Matter PR has a small but dedicated team of full-time staff who develop strategy, manage campaigns, and create content. In addition, we have a range of part-time freelancers and PR professionals with a wide range of skills from filmmaking and video production to technical writing, science communication, and project management.
David is an experienced communications and public affairs specialist who has worked in the science, engineering, and innovation sector for over fifteen years. A former geologist and keen amateur astronomer, he is passionate about science and communicating why research matters to anyone who will listen. He founded Matter PR in 2013 because he felt there was a need for a communications agency that really understood the science and innovation sector.
He was Director of The Times Cheltenham Science Festival from 20015-2017 and also helped establish the UK’s innovation centre for intelligent mobility, the Transport Systems Catapult, acting as their director of communications and marketing during their first two years. During that time, he created the UK’s first thought leadership festival for intelligent mobility, the Imagine Festival, now in its fifth year and led on promoting the UK’s strengths in driverless vehicle technology.
As head of marketing, communications, and stakeholder engagement at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) from 2008-2013, David led a large team of creatives responsible for delivering all of the council’s external communications activities.
In previous roles, David was Head of Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Engagement for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Head of Communications for medical research charity Deafness Research UK, Head of Media Relations at the Institute of Physics, and a Science Press Officer for University College London (UCL).
Head of Media & Content
Sam is an experienced writer and editor who has over ten years’ experience delivering major media relations campaigns and creating content for our clients. He is passionate about developing content that really resonates with a client’s target audiences, is an expert interviewer, and also manages all Matter PR’s media relations activities. He has a background in history and mathematics, which makes him the perfect person to do all of our media analysis, evaluation, and reporting.
Sam is also our lead for the photonics sector – Matter PR has a major focus in this area, specialising in communicating the importance, impact, and potential applications of loight-based technologies to a wide range of audiences.
Cross-media design agency
To The Point are Matter PR’s branding and design partner. We work closely with TTP to deliver integrated campaigns that involve design, brand development, and creative communications. We’ve been delivering successful campaigns together for over ten years, like the IM campaign for the UK’s transport innovation centre.
To The Point are a central London based design consultancy, specialising in branding and getting to the point since 1991. As an award winning UK top 100 design agency, they enjoy great relationships with clients ranging from dynamic funded start-ups to FTSE 100 companies. Their ethos, implied in the name, is all about clear, concise communication. By embracing clarity and avoiding jargon, they help clients express their points of difference enabling them to stand out from the competition.
Filmmaker and audio producer
James is a former BBC broadcaster and radio producer who founded his own production company in 2006 to bring a new philosophy to corporate filmmaking and audio production: that it should be about people first and technology second. Matter PR works with James to offer wide range of services for audio and film production as part of an integrated PR strategy.
He is a Wiltshire-based independent film-maker, director and editor with over 35 years of experience – much of it spent working for the BBC and is fascinated by people and their stories, and importantly, how to best capture their experiences on film to share with a wider audience. James believes that successful videos start by looking for the story – the perfect beginning, middle and end if you like, something that often comes from asking the right questions, and editing the story so it not only makes sense, but leaves a lasting impression on the audience.
Matter PR Network
Working with us part-time on various projects and campaigns, our network features some of the best freelancers working in science communications, PR, corporate communications, and government relations. Members of the team include:
Dr. Rachel Brazil: From research highlights to policy features, Rachel is a writer and experienced project manager who covers the physical and medical sciences. Her background is in science and innovation policy having spent over ten years with organisations such as NESTA, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Oxford University, and the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
Dr Barry Hague: Barry has been a professional writer and editor for 25 years, following his academic studies at the University of Cambridge. He has worked for an extensive range of organisations in both the UK and overseas, across both public and private sectors. His expertise embraces all types of written collateral designed to inform, persuade, communicate, and entertain.