A brighter B2B agency

At Skout, we are on a mission to make your B2B communications more brilliant so you can enjoy a brighter business future.

As our client, you’re at the heart of everything we do, and we will help you to create the strong business relationships you need to ensure success, bringing your authentic stories into focus. We combine close-up examination of your business with a panoramic view of the world around you, helping it get closer and engage with the people it needs to influence.

We’ll forge vibrant working partnerships with you and become an integral part of your team. We are here to support your entire journey with key audiences and decision makers, from building brand awareness or generating demand to winning sales or communicating brand messages and retaining client loyalty.

Did you know Skout is employee owned?

At Skout, our independence, and living and breathing our values from the inside out, are at the core of our business philosophy. That’s why in 2023 we took the decision to become 100% employee owned.

Employee ownership means that our team has a meaningful and significant stake in the company.

Through our Employee Ownership Trust, every member of Skout has some true ‘ownership’ in the business and a say in how we operate as an agency. 

This allows our team to be part of Skout’s destiny, whilst benefiting from stability and greater career progression opportunities amongst many other benefits.

It’s good to meet you!

Rob Skinner

Founder and Managing Director

I’m proud to have worked in the B2B PR agency world for more than 25 years now. I was one of the first people in the UK to study PR at degree level, then my first job was a PR work placement at an electricity company. I was in the press office on my own one day and the local radio station rang to say, “there’s been a power cut – we need to interview you right now.” It was a real baptism of fire!

From those heady beginnings, and a long career in B2B agencies, forming Skout was a natural evolution. I’m passionate about delivering excellent work that addresses and exceeds clients’ objectives, and I remain hands-on in every aspect of the business.

The name Skout represents our ability to work as a close team and forage for brilliant stories, but I admit its true origin was me trying to find a word that began with ‘Sk’ like Skinner – there aren’t many!

Claire Lamb

Director

Since I started my career in PR in the mid-90s, I’ve worked with some of the world’s biggest brands, including Intel, BT and Orange (now EE). I headed up Apple’s PR when they’d just launched coloured iMacs – remember those? – and I was a key part of the team that launched the iPod in the UK.

After several tech PR agency stints I spent several years living in Hong Kong, working as deputy editor for a bi-lingual homes and interiors magazine, as well as establishing Hong Kong’s first green PR agency. I delight in building strong client relationships: largely because I like talking to interesting people. Making the leap from the press angle seen on the page to applying this directly to a client’s product or service is always an exciting challenge.  

Claire James

Client Services Director

I’ve worked in PR agencies for over 25 years, with a wealth of experience that spans a variety of markets including healthcare, life sciences, leisure, construction, energy and food.
I’m passionate about people. I love working with clients to develop programmes that help them to achieve their objectives and enable them to shine within their own organisations. It’s the challenge of seeing a plan as a moving feast rather than a static tick box exercise and then spotting the opportunity to go above and beyond to deliver fantastic results.

Possibly even more importantly, I’m also a fully qualified cheerleading coach, and surely every organisation needs one of those on board!

Lee Simpson

Head of Tech

I’ve worked in the media, in one form or another, since 2008. Following several years in London, I moved to Beijing where I worked as a features writer for a magazine, a script writer and as a presenter for my own ‘edutainment’ TV show. But it was working in the newsroom for China’s English language international news channel, CGTN, that was probably the most memorable – it was watched by over a billion people!

Since returning to the UK in 2014, I have specialised in working with scaleup tech companies both in developing their content marketing strategies and through PR. I love coming up with creative angles to tell clients’ stories and as the tech landscape grows and changes, this becomes increasingly important.

When not PR-ing I can usually be found chasing my young children around, or behind a microphone.

Rebecca Brown

Senior Account Manager

Before joining Skout, I gained a degree in Public Relations and Media, plus a master’s degree in International Relations. I’m always invested in my learning journey and it’s fantastic that there are so many different ‘brains’ at Skout HQ to bounce ideas off and bolster my knowledge. It’s true what they say, no two days are ever the same working in a B2B agency and that’s what I love about it. One day I may find myself writing a thought leadership article about the global issues impacting the world today and the next, I can be in a creative brainstorm session thinking about the next big ideas for our clients.  This suits me perfectly as it’s great to have a lot of variation in a job – you never get bored!

Jack Doyle

Senior Account Manager

My PR career began in 2017, interning for a small agency in my hometown of Dublin, Ireland. After three months here, I graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Ireland’s leading university, Trinity College, and shortly after began interning at another agency, where I would later become an Account Manager. 

Here, I developed my passion for technology, working with exciting consumer tech brands, my favourites being smartphones and accessories. I particularly loved getting to travel around Europe for various tech conferences and events – very exciting for 23 year old me! 

Eventually, the travel bug got the best of me, and I relocated to Manchester in 2021, continuing with PR for B2B tech and start-up businesses. These experiences ultimately led me to my role here at Skout, where I manage some really interesting tech clients and get to work with a fabulous, vibrant team every day! 

James Bentley

Content Manager

After graduating from the University of Central Lancashire’s School of Journalism, I worked at BBC North West Tonight for two-and-a-half years. With slightly greyer hair at the temples, I then moved into communications and marketing roles at several other companies in the manufacturing, utilities, social housing, higher education and automotive sectors.

