About us

What makes us distinctive

We care deeply about the work we do for our clients and strive to differentiate ourselves through our friendly approach, insightful counsel, excellent execution and long-term commitment. Our clients’ success is measured by positive growth, strong reputations and an increase in assets.
Founded in 2005, the CitySavvy team has over 65 years of accumulated experience in advising small firms, large corporates and financial institutions.

LONDON

Julian Rea

Julian Rea

Managing Director, UK

Julian advises a number of our key pan-European clients on communications and media relations strategy, particularly in the financial services sector. He is responsible for CitySavvy’s UK operations.

Matt Gower

Matt Gower

Co-founder and Advisor

Matt advises clients on content-led communications strategies, PR, digital channels, financial reporting, sustainability communications and internal communications. He also specialises in CEO speechwriting, analyst/media presentations and key message development.

Henrietta Hirst

Henrietta Hirst

Managing Director

Henrietta has 25 years of experience advising C-suite executives on international media relations, issues management and corporate profile-raising campaigns, with a focus on asset management sector clients.

Blanca Civit

Blanca Civit

Senior Account Executive, UK

Blanca executes day to day activities for pan-European clients. A former journalist with previous corporate communications experience in Spain and the Netherlands, Blanca is fluent in Spanish, English, Catalan and Dutch.

Sarah Dyduch

Sarah Dyduch

Account Executive, UK

Sarah supports the London team with their Pan-European account management. She began her journalism career in Austria before relocating to London where she acquired her Masters in Public Relations at University of Westminster. She is a native German speaker and is fluent in English.

AMSTERDAM

Omara Nahar

Omara Nahar

Managing Director, Benelux

Omara has 15 years of experience in corporate and financial PR. She devises strategic campaigns for listed and non-listed financial services companies, oversees the firm’s Amsterdam operations and leads the Benelux team.

Carolien Pors

Carolien Pors

Managing Director

Carolien has 18 years of experience in banking and communications. She has independently led a PR and media relations agency since 2007 with a focus on foreign (private) banks and asset managers.

Raymond Salet

Raymond Salet

Senior Communications Strategist

Raymond advises CitySavvy’s clients on communications strategy with special emphasis on transactions, press strategies and ongoing business during crisis situations in the Dutch financial landscape.

Elizabeth K. James

Elizabeth K. James

Senior Account Executive, Benelux

Elizabeth provides broad ranging support for the Benelux accounts on a daily basis. She holds an MSc in Corporate Communications and is an internationally published researcher and writer. She is a native English speaker and has advanced proficiency in Dutch and Swahili.

Anja Höchle

Anja Höchle

Account Executive, Benelux

After starting her PR career in Switzerland, Anja acquired her MSc in Political Communication at the University of Amsterdam. With native German and fluent French and English language capabilities, she specialises in content creation and media relations.

Linda Zieverink

Linda Zieverink

PR Assistant, Benelux

While completing her MSc in Corporate Communications and MSc in Information Science, Linda makes time to support the Amsterdam team with the Benelux accounts.

“At ERI Scientific Beta, we greatly appreciate CitySavvy’s rigorous and professional approach to our assignments. We attach high importance to work being performed in a structured, systematic and comprehensive manner and in this regard have always found CitySavvy to be reliable and assiduous.”

Peter O’Kelly  – Head of Marketing & Communications, EDHEC-Risk Institute, Marketing Director, ERI Scientific Beta

“CitySavvy has been highly influential in building the SuMi TRUST brand in Europe from a standing start in 2013. In summary: personalised, committed and attentive delivery at its very best.”

Charles Bathurst  – Consultant to the Board, SuMi TRUST

“CitySavvy has played a critical role in our firm’s Pan-European expansion and brand building efforts. We’ve worked closely with their team on the creation of a network of local PR agencies throughout Europe which they’ve managed allowing us to rapidly raise Riverside’s profile with all of our constituencies.”

Graham Hearns  – Director of Communications, The Riverside Company

“I have had the pleasure to work with CitySavvy over the last year in London and throughout the Eurozone; they are smart, thoughtful and exceedingly well connected and I have been very fortunate to have them as a partner. Their ability to collaborate is especially noteworthy, unique and devoid of ego.”

William Kelly – CEO, CAIA

“Working with CitySavvy goes beyond the typical client relationship. The team has a wealth of experience and has developed an excellent relationship with the media; it is their energy and genuine desire to help your business succeed that sets them apart.”

Hugh Hendry – Chief Investment Officer, Eclectica

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