The team

We can help you draw on the exact expertise you need to achieve success. We can deliver entire end-to-end solutions, or partner with your in-house resources and external suppliers.

We can take the lead on a specific activity, if that is the right thing for you, or work behind the scenes. However you choose to partner with us, the team you’ll meet is the team that you’ll work with.

Chris Carey - Managing Director, consultant and facilitator

Chris Carey, Axiom Communications Managing DirectorCredentials

With more than 25 years in employee communication and engagement – the past 20 at the helm of Axiom after holding top corporate communication posts with several multinationals.

As consultant, I help organisations communicate with and engage their people, especially during times of change. I also devise and deliver communication skills training to help people become better communicators and am a seasoned facilitator of conferences and other live events.

I’ve designed and delivered a wide range of employee engagement workshops for CEOs and frontline staff alike in organisations across sectors including pharmaceutical, manufacturing, retail, travel, banking and charities.

When I’m on stage facilitating a big event, I like to use a high-energy, high-impact facilitation style to make the event live long in the memory. I’ll engage your audience and hold their attention – and then get them to identify and commit to pragmatic actions they can take when they get back to the office or factory floor.

Likes

My wife Allison, our three children, the dog and Formula One – though the order varies on Grand Prix Sundays!

Favourite film

Monty Python and the Holy Grail – comic genius!

Gary Bean - Executive coach

Gary Bean, Axiom CommunicationsCredentials

I combine 20 years’ successful experience in business with 10 years as a psychologist to help companies develop their performance.

Likes

I live in Farnham with my wife Sara and daughter Lara, and play electric guitar in a band (even though I know I’m too old).

Favourite comedian

Eddie Izzard. Who can forget the Dalek death-plunger monologue?

Fran Broady - Consultant and writer

Credentials

I have over 25 years’ experience as a professional communicator, helping businesses from a wide range of sectors to get their message across effectively and listen to their employees. I also work regularly as a judge of industry awards and examiner for the Institute of Internal Communication’s Diplomas for Proficiency in Internal Communication.

Likes

Playing music – mainly folk-rock fiddle – and being inspired by others’ playing, walking my dog, the north Norfolk coastline, talking French and spending time at our holiday cottage in Normandy, France.

Favourite film

Chocolat and Amelie, two movies that combine my love of French with the feelgood factor!

Ellie Buckingham - Consultant

Ellie Buckingham, Axiom CommunicationsCredentials

I have more than a decade of communications experience in global, European and UK roles for FTSE 500 companies and well-known brands, both in-house and agency. In 2012 I was named as one of the Institute of Internal Communication’s top 30 under 30 internal communicators, and today I’m a Certified Member (CIIC) of the Institute.

My experience ranges from copywriting to event management and public relations, and I specialise in using internal communications to support companies and their people when they’re going through change. Having been through almost constant organisational upheaval and redundancy during my in-house career, and communicated it too, I can apply true empathy to what I do.

Likes

Having fun with my two young daughters, spending time my family and friends, and consuming plenty of wine and cheese. Not necessarily in that order though!

Favourite music

The sensible side of me says Coldplay. Seeing them live was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever experienced. But, the less sensible side has to admit my Spice Girls addiction. If Wannabe comes on, the moves come out…

Alex Duff - Consultant and writer

Alex Duff, Axiom CommunicationsCredentials

Storyteller, ghost writer and all-round communicator with two decades of multi-disciplined communications experience, all gained with internationally-loved household brands. As a consultant I help organisations communicate with impact by turning complex information into simple, accessible and engaging content. I’m passionate about driving change by creatively connecting people to the issues that matter and cutting through the noise by making words count.

Likes

Stories that surprise, kindness and social justice.

Favourite film

The Usual Suspects – genius storytelling!

Miles Henson - Consultant

Miles Henson, Axiom CommunicationsCredentials

Communication and behavioural change specialist with an ability to connect at all levels from the coalface to the boardroom, helping organisations engage their people and inspire them to deliver better performances.

I’m an experienced conference and event facilitator and a member of the World Speakers Association.

As a trainer, I’ve designed and delivered communication skills training for organisations worldwide such as Alstom, AstraZeneca, BMW, BT, HBOS, HSBC and Lloyds Banking Group. I’ve collected almost as many case studies as air miles.

