I work with:
Charities, NGOs and corporates
– large organisations that are tackling existential challenges and emerging opportunities
– creative, communications and digital agencies who need to make an impact on key accounts and in competitive pitches
Startups and scaleups
– growing businesses that need to crystalise or redefine their offer/startups and scaleups seeking investment
Henry worked with me over a short time to work on my communication approach and confidence. He is warm and approachable and took time to understand me as an individual. Through a combination of coaching, challenging my pre-conceptions and tools/advice he has had a big impact, which didn’t include lots of off the shelf tips and techniques. Henry’s strategic and commercial approach meant his support in shaping messaging was relevant and insightful.
Lucy Pallett, Transformation Director, Health Services, BUPA
Super cool, delightfully blunt, on the ball, fun to work with, powerful thinker yet able to balance the smallest detail. Henry has been a game changer for me in our work to date, he’s a rare find and it feels a privilege to work with him. I totally believe he has my back and he is easing me into a new world for my brand and next steps in my career evolution.
Dr Sam Collins
Henry’s input into some important proposals and our overall positioning was invaluable. He immediately got to grips with the fundamentals of The School of Life’s unique approach and elegantly honed our ideas so they made the desired impact. Having an independent voice in the room is so important – I look forward to working with Henry again soon.
Ewen Haldane, Business Director. The School of Life
Education International (EI) is the global voice of the teaching profession with more than thirty-two million trade union members in one hundred and seventy countries and territories. Catering to such a large and diverse audience requires a broad strategic outlook, a sensitivity to cultural context, attention to detail and reactivity. Henry helped us immensely with our communications challenges, guiding us through an inclusive and intensive process, analyzing, clarifying, and defining messaging and outreach strategies, while – crucially – suggesting specific action points to facilitate implementation. I can thoroughly recommend Henry and PitchDoctor to work with you on your messaging and communications needs.
Timo Linsenmaier, Senior Coordinator, Communications. Education International
Henry has helped us with a stack of winning bids. He is a serious individual with the gravitas to call out a bad idea when it is needed, but also has great emotional intelligence and lightness of touch, which means he plugs in to pitch teams incredibly well even when the pressure is rising.
Ben Caspersz, Founder & Managing Director. Claremont Communications
Henry combines empathy with commercial vision – a winning mix to help you develop your business. He asks tough questions which start important breakthrough conversations. He sees the bigger picture as well as intuitively understanding the detail of our individual skills and ambitions. We look forward to continuing to work with him.
Annie Auerbach & Adam Chmielowski. Starling Strategy
We needed to redo our brand and positioning in order to take our agency to the next level. Henry delved deep into our ambitions, values, purpose and offer, helping us cut through the complexity of our work to create a clear, thought through narrative, resulting in a brand new website and a collection of creative assets. Throughout the entire process Henry demonstrated a deep understanding of our business needs and was a complete delight to work with. Since then, our business turnover has almost doubled!
Esther Foreman, CEO. The Social Change Agency
I needed expert advice on getting complex messages across to varied audiences, from community groups through to senior policy makers. Henry assessed the sensitivities of my role and organisational remit and quickly gave me invaluable insights and advice that have helped me manage a wide range of situations more confidently and effectively.
Daniel Phelps. Divisional Director Early Help at London Borough of Waltham Forest
R100 is a hugely ambitious project. We want ALL businesses and organisations to be involved, and to provide an effective and valuable management tool for them. But we also want R100 to be a social movement – relevant, accessible and empowering to the ‘man on the street’. Henry did not balk at this. He assimilated a huge amount of information, sense checked the whole lot, and examined if and how it all fitted together. In so doing, he has helped us to identify and pursue a compelling, achievable strategy, and the words to describe it all. He has brilliantly undertaken really challenging work and has been a pleasure to work with into the bargain.
Michael Solomon, Founder & CEO. Responsible 100
My pitch was pretty damn fine, if I say so myself. However it’s pretty damn finer after the once-over from Henry. Without trashing it, he suggested a number of quite small changes which massively changed the impact and the flow. Seemed obvious, except I hadn’t thought of them. Incredibly effective and productive, I will be back for more.
Dominic Young. Former Director of Strategy & Product Development at News International
Henry has supported us with advice and coaching on our messaging and pitching over a number of years. We have had some very difficult concepts to crystallise and his straight-forward no-nonsense approach has been of great value in helping us do this. Most recently, Henry has helped us to sharpen significantly a critical pitch for senior clients: his approach really helped us to focus on the key issues using appropriate language.
Paul Tasker, CEO. Hub of All Things
Henry helped us in areas of messaging, communication and PR. Henry is super passionate about our startup’s mission and helped us understand how we best communicate that mission to all our surrounding stakeholders such as clients, investors, press, government and the general public.
Steffen Wulff Petersen, Co-Founder. Join Catapult
We worked with Henry on a recent pitch where the stakes were high and we knew we had to stand out. Henry provided an extremely valuable external perspective and the counsel and advice he gave was a critical factor in our success. We learnt a huge amount through working with him and have changed the way we approach pitches and proposals as a result.
Louise Waller, Director, Client Services. Bite Global
Henry worked with us to bring clarity to how we communicate who we are and what we stand for. He got under the skin of the business, asked all the right questions, challenged us to focus on what really makes us different, and we’ve emerged with something we love. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him.
Nyree Ambarchian, Director. Stand Agency
Henry acted as a critical friend as we evolved our brand. He immediately got to grips with our unique position in the market and provided valuable advice that has influenced how we think and talk about our business.
Sam Mercer, Co–founder, Hopscotch Consulting
We found Henry’s honest feedback on our Brand Partnership presentation and pitch to be extremely helpful. The productive one-on-one sessions we had enabled us to identify our strengths and weaknesses and take our pitch to the next level. We have gained confidence and improved Stööki’s ability to secure new projects with big brands and clients in the near future.
Luke Hippolyte, Founder. Stööki
“I was part of an award-winning team at Guardian online and hustled my self-published book to become a Penguin best-seller. So I thought I had pitching worked out… But Henry’s insights have really helped me turn the volume down on some things, turn it up on others, and re-think how I develop and present new ideas. I’d recommend the Pitch Doctor to anyone who wants to connect better with people they’re trying to influence.”
James Wallman, Futurist, Key Note Speaker. Author Stuffocation
Full client list and more testimonials on request, subject to confidentiality.