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Recommendations

Robin Bailey, Chairman, Buckinghamshire Building Society

“The Buckinghamshire found Paul to be an excellent and diligent adviser on our media needs. He got on very well with our key personnel and clearly understands how to get early consensus around a demanding brief.” (May, 2015)

Derek Cribb, Chief Executive, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

“Paul Atkinson is a professional and experienced communications practitioner, who has an engaging style that generates a lot of confidence in his approach. During his time with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries as our Interim Public Affairs Director, he helped us build strong foundations for a far more active and effective public affairs and thought leadership programme. He was instrumental in creating a new public affairs strategy and integrated communications plan, recruiting an enhanced team and introducing new governance processes. He also helped us to put in place a more structured research programme and build more effective relationships with key stakeholders and policy makers, at the same time as gaining some early successes with the media.” (October, 2012)

Nigel Snell, Director of Public Relations (UK & Europe), Prudential

“Paul worked with me at Nationwide for several years and then again as an interim consultant when I was at LV=. He has great expertise across all the key internal and external communication disciplines plus a real grasp of how to use the marketing communications mix effectively to support a business strategy. He is especially good at devising and delivering integrated communications programmes that need to address a variety of stakeholder audiences. He has a hands-on, engaging style combined with a strong strategic capability. I would strongly recommend him to any management team looking for safe pair of hands to help them manage a challenging communications issue or complex change programme, or devise a communications strategy.” (September 2012)

Bartjan Willenborg, EMEA Marketing Director, Aon Consulting

“I worked with Paul from 2006–2008 when he headed up the UK marketing team at Aon and later as EMEA director of marketing and communications. During this time I found Paul to be a true professional and a great sparring partner for me. His experience in the field of marketing and communications is very impressive and his focus on providing guidance and support across the EMEA region added real value to the business. Paul is very pragmatic in his approach and during his time at Aon he was very keen on making sure that marketing and communications was having a measurable impact on the business. I enjoyed working with and learning from Paul.” (March 2011)

Jonathan Haslam, Managing Director of Haslamedia and former Chief Press Secretary to the UK Prime Minister

“I got to know Paul through Mark Winlow, at KPMG. He was one of the first people I thought of when asked, as part of a project I was doing at Association of Train Operating Companies, to help find an interim director of comms for them. Paul has vast knowledge of financial services but showed just how transferable his skills are. He quickly brought calm and order to a difficult situation and began to advance the ATOC output in terms of quality and thoughtfulness. He is professionalism personified. In a LinkedIn recommendation, we can only choose three attributes, but Paul ticks all seven boxes.” (June 2010)

David Cliche, Vice President, Global Interactive Marketing, Aon Corporation

“I had the honour of working with Paul on a major global corporate initiative. Paul was critical to initiative's effort in EMEA and provided important counsel, guidance and direction that positively impacted the success of the project. Paul was a pleasure to work with – professional, insightful, patient and very focused on delivering a positive outcome. His ability to manage conflicting priorities across a group of diverse and challenging stakeholders was truly a gift – all with a sense of calm, purpose and deliberation. I learned a great deal from Paul during this experience – primarily, that one size does not fit all – making it work in spite of that requires diligence and trust – both of which he demonstrated and earned in full measure.” (August 2011)