Why work with us?

Quite simply because we’re good at what
we do.

With a huge network of media contacts within hospitality and leisure, to say that we’re ‘well connected’ is a pretty big understatement! ‘It isn’t what you know but who you know’ as the saying goes, but we’d argue that having a strong foundation of knowledge is just as important as having a ‘grade A’ list of contacts. The fact that we bring both of those together is one of our greatest strengths.

We have a breadth of social media experience within the team and work closely with our clients to incorporate social media in to their communications and maximise on real-time opportunities. That said, we haven’t forgotten how influential print and broadcast can be and make sure we implement the right balance tailored specifically to each client.

Last but by no means least, we’re results driven. We ensure that we work closely with our clients in order to develop and agree key objectives and always aim to exceed expectation. We like to be seen as an extension of our clients’ team. We don’t baffle with marketing jargon, no false promises, just honest recommendations designed to generate the right results.

MEET OUR TEAM

Mark Stretton

Managing Director
A Fleet Street-trained journalist, Mark spent three years at The Sunday Times. After that, he became managing editor of The Publican, then editor of M&C Report. Mark has a complete understanding of the leisure sector, a Grade A contacts book and an intimate knowledge of how the relationship between companies and the media should work. In his spare time, Mark is kept active by his two young sons and by playing regular 7 a side football. Mark is also a big Pompey fan, through thick and thin, though it is thinner and thinner these days.

Favourite drink: Currently, a pint of Upham’s Citra
Favourite pub: Turk’s Head, Twickenham – the best pub in the world

Steve Dann

Client Services Director
After training as a journalist, Steve became managing director at Seal Communications, he later led a management buy-out of the business, developing it into one of the UK’s leading integrated PR and marketing firms. Steve has developed a number of high profile and award winning campaigns and has been known to win the odd award of his own from time to time. He is an ardent Birmingham City fan and enjoyed one of the best days of his life in February 2011 when he watched his team lift the League Cup at Wembley.

Favourite drink: Holden’s Bitter
Favourite pub: The Punch Bowl, Lapworth

Francis Patton

Trade & Insights Director
Francis is a pub and brewing industry ‘veteran’. Having served on the board of Punch Taverns as both customer services director and commercial director, Francis has an intimate understanding of the strategic industry issues, as well as significant public affairs, city and national media experience. He now serves as a serial non-executive director and consultant to a range of companies and organisations including Punch Taverns, the BII, the ALMR, the BBPA, Cask Marque and SIBA.

Favourite drink: Tetley’s or Black Sheep
Favourite pub: The Battlesteads

Arti Halai

Director
As a TV presenter, reporter and producer, Arti has worked in both radio and television for some of the country’s largest organisations including ITV1 Central where she was known as the face of Central News. Through her work she has gained a broad and deep understanding of behaviour, communication and the most effective way to get a message across. Her first book ‘Positivity’ was published in 2009.

Favourite drink: Kir Royale
Favourite restaurant: too many choices!!

Tess Pennington

Associate Director
With over a decade of experience in the food and drink industry and having devised and implemented campaigns for global brands, government bodies and smaller artisan producers, Tess has a good flavour of how to meet all types of clients’ needs. Tess brings experience in consumer food, drink and lifestyle PR to the table, as well as a history in coordinating many trade events. She also has an impressive little black book of media and key influencers in the hospitality industry.

Favourite drink: Gin Martini
Favourite restaurant: There are so many to choose from but you can’t beat a classic like Le Gavroche

Michelle Williams

Associate Director
Michelle started out as a journalist in Devon before moving into the world of drinks PR. She has developed and implemented campaigns for some of the world’s biggest drinks brands including Courvoisier, Chivas Regal, Jameson, Sauza and Brown Brothers. Happiest soaking up the atmosphere of London’s vibrant bar scene, Michelle is our resident bar expert and the quickest way to her heart is the classic Manhattan cocktail!

Favourite drink: Old Fashioned cocktail or Little Creatures Pale Ale
Favourite restaurant: The Garrison, Bermondsey Street

Jo Dickinson

Head of Finance
Jo qualified as a chartered accountant in 1998 and is our bank manager’s favourite person. She heads the finance team, having worked in-house and at a clutch of agencies in a career that has spanned communications, marketing, research and insight.

When Jo isn’t knee deep in figures, she spends most of her time running after her three children and on the rare occasion when she has time to relax she has been known to climb a mountain or two!

Favourite drink: Rose / Amontillado sherry
Favourite pub: The Zetter Townhouse

Mike Berry

Head of Content
Mike has spent most of his career in B2B journalism, working in a variety of sectors. Before joining Fleet Street, he spent almost five years at the Morning Advertiser, the leading publication for the pub trade, as Managing Editor. During that time he worked with a number of blue-chip companies on multi-channel content projects designed to boost brand awareness among the MA's readership of publicans. Mike is a devoted armchair sports fan, occasionally spotted on the pitch, but now mostly on the touchline at weekends watching his two sons playing football.

