Who we are

Lord (Tim) Bell
Lord (Tim) Bell of Belgravia
Chairman
Lord (Tim) Bell is part time Chairman and non-executive Director of Sans Frontières Associates. He is one of the best-known figures in the United Kingdom communications industry. He helped found Saatchi & Saatchi in 1970, and as International Chairman he took Saatchi & Saatchi into its position as the first British No. 1 worldwide advertising agency in 1981. He successfully ran the publicity campaigns for the Conservative Party for the general elections in 1979, 1983 and 1987. In 1985 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of Lowe Howard-Spink & Bell plc and remained in that position until the formation of Chime Communications in 1989. Until August 2016 he was the Chairman of Bell Pottinger Private, the third largest public relations agency in the UK. He advises the chairmen of many of Britain’s leading companies and organisations as well as foreign heads of state and international business leaders and politicians. He was awarded a knighthood in 1990 by Lady Thatcher.
Jonathan Lehrle
Jonathan J Lehrle
Managing Director
Jonathan is Managing Director of Sans Frontières Associates Ltd.
He is a former Conservative Party Chief of Staff responsible for foreign policy evaluation and formulation (2001 – 2005), who possesses sound knowledge of political message control and media handling skills. Between 2008 and 2016 he handled numerous sensitive projects, from Belarus & President Lukashenko in 2008/9, followed by more traditional political projects in Zambia, South Africa, Gabon, Guinea, Zambia (mining), Niger, DRC, Republic of Congo (PCT), Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Ukraine and in the Middle East. In 2015 he worked on the Nigerian election and Republic of Congo Referendum. In 2016 he established Sans Frontières Associates Ltd.
Darren Murphy
Darren Murphy
Associate
Darren Murphy is an Associate of Sans Frontières Associates. Previously, in 2011, Darren founded and was Chief Executive of Centreground Political Communications Limited, an international political communications and campaigns consultancy. Prior to Centreground, he spent eight years as a special adviser in Tony Blair’s government including as special adviser to Health Secretary 1999-2003 and political communications adviser to the Prime Minister. Since leaving government, he has been a political consultant, specialising in services to governments, advising heads of state and government, party and political leaders, public service reformers and regulators in Europe, Latin America, Africa and Asia on public attitudes, political strategy, elections, campaigns and strategic communications.
Philip Dennis
PHILIP DENNIS
Financial Communications Associate
Philip Dennis is a Financial Communications Associate of Sans Frontières Associates. He has extensive experience of advising, leading and implementing financial, corporate communications and investor relations campaigns. His approach and advice is based on a background in finance and accounting and over 20 years in communications and investor Relations. Philip has advised senior management teams from small and medium growth companies to large international entities across both the public and private markets. He has worked across multiple sectors, including oil & gas, biotech, retail, industry, consumer finance and technology. Advising companies and individuals on reputation management, profile development, IPOs, M&A, shareholder disputes, government relations, crisis management and debt holder communications.
Ileana Georgiadis
Ileana Georgiadis
Senior Consultant
Ileana is a Senior Consultant with Sans Frontières Associates. Since 2006 Ileana has specialised in strategic communications, focusing on international media relations across a wide range of corporate clients, including a major Iraqi bank, a North African financial centre, and various noteworthy Africa-based clients in the natural resources sector, specifically in Madagascar, Zambia, DRC, Angola and Mozambique. Ileana has dealt with a wide range of communications issues and crises, developing clients’ strategy on the ground and from London. Ileana graduated from Oxford University in Philosophy and Modern Languages.
Jerome Hasler
Jerome Hasler
Senior Consultant
Jerome Hasler is a Senior Consultant with Sans Frontières Associates. He is a reputation management and strategic communications professional with a clear record of success in campaigning, crisis management and profile building for private and corporate clients at a national and international level. Jerome trained as a reputation management and communications strategist, advising clients on communications for political campaigns, foreign direct investment, litigation, stakeholder relations and crisis management for clients in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Jerome also ran an external communications office of a boutique litigation and mediation practice, advising UHNW (ultra-high-net-worth) individuals on extremely sensitive issues concerning cross-border transactions, criminal wrongdoing and cultural heritage.
Philip Peck, Senior Consultant
Philip Peck
Senior Consultant
Philip is a Senior Consultant with Sans Frontières Associates. Philip has more than seven years’ experience managing reputations, campaigns and crisis communications for governments, individuals and corporates based predominantly in emerging markets. Philip’s experience includes a global investment promotion campaign for a Middle Eastern government, leading on corporate profile-raising campaigns for a number of African corporates, and advising on two presidential election campaigns in Africa. Philip has a degree in politics and international relations from Sheffield University and spent a year studying Mandarin at Fudan University in China.
Matt Bell
Matt Bell
Consultant
Matt Bell is a Consultant with Sans Frontières Associates. His experience includes a range of communications briefs for companies, political organisations and high net worth individuals in Europe and Africa. He previously worked for leading polling company ICM, where he specialised in highly sensitive areas of corporate reputation, audience segmentation and campaign testing. He also worked for the BBC’s international documentary strand, Storyville, and for Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron. Matt graduated from the University of Oxford in 2012 with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Mark Webster
Mark Webster
Specialist Media Trainer
Mark is a specialist media trainer at Sans Frontières Associates. With more than 30 years’ experience, Mark is a seasoned journalist that has worked across some the UK’s biggest print titles and broadcasters. He began his career at London’s Evening Standard, before moving to the Financial Times in 1977 where he was Africa correspondent and then industrial correspondent. Between 1982 and 2007 Mark held numerous correspondent and editorial positions at ITN, one of the UK’s biggest news broadcasters. In 2007, he became a senior media spokesperson for Menzies Campbell, the then-leader of the UK Liberal Democrats.
Georgie Caney
Georgie Caney
PA and Office Manager
Georgie is PA and Office Manager at Sans Frontières Associates. Previously, Georgie worked at Pagefield Global Counsel as PA to the Managing Partner and Partners, alongside this she was also Office Manager, overseeing the efficient running of the office, as well as organising events and helping with HR processes. Georgie has experience in the public relations industry as well as being a team manager for a catering company, helping to organise and run events in Hertfordshire.