Who we are

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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.
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Ileana Georgiadis
Associate Director
Ileana Georgiadis is an Associate Director with Sans Frontières Associates.
Since 2006 she has specialised in strategic and crisis communications across a wide range of corporate clients, including a Middle Eastern bank, a North African financial centre, and various corporations in the natural resources sector, specifically in Sub-Saharan Africa and Russia.
Ileana often works with high profile individuals who have had their operations adversely affected by politically motivated campaigns or corporate disputes, to preserve reputations ahead of, during, and following periods of conflict.
Ileana’s work has included campaigns for government ministries in frontier markets designed to help articulate economic growth strategies to key international audiences, and the awareness-raising of various human rights offences in Africa and the Gulf at the United Nations Human Rights Council. Ileana graduated from Oxford University in Philosophy and Modern Languages.
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Jerome Hasler
Associate Director
Jerome Hasler is an Associate Director with Sans Frontières Associates. He is a communications strategist specialising in corporate profile building, disputes and crisis management for clients in emerging markets. Jerome advises on many of the company’s international disputes and legal affairs mandates as well as country-level reputation management briefs. He has recently been engaged to advise on cases involving extradition, politically-motivated allegations, shareholder activism and rebuilding investor confidence.
Prior to joining Sans Frontières Associates, Jerome advised a number of CEOs on their personal communications needs around corporate transition, leadership profile and international engagement. Jerome also ran an external communications office of a boutique mediation practice advising private clients on sensitive issues concerning cross-border transactions, criminal wrongdoing and cultural heritage.
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Philip Peck
Associate Director
Philip Peck is an Associate Director with Sans Frontières Associates. He has more than nine 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 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.
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Esmé Montgomery
Account Manager
Esmé Montgomery is an Account Manager with Sans Frontières Associates. She specialises in strategic communications, reputation management and sensitive issues, and has worked for a range of governmental, non-governmental and corporate clients, particularly in Asia and the Middle East. Prior to joining Sans Frontières Associates, she worked at an international strategic communications firm in New York. Esmé’s experience has included corporate reputation management for a major Chinese non-governmental organisation, a targeted media campaign around trade and investment issues in the U.S., and a profile-raising campaign for a Middle Eastern government’s defence agency.

Esme has an MA in international relations and journalism from New York University and a BA in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin.

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Lauren O’Keeffe
Senior Account Executive
Lauren O’Keeffe is a Senior Account Executive with Sans Frontières Associates. She has experience managing corporate client accounts and international disputes cases in emerging markets. Lauren manages relationships between external parties and journalists, and regularly pitches complex and diverse story developments to the media. Lauren has planned a number of high-profile awareness-raising campaigns in Europe and the US around arbitrary detention matters and creates a variety of core communications content for Sans Frontières’ international clients. Before her work at Sans Frontières, Lauren worked at the European Parliament managing media relations, events and research projects. Lauren also spent 1 year working in digital marketing for a global media agency, giving her a broad understanding of media channels and market research. Lauren previously completed a Master’s degree in French and Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh and is fluent in French and English.
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Lily Owen
Account Executive
Lily Owen is an Account Executive with Sans Frontières Associates. Prior to joining Sans Frontières Associates, Lily was based in Vietnam where she worked for a public policy and international development think tank, providing consultancy work for a number of international organisations. She has an Undergraduate degree in Law and completed a Masters degree in Conflict, Security and Development studies.

Lily has a particular interest in human rights and sustainability, which has been developed through her work in the sustainability department at a FTSE 100 company and within a legal aid charity.

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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.

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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.
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.