Our team

A unique blend of lawyers, journalists, media experts and political advisers. We put together the right mix of skills for every case.

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Stuart Leach
CEO and Co-Founder
Biography

The co-founder and CEO of Pagefield Global epitomises the broad range of skills and backgrounds in the consultancy, combining litigation experience with communications expertise.

A graduate of University College, Oxford, and an advertising executive turned barrister, Stuart has built a new kind of high-level consultancy that relishes the complex and contested and seeks solutions to help clients manage the risks inherent in disputes and crises.

He has led a whole new approach to litigation communications and crisis management for major corporate clients, individuals, private businesses, and governments, drawing on his experience in international PR, eight years with Pump Court Chambers as a barrister and as a director with several top advertising agencies.

MA (Oxon) – University College, Oxford

BPP College of Law ( GDL & BVC)

Called to the Bar 2004

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Mark Gallagher
Co-Founder
Biography

Mark founded Pagefield Communications after 20 years working inside some of Britain’s highest profile companies. He specialises in PR, public and regulatory affairs, issues and crisis management and campaigning.

Before launching London’s fastest growing PR agency, he was Director of Corporate Affairs and Chief of Staff at ITV plc. Mark sat on the main board of Camelot Group as Corporate Affairs Director and Campaign Director, transforming the company’s reputation from Britain’s most unpopular corporation to the world’s most respected lottery operator. Mark also ran Camelot’s campaign for the £50 billion third lottery licence and then lead the licence negotiating team. As Public Affairs Director for ITN, Europe’s largest commercial news producer, he ran the company’s campaign to win the ITV News contract against fierce competition from Sky News. He also successfully ran a raft of lobbies to protect freedom of expression in broadcast journalism.

Mark founded Pagefield in October 2010, growing the company to nearly 100 staff and securing more than 200 clients since launch, including Airbnb, Discovery Networks, Kellogg’s and the World Economic Forum. In October 2017 Mark co-launched a second agency, Pagefield Global Counsel, which offers advice across litigation PR, crisis PR and international affairs.

In addition to his work at Pagefield, Mark’s recent pro bono work includes Trustee of the Museums Association (2011 – 2014), Convenor of Communicators for Britain during the EU referendum campaign (2016) and is an advisor to the Archbishop of Canterbury. He is a Commissioner of the Royal Hospital Chelsea (2014 – present) and a Member of the Advisory Board of the diversity network, Radius (2014 – present). He sat on the main board of the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant (2011 – 2012).

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Malcolm Munro
Partner
Biography

The power of stories is at the heart of Malcolm’s approach to communications as a media and
corporate narrative specialist.

Some would say he is a poacher turned gamekeeper having been
a journalist in newspapers and television, mainly with the UK’s biggest commercial news
broadcaster ITN where he held senior roles including Head of News.

Since then he has applied the same principles that make great journalism to the way companies and organisations tell their story. He has developed a model for defining and distilling corporate messaging which helps position companies and makes their story authentic, relevant, interesting, credible and ultimately persuasive, advising some of the world’s biggest companies.

BA in Sociology, Politics and Economics – Leicester University

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Ruci Fixter
Partner
Biography

The imperative to stay ahead of the ever-changing nature of communications and
implementing the latest thinking is at the heart of Ruci’s approach at Pagefield Global.

She has honed her craft working in key media relations and public affairs roles for some of the
world’s largest communications consultancies

Ruci’s expertise is in solving multifaceted reputational issues through detailed stakeholder
relations encompassing government, media (traditional and non-traditional) and advocacy
groups.

She has done this by developing a multi-disciplinary approach to managing and building
reputations which has evolved from advising corporate and political clients across the globe.

Graduate Certificate in Communication Management – University of Technology, Sydney

Tailored programs in Public Administration – University of Sydney

MA in Social Inquiry – University of Technology, Sydney

 

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Alex Just
Partner
Biography

Alex has seamlessly transitioned from law to high-level strategic communications while
retaining his status as a practising barrister.

He advises on managing reputation risks associated with a range of civil and criminal matters
including employment tribunals, FCA investigations and complex High Court proceedings.

As a barrister at Old Square Chambers, he specialised in employment, industrial relations and
civil liberties and was instructed in a number of high-profile cases including High Court Group
Litigation that was one of The Lawyer’s Top 20 Cases.

There are few people better suited to advising clients on public speaking than Alex who was
President of the Oxford Union and World Masters Debating Champion. He is a Governor of
the English-speaking union and has run communication and speaking training in over 30
countries.

BA in Modern History and Politics – Oxford University

MA in Industrial and Labour Relations – Cornell University

Called to the Bar 2013

 

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Leonor Díaz-Córdova
Associate Partner
Biography

Leonor has pursued a remarkable career in international dispute resolution which brings
unique insights and experience to Pagefield Global.

Working closely with international law firms, Leonor advises on communications strategy to
help clients win complex dispute resolution cases.

She practiced law in Spain, Switzerland and at the London Court of International Arbitration
where she handled arbitrations and mediations across Europe, Africa, North, Central and
South America focusing on infrastructure, energy, shipping and commodities.

Previously she was in Geneva with the law firm Lévy Kaufmann-Kohler, where she focussed
on investor-state disputes and international commercial disputes.

She is bilingual in English and Spanish and fluent in French.

BA in Law and Political Science – Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

LLM in International Law and International Trade – Columbia University

Called to the Spanish Bar in 2007

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Kiran Nagendran
Associate Partner
Biography

Kiran is a particularly good example of someone who combines litigation expertise as a former
media and corporate lawyer with high level communications and public affairs experience in
his career as a public affairs practitioner and now a reputation management specialist.

Trained at the media law firm Olswang LLP, Kiran worked on significant media litigation
matters including the first tranche of phone hacking cases for News International.

