CHAIRMAN - FOUNDING PARTNER
CHARLIE METHVEN – CHAIRMAN - FOUNDING PARTNER
Charlie Methven is a top international Public Relations expert, ranked by Spearâ€™s Wealth in November 2017 as â€śoutstanding in fieldâ€ť and amongst the top 10 reputation managers in London.
He has run successful Public Relations agencies for over a decade, acting as Managing Director of New Century Media for five years from 2006, before going on to found Dragon Advisory in September 2011. Prior to entering the world of public relations consultancy, Charlie had a stellar career on national newspapers. Starting as a reporter on the Sporting Life, he eventually became a columnist and leader writer on the Daily Telegraph, where he had previously edited the paperâ€™s famous Peterborough column. He has also written for the Spectator, the Evening Standard and a wide range of other periodicals.
Charlieâ€™s personal clients include sovereign nations, high net worth individuals, asset managers and luxury brands. Educated at Eton College and Oxford University, away from work his interests include football, horseracing and golf.
JONATHAN SMITH – SENIOR CONSULTANT
Jonathan is a senior communications consultant with 20 yearsâ€™ experience in corporate communications, stakeholder engagement and reputation management globally.
He has experience of helping businesses through each phase of the growth cycle including IPOs, M&A, restructuring and other special situations.
Jonathan works with clients to devise and implement integrated stakeholder campaigns in complex environments to bring about positive results.
With a detailed knowledge of the financial and professional services sector in the UK and internationally, Jonathan has specific experience of working with banks, asset managers, law firms, wealth managers, private equity houses, hedge funds and real estate investors.
Jonathan is a trusted strategic communications adviser with the ability to engage and influence at the highest level.
HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
LEO MALIM – HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Leo heads Business Development at Dragon, bringing new clients to the fold and assisting them in achieving their growth targets.
Utilising the company’s corporate and luxury brand PR expertise, combined with the auxiliary corporate finance teams, he identifies clients best suited to Dragon’s strategic skillset and works with them to achieve their tactical and financial goals.
Leo has worked with clients in North Africa, Europe, Middle East and Russia and has built and exited a number of businesses. He brings a strong entrepreneurial spirit and skillset to Dragon and its clients.
Leo was educated at Eton and holds an MA from the University of St Andrews.
CHESTER ALDEN – ASSOCIATE
Chester joined Dragon in July following a degree in International Business Management at the Royal Agricultural University. He had previously interned with Dragon for three months during his degree and is looking to specialise in the financial services area of communications.
Previous work experience has taken him to the Red Bull Racing F1 team, and 21st Century Learning International, an educational technology consultancy based in Hong Kong.
ANNESLEY ABERCORN – PARLIAMENTARY CONSULTANT
Annesley has 16 years political experience having worked forÂ several parliamentarians including a senior Cabinet Minister.
He has also stood as a Westminster and European Parliamentary Candidate and chaired a well known think tank. Annesley has a deep understanding of the Westminster parliamentary process and maintains a strong interest in British politics.
He was educated at Highgate School and University College London where he obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree in politics. He is the Founder & Chairman of The Dream Ball which supports aspiration for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
OBI ASIKA – DRAGON AFRICA
Obi heads Dragon’s African practice. He is highly networked across Africa and London and provides top line advice to major clients.
He has a strong understanding of international markets and media landscape, enabling him to provide up-todate and ‘in the know’ service to clients.
Obi has extensive experience of the oil and gas, procurement and business support sectors, and sits on the boards of a diverse range of companies, including the largest infrastructure provider in Nigeria, PPC, and boards in the events, marketing, media, ICT and property sectors.
He has advised the World Bank in Nigeria, the International Finance Corporation, the Bank of Industry on creative industries, and the national economic management team. He is the executive producer of Dragon’s Den Nigeria, The Apprentice Africa, and World Cup Village.
Educated at Eton College and Warwick University,
COLIN METHVEN – NON-EXEC DIRECTOR
Colin Methven is a former director of insurance broking giant Willis Faber and Dumas (now known as Willis), where he ran the firm’s operations in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Australasia for many years.
After retiring from Willis following a thirty year career, he was subsequently appointed President of the London Insurance Institute, executive chairman of the Cavalry and Guards Club (which he ran for four years) and was elected a district councillor in his native region, the Cotswolds.
A former officer in the Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards, Colin brings to Dragon his huge experience of emerging markets, as well as of a complete understanding of the running of agency businesses.