Cohere is a strategic communications consultancy that helps organisations build their impact and influence, shaping debates on how we tackle the big social challenges of our time

What we do

Narrative & Messaging

Refresh and reframe your core story and language to best reflect your work, in today’s cultural context

Creative Campaigns

Original content, progressive PR and social media strategies that bring to life the change you’re making

Impact-led Strategy

Rethinking organisational approaches for a rapidly changing world.

Recent projects

Our Experience

Our Team

Simon Matthews

Simon Matthews

Strategy Director

An advocate of the growing need to rethink business contribution to society, Simon has spent his career advising organisations on corporate reputation, brand and sustainability communications, working alongside well-known global brands, as well as non-profit organisations, mission-driven businesses and start-ups. Before starting Cohere, he spent most his career at Omnicom-owned Fishburn Hedges, where he was variously Managing Director, CEO and Chairman, leading integrated communications agencies and campaigns across multiple sectors. He studied at business schools in France and the UK, is a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster, on the advisory board of diversity business Rare and has been a start-up mentor and judge.

Anna Fielding

Anna Fielding

Senior Associate

Anna is a specialist in economic systems change, and an advocate for social and environmental justice. She was CEO at the Finance Innovation Lab, a pioneering project building a financial system that serves people and planet, is a trustee of the New Economics Foundation, and Chair of the Economic Change Unit. Anna has been a judge for the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards, Skoll Venture Awards, and Chartered Banker Institute Young Banker of the Year, written for a wide range of publications including the Guardian, Pioneers Post and the New Statesman, and featured in the Women in Social Enterprise 100, Women in Fintech Powerlist, and Brummel Magazine’s Inspirational Women in the City.

Daniel Stanley

Daniel Stanley

Creative Director

Daniel is a specialist in strategic communications for values-driven organisations. He writes and lectures on Narrative & Framing, has a background in grassroots community organising, and an MSc in Social and Public Communication from the Institute of Social Psychology at the London School of Economics. He founded and led movement-building digital agency Small Axe, working for seven years with many of the world’s biggest NGOs, Social Enterprises and campaigning organisations. He leads Cohere's work on Narrative Change, and is Founder & CEO of the non-profit Future Narratives Lab.

Dan Thomas

Dan Thomas

Corporate communications

Dan Thomas is a corporate communications expert who has more than 20 years experience working in the technology, media and telecoms sectors. Until recently, Dan was Director of Media Relations for BT, the UK’s largest internet service, mobile phone and TV provider. He is also a NCTJ trained journalist who has written for a number of International and UK media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Dow Jones Newswires, Computing and v3.co.uk

Katie Arthur

Katie Arthur

Creative Strategist

Katie is a doctoral researcher in her final year at King’s College London. She has worked in research and communications roles at the MIT Centre for Civic Media, UK Parliament, UNFCCC, Royal Society of Arts, and BBC. Katie’s PhD research explores how queer artists navigated obscenity law in mid-twentieth century USA. Previously, Katie was awarded a SM in Comparative Media Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a MA in English Literature and Politics, Joint Honours, from the University of Glasgow.

Oluchukwu Ezeofor

Oluchukwu Ezeofor

Communications Executive

Olu is currently finishing her BA in Digital Marketing at the University of Portsmouth, having garnered two years of informal industry experience during her studies. Previously, she has volunteered for NCS London as Communications Manager, freelanced as a Content Creator for The Montana Racial Equity Project, and acted as Campaign Manager for a self-directed fundraiser. Olu hopes to run more projects in the future in order to educate the public about social issues such as equality and racial bias.

The Cohere Model

We have developed a three-step journey, adapted for each project and client:

Context

We place the roots of your challenge in the shifting context of a new era:  a world of changing attitudes, values and expectations, which demands a different mindset and a fresh response.

Confront

We help you face the evidence and make bold, strategic choices designed to deliver real change.  Taking head on the big decisions needed to achieve ambitious goals.

Coherence

Together, we establish the clarity of purpose and resonant articulation that will underpin your mission and draw others to your side, for economic, social and reputational gain.

Coherent Views

Olu Ezeofor and Katie Arthur

Welcoming Olu and Katie to the Cohere team

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Cohere is welcoming two new members to our team in 2021 - Oluchukwu Ezeofor as a Communications Executive, and Katie Arthur as a Creative Strategist.

Private shame, public suspicion: the narrative rift that holds back ethical finance

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How do the stories we tell about money provide an obstacle to us adopting ethical finance alternatives? Cohere Senior Associate Anna Fielding introduces the Beyond Ethical Finance project.

Finding your flow: why your business needs a theory of change

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By Anna Fielding - Cohere Senior Associate One of the more curious aspects of the debate about social purpose in business is the way it so often fixates on the…

Why we created the Future Narratives Lab

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By Daniel Stanley, Creative Director at Cohere Partners It’s fair to say over the last few years ‘narrative’ has become one of those words that gets used ever more frequently,…
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Business beyond ‘purpose’: what’s next, and what it will take

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Despite widespread talk of social purpose, too few businesses put positive impact at the core of their work. What would it take to address the structural barriers that maintain business-as-usual?…
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Report Launch: ‘Power in place: understanding our land narrative’

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You are invited to join us at one of two launch events held in mid November, for a report developed in association with Shared Assets.