I was interested in making the leap into agency land and did so with a role as an Account Manager, which proved to be the ideal grounding for life in PR and seeing the other side of the coin when it comes to the media. Writing has always been my primary strength and it has led to the great pride I take in my work for clients in many and varied fields as we help them tell their stories to the people who matter to them. It’s also been critical to my freelance life, in which I have written two non-fiction books about football history.

Alex Gladwin

Operations Manager

I’ve had a lifelong ambition to work in an office environment, with a stationery cupboard (this began with a serious and slightly alarming love of WHSmith as a child), so I studied business at University. It was there that I discovered that my strengths were in HR; I ultimately qualified with a Postgraduate Diploma in HR Management. 

A long career in this field has ultimately led me to my current role in B2B communications at Skout. I’ve always been a highly organised control freak, with most of my life set out on a spreadsheet. As an operations manager, this personal trait comes in remarkably handy as I keep everything running smoothly.

Melinda Kopa

Operations Executive

I’ve always been a numbers person, which is why I’m currently delving into the world of operations and finance. It’s not just about the numbers for me though; I love tackling problems and finding ways to make things run smoother, especially for small businesses. Right now, I’m putting that passion to work at Skout, where I get to help streamline processes and contribute to the agency’s growth. It’s a great feeling to see the direct impact of my work, and I’m all about keeping things running smoothly and efficiently, both in the books and operations.

Izzy Yoxall

Junior Account Manager

Prior to joining Skout, I studied Multimedia Journalism at Manchester Metropolitan University. During my time at university, I acquired an eclectic set of skills that I found were extremely transferable to the broad world of marketing and PR. The wide range of industries we cover here at Skout including retail, manufacturing, construction, and D&I (to name just a few) means each day brings exciting new challenges and opportunities, so no two days are ever the same! I’m excited to be able to grow and develop my skills with the help of the award-winning Skout team.

James Weaver

Senior Account Executive

Prior to joining Skout, I worked in legal/financial services for several years in a customer service facing role alongside a decade’s worth of experience working with rock bands through operating my own digital magazine and gaining a degree in journalism in the process. You know what they say, don’t put your eggs in one basket! Jumping to the other side of the fence, working in a B2B marketing agency feels like a natural fit for me. Surrounded by fantastic fellow comms professionals at Skout HQ and working with clients across numerous sectors, no day is the same working at Skout and that’s what keeps this job so enjoyable. One minute I could be pitching a topical news story, the next I could be securing a profile feature in a print publication. They say variety is the spice of life and that is Skout in a nutshell!

Jack Snell

Account Executive

Trying my hardest not to sound like a cliché here but I sort of ‘fell into PR’ through my course at university. My dream was always to be a journalist, but when I was offered a place on the Public Relations with Journalism course, I snatched it not really knowing what PR was. From there my passion for journalism faded as I became more and more interested in the PR and marketing landscape, honing my skills before entering the big world. I got my first PR job pretty much straight out of uni. I’ve been able to grow and nurture my skillset in a career that I am truly passionate about and I that love.

Since joining Skout, I have seen my confidence grow and grow in my ability all thanks to the team and of course our friendly clients. From writing a press release to creating social media content, the fact that my role has so many different responsibilities always keeps it fresh and exciting!

Honor Williamson

Honor Williamson

Junior Account Executive

Before I began my journey into PR, I studied a degree in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies, which introduced me to a variety of areas, from journalism to marketing and advertising. But what really caught my interest was the PR aspect of my course, where I got to hone my skills in an area I loved. Upon joining Skout, I was introduced to a whole host of exciting clients, and a chance to apply my PR knowledge within a dynamic environment and alongside a fantastic team. I’ve already learned so much about the industry since first joining Skout, and I love that my role has so much opportunity for creativity and growth.

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What we stand for

Openness creates opportunities

As a team we have the integrity to deliver on our promises, fostering trust in everything we say and do. As an employer we create an environment to nurture honest and open conversations and actions. For our clients we are not afraid to speak out to help them achieve their goal.

Fun breeds brilliance

As a team we like to laugh and believe there should be brightness in every day, helping to build resilience during challenging times. As an employer we create a lively culture where laughter is encouraged and embraced. For our clients we bring colour and excitement into business relationships.

We’ve got your back

As a team we have each other’s backs, being understanding and empathetic to all individuals. As an employer we encourage your development and aspirations to become brilliant. For our clients we make ourselves an integral part of their team.

One team, brilliant individuals

As a team we work together, utilising everyone’s strengths, to deliver brilliant results. As an employer we create an environment to support team success. For our clients we bring the best skills and teams together to deliver brilliant outcomes.

Always seeking solutions

As a team we dig deep to overcome challenges. As an employer we challenge our team to find the answers. For our clients we push harder for great outcomes.

Openness creates opportunities

As a team we have the integrity to deliver on our promises, fostering trust in everything we say and do. As an employer we create an environment to nurture honest and open conversations and actions. For our clients we are not afraid to speak out to help them achieve their goal.

Want to join us?

Are you interested in joining our team? We are always on the lookout for brilliant B2B PR, comms and marketing experts and strategic bright sparks. If you’re interested in furthering your career with us, please get in touch with your CV.

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