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External Affairs Freelancers

Please find below freelancers covering the areas:

Communications | Public Affairs | Campaigns | Policy | Parliamentary | Digital & Social Media | PR, Press & Media | Marketing

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Senior research consultant, producing research and reports for NGOs and international agencies

London, UK, remote and abroad (with significant experience in Latin America)

I carry out high quality research and analysis to support your advocacy, policy and development, including desk research, legal and policy analysis, and fieldwork or remote interviews. With over nine years’ experience researching and writing comprehensive human rights reports for iNGOs, I provide full research services, from design and project management to timely delivery of publishable work for diverse audiences. My expertise includes refugees, migration, organised crime, human rights law and Latin America, and I work in English and Spanish.

Previous roles include: (consultancy): Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, Abbey Road Studios, See Tickets; (employment): Deputy Programme Director (digital communications) at Amnesty International IS, Communications Manager at International Alert

Daily rate: – From £350


Experienced, energetic strategist, advocate, facilitator and innovative partnerships specialist.

Flexible in the UK, overseas for short periods of time.

A passionate campaigner for social justice. I have led partnerships and campaigns with some of the biggest brands in the world including GSK, Standard Chartered, UBS, Essilor, Sainsbury’s Foundation, The Gates Foundation, The European Union, The Department for International Development, MAC Aids Fund, Queen’s Young Leaders and Paul Hamlyn Foundation. I have designed and led partnerships, advocacy and communications portfolios for Oxfam GB, Comic Relief, the philanthropist Natalia Vodianova’s charity and investment portfolio. I am currently supporting the development of a new global fund focussed on vision.

Previous roles include: Director of Engagement & Communications - Vision Catalyst Fun; Director of Philanthropy & Communications - Natalia Vodianova & Elbi Digital; Head of Funding Partnerships - Comic Relief; Head of Public Education - Comic Relief Global Health and Education Campaign Manager - Oxfam GB

Daily rate: – £500 per Day (Negotiable dependant on the organisation)


Policy, Comms and Public Affairs expert. Audit and drive meaningful improvement in your communications.

London or remote working

I can advise on growing your comms output efficiently and getting the right sort of engagement. This includes consultancy on all types of copywriting and comms channels.

The bespoke audit package covers social media engagement, all e-comms, how to get the most out of any events or political engagement, selecting an agency, crisis management and writing a great comms plan.

I can also give battle-hardened policy advice through lobbying ministers, MPs and responsible civil servants on both sides of the fence on areas such as environmental strategy, construction, and ethical sourcing.

Previous roles include: Policy, Comms and Public Affairs - BBC, The Times and the Daily Mail; Policy - MHCLG and Defra

Daily rate: – £220 per day. Comms audit package begins at £105.


Writer & editor available


Over two decades of experience in communications (writing & editing) the charitable sectors. Skilled in creating compelling content through research, writing, and editing, with a wide range of social and mainstream media experience.

Previous roles include: Médecins sans frontiers; Action Against Hunger; UNICEF; UNHCR; UNOCHA

Daily rate: – Negotiable.


Brand Development and Marketing Communications Specialist

London, Sussex, Surrey, Remote

I work with agencies and key stakeholders to (1) develop organisations’ brand purpose, vision, values, stories and visual & verbal guidelines; and (2) create integrated marketing and communications campaigns through owned, earned and paid media, that ensure employees, the public and key stakeholders understand, engage with, consider, choose and advocate organisations. I work with Government departments, C-Suite executives and peers in Public Affairs, Campaigns, Policy, Digital & Social Media, PR and Press & Media to ensure fully joined-up messages.

Previous roles include: Marketing Communications Contractor - British Heart Foundation; Head of Marketing Strategy - Transport for London; Specialist Copywriter - Toyota (GB) plc; Head of Brand and Marketing at Greater Anglia; Marketing and Communications agency - Managing Partner

Daily rate: – Negotiable subject to the nature, duration and location of the project


Building Your Brand through bid writing, communications, strategy and much more!

London, Swindon. Preference is remote from home office

Proven bid writing experience leading to winning bids, brand building, social media development, press and PR campaigns, award winning business strategies, funding applications, marketing and business development. Straight talking, action orientated business services.

