WINNER, CIPR PRide Awards 2014 - ISSUES / CRISIS MANAGEMENT
Winner, European Excellence Awards 2013 - Issues and Reputation Management
LARGE AGENCY OF THE YEAR 2012/2013 - UK PUBLIC SECTOR COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS
LARGE AGENCY OF THE YEAR 2013 - GOLDEN HEDGEHOG PR AWARDS
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The Team

Nigel Howes

Chairman

Acceleris - The Integrated Communications Agency

Nigel is a chartered accountant whose career was in professional services. He was a partner with Arthur Andersen for 18 years and then with Deloitte's for 2 years, before retiring from practice in 2005. Since then he has been actively involved with the venture capital sector and made a number of investments in developing companies as a business angel.

He is a non-executive director of a number of public and private companies.

Sean Lippell

Non-Executive Director

Acceleris - The Integrated Communications Agency

NED Sean Lippell has more than 35 years' experience as a corporate lawyer and recently retired as a partner from Addleshaw Goddard, a post which he held for 13 years, five of which were as corporate division managing partner.

Sean’s reputation is well known and his high standing in the local and corporate marketplace was evidenced most recently with his Lifetime Achievement accolade in the Yorkshire Dealmaker awards. Sean has led and advised on a number of high profile multi million pound transactions in recent years for Addleshaw Goddard.

Sandra Hobson

Associate Director (London)

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Sandra has extensive consumer, corporate and B2B PR and communications experience gained both agency side and in-house. Sandra’s experience spans multiple sectors including food & drink, healthcare, public sector and automotive and she brings with her excellent client relationship management skills and significant crisis, issues and reputation management experience.

In her most recent role at Haygarth, Sandra led on two flagship integrated campaigns with full responsibility for strategy & creative development, digital and social media activity as well as consumer and trade PR. Her day to day activity includes managing busy press office functions, overseeing media campaigns and blogger outreach programmes.

Love

My Amazing Children
Good conversation
Walking
Rugby
Cooking & baking
The Arts

Hate

Spiders
Football
Apathy
Insincerity
Fast food
Bad manners

Alison Beattie

Company Secretary

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Alison is Company Secretary at Acceleris, taking responsibility for the company accounts and financial management. She also covers HR, legal, office management and the administration of our job management and costing system, Synergist.

Alison has worked for Acceleris since its beginnings in 2006 and was a central figure in its inception, as well as being vital to the success the business has so far achieved.

Love

Chocolate
Champagne
Travel
Eating out
Watching sport

Hate

Curry
Whisky
Inefficiency
Laziness
Getting up in the morning!

Lisa McGauley
Senior Account Manager

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Lisa has over ten years’ PR and communications experience, working on accounts in just about every industry sector possible, including construction, healthcare, food and drink, automotive, technology, telecoms and utilities.

Prior to joining Acceleris, and after several years’ working in some of Yorkshire’s leading agencies, Lisa went to work in-house as PR manager for a leading business telecoms provider. Having worked in-house as well as agency-side, Lisa has seen the industry from both sides of the spectrum and built up an impressive portfolio of consumer and B2B experience along the way.

At Acceleris, she manages client accounts including Severfield plc, Vantage Motor Group and Nexus Rental, and is also actively involved in new business development. Lisa has a proven track-record of delivering outstanding results for her clients, whatever their sector or business objectives. She holds a 2:1 BA (Hons) in Public Relations from Leeds Metropolitan University. 

Love

Sunday roasts
Plentiful cheeseboards
Gigs
Holidays
My two cats (Freddie and Ginger)

Hate

Cold rain
Bad drivers
Southern Comfort
People with no manners

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Rebecca Jackson
Account Manager

Acceleris - The Integrated Communications Agency

Rebecca assists on a number of client accounts including Kier Maintenance, Rixonway Kitchens and the National Federation of ALMOs. Her day-to-day duties range from research, media monitoring and saving coverage, to writing press releases and daily media relations.

Rebecca joins Acceleris from the Daily Telegraph where she worked within the digital content team covering such events as London 2012, American elections and the birth of the Royal baby. She studied English Literature at the University of Liverpool before going on to gain a Masters in Journalism at the University of Sheffield.

Love

Fried Chicken
Onesies
80s Ska
Baking
Horror films

Hate

Fish
Nicholas Cage
Chilli sauce
Rain
Tangled headphones

Georgia Scott
Account Executive 

Acceleris - The Integrated Communications Agency

Before joining Acceleris in mid 2013, Georgia worked within the restaurant and wine industry as a marketing co-ordinator. She brings with her a range of experience from PR and agency placements alongside a background in advertising. Georgia currently works on a range of client accounts including Ultimate English and Severfield. 

