Our Hive

Team

Our hive

We are an agency where people come first. Where passion and creativity are prized. Where clients are celebrated. One where there is time to think, to go the extra mile. A land of opportunity.

We are focused on developing and investing in our talented team and infrastructure for growth.

Kirsty Leighton
Queen Bee

Kirsty is the founder of Milk & Honey. She has over 20 years of experience in brand PR and communications. She has a rather privileged view of the communications landscape having held leadership positions in successful City and financial, technology, corporate and consumer agencies. She started Milk & Honey determined to put people first, creating a happy and healthy place to work. Where passion and creativity are prized. Where clients are celebrated. One where there is time to think, to go the extra mile. A land of opportunity.

Kirsty Leighton

Kirsty Leighton
Queen Bee

Kirsty is the founder of Milk & Honey. She has over 20 years of experience in brand PR and communications. She has a rather privileged view of the communications landscape having held leadership positions in successful City and financial, technology, corporate and consumer agencies. She started Milk & Honey determined to put people first, creating a happy and healthy place to work. Where passion and creativity are prized. Where clients are celebrated. One where there is time to think, to go the extra mile. A land of opportunity.

Francesca O’Connor
ASSOCIATE PARTNER

Fran heads up all things creative and consumer. She started her media career as an assistant on a TV production company in 2007 before moving to PR. Since then she has held a number of senior positions in global agencies designing and delivering high impact campaigns for technology, wellness and consumer lifestyle and retail brands. These include Kellogg’s, Diageo, Philips, P&G, Nikon, Moonpig and Sony.

At the hive, Fran has board responsibility for talent development and recruitment. Ensuring the whole team are growing, learning and supporting one another.

Francesca O’Connor
ASSOCIATE PARTNER

Fran heads up all things creative and consumer. She started her media career as an assistant on a TV production company in 2007 before moving to PR. Since then she has held a number of senior positions in global agencies designing and delivering high impact campaigns for technology, wellness and consumer lifestyle and retail brands. These include Kellogg’s, Diageo, Philips, P&G, Nikon, Moonpig and Sony.

At the hive, Fran has board responsibility for talent development and recruitment. Ensuring the whole team are growing, learning and supporting one another.

Laura Reijnders-Dorr
MONEY BEE

Laura is keeper of the cash! A chartered accountant with a master’s degree from Erasmus, Laura spent ten years auditing with EY before joining the board at Milk & Honey. She plays a central role in directing the business. Keeping us on an upward growth trajectory whilst ensuring client’s budgets are treated with care. Ensuring we deliver the best possible return on investment.

Laura Reijnders-Dorr
MONEY BEE

Laura is keeper of the cash! A chartered accountant with a master’s degree from Erasmus, Laura spent ten years auditing with EY before joining the board at Milk & Honey. She plays a central role in directing the business. Keeping us on an upward growth trajectory whilst ensuring client’s budgets are treated with care. Ensuring we deliver the best possible return on investment.

Caroline Addy
HONEY BEE

Caroline began her PR career in 2010 working on high profile campaigns across a variety of consumer sectors, including food & drink, not-for-profit and entertainment. After moving to Sydney for four years, her focus turned to technology and innovation (IT & networking, software development, telecoms, consumer electronics) where she represented global tech giant Cisco, amongst others.

Having crafted first-class campaigns and relationships on both sides of the world, Caroline’s experience has made her a bit of a chameleon, with the ability to adapt at the drop of a hat. Caroline has learnt from the best in the industry and is passionate about inspiring her team to believe in themselves, be brave and continue raising the bar.

Caroline Addy
HONEY BEE

Caroline began her PR career in 2010 working on high profile campaigns across a variety of consumer sectors, including food & drink, not-for-profit and entertainment. After moving to Sydney for four years, her focus turned to technology and innovation (IT & networking, software development, telecoms, consumer electronics) where she represented global tech giant Cisco, amongst others.

Having crafted first-class campaigns and relationships on both sides of the world, Caroline’s experience has made her a bit of a chameleon, with the ability to adapt at the drop of a hat. Caroline has learnt from the best in the industry and is passionate about inspiring her team to believe in themselves, be brave and continue raising the bar.

Jessica Ballinger
TECH BEE

Jessica heads up our technology offer and sits on our board. She is celebrated for her creativity and ability to design transformative campaigns. Before arriving at the hive, Jessica spent eight years at London PR agencies Brands2Life and Red Consultancy. Telling stories for major enterprises and challenger brands across cyber security, cloud, digital marketing, fintech and data analytics.

