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Our Partners

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller

We work globally with a select group of partners that share our goals and values to deliver research, professional development and strategic communication services. We are honoured to introduce you to the people we are fortunate to call our partners.


Jane Mitchell


UK-based Jane Mitchell is an independent advisor to organisations, global and local, public and private, with a particular focus on supporting them in developing and embedding values and ethics programmes. From Codes of Ethics to values-based leadership programmes, and guiding Executive Teams, Jane helps organisations to connect dots that may be apparently disconnected. These include Rolls-Royce plc, BAE Systems, BP, Tesco, Schlumberger, Serco, Meggitt, Airbus. She has served as a member of the International Association of Business Communicators International (IABC) Executive Board, is a Past President of the IABC UK Chapter and past member of the EMENA Board. She is also a founding board member of leading engagement agency Karian and Box, also based in the UK.  


Mike Klein


Mike Klein is an Iceland-based communication strategist, researcher and consultant with extensive internal and political communication experience. Mike has designed, conducted and led internal research initiatives for global multinationals, public sector organisations, and merger and acquisition activities, and managed political campaigns in more than 10 American states. He is a former Regional Chair of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), holds an MBA from London Business School and is a certified Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP). Mike is also the founder of #WeLeadComms, an initiative that recognises the idea of “communication leadership” – the role of initiative, courage and agency – as a driver of the work being done by communication professionals all over the world.

Julie Gillespie


Australia-based mental wellbeing consultant, Julie Gillespie has her mission clearly in sight; to help organisations create safe workplaces, where every person can turn up as their ‘best’ self, every day. Julie partners with the whole organisation to raise awareness,  grow and strengthen capabilities, and build and sustain the capacity of individuals, teams, and leaders – establishing an environment that supports choice, flexibility, and high performance. With experience in tough roles in insanely competitive industries, and having her own mental health challenges, Julie knows that the deadlines never stop, and that workplaces can impact on mood, relationships, trust, and productivity. Julie works with all sizes of businesses, across all industries, getting the whole organisation on board, starting conversations that create connectedness, engagement, and has people turning up, owning their choices.


Howard Krais


Howard co-founded True; a business set up to help organisations build winning cultures through maximising the potential of their people, in early 2023.

Before True, Howard spent much of his career in senior in-house communications and engagement roles at businesses such as Ernst & Young, GSK and latterly Johnson Matthey. 

Over the past five and a half years, together with colleague Mike Pounsford and Kevin Ruck, Howard has led work focused on how organisations listen. Following four ground-breaking reports, a book, entitled “Leading the Listening Organisation” was published by Routledge in December 2023. 

Howard was President of the UK chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) for two years (2019-21), and Chairman of Wealdstone Football Club (2007-16). 

Ann-Marie Blake


UK-based Ann-Marie Blake is co-founder True, a business set up to help organisations build winning cultures through maximising the potential of their people. She has over 25 years’ experience in communications where she’s worked both in-house and as a consultant for major global corporations.

Ann-Marie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Public Relations (CIPR), Chartered PR Practitioner and currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer on the International Executive Board of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

Ann-Marie is a founder member of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) Race & Ethnicity Equity Board (REEB) that exists to create proportional racial equity within the PR and communications industry.

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