Roland Dransfield PR
Meet the Team

We’re an integrated public relations firm, based in central Manchester and covering a vast range of sectors, industries and disciplines. Our dedicated team is committed to getting to the bottom of your needs and implementing a tailored PR solution that serves your goals.

Our team comes from a diverse range of backgrounds and each brings a unique set of skills and experience to bear on our client’s PR projects. Click on our profiles to learn more about us.

Lisa Morton

Managing Director

Lisa Morton

Lisa launched RDPR in 1996 and brings more than 20 years’ experience to bear on a wide range of projects and campaigns across a diverse variety of sectors and industries. As well as managing the company, Lisa takes a hands-on role in overseeing client accounts and providing strategic advice and consultancy to clients. Her key areas of expertise include property and regeneration, professional services and corporate PR.

Would love to: Get to the bottom of the ironing pile.

What would you take to a desert island? My kids, my friends and The Arctic Monkeys.

If you could describe yourself as a brand, what would it be and why? Ronseal – Does what it says on the tin.

What’s been your best moment in PR so far? Winning a PR award in London and then going to Browns’ in Mayfair, which was empty except for Brandon Flowers and the rest of The Killers, who had just played The Royal Albert Hall, them buying us cocktails to celebrate and us singing Mr Brightside.

What’s been your worst moment in PR? A string quartert playing Oasis songs packing up their instruments half way through an event because a junior executive had sent the wrong times.

We had to negotiate with them discreetly and use food and alcohol to bribe them to stay.

In the film of your life who would play you? Joanna Lumley as Patsy. I’ve been her enough times at fancy dress parties. I think it’s time to repay the favour.

Caroline Aspinall

Associate Director

Caroline Aspinall

Caroline is a highly experienced communications professional with a proven track record in executing successful national, regional and trade campaigns for clients. As a former award-winning multi-media journalist for titles such as the Liverpool Echo and Sunday Express, she has superb news awareness and knows the regional, trade and national press like the back of her hand. Caroline is highly experienced in planning and leading PR campaigns that deliver the right commercial results to move organisations forward.

Would love to: Be able to dance like Beyonce.

What would you take to a desert island? My family, friends and a luxury yacht loaded with Prosecco.

If you could describe yourself as a brand, what would it be and why? Apple – style with skills and always ahead of the game.

What’s been your best moment in PR so far? Joining the Roland Dransfield PR team of course!

In the film of your life who would play you? Kate Beckinsale. She’s not only beautiful, but also an Oxford graduate and a martial arts machine. What’s beauty without brains and brawn?

Clare Coyne

Senior Account Director

Clare Coyne

Clare has worked with some of the region’s leading PR agencies over the last 20 years and today is responsible for healthcare and professional service accounts at Roland Dransfield including legal firms, NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts, Universities and a wide range of SME businesses. Clare provides strategic advice to Boards to help them clarify their message, identify their stakeholders and to define their brand. However Clare still likes to work at the customer-facing side of PR and is not averse to donning an Easter Bunny outfit for a retail promotion if that’s what’s needed.

Would love to: Own a field and have a donkey to love.

What would you take to a desert island? – My donkey.

If you could describe yourself as a brand, what would it be and why? Duracell – Goes, on and on and on.

What’s been your best moment in PR so far? – Pulling off the launch of the Marriott Hotel Worsley while seven month pregnant and averting an impending disaster when the snow machine stopped working ten minutes before Fergie and the rest of the United Squad turned up for the photocall in the Victorian Winter Wonderland Court Yard. That and being forced by the client to accept a gift of a £700 Longines watch before going to meet the press on the brand’s  behalf. Well, if you insist.

In the film of your life who would play you? Juliette Stephenson – she cries really well on film. Not that the script of my life requires that skill to be called upon a lot but no-one wants to look bad when they cry.

Becki Ord

Account Director

Becki Ord

Becki is a forward thinking, multi skilled account director with 14 years PR experience. As a former journalist and features editor, she combines a sharp sense for newsworthy stories with excellent writing skills and media contacts to secure quality coverage. As a strategic thinker and a creative PR tactician, Becki works in partnership with her clients to successfully achieve their objectives and outstanding results. During her time as a press officer at Keep Britain Tidy, Becki was a member of the busy press office team responsible for launching the anti-litter charity’s national and regional campaigns, and media releases on day-to-day policy and campaigning work.

Would love to: Travel the world with my family so we could embark on wonderful adventures in exotic locations and immerse ourselves in different cultures, but more importantly to have a lot of fun and experience new things.

What would you take to a desert island? My daughter, husband, a solar powered i-pod and sun tan lotion.

If you could describe yourself as a brand, what would it be and why? Red Bull – full of energy, sense of adventure and always up for the next challenge!

