Protecting, enhancing and building reputations

5-8 The Sanctuary
London, SW1P 3JS
+44 (0) 207 340 0380
Alison Griffiths<span class='pos'>HR & Office Manager</span>

Alison GriffithsHR & Office Manager

Much of Alison’s career has been working in Strategic and Financial Communications consultancies. She joined Sanctuary Counsel in 2021 bringing over twenty years of solid administrative and management support across a variety of roles.

Amber Wakeley<span class='pos'>Office Assistant</span>

Amber WakeleyOffice Assistant

Amber joined Sanctuary in 2022 with a Professional Business Diploma from Oxford Media and Business School. In addition to ensuring the office runs efficiently day-to-day, she provides admin support across the team and plays a key role in our Events Programming team.

Amelia Harrison<span class='pos'>Associate Consultant</span>

Amelia HarrisonAssociate Consultant

Amelia joined Sanctuary Counsel in 2022 and works across a range of the firms clients including corporates, governments, and individuals. She holds a master’s degree in Strategic Communications from King’s College London and an undergraduate degree in Politics and International Studies from the University of Warwick.

Benjamin Abbott<span class='pos'>Associate Consultant</span>

Benjamin AbbottAssociate Consultant

Benjamin joined Sanctuary Counsel in 2022 as a trainee consultant. At Sanctuary Counsel he has participated in international government and media stakeholder engagement strategies for high profile clients. Ben has in-depth knowledge of national and international government systems following a degree in Politics and International Relations from the LSE.

Ben Ullmann<span class='pos'>Chief Executive</span>

Ben UllmannChief Executive

Ben advises individuals and corporate clients and manages the day-to-day business of Sanctuary Counsel. He was previously a Managing Director at Teneo, the CEO advisory firm, and before that Director of Communications & Public Affairs for the late Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks. He sits on the board of Smart Thinking.

Richard Kanareck<span class='pos'>Partner</span>

Richard KanareckPartner

Richard has spent over twenty-five years working for and advising leaders, brands, businesses and organisations through growth, transformation and turnaround.

He specialises in strategy, reputation management & campaigning, corporate and public affairs, employee engagement and change management, getting to the heart of the opportunity or problem and how communications can deliver meaningful outcomes.

David McDonough OBE<span class='pos'>Chairman</span>

David McDonough OBEChairman

David has been advising on strategic communications at the highest levels for over 40 years. He has advised businesses, business leaders, professional firms, foreign governments, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Heads of State and major charities. In addition to his professional commitments, he is personally very active in the charity world.

Deborah Staines<span class='pos'>Executive Assistant</span>

Deborah StainesExecutive Assistant

Deborah is an experienced EA. Working at a top 10 PR agency with David McDonough, before re-joining him when he founded The McDonough Partnership in 2006, Deborah has extensive knowledge of our clients and the industry.

George Fitzherbert-Brockholes<span class='pos'>Director</span>

George Fitzherbert-BrockholesDirector

George has worked in communications for 8 years, based in both London and the UAE, across sectors including Defence, Energy, Industry, Insurance and Telecoms. His work spans government affairs and political risk advisory, corporate and financial communications, stakeholder engagement, crisis management, media relations, narrative construction, and organisational design.

Helen Myer<span class='pos'>Director</span>

Helen MyerDirector

Helen has delivered complex programmes, partnerships and operations in 10 Downing Street, Mansion House and Buckingham Palace, including extensive programmes of domestic and overseas events & visits, the UK Government presence at multilateral global summits, and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 hosted by HM The Queen.

Jonathan McClory<span class='pos'>Partner</span>

Jonathan McCloryPartner

Jonathan is a globally recognised expert on soft power, public diplomacy, foreign policy and place branding. He advises government and non-government clients on matters of reputation, policy, campaigning, and effective global engagement. Prior to joining Sanctuary Counsel, he was based in Singapore as General Manager for Asia at Portland. Jonathan began his career in the Westminster think tank world and is the creator of The Soft Power 30, a global ranking of country reputation.

