Hotwire’s advisory board includes partners from a range of sectors and disciplines; our collaborative approach to working with these partners allows us to generate a wealth of opportunities and offerings for our clients. The advisory board consists of a network of like minded friends across different areas of business and communications with whom we have built relationships over the years.

Annie Shaw, CashQuestions
Annie Shaw, CashQuestions
Annie Shaw, director of the financial website CashQuestions.com, is a highly respected industry figure with 20 years journalism experience. Annie works closely with Hotwire examining the current financial landscape and identifying key trends and developments relevant to our client base.

Annie is the former editor of the Sunday Telegraph's property section and has been a staff journalist for The Times and financial agony aunt for the Independent on Sunday. Annie is currently a freelance personal finance writer for a range of national newspapers, and is a frequent broadcaster on personal finance and the credit crunch on radio and television. She writes the Money Matters section for the Daily Express. She holds a full Financial Planning Certificate and, in 2011, was shortlisted for Headlinemoney's Consumer Champion of the Year award.
Ashley Ward, European Leaders
Ashley Ward, European Leaders
Ashley Ward is a director at European Leaders and provides Hotwire with strategic counsel, helping to advise business leaders on the best ways to make the most of their talents and their people.  Ashley heads performance services and two leadership academies and focuses heavily on facilitating the rapid performance increase of management teams which is usually required in the countdown to exit.  Ashley is a seven times CEO over 26 years with four public offerings behind him.
Ben Matthews, Bright One
Ben Matthews, Bright One
Ben is the founder of Bright One, a communications agency for charities and not-for-profits run by volunteers from the PR industry and provides counsel to Hotwire on key developments in the third sector. In the past two years, Bright One has helped charitable organisations such as Amnesty International, TimeBank and Refugee Week access more than £180,000 of comms expertise.  Ben was also part of the team that organised Twestival, a ‘tweetup’ that took place in over 200 cities worldwide to raise money for charity. For his contributions to the communications landscape Ben was awarded the 2010 PRWeek young professional of the year award.
Charles Davis, Centre for Economics and Business Research
Charles Davis, Centre for Economics and Business Research
Charles Davis is a managing economist at Cebr and advises Hotwire on economic trends in our clients’ space. Charles manages the prospects service; Cebr's macroeconomic advisory package for business and is an economic advisor. He has considerable experience in bespoke consultancy project design, management and delivery as well as client presentations.
Chris Skinner, Financial Services Club
Chris Skinner, Financial Services Club
Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through his blog the Finanser (www.thefinanser.com). Hotwire works closely with Chris through the Financial Services Club; a network established by Chris for financial professionals, focussing on the future of financial services through the delivery of high quality and in-depth research, analysis, commentary and debate. Chris is also the author of several books including "The Future of Banking", “The Future of Finance after SEPA” and "The Future of Investing after MiFID”; and regularly appears on news media including the BBC, Sky, Bloomberg and print media such as the Banker with his informed views. 
Claire Fox, Institute of Ideas
Claire Fox, Institute of Ideas
Claire Fox is the director of the Institute of Ideas (IoI), and works closely with Hotwire on a number of our thought leadership campaigns. Claire established the IOI to create a public space where ideas can be contested without constraint. Claire convenes the IoI's flagship event, the yearly Battle of Ideas festival as well as the prestigious Debating Matters competition for sixth form students in the UK and India.  Claire is a panelist on BBC Radio 4's The Moral Maze and is regularly invited to comment on developments in culture, education, politics and the arts across the whole range of media outlets.
Daniel Leighton, Demos
Daniel Leighton, Demos
Daniel is the head of the Public Interest Programme and advises Hotwire on all aspects of contemporary citizenship and public engagement. Daniel joined Demos in June 2009 and prior to this he was a researcher for the Young Foundation, and carried out research for the Power Inquiry’s investigation into the causes and remedies for popular disengagement with formal politics. Daniel is co-editor, with Stuart White, of Building a Citizen Society in 2008, a collection of pieces on applying Civic Republican thought to policy issues.
David Pringle, Pringle Media
David Pringle, Pringle Media

A former business journalist, David Pringle is a content consultant and editor working with organisations in the telecoms, media and technology sectors. Prior to founding Pringle Media in 2009, David worked at the GSMA, providing media relations support to the CEO, chairman and other senior executives in the mobile industry.
 
Between 2000 and 2005, David was the European technology and telecommunications correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, covering Nokia, Ericsson, Vodafone, BT and other major telephone companies. David joined the Wall Street Journal after ten years as a trade and business journalist, including a spell as deputy editor of Information Strategy, a pan-Europe title owned by the Economist Group.

David regularly moderates panel discussions at industry conferences, including Rutberg’s Wireless Influencers event and the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress.