Previous roles include: Political Consultant, Business Growth and Development, European Parliament, Conservative Party

Daily rate: – From £250


Policy, Public Affairs; Strategy Development specialising in international development, global health & research


Adept in research the biological sciences fields, I am driven to work towards achieving global equity. With qualifications in scientific research I have practical experience in health & research policy and advocacy, strategy development, communications, campaigns, fundraising and programme and grant administration both in the UK and internationally as well as management qualifications having gained foundation status with Chartered Management Institute. Experience is gained from various roles across civil society, multilaterals and foundations.


Previous roles include: Consultancy clients have included World Health Organisation, UNDP, RESULTS UK, ACTION. Policy Advisor Global Policy - Wellcome Trust; Tuberculosis Policy - RESULTS UK

Daily rate: – Optional


25 years' experience creating impactful internal and external communications for NGOs worldwide

Remote / London

Let me help you achieve great results. A great all-rounder with proven UK and international experience. My skills cover: digital – web, social media, e-newsletters, data analysis, podcasting; editing and writing; film and animation development; stakeholder engagement; branding; print; campaigning; marketing and media. I have also done a lot of mentoring. I’m adaptable, creative and easy to work with. No job is too small, no problem that can’t be solved.

Previous roles include: Consultant (AmplifyChange; The Lancet / Financial Times Commission: Governing Health Futures); Head of Communications - Girls Not Brides; Head of Global Communications - Plan International; Head of Internal Communications - Oxfam

Daily rate: – £300-£400


Campaigns and Communications Consultant with 15 years’ experience in NGOs and Politics

Scotland Based / London / Remote

I have almost 15 years’ experience working in senior roles in politics and public affairs in both Westminster and Holyrood. I have led successful nationwide campaigns for NGO and political clients from market research through to delivery and execution, including day-to-day media support, interview training and report writing. I have extensive experience working at board level and working directly to Chief Executives and Leaders in demanding positions.


Previous roles include: Senior Policy and Political Adviser - UK Public Body; Public Affairs Manager - International Development Charity; Political Adviser - UK Political Party; Consultant - London based communications agency; Charity trustee.

Daily rate: – Dependent on organisation and project


Communications & marketing support, training & delivery for students' unions and other small organisations

Remote, Brighton, London, Sussex and Surrey

I’m used to working within the time and money constraints often found within small organisations so I’m a jack of all trades, master of some. I can jump in to provide extra capacity if you’re busy, advise on larger projects or train and support your people to communicate effectively.


Previous roles include: Communications Manager - students' union, Digital Engagement - students' union, Freelance marketing for a massive tech conference

Daily rate: – Negotiable


Senior Policy and Advocacy Specialist – International Development and Humanitarian Sectors

London, remote

A professional with over 18 years experience in policy and advocacy programme development and implementation, high-level advocacy, and policy research and analysis. I have a track record of developing advocacy strategies, writing and editing a wide range of resources, including policy publications (reports, briefings etc). A persuasive communicator and networker with a proven track record of setting up, managing, and working within coalitions/alliances, and building long-lasting relationships with senior policy influencers. French native speaker.

Previous roles include: Head of Policy & Advocacy, Head of Policy, Head of Policy & Communication; Head of Advocacy & Public Affairs.

Daily rate: – Dependent on project and deadline.


Communications Director with a wealth of experience in digital transformation


Many years experience directing large teams across communications, marketing, digital, fundraising and governance. Have led large transformation projects, restructures and rebranding projects for large scale public sector and third sector organisations including all internal and stakeholder communications. I have led on governance for a national charity and am also a trustee of a charity and governor of a large FE college group. Equally happy working with a small team or leading across a large scale organisation.

Previous roles include: Group Director Communications and Marketing (three education groups), Director of Communications and Governance (national charity), consultant to host of other charities and public sector bodies

Daily rate: – Negotiable


Senior PR communications consultant – B2C and B2B – Consumer, Corporate, Professional Services, CSR

London or Remote

Developing and delivering strategic and integrated public relations campaigns for global, national and local brands and businesses; copywriting; content strategy and writing (traditional and social media); thought leadership; senior level client counsel; external and internal communications; change communications; reputation, crisis and issues management; press office; external agency, stakeholder and team management; project management; toolkit development.


Previous roles include: Definition Agency - Senior Consultant; Alliance Healthcare UK - Special Projects Communications Consultant; First Port Property Services - Freelance Copywriter; Freelance Associate Director - B&Q, Kingfisher ; Freelance Consultant - Always UNESCO Partnership, Oral B, Eukanuba

Daily rate: – Negotiable.


