It’s our people that make us stand out
From the beginning, Portland set itself the goal of bringing together the very best in the fields of politics, the media, government and consultancy.
We understand integration is the key to succeed and have recruited the most talented specialists from the consultancy and advisory world, and multi-lingual executives from the most prestigious institutions worldwide, to bring in a new layer of professionals.
Alongside our research, creative, digital designers, strategists, content and brand experts, we are confident that at Portland we are best placed to help clients achieve their objectives.
Our clients also benefit from the insight and experience of our Advisory Council who work with our senior management team — overseeing all aspects of our strategy and challenging us to ensure that we provide the best possible service to our clients, now and in the future.Interested in Joining Us?
Rooney Anand is Executive Chairman of Oaktree Capital backed RedCat Pub Company Limited; he is also Chairman of private equity backed businesses Away Resorts and Purity Soft Drinks.
He serves as Senior Independent Director for Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc and is Chairman of WorldSkills UK, the skills and apprenticeship Government backed charitable foundation.
Rooney was a board director at Greene King plc from August 2001 to May 2019. Initially, Managing Director of the company’s brewing division, he was appointed Chief Executive in May 2005 stepping down in May 2019. Prior to joining Greene King, Rooney built a career in consumer goods at Sara Lee Bakery UK (the bakery subsidiary of the US-owned Sara Lee Corporation) and before that with United Biscuits Plc, at both McVitie’s biscuits and Terry’s confectionery in various marketing and general management roles.
Luke advises UK and international clients on issues including reputation, crisis management and media engagement.
A former foreign correspondent and bureau chief with Reuters, he ran the news organisation’s operations in Paris, Jerusalem and Brussels for more than a decade, gaining high-level insight into policy and decision-making in France, the European Union and the Middle East.
Earlier in his career he worked across southern Africa, Italy, Iraq and Afghanistan, reporting from more than 40 countries. As well as international affairs and geopolitics, he has covered sectors including banking, financial regulation, technology and competition, and is regularly invited to speak to investors, law firms and start-ups.
He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar and is the author or co-author of two books, the novel “Dateline Baghdad” and “Under Fire: Untold Stories from the Front Line of the Iraq War”.
Alastair, who was Tony Blair’s long-time Press Secretary and senior advisor, is one of the country’s foremost experts on leadership, communications and strategy.
A leading national newspaper journalist before he joined Mr Blair’s team on his election as Labour leader in 1994, he remained at his side for almost a decade.
He is credited with helping create New Labour and delivering two landslide election victories.
As the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary and later Director of Communications and Strategy, he was responsible for modernising the Government’s communications structures and approach.
He was involved in every area of policy, travelled extensively with Mr Blair and established close relations with many world leaders.
Since leaving Government, he has forged a successful career as an author, broadcaster, public speaker and advisor to senior business figures on leadership and strategy.
His accounts of his period with Mr Blair, recorded in his diaries, have been both best-sellers and critically acclaimed.
He has also found time to raise money and awareness for leukaemia and mental health charities as well as the Labour Party.
A passionate supporter of Burnley F.C., Alastair has advised athletes, sports organisations and clubs around the world on their communications strategies and reputation management.
Alastair joined Portland in May 2012 in a senior part-time role.
David Davies has worked at the very top level of Sport and Media Communications for a generation. As a BBC Television Correspondent/Presenter for more than 20 years, uniquely he reported on General Elections and World Cups.
As Executive Director of The Football Association, he worked closely with four England football managers over thirteen often turbulent years. Since 2006, he has been employed at home and abroad at senior levels in industry as well as sport in the Middle East, North America and Africa. He believes passionately in sport as a power for good at all levels of society. During his time at The FA, he was a founder member of football’s anti -racism “Kick It Out” campaign.
David Davies, on behalf of football, was one of a small group of sports leaders who launched London’s Bid for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Mark Flanagan was Chief Executive of Portland from 2020 to 2022 and has worked in the media and communications throughout his career. He joined Portland in 2010 and, for many years, led the agency’s digital, content and research capabilities. Mark became UK Managing Director in 2016 before taking over as global CEO in January 2020. During his time at Portland, Mark has advised a range of senior leaders in business and government on communications strategies.
Previously, Mark was head of strategic communications at 10 Downing Street, working for the Labour and Coalition Governments. He began his career in radio and was Managing Director of LBC from 2002 – 2005.
William Gaillard was Senior Advisor to the President of UEFA, Michel Platini, from 2009 to 2015, having previously acted as Director of Communications and Public Affairs from 2003. During his tenure, he oversaw all external communications and media activities and managed a variety of political issues. At UEFA, William headed social responsibility initiatives and efforts towards the eradication of racism and all discriminations in football.
William Gaillard brings over 20 years of experience in the sports sector across Europe, The Middle East and the United States. He joins Portland from Burson Cohn and Wolfe Brussels where he advised clients on all aspects of sports strategic communications. He was also Senior Advisor to the President of The International Centre for Sport Security (Doha) until 2016.
William is currently on the Executive Board of FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) and the Advisory Board of Supporters Direct Europe. He started his career as a university professor in the United States and went on to occupy a number of top management positions in public affairs, external relations and communications at the European Commission, the United Nations and the International Air Transport Association where he founded and led on crisis communications.
