Health Policy Adviser
Dave founded Riverside in 2012 after more than a decade in public affairs and communications working across Parliament, the EU Institutions, trade bodies and agencies. Having begun his career working for an MP, Dave has worked in a variety of roles for the Liberal Democrats including in the Policy and Research Unit (PRU) during the 2005 general election and as a press and broadcast officer. Dave continued his career in Brussels, becoming Director of Communications for the Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament, before moving to a similar role at BEUC, the European Consumers’ Organisation, where he could often be heard defending consumer interests across the airwaves of Europe.
Dave has advised many blue chip organisations including Cable&Wireless Worldwide and Getty Images, trade associations and charities. Since establishing Riverside, clients have included First Group, the Association of Consumer Credit Information Suppliers, the Haven Gateway Partnership (A120 Campaign), the National Farmers Union (NFU), National Housebuilding Council (NHBC), ROCKWOOL, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).
Michael is one of the UK’s most experienced public affairs and media relations advisers. A former political journalist, Michael founded UK lobbying firm, Westminster Strategy, and has worked in senior European roles at Edelman and APCO Worldwide. He has twice been chair of the Association of Professional Political Consultants (APPC) and is director of the European Centre for Public Affairs (ECPA), a Brussels-based best practice in public affairs organisation. Named by PR Week as one of the 100 most influential figures in its 21-year history, he was also the first recipient of the “outstanding achievement in European public affairs” award.
Michael has provided UK, EU and global public affairs advice, crisis management and media relations counsel to a wide range of businesses, trade associations, governments and regulatory bodies, often at chairman and CEO level. His experience has encompassed many sectors including aviation, energy, financial services, local government, pharmaceuticals, technology and telecommunications. Clients whom he has advised include the Airport Operators Association, Aviva, BT, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Gazprom, Legal & General, Microsoft, Pfizer, Roche, Samsung and the Takeover Panel.
Siân holds a BA in International Relations with Political Science from the University of Birmingham and an MSc in Media, Power and Public Affairs from Royal Holloway, University of London. Prior to joining Riverside in August 2017, she worked in event management organising forums and conferences on a wide range of current affairs issues and public policy topics.
Interested in politics and the policymaking process, Siân has spent time volunteering with a local MP and at Brussels based children’s rights NGO Eurochild. At Riverside, Siân is currently working on accounts such as the Haven Gateway Partnership, the A120 Campaign and the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM).
As well as running her own healthcare consultancy, Helen has been advising Riverside’s healthcare clients since 2015. Helen has more than twenty years’ industry and agency experience of healthcare regulation, law, policy and market access issues. She combines strategic counsel and tactical support with terrifying attention to detail to deliver timely, effective results for our clients. Helen is a former Chair of the Association of Professional Political Consultants.