Chris has worked on a number of residential and commercial schemes across London and the South East, including for Berkeley Homes, Hyde Housing, Be Living and Legal & General. Additional clients include Telford Homes, Crest Nicholson London and Whitbread.

Prior to working for an inner-London authority, Chris worked for the NHS Chief Executive at the Department of Health. Chris has also worked as a speechwriter and researcher for two Labour Secretaries of State and their Ministerial teams.

Chris remains an active campaigner for the Labour Party, and was an elected officer for his local branch in Vauxhall. He is a Governor for a school in Lambeth, and a board member of Planning Out.

 

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Carole Riley

Account Director

Carole specialises in community relations and issues management. She has worked with energy sector clients since 1994 and previously spent more than ten years with the CEGB.

Carole has been involved in providing communications support for the permitting and construction of power stations (gas and biomass), wind farms, airports and waste management facilities and has been the lead account director handling communications during the construction of the Carrington Power Station project in Trafford.

Carole has also been involved with the stakeholder communications and public relations for a number of other major gas-fired power station developments including Rocksavage in Runcorn, Spalding 1 and 2 in Lincolnshire and the Gateway Energy Centre in Thurrock.

 

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Marcio Juarez

Head of Technology

Responsible for overseeing all technology and digital developments at BECG, Marcio combines a great mix of commercial and technical experience to ensure we utilise the most effective technology platforms and solutions for all client projects, to ensure their success. He is focused on providing memorable user experiences, always keeping the end user front of mind through the design and development phases. 

 

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Iain Roberts

Account Director

Iain joined BECG in 2017 and has delivered communications and political engagement support for
public and private sector clients, helping to deliver housing, retail, office and leisure developments across the North.

Iain served as Cabinet Member on Stockport Council 2011-16, covering transportation, regeneration, planning and finance. As Deputy Leader he sat on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and signed
the original 2014 DevoManc deal. He has worked for an MP and as campaign manager in local, parliamentary and mayoral election campaigns.

Iain is a Local Government Association Peer Member,
delivering training, support and consultancy to councils
nationwide.

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