She is passionate about building a team which is always looking for creative inspiration from the wider world. This means she is often busy at industry events and carrying out judging duties.

Jessica Ballinger
TECH BEE

Jessica heads up our technology offer and sits on our board. She is celebrated for her creativity and ability to design transformative campaigns. Before arriving at the hive, Jessica spent eight years at London PR agencies Brands2Life and Red Consultancy. Telling stories for major enterprises and challenger brands across cyber security, cloud, digital marketing, fintech and data analytics.

She is passionate about building a team which is always looking for creative inspiration from the wider world. This means she is often busy at industry events and carrying out judging duties.

Lindsay Stanley
Kiwi Bee

Lindsay heads up our New Zealand business out of Auckland. Dubbed internally as ‘master of the cover story’. Lindsay is expert in working with clients to marry their key messages to the news agenda delivering something fresh. She started her career in the UK in 2005, spanning wellbeing, retail, FMCG and technology sectors, before moving with her family to New Zealand.

Lindsay Stanley
Kiwi Bee

Lindsay heads up our New Zealand business out of Auckland. Dubbed internally as ‘master of the cover story’. Lindsay is expert in working with clients to marry their key messages to the news agenda delivering something fresh. She started her career in the UK in 2005, spanning wellbeing, retail, FMCG and technology sectors, before moving with her family to New Zealand.

Rachel Proctor
Digi Bee

Rachel is our digital doyen. She has been working in marketing communications since 2014 when she graduated with a first-class honours degree in business management and marketing. Before joining the hive, Rachel worked with Thomson Reuters in a variety of internal communications and event roles. Prior to that she was part of the awards team at Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.

Rachel is a voracious learner and has recently completed diplomas in web design and mobile app development. She is currently working on graphic design.

Rachel Proctor
Digi Bee

Rachel is our digital doyen. She has been working in marketing communications since 2014 when she graduated with a first-class honours degree in business management and marketing. Before joining the hive, Rachel worked with Thomson Reuters in a variety of internal communications and event roles. Prior to that she was part of the awards team at Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity.

Rachel is a voracious learner and has recently completed diplomas in web design and mobile app development. She is currently working on graphic design.

Harriet King
Lavender Bee

Harriet is a self-confessed news junkie and can always find the right angle to a story. Before arriving at the hive, Harriet worked across marketing and creative agencies and with brands such as ASDA and British Airways.

As well as her creative flair, she has an eagle eye for news jacking opportunities whilst managing campaigns for clients. Outside of work she enjoys finding new places in the city to eat, drink and dance.

Harriet King
Lavender Bee

Harriet is a self-confessed news junkie and can always find the right angle to a story. Before arriving at the hive, Harriet worked across marketing and creative agencies and with brands such as ASDA and British Airways.

As well as her creative flair, she has an eagle eye for news jacking opportunities whilst managing campaigns for clients. Outside of work she enjoys finding new places in the city to eat, drink and dance.

Luciana Ianari
Fern Bee

Luciana is a magician at securing high profile stories. She has deftly sweet-talked celebrities, influencers and event organisers to give our clients top billing. She comes from a rounded marketing background and is always looking to keep growing her skills. She completed her master’s in publishing from University College London in 2017. Her experience in media strategy and advertising planning brings further breadth, skills and insights to our clients’ campaigns.

Having grown up in Kenya to Italian parents, Luciana is our resident linguist. Fluent in Italian, French, Swahili and of course English. Her effervescent energy coupled with a sharp eye for planning detail ensures our campaigns always deliver.

Luciana Ianari
Fern Bee

Luciana is a magician at securing high profile stories. She has deftly sweet-talked celebrities, influencers and event organisers to give our clients top billing. She comes from a rounded marketing background and is always looking to keep growing her skills. She completed her master’s in publishing from University College London in 2017. Her experience in media strategy and advertising planning brings further breadth, skills and insights to our clients’ campaigns.

Having grown up in Kenya to Italian parents, Luciana is our resident linguist. Fluent in Italian, French, Swahili and of course English. Her effervescent energy coupled with a sharp eye for planning detail ensures our campaigns always deliver.

Hannah Winter
Teal Bee

Hannah begun her career in communications in 2012. Like many at the hive, Hannah has a varied background. She started in consumer before moving into trade, corporate, brand and financial communications. Her deep understanding of multiple audiences enables her to put hard hitting campaigns in place for both consumer and corporate clients.

