About us

Telling the stories that matter

Simon Hall

Simon Hall


Simon is a communications consultant, journalist, author, and business coach.

He teaches writing, media and business skills at the University of Cambridge, for the Civil Service College and Cambridge Network, and has had eight novels published, all in the crime and thriller genre.

Prior to that, he was a broadcaster for twenty five years, mostly as a BBC Television, Radio and Online News Correspondent, covering some of the biggest stories Britain has seen.

Simon has contributed articles and short stories to a range of newspapers and magazines, written plays, and even a pantomime (oh, yes he has!)

He also works for the Speakers for Schools charity, giving talks across the country to encourage aspiration.

John Cary

John Cary


John brings four decades of experience in journalism and communications to the team.

As deputy editor of the flagship Today programme on BBC Radio 4, he steered coverage of momentous global events and turbulent political times. During 20 years at the BBC, he also won awards as editor of Simon Mayo’s programme on 5 Live, and established Simon and Mark Kermode as Britain’s leading film review show.

John has worked widely across print, broadcast and online journalism. He continues to work in national newspapers as well as passing on his knowledge to the next generation through teaching journalism at the University of Essex.

His skills and enthusiasms include writing, editing, media relations and strategy, and an inexhaustible appetite for puns. John always strives to find clear and direct language to bring complex stories alive for the widest possible audience.

Lucy Ward

Lucy Ward

Writer and Editor

Lucy is a journalist and communications specialist.

She covered politics, education and social affairs as a correspondent for the Guardian, and previously worked for the Independent, and Times Education Supplement.

She was the first Communications Manager at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, and then at Cambridge University’s Faculty of Education, and is a governor at Anglia Ruskin University.

Originally from Manchester, Lucy studied Early and Middle English at Balliol College, Oxford. She is currently working on a book focusing on inoculation in eighteenth century Europe.

Vicky Anning

Vicky Anning

Writer & Editor

Vicky has been a writer and editor for more than 20 years.

She worked as a journalist in America and the UK, before a desire to get to the heart of stories that make a difference drove a move into the charitable sector. She became a writer and editor for the overseas development charity CAFOD, travelling to Brazil, Bangladesh and South Africa.

She works for a range of clients including Unicef, Cambridge University Press, the European Cultural Foundation and Anglian Water. She is comfortable writing across a range of platforms, from blogs and web content to newsletters, feature articles and annual reports.

Vicky also manages social media and press campaigns for the charity WAY, Widowed & Young, regularly securing national media coverage.

She has a degree in Modern Languages (French and German) from the University of Bristol and an MA in Communications from the University of Stanford, California.

Becky Allen

Becky Allen


Becky is a feature writer specialising in taking complex ideas and turning them into great stories. 
After starting out writing on food, farming and environmental issues, she moved onto chemistry, health, workers’ rights and now takes on most areas from business to biomedical research.  
As a press officer, she’s helped organisations including the British Ecological Society, British Antarctic Survey and the University of Cambridge to get news coverage in print, online and broadcast media across the world.

Her latest book, for the TUC, is Your Health at Work: An Indispensable Guide to Physical and Mental Wellbeing.

She has a degree in environmental science from Newcastle University and a masters in science communication from Imperial College, London.


Mark Mniszko

Mark Mniszko


Mark offers more than 35 years of experience and expertise in creative design solutions.
From 1996 to 2006, he was Head of Design and Publications at the University of Cambridge, before leaving to found his own studio.

His experience includes producing graphic design, photography direction and print management for prospectuses, fundraising brochures, annual reports, press campaigns, media launches, and displays.

He has a degree in Design from the Camberwell College of Arts.

Tyler Shores

Tyler Shores

Social Media Strategist

Tyler has worked at Google, with the [email protected] online lecture series, and in social media and online content at Stanford University in America.

He’s currently a writer, tutor, and PhD researcher in education at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses upon online reading habits, social media, and digital distractions.

Tyler has also worked on social media strategy with start-up companies in Silicon Valley, and served as a director of online operations in non-profit education.

Richard Marsham

Richard Marsham


Richard has 20 years’ experience covering hundreds of photography assignments for newspapers and magazines, as well as local, national and international businesses. 

He was born and raised in the Cambridge area, but following a few years based in Manchester, studying documentary photography, found himself drawn back to working in the heart of beautiful Cambridgeshire.

In his spare time, Richard enjoys wandering the streets of wherever he might be, camera in hand, photographing anything that trips his imagination.

Dr Matt James

Dr Matt James


Matt has a track record of turning ideas into market changing products, using his mix of science and technology skills.

He graduated from Cambridge University with a PhD in engineering, and has since gone on to found a start-up business developing low power versatile tracking devices with the mentorship of the Cambridge Judge Business School Accelerate Programme.

He loves programming, and has built websites for a series of companies.

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