Katie O'Brien<span class='pos'>Consultant</span>

Katie O'BrienConsultant

Katie works across a wide range of sectors and is a key member of our growing work in the life sciences. She leads on media engagement for several clients and has advised on communications strategies, narrative development, high-level stakeholder and political engagement, and events programmes and delivery.

Kitty Ryder<span class='pos'>Consultant</span>

Kitty RyderConsultant

Kitty works across a broad range of our UK and international clients to advise on their communications and reputation management. Kitty is an experienced media handler, acting as the press office for a number of clients, and has experience in financial communications, narrative development, political engagement and issues management work.

Olivia Harvey<span class='pos'>Director</span>

Olivia HarveyDirector

Olivia has provided reputation advice and strategic communications support to governments and philanthropic organisations spanning Europe, Central and South-East Asia, and the Middle East. Olivia also has experience in the academic sector, having helped set up a programme at a leading geopolitical think tank in Washington, DC.

Rachel Miller<span class='pos'>Director</span>

Rachel MillerDirector

Rachel is an experienced reputation management practitioner with a background in financial and corporate communications. Rachel creates and delivers communications strategies for corporates, individuals and non-profit organisations and has extensive media relations, crisis management, financial calendar, M&A and narrative development experience. Rachel previously worked at global CEO advisory firm, Teneo.

Robert Morgan<span class='pos'>Partner</span>

Robert MorganPartner

Robert is a highly experienced communications adviser having worked in leading corporates and consultancies. He has particular expertise and experience advising businesses and their leaders manage high stakes reputational challenges and opportunities including M&A, crises and capital markets communications. He joined from Teneo where he was a Managing Director.

Sami Azam-Ali<span class='pos'>Associate Consultant</span>

Sami Azam-AliAssociate Consultant

Sami studied Economics and International Relations at the University of St Andrews, graduating in 2021. Prior to joining Sanctuary Counsel, Sami was an international researcher to the CEO of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and has also led on special projects for a Malaysia-based Islamic FinTech.

Anna Watkins<span class='pos'>Consultant</span>

Anna WatkinsConsultant

Throughout Anna's career she has designed programmes and events to advance leaders' and organisations' reputations in their field. Anna has previously worked on global mental health campaigns and advocacy programmes; and supported private sector clients to develop their voice and thought leadership in Global Mental Health, and intersecting topics.

Sir David Green CB KC<span class='pos'>Senior Adviser</span>

Sir David Green CB KCSenior Adviser

Sir David is a partner at the law firm, Cohen & Gresser. Over a long legal career, he has served as a criminal barrister, Director of Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office, and Director of the UK Serious Fraud Office. He was appointed a Recorder of the Crown Court and Queen’s Counsel in 2000. Sir David is also Chair of the Trustees of the Fraud Advisory Panel, a Visiting Professor at King’s College London’s International School for Government, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute.

Susan Walton<span class='pos'>Senior Adviser</span>

Susan WaltonSenior Adviser

Susan is a senior finance and media executive with over 25 years of experience running the global institutional investment research franchises of top tier investment banks in London, New York and Hong Kong. She is an investor and entrepreneur, founding a number of start-ups in the technology and digital media space including Unherd Insight and serves as a board member and senior advisor to leading think-thanks, universities, cultural institutes, social enterprises and charities.

Sir Stephen Lamport<span class='pos'>Senior Adviser</span>

Sir Stephen LamportSenior Adviser

Sir Stephen is a senior career diplomat and public servant, having served on diplomatic missions and as private secretary in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. He was Private Secretary for ten years to the then Prince of Wales, and subsequently Group Director for Public Policy and Government Affairs for the Royal Bank of Scotland. In March 2023, he was appointed an Extra Equerry to King Charles III.

