The Haggie Partners team

Haggie Partners comprises individuals with diverse and successful backgrounds ranging from in-house and agency communications to journalism, broking, academia, design, project management, accountancy, and recruitment. We are at once youthful and extensively experienced. We are creative and incisive. With broad experience across multiple sectors, no communications firm is better connected to the financial services sector than Haggie Partners.

Ben Abbotts
Account director

Richard Adams
Director

Emma Brian
HR manager

Candela Farroni
Account manager

Finlay Gardner
PR assistant

David Haggie
Partner

Edward Hewes
Account executive

Michael Mattinson
Branding consultant

Emma McCarthy
PA and office manager

Melissa Phillipson
PR assistant

Janki Raichura
Finance Manager

Peter Rigby
Partner

Bec Seaton
Senior account executive

Mazin Shammas
Social media director

Cressida Tarver
PR assistant

Olivia Thomson
Senior account manager

Gavin Warren
Design director

Richard Adams

Richard has more than 20 years of experience in journalism and public relations in the insurance and reinsurance markets. His editorial background as an award-winning journalist and editor helps clients foster a mutually beneficial working relationship with the media as an important tool in managing their reputations. Before joining Haggie Partners, Richard worked for Incisive Media and in financial services PR consulting.

Ben Abbotts

Ben has more than 20 years’ experience in PR consultancy specialising in financial services, corporate communications and public affairs/ issues management. He has previously headed media relations working for general insurer Canada Life. Before joining Haggie Partners he worked for a City based professional & financial services consultancy. He has previously stood for Parliament.

Damian Beeley

Damian has 25 years’ experience in PR consultancy, with a focus on financial services. Before PR, Damian’s career began with a four-year spell as a Lloyd’s insurance broker followed by three years in Asia as a financial journalist. He has extensive experience in financial PR, corporate positioning and issues management, helping small and large companies and their senior management to stay on or off the financial pages. Damian is also a trustee of Walking With The Wounded.

David Haggie

A chartered accountant and former plc finance director, David founded Haggie Partners in 1986. During his many years in communications David has been involved with companies in virtually every quoted sector from property, technology and engineering through to financial services. He has been at the forefront of insurance sector communications since the early 1990s when corporate capital came into the Lloyd’s market.

Caroline Klein

Caroline has worked in communications, public relations and marketing in the financial services sector for nearly 20 years. Before joining Haggie Partners in 2019, she held roles at Canopius, Miller, PPL and Japanese investment bank Daiwa Securities. She has wide ranging experience across external and internal communications, with a particular recent focus on change and M&A, and currently looks after a broad range of clients, including underwriters, brokers and technology providers. Caroline holds an MA in Japanese Studies from the University of Cambridge and lived and worked in Japan for a number of years. She also speaks French and German.

Michael Mattinson

Michael has some 40 years experience of design projects in the City of London. He was a partner in this business for much of that time. His particular talent is to uncover what makes a business tick, what distinguishes it from its rivals, and then to help translate those characteristics into unique branding design.

Emma McCarthy

As a highly experienced senior personal assistant with several years’ experience already under her belt, Emma’s organisational and communication skills ensures efficient first-line support to the Partners and the team. Prior to Haggie Emma spent seven years at Nordea Bank where she supported the General Manager and the Investment Management team. Previous companies also include Barclays Bank. Emma is a keen runner and has run for many charities.

Rowena Nelson

Rowena is responsible for Haggie’s internal operations including finance, administration and the human resource function. Having joined Haggie in 2005 and with over 20 years experience across various sectors including marketing, IT consultancy, property and retail, she has long since accumulated the necessary skills and expertise to ensure that Haggie’s day-to-day processes run smoothly.

Peter Rigby

As a broker with Aon for 14 years, Peter has first-hand knowledge of the insurance and reinsurance markets in London, New York and Singapore and the issues the sector faces. Since moving into the communications sector in 1999 he has advised companies on all aspects of financial PR and corporate communications with expertise in corporate activity including M&A and stock market flotations.

Emma Brian

Emma joined Haggie Partners in January 2023. She has 20 years’ experience as a lead HR Professional, coach and mentor. Emma has multi-sector senior management experience, facing challenges with a solution focus. Prior to her career in HR, Emma worked for leading specialist insurance operating through Lloyd’s, the London market and internationally. In addition to her HR career, she practices as a Therapeutic Counsellor for Children & Young People for a few hours per week.

