Welcome to HLC!
This is a short introduction to the HLC core team members. Our highly diverse team is comprised of dedicated, fun and ‘outside-the-box’ thinkers with a passion for strategic public affairs and a talent in creative communications. In addition, you will find in this section information on our trusted team of special advisers and graphic designers with whom we closely collaborate to deliver excellence on every single project. Get in touch with any member of our team to find out more about what we do!
Founder and Partner of Harwood Levitt Consulting, Simon has designed global and European strategy for the world’s leading organisations, and has shown the corporate world how to build commercial strategy based on public policy. Simon’s clients range from global Fortune 500 companies, to the trade associations of most commercial sectors, and global foundations and non-profit groups. They include Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Oxfam, and the Oak Foundation. He is now one of Europe’s leading thinkers on how global companies and other organisations can profit from and interact with public policy: working on the shifts from lobbying to 360o campaigning, using the disciplines of marketing and logframe planning to build public affairs competitively, and helping commercial organisations monetize first mover advantage beyond CSR. Simon trains senior management on how to bring this effectively into their organisations, and his experience spans New York, London and Brussels. He holds a Masters from Oxford University, and teaches public affairs and business strategy at Solvay Business School in Brussels.
Margot Lotz, HLC founding Partner, has over 10 years experience in political communications, strategy and stakeholder mobilisation. She’s advised Fortune 500 companies in Europe and in the US, created lasting partnerships and campaigns with NGOs, and coordinated legislative and communication strategies for politicians. A proud generalist, Margot’s work has spanned a wide variety of industries and organisations. She has specifically worked on the political implications of consumer healthcare, alternative energy, smoking cessation, fisheries, alcohol policy, public health prevention schemes, corporate social responsibility, nutrition, local community engagement, and political reform. Margot is especially interested in European voting behavior and its impacts on public policy and business. Margot is half Dutch, half American with a BA from the University of Rochester and an MSc from the London School of Economics.
Simon Bryceson, MBE
Simon has spent the last thirty years thinking about public opinion on the major issues affecting our daily lives, businesses and politics. He has worked with a wide range of global environmental groups devising campaigns, was deputy general secretary of the British Liberal Party with special responsibility for dealing with television and radio. He later advised other European political parties during key elections, he has been advising companies on business critical issues for twenty years. His is an almost unique mix of pressure group, political and commercial experience. He speaks frequently at conferences around the world on public opinion and decision making.
Joe helps with much of the creative content and commercial strategy at HLC. After launching one of the first legal blogs in the UK, he remains at the forefront of digital and creative communications across a wide range of issues – from fish to pharma. During his time at one of Australia’s largest finance outfits, he designed and executed a wide range of 50+ person projects. This gave him an understanding of commercial realties, as well as the underlying motives behind them. Joe also became a qualified financial planner during this time, and has developed an acute understanding of the global marketplace. His background in sales, neuro-linguistics, professional training and psychology, means that he is well equipped to deliver an in-depth viewpoint on content creation. Joe holds a BSc in Psychology and Business from the University of Liverpool, and a MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics.
Frederick van Mierlo
Frederick works closely with a wide range of organisations, including NGOs, foundations, and patient / scientific societies, focusing on political messaging, stakeholder outreach, and communications strategy. In May 2015 Frederick stood as a candidate for the UK House of Commons for the Liberal Democrat Party and runs campaigns for Liberal Democrats abroad. In 2016 he spent a month at the campaign headquarters of Hillary for America supporting teams in New York and Philadelphia. Previously, he helped coordinate a network of EU environmental experts, and assisted a Member of the UK Parliament. Frederick holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Leiden University, and a degree in Geographical Sciences from the University of Bristol. He speaks English, French and intermediate Dutch.
Giacomo specialises in EU environmental and chemicals policy, chiefly focussing on waste management and consumer safety. Maintaining his interest in public policy advocacy, his previous work experience includes the industry associations BusinessEurope and PlasticsEurope. He also served as a research assistant in the Commercial Service of the U.S. Mission to the EU, where he provided regulatory advice to U.S. companies. Giacomo holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Padova and a MA in European Studies/Economics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. An Italian native, in addition to his mother tongue he speaks English and French.
Max started at HLC in January 2016 as a junior consultant. His previous work experience includes CSR Europe, the leading European business network for Corporate Social Responsibility, where he specialised in conflict minerals and circular economy; and the EU Office of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region, where he worked on environmental and agricultural policies. Max holds a double degree in Law and Modern Languages from the University of Nantes, and an MSc in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh. Max likes to cross boundaries between the public, private and NGO sectors, and enjoys working on sustainability issues. He is fluent in French, English, Spanish and Italian, and has basic command of Mandarin Chinese and Russian.
