Published December 12, 2021

Nepean adds two senior advisors to its ‘Bench of Experts’ alongside appointment of Analyst following record year of growth

Nepean, the reputation and communications advisory firm, announces that Lucy Carver and Vanessa Neil have been added to its Bench of Experts, a roster of communications specialists the firm can flex depending on client needs and resources. Additionally, Ambika Sharma has been appointed to the position of Analyst following strong growth throughout the pandemic.

Lucy has an extensive career in creating and communicating best-in-class sustainability and ESG strategies. As the former Chief Sustainability Office of Sky, Lucy crafted and delivered Sky’s now world-class sustainability strategy and is well placed to help other businesses develop their plans and move with confidence into this space.

Vanessa Neil is a senior corporate communications professional with over 20 years’ experience in advising global public and private companies on strategic communications to support their organic and transitional growth initiatives. Vanessa was previously a Partner at Kekst CNC and co-led the firm’s ESG and Sustainability Steering Group. Alongside her current work, Vanessa is completing an executive Postgraduate Masters Level Diploma at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership (CISL).

Ambika joins Nepean having recently completed her MSc in International Relations and Politics of South Asia at the University of Oxford. She will build on the firm’s research and insight expertise with her extensive political background, having previously worked in the House of Commons as a policy analyst intern, and as a political researcher at a regional news blog. Ambika has also headed up a number of global projects for humanitarian and developmental aid charities UNICEF and Jeena International.

This announcement comes at a time of strong growth for the company. Recent client wins include one of the world’s largest infrastructure investors and Vertical Aerospace, the global aerospace and technology company that is pioneering electric aviation and is expected to list on the New York Stock Exchange via a SPAC later this year.

Gavin Davis, Founder and Managing Partner of Nepean, said: “Lucy and Vanessa are world-leading experts when it comes to sustainability strategy and communications, and I am delighted to have them on our Bench of Experts. We are seeing more and more business leaders recognising the risk, and opportunity, around ESG and the multiple ways we can help them manage and optimise this.

In Ambika, we have another ambitious and highly intelligent graduate who will undoubtedly add instant value to the business and our clients. We are always seeking to develop, nurture and challenge our people, and in doing so, we are able to maximise their potential and achieve our purpose: to help our clients make better decisions and be more successful. We hope to do exactly that with Ambika and look forward to announcing more hires as we continue to capitalise on growth opportunities.”

Commenting on her appointment, Lucy Carver, said: “The importance of ESG and sustainability could not be more apparent, and there is a need for thoughtful and considered advice in the industry. Gavin is building an impressive business and a culture that is already breading success. I am thrilled to join the Bench of Experts and I look forward to steering its clients through this critical sustainability juncture.”

Vanessa Neil, said “Communications has a vital role to play in the transition to a net zero future and I am looking forward to assisting Gavin and his team as they seek to capitalise on this opportunity.”