Likes

Passionate about Manchester United, Formula 1, my wife Jo and my two children, good food and great wine. Never quite sure which order they should come in priority!

Favourite music

Queen. Great mix of style, sounds, flamboyance, tastes and passion …just like me!

Sheila Hirst - Consultant, coach and facilitator

Sheila Hirst, Axiom CommunicationsCredentials

More than 30 years’ experience of managing organisational change and communication gained in senior management roles in multinationals and SMEs and in work as a coach, consultant and facilitator in global organisations.

Sheila specialises in helping individual leaders and leadership teams understand how their own communication shapes their organisational culture and influences employee engagement. She helps them discover and use their authentic voice in the stories they tell to themselves and others. She also works with the power of story to create connection between diverse groups helping them understand and relate to each other to create effective working.

Sheila has worked extensively across cultures both national and organisational with individuals and groups experiencing transformational change. Her recent clients include HM Government, AstraZeneca, Bridon, Ford, HMRC, Pfizer and Cancer Research. She also runs regular Coaching Skills for Communicators courses for the Institute of Internal Communications.

Likes

Good craic as they say in Ireland, theatre, London Wasps and so much more…

Paul Johnson - Writer and writing skills trainer

Paul Johnson, Axiom CommunicationsCredentials

More than 20 years helping organisations talk to their employees, customers and shareholders in print, in speech and online. From a global bank’s new strategy to the launch of a new skin cream to the finer points of competition law, I’ve written about it.

From time to time, I get let out of the office to deliver Axiom’s writing skills training. I enjoy passing on some of the skills and knowledge I’ve managed to acquire over the years.

Likes

Top of the list is time with my wife and twins. Other than that, swimming, biking, reading and going to the beach. If I’m very lucky, I get to squeeze them into a single day.

Favourite book

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell. Sheer storytelling brilliance!

Dr Domna Lazidou - Consultant and facilitator

Domna Lazidou, Axiom CommunicationsCredentials

25-plus years’ experience as a consultant to global organisations combined with academic research.

As an expert in culture and communication with a PhD from Cranfield University, Domna works with multinational organisations to help them deal with the communication and leadership issues of the multicultural workplace. She helps them to map existing culture, develop and deliver culture and communication strategies, increase employee engagement across borders and improve intercultural effectiveness.

Domna’s culture work includes designing and facilitating culture change workshops, among others with Airbus engineering teams, Microsoft EMEA leaders and Cabinet Office public servants. She has worked with clients to design and facilitate values communication programmes including for Birmingham Midshires, BAE Systems and Compaq/HP. She has conducted several culture and communication audits including for Pfizer and Stryker EMEA among others. She also regularly designs and delivers bespoke training for executives in intercultural communication, diversity and leading across borders, most recently for Chugai, Denso and NHS Leaders and also in partnership with Madrid and Oxford Said Business Schools.

Domna combines her corporate work with classroom teaching. She teaches intercultural communication for business and the professions to MSc students at Warwick University and is a lead tutor at the newly launched Masters in Internal Communication Management at Solent University. She also runs open training programmes in Communication, Culture and Engagement for the Institute of Internal Communication.

Likes

Books, Shakespeare, the sea, the music of Manos Hatzidakis, good debate, walking. But most of all my family.

Mike Masih - Graphic Designer

Mike Masih, Axiom CommunicationsCredentials

I have been a graphic designer for more than 20 years and have worked in the Energy, Healthcare, Leisure, Space, Horticulture, Sport and Real Estate sectors.

Likes

I love cooking, going for long walks in the countryside or by the sea and hanging out with my family. My favourite food is curry – in fact I’d be happy to have curry for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday!

Favourite music

At the moment my favourite artist is Odesza but my guilty pleasure is pretty much anything from the 80’s pop scene.

Jeremy Morgan - Designer

Jeremy Morgan, Axiom CommunicationsCredentials

I deliver visual communication across the full range of media. In more than 20 years of design practice, I have worked in sectors including healthcare, automotive, professional services, utility, arts and culture, and FMCGs.