Yannick Le Bourdonnec
Yannick is an expert in strategic communication and media relations.
Formerly, chief editor of French leading business daily Enjeux Les Echos and director of the Nouvel Economiste, Yannick is a well-known media figure in France.
After two decades working as a journalist, he joined global communication consultancy Publicis Consultants in 2004 as a partner, where he specialised in crisis communications. In 2007 he became senior vice-president of Publicis consultants while overseeing the management of its content creation/publishing subsidiary agency Verbe.
In 2009, he founded and chaired YLB Conseil, a strategic communication boutique agency. He notably ran media strategy campaigns for international corporations such as L’Oreal, Veolia Environnement, Eiffage, the gourmet food company Fauchon, the restaurant conglomerate Groupe Le Duff or the French association for pensions AFER.
Yannick graduated from Science Po Paris, he is fluent in FR & ENG.
Senior Political Advisor, Paris
A life-long diplomat, Bernard was for eleven years the President of the SACEM Board of Directors (music authors, composers and publishers’ guild), an important player in France’s creative sector. He was instrumental in piloting the organisation into the digital age, as well as in developing external partnerships, notably in the United States.
Bernard has an impressive track record in international affairs having served as Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations in charge of peace-keeping operations, and French Ambassador to several international organisations in Geneva and Vienna, including the GATT and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
He was also head of Cabinet for the Minister of Communications in the government of Pierre Mauroy, and later became adviser to the President of Schlumberger during the creation of the first private mainstream television channel in France, “La Cinq”.
Senior Political Advisor, Berlin
Elisabeth Motschmann joined Portland’s Berlin office as a Senior Policy Advisor in June 2022. Before that, she was a member of the German Bundestag for eight years, holding positions on the Foreign Affairs Committee, in the Franco-German Parliamentary Assembly, and as media and culture policy spokesperson for the CDU/CSU parliamentary group. From 2012-2021, she was on the CDU’s Federal Executive Board.
Prior to her years in Berlin, Elisabeth was politically active at state level: She was a member of the Bremen State Parliament for 16 years and during this time served as Deputy Chair of the CDU parliamentary group. For 22 years, she was the Deputy Chair the CDU Bremen. From 1999 on, she held the office of State Councillor for Culture in Bremen for eight years. She also was State Councillor for Sport for four years. In addition, she chaired the Women’s Union of the CDU Bremen for ten years until 2022.
Elisabeth published several books on women and family policy issues. During her political career, she also wrote extensive reports on child poverty in countries such as South Africa, Brazil, and India. In 2018, her book “Female Diplomacy: Women in Foreign Policy” was published.
She also brings vast experience in the media world, having worked as a journalist for the Axel Springer publishing house and Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) as well as a longstanding member of the Broadcasting Council of Radio Bremen. She presently is a member of the Broadcasting Council of Deutsche Welle.
David is a leader and expert in reputation management and communications.
Prior to joining Portland, he was UK & Ireland Communications Director, member of the UK Leadership Team and LGBTQ+ lead at Tesco. There he helped steer the UK’s largest supermarket through the second half of its turnaround and the pandemic. He was responsible for significant community programmes and charity partnerships; change management; internal communications; addressing countless issues and using proactive and reactive comms to demonstrate business purpose and build trust, inside and outside company.
Before Tesco, he was Group Head of Communications at Monarch Airlines, leading all aspects of internal and external communications and ultimately handling the airline’s move into administration. He has previously worked as a Director at freuds and Burson-Marsteller (prior to becoming BCW).
Prior to joining Portland this year, Mike spent six years at the Bank of England, firstly as Head of Media & Stakeholder Relations and then Director of Communications.
During his time there, he modernised the Bank’s approach to traditional and digital/social media to reach a wider public audience, established an outreach and education programme, and commissioned and oversaw a BBC TV documentary about the Bank.
He has considerable experience of economic policymaking and financial services regulation, given the Bank’s responsibilities for that, as well as media relations, preparing senior executives for public appearances and events, and crisis communications.
Before joining the Bank, Mike was a journalist at Reuters for 25 years. His roles there included Europe Editor during the global financial crisis and ensuing euro zone crisis, UK Political Editor for the bulk of the Tony Blair era and Chief Economics Correspondent.
Senior Policy Advisor
Jonathan is a leading practitioner in cloud and cybersecurity policy. Until recently he led IBM’s cloud computing and cyber security in the EU, developing IBM’s response to EU cyber security regulatory interventions, such as the NIS 2.0 Directive and the Cyber Security Act. He has been closely involved in GDPR implementation and related Data Protection measures such as Codes of Conduct and is currently chair of the leading GDPR compliance mechanism under GDPR, the EU Cloud Code of Conduct.
He was the advocacy and communications lead in the Charter of Trust for Cybersecurity, for the leading global initiative on building digital trust which industry co-founded in 2018. Other areas of expertise where Jonathan has played a leading role in formulating public policy strategies with a proven track record are Artificial Intelligence, Intellectual Property, Competition policy and technical standards.
Jonathan holds a degree in modern languages from the University of Oxford and an MBA from Henley Business School, UK. He is a fluent German and French speaker and has worked in Germany, Austria France and Belgium as well as the UK.