Daphne joined the HLC team as a junior consultant in the autumn of 2016. She previously worked at the Dutch Ministry of Defence and conducted research on Indo-Russian military cooperation. She applies her passion for international cooperation to the fields of pharmaceutical and chemical policy. Daphne enjoys devising communication strategies that bridge the gap between complex scientific facts and effective campaign messages. Daphne holds a BSc in European Studies from Maastricht University and a MSc in Comparative and International Politics from the University of Leuven. She is fluent in Dutch and English, and has a basic command of French.
Martha A. Scheja
James has spent the last decade working in major global PR and communications and strategy advisory firms as an international crisis communications and EU politico-regulatory and communications specialist. His work has taken him from Place du Luxembourg, to the City of London, to the lakes of Switzerland. Prior to this, James worked as a Policy Officer in the European Commission Directorate-General for Home Affairs. He was responsible for drafting the annual report and implementing the EU Internal Security Strategy. James also served as a speechwriter for senior EU officials and political figures on justice and home affairs issues. James holds an LL.M in European Law from the College of Europe, Bruges, and an LLB from Cardiff University. In addition, he has a diploma in French Legal Studies from the University of Poitiers. A native English speaker, James is fluent in French and speaks some Dutch.
Arthur provides office support and entertainment. He looks after much of our filing, bookeeping, travel, and sometimes answers the phone. His experience in natural wooded habitats and sandy coastal areas help him understand the value of protecting our environment.
Louise Fox is an EU policy, advocacy and communications professional with over 10 years’ experience in the healthcare sector. After working in the European Parliament as advisor to a Conservative MEP, Louise spent 6 years with Burson-Marsteller, including as Director of Brussels Healthcare Practice and Deputy Chair of EMEA Healthcare Practice. Louise has worked for a range of clients across the healthcare sector, including pharmaceutical and medical devices companies, patient and health professional advocacy groups and EU agencies. Specialized in disease-related policy advocacy, Louise has designed and led influential pan-European campaigns on diabetes, CVD, cancer, liver and kidney disease, and premature birth.
Berwyn is Managing Director of Syncretica Limited, a management consulting company that draws on his 30 plus years of business experience. He has lived what he advises. He is best known to HLC clients through his work on Intercultural Management. First-hand, he has seen the challenges of working effectively across borders, and this has especially important applications in the Public Affairs space. Berwyn delivers workshops and corporate consulting using an evolution of Hofstede’s cultural dimensions theory. Mastering this method is sure to increase the efficacy and impact of Public Affairs teams working in Brussels – and beyond. Berwyn designed and deployed a suite of management training courses that trained over 10,000 people worldwide, so he is highly skilled at workshop design and delivery. He has worked in the UK, Australia, Europe, Asia and North America.
Zsofi is an illustrator based in Brussels. She draws for annual reports, publications, book jackets, creates hand-drawn infographics and does live graphic recording and digital sketchnotes at events. With a background in international relations and NGO work, she in in tune with the needs of a wide range of clients, from foundations to large international organisations, small NGOs, lobbies, but also tech companies and other corporate clients. To see her work, go to www.zldrawings.com
Krump is a young Brussels-based graphic studio working in various fields. Illustrator Julien Kremer provides hand-drawn designs to all kinds of clients including, Civil Society Organisations, Unions, and companies. From illustration to animation, Krump works on a wide range of projects including, music videos, branding, corporate short videos, editorial cartooning and more. For more from Krump, go to krumpkrumpkrump.com
Miam Miam Creative Lab
In 2010, Miam Miam creative lab was born in the heart of the Flagey neighborhood in Brussels. Miam Miam creative lab materializes quality projects, striving to combine expertise and passion in each and every one of its creations. All kinds of work are done: from cinema to corporate, from advertisement to reports and documentaries. Our skills versatility ensures rigorous and detailed achievements. An innovative and creative touch will be added to your projects so that they are the most original and relevant possible!
Brus & Niks Design Consultancy
We are a small design and research team that helps our clients achieve their goals with clear and concise communication. BrunsNiks is known for designing info graphics, presentations, campaigns, magazines, websites, mobile apps and executing strategic research, consultancy and more. We’re able and prefer to include quantitative and/or qualitative research for larger projects, making sure that the products and services we design are optimized and succeed in portraying the massage you want to get across and reach the target group in an effective manner. We’ve worked with Sanoma, Phillips, Google, and KNVB. Work with us when you need an A-team that understands how to reach your audience with a top notch plan. We’ve redesigned the largest car magazine in just three months (resulting in higher income revenue), we’ve done 4 successful crowd funding campaigns, we’ve redesigned the largest Dutch quality newspaper online, and the story goes on…More on brunsniks.com