Policy, campaigns and public affairs expertise, tailored to your organisation

London-based, willing to travel across UK, Europe, other regions as needed (if possible due to Covid-19 restrictions)

I help create positive change for the people you support. I have worked for over 15 years in the NGO and public sectors, leading policy and campaigns projects on a wide range of causes. Among other services, I deliver: influencing strategies; advocacy planning and evaluation; dynamic campaigns to create change; coalition-building, management and coordination; public affairs engagement; high quality policy positions and reports; meaningful engagement with supporters and service users.


Previous roles include: Senior policy, public affairs and campaigns roles for a range of high-profile charities including Prostate Cancer UK, Homeless Link, and the Carers Trust.

Daily rate: – Flexible depending on your requirements


Project and programme manager, experienced in Humanitarian and Stabilisation operations and deployments

I am an accomplished senior manager with over 20 years experience in the public / humanitarian sector delivering operations, project and programme management for strategic initiatives. Practiced in personnel deployment, HR, office management, client management and field office set up, considerable knowledge of developing and managing personnel databases, programme finance, commercial relationships, policy and security. Plus, experience in post-conflict and insecure environments working on initiatives worldwide, deploying overseas to Afghanistan, Croatia, Dubai, Montserrat, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Turkey.

Previous roles include: Principle Technical Advisor- Deployments Crown Agents Ltd; Deployments Facility Advisor - Adam Smith International; Programme Manager - OPTIMA Defence and Security Group Ltd; International Resourcing Management Support - Crown Agents Ltd; Senior Deployments Manager - Crown Agents/ Palladium International

Daily rate: – £450 UK, £550 overseas


Experienced copywriter, editor and proofreader specialising in charities and not-for-profits

Remote / homeworking and London

I’m a writer and editor with over 15 years’ experience. I’ve worked with many charities and NfPs, and am skilled at writing for different audiences and keeping tone on brand. I’m great at getting to grips with a brief, finding creative solutions and enjoy communicating complex information in a clear and accessible way.
Please get in touch if you need help with any print or digital copy: web content, emails, annual reports, blogs, fundraising materials, brochures, pitch decks, social media.

Previous roles include: Freelance copywriter and editor (clients include: Alzheimer’s Society, The Fire Fighters Charity, Royal College of Occupational Therapists, Teach First); Senior copywriter - TES Global; Copywriter - Macmillan Cancer Support

Daily rate: – Please contact for rates (concessions available for smaller organisations)


Experienced policy and campaigns professional. 16+ education and youth engagement specialist


I am a creative and strategic policy and campaigns professional with additional expertise in press/PR, research and parliamentary engagement within member led organisations. I have project managed a range of user led national mobilising campaigns, influencing campaigns and commissions which have successfully bought about policy change and public engagement. I have strong people management skills and work well under pressure. Additionally I have a deep working knowledge of the 16+ education and skills sector.

Previous roles include: UNISON - National Learning & Development Organiser; National Autistic Society - National Campaigns Manager; National Union of Students - Policy & Campaigns Manager & PR & Campaigns Manager

Daily rate: – Negotiable dependent on organisation and project


Communications consultant specialising in healthcare.

London, home counties and remotely

I offer organisations strategic advice on their communication and stakeholder engagement plans. I can create and implement media campaigns, as well as manage media relations, including leverage external events to help you get your voice heard. I will work with you to prepare, hopefully avert, but, if needed, support you during a media crisis. And I can create diverse forms for content for your website, your brochures and even your annual report.

Previous roles include: Society of Occupational Medicine - Media Relations; Patients Association - Communications; Richard House Children’s Hospice – Media Manager; Law Works – Strategic Communications; Spitafields Crypt Trust – strategic communications

Daily rate: – As a member of the NUJ, I offer rates inline with the current rate guide, which are usually substantially lower than my day rate for commercial clients


Brand strategy consultant helping leaders build brands that drive social impact.

London, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bucks

20 years experience building brands for a breadth of household names and charities. I help organisations tackle strategic challenges, such as repositioning, rebranding, purpose and values exploration, naming, brand refreshes, communications and organisational strategy development, brand impact evaluation and audience research and segmentation. I am a skilled and energetic workshop facilitator (including online workshops) and work collaboratively to bring people on board. I also offer 121 strategy and personal brand coaching for aspiring leaders, helping you develop your future talent.

