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 also supports the charity Arthritis Research UK to lobby Government on key issues.

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Sarah Harvey

Account Director

Sarah has over 17 years’ experience working in the regeneration, economic development, tourism and housing sectors.

She started her career as a Press Officer for the Northwest Regional Development Agency before joining Liverpool and Cheshire based housing association, Plus Dane Group, as PR Manager. She then moved onto a duel role working for Marketing Cheshire and Chester and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership as Head of PR and Public Affairs responsible for strategic communications and stakeholder engagement.

She was a Board Member of Wirral based housing association, Alpha Living between 2015 and 2020.

As mum to a teenager, most of her spare time is usually spent playing taxi driver and watching Tik Tok rehearsals. She also has a keen interest in nutrition and fitness so can often be found trying out new recipes from a growing collection of cookbooks, followed by spending time at the gym or going out for runs or long walks with her labradoodle Dougie to burn them off!

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Nicola Douglas

Senior Account Manager

Nicola has nine years of experience of delivering high impact PR work in the housing, local authority and charity sectors.

She is experienced in media relations, strategic communications, project management, social media, and events. Her recent achievements include setting up a new charity’s press office and managing a long-running high-profile campaign with media partner Trinity Mirror Plc.

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Anna Ross

Account Manager

Anna has worked in marketing and communications in the public and charity sectors for more than 13 years. She has experience working with housing and further and higher education organisations to help tell their stories.

She is experienced in copywriting, media relations, campaign planning and management, branding, social media management and event organisation. Anna is passionate about working with organisations which have a positive impact on people’s lives.

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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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Kate Gannon

Administrator

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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Catherine Bellis

Founder

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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