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 - C8 Founder and Managing Director

Paula Elliott, Founder and Managing Director

Paula’s strategic insight and business awareness have been developed over 25 years of B2B PR and marketing experience. She is trusted by clients to deliver compelling, results-focused campaigns that have impact with the right audiences. With experience in a broad range of sectors and industry relationships, Paula is skilled at positioning clients within complex markets.

Michael Bartley - C8 Deputy Managing Director

Michael Bartley, Deputy Managing Director

A highly enterprising communications and public relations professional, Michael possesses a deep knowledge of the UK and EMEA media landscape. As C8’s deputy managing director, Michael is responsible for the commercial growth of the agency and for supporting the expansion of the business’ digital and social capabilities.

Nigel Elliott - C8 Finance Director

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.

Ken Deeks - C8 Chairman

Ken Deeks MBE, Communications Training Specialist

Ken is C8’s communications training specialist, delivering presentation training, media training, bid support, storytelling and effective communication through personality profiling. A specialist in the IT sector, Ken’s current clients include Accenture, Oracle, HPE, Finastra and Refinitiv. Ken is also the founder of Byte Night, the annual IT sleepout which C8 provides support for on an annual basis.

Jim Pople, PR Director

Jim joins C8 Consulting with over four years’ experience in PR, working in the automotive, events and B2B tech sectors. With a bachelor’s degree in Sport Journalism, Jim has managed a diverse range of clients in the tech space, developing excellent written and communication skills, and strong media relationships, which enable him to consistently deliver successful campaigns.

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.

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.

Helen Hopper - C8 Associate Copywriting Manager

Helen Hopper, Associate Copywriting Manager

Helen is C8’s associate copywriting manager, responsible for devising and developing compelling copy that supports C8 clients’ strategic goals and thought leadership campaigns. From executive reports based on primary research to vertical sector-focused opinion pieces and issues-related thought leadership articles and blogs, Helen’s eye for detail and creative mindset ensures copy is accurate, engaging and showcases our clients’ expertise.

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.

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.

Kiri O’Leary, PR Manager

Kiri has a degree in Psychology which helped her develop a strong understanding of human behaviours, as well as developing analytical and writing skills. As sub-editor for online media news site Global Seven News she has honed her understanding of the media. Her experience brings a creative, insightful approach to client campaigns.

Jessica Kelliher, PR Executive

Jess studied marketing at the University of Winchester, achieving First Class honours. She has first-hand experience with an online start-up business, specifically with launching its social media presence. Throughout university she worked with a multitude of technology platforms and enjoys learning about future capabilities. She enjoys PR and is passionate about building relationships.

Ameesha Patel, PR Executive

Ameesha studied Communications and Media Studies at Brunel University London. Joining the C8 Consulting team as a Junior Account Executive she brings with her curiosity, critical thinking and creativity. Ameesha’s innate passion for communication gives her all the qualities needed for a successful PR career. She looks forward to working with innovative technology clients and building strong client relationships.

Megan Mackintosh, Junior PR Executive

Megan studied English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford. After graduating, an internship with a tech start-up inspired her to pursue a career in Tech PR, combining her passion for storytelling with the challenge of communicating complex technological innovations to potential customers. Joining the C8 Consulting team as a Junior Account Executive, she is excited to immerse herself in this dynamic sector and build long-lasting, productive relationships.

Polly Pye

Polly Pye, Junior PR Executive

Polly graduated in 2020 with a degree in History from the University of Manchester. Throughout university she gained experience with online publications, writing articles and assisting social media teams. Joining C8 as a Junior Account Executive, Polly is excited to bring her written communication skills and creativity to the team. She is also looking forward to working with a range of innovative technology clients and expanding her knowledge of the sector.

Latest Insights

12 October | 2021

Journalists are busy people, and busy people make quick judgements about what to prioritise and what to ignore. In PR, writing quality content is only half the battle – you need to be able to sell it to key journalists for it to be read, this is where writing a good pitch is crucial.

23 September | 2021

Its International Week of Happiness at Work! Find out more on how the C8 team keeps happy, healthy and motivated at work in their latest blog. From morning coffee, runs with their dog or a good natter in the office, this is how the C8 team keeps positive.