Our People

Tom Curtin

Tom Curtin

The team is led by the company’s Chief Executive and founder.  Tom is a visiting professor on crisis, issues and media management at IMD Business School in Lausanne, where the crisis simulation course regularly scores top marks. He is the author of ‘Managing a Crisis’ (Macmillan 2005). He was formally head of communications in companies in the water and nuclear industries and founded one of the UK’s largest property lobbying groups, which grew to some 40 consultants between 1998 and 2007.

Neil Bennett

Neil Bennett 

Neil Bennett has worked as a senior correspondent for the BBC reporting for television, radio and the BBC website. Most recently, he was Crime Correspondent covering major issues in policing, terrorism and the criminal justice system generally. He reported regularly on football, cricket and rugby World Cups. Neil’s role was to cover the “front page” as well as the “back page” stories in sport. He has reported extensively on drugs, corruption and politics in world sport.

Paul Breakwell 

Paul Breakwell has over 25 years experience of handling corporate communications for a range of large organisations, including Hampshire Fire and Rescue, Dorset Police, BAE Systems and South West Water. He has first hand experience of providing crisis communications on issues ranging from the legacy of the 1988 Camelford water pollution incident to the 2013 UK floods.


David Arscott

David Arscott has spent his long career in the media, working on newspapers in the UK and abroad and for the BBC as a radio producer and presenter. An Oxford English graduate, he has worked for many years as a freelance writer, and runs his own small publishing house, Pomegranate Press. David has worked with Tom Curtin and his team since 2000.


Richard Lindfield

Richard Lindfield has more than 30 years’ experience as a broadcast journalist. He has worked in both TV and radio for the BBC and numerous commercial stations. He is currently weekend news editor for the Heart radio stations covering much of south-east England.

David Scane

David Scane

David Scane coordinates and manages the crisis management programmes, as well as contributing towards the development of new courses. David has run courses for a range of clients including successfully coordinating a trans-Atlantic crisis simulation for a multi-national FMCG company between offices in Switzerland, New Jersey, Chicago and Minneapolis. He has recently coordinated the creation of a new bespoke crisis simulation for a division of a multinational French insurance company based in Paris.


Robert Laird

Robert Laird

Robert Laird is an experienced political campaigner and community organiser. Robert has extensive experience of devising and delivering social media campaigns for political parties. He provides strategic advice to clients on the subject of social media crisis management.  Robert holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of East Anglia.

Gemma Welch 

Gemma coordinates and facilitates the crisis management programmes and provides participants with useful feedback on media relations and engagement. She has worked on a number of courses at IMD Business School, including their MBA programme and Transition to Business Leadership, and at Nestle on their Corporate Communication and HR training courses. Gemma comes from a political background and has worked for former Mayoral candidate, Zac Goldsmith, Tania Mathias MP and James Berry MP. Gemma graduated university with a BA First class honours in History and Politics.