Leadership & Senior Counsel

Montpellier’s leadership team have many years combined experience both consultancy and client-side.

Leading their respective teams, each of our leaders provides senior counsel to clients in their specialist areas of Public Relations, Branding & Design and On-line technology solutions.

Lead Consultants

GUY WOODCOCK
CEO
Founding director of the company and chief strategist in Montpellier, Guy brings three decade's experience of corporate and integrated communications consultancy. Board director of the PRCA and non-exec director of a number of commercial and charitable organisations.
ROGER TAYLOR
CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Formerly in-house creative at Zurich Insurance Group and founding partner at Taylor-Lo before leading the visual and web services capability for Montpellier, Roger is a main board director at Montpellier and leads all areas of creative and web services
PHILIP HICKS
PR DIRECTOR
Heads up PR teams and company director. Started career as journalist, transferring to corporate PR agencies with experience of PR programmes throughout EMEA, Russia and APAC. Client track record spans sectors including built environment, logistics; defence; energy; infrastructure; engineering; leisure. Regional committee member of PRCA.
DR DEBBIE SMITH
Head of Technology Practice
With an Oxford University sciences doctorate behind her, Debbie brings huge technical experience in sales and marketing, including at BAe Space Systems and STC International Marine (now part of NorTel) and leading international PR programmes for US and French telecoms companies. Has participated in many international exhibitions including the Farnborough and Paris Air Shows. Two decade's experience
MARTIN THORNE
Head of Web & Applications
Leads Montpellier's web technical team and senior consultant on web applications, software and e-technology solutions. Montpellier experience includes coding and application projects and senior consulting, solution design and programing work. Client assignments range from pan-African resource and credentials matching systems to problem solving and implementation of sophisticated program-based systems for installations with a Government first line contractor.
STEVE THOMAS
Head of Audio Visual Communications
Steve is an experienced marketer and PR, who specialises in the production of video as an online publicity tool. He delivers a package which makes video both easy to deploy and affordable; producing effective content where scripting, optimisation and targeting is as important as the ‘look’.
MARC PHELPS
Brand Strategy Consultant
Marc is a multi-award winning international branding consultant and an important longstanding member of our associate consultant team. Former creative director and founder of internationally acclaimed branding agency, The Edge, Marc leads on brand strategy and positioning, working with leading names including international business process outsourcing group Capita and hi-tech engineering businesses IMI and Lucent Technologies, as well as Hilton Group, Plantronics, Nelson Thornes/Heinemann and P&O Ferries.
PHILIP COOKE
Head of Tourism and Local Government
Philip boasts a wealth of experience in travel, tourism and local government. He has provided marketing and PR support to VisitBritain and many UK Regional Tourist Boards, cities and local authority destinations. A specialist in urban regeneration marketing, he has supported English Partnerships/the Homes and Communities Agency and Enterprise Europe Network. He has also studied and written about Business Improvement Districts in New York and worked for several UK BIDs and tourism-related economic development projects. Assignments also include International Representation for overseas tour operators, travel companies and government agencies in Chile, Ecuador, Peru, the USA, India, Switzerland, Germany and other EU countries. He holds an MBA in International Tourism Management.
Chris Horner
Head of Search and Digital Media
Chris is an SEO specialist with many years experience in creating sustainable SEO strategies for online businesses. Chris is an important longstanding member of our associate consultant team.

Need consultants who listen first, then offer counsel and guidance? Speak to Guy