Emma Dean

Managing Director
Emma Dean

Emma is a public affairs specialist, with over fifteen years of experience in strategic communications, political campaigns and policy roles. At Portland, Emma provides senior counsel to clients across a range of sectors on their integrated communications strategies and reputational challenges.  

Before joining Portland, Emma served the UK Government for three years as a Special Adviser working with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and two Health Secretaries. During this time Emma worked on the delivery of the National Cyber Security Strategy, the Covid-19 response, including the rollout of the vaccine programme, and devised and delivered the first Women’s Health Strategy for England.

Prior to government Emma advised tech, media and telecoms companies, including Microsoft, Three, Cisco, PaddyPower and StubHub, on issues relating to online harms, consumer protection and cyber security. She also led the civil liberties organisation, Big Brother Watch, where she regularly gave evidence to parliamentary inquiries and appeared on national broadcast.

Emma was named a We Are The City PR & Comms ‘Rising Star’ in 2019 and a PRWeek ‘30 under 30’ Young Professional in 2015. She is a mentor at King’s College London and a Trustee of the gynaecological cancer charity, The Eve Appeal.