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.
Twenty 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.
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.
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.
Delivering technical campaigns in the UK, Europe and North America, Laura specialises in media relations, SEO and digital PR for businesses in the science and engineering space.
With several award-winning campaigns under her belt, Laura manages one of Stone Junction’s account groups, which includes multinational clients; the Graphene Flagship, EU Automation and TM Robotics.
Outside of work, Laura’s a rum enthusiast, gym bunny and Olympic lifting novice — she can probably outdrink and outlift you.
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.
Passionate about STEM communications, Leah has worked on clients ranging from a FTSE 250-listed business to industry-disrupting start-ups. She also oversees the company’s training scheme and media relations team.
Leah holds a first-class degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Birmingham. She is an accredited PR practitioner and several of the campaigns she has worked on have won industry awards.
Leah spends her evenings coaching korfball, an unusual Dutch sport that can only be described as a mixture between basketball and netball.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Francesca is a graduate from Staffordshire University, where she studied Music Journalism and Broadcasting. Her interest in PR was sparked during a placement at another Midlands PR agency, after which she took the reigns as head of the media relations team in the 2018 Staffordshire University Future Journalist competition.
Francesca is half Italian and has visited Italy every year since she was eight. She is obsessed with anything animal print and likes nothing more than eating unhealthy amounts of pasta, drinking Prosecco and cuddling her cats.
Monia has a background in foreign languages and holds a PhD. in Linguistic, Philological and Literary Sciences from the University of Padua, Italy. Before joining Stone Junction, she has worked as an Italian teacher in Germany and as an English teacher in Italy. She relocated from Italy to join Stone Junction and will be helping the company deliver international content in Italian, German and English.
Outside work, she loves solo travelling, horse riding, and spending time with any kind of pets. To prevent missing home, she also loves cooking Italian food.
Lorna spent her early career travelling around the world working as an operations and entertainment manager, before returning home to study events management.
With experience creating relevant and profitable pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns in previous roles, Lorna’s background in B2B marketing has enabled a seamless transition to the world of technical PR.
Outside work, you will find Lorna playing video games, reading a book or falling off a climbing wall.
Alex has worked with blue chip clients across a range of industrial manufacturing sectors as a PR and marketing specialist, copywriter and as a journalist since 2005.
Most recently, he was acting chief editor of MPT International magazine, a leading technical journal based in Germany.
He has built a reputation for producing outstanding technical B2B content and arranging media visits in Europe, particularly in Scandinavia.
Outside of work, Alex enjoys drinking real ales, reading books and travelling abroad to music events.
Physics aficionado Martin Smith graduated from Keele University with a degree in Astrophysics with Music Technology.
Martin looks to flex both the scientific and creative parts of his degree at Stone Junction, blending the range of knowledge astrophysics brings with the cooky creativity of music.
Most likely to be found either in the bath or halfway up some windswept crag in the peaks.
Go to for: Rubik’s cubing and awkward pauses.
Patrick came to Stone Junction with a wealth of experience in scientific communications. He holds a PhD. in Chemistry, with his research focusing on new cancer prodrug therapy strategies.
Patrick has always had a passion for scientific subjects and enjoys sharing this passion with others. Now, he does so through the world of scientific and technical PR.
He splits his personal time between his love of Warhammer, supporting Liverpool FC and being a father to a wonderful little girl named Alice.
After spending four years serving as a Borough Councillor on Cheshire East Council, Martin swapped local government for the world of STEM PR, where his accumulated experience working with journalists and media outlets could benefit international industry.
With a degree in Politics and International Relations at Keele University, Martin has a knack for effective communication across a wide range of audiences.
In his spare time, Martin can be found running, flying vintage aircrafts or supporting Stoke City FC!
Following a year in industry at a Munich-based technical PR firm, Stephie joined Stone Junction to bolster the company's international offering — delivering a wealth of media knowledge for Pan-European campaigns.
With a degree in graphic and communication design, Stephie's varied background allows her to provide creative flair to technical campaigns.
In her spare time, you will find her running, taking photos or tending to her growing cacti collection.
A published writer, Tasha moved into social media and marketing in 2016, establishing herself as an online content creator for a consumer technology brand.
Having studied creative writing at university, followed by a master's degree in media content development, Tasha's love for the written word is the driving force behind her move to agency marketing.
If her nose isn't deep in a Stephen King novel, you'll find her scrolling social media — it is her job after all.
Maggie began her career in PR more than 20 years ago (although she says it doesn't feel that long) and has worked with a host of organisations from global industry leaders to innovative start-ups.
