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About Carr Consulting & Communications

 

Do good things, and shout about it.

CCC uses in-depth technical knowledge of financial services, coupled with a strong network within both the financial services marketplace and media, to deliver excellent results for clients, consistently. Advising companies at senior level on a range of areas including strategy, communications, trust, market intelligence, product development and more.

Specialising in the financial services sector, CCC's skills and international experience can help to provide much more than basic public relations. We understand financial services products, financial advisers, consumer behaviour, legislation and regulation. And we work and respond fast.

CCC launched in July 2013, to provide public relations and consultancy services to the financial services industry. CCC evolved from Kevin Carr Consulting Ltd, which launched in January 2010.

Working with us

These days we are an LLP with three partners and several associate consultants. We are always looking for experienced people who value the benefits of growing a business and being part of a team – but who also appreciate the flexibility of managing their own time and working from home, either part-time or full-time. If you have significant PR and/or writing experience in the financial services sector and would like to talk to us, please do get in touch.  

Kevin Carr, Managing Director

Kevin has been in the financial services industry for over twenty years. Following three years providing mortgage advice on the high street, Kevin progressed through several roles with independent protection specialist LifeSearch including Head of Protection Strategy and Director of PR. In 2008 he joined PruProtect as Director of Protection Development, a role which included all aspects of protection business including sales, marketing, product development and PR.

A qualified IFA and mortgage adviser, Kevin is a well-known industry figure who speaks regularly to the media and at conferences on all matters related to protection. Kevin has been named the Protection Review Personality of the Year and voted the second most influential person in the UK protection industry of the last ten years.

As Managing Director of Carr Consulting & Communications, Kevin works with a wide range of distributors, insurance companies, re-insurers and more. Since 2010 Kevin has also been Chief Executive of Protection Review.

A keen Arsenal fan, he has also been known to play keyboards in various bands over the years.

Matthew Morris, Director & Partner

Matthew has worked in PR, marketing and journalism for over 15 years. After working at a national news agency and as a freelancer, Matthew began working with Brent Council in 2004 where his responsibilities included delivering communications for the Wembley Stadium rebuild between 2004-2007 and the London Olympic bid pre-2006.

He joined financial advisers Baigrie Davies LifeSearch in 2007 where he won the Headline Money award for Best Protection PR four years in a row.

Matthew left the firm in 2013 to work on managing communications for the merger of Quilter Cheviot Investment Management. At the end of the contract Matthew joined Legg Mason Global Asset Management as European Head of Communications on an interim basis, meaning he has worked across the advisory, discretionary and asset management side of financial services.

A keen fan of international travel and rugby, Matthew still writes the occasional travel article and supports Leicester Tigers and Blackheath rugby club.

Linda Winder, Director & Partner

Linda has helped a variety of financial services organisations achieve their business objectives for over a decade. She began her PR career at protection intermediary LifeSearch, gaining significant insight into all aspects of the protection industry, as well as undertaking financial planning qualifications.

A move to Lansons Communications broadened Linda's financial services PR experience into industries such as retirement, investment and general insurance, working with clients including Barclays, The Post Office, Capita, MoneySupermarket.com, uSwitch.com, Prudential, Key Retirement Solutions, Insight Investment and Windsor Life.

Linda then led communications for the 'Life & Pensions' business of LV=, working day-to-day with senior management across the annuities, pensions, equity release, protection and with-profits business. Heading up an internal team and managing external agencies, Linda helped rapidly increase the profile of the re-branded business (formerly Liverpool Victoria), positioning LV= as a customer-focused, innovative and industry-leading brand.

Outside of financial services, Linda is a drummer in an indie covers band and a qualified make-up artist.

Suzanne Clarkson, Associate Consultant

Suzanne has a flair for copywriting of just about any sort thanks to a background in journalism. She enjoys a sound understanding of Healthcare (public & private) and Financial Services after 17 years' experience in these sectors.

Suzanne’s career began as a reporter on Financial Adviser, moving on to Deputy Editor of Money Management, Editor of Health Insurance and Freelancer to various national newspapers and magazines.

Suzanne then moved into Corporate Communications for Gissings, SimplyHealth and, more latterly, Bupa. Her experience and expertise in this regard includes: content marketing; reputation building and management; media relations, including crisis communications; internal communications; strategic planning; project management; copywriting; editing and proofreading.