A keen scuba diver Instructor and has dived in beautiful overseas locations, and in the cooler UK waters; she cannot resist a wreck dive. She is an active volunteer with a local youth club teaching children and young people to dive. However, what she finds the most rewarding is enabling adults to overcome their anxieties and difficulties to take their first breath underwater.

In both her professional and personal life, Emma enjoys supporting others to overcome their challenges; empowering others

Mazin Shammas

After forging a successful music career using social media to gain a huge following online, Mazin now uses his talents to help a broad range of insurance businesses to build their reputations and manage their profiles online. Mazin is skilled, creative and attuned to social media innovations meaning his work is highly effective. This is borne out by impressive increases in follower numbers and engagement across the client accounts that he manages.

Olivia Thomson

Olivia (‘Liv’) joined Haggie Partners in September 2018. She has since worked with a range of clients within the global (re)insurance marketplace, handling writing and editing projects, maintaining relationships with media and managing social media accounts. She specialises in media and public relations and graduated from University of New Hampshire with a Bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in equine studies. Previously she held multiple marketing and communications roles for technology and publishing companies owned by the publishing company, DC Thomson, and spent some time as a recruiter, working mainly with technology and financial services companies in San Francisco, California.

Gavin Warren

Gavin heads the design division of our business, with over 15 years experience in managing digital and print design projects. His expertise spans brand creation and implementation, encompassing all branded materials from website design to corporate literature.

Bec Seaton

Bec graduated with a BA in Politics before pursuing an MA in Global Political Economy at City, University of London. She took particular interest in EU politics and economic diplomacy. A keen traveller, Bec went on to spend three years travelling the world as cabin crew. Whilst global travel shut down, she went to work for the NHS to ease the pressure caused by the pandemic. Having joined Haggie in 2022, she is now excited to pursue a career in financial PR.

Edward Hewes

Edward graduated in 2020 from the University of Sussex with a degree in History, followed by an MA in Intellectual History in 2021. Focusing on the History of Ideas and specifically the History of Political Thought, his studies culminated with a thesis that explored the idea of studying history with moral motivations. After spending some time as a labourer and gaining experience in communications at an indoor farming startup, Edward joined Haggie in 2023 eager to pursue a career in a new industry and formalise a specialism in communications.

Cressida Tarver

Cressida graduated in 2022 with a degree in Politics and International Relations from Oxford Brookes University. Her dissertation focused on Japanese International Relations between the Meiji Restoration and the COVID-19 pandemic. After university, she gained experience in social media and recruitment within the events management sector. Cressida has joined Haggie in 2023 as a PR Assistant and is excited to explore the financial PR sector. Cressida enjoys sustainable fashion, spending time in history museums and art galleries, as well as following motorsports, particularly Formula 1.

Finlay Gardner

Finlay graduated in 2022 from the University of Glasgow with a degree in English Literature and Film, before pursuing a Master’s degree in Film Studies from King’s College London. As a result, Finlay loves to chat about films and books, and is always quick to ask others about their taste. Finlay is never happier than when he is socializing and loves being part of the team here at Haggie. Finlay joined Haggie Partners in the latter half of 2023 and is excited to turn his creative brain to the financial PR Sector. Finlay is a keen sports fan and when not in the office, can be found fervently cheering on his beloved rugby team, Edinburgh.

Melissa Phillipson

Melissa joined Haggie as a PR Assistant in January 2024. During the previous Autumn, she graduated from UEA with a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Her studies were a concoction of business, finance and literary elements, which she is excited to put to the test during the takeoff of her career. When she’s not in the office, you can find Melissa lifting weights in the gym, socialising or splurging on a fancy coffee. That being said, Melissa is very excited to start her career at Haggie and get to know the wonderful team!

Janki Raichura

After graduating in Bachelor of Commerce, Janki pursued ACCA. A qualified professional with a wealth of experience working in corporate finance. She takes a logical and analytical approach to reaching solutions. Before joining Haggie partners Janki worked with a media organisation and a private medical firm.

Janki is a thrill seeker, who enjoys skydiving, bungee jumping, driving F1 cars on the international race track at Silverstone, diving with sharks, paragliding, zip lining and quad biking in the desert. She enjoys cooking, interior designing and taking part in religious activities.

Candela Farroni

Candela has been working in communications and marketing for almost a decade. Before joining Haggie in 2024, she held positions at a global reinsurer in Paris, a financial PR agency in Madrid, and an impact investing association in Brussels. She studied Journalism and International Relations in her hometown of Rosario, Argentina, followed by a master’s degree in European Politics from Complutense University in Madrid. In addition to English and Spanish, she speaks French and Italian. Candela enjoys water sports and playing tennis in her spare time.