Georgia is passionate about bringing original creative ideas to the accounts she is involved with. Georgia holds a BA(Hons) degree in Creative Advertising from the Leeds College of Art.

Love

Baking
Travel
Mexican food
Strawberry Daiquiris
Winter

Hate
Seafood
Rudeness
Lateness
Mushrooms

Gabriella Smith
Account Executive

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Before joining Acceleris, Gabriella worked in a Leeds based PR agency handling clients in the lifestyle and B2B sectors. Gabriella currently works on a number of Acceleris clients including The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations (NFFO) and Vantage Motor Group.

Gabriella is passionate about bringing her writing and journalistic skills to the agency, coming from a background in writing and broadcast. Gabriella holds a 2:1 BA (Hons) degree in Journalism from the University of Salford and has undergone placements at a number of media organisations including the Daily Telegraph and  Key103 radio in Manchester. 

Love

Festivals/gigs
The Great British Bake Off
Penguins
Exercise
Italian food
Cocktails 

Hate

Doctor Who
Slow walkers in the street
Talent shows
Cricket
Laziness 

Peter Davenport

Chief Executive

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Peter Davenport is one of the most experienced media and public relations (PR) specialists in the country.

For 25 years he was a senior national journalist, first on the Daily Mail and then on The Times, including a period as its defence correspondent. Peter travelled with Pope John Paul on his historic pilgrimage to Ireland and worked extensively on overseas assignments in the USA, India, the Middle East, the Falklands and most major European countries.

Since moving into PR, Peter has built and sold several agencies. He has devised and delivered campaigns for major clients in the public and private sectors, as well as advising on crisis management issues surrounding some sensitive and high profile cases.

Louise Vaughan

Managing Director

Acceleris - The Integrated Communications Agency

Louise has over twenty years experience setting up, establishing and growing successful corporate communications functions for a wide range of public and private sector organisations including major high street banks, national law firms, retailers, national trade bodies, charities, media groups and Government quangos.

She has delivered UK and pan-European media relations, corporate communications, social media  and employee engagement campaigns for a wide range of organisations including The Environment Agency, The National Federation of ALMOs, The Royal Bank of Scotland, The Princes Trust, BBC Worldwide, Sainsbury’s, John West, Daily Mail and General Trust, Direct Line, Bauer Media, The National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations, Europêche, motors.co.uk and Addleshaw Booth & Co (now Addleshaw Goddard).   

Over the last three years alone Louise has seen ten of the campaigns she has led for Acceleris honoured in both national and international PR and communications awards, with most notably her work for the UK Fishing Industry receiving a Best Issues and Reputation Management Award at the European Excellence Awards in Munich. 

Love

My family (including Bailey the bulldog)
Diving and running
Winter evenings by the fire
Summer days in the Yorkshire Dales
Hendricks gin

Hate

Garlic
Custard
Laziness
Most people who appear in OK Magazine


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Simon Baylis

Account Director

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Simon has ten year’s PR experience gained working for clients large and small in the public, third and private sectors. He is one of the original members of the Acceleris team and has played an important role in developing the agency into an award-winning consultancy.

In his time at Acceleris, Simon has delivered crisis management, media relations, social media and integrated marketing campaigns for clients such as Theakston’s, Sainsbury’s, motors.co.uk, Walker Morris and Kier. 

Simon is currently head of the agency’s social housing team and has extensive knowledge and experience within the sector. He works with a number of housing organisations and suppliers. Current clients include the National Federation of ALMOs (NFA), Utilita Energy, Rixonway Kitchens, Kier Homes and RENTplus.  

Notable projects have included raising the profile of council tenants to counter negative media perceptions. This project won the 2014 PRCA Dare Award for Best Public Sector Campaign.   

Simon is a member of the International Building Press and holds a degree in Journalism from Cardiff University.

Love

'Weekend at Bernie's'
Akbars

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Hate

Rubbish remakes
Caravan holidays

Ellie Smith

Account Director

Acceleris - The Integrated Communications Agency

Ellie oversees accounts for clients including the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations (NFFO), European trade body Europêche and the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society as well as a number of other third sector organisations. Having joined the agency in 2010, Ellie has delivered award winning campaigns across a range of disciplines including media relations, crisis communications, events and social media. In November 2014, she was crowned 'Outstanding Young Communicator' at the prestigious CIPR PRide Awards for Yorkshire & Lincolnshire.

