PRWeek UK Power Book 2020: Top 10 in crisis & reputation management/celebrity comms

PRWeek's UK Power Book reveals the PR pros who lead the way in their respective areas. Today, we rank the big players in crisis and reputation management/celebrity PR.

(clockwise from top left) Harverson, Hall, Rigg, Borkowski
(clockwise from top left) Harverson, Hall, Rigg, Borkowski

1. Paddy Harverson – Managing partner, Milltown Partners 

Harverson was the co-founder of Milltown and continues to be the go-to reputational guru for individuals and states. He was famously the adviser who helped turn the royal family’s reputation around in the 2000s.

2. Phil Hall – Chairman, PHA Group

The personable former editor of News of the World and Hello! has proven an adept agency boss and crisis manager, for both celebrities and corporates.

3. Mark Borkowski – Founder, Borkowsi

The legendary Borkowski is well-known for his creativity, but these days he’s transformed into one of the UK’s pre-eminent reputation managers for clients including Noel Edmonds.

4. David Rigg – Founder, Project Associates 

For decades the crisis guru for high-net-worth individuals, including Sir Martin Sorrell. His network of advisors continues to thrive.

5. Stuart Higgins – Principal, Stuart Higgins Associates 

The former editor of The Sun is much loved by clients and journalists alike, with particular expertise in, and passion for, all sports.

6. Chris Blackhurst – Director, CTF Partners 

Former editor of the Independent and City editor of the Evening Standard, Blackhurst has added corporate nous to Lynton Crosby’s political firm.

7. Simon Kelner – CEO, Seven Dials 

The urbane Kelner has a great network and client list, including the CEO of Fortnums. A respected former editor of The Independent.

8. David Yelland – Founder, Kitchen Table Partners 

One-time editor of The Sun, Yelland is serious and thoughtful, which fosters respect among his growing list of clients.

9. Nicola Howson – Strategic advisor and director, David Beckham Ventures

Best known for her long stint at Freuds, where she was effectively chief executive and ran accounts including Soho House Group. Now managing the highly valuable brand Beckham.

10. Stuart Leach – Head of litigation and disputes, Montfort

Former Bell Pottinger crisis specialist, who had a short-lived partnership with Pagefield. 

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