Gary Sargent, Westminster Advisers
Gary Sargent, Westminster Advisers
Gary has over 20 years experience in politics and government and specialises in running strategic campaigns, combining a range of tactics in public affairs, public relations and market research. Gary provides strategic counsel to Hotwire in the areas of UK politics, civil service and media. Gary has firsthand experience in the portfolio areas of transport, roads, ports, housing, energy, utilities (water & gas), police and industrial relations. Gary also worked for a parliamentary manager of government business, and has a wide-ranging understanding of parliamentary, legislative and regulatory processes.
Graham Opie, Vanson Bourne
Graham Opie, Vanson Bourne
Graham Opie is a director and co-founder of Vanson Bourne and has twenty years experience in researching global technology and business markets.  Graham works closely with Hotwire on a number of our research projects using industry insight and measurement to effectively develop tailored research projects. Vanson Bourne, founded in 1999 uses its international research reach to help technology brands create and deliver compelling, relevant content for media relations, demand generation and thought leadership campaigns.
Jayne Chace, Portio Consult
Jayne Chace, Portio Consult
Jayne is an executive with 20 years international expertise in branding, business development, communications and strategic marketing that delivers value to the bottom line.  With diverse experience as CMO, VC venture partner and non-executive director in both global blue chip and VC/PE portfolio companies, she has built a reputation for delivering outstanding results, launching products and professional services in multiple market sectors and taking B2B and B2C companies in multiple market sectors for public offer IPO.
Jennifer Howze, CyberMummy
Jennifer Howze, CyberMummy
Jennifer Howze, formerly The Times’s online lifestyle editor and Alpha Mummy blog editor, is a journalist and partner in British Mummy Bloggers social network.  Jennifer provides counsel to Hotwire on key trends in the consumer and lifestyle blogging arenas. In 2010, she co-founded CyberMummy, the UK’s only mum blogging conference, which this year expects 400+ attendees on 25 June at The Brewery in London. A 20-year journalism veteran, Jennifer has contributed to, among others, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, CNN.com, and a host of Conde Nast publications.
Joana Picq, The Next Women
Joana Picq, The Next Women
Joana Picq is a web entrepreneur, COO of www.TheNextWomen.com, entrepreneur in Residence at xMillion and sits on the European Advisory Board of Astia.  Joana comes from a career in IT business development at IBM, Microsoft and VMware across Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa and advises Hotwire on key developments in the entrepreneurial space. Joana’s experience includes managing acquired businesses at corporate level and founding web start-ups AchaLa.com.br and Matchik.com.
Jon Wilkins, Naked
Jon Wilkins, Naked
Jon Wilkins is the founding partner of Naked with John Harlow and Will Colin. Jon joined Photon in 2009 and is responsible for driving strategy and development across the group. Through this role Jon has worked closely with Hotwire on a number of our strategic initiatives. In January 2010 Jon moved to Sydney where he continues to be Global Chairman of Naked focusing on growing the AsiaPac business alongside his Photon role.
Prof. Dr. Lothar Seiwert, German Speakers Association
Prof. Dr. Lothar Seiwert, German Speakers Association
Prof. Dr. Lothar Seiwert is a renowned keynote speaker and Europe’s leading and most prominent expert for time management, life leadership and work-life balance and advises Hotwire accordingly. Prof. Dr. Seiwert runs Seiwert Keynote-Speaker Ltd. in Heidelberg, Germany and is president of the German Speakers Association (GSA). He was inducted into the GSA Hall of Fame® in 2007 and in 2010, he was awarded Certified Speaking Professiona (CSP) by the National Speakers Association (NSA), USA. Prof. Dr. Lothar Seiwert sold over four million books, including his bestsellers "How to Simplify Your Life" and "Slow Down to Speed Up". His seminars have been attended by about half a million visitors to date.
Mark Norton, Thinkfarm
Mark Norton, Thinkfarm
Mark Norton is creative director for Thinkfarm and is responsible for creative and brand strategy. Mark has over 24 years experience and provides creative counsel to Hotwire on a number of our client branding projects. Mark has art directed the event branding for several major music projects including the Nelson Mandela Concerts, Led Zeppelin and four Rolling Stones world tours. Mark has also created, visual identities for the Roundhouse in Camden Town, Virgin Radio, Universal Studios and Yo! Sushi. 
Nick Ogden, The Voice Commerce Group
Nick Ogden, The Voice Commerce Group
Nick Ogden is chairman, chief executive officer and founder of The Voice Commerce Group and counsels Hotwire on key entrepreneurial developments. Nick has consistently been at the forefront of innovation in technology since 1985. Nick has been recognised by a number of industry awards including the UK Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and the Computer World Global IT Leaders award. More recently Nick has been nominated in the ID People Awards 2010 and has been awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in the National Business Awards 2010.
Phil Sim, MediaConnect
Phil Sim, MediaConnect
Phil Sim is chief executive officer of MediaConnect, which operates the Australian public relations online platform Influencing and the PRWire news service. Phil works with Hotwire to identify innovations to improve and strengthen media relations. A former technology journalist, Sim founded MediaConnect in 2000 with the goal of improving the interaction between public relations professionals and journalists. The Influencing platform is focused on reducing administration chores so PR professionals can focus on strategy and outcomes.
Pia Kleine Wieskamp, Pearson
Pia Kleine Wieskamp, Pearson
Pia Kleine Wieskamp has been working in public relations and marketing for Pearson Education Deutschland GmbH for ten years. Her focus is on product communication in the B2C space, Addison-Wesley publishing and Markt+Technik. Previously, Pia works as a journalist for print media and TV
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