Our
team

Our team are our greatest asset – they are the heart of our business.

Moreover, our clients also tell us that we are great to work with.

Paula Elliott, Founder and Managing Director

In 2004, Paula founded C8 Consulting with a toddler in tow, while pregnant with her second child. Fast forward 17 years, Paula is just as active and committed to driving the company to achieve bigger and better aspirations. She has worked hard to not only take the company global but to expand its range of services. Having built a strong network, Paula is responsible for driving new business initiatives, as well as helping clients to develop strategic story angles. A passionate storyteller, she loves nothing better than creating campaigns and seeding ideas with the media and key influencers. Now with teenage daughters, life outside of work is equally busy, but Paula still finds time to run with her three Boarder Terriers, if she is not at the gym or on her bike.

Nigel Elliott, Finance Director

Nigel has excellent commercial and business acumen and a proven track record spanning over 25 years, working with Fortune 500 companies. A good problem solver, Nigel’s pragmatic down to earth approach and first-rate customer relationship management skills mean he is well-liked and respected by clients.

Jim Pople, PR Director

After studying Sport Journalism at university, Jim dived headfirst into PR, where he has worked across a variety of clients in the automotive, events, and cybersecurity sectors. During his seven-year tenure in the industry, he has developed excellent written and communication skills, and strong client, team, and media relationships, enabling him to deliver successful campaigns. Away from the attention-to-detail-driven world of PR, Jim enjoys spending time with his family in the picturesque town of Henley-on-Thames. In the summer, Jim can be found lounging in the heat of southwestern France with a large G&T.

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Destiny Gillbee, PR Director

Destiny has over 20 years experience working with B2B technology clients within the consultancy environment. As an experienced corporate communications specialist she has helped to develop communications strategies and plans to help her clients achieve their business objectives while developing on message written content for various mediums including blogs and media placement. Some of the key clients she has worked with include Dell Computers, VMWare, Vodofone, Vodacom Business, BrandQuantum and Adobe.

Danielle Ostrovsky

Danielle Ostrovsky, US PR Director 

Danielle is a senior US PR director who has over 20 years B2B and technology PR experience. She has worked in cyber and for disruptive tech companies such as Carbon Black, Security Scorecard and many others.  Danielle will run PR in the USA working closely with the EMEA team.

Helen Hopper - C8 Associate Copywriting Manager

Helen Hopper, Associate Copywriting Manager

Helen has enjoyed a varied career in PR, marketing and communications, starting out in the technology sector just as the Millennium Bug was hitting the headlines. More than 20 years on, Helen remains fascinated by the mechanics of the media and how stories become all-consuming in the digital age. Stints in multinational tech companies and the education sector have developed Helen’s capacity to analyse the impact of tech on business and society, which she uses to draft engaging articles that position clients as thought leaders. Based on the Isle of Wight, on Friday afternoons she swaps the office to volunteer looking after the donkeys of Carisbrooke Castle.

Ben Honan, Senior Associate Manager

Ben has worked in strategic communications for over a decade, both in-house and agency-side. Blending generalist capital markets experience with a deep specialism in tech and cybersecurity, Ben offers unique insights into technology and data issues facing companies. He began his career at Brunswick, going on to work in specialist technology PR agencies. He then joined Prevalent AI as the first employee, heading up marketing and communications and joining a founding team that included former GCHQ Director Sir Iain Lobban and Andy France, DarkTrace’s founding CEO. During his time off Ben coaches his local youth basketball team and passionately supports Munster and Irish rugby.

Rachel Preston - C8 Senior Associate Consultant

Rachel Preston, Senior Associate Consultant

Rachel helps C8’s clients use social media to tell their story and build their brand, while gaining advocacy among customers, partners, suppliers and employees. Rachel can help you develop your social media strategy and then execute on it, achieving buy-in from your co-workers and leadership teams through well-developed webinars, workshops and paid media campaigns.

Julie Skinner

Julie Skinner, Associate PR Consultant

Julie brings 23 years of diverse disruptive-tech and consumer-tech experience to her clients at C8, having worked at an international level for several organisations such as Warner Bros Interactive, Warner Music, PlayStation, and T-Mobile. Julie’s strengths lie in building brand profile, story-telling, international strategy and management and strong media relations. She is a results-oriented consultant with a proven track record of success for the clients she has represented in the technology and innovation industries.

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Aga Kasprzyk, PR Manager

Aga graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Relations and pursued her passion for communication by starting a career in the industry. She has worked in the charity and public sector gaining extensive experience within communication, PR, marketing, social media, event management. Before joining C8 Consulting, Aga worked in B2B tech PR with a range of cybersecurity, supply chain, data centres and metaverse related clients. 

Ameesha Patel, PR Manager

A tenacious media relations professional, Ameesha brings with her curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity to B2B tech PR. Since joining C8 in 2020 as a junior account executive, Ameesha has supported large campaign launches such as the VMware Global Threat Report and the Eseye State of IoT Adoption Report. She has a passion for telling stories, gets a buzz when landing high-quality coverage and opportunities for clients alongside a talent for creating unique social media campaigns. Away from work, Ameesha loves to travel, experiencing new cultures and cuisines.

Natalie Young, Senior PR Executive

Natalie joined C8 as a Junior Executive in early 2022 and now works with a range of strategic clients in the cybersecurity software and disruptive technology space as a Senior PR Executive. In that time, she has grown as a communications professional, enjoying the dynamic and varied work that agency-life brings. Outside of work, catch her exploring new places or spending time with friends.

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Richard Murphy, Junior PR Executive

After studying Sports Business at University, Richard undertook a variety of internships in marketing and communications roles within the sports and local authority sectors. He was, however, keen to dive into the fast-paced world of PR in the B2B Tech industry, where he could apply and further develop his written and verbal communication skills. In his spare time, Richard loves to travel and is a very keen sportsman, as well as being a long-suffering Reading FC fan!

Tatiana Miller - C8 Associate Consultant

Tatiana Miller, Associate Consultant

Tatiana has over 25 years’ communications experience. At Symantec, she was responsible for enterprise public relations across EMEA and managed the pan-EMEA corporate communications programme. Other previous clients include IBM Global Services, IBM Networking Systems EMEA, IBM Software EMEA, AMP and Claris.

Emma Potter - C8 Associate Marketing Consultant

Emma Potter, Associate Marketing Consultant

Emma is a commercially minded B2B marketing consultant with 18 years’ experience. She is a clear communicator who builds trusted relationships, has a proven track record of driving revenue through digital marketing channels, and builds brand awareness and equity through to point of sale, specifically for fast growth businesses.

James Sutton, Junior Account Executive

A passionate writer and communicator, James studied Journalism and worked as a Technical Author before joining C8. Having always been interested in a career in media, he has combined his technical writing background and journalistic flair and applied them to the world of tech PR. Outside of work, James’ hobbies include SCUBA diving, bouldering, collecting vinyl records, and keeping pet snakes.

Latest Insights

17 April | 2024

Junior Account Executive James Sutton talks about his (slightly unexpected) journey into PR, what led him to be a lover of words, and what he has learned in his first months at C8.

26 March | 2024

After 8 years of managing ThreatQuotient’s UK PR program, C8 was appointed to be their global PR agency. This blog details how our 20 years of experience in disruptive tech allowed us to take ThreatQ global.