Professor Simon Heffer<span class='pos'>Senior Adviser</span>

Professor Simon HefferSenior Adviser

Simon is a leading journalist, author and historian. He has a regular column in the Daily Telegraph and also writes for Perspective magazine and the Spectator. A former Deputy Editor of the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator, he is a Professor of Modern British History at the University of Buckingham.

Lord Cooper of Windrush<span class='pos'>Senior Adviser</span>

Lord Cooper of WindrushSenior Adviser

Lord Cooper is a leading pollster, businessman and political strategist. He has an extensive career in politics including as Director of Strategy for the Prime Minister 2011-2013 and a business career as co-founder of the research and strategy consultancy Populus. He was made a life peer in 2014.

General Lord Dannatt<span class='pos'>Senior Adviser</span>

General Lord DannattSenior Adviser

General Lord Dannatt was a soldier for forty years concluding his military career as Chief of the General Staff. Currently he is President of the National Emergencies Trust and Chairman of the Normandy Memorial Trust. Previous roles include being Constable of the Tower of London and Chairman of the Royal Armouries. In 2011 he became an independent life peer and is a member of the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy.

Richard Clark<span class='pos'>Senior Adviser</span>

Richard ClarkSenior Adviser

Richard is a distinguished lawyer and a former Managing Partner of Slaughter and May. He is a commercial Mediator and holds a number of non-executive board roles including Chair of The College of Legal Practice and Chair of MGC. He is also a trustee of The King's Fund, the Thrombosis Research Institute and an honorary fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford.

Stewart Neilson<span class='pos'>Chauffeur</span>

Stewart NeilsonChauffeur

Providing around the clock service to our Chairman, Stewart is an experienced chauffeur and everyone’s right-hand man when it comes to practical support in the office.

Our People

Our highly experienced and motivated team is drawn from a broad range of advisory backgrounds and capabilities including communications firms, corporates, think tanks, Governments and charities. We have a singular focus on delivering value for clients and construct teams with the right blend of skills to meet the client’s needs.


Richard KanareckPartner
Jonathan McClory Partner
David McDonough OBE Chairman
Robert Morgan Partner
Ben UllmannChief Executive


George Fitzherbert-Brockholes Director
Olivia Harvey Director
Rachel Miller Director
Helen Myer Director


Katie O’Brien Consultant
Kitty Ryder Consultant
Anna Watkins Consultant

Associate Consultants

Benjamin AbbottAssociate Consultant
Sami Azam-Ali Associate Consultant
Amelia Harrison Associate Consultant

Support Staff

Alison Griffiths HR & Office Manager
Deborah Staines Executive Assistant
Amber Wakeley Office Assistant

Senior Advisers

Richard Clark Senior Adviser
Lord Cooper of Windrush Senior Adviser
General Lord Dannatt Senior Adviser
Sir David Green KC Senior Adviser
Professor Simon Heffer Senior Adviser
Sir Stephen Lamport Senior Adviser
Susan Walton Senior Adviser

Senior Advisers

Professor Simon Heffer Senior Adviser
Sir Stephen Lamport Senior Adviser
Susan Walton Senior Adviser


Your privacy is very important to us.

In this policy (“Policy”), we explain to you how your information is collected, used and disclosed by Sanctuary Counsel Limited and how we collect information through the use of cookies. We also explain to you how you can access and update your information, including a right to object to some processing that we carry out or where we rely on consent and how to withdraw the consent.


We obtain information from or about you in the following scenarios:

(i) information you directly give us by corresponding with us by phone, email or otherwise. The information you give us may include your name, email address, postal address and phone numbers and information relevant for us to assist you in our capacity as a reputation management firm.

(ii) we may also receive information about you from other publicly available sources. This includes but not limited to content that is publicly available on social media.

You are not required to provide us with any information regarding your medical or health condition, race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or other categories of information defined as sensitive or special categories of data under applicable data protection laws (“Sensitive Information”) in order to use our services. We do not knowingly solicit or collect, and you should not provide to us, any such Sensitive Information.


