our people

We’re not tied to an office – we work flexibly, with staff based across the country, so we’re there for you when you need us. The core Hough Bellis team has fantastic experience in different communications disciplines and a variety of sectors, providing you with individual account management. And to extend our skills, we have a fabulous network of clever people who can provide whatever specialist input your project may need. Meet our core team

Bobbie Hough

Managing Director

Bobbie is an expert in strategic planning and crisis communications and has worked with some of the UK’s most recognised brands overseeing successful mergers, high profile media campaigns and managing crisis scenarios.

He works with companies to help align communications and business strategy, transforming high level plans into measurable results.

He is a champion of workplace reform and supports the charity Versus Arthritis to campaign on key issues.

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Nicola Douglas

Account Director

Nicola has more than a decade of experience of delivering high impact PR work in the housing, local government and charity sectors.

She has managed major media partnerships and helped set up the press office of a new national charity.
She has an MSc in PR and is experienced in media relations, campaign management, crisis communications, project management, social media and events.

Nicola loves working with organisations with a social purpose to help tell their stories.
Her perfect Sunday is a long walk in the Pentland Hills with her family followed by a roast dinner.

Ben Powell

Account Director

Ben has over 10 years of experience in delivering high-impact communications, media relations, campaigns and public affairs.

He has spent the early part of his career in local and national politics, working in Westminster as a political advisor and serving for six-years as a local councillor.

Ben is passionate about his work for organisations that serve communities and currently serves as a Non-executive Director for a housing association.

Fun fact about Ben is that he has performed stand-up comedy in venues around the country.

Outside of work, Ben enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, travelling and playing the guitar.

Pam McCann

Senior Consultant (Associate)

Pam has worked as a Director of Marketing and Communications for many public sector organisations including housing, healthcare, education, local government  and economic development.

She has also served as a non-executive director on 6 public sector boards and has a keen grasp of strategy development and creating impactful campaigns which deliver a positive difference.

In her spare time she can be found climbing the hills of the Lake District or perfecting some new and challenging yoga or Pilates poses.

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Sue Fox

Senior Consultant (Associate)

With over 30 years’ experience in PR and communications, Sue has worked as Director of Communications in regulation, consumer complaints and housing. She has expertise in department development, strategy and planning, and has worked in public, private and not-for-profit sectors. A Chartered PR Practitioner and qualified coach, Sue also runs a vintage stall in her spare time.

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Catriona Gilmore

Account Executive

Before joining Hough Bellis Catriona worked with tourism and lifestyle brands in their marketing and communications teams. She has experience building partnerships, growing social media accounts from scratch and devising digital marketing strategies.

In her free time, Catriona enjoys exploring new places and can spend hours wandering around art galleries.

Vivienne de Burca

Account Executive

Before joining Hough Bellis, Vivienne worked in data for the insurance industry.

She has experience in digital marketing, working for an art gallery. She has four years’ experience working in local radio and for her university.

In her free time, you will often find Vivienne at a National Trust property with her family.

Louise Bennett

Content specialist

Louise knows how to get your message across with the right words for the right audience.

She brings her experience as a BBC News & Current Affairs Producer, a senior regulator, a magazine editor, content provider for websites & social media platforms and report writer, to assist us here at Hough Bellis.

Louise has an eye for detail, an enquiring mind and a flair for ensuring your voice is clear and confident.

Kate Gannon


Kate has worked in PR for twenty years at some of the UK’s most respected agencies and managed campaigns for the likes of McDonald’s, O2, B & Q, Nokia, Foster’s and Sprite.

She provides Hough Bellis with executive administrative support including award submissions, internal and external communications, events and supporting new business activities.

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Russell Finneran

Graphic/Web Designer

Russell has over 30 years’ experience as a designer. He started his career in advertising producing work for a wide variety of industries, including newspapers, travel, housing, charities and hospitality to name just a few. Russell is experienced in creating brand and corporate identity, design for digital and print, illustration, animation and website creation.

He is also the owner of Stonehouse Creative Services, but when time allows, he enjoys renovating his 300 year old cottage. He is now a dab hand at garden landscaping and dry stone walling.

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Ben Horrigan

Video Producer

Ben has been producing digital content since 2012, primarily for flagship BBC brands like Blue Peter and BBC News. Now he runs Studio 91 Media, a video production agency on a mission: to create content that is good for the internet, good for people and good for the world.

He knows video production and social platforms inside out, and loves finding creative ways to tell his client’s stories in creative ways. When he’s not behind a camera, Ben can often be found playing cello at weddings or riding a three-wheeled cargo bike called Babs.

Catherine Bellis


Catherine has worked extensively with local authorities and housing organisations across England and Wales for the past 20 years, delivering internal and external projects to a wide range of audiences from council leaders and chief executives to the general public.

She has delivered more than 50 housing transfer and ALMO consultations across the UK.

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