About Me

Hi there, I‘m Emma, founder of Henbe Communications.

I always wanted to be my own boss. I was a visual storyteller a photojournalist from Essex in the mid-90s. Moving north I became the 51st person to work for Capital One, the company that invented the ‘balance transfer’ working in the corporate comms team on big impact events, launches, and PR campaigns – it grew to more than 1,000 employees in my time there. I learned a lot, from some of the best, and met my husband.

Wanting to further my knowledge, I was one of the first students to pass the Strategic PR post-grad diploma with the CIPR. This gave me new insights making me curious about agency life and consulting, so I stepped sideways into a (very) short agency stint before leaping into freelance consulting for the first time working on ground-breaking major infrastructure projects and public realm projects with social impact.

I left Nottingham aged 30 ish. My new job moved me south to the ‘silicon fen’ to help world-leading technology startups and R&D consulting and product development companies and latterly UK Government, construction and property companies/services. This is where I’ve been since for the last 15 yrs combining helping construction, tech and property companies engage customers, with raising humans and latterly, working for me.

Why you should choose me

I’m an in-house communication expert turned external advisor. I’ve worked in comms for 20 plus years now, I’m a chartered practitioner with the UK Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and I’m am driven by purposeful and ethical works that works.

I believe that at the heart of every marketing PR, brand or sales strategy is an effective communication strategy – for me it’s what binds all the activities and tactics together. Without one, you can spend a lot of time and money and not get results.

If you are changing the game or the players in your sector and/or doing something different in property, tech or construction, I can help you with Comms ‘That Works’ in a number of ways.

Lots of ways to engage with me

Check out my packages to see how we can best work together, get to know me and listen to my podcast for free advice and tips on getting started, sign up for #StratChat my monthly email with tips, insights and offers, and read what people say about working with me and my approach to Comms ‘That Works’, and don’t forget to follow me on social media.

My Approach.

I will get you the result that’s right for you and your business; no one-size-fits-all approach that larger agencies sometimes adopt.

I combine knowledge and experience with good humour and the ability to build trust and rapport quickly and easily so you can get on with running your business or project knowing that the communication is in hand.

I provide support on a consultancy basis, as an extra resource to your in-house or agency team, or by bringing in a larger multidisciplinary team working with a UK-wide network of trusted creative professionals under the Henbe banner.

Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Chartered Practitioner (Chart.PR) one of only 250 Chartered Practitioners in the UK, PG Dip PR, PG Dip Crisis Comms

Awards and Recognition

Finalist; CIPR Excellence Award 2020 for ‘best business and corporate PR campaign’

Voted one of 60 ‘most influential women’ in Planning for media and comms 2020

Finalist; Chartered Institute of Marketing Excellence Awards 2020 for ‘best use of PR’.

Finalist; CIPR PRide Awards 2018 for ‘best event’.

Head Judge of the CIPR Regional PRide Awards 2017.