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Luxury & Corporate Communications

An expert team, which radiates personality and creativity, working across all luxury verticals to support your business

Mercury Communications. More than just PR, an extension of your business development

A creative, boutique luxury PR agency offering access to senior advisory and consultancy, with expertise across luxury and corporate sectors to elevate your brand. Think of Mercury as a nimble and agile extension of your team to support with all your communications needs.

Mercury is multi-sectoral with diverse experience in luxury, real estate, interior design, hospitality & travel, place-making & country reputation management, retail, F&B, corporate & financial and professional services.

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Why we are the right PR agency for you....

Mercury’s key strength is targeting HNWIs, mass affluent and aspirational audiences across a variety of sectors, from real estate to retail. We consider ourselves an extension of your business development, going beyond the remit of traditional public relations.

We value the art of storytelling, and we identify the themes that resonate with your target demographic and make the most complex narrative understandable and compelling. Every tool we employ and tactic we deploy will have the end goal of supporting your commercial objectives.

Another key focus area is forging strategic partnerships with compatible brands who have like-minded audiences, giving you access to new clientele through events and shared campaigns.

In 2019, our excellence was recognised by PR industry body PRCA (Public Relations and Communications Association); we were shortlisted for ‘Best Newcomer Agency’ in both the National Awards and their South East regional DARE awards.

In 2020, we were finalists for the The PRmoment Awards’ Boutique Agency of the Year.

Laura Westmacott

Laura Westmacott

Founder & Managing Director
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Harriet Cartwright

Associate Director
Hannah Tims

Hannah Tims

Senior Account Manager
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Julian Krickl

Commercial & Operations Director
Ellen Spry

Ellen Spry

Account Director
Christie Lear

Christie Lear

Account Executive

A senior consultative team with strong track record

Laura Westmacott

Laura Westmacott

Founder & Managing Director

Laura spent ten years as a news editor for Al Jazeera English, BBC, ABC News, and APTN. She also brings big agency PR experience from both global and boutique agencies in London and Dubai, and was listed in PR Week UK’s 2021 Power Book top 10 agency players in luxury comms. Laura is a luxury specialist, but also boasts corporate communications experience. She advocates a broader approach to public relations with a forté in partnerships and events, which supports a client’s business development.

Her experience spans all sectors, primarily focused on luxury lifestyle, real estate and design, hospitality and travel including brands such as Ritz-Carlton Residences, Luštica Bay, Belgrade Waterfront with W and St. Regis Residences, Black Tomato, Quintessentially, Riva yachts, the Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, with Hamilton Grand residences.

She has been crowned British Ski Champion and won the title of BJTC Young Journalist of the Year. She is also director for sister company Mercury Yachts, and a brand ambassador for 12 Hay Hill.

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Harriet Cartwright

Associate Director

Harriet has over 12 years’ experience working across luxury lifestyle, travel, design and health & wellness, creating communications strategies for Global campaigns and managing international markets to deliver impactful results.

She previously directed the Meliá Hotels International account, as the Global lead agency, across all six brands and overseeing 10 agencies worldwide. She also has expertise in brand collaborations and events, overseeing international launches with third parties across Europe and the US. Harriet has worked with a range of lifestyle brands including CRN (Ferretti Group), onefinestay, BodyHoliday in St Lucia, Four Seasons, Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts, The Collection (Hotel Particulier Villeroy), Zachys and EPIC Marbella. Her black book of media contacts spans lifestyle, food and drink, travel and design.

Hannah Tims

Hannah Tims

Senior Account Manager

Hannah joined Mercury in 2019 with a wealth of luxury lifestyle experience, previously working within sectors including premium alcohol, jewellery, watches, travel and style with clients such as Classic Driver x Aston Martin, LOUIS XIII Rémy Cointreau, A. Lange & Sohne (Richemont Group), Martin Katz, Beulah, 111 SKIN, Drake’s and Private White. Hannah’s strong network of luxury media contacts is instrumental when delivering coverage, arranging media stays and initiating brand partnerships for clients.

When not planning media trips, Hannah can be found checking out London foodie hotspots or arranging travels of her own.

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Julian Krickl

Commercial & Operations Director

Julian is a Co-Founder of Mercury Communications, his duties encompass Business Development, Partnerships, Finance and Operations. He is also the Founder & Managing Director of sister company Mercury Yachts, who advise clients on yacht charter and purchase. His business experience is most relevant for partnerships and client strategy, he has an innate ability to network in corporate and UHNW circles.

Educated at Harrow School and an Economics & Accounting graduate of the University of Bristol, Julian spent over 10 years working in financial services executive search in the City of London.

His passion for adventure and love of yachting then took him to Dubai where he spent three years as Senior Sales Manager for ART Marine, a pre-eminent marine company in the Middle East, working with renowned brands such as Riva, Pershing, Ferretti, Custom Line, Benetti, Azimut and CRN. 

In his spare time, he is an avid squash and tennis player, as well as a seasoned guitarist. Time-permitting, he jumps at the chance to get in a round of golf, or to get on the ski slopes.

Ellen Spry

Ellen Spry

Account Director

With over eight years of PR and marketing experience, Ellen has extensive experience across a range of large international and national accounts within the luxury sector.