Previous roles include: Deputy Director of International Communications, World Animal Protection; Brand Planner, Everything Everywhere; Assistant Director of Communications, Barnardo’s; Global Account Director, Euro RSCG (now Havas)

Daily rate: – Dependent on project


Research, Policy,  Parliamentary, Public Affairs, Communications, Campaigns, Social Media, Media


A post-graduate with a strong track record for delivering results in the private and public sector, including four years’ experience in Parliament. A member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations with highly developed research, corporate communication and public affairs skills, and an excellent knowledge of UK political and current affairs.

Previous roles include: Researcher to an MP, agency and in-house communications and public affairs. 

Daily rate: – Varies according to work required


Highly experienced policy professional 


I am a highly skilled policy generalist with over 20 years policy experience across a wide range of public and social policy areas.  I can provide expertise in drafting a wide range of persuasive copy (reports, consultation responses, briefings, etc).  I have substantive experience in writing and managing the production of influential policy reports.  I can also offer skills in developing policy and influencing strategies and event and stakeholder management.

Previous roles include: Head of Public Policy - The British Academy; Financial Capability Manager - Money Advice Service; Policy Programme Manager - Consumer and Community; Age UK and Head of Public Sector Equality Duty Equality and Human Rights Commission

Daily rate: – Negotiable.


Natural communicator, adept at utilising media relations and PR channels, to influence positive changes

London based

My key Media skills include Media relations: running media channels, including print and digital, such as writing newsletters,press releases, and producing short impactful films to generate campaigns, including on men’s health. My Communications skills include reputation management, internal messaging, positioning and stakeholder relations. As a former news reporter, I have a natural flair for helping clients stand out from their rivals in traditional and digital media.
I worked as a reporter for five years, including writing news and features stories, on politics, health and community matters.


Previous roles include: Press relations - Board of Deputies of British Jews; PR manager- Volunteering Matters

Daily rate: – £200


Campaigns Strategist & Digital Communications Specialist


I help NGOs & charities create strategic yet creative campaigns whilst ensuring deep integration between campaign planning & digital engagement for maximum impact. I can facilitate campaign meetings with innovative accelerator-tools aimed at developing effective and coherent plans (vision, goals, tactics etc). I also help and advise organisations on how to maximise their campaigning potential on digital channels through message-framing and creative digital people-power oriented concepts.

Previous roles include: Global Campaign Coordinator & Digital Engagement Lead at Greenpeace; Senior Global Campaigner for Amnesty International; Campaign Manager (freelance role) for Plan UK; Global Campaign Manager for World Animal Protection

Daily rate: – £300-£400 (depending on tasks and outputs required)


Consultant in digital engagement and digital campaign strategy

London but can relocate temporarily if needed

I work with charities and not-for-profits to put people at the centre of their work, building exciting digital engagement strategies to get new and existing supporters excited about your cause. I work collaboratively, bringing teams together to develop solutions and skills.

This includes developing effective strategies, supporter journeys and tactics that mobilise thousands of people; mapping who you need to talk to and crafting what to say; and creating content and copywriting for websites, emails and social media.


Previous roles include: Clients include Sumatran Orangutan Society, Samaritans, Doctors of the World, Greenpeace, Urban Movement Innovation Fund. Formerly a digital campaigner, team manager and project leader, all at Greenpeace UK

Daily rate: – Dependent on project


Freelancer with 15 years experience in policy, stakeholder engagement and public affairs

London / remote / global

Expert help for your organisation to better understand the policy landscape, explore opportunities to change it and reach the Westminster stakeholders that matter.

Specialist in:
– Stakeholder research
– Consultation response drafting
– Preparing for Select Committee appearances
– Policy briefings to enable your organisation to get to grips and lead on the issues
– Strategic communication plans to get your messages heard by policy makers
– comprehensive stakeholder event management
– Producing comms materials, key messages and Q&As

Previous roles include: Public Affairs Lead for Major UK Environmental Charity; Arts and Culture Comms Manager; Westminster Campaigns for Health Charities; Media and Broadcasting External Affairs.