The only cookies we use are Google Universal Analytics. These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We may use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website and blog, where visitors have come to the website from the pages they visited.


Any information that we collect about you will only be used to for the purpose of providing our services to you.

Our legal basis for collecting and using the personal information described in this Policy will depend on the personal information concerned and the specific context in which we collect and use it.

We will normally collect personal information from you where we need the personal information to perform a contract with you (for example, to provide our services to you), where the processing is in our legitimate interests and not overridden by your data protection interests or fundamental rights and freedoms (for example, our direct marketing activities in accordance with your preferences), or where we have your consent to do so.

Your personal data will be held in confidence and not passed to any company, other than those agreed, without your express permission or unless we are required by law.

We are committed to protect and secure your personal information. Despite our commitment, no security system can be 100% effective and we cannot guarantee that your information will be secure in all situations.  We will nonetheless take all reasonable and appropriate steps to ensure the safety and security of your personal information.  This includes using at least industry standard security measures to protect the loss, misuse, and unintended alteration of the personal information under our control. 


Your personal data that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes and in all circumstances, we will only keep your personal data within the timeframes allowed by law and for so long as is necessary to comply with our legal obligations.


We do not as a matter of course transfer your personal information outside of the UK. If we need to transfer personal information to countries outside of the UK and other regions with comprehensive data protection laws, we will ensure that the information is transferred in accordance with the applicable data protection laws.


Your right to object, access, correct and delete.

You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you. Provision of such information will be subject to the supply of appropriate evidence of your identity. We may withhold such personal information to the extent permitted by law.

You have the right to have any inaccurate personal data about you rectified and, taking into account the purposes of the processing, to have any incomplete personal data about you completed.

In some circumstances you have the right to the erasure of your personal data without undue delay. Those circumstances include: the personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed; you withdraw consent to consent-based processing; you object to the processing under certain rules of applicable data protection law. However, there are exclusions of the right to erasure. The general exclusions include where processing is necessary: for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information; for compliance with a legal obligation; or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

In some circumstances you have the right to restrict the processing of your personal data. Those circumstances are:

  • you contest the accuracy of the personal data; processing is unlawful but you oppose erasure;
  • we no longer need the personal data for the purposes of our processing, but you require personal data for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; and you have objected to processing, pending the verification of that objection. Where processing has been restricted on this basis, we may continue to store your personal data. However, we will only otherwise process it: with your consent; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person; or for reasons of important public interest.


Please let us know if the personal information which we hold about you needs to be corrected or updated.

We may update this Policy from time-to-time by posting a new version on our website. You should check this page occasionally to remain informed.

If you have any questions or requests about this Policy or our treatment of your personal information, please write to us by post at Sanctuary Counsel Limited, 5 – 8 The Sanctuary, London SW1P 3JS.

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues ( We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance.

GDPR Candidate privacy notice (UK)

Sanctuary Counsel Ltd is a “data controller”. This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information about you. You are being sent a copy of this privacy notice because you are applying for work with us (whether as an employee, worker or contractor). It makes you aware of how and why your personal data will be used, namely for the purposes of the recruitment exercise, and how long it will usually be retained for. It provides you with certain information that must be provided under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Data protection principles

We will comply with data protection law and principles, which means that your data will be:

  • Used lawfully, fairly and in a transparent way.
  • Collected only for valid purposes that we have clearly explained to you and not used in any way that is incompatible with those purposes.
  • Relevant to the purposes we have told you about and limited only to those purposes.
  • Accurate and kept up to date.
  • Kept only as long as necessary for the purposes we have told you about.
  • Kept securely.

The kind of information we hold about you

In connection with your application for work with us, we will collect, store, and use the following categories of personal information about you:

  • The information you have provided to us in your curriculum vitae and covering letter.
  • The information you have provided on our application form, including name, title, address, telephone number, personal email address, date of birth, gender, employment history, qualifications.
  • Any information you provide to us during an interview.

