With over 20 years of experience in politics and public affairs, David has provided support to over 50 international blue chip companies, trade associations, and professional bodies including GDF Suez, British Energy, EDF Energy, First:Utility, Nokia, T-Mobile, IoD, esure, Abbott Laboratories, and MSD.
Prior to entering Consultancy, David was a senior political adviser to the Conservative Party and worked with eight Secretaries of State on a range of policy briefs including Trade & Industry, Energy, Transport, and Health.
David studied Business at Aston Business School and the University of Miami School of Business, Florida.
David Porter OBE
David has been dealing with UK energy policy issues for 25 years and is well-known as a trade association Chief Executive and a commentator on energy issues in the press, radio, TV and at conferences. In 2007, he was appointed OBE by Her Majesty the Queen, for services to the Power Generation Industry.
He began his career in local government, before running businesses of his own, including a successful restaurant. He went on to become an adviser to the Association of Independent Electricity Producers (AIEP) from 1987 and became its Chief Executive in 1991. In 1995, it became the Association of Electricity Producers (AEP) where he was Chief Executive until 2012.
In 2010-12, David led the work to merge AEP, the Energy Retail Association and the UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy to become Energy UK. The merger took effect in April 2012 and David served as Energy UK’s first Chief Executive until September 2012.
He has previously served as a member of a number of committees including the Executive Committee of the Electricity Pool of England & Wales, the UK Government’s Renewable Energy Advisory Committee, the UK Government’s ‘Foresight Energy Futures Task Force’, the Board of the pan-European electricity body ‘Eurelectric’, and was formerly a Director on the Boards of AIEP and AEP.
David also served as President of the UK’s ‘Energy Industries Club’ from 2003-05 and is a former Director of the UK Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group (PRASEG).
Hergen has spent over 15 years in the UK civil service with senior roles at the DTI, BIS and DECC of which more than 10 years where focused on the UK energy and nuclear sector. In 2010, he was appointed Head of Nuclear New Build at the Office for Nuclear Development (OND). In 2013, he was made Chief Executive (OND) until his departure in June 2015.
At the Office for Nuclear Development, Hergen served as lead advisor to the UK Government on civil nuclear policy and was the responsible project leader for the UK Nuclear New Build Programme – one of the top 20 UK Government major infrastructure projects.
Prior to joining the Office for Nuclear Development, Hergen worked at the DTI, BIS and DECC. From 2000-2005, he worked at the DTI in Assistant Director roles covering consumer finance and protection, small business, and competition policy. From 2005-2007, Hergen served as Director, European Energy Policy at the DTI. In 2007, he was appointed Director of Nuclear Policy Engagement at BIS. He then moved to DECC as Head of Micro Renewables and Distributed Energy from 2008-2010.
Hergen was educated at Heidelberg University, London School of Theology, Brunel University and King’s College London. He was awarded BA in Theology and MA in Philosophy in 1992 and 1993 respectively. Hergen has also attended the Major Projects Leadership Academy at Said Business School, Oxford University.
An economist by background, Andrew spent twelve years from 1997 to 2009 as a Special Adviser to the Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP.
Most recently he worked on the Council of Economic Advisers at HM Treasury, dealing primarily with issues around fiscal policy, the funding of industry, and taxation.
He also worked at the Department for Work and Pensions, the Department for Transport, and the Department of Trade and Industry. Prior to being a Special Adviser, Andrew spent several years at the Bank of England as an economist, mainly specialising in public finance issues. This included a period on secondment to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. Andrew graduated with First Class Honours in Economics from University College, London, and also has an MSc in Economics from LSE.
Before joining Brevia Consulting, Alex worked at Portland Communications where he helped clients engage with stakeholders across a wide range of policy areas including financial services, technology and infrastructure. During his time at Portland, he implemented high-profile and successful campaigns for clients such as Heathrow Airport, Dropbox, Aviva, The Open University and the British Soft Drinks Association. As well as public affairs, he also has experience of public relations and digital engagement.
Prior to entering consultancy, Alex worked for Chi Onwurah MP, Labour Shadow Minister for Culture and Digital Economy. He supported her work on the Deregulation Bill and helped scrutinise the Government’s broadband and digital policy. In addition, he assisted with speechwriting, briefings and general parliamentary activity. He has also worked as an intern for Alan Campbell, the Labour Party’s Deputy Chief Whip.
Alex read Politics at the University of Edinburgh and graduated in 2013.