At Pagefield Global he advises high-profile corporations and individuals involved in disputes or crisis situations.

He brings a certain style and creativity to the office in more ways than one, having previously
worked in the fashion industry as a stylist and writer.

BA in English Literature – University College London

LLB – College of Law

Admitted as a solicitor in 2012

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Stephanie Glover
Senior Consultant
Biography

Stephanie has broad communications experience across the areas of litigation, reputation and crisis management. She brings another international perspective to the team having practised as a solicitor in Australia, specialising in corporate and commercial law and mergers and acquisitions at the global law firm DLA Piper.

She has advised clients from around the world on often complex, cross-border transactions, including stock-exchange listed companies and large private companies, and has also advised early-stage fin-tech “start-ups” and venture capital funds on capital raisings. Stephanie also spent time in DLA Piper’s litigation practice, managing a wide array of commercial disputes.

Prior to joining Pagefield Global, she was in-house counsel with the global media agency IPG Mediabrands in London. She speaks intermediate-level BCS (Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian) and studies French.

BA (International Studies/Philosophy, Politics) and LLB (Hons) – Monash University

Admitted as an Australian lawyer in 2015

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Matt Bell
Senior Consultant
Biography

Matt’s fascinating route into communications began at the sharp end of understanding public
opinion and sentiment.

He began by running polling and focus groups around highly sensitive areas of corporate
reputation, public engagement and policy at one of the UK’s leading polling firms.

From there he moved into international strategic communications, using his insights to advise
corporate and Government clients in environments typically involving a high degree of
political, regulatory and legal scrutiny.

He has brought to the Pagefield Global team experience of advising on complex matters such
as inter-state diplomatic disputes, restructuring issues, preventing the expropriation of
company assets, political branding and political and media engagement for companies and not-for-profit organisations.

BA in Philosophy, Economics and Politics – Oxford University

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Charlotte Dixon
Consultant
Biography

Charlotte has a track record in complex international issues and cross-border briefs,
particularly in the Middle-East where she has worked on the ground to establish a full-capacity communications operation.

She has also helped clients navigate complex crisis situations in a number of jurisdictions
including in Eastern Europe and China, and has worked to promote international thought-leadership events.

A graduate in Arabic & International Relations, Charlotte has honed her Arabic skills working
in Jordan and the Gulf, building deep insight into regional issues and culture.

Charlotte also speaks French and is studying Farsi.

BA in Arabic and International Relations – Exeter University

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Maxine Stott
Consultant
Biography

Maxine has a broad range of experience, operating across the areas of litigation, reputation
and crisis management, as well as international media engagement. She has also developed
innovative media coaching programmes designed for general training or to prepare for specific
issues.

A graduate of the University of St Andrews with an MA History (First Class), Maxine
gained legal knowledge at the offices of Norton Rose Fulbright in both Singapore and Bangkok.

Since joining Pagefield Global she has been involved in prominent cases, helping high-net-
worth individuals and international organisations to protect and enhance their reputations.
She brings insight and organisational skills to often complex projects, a recent example of
which includes a global thought-leadership event.

MA in History – University of St Andrews

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Catherine Shafto
Executive
Biography

Catherine joins Pagefield Global as an Executive, having previously worked in the fundraising sector, most recently at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. She has experience working for charities supporting education and heritage, in the UK, Italy and South Korea. While working for these organisations she has held a range of roles, including communications posts.

Catherine graduated from University College, Oxford, where she studied English. She also speaks German.

BA in English Language and Literature – Oxford University

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Tobias Hautekiet
Executive
Biography

Tobi is Anglo-Belgian and has studied and worked on both sides of the channel. He did his
secondary education in French and went on to do a BA in Classics at Oxford. He then
graduated cum laude with an MA in European Studies from the University of Leuven, where he studied in Dutch, focusing on political science and international relations. He also speaks
conversational Greek.

He previously interned with the Institute of International Finance in Washington DC and
London, working as a researcher on financial regulation. He also worked at BNY Mellon in
Brussels and in Westminster doing constituency work for his MP.

Tobi recently joined Pagefield Global as an Executive and is completing his Graduate Diploma
in Law at the same time. With a background in history, law and politics, Tobi was keen to
explore the intersection of journalism, litigation and international affairs and found the perfect place to do it.

BA in Literae Humaniores – Oxford University

MA in European Studies – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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Valérie Choplin
Executive
Biography

Valérie brings a distinctly European dimension to the team. She is a native French speaker and worked as a journalist in Paris before moving to an international relations consultancy in
London.

Her focus at Pagefield Global is on areas of litigation and crisis where there is an international
perspective.

She has supported on a big multi-jurisdictional human rights litigation case and provides
reputation management counsel to pan-European clients. Valérie also speaks Spanish and is
working on adding Italian to her languages.

Foundation Degree in Contemporary History – Université Catholique de Paris

BA in European and French Law – Université Catholique de Lille

MA in Diplomacy and Foreign Policy – City University London

Msc in Global Governance and Ethics – University College London

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Aleksandra Daron
EA to CEO
Biography

Aleksandra is Executive Assistant to Co-Founder and CEO Stuart Leach. She plays an energetic role in ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the office including organising company and marketing events. Previously she worked in a variety of different senior support roles for major companies including Google and Sky.

Aleksandra is from Poland and is currently expanding her language skills to Spanish.

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Joanna Gozdek
PA to Partners
Biography

Joanna is an experienced PA to our three Partners and is also responsible for office
management and planning events.

She was previously involved in various charities and fundraising and is proud of her biggest achievement, raising £15,000 in 3 months for the charity Fields of Life which works with communities & churches in East Africa, to create positive change through quality education, child sponsorship and clean water.