Stone Junction - technology PR
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Richard Stone, MCIPR

Managing Director

Stone Junction is managed by Richard Stone, a 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.  

e-mail richards@stonejunction.co.uk or tweet him using @RichieStone

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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 zafar@stonejunction.co.uk or tweet him on @StoneJunctionZ

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Jessica Phillips, ACIPR

Senior account executive

As well as being a media relations and copywriting expert, Jess 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.

e-mail her on jessica@stonejunction.co.uk or tweet her on @JessPhillips134

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Kirsty Mcmahon, MCIPR

JUnior account MANAGER

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, she 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.

e-mail her on kirsty@stonejunction.co.uk or tweet her on @KirstyMcMahon87

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laura england

Senior account executive

Laura joined the world of work in 2012 and spent several years in 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.

e-mail her on laura@stonejunction.co.uk or tweet her on @xx_LauraJayne

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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.

e-mail him on thomas@stonejunction.co.uk or tweet him on @Thomas_Roden

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Leah Elston-Thompson

account executive

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 netball. 

e-mail her on leah@stonejunction.co.uk or tweet her on @leahet

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jennifer barnes, ACIPR

account executive

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. 

e-mail her on jennifer@stonejunction.co.uk or tweet her on @jenni_barnes

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Jade SAMMONS

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.

In her own time, she enjoys walking her beloved dog, Karla, and watching nearly any sport, particularly baseball and basketball – Go Blue Jays!

e-mail her on Jade@stonejunction.co.uk or tweet her on @JadeyPops24.

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Carla Mateus, BSc

Account executive

A former science teacher and SAS programmer, before joining Stone Junction, Carla worked for a global pharmaceutical company, analysing clinical trial data of  medical breakthroughs,  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.

e-mail her on Carla@stonejunction.co.uk or tweet her on @CarlaMateus.

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Chris Brown

Account Manager

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.

e-mail him on Chris@stonejunction.co.uk or tweet him on @PipeDownMrBrown.

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Chelsea Heard, MSci

Account executive

Chelsea is a STEM graduate with a master’s in Biological Sciences from the University of Birmingham, specialising in health and disease.

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.

e-mail her on Chelsea@stonejunction.co.uk or tweet her on @ChelsH987.

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Sara Mills-Bricknell

Account executive

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.

e-mail her on Sara@stonejunction.co.uk or tweet her on @_brickwall.

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Alison Gardner

Account executive

Budding bilingual Alison Gardner studied and worked in Spain for a year and graduated from Lancaster University with a BA in Spanish.

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.

e-mail her on Alison@stonejunction.co.uk or tweet her on @aleejgardner.

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Anna Heer

Business Administrator

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.

e-mail her on Anna@stonejunction.co.uk or tweet her on @AnnaHeerMusic.

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Carla Stanton

Graphic Designer

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.

e-mail her on Carlas@stonejunction.co.uk or message her on instagram @Carla_Cheryl.

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Ellie Clifford

Academy Executive

Ellie is a Biomedical Science graduate from the University of Sheffield with a year’s experience in pharmaceutical R&D. 

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. 

e-mail her on Ellie@stonejunction.co.uk or tweet her on @Ellie.Clifford.

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Laura Whitehead

Academy Executive

Before joining Stone Junction, Laura worked in a customer services role in the pensions industry for two years.  

She also spent a year drinking sangria and speaking espanol in Barcelona as part of her a joint honours BA in English Literature and Spanish.

She puts her language and client relations skills to good use supporting Stone Junction’s teams to help clients achieve their international goals.  

She makes her escape to travel the world, or to at least read a classic novel or watch an action film, as often as she can.

e-mail her on Lauraw@stonejunction.co.uk or tweet her on @Laura.Whitehead.