Paul Pavia

Paul has nearly 20 years’ public affairs experience across a range of policy fields including health and social care and local government. He has also led stakeholder engagement projects with third sector, academic and private sector clients to enable them to lever maximum influence on shaping public policy and legislation. 

Paul’s wide-ranging experience encompasses work with University College London, RNIB, Royal College of Nursing, Association of Director of Social Services in Wales, Mental Health Care, Gilead Sciences, Sanofi, Novartis and Ethical Medicines Industry Group, 

A former UK Board Trustee for the MS Society, he has extensive knowledge of the health and social care environments across the UK. He has worked with clients within the health sector to lobby for policy reform in areas such as sensory impairment, blood borne diseases and mental health and in social care, on such issues as older people’s rights and improving the outcomes of children in the care system.

Sarah Bolam

With nearly 30 years’ experience in travel, leisure and lifestyle PR and communications, Sarah has a strong combination of in house and agency experience. She is a skilled copywriter, with an eye for a good story and consistently secures high profile, targeted coverage for clients, delivering successful and results-driven campaigns.     

As well as working on the agency side, she was Head of PR for Elegant Resorts and Head of Communications at leading long haul tour operator Kuoni Travel. She was at Kuoni for five years, where she was on the Senior Management Team and oversaw a team responsible for media, internal communications and crisis management. 

She started her career in communications working in public affairs for clients such as The Body Shop, The Commission for Racial Equality and The Scotch Whisky Association.

Luisa Tona

Luisa is a digital marketing specialist with a first-class BA (Hons) degree from the University of Huddersfield. She has a great deal of experience in creating and publishing engaging and quality content to boost brand awareness online. Luisa has helped a range of organisations to reach marketing goals by expanding their online presence.

Based in London, Luisa thoroughly enjoys both the creative and analytical side of social media and digital marketing and has a clear understanding on the importance of connecting brands with their target audience online.

In her spare time, Luisa is a keen musician and loves to sing and write songs.

Alice Heather

Alice graduated with a degree in Multimedia Journalism in 2019 and went on to work for a start-up in the food tech industry as a social media specialist. Alice found her forte is in all things social media marketing – from planning and strategy to developing ideas to content creation to editing.

At Barley, Alice supports the European Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the NAAFI with fabulous social media content.

Christina Vidos

Christina is Barley’s team assistant, supporting colleagues with various tasks and assignments.

She has a commercial background and holds a postgraduate qualification in marketing.  Her passion for travel led to an extensive career within the travel and tourism industry.

Chris Brown

Chris is an expert in public consultation and political and community relations. His experience also spans media relations, strategic communications and crisis and issues management.

Chris has managed a wide range of consultation programmes across the UK on projects for housing, retail, commercial, leisure, education, waste/recycling, energy, health, Local Authority and regeneration schemes. He has delivered large stakeholder engagement programmes and community relations projects, in particular in the energy, transport and utilities sectors. At Barley Chris provides expert political advice and support to support our work on the East West Rail programme.

Chris has over 20 years of political experience, including currently being a local councillor on South Norfolk Council and a Parliamentary candidate in 2017 and 2019.

Sam Burne-James

Sam Burne James has a decade of experience on both sides of the media fence – previously a business and charity sector journalist, he is now a PR consultant working with a range of organisations across the private, public and non-profit sectors.

PR work has included a time in the press office of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), working on sensitive, high-profile issues; securing coverage for charities and social enterprise in national and specialist media outlets; thought leadership programmes for small business leaders, and more.

As a journalist, Sam held staff roles at Recruiter, Third Sector and PRWeek magazines, and freelanced with several others. He interviewed high-profile figures including politicians, reported from party political conferences and worked hard to help magazines transition from print-first to digital-first mindsets.

He is a member of the PRCA’s PR Council, a volunteer with the campaign group Charities Against Hate, and lives in West Kent where he tries to spend as much time as possible in the great outdoors, or impatiently waiting for his vegetable patch to come up with the goods.

Johnnie Campbell

Johnnie’s focus is on creative strategy for social media and he also has strong experience of wider digital planning in organic and paid.

He started his career working for The X Factor in 2010, creating content and advising contestants such as One Direction on their social media strategy, before moving on to a range of high profile brands. His award-winning campaigns include a reactive social media programme for Specsavers, jumping onto any timely ‘Should Have Gone To Specsavers’ moments, such as the moment in the London 2012 Olympic Games, when organisers mixed up the North and South Korean flags.

Johnnie is incredibly passionate about the social and ethical impact of the work he creates, and is currently learning how to grow organically in order to better understand sustainable agriculture for the future.

James Cheverton

James is a highly creative designer with more than 20 years experience in identity and branding, print, digital, infographic design and art direction. He has worked with a large number of multinational companies such as Barclays, Coca Cola, Lilly and IBM and small start ups alike to deliver engaging, impactful design from concept to completion. With a core belief that simplicity is a powerful design tool James works closely with clients and brands to understand their objectives in order to deliver bold creative that reflects their personality and enhances their brand.

Amy Carpenter

Amy is a graphic designer with over eight years’ experience in the creative industry, and a drive to collaborate with environmentally and socially conscious organisations.

She has worked with change-makers locally and internationally on projects such as brand identity design, social media content, digital publications and reports, and event materials for fundraisers.

Brand identity and logo design has always been Amy’s main passion, as it allows companies and organisations to communicate their unique stories with their audiences in a visual way.

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Ellie Weehuizen

Ellie has extensive experience with organisations in the private and public sector, often running or as part of a small in-house team, delivering communications campaigns on tight budgets. From briefing designers, to running events, advising on content and managing brand reputation, Ellie applies meticulous project management skills to bring her creative ideas to life seamlessly.

She is adept at briefing spokespeople on key messages, experienced working with broadcast media and has a cool head when dealing with crisis communications. She has a particular passion for food businesses, social enterprises and sustainable, ethical organisations with a beating heart and strong purpose.

Luke Peraux

Luke is a multi discipline freelance graphic designer from London. Since graduating with a First Class BA and MA in Graphic Arts and Design, he’s racked up twelve years of in-house and agency experience tackling anything from bespoke start up identities, to world renowned brands.

Working across print, web and social media, Luke loves the conceptual side of the designer’s job, and has worked with some of the biggest UK charities on some incredible campaigns and fundraising events. 

Luke enjoys collaborating with other designers, developers, copywriters and print specialists, so the chances are if you have a creative problem, he can solve it.