Favourite beer: Dark Star Hophead
Favourite pub: The Anchor Tap, Horsham

Alastair Gray

Account Director
Alastair is a former journalist with close to 30 years’ experience on both sides of the media fence, including running his own PR consultancy. In-house at a national law firm, Alastair was noted for his knack of quickly turning technical matters into lively, easy to read copy. Time away from work is spent ferrying three daughters back and forth across much of Worcestershire, reading all those bought-but-never-read books, and wondering whether Leeds United will ever escape the Championship.

Favourite drink: Bathams Best Bitter, heavy-hitting reds, Laphroaig
Favourite pub: The Waggon & Horses, Oldbury – a proper Black Country boozer, complete with ‘nationally important and historic interior’

Kara Duggan

Account Director
A University of Portsmouth graduate with a degree in English and Media, Kara brings seven years' experience in trade and corporate drinks PR. She has worked to develop and execute compelling UK and international campaigns for some of the world's most iconic brands, including Glenfiddich, The Balvenie, Sailor Jerry and Hendrick’s Gin.

A keen trend spotter, Kara likes to check out every watering hole and eatery she reads about, so can usually be found exploring new openings in and around London.

Favourite drink: Old Fashioned
Favourite cocktail bar: London Cocktail Club

Geoffrey Campion

Account Manager
After graduating with a degree in Journalism and PR, Geoff followed in his family’s footsteps and entered the world of food and drink as a PR professional. He first dipped his toe at William Murray and found an immediate affinity with the fast paced hospitality industry. After cutting his teeth on consumer and B2B accounts in the coffee and foodservice sectors, he’s relished the move to Fleet Street and new challenges. When not in the office, Geoff can be found eating and drinking his way across London, experimenting in the kitchen or playing rugby.

Favourite drink: Pint of Bathams or a Negroni, depending on time of evening. Also, a big fan of sour beer at the moment.
Favourite place to eat: The one I’m eating at next (wherever that may be).

Natalie Gudger

Account Manager
Natalie began her career in journalism, feature writing for a leisure and lifestyle magazine but soon realised she wanted to pursue her career in PR. She worked in-house for a popular UK tourist attraction within the charity sector, followed by one of the UK’s largest equestrian events. She has a wealth of experience managing successful social media and digital campaigns and has an impressive list of trade contacts in her address book.

Favourite drink: Prosecco
Favourite pub: The Black Horse, Market Bosworth

Lottie Armstrong

Senior Account Executive
Lottie joined Fleet Street Communications with four years’ PR experience gained in blue chip company and niche agency roles, underpinned by a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Bournemouth University. Post-graduation, Lottie joined a luxury brand consumer agency where she nurtured her relationships with national and targeted media before moving into the world of trade PR here at Fleet Street. An international upbringing has given Lottie the travelling bug and when not dreaming of her next adventure, she can be found exploring London’s restaurant and bar scene.

Favourite drink: Espresso Martini, hands down!
Favourite place to eat: I’ll come back to you…..

Chloe Walden

Senior Account Executive
Chloe has always had a passion for food (both cooking and eating) and an appetite for learning as much as possible about the latest food trends, so after starting her PR career as an apprentice in Suffolk, uprooting to London and specialising in food & drink PR was a very obvious next step. Chloe brings great consumer experience to the team, as well as a growing list of strong media contacts. Always on the lookout for the next social buzz, she can be found sniffing around the latest restaurant openings and pop-ups across London.

Favourite drink: The classic G&T
Favourite place to eat: La Porchetta, Muswell Hill

Holly Page

Senior Account Executive
A London Metropolitan University graduate with a degree in Fashion Marketing and Events Management, Holly started her career in comms with a hop across the pond, working for a luxury fashion brand in Los Angeles. New York Fashion Week was where Holly discovered her love of events, before moving onto an entertainment agency in West Hollywood. After 18 months in the US and having missed the hustle and bustle of London life, Holly returned home and began to explore the world of hospitality leisure PR. When she’s not at work, Holly loves to travel and explore different cities, on the hunt for the perfect brewery!

Favourite drink: Margarita with extra salt
Favourite place to drink : Crate brewery, Hackney, on a summer day!

Join the team

We’re always keen to hear from great PRs so please do get in touch. If we don’t have an immediate vacancy we’ll always keep information on file for future roles. We’re also happy to hear from anyone looking for an internship/work experience. Do get in touch. Email Tess Pennington on tess@fsc.uk.com