Richard Stone, MCIPR
Stone Junction is managed by Richard Stone, an chartered member of the CIPR whose previous experience includes campaigns for Arup, AIT Plc, CIENA, Parker Hannifin, Schneider Electric, SIG, SKF, Roche and WorldCom.
Seventeen years in technical and technology PR has taught him that he is only just starting out.
He is a very slightly geeky father of two who lives in Stafford with his long suffering wife, aforementioned children, dog and cat.
Richard likes talking about books, sci-fi and Liverpool FC. Often to himself.
Zafar JamAti, MCIPR
Senior Account executive
Zafar joined Stone Junction in 2013 and is one of the
company’s key team leaders. He is responsible for managing some of the
agency's clients in sectors including industrial automation, medical
technology and smart devices.
With a BSc in information technology and an MBA in international business, Zafar wants to change the way people think about technology.
Zafar takes any opportunity to talk tech with those around him, whether they speak English, Urdu or Punjabi.
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet him on @StoneJunctionZ
Jessica Phillips, ACIPR
Senior account executive
As well as being a media relations and copywriting expert,
specialises in social media. She works on a range of award winning
multinational accounts including FTSE listed Renishaw, UK manufacturer
Cressall and EU Automation.
Jess is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and holds a Dual Honours in Media, Communications and Culture and Psychology.
Jess is unreachable in summer after 9pm, due to an unhealthy obsession with the TV show, Love Island.
Kirsty Mcmahon, MCIPR
senior account executive
Kirsty is our resident trade journalist, having worked at Security Media Publishing as deputy editor before joining Stone Junction.
As well as bringing editorial inside knowledge to the team,
understands the pressures on in-house marketing teams after spending
five years on that side of the fence in Saudi Arabia and Dubai for
companies operating in logistics, medical, education and construction.
A self-professed crazy cat lady, Kirsty can usually be found watching re-runs of Firefly with a cat or two in her lap.
Senior account executive
Laura joined the world of work in 2012 and spent several years
print media and marketing before making the move into public relations
in June 2015.
During her PR career, Laura has worked on several award winning campaigns and increased the amount of press coverage on one of her accounts by 96 percent – in just twelve months.
When she’s not generating media coverage, Laura can be found relaxing with friends in her local, watching the world go by.
Thomas Roden, MCIPR
Senior account executive
Thomas took his first steps towards a career in PR by studying Music Journalism and Broadcasting at Staffordshire University.
With a passion for writing and a fascination with video, it
seemed like a perfect fit.
While studying he briefly worked as a PR Officer for the Douglas Macmillan Hospice, which sparked a love affair with the world of PR.
Thomas is a new music lover, media fanatic and registered technophile. But his true love, above all else, is koalas.
Leah studied Natural Sciences at the University of Birmingham, specialising in microbiology and infectious disease.
During her time there she completed laboratory research project on drug development.
Leah has always been interested in science, but as a lover of writing she was keen to put her scientific skills to use outside the lab through technical PR.
Leah likes korfball, an unusual Dutch sport
that can only be described as a mixture of basketball and
jennifer barnes, ACIPR
Jennifer studied Modern Languages at Lancaster University and spent a year living and studying in France and Germany.
Her move towards technical PR with
Stone Junction was inspired by a desire to use her language skills to
help brands develop in international markets.
When she’s not speaking French or German, Jennifer enjoys eating out, cooking and spending Sunday afternoons watching Formula 1 races.
Senior account executive
After achieving a first-class degree in Events Management,
Jade spent three years working for a marketing agency in Canada.
Prior to her trip across the Atlantic, she also worked for the PDSA and Harper Adams University.
After returning to home soil, she joined Stone Junction to bolster its events and international PR functions.
her own time, she enjoys walking her beloved dog, Karla, and watching
nearly any sport, particularly baseball and basketball – Go Blue Jays!
Carla Mateus, BSc
A former science teacher and SAS programmer, before joining
Stone Junction, Carla worked for a global pharmaceutical company,
analysing clinical trial data of medical
gaining valuable experience in science and technology.
Carla graduated with first class honours in Biological Sciences from Keele University.
Her STEM background helps Carla create engaging content for campaigns dealing with advanced products and materials.
Carla has a twin brother and is half-Portuguese. She visits
Portugal regularly to eat custard tarts.
A former journalist,
Chris moved to the dark-side of PR in 2008. During his career he has
worked across a wealth of sectors, including professional services,
leisure and tourism, healthcare, arts and culture, and engineering.
Chris is a keen supporter of SMEs, having delivered training and workshops on behalf of Google, Birmingham City Council and Enterprise Nation. He has even been to 10 Downing Street to discuss Government support for small businesses.
When he’s not at work, Chris is editor of
culture guide Polaroids and Polar Bears.
Chelsea Heard, MSci
Chelsea is a STEM graduate with a master’s in
Biological Sciences from the
University of Birmingham, specialising in health
During her time at university, she enjoyed improving her communication and writing skills, which she is keen to combine with her scientific understanding, following her move to PR.
Chelsea can often be found reading or cooking ‘experimental’ dishes, much to everyone’s delight - or disgust.
Before joining Stone Junction, Sara worked for the Royal Armed
Forces creating both local and national media campaigns for the Mercian
Regiment. As well as working in-house, she also brings experience from
two leading Midlands agencies.
Sara studied media and communication at Birmingham City University, specialising in public relations.
In her spare time, you will find Sara either eating anything peanut butter flavoured or at brunch requesting extra mushrooms.
Budding bilingual Alison Gardner studied and worked in Spain
for a year and graduated from Lancaster University with a BA in
Alison is joining Stone Junction to help deliver international press coverage for Stone Junction's clients. She became interested in PR after being part of the publicity team at university.
Alison is a self-confessed Disney fanatic and she knows all the songs in English and Spanish. She also likes to travel, cook and sing, sometimes all at once.
After almost a decade in sales, working for market leading
businesses such as EE and Yell.com, Anna changed career direction and
joined Stone Junction as our business administrator.
Her move into PR ties in well with her degree in Media & Communication Studies, earned many years ago!
Outside work, Anna is a professional singer and recently won the Best Newcomer gong at the UK Bhangra Awards.
Carla joined Stone Junction in 2017, after spending nine years
in creative marketing and design.
Carla has a degree in visual communications, specialising in illustration. During her career, she has applied her skills across a multitude of sectors, including manufacturing and engineering.
When Carla is not looking for Vikings and the Aurora Borealis in Scandinavia, you can usually find her rocking out at a live music venue or festival or lost in a crystal shop.
Ellie is a Biomedical Science graduate from the University of
Sheffield with a year’s experience in pharmaceutical
As an account executive in the Stone Junction Academy, she applies her knowledge of science, her creativity, and the writing skills she developed at university.
Outside work, Ellie spends a lot of time baking and giving out unhealthy treats. If not in the kitchen, she can be found drawing or with coloured pencils and an adult colouring book.