Ellen specialises in property and placemaking and has worked with big brands including the Berkeley Group (St James & St William), Clarges Mayfair by British Land, Capital & Counties London portfolio and Chelsea Waterfront by Hutchison. Her real estate media relations are impeccable, as is her passion for the sector. She also excels in strategic partnerships, collaborations and events, having overseen planning and publicity for numerous launches across the UK, Asia and MENA. With a passion for ultra-high-end luxury and a great understanding of the luxury market, Ellen is able to distinguish unique selling points and use this knowledge to create targeted campaigns aimed at the global UHNW consumer.

Outside of her work at Mercury, Ellen’s interests span from wellness and beauty to films, food and travel.

Christie Lear

Christie Lear

Account Executive

Christie graduated with a degree in English Literature and Language from UCL in 2016. She went on to train as a copywriter under FT journalist and author, Sophy Roberts, writing content for brands including COMO Hotels and Resorts and COMO Shambhala, and The University Arms Hotel in Cambridge. She has previous experience working with The Pig Hotels and a London lifestyle agency leading the launch of the new IT restaurant in Mayfair.

In her free time, she is a practicing artist and writes on environmental issues for a digital platform. She brings her passion for sustainability, travel, hospitality and design to all her work with Mercury. 

Laura spent ten years as a news editor for Al Jazeera English, BBC, ABC News, and APTN. She also brings big agency PR experience from both global and boutique agencies in London and Dubai, and was listed in PR Week UK’s 2021 Power Book top 10 agency players in luxury comms. Laura is a luxury specialist, but also boasts corporate communications experience. She advocates a broader approach to public relations with a forté in partnerships and events, which supports a client’s business development.

Her experience spans all sectors, primarily focused on luxury lifestyle, real estate and design, hospitality and travel including brands such as Ritz-Carlton Residences, Luštica Bay, Belgrade Waterfront with W and St. Regis Residences, Black Tomato, Quintessentially, Riva yachts, the Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa, with Hamilton Grand residences.

She has been crowned British Ski Champion and won the title of BJTC Young Journalist of the Year. She is also director for sister company Mercury Yachts, and a brand ambassador for 12 Hay Hill.

Harriet has over 12 years’ experience working across luxury lifestyle, travel, design and health & wellness, creating communications strategies for Global campaigns and managing international markets to deliver impactful results.

She previously directed the Meliá Hotels International account, as the Global lead agency, across all six brands and overseeing 10 agencies worldwide. She also has expertise in brand collaborations and events, overseeing international launches with third parties across Europe and the US. Harriet has worked with a range of lifestyle brands including CRN (Ferretti Group), onefinestay, BodyHoliday in St Lucia, Four Seasons, Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts, The Collection (Hotel Particulier Villeroy), Zachys and EPIC Marbella. Her black book of media contacts spans lifestyle, food and drink, travel and design.

Hannah joined Mercury in 2019 with a wealth of luxury lifestyle experience, previously working within sectors including premium alcohol, jewellery, watches, travel and style with clients such as Classic Driver x Aston Martin, LOUIS XIII Rémy Cointreau, A. Lange & Sohne (Richemont Group), Martin Katz, Beulah, 111 SKIN, Drake’s and Private White. Hannah’s strong network of luxury media contacts is instrumental when delivering coverage, arranging media stays and initiating brand partnerships for clients.

When not planning media trips, Hannah can be found checking out London foodie hotspots or arranging travels of her own.

Julian is a Co-Founder of Mercury Communications, his duties encompass Business Development, Partnerships, Finance and Operations. He is also the Founder & Managing Director of sister company Mercury Yachts, who advise clients on yacht charter and purchase. His business experience is most relevant for partnerships and client strategy, he has an innate ability to network in corporate and UHNW circles.

Educated at Harrow School and an Economics & Accounting graduate of the University of Bristol, Julian spent over 10 years working in financial services executive search in the City of London.

His passion for adventure and love of yachting then took him to Dubai where he spent three years as Senior Sales Manager for ART Marine, a pre-eminent marine company in the Middle East, working with renowned brands such as Riva, Pershing, Ferretti, Custom Line, Benetti, Azimut and CRN. 

In his spare time, he is an avid squash and tennis player, as well as a seasoned guitarist. Time-permitting, he jumps at the chance to get in a round of golf, or to get on the ski slopes.

With over eight years of PR and marketing experience, Ellen has extensive experience across a range of large international and national accounts within the luxury sector.

Ellen specialises in property and placemaking and has worked with big brands including the Berkeley Group (St James & St William), Clarges Mayfair by British Land, Capital & Counties London portfolio and Chelsea Waterfront by Hutchison. Her real estate media relations are impeccable, as is her passion for the sector. She also excels in strategic partnerships, collaborations and events, having overseen planning and publicity for numerous launches across the UK, Asia and MENA. With a passion for ultra-high-end luxury and a great understanding of the luxury market, Ellen is able to distinguish unique selling points and use this knowledge to create targeted campaigns aimed at the global UHNW consumer.

Outside of her work at Mercury, Ellen’s interests span from wellness and beauty to films, food and travel.

Christie graduated with a degree in English Literature and Language from UCL in 2016. She went on to train as a copywriter under FT journalist and author, Sophy Roberts, writing content for brands including COMO Hotels and Resorts and COMO Shambhala, and The University Arms Hotel in Cambridge. She has previous experience working with The Pig Hotels and a London lifestyle agency leading the launch of the new IT restaurant in Mayfair.

In her free time, she is a practicing artist and writes on environmental issues for a digital platform. She brings her passion for sustainability, travel, hospitality and design to all her work with Mercury. 

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