Stand shifts as we move into our second decade

Laura Oliphant
Written by Laura Oliphant

Tags: communications environment leadership PR public relations sustainability

I founded Stand with one simple (but typically ambitious) belief: that good comms can make the world a better place.

That belief in better still runs through our DNA. We’ve worked alongside our clients to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges, from making our cities greener to improving financial literacy, challenging perceptions about mental health to improving access to the arts.

And things just keep getting better.

Last year we published our 10-year impact report, and achieved our long-awaited B Corp accreditation.

Now as we moved into our next decade, I’m delighted to announce that Georgie Howlett has been promoted to Managing Director, and we’ve made two new additions to our senior team to help drive forward our growing portfolio in sustainability, finance, education, health and the arts.    

I will continue in my role of Founder, focussing on what gives me the most joy – big thinking, clients, and business development.  I will be spending more time building Stand’s reputation and influencing the agency space through my role as Co-Chair (Purpose) for the Alliance of Independent Agencies.

Georgie joined us as Director in 2021, coming to us after holding senior positions at Forster and purpose consultancy Kin&Co. Georgie has over 15 years strategic social change experience, spanning charities, local government, and B Corporations. She has led award-winning behaviour change campaigns and recently undertook a course with the School of System Change.

In her new role she will focus on running Stand and delivering our strategy, whilst I focus on our growth. Georgie’s strategic thinking and strength in delivery makes her the perfect MD for Stand, and I know the agency will go from strength to strength under her leadership.

Joining Georgie, and Head of Culture Grace French to form our senior team are two additional hires.

Fleur Clarke joins as Head of Content & Creative. Having previously worked in publishing, Fleur delivered campaigns for household names including Agatha Christie, Stephen King and J.R.R Tolkien, and has won 14 industry awards for her work. An expert in content creation that sings across every medium, Fleur now provides creative counsel to Stand’s clients and new business pitches. 

Claire Brady joins as Head of Sustainability. With more than 13 years’ experience in this space, Claire has spent her career offering strategic advice and counsel to organisations seeking to future-proof their sustainability strategy, from FTSE100 companies to start-ups and those wishing to become a B Corp. Claire joins from Bioregional, where she was the lead author for its Cracking the Circular Economy guide. 

As we look towards the next decade of Stand, we know the world (and our clients) face many challenges. Whether that’s climate change, social inequality, or the volatile and ever-changing economic picture.

Every member of Stand still believes in making the world a better place, and we’re excited to work alongside you and see what the next 10 years has to bring us. 

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