Our People

Our team draws its experience from having worked globally across media, government and business. We have engaged governments across the world, liaised with diplomats, forged reputations for our clients and led global campaigns. We work to a simple mission – to craft and deliver strategies that aid commercial goals, help clients communicate better with stakeholders, and manage reputations effectively.

Our international mindset helps us approach problems with a laser-like focus and lens.

Think global – act local.

Leon Cook

Founder and Managing Director


Leon has more than 20 years of experience as an international government relations and corporate communications specialist, having worked for three of the largest global communications agencies and the largest independent. He has spearheaded government affairs for multiple foreign governments and leading corporates, overseen communications and change management as a seconded department head within two multinationals, and worked in-house for the likes of Anglo American and SONY.
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Leon helps leading brands connect with both Westminster and governments in major capitals, and has worked on award-winning advocacy campaigns. As the Founder of Atticus, Leon is responsible for overall brand strategy and client campaign development across the company’s diverse client base, providing senior counsel on media and political strategy. Leon has broad sectoral client experience, focussing in recent past on corporate sustainability and ESG strategy. He is a former Vice-President of the CIPR Public Affairs committee and currently serves as a PRCA awards judge.
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James Frith

Senior Counsel


AC’s Senior Counsel, James Frith, is an experienced parliamentarian serving formerly as MP for Bury North. He is a former member of the Parliamentary Select Committee for Education and was Private Parliamentary Secretary to the current Shadow Secretary of Defence, John Healey MP.
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James was an influential member of Education Committee that conducted and reported on its inquiry the value for money in Higher Education. He is also an education company founder specialising in working across education transitions and destinations. He was also a former Advisory Board Member of Whatuni.com and IDP education. James has strong national and regional government ties across the UK, while also serving as an consultant on diplomacy and international government affairs campaigns.
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Stuart Pilcher

Associate Director


Before joining AC, Stuart was Deputy Head of Incumbency at the Conservative Party, guiding Members of Parliament to maximise their political and non-political communications. Within this role, Stuart worked alongside Ministers, Special Advisers, and the Conservative Research Department to promote single-issue campaigns that MPs could strategically utilise in their constituencies.
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Prior to that, he spent 7 years working for Conservative MPs, directing their operations and campaigns, including the securing of extensive tier 1 media coverage for Parliamentary debates. He also secured ministerial visits to academic institutions within the constituencies he worked in, garnering significant local press and media coverage. He has worked on 3 General Elections both on the ground and at Conservative Campaign Headquarters and in 2019 oversaw target seats in Yorkshire and the Humber – the heart of the Red Wall.
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Ben Coltham

Account Director


Ben is an experienced public affairs practitioner who, prior to working in the public affairs industry, spent five years working for various Members of Parliament. Ben has extensive experience delivering stakeholder engagement and media campaigns for clients in the financial services, transport, environment, and technology sectors.
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Before joining AC, he worked at one of the leading strategic communications agencies in London, managing a range of projects from stakeholder engagement, policy monitoring and analysis, and events within Parliament, to drafting opinion pieces for C-Suite executives. At Atticus, Ben manages the UK and Ireland government relations activity for a number of clients, including a NASDAQ listed technology company, a tech transformation multinational and an innovative UK business seeking to decarbonise homes.
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Megan MacDougall

Account Manager


Before joining AC, Megan worked at one of the biggest political intelligence specialists in Europe for nearly three years. Megan managed a team of both in house and freelance political content specialists, who were responsible for providing political monitoring of parliamentary activity and producing daily and weekly alerts for a range of clients.
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Megan holds a Masters in Intelligence and International Security from Kings College London. At AC, Megan is currently responsible for day-to-day account management across a number of corporate and third-sector clients.
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Elena Campbell

Senior Account Executive


Prior to joining AC, Elena worked in local government for her local MP, the current Leader of the Opposition. She also acquired communications and policy experience in think tanks, global media organisations and international development institutions located in Amsterdam, London, and her hometown of Newcastle. Elena holds an MSc in Globalisation and Development Studies from SOAS.
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At AC, Elena works across a number of accounts, undertaking policy and public affairs work for clients across a range of sectors including digital and technology, sustainability and the built environment.
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Sam Boyle

Client Executive


Sam has worked extensively across AC’s government relations and corporate communications clients, putting her bilingual abilities to good use working in both English and Spanish. Sam has recently completed a Masters in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Glasgow.
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At AC, Sam works as a PR and public affairs consultant for a number of clients spanning various industries. Her day-to-day responsibilities include policy research, media relations, political analysis and report writing. In addition to justice, her policy interests cover climate change, geopolitics, government policy, as well as the outside influences on world politics.
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Sarah Hodes

Client Executive


Prior to joining AC, Sarah has acquired communications and policy experience working in intergovernmental organisations, non-profits, and government agencies in the US, primarily in New York. She also has political experience working on two political campaigns in highly contested states. Sarah holds a MSc in European and International Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.   
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At AC, Sarah works as a Client Executive across a number of accounts in various industries, including technology and sustainability. Her policy interests include geopolitics, security and defence, international development, and foreign policy.
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Joshua Taggart

Client Executive


Before joining Atticus, Joshua was a mixed-methods researcher for various think tanks in Westminster and Brussels, including the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Entrepreneurs Network and the European Policy Information Center.
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He holds a BA in French, Italian and European Studies from the University of Bath and an MSc in Political Science and Public Policy from University College London, and has studied Political Philosophy at La Sapienza Università di Roma. He is fluent in French, Italian and Spanish and possesses an in-depth knowledge of environmental and foreign policy. Joshua is from Northern Ireland but has lived and worked across western Europe.
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Luca Pavoni

Client Executive

Research and Outreach

Prior to joining Atticus, Luca worked on a number of international assignments and worked for a local MP on COVID and constituency casework. Luca recently graduated with a political science degree from Durham University. He area of interest and specialism focusses on geopolitical and international affairs.
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At Atticus, Luca’s work spans several clients and industries. His daily responsibilities include media monitoring, conducting political research and analysis, and writing client briefings and reports.
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