Atlas Partners is a boutique integrated communications agency. We are small but we like big ideas. We are politically engaged and independently minded. We are passionate about harnessing new creative tools but we respect and understand established traditions.

Vanessa Pine

A former Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vanessa has more than 14 years' experience in corporate communications. Having started her career drafting government policy at the Home Office, she honed her media and campaigning skills in public affairs and communications agencies before taking up senior client-side roles at Carbon Trust and Coca-Cola.

A solutions-focussed professional with experience in-house, in government and in agency, Vanessa has led corporate, consumer, social media and public affairs programmes across FMCG, energy, environment, financial services and leisure sectors. She is also a sustainability geek and social media enthusiast.


Charles Napier

With a 16 year track record in advising leading companies, trade associations and public bodies, Charles understands the political, policy and media worlds and how they can best be navigated to meet clients' objectives. Having worked at a number of leading consultancies, Charles has covered a wide range of sectors including leisure and gaming, sport, law, foreign affairs, energy and consumer businesses. He also brings planning consent expertise having worked on a wide range of campaigns for developers and property owners. 

Charles began his career fundraising in the voluntary sector with Mind and The Downside Settlement. He is also politically active having served as a councillor in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham for four years.


Mike Hough 

Mike began his political and communications career at the thinktank British Future, co-authoring their official publication A Centenary Shared and studying voting behaviour of MPs to profile future votes in key policy areas.

Mike has also worked for the liberal-conservative think-tank Bright Blue, conducting detailed qualitative research projects, with an emphasis on engaging relevant stakeholders and helped to contribute to the recent publication Britain Breaking Barriers.

Mike writes regularly for the website ‘Debater’ on current affairs and is a Modern History and Politics graduate from the University of Manchester.





Sarah Evans

Sarah began her career at Porter Novelli where she focussed on business technology clients, working with companies such as HP and BT. She also gained experience of the start-up community having completed a number of projects with Innovate UK, the government’s innovation agency, helping to promote and encourage the work of entrepreneurs.

Sarah has a particular interest in the environment and sustainability supporting The Economist on events, including the UK Energy Summit and the Feeding the World Summit. During her career, she has secured coverage with the likes of the BBC, The Times, This is Money and Forbes. She enjoys baking, hiking and good game of trivial pursuit. 



Emma Vasey

Having formerly worked for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), Emma has led Select Committee work, policy research, events and stakeholder engagement programmes, with a focus on pensions and the diversity and inclusion agenda. Prior to the CIPD Emma worked as an intern at Global Witness, leading research on tax-havens, working on anti-corruption policy and as part of the TED Prize award project team.

Emma began her political career serving in the local constituency office of Tessa Munt, former Liberal Democrat MP for Wells, and continues to be politically active. She enjoys netball, cooking and has an unhealthy obsession with Beyoncé.


Edmund Gavaghan 

Having begun his career at the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium, Ed has three years of public affairs and communications experience across both Brussels and Westminster. With a focus on energy, environment and climate change policy, he produced high level political events for industry and policy makers, before moving to a leading UK energy trade association, ADBA.

Ed is also Founder and Editor of, an award winning international blog site, and has co-written a book on European Voting Rights funded by the European Parliament. He is a member of the APPC Young Consultants Committee. He also enjoys cricket, walking, and drinking coffee in the sun.


Rebecca Ashton  

With over seven years journalism experience, Rebecca was most recently Head of News Programming at the Guardian. There she pioneered new forms of journalism across digital, print and live platforms, putting readers back at the heart of the Guardian's business and editorial strategy. In 2014, she was part of the Guardian team that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, for their ground-breaking articles on the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities based on the leaks of Edward Snowden. Rebecca's work on live news formats has been shortlisted for multiple awards.

Prior to that, she grew and engaged the Mumsnet community leading campaigns, programming multi-sponsor festivals and managing key business relationships with Barclays, Asda, Coca-Cola and Unilever. Earlier in her career, Rebecca could be found touring the world as a session guitarist and producer for Franz Ferdinand and Belle & Sebastian. 

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Atlas Partners works with freelance associates to provide flexible resources and technical expertise. 


We have a strong network of independent freelancers who are brilliant, who we have worked with before and who we trust to do a good job as part of any client campaign.

That means we can provide you with additional capacity to meet any skills gap that you might be facing; short, medium or long term, depending on what suits your needs.

We believe in providing high quality flexible opportunities to the many experienced PR professionals who chose to go part time. We don't believe you should have to choose between interesting work in a supportive environment and your commitments outside work. If you might be interested in freelance opportunities with Atlas, you can find out more and get in touch with us here. 

Our commitment to transparency

  • Transparency is critical for effective lobbying. An open democracy relies on decision makers having access to good quality information about the implications of their policy.

  • Having worked in government, we are unapologetically pedantic about the accuracy, timeliness and relevance of our clients' campaign communications.

  • We are members of the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) and listed on the government's Register of Consultant Lobbyists (ORCL).