With experience in the public sector, not-for-profits and freelance consulting, she brings with her a wide range of skills and a proven track record.
Outside work, she can often be found in her 'happy place' the kitchen — cooking up a storm for her family and friends!
With a BEng from the University of Birmingham and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, Alessio specialises in computer systems and the role of technology in society.
He uses his multilingual background to aid the success of pan-European PR campaigns.
After office hours, you can find Alessio in used bookstores on the hunt for old copies of science fiction novels and antiques. He also makes a remarkable carbonara.
Francesco brings his strong passion for storytelling to Stone Junction joining as a multilingual PR account executive. He studied communication, technologies and digital cultures at La Sapienza University in Rome.
Before joining Stone Junction, he worked as a freelance journalist for the Vatican and did social media and PR in Berlin at Public Link — working with Ryanair, Netto and Interface.
Francesco speaks Italian, English and German fluently and is excited to help Stone Junction’s clients succeed all around the world.
Outside work, Francesco loves drinking coffee, joining acting classes, exploring the world and cooking Italian food.
AAT trained super nerd, Lisa has worked in many areas of accounting, from bookkeeper to sales ledger.
As accountant and office manager, she keeps the money rolling and the people smiling. There isn’t an odd job, client question or payslip query that Lisa can’t solve — believe us, we’ve tried.
Out of the office, Lisa loves 80’s sci-fi and horror movies, metal music and hanging out with her best friend; her daughter Hope.
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Biology graduate, Jasmin has always had a passion for STEM subjects. Science and innovation run in her blood — her grandfather co-created E45 cream! Her enthusiasm for science was only heightened by a recent research trip to the Arctic.
Her keen eye for detail and scientific background will enhance Stone Junction’s STEM PR content for biochemical and emerging technology clients.
At the weekends you can find Jasmin relaxing in a coffee shop or off exploring new places — as long as they’re warmer than the Arctic.
Matt’s PR career began after he hosted the ‘Future Journalist Awards 2019’ and became involved in its corresponding PR campaign. Having caught the ‘PR bug’ he joined the media & communications team at Stoke City Football Club, writing press releases, social media updates and boosting supporter morale — after a pretty shocking season. Before coming to Stone Junction, Matt also worked as a broadcasting journalist at BBC Radio Stoke interviewing the likes of WBA cult hero, Richard Sneekes.
Matt’s journalistic and interview experience helps him to build great client relationships and generate tons of clippings.
Away from work, Matt doesn’t mind the occasional spiced rum and coke, is a huge West Bromwich Albion supporter and would probably cry if someone made him eat cheese — he only likes the grated kind!
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Kelly started her design career after graduating with a graphic design degree from Derby University. Kelly’s experience is incredibly varied, having worked with clients such as Cancer Research UK, Motul Lubricants and even Stoke City football club!
For Kelly, no two jobs are ever the same. In the morning, she can be designing a business card for a chemical engineering company, by the afternoon she is designing an entire trade show display for an international automation start-up!
When she’s in the office, you’ll find her with a milky brew. Outside the office, she likes to spend time with her family and walk her two dogs.
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Prior to joining Stone Junction, Phil completed a PhD in International Politics. His doctoral research analysed Britain’s response to the crises in Libya and Syria. During his time at university, Phil won four different academic awards including the Ede & Ravenscroft award in 2016.
Phil developed a keen interest in communications and the media during his research, making PR a natural fit. His research skills and experience of writing to a high technical standard enables him to produce first-class content for clients.
Outside of work, Phil likes to spend time with his pet Lurcher, Red, who is also ginger and skinny.
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Amy’s background is in marketing, content creation and events for a national business awards programme. She knows how a great PR campaign can transform a business and is transferring her skills into technical PR at Stone Junction.
Graduating with first-class honours in English Literature from Durham University, Amy is passionate about the written word – whether in a 140-character tweet or the 140,000-word The Iliad.
Amy has never yet found a craft she didn’t like, though the feeling may not always be mutual. When she’s not at work she can be found convincing her nearest and dearest to give a home to whatever wonky woollens, burnt biscuits or skew-whiff sewing projects she’s created.
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Caspar is passionate about international communications. He speaks German, English, French and conversational Italian. He worked in higher education, at the United Nations and for a specialised supplier to the aviation, bus and rail industries in Switzerland.
While he was joining Stone Junction, Caspar was completing his Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations at Keele University.
Caspar enjoys reading news, biographies, classics, history and fiction. He loves travelling, sampling food from all over the world and learning languages, évidemment. If you want to find him during holidays, you can join him hiking or skiing in the Swiss mountains.
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