Daily rate: – Varies


Award-winning professional in High Profile Relationships, Philanthropy and Communications

London or remotely

I have more than two decades of experience providing professional skills to a wide range of organisations.  I help good causes succeed by providing expertise in strategy, development, and delivery to include recruitment of high profile supporters and relationship building, fundraising campaigns, philanthropy and partnerships, special projects, and creative communications.  I have worked on over 100 projects and have developed a trusted network to include philanthropists, brands, VIPs, agents, publicists, and creatives.


Previous roles include: Philanthropy and Partnerships Manager – Farms for City Children; Celebrity Manager, ‘Woolly Hat Day' campaign  – St Mungo’s; Campaigns Manager (fundraising) – Action Against Hunger; PR and Celebrity Consultant – Muscular Dystrophy UK; Public Engagement, Special Projects, and VIPs -  Greenpeace UK

Daily rate: – Dependent on project


 Comms, strategy, and digital mobilisation consultant. Leadership coach. Experienced at driving change.

London or remotely

I use twelve years of comms and campaigns experience to offer:
– Digital consultancy: data-driven programmes for fundraising, mass public engagement, and influencing decision-makers
– Strategic comms consultancy: campaign strategy, issues management and reputation-building
– Leadership and team coaching: using formal training as a coach to support leaders 121. Facilitate teams to find the route forward and improve performance and morale.
– I’m known for clarity of thought, moving between strategy and tactics with ease, and making a positive impact on people around me.

Previous roles include: Campaigns, Growth and Income Director @ 38 Degrees, Head of Media @ Shelter, Board member @ Level Up

Daily rate: – Depends on size of org and length of project - happy to discuss 


Freelance copywriter, copy editor, journalist and PR.

Home/remote working and London.

Writing – Copywriting and editorial duties including, writing product catalogues, core scripts, flyers, banners, websites, annual reports, features, blogs, press releases, briefings, case studies, rebuttal documents, speeches and a book.

PR – In the course of achieving local, regional and national coverage, I have developed and implemented bespoke strategies; liaised with key spokespeople and specialists, and devised and organised events, including press conferences and photo opportunities.

Previous roles include: Freelance entertainment PR; Freelance copywriter; Freelance journalist (education and security); Diarist - The Independent; Research Assistant (Liberal Democrats).

Daily rate: – Negotiable.


Business planning, strategic marketing and fundraising consultancy for non-profit growth and impact

Based in the North West. UK wide including London.

With post-graduate qualifications in both Marketing and NGO Management I offer a range of services focussed on growth and development for business, social enterprise or nonprofits – or any mix of hybrid project or organisation.  From five-year strategic business plans to seed and start-up development.  From external relations and partnership mapping to fundraising and communications planning.   I am an approved supplier to the City Bridge Trust and a Consultant to the Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness (CCE).

Previous roles include: Head of Business Development, Communications and External Relations – EY Foundation; Director of Marketing & Fundraising – Toybox charity; Managing Director – Actual Marketing; Sales & Marketing Director – Woodmansterne Publications; Marketing Manager - Mathworks

Daily rate: – Please contact for further details (concessions available for smaller nonprofits)


Experienced, creative multimedia storyteller and videographer available for hire. 

Based in East London but willing to travel nationally, or internationally

I have a more than a decade of experience in impactful and evocative storytelling using both the written word and the camera.

I create high-quality, creative content across a range of mediums, having travelled the globe writing features, shooting and editing films and capturing impactful photos for international media and INGOs.

Comfortable working alone or as part of a broader team, I am a creative problem-solver able to deliver to a tight deadline.

Previous roles include: Insight TWI - Associate Producer; PRWeek - Senior Reporter; Eastern Daily Press & titles - Reporter 

Daily rate: – Varies according to work required


Proficient in communications, PR and public affairs

Central London, Canary Wharf, Kent, Surrey

I have experience in a range of public relations, communications and public affairs activities, gained through the corporate environment and via voluntary campaign work and incorporating traditional and digital communications platforms and channels. I am expert at producing press releases, blogs and social media that capture media attention, designing and distributing (with external designers and suppliers) impactful marketing collateral and working either in a team or independently to achieve high quality outcomes. A track record of success in both the UK and overseas, I am a highly skilled professional with a wide breadth of experience and expertise.

Previous roles include: Labour Against Antisemitism - Head of Media, Spokesperson (Voluntary); ENGIE - Communications Manager/Marketing & Communications Manager; Music Sales Limited - Education Marketing Manager

Daily rate: – From minimum wage upwards