Belvedere is a consultancy that was founded to give high level strategic communications advice to corporates, entrepreneurs, family offices and the professional firms that advise or invest in them.
We help our clients to enhance and execute their communications strategies; solve existing problems and prevent new ones occurring. We relish the challenge of the complex, the new, the unusual and the unfamiliar.
We foster long term relationships with our clients by providing thoughtful, forward thinking, and discerning advice in a world that is overly focused on today’s quick fix.
Respect, trust, integrity and confidentiality are axiomatic to the advice we provide.
Belvedere is sector agnostic but our team has strong roots in equity capital markets. We have the experience to advise clients through any crisis, transaction, growth phase, transition or any other situation which requires a perception audit of the relevant stakeholders.
We have advised clients across most industry sectors and many international boundaries. Our team, however, has particular experience in ﬁnancial services, technology, telecoms, media, support services, natural resources, real estate and industrials.
In an over communicated world, in which we are constantly bombarded with messaging, Belvedere believes that one size definitely does not fit all. This is why we understand the importance of listening, evaluating and discussing options in advance of preparing a reasoned communication strategy.
Our strategy led communications advice has helped companies, from start-ups to multibillion pound organisations, to achieve their strategic goals with thoughtful, honest and effective communication campaigns.
Chief Executive and Founder
John has 20 years’ experience dealing with challenging and diverse assignments across a broad range of industry sectors.
His principal areas of expertise are in corporate and financial communications, reputation and change management, crisis and issues management and investor relations.
John has advised on a wide range of communications briefs working with corporates, prominent individuals, Governments, professional advisory firms, regulators and NGOs. He has extensive IPO, M&A and crisis experience.
John spent 18 highly successful years with the top five ranked UK consultancy Tavistock Communications where he held the position of Chief Executive for six years before establishing Belvedere.
Cat has been advising both quoted and privately-owned companies on their corporate and investor communications for over 20 years.
Cat believes in delivering Board level counsel at a principal to principal level in a straightforward and pragmatic manner.
She has an extensive and keen knowledge of the small growth cap market with its specific opportunities and challenges and has advised a broad range of clients on AIM and the Main Market. Cat’s listed transactional and IPO experience is considerable.
Cat established her own financial PR business in 2008, Rawlings Financial PR, which she later sold to a top five ranked agency headed by John West. After her time at Tavistock, she spent a couple of years at Hudson Sandler before teaming back up with John West and returning to her boutique agency roots.
Kim van Beeck
Kim joined Belvedere in 2015 after a career in media and publishing and has six combined years’ experience working in the media and communications industry.
She has built up expertise in corporate and financial communications using her legal training, combined with her media experience, to create effective outreach plans, establish strong positioning and provide strategic communications support.
Kim has worked for a number of prominent media houses in London and Cape Town, including the Hearst Corporation, Media24 and Bauer Media, working on a diverse range of well-known titles such as Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health and Men’s Health holding the title of Chief Copy Editor at the latter publication at 27 years old.
She holds degrees in both journalism and law, read at Rhodes University and the University of Cape Town respectively.
Llewellyn is a qualified lawyer with six years’ experience in commercial litigation.
He joined Belvedere in 2018, bringing a thorough understanding of commercial and legal issues facing clients when executing their communication strategies and obligations.
Llewellyn practised in corporate dispute resolution where he acted for companies which had necessarily run into contractual, operational, reputational or other difficulties.
He has practised law at DLA and PwC and worked as an independent consultant in London for various clients including Slaughter and May and Linklaters.
He holds degrees in German and law from the University of Cape Town and a master’s degree in law which he completed jointly at the University of Amsterdam and Stellenbosch University.
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