Communications leadership experience

So who are Highbank Communications and what makes us so good at what we do?

We are vastly experienced in communicating effectively with key audiences to enhance marketing and communications delivery, strengthen brand and reputation and maximise business performance.

Clive Hawkins - Director

Former Global Head of Employee Communication & Media Relations for National Grid plc, Clive was chief media spokesperson throughout its transformation into one of the largest energy companies in the world directing employee engagement in the UK and US. With his extensive communication leadership experience, Clive has the expertise to guide and personally advise your organisation.

His time at National Grid involved directing national and international communication programmes, often under intense government, regulatory, media and public scrutiny. He continues to work on a range of Internal and external communication programmes with regional, national and international organisations in energy, aggregates and financial services. 

Clive Hawkins

Clive Hawkins

Deborah Hawkins - Director

Started her career in financial services with Barclays and The Woolwich before moving to professional services where she has worked for a number of law firms including Dentons LLP.

Deborah has also worked as a marketing director for a creative and exhibitions company and brings extensive marketing communications, business development, key account management and client development expertise.

Deborah Hawkins

Deborah Hawkins

Sarah Pooley - Senior Associate Partner

Sarah has provided digital communication consultancy services to a range of organisations across many different sectors including Pierre Fabre, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts, the Port of London Authority and the Motorsport Industry Association.

She has a strong digital marketing background (Google Squared graduate and Social Marketing Certification with Hootsuite Academy) and extensive brand development experience gleaned over fifteen years in digital.

Sarah Pooley

Sarah Pooley

Ross Hayman, Senior Associate Partner

Ross has extensive utilities, regulatory and energy infrastructure experience having directed National Grid UK’s media relations function for over a decade, was a member of National Grid’s UK Strategic Response Team and senior communications lead for UK crisis and incidents. 

Ross is a qualified journalist and worked as a reporter on regional daily and weekly newspapers for 10 years before moving into media relations. More recently he was a Director of Copper Consultancy, having established their Northern Office in Cumbria and supporting a number of utilities on major investment projects.

Ross Hayman

Ross Hayman

Additional credentials

As industry stalwarts, we are perfectly placed to call upon our wide network of national and international communication associates to meet clients' needs. If you want to find out more, please get in touch.

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