City of London’s fastest-growing livery company welcomes 11 new Freemen

After doubling its membership during the pandemic, the Company of Communicators has sworn in another 11 members in the last fortnight, including some of the UK’s top comms professionals.

Meet our new Freemen:

Simon Lewis, EMEA Vice Chairman at FTI Consulting and Global Head of Financial Services in its Strategic Communications Sector.

Simon was previously the founding CEO of the trade group the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME), the trade body representing the pan-European capital markets industry. He was Director of Communications and the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman at 10 Downing Street working for Gordon Brown from 2009 – 2010 and in 1998, became the first Communications Secretary to The Queen. He has held a number of senior corporate positions, including Director of Corporate Affairs at Vodafone, Centrica and NatWest.

Simon was appointed an OBE in tahe 2014 New Year Honours List for public service and services to international education through the Fulbright Commission. He is Chairman of the social mobility charity Young Enterprise and a former Chairman of the Fulbright Commission.

Sian Jarvis of Jarvis & Bo Communications

Sian began her career as a BBC radio and TV on before becoming GMTV’s political correspondent, 1992-99. She then became Director General of Communications at the Department of Health. In 2009 she was named PR professional of the year and in 2010 was honoured by HM The Queen as a Companion of the Order of the Bath. She moved on to Asda in 2012 as Director of Corporate Relations and then set up her own consultancy. In response to the COVID pandemic she is helping to build a connected digital health ecosystem in order to develop 'Virtual Covid Wards' and pre and post-operative solutions to help manage hospital waiting lists.

Carol Bewick, Director of Membership Engagement and Communications at the Association of Medical Research Charities

In her 30-year career Carol was media spokesman at Scotland Yard. She also headed the on-the-ground media response for the UK in New York following 9/11, commissioned the first anti-hate cinema advertising campaign, and led a complex stakeholder programme involved in decommissioning nuclear power stations. Her roles also included Director of Communications at NICE before moving to the charity sector in 2012.

Rupert Gowrley, Group Corporate Affairs for Bupa

Before Bupa, Rupert spent four years at Engine MHP in London and seven years at a public affairs consultancy. He started his career as a corporate lawyer in London and Hong Kong and also worked as a political researcher.

Simon Taylor, crisis and reputation management consultant

Simon Taylor has been a Director at Ogilvy Public Relations and Head of Press and Public Affairs at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Subsequent positions include Corporate Affairs Director, and Global Crisis Director at Cadbury PLC and Vice President Communications at Visa Europe. A specialist in crisis management and communications, he is the author of “Defending your Reputation - a guide to Crisis Communications.”

Professor Marco Camisani-Calzolari

Marco has been involved with the digital industry for 25 years. He has taught and continues to teach communication at several universities over the years including Milan, Pavia, Rome, Hawaii and Brunel. He is an Advisory Board member at the Imperial College Business School. He is the author of many books about marketing and communications. He has also been an advisor in communications for large enterprises and a pioneer in that sector since 1995. and particularly since the 1990’s has worked popularising digital culture on mass media.

Jay Singh-Sohal is a media, communications and engagement specialist working as a Project Director at M&C Saatchi World Services

Gerardo Aprovitolo, a partner at ADL Solicitors

Gerardo has extensive experience in corporate work and contract negotiation, setting up businesses and advising clients on international acquisitions, particularly between the UK and Italy.

He represents a number of companies in the fashion, finance, logistic and retail industries, together with some high-net-worth private clients.

Simone Filippetti, journalist

Simone is UK correspondent for the Italian economic daily Il Sole 24 Ore. He is also a book writer and a TV and radio commentator. He was an international correspondent in New York during the Lehman Brothers crisis and has also covered the Arabic peninsula.

Brett Bader, Founder & Director at Lifeline Training

Alessandro Giudici, Senior Lecturer in Strategy & Director of Modular Executive MBA at Bayes Business School

Alessandro teachers Strategy and Strategy Consulting across MBA and MSc programmes. His research investigates the role of intermediaries such as incubators & accelerators, trade associations and government agencies in fostering innovation in entrepreneurial ecosystems. He is also particularly interested in digital social innovation and in innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2020, Alessandro was included in the prestigious Poets & Quants’ “Best 40 Under 40 Business School Professors” list, with the highest number of votes on record. Alessandro is a dual British and Italian national and is also the co-founder of a UK-based technology start-up in the space of personalised nutrition and wellness.

The Freemen took their oath at ceremonies at Glaziers Hall and the HAC on October 12 and September 30.