Before Joining Brevia, Vanessa worked in the UK Parliament as a researcher to Tom Greatrex, when he was Labour’s Shadow Energy Minister. In this role, she assisted Tom in his work on key areas of energy policy, including oil and gas, wind, solar and nuclear. She also undertook projects on smart grids, networks, and combined heat and power technology. During her time in parliament, Vanessa was also involved in the management of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Zambia & Malawi.
Vanessa has a First Class Honours degree in Politics and Parliamentary Studies from the University of Leeds. Her dissertation explored the use of social media for political communication. Whilst at University, Vanessa was elected to the committee for the School of Politics and International Studies society, and was also involved in the Leeds Labour Students society.
Tim is a successful entrepreneur with 30 years experience in both media and business services. He currently has a wide variety of international interests which include both public and private companies.
Tim is Chairman of Glenfern, a management consultancy and Non-Executive Chairman of Seven Publishing, Nigel Wright Group, Smithfield Group and The SR Group. He is also a Non-Executive Director at DACbeachcroft, Baird Capital Partners Europe, MSQ Partners and a Senior Adviser to Evercore Partners.
He was a co-founder of Citywire, the publisher, Luther Pendragon and Bluefin which was acquired by Axa. Marks Sattin and OTPmedia were other successful business interests.
Prior to this, Tim was founder, Chairman and Chief Executive of Ludgate Group, the international public and investor relations consultancy. He established operations in London, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and New York and developed a joint venture in India. He was also responsible for the successful introduction of two leading venture capitalists to the business; Cinven and Baird.
Tim later initiated and implemented the sale of Ludgate to Interpublic and was subsequently appointed Deputy Chairman of Interpublic's global public relations business, Weber Shandwick.
A chartered mechanical engineer by profession, David Odling was educated at Tonbridge School and Cambridge University. The first eight years of his career were spent with GEC in Manchester where he was engaged in the design, manufacture and installation of steam turbines for power generation and marine propulsion.
Thereafter, he was in the offshore oil and gas industry for 37 years, initially with the Fred. Olsen group of companies, including 14 years as Sales & Commercial Director of AOC International which provided offshore engineering, construction and maintenance services to the operating companies in the North Sea and other oil and gas provinces. During that time, he was also chairman of the Offshore Contractors’ Council for three years, a member of the Oil Industry Advisory Committee of the Health & Safety Commission and a member of the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board for five years.
In 1998, he joined the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA), the main trade body for oil and gas companies operating in the UK, as Assistant Director of Policy. From 2001 until 2009, he was also Chairman of the industry’s Standard Contracts Committee. UKOOA became Oil & Gas UK in 2007, with membership open to all companies in offshore oil and gas; David was appointed its Energy Policy Manager. During this time, he represented Oil & Gas UK at the European Committee of the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (OGP) and on the committee of DECC’s Energy Emergency Executive and was responsible for compiling and editing Oil & Gas UK’s annual Economic Report.
Prior to joining Brevia Consulting, Myles worked in the Conservative Research Department as the political adviser on Energy and the Environment. His work focussed on supporting Conservative ministers and special advisers at DECC and DEFRA. Myles was also responsible for producing briefing materials on Energy and Environment issues for Conservative MPs, candidates and activists.
Before joining the Conservative Research Department, Myles worked at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) as a policy adviser in their Energy and Climate Change team. Myles’ first role at the CBI saw him lead on energy efficiency policy. He then took responsibility for CBI responses to upstream oil and gas issues. Myles worked with CBI members to develop responses to government consultations, while providing them with insight and intelligence on the policy landscape. He also helped with briefing for senior members of the CBI ahead of public appearances.
Myles graduated with an arts degree from Keble College, University of Oxford. Away from work, he is a keen sports fan and martial arts enthusiast.
Prior to joining Brevia Consulting, Will worked in the UK Parliament as a researcher to Margot James MP, where he assisted with her duties as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Lord Green (then Minister for Trade and Investment). His work focused on business and trade, as well as helping UK Trade & Investment engage with MPs more effectively. Alongside this he supported Margot with her work on the draft Care and Support Bill Committee.
He also provided support to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade & Investment and organised meetings on topics including Britain's aviation strategy, access to trade finance, and SME funding, with guest speakers including Business Minister Michael Fallon MP and the Prime Minister's Trade Envoys. Will also helped to organise the first joint All-Party Parliamentary Group UKTI trade mission, which took a delegation of MPs and British businesses in the education and infrastructure sectors to Southeast Asia.
Will has also worked at UCL's political think tank, the Constitution Unit, where he focused on the influence of select committees in the legislative process. He also worked at Cohn & Wolfe where his public affairs clients included companies in the pharmaceutical, financial services, and food sectors. He studied Politics at the University of Nottingham, where he took part in the Politics and Conservative Society.