Likes

I enjoy running, climbing and cycling. I have a fondness for the drums, having played since my teens. I’m happy to report that my son, Thomas, is following suit (though I’m not sure the neighbours always share this sentiment!)

Favourite music

It’s hard to pick a single band, but Bloc Party and Franz Ferdinand were great live.

Neil Munz-Jones - Consultant, facilitator and speaker

Neil Munz-Jones, Axiom CommunicationsCredentials

Prior to becoming a consultant in 2005, I spent 15 years in senior posts for large multi-national organisations. A specialist in strategy development and execution, I have a proven track record, gained primarily with global concerns.

I have successfully facilitated over 40 strategy workshops across four continents and in four languages.

I have also published “The Reluctant Networker” and give inspirational talks to a wide variety of audiences in the UK and internationally on networking for people who know they ought to do it, but would rather not if they don’t have to!

Likes

In addition to my family (wife and 3 sons), I love cricket and I am involved as a youth coach at my sons’ club.

Favourite holiday destinations

South Africa, India and pretty much anywhere in Italy.

Brett Price - Video director and producer

Brett Price, Axiom CommunicationsCredentials

Lots of years making broadcast and corporate TV from documentaries to commercials to corporate communications. I have a thorough knowledge of filmmaking from the first stages of generating ideas through to final project delivery.

Likes

Finding new and interesting ways of telling a story, surfing, photography, strolling around English Heritage homes and gardens, punk and old soul music.

Favourite writers

Iain Banks for his contemporary tales and Isabel Allende for her passionate and colourful stories.

Hugh Price - Event and video producer

Hugh Price, Axiom CommunicationsCredentials

Many years working in London production companies, subsequently specialising in live internal communication events with Axiom.

Likes

Charity banger rallies to far-flung European destinations. Transylvania here we come!

Favourite comedian

Eddie Izzard

Lorna Thomas - Consultant

Lorna Thomas, Axiom CommunicationsCredentials

More than 20 years of marketing and communications experience working in-house and then for three external and internal communications agencies, including Axiom since 2001. I project manage many of our client projects from individual Big Pictures and publications through to whole campaigns. I also specialise in transition communications and measurement.

Likes

Gardens and gardening and have won two silver medals at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show. Having moved house relatively recently, I have a new garden project at home. Afternoon teas, theatre, motorbikes and independent travel.

Favourite film director

Lars von Trier – he’s a controversial man, but you’ll never watch a film and have nothing to say about it afterwards!

Clare Vincent - Consultant

Claire Vincent, Axiom CommunicationsCredentials

Professionally trained journalist with 20-plus years’ experience in consumer, business and financial journalism. I’ve worked for the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4, Radio Five Live, the Daily Mail and the Daily Express. Since 2005, I’ve been a communications specialist providing strategic marketing, media relations and corporate copywriting services to a range of customers.

Likes

Bedtime stories, beaches, baking.

Favourite things

My children, Woolacombe beach, Scandinavian crime novels, scones.

Mik Wilkojc - Podcast producer and presenter

Mik Wilkojc, Axiom CommunicationsCredentials

Over 35 years of experience in producing high-end radio and audio programmes both with BBC Radio, where I have worked on every national network and, latterly, as an independent producer. Having joined the BBC as a graduate trainee, I learned the craft of communicating through sound by working with some of the greats in radio. The skills I have include engineering, mixing, editing, microphone craft, scriptwriting and production at an executive level. My breadth of experience means I am at ease with both seasoned performers and newcomers.

Career highlights range from working on Live Aid to producing BBC Radio’s first ever wire-free outside broadcast. I have won two Sony Awards for documentaries that I wrote and produced. When DAB/online was introduced in the UK, I was part of the set-up team on two of the BBC’s currently most successful digital stations.

I have been an associate with Axiom since day one, producing quality audio for major corporations – on audio cassettes in the ‘90s through to podcasts today.

I am at home in and out of the studio and, having been raised bilingual, my facility with languages means that I’m adept at working with people who have English as a second language, a skill I honed when with BBC World Service.

In a nutshell? Sound experience.

Likes

Time with my family, travelling, music, photography, art and football.

Favourite film

Leon – excellent performances and stellar soundtrack

Favourite band

Steely Dan – I own everything they ever recorded and travelled to see them in New York and San Francisco.