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Derwent Communications is an independent consultancy based on the work of Paul Atkinson. The firm’s focus is on the promotion and protection of organisations’ corporate reputations and internal and external brands.

Paul supports clients with a combination of Board level strategic advice and personal involvement in the creation and management of operational programmes. 

Strategy development

Understanding complex issues, often with multiple stakeholders, to develop and deliver effective strategic solutions. Communications consultancy to senior executives and their teams. Co-ordinating international programmes and sharing best practice.

Corporate communications

Stakeholder mapping, core message development, media relations, employee communications, public affairs, stakeholder relations, business to business communications and financial communications. Applying strong writing skills when English is the preferred business language.

Public affairs

Stakeholder engagement strategies and integrated thought leadership campaigns to raise firms’ profiles and address public policy issues. Managing responses to consultations and regulatory actions.

  • 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..."

    Derek Cribb, Chief Executive, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries
  • Aon Consulting

    "...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..."

    Bartjan Willenborg, EMEA Marketing Director, Aon Consulting
  • Prudential

    "...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...”

    Nigel Snell, Director of Public Relations (UK and Europe), Prudential
  • Haslamedia and Press Secretary to the UK Prime Minister

    "...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."

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

    "...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..."

    David Cliche, Vice President, Global Interactive Marketing, Aon Corporation
  • Buckinghamshire Building Society

    "Paul was an excellent and diligent adviser... He got on very well with our key personnel and clearly understands how to get early consensus around a demanding brief."

    Robin Bailey, Chairman, Buckinghamshire Building Society