Our Team

Helen Lucas

Co-founder

Helen helps leaders and their teams use communication to increase impact and influence with the media, clients and colleagues. Since 2001, she has prepared executives for an array of board-level presentations, investor meetings and pitches, plus broadcast, radio and print media interviews.
She coaches senior executives and their direct reports in dozens of institutions across banks, fund managers and private equity companies, including Montagu, Blackrock and CME. Helen also prepares corporate leadership teams ahead of M&A opportunities.
Prior to that she was a financial journalist and senior editor for International Financial Review, where she also served in New York as US editor and bureau chief.

  • 20 years’ experience as a communications coach
  • Former financial journalist and US editor, International Financing Review (IFR)
  • Counselling training from WPF
  • BA in English and Drama

Jeremy helps his clients make the greatest positive impact through media interviews, presentations, speeches and pitches. Drawing on 10 years of business journalism experience he helps clients build sharp, memorable content that they can deliver with confidence. Over the past 15 years he has worked extensively with clients including BlackRock, BNP Paribas, the author and economist Dambisa Moyo and acted as adviser to senior politicians.
At Financial News Jeremy worked as banking editor and New York correspondent, covering capital markets, M&A and the fall-out from the Dotcom collapse. He also worked for International Financing Review (IFR) and Euromoney.

  • 17 years of experience in communications coaching
  • Former financial journalist and banking editor, Financial News
  • BA in Modern European Studies (majoring Economics and Spanish) UCL

Jeremy Adams

Co-founder

Jan Boucek

Senior consultant
Jan helps business and finance professionals develop clear and concise messages and deliver them with confidence in media interviews, presentations or written documents. He understands the importance of carefully structuring messages for immediate and lasting impact and the challenge of getting messages across to time-poor professionals suffering from information overload. For over 30 years, he was, variously, a reporter, editor, senior manager and pension trustee at The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires group. After leaving the group, Jan spent a year in the Iraqi Autonomous Region of Kurdistan as a consultant to a news service start-up.
  • Communication coach and adviser since 2010
  • Former senior financial journalist and editor at WSJ/Dow Jones
  • Extensive management experience
  • Economics degree from Carleton University, Ottawa
  • UK resident, with experience of working on both sides of the Atlantic
Sadia oversees the smooth running of Communication Means’ client services and operations. She is on hand to help with day to day client queries, invoicing and pre- and post-session logistics. Sadia has more than five years’ experience working in the professional coaching sector and understands the priorities of our discerning clients. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Queen Mary University, London.

Sadia Waheed

Client Services

Neil McNeil

Senior consultant
Over the past three decades, Neil McNeil become a leading coach in helping people to present themselves and their organisations effectively, both in internal meetings and to the press, radio and television. He has trained thousands of people, from junior executives to the Directors and CEOs of blue-chip multi-national companies and financial services firms, as well as senior politicians, celebrities, athletes, charity officials, campaign groups and emergency services personnel. Neil began his career as a news reporter in BBC local radio. He produced and presented a science and technology programme for LBC Radio, before leaving to become one of the first presenters on SKY television.
James is a coach, ghostwriter, and strategic comms specialist with more than 20 years of experience working in the City. He runs writing workshops and brainstorming sessions that help teams and individuals at all levels craft great copy. He also works on messaging and position projects, helping senior executives maximise the power of their brands, and offers media training.
  • Before that, James spent ten years as a reporter, mostly at Bloomberg News, where he covered legal and regulatory affairs in London, Luxembourg and Brussels.
  • 10 years experience in communications coaching
  • More than 20 years of experience of financial and legal journalism, marketing and public affairs
  • Proven track record of working alongside CEOs, senior executives and communications leads

James Lumley

Senior Consultant

David Gridley

Video production
David has run his video production company, Mediacrews, for over 15 years and provides PR companies, corporate, financial services and academic clients with cameramen for various filming projects including media training, filming and editing for corporate and web based projects. He is Communication Means’ go-to partner for these services.

Since creating his own company in 1997 David has grown his client base to include many public and private sector companies including: The Metropolitan Police, The Bank of England, Future Publishing, The Royal College of Psychiatrists and the NHS. Today he has a stable of professional cameramen and editors on-hand who work with a wide range of clients in both the UK and Europe.

In this post-COVID world David also specialises in the live video streaming of meetings from client premises. This includes: AGM broadcasting, client and investor presentations and product or report launches where people can view the meetings online via the client’s website.

Visit the Mediacrews website here.
Yumna is on hand to assist with client queries, session scheduling and logistics. She coordinates Communication Means’ operations and helps with internal projects and assignments. Yumna has experience working in global financial services having undertaken an internship with State Street. She also has a passion for design and worked for a homeware boutique where she progressed from Sales Associate to in-house content creator, helping the small business expand online.

Yumna holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Politics from the University of Warwick.

Yumna Waheed

Client Services and Operations Coordinator