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 or tweet him using @RichieStone

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Zafar JamAti, MCIPR

Senior Content executive

Zafar is a chartered member of the CIPR and joined Stone Junction in 2013. He specialises in longform content such as books, whitepapers and case studies in areas including advanced manufacturing, clean 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 tech.
He also speaks Urdu and Punjabi and enjoys collecting vintage watches.

e-mail or tweet him on @StoneJunctionZ

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Jessica Phillips, MCIPR

Junior Account Manager

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 an accredited member of the CIPR 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 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 or tweet her on @KirstyMcMahon87

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laura england

Junior Account Manager

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 or tweet her on @LauraJEngland

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Thomas Roden, MCIPR

Junior Account Manager

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 or tweet him on @Thomas_Roden

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Leah Elston-Thompson

Senior 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 projects 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 or tweet her on @leahet

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Jade Ziola-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 or tweet her on @JadeyPops24.

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Carla Mateus, BSc

Senior Account executive

A former 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 or tweet her on @CarlasBrain.

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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 or tweet him on @PipeDownMrBrown.

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Sara Mills-Bricknell

Senior 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 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 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, 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 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 or message her on instagram @Carla_Cheryl.

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Ellie Clifford

Account 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 or tweet her on @EH_Clifford.

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Duncan Singer

Account Executive

Bilingual engineering graduate, Duncan  grew up in Italy before embarking on his degree in chemical engineering.

Coming from a highly technical background, Duncan enjoys being able to let his more creative side loose. His desire to use his Italian drove him to seek out his role at Stone Junction.

Duncan enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, playing rugby and going to the gym. He also has a keen interest verging on addiction to buying books from Waterstones.

e-mail him on or tweet him on @Duncan10711433.

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Courtney CowpeRthwaite

Account Executive

With a year in Paris, and French and English degree under her belt, Courtney’s love of French culture helps her to deliver international results to Stone Junction’s client base.

Her language skills and passion for writing expert content make her an engaging and creative team member for both clients and colleagues alike. 

Outside work, Courtney loves nothing more than taking her dog for country walks or reading a Jane Austen novel!

e-mail her on or tweet her on @courtneyrhiac.