We may also collect, store and use the following “special categories” of more sensitive personal information:

  • Information about your race or ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and political opinions.
  • Information about your health, including any medical condition, health and sickness records.
  • Information about criminal convictions and offences.

How is your personal information collected?

We collect personal information about candidates from the following sources:

  • You, the candidate.
  • Recruitment agencies.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service in respect of criminal convictions.
  • Your named referees.

How we will use information about you

We will use the personal information we collect about you to:

  • Assess your skills, qualifications, and suitability for the role.
  • Carry out background and reference checks, where applicable.
  • Communicate with you about the recruitment process.
  • Keep records related to our hiring processes.
  • Comply with legal or regulatory requirements.

It is in our legitimate interests to decide whether to appoint you to a role because we have determined that there is a business need for this role.

We also need to process your personal information to decide whether to enter into a contract with you.

Having received some or all of the information listed above we will then process that information to decide whether you meet the basic requirements to be shortlisted for the role. If you do, we will decide whether your application is strong enough to invite you for an interview. If we decide to call you for an interview, we will use the information you provide to us at the interview to decide whether to offer you the role.

If you fail to provide personal information

If you fail to provide information when requested, which is necessary for us to consider your application (such as evidence of qualifications or work history), we may not be able to process your application successfully. For example, if we require a credit check or references for this role and you fail to provide us with relevant details, we will not be able to take your application further.

How we use particularly sensitive personal information

We will use your particularly sensitive personal information in the following ways:

  • We will use information about your disability status to consider whether we need to provide appropriate adjustments during the recruitment process, for example whether adjustments need to be made during a test or interview.
  • We will use information about your race or national or ethnic origin, religious, philosophical or moral beliefs, or your sexual life or sexual orientation, to ensure meaningful equal opportunity monitoring and reporting.

Information about criminal convictions

If appropriate, we will collect information about your criminal convictions history if we would like to offer you the role (conditional on checks and any other conditions, such as references, being satisfactory). We may be entitled to carry out a criminal records check in order to satisfy ourselves that there is nothing in your criminal convictions history which makes you unsuitable for the role.

This may apply if:

  • We are legally required to carry out criminal record checks for those carrying out a particular role.
  • The role for which you have applied is one which is listed on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 and/or is also specified in the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) Regulations so is eligible for an appropriate check from the Disclosure and Barring Service.
  • The role for which you have applied requires a high degree of trust and integrity and so we would like to ask you to seek a basic disclosure of your criminal records history.

We have in place an appropriate policy document and safeguards which we are required by law to maintain when processing such data.

Automated decision-making

You will not be subject to decisions that will have a significant impact on you based solely on automated decision-making.

Data sharing

Why might you share my personal information with third parties?

If necessary, we will only share your personal information with third parties for the purposes of processing your application. All our third-party service providers and other entities in the group are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal information in line with our policies. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes. We only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.

Data security

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need-to-know. They will only process your personal information on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.

Data retention

How long will you use my information for?

We will retain your personal information for a period of 12 months after we receive your application. We retain your personal information for that period so that we can show, in the event of a legal claim, that we have not discriminated against candidates on prohibited grounds and that we have conducted the recruitment exercise in a fair and transparent way. After this period, we will securely destroy your personal information in accordance with our data retention policy.

If we wish to retain your personal information on file, on the basis that a further opportunity may arise in future and we may wish to consider you for that, we will write to you separately, seeking your explicit consent to retain your personal information for a fixed period on that basis. 

Rights of access, correction, erasure, and restriction

Your rights in connection with personal information

Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

  • Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
  • Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
  • Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).
  • Object to processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.
  • Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.
  • Request the transfer of your personal information to another party.

If you want to review, verify, correct or request erasure of your personal information, object to the processing of your personal data, or request that we transfer a copy of your personal information to another party, please contact the HR & Office Manager in writing.

Data protection officer

We have appointed a data privacy manager to oversee compliance with this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice or how we handle your personal information, please contact the data privacy manager. You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues.