Hello and thanks for visiting us.

Simply put we’re an agency that helps clients to change people’s lives for the better through strategic communications.

We’ve got the public sector’s best practitioners providing organisations with director level advice and guidance, excellent campaign strategists, heads of communications that transform client teams, leaders in crisis communications, advertising creatives and copywriters, award-winning social researchers, reputation managers and government relations specialists, all under one roof.

We believe strategic communications is a powerful tool for good that saves lives but also saves our client’s money. We are a big agency, with big aspirations and creative ideas but with small agency costs because we are from the public sector for the public sector.

 

Meet the Team

Ian Farrow Headshot

Managing Director of Westco, Ian is an award-winning communications and marketing specialist with substantial experience in politics, local government and the private sector. Ian proudly led Westco to win the CIM agency of 2016 award.

Ian Farrow

Managing Director

Christos Pishias Headshot

As well as being a father of four and a Westco associate providing consultancy support on operations and business development, Christos also found time to solo kayak across the English Channel for the Make a Wish Foundation. Christos is also a Director at the Theotokos Foundation for people with learning disabilities.

Christos Pishias

Associate Director

Simon Jones Headshot

Simon is an award-winning communicator and journalist, he’s previously won the UK Newspaper Reporter of the Year award. Simon also has over 10 years’ experience in local government communications and is also currently the Chair of LGcomms - the national network of professional development for local government communicators.

Simon Jones

Account Director & LG Comms Chair

Marcus Chrysostomou Headshot

Westco Senior Account Director Marcus has over 20 years of experience working in communications. This includes the Downing Street Press Office, Kent County Council and running his own PR consultancy. He is also Vice Chair of LG Comms and a member of the PRCA.

Marcus Chrysostomou

Account Director

Jon Lilley Headshot

Jon’s proudest accomplishment to date was working on successful advertising campaigns that have changed peoples' behaviour and saved lives, such as Teens Road Safety and Alcohol Harm Reduction.

Jon Lilley

Executive Creative Director

Caroline Roper Headshot

Caroline has gained experience in both the public and private research sector before becoming our Executive Research Director here at Westco. Outside of Westco, Caroline occasionally switches off by binge-watching Game of Thrones. She lives a balanced life and also made time to recently go snorkelling in the Caribbean.

Caroline Roper

Executive Research Director

Dai Williams Headshot

Dai is a qualified CIMA professional with 12 years of Financial experience in both the private and public sector. Dai's range of skills extends further than just being a mathematical genius. Our very own Bermondsey boy was the proud winner of the Gentleman’s cake baking competition at his local fete – secret’s in the measuring.

Dai Williams

Finance Director

Ellie Firth Headshot

Account Director and Head of Communications at Richmond Council, Ellie started her career as a Communications Assistant, she has worked on a number of high profile campaigns, including the Anti-Heathrow expansion, Rugby World Cup and London 2012 Olympics. Ellie is also a proud Welsh woman who enjoys playing the piano, travelling and shopping.

Ellie Firth

Account Director

Matt Neylan Headshot

As our community engagement practice lead, Matt is responsible for our agency’s consultation work on a number of development schemes in Central London. He joined us in 2017 after three years as a Director at the London Communications Agency. Matt specialises in community engagement approaches with a wealth of experience in co-creation with residents, consultation and communications.

Matt Neylan

Practice Director

Steve Edwards  Headshot

Account Director and Head of Communications at Wandsworth Council, Steve can otherwise be found at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. His proudest achievement to date is organising the Manic Street Preachers to open Cardiff Council's new central library.

Steve Edwards

Account Director

Martin Crank Headshot

Westco’s Communications and Engagement Manager and long-suffering Stockport County fan. Martin worked on delivering the first council-led regeneration scheme in the country at Hanwell and is a keen fundraiser for an adoption support charity.

Martin Crank

Communications and Engagement Manager

Panos Chatzinikolaou Headshot

Panos is an Account Manager for Westco, a keen volunteer and talented musician. His proudest accomplishment to date is being part of the Grenfell response team, working towards rebuilding trust between residents and the council.

Panos Chatzinikolaou

Account Manager

Felicity Wade Headshot

Felicity is our very own explorer, in-between her solo adventures around the world she can be found buried in spreadsheets and surrounded by tea and doughnuts – whatever it takes to keep our design studio on-point.

Felicity Wade

Project & Studio Manager

Lynette Dixon Headshot

Lynette is our Digital Communications Officer and, when she’s not at work, she enjoys shopping, cooking and binge-watching BBC dramas. Lynette has also had one of her articles featured on the first page of Reddit.

Lynette Dixon

Digital Communications Officer

Lucy Donaldson Headshot

Lucy has always had a love of all things nature. After growing up on a farm, she ventured to Costa Rica to help safely release baby turtles into the wild – our very own David Attenborough. When Lucy comes to work she smashes it, both in the work sense and the physical sense. We try not leave anything fragile near her desk.

Lucy Donaldson

Designer and Brand Guardian

Nathan Heins Headshot

Nathan is one of Westco’s Designers and, in his spare time, enjoys photographing and drawing wildlife. He volunteers at his local Salvation Army and was a winner of the Westco Calm Under Pressure award.

Nathan Heins

Designer

Caroline Odogwu Headshot

We’re incredibly proud of Caroline’s work inside and outside of Westco, outside of Westco she finds the time to run a Social Enterprise called ‘SheisYouUK’ which provides a safe place for young BME women to discuss the issues that matter to them and lead fulfilling lives post-graduation.

Caroline Odogwu

Communications Engagement Executive

Rishi Moulton Headshot

Rishi is an Associate Director here at Westco and was responsible for presenting research findings on Wolverhampton's Place Marketing Strategy, an innovative project for a client dedicated to making a difference to people’s lives.

Rishi Moulton

Associate Director

Andrew Rees Headshot

A keen sailor, as well as Senior Designer at Westco. Andrew’s proudest accomplishment to date was producing a magazine for London 2012, he has also watched Breaking Bad (in its entirety) three times – dedication.

Andrew Rees

Senior Designer

Jenny Trieu Headshot

After completing her degree at Ravensbourne, Jenny became our Graduate Designer. As well as being a huge fan of adventuring and the arts, Jenny has already visited her ‘bucket-list’ destinations, including Hong Kong, Japan and New York.

Jenny Trieu

Junior Designer

Anne Holdsworth Headshot

Splitting her time between Paris and London, Anne is our fiercely passionate communications manager. She thrives on socially conscious living and exploring new cultures. At Westco, she is all about discovering new ways to deliver results, applying energy and fresh ideas to achieve to help improve lives.

Anne Holdsworth

Communications Manager

Effie Lochrane Headshot

Effie is back in London after living in New Zealand, where work highlights included earthquake recovery comms and a (no-longer) top-secret flying car project. Outside of work Effie will be at the gym, in the cinema or doing too much online shopping.

Effie Lochrane

Communications Manager

Tara Kelly Headshot

Tara is an integrated designer at Westco. After graduating in 2012, she made her way around the world, working in various creative jobs from small start-ups, design studios to bigger creative agencies. Her bravest move to date was going to Colombia to teach English.

Tara Kelly

Integrated Designer

Aran McKenna Headshot

Aran specialises in website and user interface design for Westco. When he’s not designing, critiquing and enhancing websites, he’s either in the gym, at the pub or supporting his hometown football team Brighton & Hove Albion.

Aran McKenna

UX/UI Designer

Talima Sellers Headshot

After studying Communications at the University of Leeds, Talima went on to work in Retail and IT before joining Westco as our Internal Communications Officer. When Talima isn’t promoting pride within the business she can be found upcycling old furniture, she’s usually found on the street!

Talima Sellers

Marketing Executive

Shirin Aiyubi Headshot

Since moving to London after growing up in Scandinavia, Shirin has worked in events, finance and even the music industry before becoming Westco’s Operations Lead. When she’s not at Westco Shirin spends her time and energy building her handmade jewellery business.

Shirin Aiyubi

Operations and Internal Communications Manager

Sarah Hillman Headshot

Our Film Officer Sarah can be found perusing charity shops, doing Pilates or binge-watching Homeland. She’s also a proud mother of three and still takes her coffee decaf!

Sarah Hillman

Film Officer

Lukas Holden Headshot

Lukas is a Senior Engagement Coordinator bringing his knowledge and experience from working on a range of housing and landscape regeneration projects across London. He specialises in engagement approaches, including consultation, communications and co-design. Outside of work Lukas is a keen pianist and stays true to his East London roots by remaining faithful to Leyton Orient FC.

Lukas Holden

Senior Engagement Coordinator

Emma McKenna Headshot

Emma joined us after completing her degree from the University of Lincoln, focusing many of her projects on design for social change. Outside of work, Emma enjoys illustration, baking and spending time with her two dwarf rabbits.

Emma McKenna

Graduate Designer

Kahlil Bowerman Headshot

Kahlil is a northerner amongst southerners, his fondest memory is of his experience doing Camp America and volunteering in animal conservation in South Africa. Communicating and engaging with stakeholders is what he does, and he's pretty great at it too!

Kahlil Bowerman

Account Executive

Hannah Redmond Headshot

Hannah joined us from the charity sector having worked at Macmillan, NSPCC and most recently leading the disability charity Scope on their latest rebrand. Outside of work she likes to be creative with a mixture of hobbies including screenprinting, dressmaking and tap dancing!

Hannah Redmond

Lead Creative

Andy Bell Headshot

Andy is in his second stint with Westco where he splits his time between the Richmond contract managing the Richmond Card business offers, and working with Christos on the business development of Westco. Andy is an avid sports fan with a particular passion for football.

Andy Bell

Business and Commercial Communications Officer

Sofia Allueva Yuste Headshot

Sofia first joined Westco as a research intern whilst studying for her Psychology degree. She is now an enthusiastic Senior Research Executive with a soft spot for quantitative research projects. In her spare time you will either find her at an ‘improvers’ Salsa class, cooking with the help of some very detailed recipe books or cycling across London.

Sofia Allueva Yuste

Senior Research Executive

Sue Lewis Headshot

Sue is a Film officer and recently celebrated 30 years working in Communications. In her spare time she ‘likes’ to go to the gym and loves reading fantasy novels. Also a proud mum of two sons who seem to take up a lot of her time!

Sue Lewis

Film Officer

Will Taylor Headshot

Will is a Media Writing graduate from the University of Greenwich with a background in journalism and membership organisations. Outside of Westco, Will is a keen creative writer, father to a 5-year-old monster, and a well-documented sci-fi nerd.

Will Taylor

Media Relations Officer

Kashif Taher Headshot

Kashif is passionate about delivering positive change. Before joining us, he worked at top communications agencies with leading brands, and on delivering major housing, infrastructure and retail projects. He’s also helped champion constituents while working for MPs in London and his native Manchester.

Kashif Taher

Community Engagement Coordinator

Fenna Maynard Headshot

Fenna is our Media Officer. She studied International Relations at King’s College London before beginning her career at a media communications software company. Outside of work, she likes eating out, running and planning for the next country to explore.

Fenna Maynard

Media Officer

Mahdis Ghassemi Headshot

Mahdis has 15 years project management experience, working across a range of sectors, including 7 years at an NGO in India. She has also written four health and wellbeing books for a not-for-profit organisation.

Mahdis Ghassemi

Senior Account and Project Manager

Annalee Jones Headshot

Annalee joined Westco as a community engagement officer after working on the other side of the world for the New Zealand government. In her spare time she’s an aspirational runner and a keen traveller with grand plans to explore Europe now that it’s on her doorstep.

Annalee Jones

Community Engagement Officer

We're Hiring Headshot

Westco is looking for a highly motivated Account Executive to join our team to support the delivery of client campaigns around housing renewal and estate regeneration. Based at Westminster City Council HQ, the role provides communications support for the delivery of the council’s housing renewal programme. Click below to find out more!

We're Hiring

Account Executive: Comms and Community Engagement

Partners

Ogilvy Change Headshot

Ogilvy Change is a dedicated behavioural interventions agency, founded to develop and execute behavioural strategies across multiple disciplines. We work with Ogilvy Change to advance tactics for behaviour change campaigns – from improving recycling levels to cost-effective Council tax payment methods.

Ogilvy Change

Behavioral Change Champions

Transmute Headshot

Through strategic digital and social media practices, Transmute help businesses work more effectually, save costs, embed loyalty and create a stronger culture. We work with the experts at Transmute to help others make the most of ever-changing digital marketing opportunities.

Transmute

Digital Engagement Extraordinaires

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