OUR TEAM

We’re an award-winning Bristol PR agency. A collaborative business partner. Results driven. We’re also a curious bunch, always working to find new and innovative ways of communicating.

Our approach is built on the understanding that your business is our business. We call that ‘skin in the game’. Every client works with a member of our senior team.  This means a highly motivated leader will manage your team, with hands-on senior counsel as standard.

We’re proud to boast a team made up of quality talent, united by a shared purpose to do great work; including former national journalists, certified LinkedIn trainers, award-winning bloggers, digital pros from the likes of Which?, a Fellow of the CIPR and PR professionals who earned their stripes at leading international PR agencies.

We are 25-strong, owned and managed by two hands-on Directors – Lis Anderson and Sarah Woodhouse – who are passionate about what they do and the team they do it with.

Lis Anderson FCIPR

Lis Anderson FCIPR

Director

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations with an agency career spanning over 25 years, Lis is our founder and Director. She leads team development alongside working with clients to provide senior counsel.

Sarah Woodhouse

Sarah Woodhouse

Director

A seasoned consultant with over 20 years PR experience, Sarah is co-owner and Director. Her focus is on strategic direction, senior client counsel and business development; driving the creation of new products and working with clients to develop PR strategies and programmes.

Laura Lear

Laura Lear

Deputy Managing Director

A strategic communications leader, Laura has over 20 years’ experience in global PR, corporate communications and reputation management. She has worked at agencies including Edelman, McCann and Speed Communications and is using her expertise to support the next phase of AMBITIOUS’ development.

Helen Embleton

Helen Embleton

Client Services Director

Helen has been working the world of comms for 20 years. With time spent agency side and working in senior corporate in-house roles, client service is her thing. Helen looks after the client service team, ensuring we deliver a top notch service across the board.

Sandra Hodgson

Sandra Hodgson

Finance Director

As the Finance Director, Sandra helps steer our financial strategy. Her ability to optimise finance processes, strategic planning and her data-driven approach enables the team to make informed decisions that drive growth and profitability.

Dani Andres

Dani Andres

Director of Campaigns and Community

Dani has been part of the Bristol PR and marketing scene for over 15 years. With a specialism in devising integrated campaigns for consumer, not-for-profit and culture clients she brings a wealth of knowledge, creative nous and an enviable little black book. She is the go-to if you ever need to know what’s going on in this fine city we call home.

Greg Halse

Greg Halse

Associate Director

With over 13 years’ PR agency experience working with a broad range of clients, from fledgling start-ups to multinationals across sectors including technology, entertainment and professional services, Greg is passionate about achieving the best possible results.

Maria Dickson

Maria Dickson

Marketing Director

Maria is a seasoned marketing professional with a track record of delivering strategic, integrated and impactful marketing campaigns across various sectors including consumer healthcare and not-for-profit. As well as many years agency side, Maria also led the national social and marketing teams for Girlguiding.

Liam Britnell

Liam Britnell

People and Culture Lead

Liam is an established senior PR consultant and has built up extensive knowledge working on award-winning integrated campaigns for household brands such as Booking.com, American Express and Qantas, as well as tech start-ups and fintech organisations.

Chloe Tonkin

Chloe Tonkin

Senior PR Consultant

Chloe has joined us as a Senior PR Consultant and copywriter with over ten years working agency-side across B2C and B2B-focused sectors, in both the UK and New Zealand. Her experience spans technology, FMCG, travel, and more. Her primary area of expertise is in traditional earned PR and media relations, for which she’s received industry recognition.

Joe Wright

Joe Wright

Strategy Lead

Joe honed his skills in two of London’s premier strategic communications firms, working on international corporate mandates. Now he leads our digital communications offer; leveraging data-driven insights, online reputation management techniques and creative content campaigns.

Katy Barney

Katy Barney

ESG and Sustainability Lead

Katy is an ESG comms specialist, who has worked in the communications team of an agency of the European Union and at a strategic PR firm in London. Katy takes this knowledge and applies it across all of our sectors, helping clients navigate their ESG & sustainability comms.

Amy Ferrier

Amy Ferrier

Production Manager

With 15 years’ experience across a wide range of television and film, Amy has a strong track record of delivering iconic and high-end video content. Amy is passionate about delivering beautiful and engaging films, on time and on budget.

Claire Snook

Claire Snook

Digital Comms Manager

With more than 20 years’ experience under her belt in the media and PR, Claire brings together digital insights and traditional PR skills. She has worked with top global brands to local start-ups, and everything in between, for agencies and in-house.  

Simon Boddy

Simon Boddy

Marketing Operations Manager

Simon is an experienced PR professional, with nearly a decade of agency experience working across a wide range of B2C and B2B clients, ranging from events and festivals to leisure and hospitality, local authority, and leading outdoor brands.

Izzy Bryant

Izzy Bryant

Content Manager

Responsible for visual client content across the agency, from editing images to video creation, Izzy is passionate about creating engaging content for digital channels. She’s also a mentor as part of our agency’s internship programme.

Will Reid

Will Reid

PR Consultant

Will works across a range of clients supporting with research, media relations and content creation. He is skilled in media research and journalist relations and has good knowledge of a range of media verticals.

Zoe Bagnall

Zoe Bagnall

PR Consultant

Zoe has over 4 years experience in B2B and B2C PR both in agencies and in-house. A seasoned professional in communications and campaign strategy, branding development and content planning, she also has strong media relationships across trade, national and local press.

Rob Stewart

Rob Stewart

PR Consultant

Rob is a media relations specialist, with extensive experience thanks to a ten-year spell as a national and regional journalist. In addition to his focus on delivering quality national press coverage, Rob also leads our media training offer for clients.

Ernestine Allen

Ernestine Allen

PR Consultant

Following a decade of freelance PR working across sectors such as property, law and hospitality, Ernestine is using her experience across a range of clients. Her specialisms include media relations, stakeholder communications and social media management.

Luke Allsop

Luke Allsop

PR Consultant

Luke has over six agency years’ experience delivering successful B2C and B2B technology campaigns. Skilled in delivering thought leadership campaigns, event-driven media moments and regional media coverage, including proven ability to analyse campaign success and deliver high-quality reporting to clients.

Eleanor Robinson

Eleanor Robinson

PR Executive (Sustainability Communications)

Bringing experience in charity communications and a flair for the written word, Eleanor is responsible for assisting our ESG and Sustainability projects: both internal and external. Eleanor supports a range of clients, providing press office support, research and content creation.

May Mower

May Mower

Digital Marketing Executive

May is a certified Digital Marketing Professional and oversees creative content across social and digital channels for the agency and client projects. Her specialisms include social media management, SEO and content marketing.

Joanne Wilson

Joanne Wilson

Office Manager

Looking after the smooth running of agency operations including IT to HR, Joanne has many years’ experience as a PA, executive assistant and team manager. She ensures everything runs smoothly day to day.

Lisa Boustead

Lisa Boustead

Senior PR Consultant

Lisa’s expertise is in account direction and team management. In her 20-plus years in PR and communications, she has delivered award-winning B2B and corporate campaigns, both agency and freelance side, in London and Bristol.

Louise Rolfe

Louise Rolfe

Senior Comms Specialist

Louise has planned, implemented, and managed communications strategies across b2b and b2c. Working cross sector from tech and telecoms to finance and education, her tenacious approach delivers exceptional results.

Nat Ackbar

Nat Ackbar

PR Consultant

With a background of five years in journalism and 14 in PR, Nat is a strong copywriter and B2B media relations pro. She is particularly experienced in the property and education sectors and also has a solid grounding in stakeholder communications.