Hannah is buzzing with ideas and gifted at working with the broader team to deliver award winning campaigns. Her degree in psychology means she is always looking for ways to really engage audiences and drive a positive behavioural change for clients.

Hannah Winter

Hannah Winter
Teal Bee

Hannah begun her career in communications in 2012. Like many at the hive, Hannah has a varied background. She started in consumer before moving into trade, corporate, brand and financial communications. Her deep understanding of multiple audiences enables her to put hard hitting campaigns in place for both consumer and corporate clients.

Hannah is buzzing with ideas and gifted at working with the broader team to deliver award winning campaigns. Her degree in psychology means she is always looking for ways to really engage audiences and drive a positive behavioural change for clients.

Ailene Barr
Client Manager

Ailene began her PR career in 2014 and spent five years focussing on the personal finance world of energy bills, broadband, mobiles and financial services. She has a nose for a story and will often be found buried in research and analysis hunting out the perfect angle. Ailene can bring the star quality out in new spokespeople and is always on the lookout for broadcast opportunities to maximise exposure.

Ailene has an ear to the ground for industry developments and new regulations to better empower her clients to be on the front foot of change, especially in digital industries.

Ailene Barr
Client Manager

Ailene began her PR career in 2014 and spent five years focussing on the personal finance world of energy bills, broadband, mobiles and financial services. She has a nose for a story and will often be found buried in research and analysis hunting out the perfect angle. Ailene can bring the star quality out in new spokespeople and is always on the lookout for broadcast opportunities to maximise exposure.

Ailene has an ear to the ground for industry developments and new regulations to better empower her clients to be on the front foot of change, especially in digital industries.

Connor Taylor
Client Executive

Connor loves to write and has a voracious appetite to learn. A graduate of Cambridge University, he has an uncanny knack of uncovering story angles and client insights. Prior to joining Milk & Honey Connor had gained work experience in the fintech and compliance sectors, before deciding to concentrate on his creative and story-telling interests.

When not working, you can find him on a rugby pitch, cruising on the slopes, or planning his latest backpacking adventure. Connor calls both the UK and Switzerland home.

Connor Taylor
Client Executive

Connor loves to write and has a voracious appetite to learn. A graduate of Cambridge University, he has an uncanny knack of uncovering story angles and client insights. Prior to joining Milk & Honey Connor had gained work experience in the fintech and compliance sectors, before deciding to concentrate on his creative and story-telling interests.

When not working, you can find him on a rugby pitch, cruising on the slopes, or planning his latest backpacking adventure. Connor calls both the UK and Switzerland home.

Brittany Farquhar
Social Bee

Brittany started her digital communications career in Toronto, Canada and moved to London in spring 2018. Prior to relocating she worked in recruitment communications for the largest college in Canada. She worked on various marketing campaigns and assisted in the social media strategy and email marketing for the overarching brand. In her early career, she was part of a team at a bespoke digital and influencer agency.

Brittany puts her digital smarts to work across an array of through the line campaigns at the hive. She is buzzing with ideas and practical applications to make them fly. Outside of work, you’ll find her raving about the latest podcasts, pop culture news or her adventurous travel stories. 

Brittany Farquhar
Social Bee

Brittany started her digital communications career in Toronto, Canada and moved to London in spring 2018. Prior to relocating she worked in recruitment communications for the largest college in Canada. She worked on various marketing campaigns and assisted in the social media strategy and email marketing for the overarching brand. In her early career, she was part of a team at a bespoke digital and influencer agency.

Brittany puts her digital smarts to work across an array of through the line campaigns at the hive. She is buzzing with ideas and practical applications to make them fly. Outside of work, you’ll find her raving about the latest podcasts, pop culture news or her adventurous travel stories.

Charlie Bush
Client Executive

Charlie loves an emotive story. He has a real gift for finding the perfect language to bring a story to life, to lift it from the page and into your heart. He works seamlessly with the broader team to deliver creative B2B campaigns across the hive.

A graduate of sociology from the University of Sheffield, Charlie is passionate about performance. A real theatre buff, he is never happier than in the spot light.

Charlie Bush
Client Executive

Charlie loves an emotive story. He has a real gift for finding the perfect language to bring a story to life, to lift it from the page and into your heart. He works seamlessly with the broader team to deliver creative B2B campaigns across the hive.

A graduate of sociology from the University of Sheffield, Charlie is passionate about performance. A real theatre buff, he is never happier than in the spot light.