Media release: Strategic comms agency expands, with appointment of new partner


STRATEGIC  communications advisory firm, Charlotte Street Partners, has appointed Sarah Buchanan-Smith as partner, based in the company’s London office.

Buchanan-Smith will focus on developing Charlotte Street’s financial communications and investor relations offering, with a particular emphasis on supporting new and existing clients in the London market.

Charlotte Street Partners was created in 2014 by Malcolm Robertson and Andrew Wilson as a strategic communications and advisory firm. It offers a range of services to organisations across the UK and beyond, including long-term reputation and brand management, crisis support, communications and leadership training, employee engagement, and media relations.

Malcolm Robertson, founding partner, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Sarah to our talented and motivated team. She joins us at an exciting time of considerable growth for our business, and her appointment reflects the importance of the London market to our firm’s growth strategy.”

“We continue to look for further opportunities to challenge the potential of our existing team and to recruit new talent, and Sarah will greatly enhance the service we can provide existing and new clients.”

Sarah Buchanan-Smith is a passionate champion of women in business and a mentor for the Women’s Business Mentoring Programme as well as an accredited business coach. A qualified chartered management accountant and a graduate of Sussex University with a first-class honours degree in international relations, she spent more than 15 years building her career in the City, before moving with her young family to Edinburgh in 2008.

Buchanan-Smith has worked in a variety of investor relations, change management, and consultancy roles in her career to date, including serving clients as diverse as family offices, venture capital firms, fast-growth consumer firms, specialist finance providers, charities and sporting foundations. She has been instrumental in sourcing significant funding to support ambitious growth plans, creating and implementing effective investor relations strategies, organising successful roadshows and investor events, and producing professional investor relations communications.

Prior to her move into investor relations, Buchanan-Smith worked for more than 15 years as a change management consultant on complex business transformation programmes, playing a key role in shaping progressive business processes and strategies to optimise performance and deliver tangible operational benefits for clients including RBS, Lloyds TSB, Morgan Stanley and Barclays Capital.

Sarah Buchanan-Smith said: “I have followed the progress of Charlotte Street Partners closely over the last six years so I am thrilled to be joining the agency at a time when it is clearly going from strength to strength.

“The opportunity to develop our presence in London and offer our clients a real bridge between the London and Scottish markets is one I am very eager to embrace and I’m especially excited to be joining such a strong team of people.”


Notes for editors:

Charlotte Street Partners provides effective and trusted advice to companies, institutions and individuals, including long-term reputation and brand management, crisis support, communications and leadership training, employee engagement, and media relations.

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