Senior Team

Ahzaz Chowdhury
Ahzaz Chowdhury

Senior Partner

+44 (0)20 3637 5961 | az@nudgefactory.co.uk

About Az

Az is the Founder and Senior Partner at Nudge Factory and has worked in public relations, public affairs and politics for more than a decade.

With a range of experience in the sector, Az has a thorough knowledge of UK political processes as well as an extensive range of contacts from Town Halls to Whitehall. He previously worked for the Conservative Party as an adviser.

Before founding Nudge Factory in 2011, he helped deliver the Conservatives’ social action initiative, the forerunner to David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’ programme. Az’s work in this field helped shape how social value has been meshed into mainstream British politics. He also has in-depth experience as a political adviser in local government.

At Nudge Factory, Az leads the team of corporate affairs experts with infectious enthusiasm. He advises clients of all sizes, including global corporates, governments, hedge funds, private family offices and some of the largest developers in the world.

Az is a trustee of Nudge Foundation, a charity focused on causes he has a passion for: social inclusion, community cohesion and youth opportunities. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a Freeman of the Guild of Entrepreneurs.

MCIPR

Kevin Davis
Kevin Davis

Managing Partner, Local Government

+44 (0)20 3637 5962 | kevin.d@nudgefactory.co.uk

About Kevin

Kevin is a former council leader, long-standing councillor and an expert in local government, politics and development communications.

Kevin founded a communications company from which he stood down upon becoming Council Leader. He has twice been the Leader of the Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames Council and held a number of other roles in politics including running for Parliament. He has also been chief executive of both commercial and charitable organisations.

Kevin provides clients with forensic insight into local politics, decision-making and the art of engagement with local political stakeholders. First elected as a councillor in 1998, he has over two decades of knowledge of politics and during that time he has held a variety of roles in local decision-making. Subscribing to the view that ‘all politics is local’, Kevin gives highly effective advice on how to navigate the political landscape surrounding regeneration, planning policy and engagement, in addition to all other areas of local government.

He is a serving councillor in Kingston and Leader of the Opposition on the Council. Kevin holds a BSc in economics and politics.

Jason MacKenzie FCIPR FCIM
Jason MacKenzie FCIPR FCIM

Managing Partner, Corporate Communications

+44 (0)20 3637 9019 | jason.m@nudgefactory.co.uk

About Jason

Jason is a Past President of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and has operated at the most senior level as a consultant for more than a decade.

His experience spans corporate reputation management, crisis communications and strategic planning. He has worked across diverse sectors, from professional services to soft power initiatives and foreign direct investment campaigns.

He is one of the UK’s most qualified PR and marketing professionals, and is a Fellow of the CIPR and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), a Founding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner and a Chartered Marketer. Jason holds postgraduate diplomas in PR and marketing and an MA in Public Relations.

Jason works with corporations and business leaders to shape brand narratives and integrated communications. An expert in coordinating disciplines to maximise outcomes, Jason’s counsel is effective and impactful. 

He is passionate about the intersection of business and politics, and interested in emerging markets.

Jason is a Fellow of the British-American Project and a Visiting Lecturer at Birmingham City University. He has also given keynote speeches across Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.

Eric Ollerenshaw OBE
Eric Ollerenshaw OBE

Senior Counsel

+44 (0)20 3637 9018 | eric.o@nudgefactory.co.uk

About Eric

Eric is a former elected politician with experience of holding office at virtually every tier of UK politics, most recently as a Member of Parliament and Private Parliamentary Secretary to a Minister in two government departments. 

Eric’s wide-ranging political career started in 1986 and includes representing Lancaster and Fleetwood in the House of Commons until 2015, and serving in the London Assembly, as a London borough councillor and as a joint council leader. He led the Conservative Group on the London Assembly between 2002 and 2004, and also sat on London police and fire authorities. Before his election to Parliament, Eric worked for Conservative Campaign HQ as Head of Cities and Diversity.

Eric’s varied roles in politics have built-up a first-rate understanding of the UK political landscape at all levels, how to engage with politicians and understanding the public policy agenda. He provides highly effective strategic counsel to clients across all of Nudge Factory’s practices.

He was appointed an OBE in the 1991 New Years Honours List. Eric holds the distinction of being the only Conservative to have led Hackney Council.

David Park
David Park

Managing Partner, Public Affairs

+44 (0)20 3637 5963 | david.p@nudgefactory.co.uk

About David

David has worked in and around UK politics for nearly two decades, specialising in research, analysis and public affairs. 

With substantial experience including senior roles in national, regional and local politics, David is equipped with enormous insight on political trends. His expansive career includes being Deputy Head of Office for the Conservative Group on the London Assembly, Head of Candidates for the Conservative Party, senior adviser to several MPs and Head of Policy and Campaigns at a national charity.

He offers our clients strategic political counsel founded on a rigorously detailed approach to research bolstered by his significant experience of British politics. David leads on Nudge Knowledge, the research arm of the company which offers insight beyond the headlines through articles, in-depth reports, briefings and analysis on selected topics.

David served as a councillor between 1999 and 2002, making him the youngest in London at the time. He has a particular interest in the study of election results and a strong understanding of election law.

Emma Scully
Emma Scully

Company Secretary & Finance Director

+44 (0)20 3637 5964 | emma.s@nudgefactory.co.uk

About Emma

Emma is Nudge Factory’s Company Secretary and Finance Director with responsibility for finance, accounts and human resources.

With a varied career background in administration, Emma initially worked as an administrator in facilities management before taking a career break to bring up her children and get closely involved in local politics.

Having also spent ten years in a hands-on capacity buying, renovating and selling property, Emma brings a practical perspective to managing the administration of the company, including its human resources and compliance functions.

Emma has a BA in land management.

 

Practice Team

Martha Kool
Martha Kool

Senior Associate, Local Government

+44 (0)20 3637 9016
martha.k@nudgefactory.co.uk

Jennifer Vipond
Jennifer Vipond

Creative Director

+44 (0)20 8819 0555
jen.v@nudgefactory.co.uk

Lacey Waters
Lacey Waters

Associate

+44 (0)20 3637 5912
lacey.w@nudgefactory.co.uk

Rufus
Rufus

Chief of Staff

+44 (0)20 8819 0555
rufus@nudgefactory.co.uk

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