What’s been your best moment in PR so far? Winning two CIPR Awards for client projects I have led on – Best use of Crisis Communications and Low Budget Campaign of the Year. And, joining Roland Dransfield of course!

In the film of your life who would play you? Angelina Jolie Pitt – apart from being a successful actress and film director Angelina is a devoted mother, humanitarian (I greatly admire the work she has carried out as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador) and of course is married to Brad Pitt! She is courageous, talented, brave, generous and is full of poise and grace – what more could a woman aspire to!

Alex Bell

Head of Media

Alex Bell

Alex has joined us straight from one of the UK’s biggest and busiest regional publications, the Manchester Evening News, where he was a senior business reporter for more than three years. He is expert at building audiences and creating communities through storytelling and has an acute nose for a story and knows exactly what will get into print. Having just made the transition to PR, Alex is extremely well-connected and can use his extensive media contacts and knowledge of the modern newsroom for the benefit of clients. Alongside Caroline Aspinall, Alex heads up all our media training sessions and is passionate about ensuring clients are fully briefed on all new media developments, trends and players.

Would love to:  Sit down in a library in Brooklyn and talk to the author Paul Auster.

What would you take to a desert island? A load of food and drink, I don’t eat seafood you see.

If you could describe yourself as a brand, what would it be and why? Pret A Manger. No particular reason, just think it’s a classy business, one of the best, no nonsense and can’t remember a staff member ever having either a downbeat or try hard tone with me as a customer.

What’s been your best moment in PR so far? Landing a role at Roland Dransfield.

In the film of your life who would play you? Michael Shannon. I think he’s the same height as me and plays a blinding part in a modern classic called Take Shelter.

Sam Hughes

Head of Digital

Sam Hughes

Sam is an experienced Digital Marketeer who joined RDPR in January. He brings a wealth of knowledge with him including digital marketing strategy, strong copywriting skills and technical background.

A self-confessed geek, Sam strives to stay on the bleeding edge of technological and digital trends, and using them to communicate stories effectively to his clients.

Sam has worked across B2B and B2C in various sectors with some of the world’s biggest brands, including P&G and Oxfam, helping them to use digital marketing and social media to effectively communicate brand ideals and key messages.

Maria Murphy

Account Manager

Maria Murphy

Maria joined RDPR in 2012 and has worked across the entire team to provide executive support for a range of clients. Her duties have included liaising with the media, Gorkana database management, attending networking events organising client events and attending client meetings. She has dealt with a diverse range of sectors, drafting press releases, case studies and organising media interviews. Maria is also a digital marketing enthusiast taking the reins on this front for several clients, as well as being one of the key contributors to the re-design of the RDPR website.

Would love to: Meet the Royals.

What would you take to a desert island? Music and the means to play it.

If you could describe yourself as a brand, what would it be and why? Adidas – Impossible is nothing.

What’s been your best moment in PR so far? Securing a two-part piece on the BBC for one of our clients.

In the film of your life who would play you? Beyonce – it’d be funny to hear her attempt a scouse accent.

Jo Craig

Account Executive

Jo Craig

Jo has a journalistic background thanks to her two and a half years as a local news reporter and has a comprehensive understanding of regional print and online newsrooms. She has been working in PR for just over a year on regional, national and international PR campaigns across B2B and corporate sectors and understands how to deliver campaigns that grab the media’s attention. She is tenacious, diligent and proactive in her approach and is skilled at building rapport with all our client’s key press contacts.

Would love to: Travel the world.

What would you take to a desert island? I’d hire a DJ to play something tropical, a cocktail bartender for refreshments and I’d pack some Factor 50 because I burn easily.

If you could describe yourself as a brand, what would it be and why? Nike – Just Do It.

What’s been your best moment in PR so far? Joining RDPR.

In the film of your life who would play you? Maybe Katherine Heigl? There’s definitely going to be some comedy moments.

Managing Director

Lisa Morton

Associate Director

Caroline Aspinall

Senior Account Director

Clare Coyne

Account Director

Becki Ord

Head of Media

Alex Bell

Head of Digital

Sam Hughes

Account Manager

Maria Murphy

Account Executive

Jo Craig

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Our Clients

  • GVA
  • Hill Dickinson
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  • UMIP
  • Schroders
  • NJL
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  • Clicktopurchase
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  • Nuffield-Health-logo
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  • Embankment_logo
  • ArborLiving_logo
  • Melia_logo
  • XYZ_logo
  • PH homes
  • Vardargs
  • Workspace
  • No1_logo
  • Beech_logo
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  • stmodwen-logo
  • Citygate_logo
  • FirstStreet-logo
  • Neighbourhood_logo
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