Our Team

GWPR founders Sue Hardwick and Angela Oakes are former Presidents of WPR (Women in PR) – a powerful UK networking association founded in 1962.

Susan Hardwick

Co-Founder and Joint President

Susan was a board director at Affinity (part of Porter Novelli Countrywide) and Media Square. She has run her own boutique PR business specialising in sport sponsorship, luxury goods and telecommunciations. 

She has close links with the leisure marine industry handling global communications for number of clients within this sector. She has strong organisational and creative abilities, is a good communicator and excellent strategic thinker. An experienced advisor on communications issues, Susan has handled a wide portfolio of UK and international clients in the drinks industry, sport, education and telecommunications.

Angela Oakes

Co-Founder and Joint President

Angela is a PR professional with an impressive track record as a senior level consultant. She is experienced in working with global multi-nationals on strategic brand development, corporate communications and integrated campaigns.

Angela founded and successfully ran boutique London-based PR agency Treehouse PR; developing and managing the business for 25 years. The agency implemented innovative global campaigns for major international brands, with impressive results particularly in the drinks and creative industry sectors.

Prior to launching her own agency business Angela worked at global PR agencies – Hill & Knowlton and The Grayling Company.

Jane Atkinson

Executive Chair

Jane has had an extremely successful career leading some of the best known global PR agencies and running her own consultancy. She has also worked in-house as global head of communications and as Chief of Staff for a not for profit organisation.

She specialises in the development of communications strategies and reputation management for organisations and individuals.

Specialties: Corporate and business to business, communications advice and consultancy, issues and crisis management, speech writing, interim communications director.

Jane is also CEO for UK networking group One Loud Voice.

Nicola Hyde

Special Projects

With extensive experience in PR and communications built over a number of years, Nicola has held senior positions in global agencies, co-founded an award-winning consultancy and run high profile national and international campaigns across a wide range of industry sectors including not for profit.

Passionate about growing opportunities with small and enterprising businesses and promoting the role of women in the sector, Nicola is Treasurer and Membership Secretary of Women in PR UK and in her spare time coaches and is a charity Chair.

Louise Nicolson

Content Consultant

Louise has over twenty years’ experience in PR, corporate reporting, employee engagement and issues management.  She has delivered trusted boardroom counsel to a broad portfolio of international clients and has significant experience in energy, technology, aviation and food and drink sectors.  Louise launched, grew and sold one of Scotland’s best-respected communication consultancies and returned to London to join Newgate Communications as Partner.  She recently left the City firm to write her first book.

Samantha Grocutt

Social Media Strategist

Owner of London based boutique hair, beauty and lifestyle agency Essence PR, Samantha has over 20 years’ experience in the world of PR.  Alongside her hands-on approach to running a successful  agency, Samantha is very active within the industry and is currently co-President of The Hairdressers’ Charity alongside past voluntary positions within the Prince’s Trust Health & Beauty committee, Women in PR, the Fragrance Foundation, and the Hair & Barber  Council Think Tank.

Gabriela Lungu

Creative Consultant & Group Development

Gabriela Lungu is the Founder of WINGS Creative Leadership Lab, a nomad firm that helps communications companies from all over the world elevate their creativity through workshops and training. She is also currently a Global Creative Director for Geometry UK, based in London.
Gabriela has worked for more than 20 years in the marketing and communications sector and she is a world-renowned expert in PR creativity. She has won more than 150 awards and nominations, including many of the most coveted industry awards, and has been a jury member of PR Cannes Lions, SABRE Awards or Creative Moment Awards, and a PR Jury Chair for CLIO Awards and Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity. She is a frequent keynote speaker and moderator to top industry events and was awarded Independent Consultant of the Year 2018 by Global Women in Marketing.