Former GK Strategy trio launch consultancy

Leading UK lobbyist Emily Wallace has launched a firm with former colleagues from GK Strategy, PRWeek has learned.

Founding partners (L-R): Carli Harper-Penman, Emily Wallace and Harry Shackleton
Founding partners (L-R): Carli Harper-Penman, Emily Wallace and Harry Shackleton

Inflect Partners will provide strategic communications and business transformation consultancy to help support clients through an “unprecedented era of change”.

It has been set up by founding partners Wallace, Carli Harper-Penman and Harry Shackleton.

Wallace is a former partner at GPlus and held leadership roles at GK Strategies and  Connect Communications.

She is also former chair of the PRCA’s Public Affairs Group, was vice-chair of the APPC, and was the 2013 Public Affairs Consultant of the Year.

Aside from a stint at GK Strategies, Harper-Penman has held several senior in-house roles, including at Sage Housing, Heritage Lottery Fund, Moat Homes Limited and Stonewall, where she was COO.

Shackleton held senior roles at GK Strategies, onefourzero, Dods Group and DeHavilland. Earlier in his career he worked as a researcher for Theresa May.

The trio said they wanted to set up a consultancy to “provide support and capacity to help businesses embrace change and rise to the challenges of tomorrow”.

“We recognise that a lot of businesses over the past year have had to adapt quickly and without the space to think or make strategic plans for the future. As we come through this pandemic, the world looks very different; the way we work, communicate and make decisions has changed,” Wallace added.

“The economic impact of the pandemic has changed the shape of the economy, and as the UK leaves the EU, our global relationships will change, too. The UK Government will be taking on more responsibility for regulation and international negotiations, and will have increased freedom for policymaking. 

“We are starting out with minimal overheads, and without any legacy systems or bureaucracy. It’s very liberating. We are not beholden to what has gone before, sizeable cost bases or the demands of shareholders or parent companies. We can focus solely on working with clients to think creatively and solve their challenges.”

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