Before joining Brevia, Samantha worked as the Press and Research Officer in the DUP Whips Office, responsible for nine MPs and three Peers. Her research covered a wide variety of topics and she was actively involved in establishing the All Party Parliamentary Group for Healthy Homes and Buildings. The Group focused on highlighting the health and cost benefits that can be achieved by constructing buildings and homes with the highest levels of energy efficiency.
Previously, Samantha worked as a Parliamentary Assistant and Caseworker to Jim Shannon MP writing speeches, briefings and questions. In addition, she helped with a wide range of constituency issues.
Samantha read History at Queens University Belfast and graduated in 2014.
Prior to joining Brevia, Martine was a Client Relationship Manager at Lyceum Publishing where she secured and managed client accounts. She also edited publications and reviewed content to comply with regulations.
Martine read Law at the University of Malta where she obtained her doctorate degree. Her thesis observed a comparative study on British and Maltese dispute resolution methods. She also studied several modules on government structure and parliamentary procedure.
He advises a wide range of corporate clients on strategic communications issues. He also acts as advisor to a number of very high profile individuals, including Heads of State and Government and leading figures in the world of entertainment.
David is experienced at advising organisations on public affairs in Whitehall, Parliament and Brussels and handling media relations as well as advising companies on making representations on legislation, competition and regulatory issues. Previously, David was Communications Director of Camelot and was a founder member of the consortium which went on to win the first national lottery licence. Prior to that, he has worked in over 100 countries around the world, in sales, marketing and management roles. In 2005, David was designated as one of the ‘Top 100 Most Influential People in PR Over the Past 21 years’ by PR Week magazine.
Since leaving the Mirror he has written speeches for government ministers and has been a political commentator for the Daily Mail. David also takes an active role in educating and informing students with lectures and seminars and is most recently author of "Reporting Poverty".
With his extensive knowledge and experience of politics and politics within the media, David is able to formulate incisive and targeted communication plans and strategies for clients, who include governments, international corporations and blue chip companies.
Jonathan Horsman has worked in politics, media and communications for over 20 years, advising overseas governments and heads of state in Central and South East Europe, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East and Africa.
He provides advice on public diplomacy and international media relations and has first-hand knowledge of politics in the UK and European Union.
Previously he was a director at Project Associates, and before that, Director of Public Affairs for a FTSE 100 international financial services group, responsible for government relations and corporate communications across Europe and Latin America. Prior to moving into corporate communications and public affairs, he worked for a UK Government Cabinet Minister in the 1990s.
Jonathan studied Political Science and European Studies at the London School of Economics, completing a Masters degree there in 1994. He has travelled extensively, worked for clients from most continents around the world, and has a particular interest in the history and politics of Central and Eastern Europe.
He was an award-winning journalist and was, up until 2004, the Media Adviser to the Speaker and House of Commons Commission (UK Parliament). His exceptional career also sees him as Managing Director of Stonborough Media Group and Air Supremacy Ltd, a media training company.
As one of the UK's leading authorities on media relations, John has attracted a wide range of corporate and private clients from around the world, including Absolut Vodka, Asda Wal-Mart, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Barclays Bank, Phorm, Savills and the world's largest re-insurer Swiss Re.
He was a Member of Parliament for over fourteen years and served as Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Departments of Environment, Trade and Industry and the Home Office and was Minister for Transport in London from 1992-1996.
He was Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party and twice their candidate for Mayor of London, outperforming the national party on both occasions. He now sits on the boards of Transport for London and the London Development Agency.
Steve has combined his political undertakings with a successful business career in which he has turned around the fortunes of companies facing dire financial and reputation ruin. As a high level business advisor, he has worked with corporations and blue chip companies including The Financial Services Authority, the Strategic Rail Authority, London Electricity, Jaguar Cars and Canary Wharf Group. His experience, expertise and insight into reputation management is unsurpassed.
With over twenty years experience in broadcast journalism at the BBC, he has held senior posts including Editor of the World at One and Deputy Editor of the Today Programme.
In 1997 he undertook the prestigious role of Acting Director of Communications for the Conservative Party. Since then, his extensive knowledge of media relations and reputation management has led him to work with a wide range of clients including the chairmen and CEO of FTSE 100 and 250 companies, senior lawyers and politicians, and the heads of public sector and voluntary organisations.
He has been involved in EU affairs since 1973 and has carved out a career both in the public and private sector as a UK diplomat and as senior executive in a major UK company. This high level of experience and expertise means George delivers an unprecedented level of well-rounded strategic advice.