Who we are

PLMR East of England is part of the PLMR Group. A leading integrated communications agency working across the UK. We deliver public affairs, public relations, crisis communications & reputation management support, stakeholder engagement and digital communications services. 

PLMR East of England developed through the merger between two leading communications agencies.

In 2017, Snapdragon Consulting – a specialist property, planning and built environment communications agency with offices across the East of England region – was acquired by PLMR, forming a dynamic and strengthened full-service communications agency: PLMR East of England. 

With a regional office head-quartered in Chelmsford, serving clients across the East of England, our expert team works with clients across a range of sectors, including the built environment, infrastructure, health and social care, tech & advanced manufacturing and financial & professional services. 

Our experienced team works with organisations ranging from FTSE100 companies and multinational businesses to start-ups and market disruptors – advising, counselling and implementing tailored communications programmes appropriate to their needs.

As part of the PLMR Group we also work closely with our colleagues in Westminster, Birmingham and Glasgow. Find out more about the PLMR Group here.

Simon Darby

Head of East of England

A highly experienced public affairs and reputation management consultant, Simon has advised clients on how to navigate and impact the policy, political and regulatory environments they are facing for more than ten years. He has an extensive track record in designing and delivering successful public affairs and communications programmes that enable clients to achieve their objectives. Simon has worked with clients across a vast range of industries including the tech, life sciences, professional & financial services, energy, transport and housing sectors.  Simon leads our PLMR East of England office, overseeing its rapid growth to date.   

Jade Bennett

Account Manager

Jade is a Senior Account Executive who first joined PLMR in 2019. Based in the East of England office, Jade works on and leads accounts across the region; providing services to include PR, media relations, crisis comms, planning comms, marketing and campaign strategy planning. Jade also supports the wider PLMR team with clients across the UK – both UK-based and international – undertaking strategic public affairs and stakeholder engagement campaigns at a national level.

Jade works as a consultant across an expansive range of sectors, including: environment, health, technology, planning and built environment, life sciences and infrastructure amongst others. Being based in the East of England allows Jade to provide unique insight and local expertise for clients across the region. Past and current clients have included Hill Residential, UK Innovation Corridor, The Adecco Group, Reddit, O&H Land, City & Suburban Homes and many more.


Senior Account Executive 

Rachel joined PLMR in 2021 and supports clients with public relations, media relations and reputation management.

Before joining PLMR, Rachel worked for three years at a PR agency based in Cambridgeshire. She gained a wide range of experience in the education, charity, public and private sectors and developed skills across a range of disciplines, including media relations, public relations, community engagement, change management and reputation management.

Rachel’s specialism is Education PR, having worked closely with a variety of school trusts, as well as education recruitment websites. She also specialises in internal communications, carrying out audits and supporting change programmes for national companies. Alongside this, Rachel also supported with comms for a global engineering firm and regional housebuilder, gained experience in the planning and community engagement department, and co-ran Peterborough’s City Leadership Forum, which is a network that brings together senior leaders to innovate and help progress the city.

Alongside her role at PLMR, Rachel volunteers for the national Engage for Success movement, which promotes employee engagement as a better way to work because it benefits individual employees, teams and whole organisations.

Rachel graduated from Newcastle University with a First-Class BA Hons in Geography in 2017 and her dissertation was focused on the future of Smart Cities.

Catrin Preston

Account Executive

Catrin Preston joined PLMR in 2020 and is a recent graduate of King’s College London where she studied BA European Studies with French. Catrin is particularly interested in European Union politics, having both studied one year at Sciences Po Paris and worked throughout her studies at the UK in a Changing European thinktank. Prior to this, Catrin worked for Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins, supporting the work carried out in his constituency office.

Catrin is currently working at PLMR in the East of England office on a part-time basis whilst studying for her Master’s Degree at UCL. Catrin mainly focuses on planning and the built environment, providing unique insight to our clients across the region; however, Catrin also supports the wider company on strategic public affairs accounts and is particularly talented at stakeholder engagement and research.

Nikki Berry


Specialising in community and stakeholder consultation across the energy and property sectors, Nikki has worked in communications for over 12 years. Nikki implements transparent and robust communications and stakeholder management processes to support successful consultation and build relationships.

Daisy Mann


Daisy joined PLMR in 2021 as an intern and is currently undertaking a year in industry as part of her degree from the University of Leeds where she is studying Politics with Quantitative Research Methods. Alongside her role at PLMR and her studies, Daisy is an ambassador for the youth-led organisation, I Have A Voice, working on a public affairs programme to diversify the national curriculum.

Working within the East of England team, Daisy provides communications support to a host of clients across the region, focusing on policy research, public affairs, and public relations. Her work spans across various sectors, including the built environment, technology and life sciences, professional services and more.

Prior to joining PLMR, Daisy volunteered for SolidariTee, a student-led charity raising funds for NGOs that provide legal aid to asylum seekers.