Suzanne is Founding Director of Coach House Communications. Clients have included: Fitbug, Informa Publishing, Punter Southall Group, Datamonitor Financial, Optima Care, Generali Assicurazioni UK and Willis Towers Watson.

During her ‘down time’, Suzanne enjoys getting up to her neck in mud during obstacle runs…plus the odd marathon and mountain biking challenge.

Andrew Sharkey, Associate Consultant

In a career spanning over 30 years in the financial communications industry, Andrew was a founding director of Ludgate Communications, a partner of Luther Pendragon, CEO of Redleaf Polhill and a director of Smithfield Consultants.

Clients have included The AIFA, Charles Schwab, Scottish Amicable, Prudential, Trinity College (London), Scottish Life, The Trustees of The Kodak Pension Plan, Carval Investors, HSBC, Boeing, Barclays, Aviva and Royal London Group.

He is particularly skilled board level counsel, having substantial experience in the areas of: one to one mentoring; financial and corporate communications; media relations; crisis communications; and litigation PR.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and takes an active interest in the progressive agenda of the Society. He also has an official ranking from the British Squash and Racketball Association which currently places him in the top 100 players in the over 50s age grade.

Peter Le Beau, Associate Consultant

Peter Le Beau is one of the best known consultants in life and health insurance protection.

He began his career at British and European and in 1981 moved to Swiss Re where he was initially Head of Underwriting and later became Head of UK Marketing. He left in 2001 to set up an independent consultancy, Le Beau Visage, which focuses on differentiation in the Protection sector.

Since then he has set The Protection Review, The-Net-Work and is Chairman of the Income Protection Task Force, which he helped to form in 2005. In 2007 Cover magazine voted Peter the most influential person in the UK protection industry over the previous 10 years and in 2009 he was voted Health Insurance magazine's Personality of the Year. Peter was awarded the MBE for services to Insurance in June 2009.

Maggie Johnson, Executive Assistant

Maggie has been an executive assistant for a number of years with a wealth of experience of working with financial services companies. Maggie helps look after the day-to-day running of Carr Consulting and Communications.


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Awards & Nominations

2017

  • PRCA DARE Awards: Small Consultancy of the Year - NOMINATED

2016

  • PRCA DARE Awards: Small Consultancy of the Year - NOMINATED

2014

  • Headlinemoney Awards: Best Share Dealing & Currencies PR - NOMINATED
  • Headlinemoney Awards: Best Investment PR - NOMINATED

2012

  • Headlinemoney Awards: Best Protection PR - WINNER
  • Headlinemoney Awards: Best Protection PR - NOMINATED

2011

  • Headlinemoney Awards: Best Protection PR - WINNER

2010

  • Headlinemoney Awards: Best Protection PR - WINNER

2009

  • Headlinemoney Awards: Best Protection PR - WINNER

2008

  • Financial Adviser: Best Protection Adviser - WINNER

2007

  • Scottish Widows IFA Awards: Industry Initiative of the Year - WINNER
  • Protection Review: Personality of the Year - WINNER
  • Headline Money Awards: Best Protection PR - WINNER

2006

  • Health Insurance Awards: Best Income Protection Intermediary - WINNER
  • Cover Excellence Awards: Outstanding Achievement Award - WINNER
  • Headlinemoney Awards: Press Officer of the Year - WINNER
  • Headlinemoney Awards: Best Protection PR - WINNER
  • Headlinemoney Awards: Best Protection PR - NOMINATED 
  • Financial Adviser Awards: Protection Adviser of the Year - WINNER

2005

  • Health Insurance Awards: Business Initiative of the Year - HIGHLY COMMENDED
  • Cover Excellence Awards: Protection Marketing Initiative of the Year - WINNER
  • Headlinemoney Awards: Best Protection PR - WINNER

2004

  • Health Insurance Awards: Best Critical Illness Intermediary - WINNER
  • Financial Adviser Awards: Best Critical Illness IFA - WINNER

2003

  • Health Insurance Awards: Best Income Protection Intermediary - WINNER
  • Health Insurance Awards: Best Critical Illness Intermediary - HIGHLY COMMENDED
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