Before joining the agency, Ellie worked at the Environment Agency specialising in PR and community relations for flood and coastal risk management schemes across Yorkshire and the North East. Ellie holds a BA (Hons) degree in German from the University of Leeds and completed a CIPR Advanced Certificate in Public Relations in 2010.

Love

Frozen margaritas
Box set bingeing
The colour green
Long weekends
Getting interesting post

Hate

Mushrooms
Busy public transport
Windy weather
Sales calls
Ghost trains

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Charley Durham - Senior Copywriter & Editorial Project Manager

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As well as being resident copywriter at Acceleris, Charley manages the agency's many editorial projects, from newsletters, magazines and annual reports to websites, social media and online news feeds. Her proudest projects include completion of a major rebrand and web project for Rentplus, a new website launched for Severfield plc in 2014, the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society’s annual report and the National Federation of ALMOs’ annual review. She is also working on an agency first - the production of a book for the Royal Alfred Seafarers' Society's 150th anniversary this year. Watch this space!

Charley has been with Acceleris since she joined as Copywriter in 2008. Before that, she worked at DirectNews, writing copy for a wide range of company websites and also provided copywriting services as a freelancer. She holds a 2:1 Creative Writing BA (Hons) and enjoys writing fiction in her spare time.

Love

Sunny days
Making the most of my time off
The Yorkshire Dales
Folk and rock music 
Labradors

Hate

Mustard
Not making the most of my time off!
Gone-off milk
Litter
Black pepper

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Jack Williams

Account Manager

Acceleris - The Integrated Communications Agency

Jack works out of Acceleris’ London office, supporting its PR offering and new business drive in the capital. He is also part of the maritime team at Acceleris, working for clients such as the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations and Seafarers UK. He was a member of the team that delivered crisis communications support to the NFFO, which has since won four highly-respected industry awards, including the European Excellence Award.

Coming from a background in creative writing, Jack brings copywriting support and script writing skills to the Acceleris team and has been the creative force behind several videos for clients and the agency itself.

Love

Football
Reading
Writing
Wikipedia trails
Real ales

Hate

'Reality' TV
Cooking
Shopping
My alarm
Txt spk

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Michael Renton

Senior Account Executive

Acceleris - The Integrated Communications Agency

Mike assists on a number of client accounts including the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society, Liaison, Kier, NHS Leadership Academy, Prince’s Trust, Northern Housing Consortium and Severfield. His day-to-day duties range from copywriting and research, to daily media relations and client pitch support.

Mike studied Film and Television Production at university and is a qualified journalist. Mike worked as a reporter for the York Press, a Press and Media Secretary for UK Parliament and a Campaign Manager for one of the main political parties before joining the team at Acceleris.

Love

Reading
History
Walking
Cricket
Politics
Arnhem
Leonard Cohen

Hate

Small talk
Any film or book based on fantasy
Most modern music
Laziness
The sound of water pouring into a mug
Tomatoes

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David Gatehouse
Consultant

Acceleris - The Integrated Communications Agency

Brought in whenever we need an extra hand, David is a ‘friend of the family’ who flits between roles. From Account Executive to Account Director, he gives us whatever support we need with particular emphasis on copywriting, web work and media liaison.

Since being appointed assistant press officer at the Yorkshire Regional Health Authority in 1985, David’s exciting career has seen him as both journalist and broadcaster, progressing via the Ministry of Defence and in-house roles in New Zealand and Dubai, to some of the UK’s largest regional and national communications/PR agencies and has since run his own companies.

Love

Arsenal
PG Wodehouse
The natural world
Rock music
Travel

Hate

Manchester United
Pettiness
Carbohydrates
Smoking
The 'morning after'

Alex Whitaker
Account Executive / Office Assistant

Acceleris - The Integrated Communications Agency

Alex holds a BA (Hons) degree in International Relations and Politics from the University of Sheffield and currently works on a number of clients including Europeche, the NHS Leadership Academy, Liaison and the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society.

Coming from a strong research and writing background, Alex brings an eye for detail and accuracy to the accounts he works with.

Love

Burnley Football Club
Spicy food
Real ales
Quality TV & Film
Guitars

International Affairs

Hate

Blackburn Rovers Football Club
Spiders
Salad
Arrogance
Suncream

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