Karl Milner Director
Karl Milner Director

Karl is an expert in stakeholder engagement and communications, and a founding director of Project Rome. He has 30 years’ experience of working across a range of industries that link to health and wellbeing, including healthcare, finance, technology, transport and utilities. Karl’s clients include FTSE 100 companies and large public sector organisations, and he also enjoys adding value to growing organisations with big intentions.

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Simon Pringle Director
Simon Pringle Director

Simon is a senior commercial strategy and sustainability expert with extensive board-level experience.  With more than 25 years’ experience, he has a proven track record of delivering measurable impacts, improved performance and entrepreneurial success across multiple sectors, jurisdictions and geographies.

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Alison Puente Director
Alison Puente Director

Alison is an expert in corporate communications, with 25 years’ experience working across a range of industries including FMCG, healthcare, retail, technology and utilities. She has led corporate, brand and business-to-business campaigns for organisations ranging from FTSE businesses to start-ups, working with clients including Associated British Foods, Centrica plc, Essity, Grant Thornton, Microsoft, the NHS, Quorn and Taylors of Harrogate/Yorkshire Tea.

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Mike Farrar Director
Mike Farrar Director

Mike is a highly respected management consultant with 15 years of CEO experience in the NHS. In his consultancy work, Mike has been a senior advisor to the PwC Public Sector Health practice, leading its NED and Board development programmes. Before joining Project Rome, Mike built a successful independent consulting practice, working with clients such as Celesio, ABPI, J and J, Health Foundation, Medtronic, intuitive, and Pfizer.

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Mick Swales Associate Director
Mick Swales Associate Director

Mick is a respected public affairs specialist with 25 years’ professional experience working in frontline politics and public affairs. He worked as a senior political adviser to government ministers and shadow ministers, providing advice on policy, strategy, and communications across several ministerial briefs. He acted as Operations Director on Labour party leadership and deputy leadership campaigns for both Andy Burnham and Alan Johnson.

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Julia Cross Associate
Julia Cross Associate

Julia Cross is a communications expert with 16 years’ experience working in some of Leeds and London’s most successful PR agencies. Julia’s main specialism is PR for FMCG brands, primarily within food and drink. She has spent her career advising some of the UK’s biggest brands including Yorkshire Tea, Quorn, Nestle, Cadbury and Arla Foods on how to grow, build their reputations and engage with their audiences through PR, social media and digital solutions.

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Helena Farstad Associate Director
Helena Farstad Associate Director

Helena is a change management professional who thrives on challenging the status quo. She started her career training as an accountant and project manager with ICI plc, and moved to Lloyds TSB in early 2008. Post the Lloyds TBS acquisition of HBOS, she took the Corporate Banking Finance team through the initial phases of the integration process.

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Sarah Wilson Project and Programme Manager
Sarah Wilson Project and Programme Manager

Sarah is a highly experienced project and programme manager, trainer and consultant. Over the last 25 years, she has worked in many sectors, including education, pharmaceutical, food manufacturing, utilities, police forces, health and social care, charities and finance.

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Kathryn Webb Executive Assistant
Kathryn Webb Executive Assistant

Kathryn is an experienced PA and Executive Assistant. She has worked with some of the biggest and most recognisable businesses in the UK, including KPMG, IBM and latterly ASDA.

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Tarquin Henderson Associate
Tarquin Henderson Associate

Tarquin Henderson is a strategic communications specialist with over 30 years’ experience gained in leading international communications consultancies, management consultancies and directly in industry. In 2010, Tarquin co-founded ReEnergise Ltd, a specialist low-carbon energy consulting engineering and finance business, where he remains a member of the Board.

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What our clients say

Project Rome worked with us to develop a purpose-driven strategy for Yorkshire Building Society, aligning our commercial ambitions with our societal and environmental responsibilities. The team were an absolute pleasure to work with, and their knowledge and experience were invaluable. We couldn’t have delivered the work without them.

Tanya Jackson, former Head of Corporate Affairs, Yorkshire Building Society

Project Rome has helped shape, challenge and then support the further development of original thinking, critical to the successful transformation of our sustainable business and asset strategy. They are also hugely well connected regionally and nationally. Their work has led to enhanced customer value and environmental performance for Yorkshire Water – an important outcome at a pivotal time.

Jon Brigg, Manager of Innovation, Yorkshire Water

The team at Project Rome are great to work with; consistently delivering results and adding valuable contributions but also easy and enjoyable to collaborate with. They are impressive in their ability to build rapport with different audiences and quickly apply a strategic mindset and technical expertise to bring structure, clarity and direction.

Gordon Rogers, Head of Sustainability, Yorkshire Water

It has been my pleasure to work with Project Rome over a number of years.  Simon has always brought clear strategic thinking and analysis at corporate level and worked with me as a member of the executive team in WYG plc over an extended period as we grew the business.  I have greatly appreciated his wisdom and help in setting direction for growth and implementing strategy.

Douglas McCormick, Executive Chairman, Gleeds UK and former CEO of WYG

I would sum up Project Rome in three words: diligence, expertise and accuracy. But what’s more, they are a true pleasure to work with. If we have a complex project, Project Rome is our first port of call.

Jeremy Biggs, CEO, NCL Technology Ventures Ltd

Project Rome worked on a one-to-one basis to quickly build relationships and gain the trust of key stakeholders, from clinicians and support teams to Executive Directors. The result was a significant leap forward in our ability to effectively collaborate at all levels. They were also an absolute delight to work with, bringing humour and a sense of fun to the team. We loved every minute of working with them!

Rebecca Malin, former Programme Director, Acute Provider Collaboration, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Project Rome team has an open, approachable style that worked well with our entire team, from Executive Directors to junior admin colleagues. They were politically and culturally sensitive to the need of the population and the multiple stakeholders, and creative and thoughtful about ways to get the optimum outcome from their work.

Stacey Hunter, Executive Director Acute Provider Collaboration Airedale FT and Bradford FT NHS Trusts, Chief Operating Officer, NHS Nightingale Hospital Yorkshire and the Humber

Project Rome provide FirstGroup with excellent regional intelligence and wise political counsel. They help us engage with our key stakeholders in a meaningful and focussed way.

Mike Katz, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, FirstGroup plc

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