ABOUT US

We build enduring reputations that drive business results

Changing the way an industry thinks about you is a journey, not an event. On the way, there will be many wins but the ultimate prize of being respected as an industry leader takes time and focus. We’re here to help you do just that.

About Paragon

Paragon is a specialist financial communications agency with decades of top-level industry experience. We build reputations that drive business results, ensuring that you are heard, understood, and respected. Formed in 2012, we provide trusted public relations, marketing and strategic communications support, including digital and content/editorial services.

Paragon PR

Dedicated People Doing Great Work

At Paragon, our team brings an array of experiences and capabilities—letting us offer the right expertise to meet our clients’ needs. Our clients make our work fun and we always enjoy the collaborative relationships with them. Together we make a difference for their businesses.

Simon Hylson-Smith

Founder & CEO

Simon loves solving puzzles on behalf of Paragon's clients, delivering content-based solutions that help drive real business results. As a former reporter and editor, he knows what it takes to capture stories that resonate with top-tier media, and also enjoys writing! Outside of work, Simon enjoys hiking through the England country hills with his three dogs.

Michelle Eliseo

Director, Marketing & Operations

Integrity, passion and creativity are some of Michelle’s hallmarks. These come into play whether she is driving brand strategy and building engaging marketing touchpoints for Paragon’s clients, or perhaps trying something new in the kitchen, exploring museums and planning the next family road trip.

Colleen Hylson-Smith

Director

Colleen is at the heart of Paragon, ensuring that Operations and Human Resource run smoothly. With her business background, she understands what matters most and how firms can get the best out of their talent. When she's not at Paragon, you'll find her at the gym, doing yoga, or at home playing with her rescue dogs.

Kelly Leuck

Director of Global Administration

Kelly is extremely organized and has a real passion for helping others. With over 15 years of experience in Office Administration, she has excellent time management skills which have enabled her to become a successful multi-tasker. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids.

Patrick Sutton

Executive Vice President

Patrick is a catalyst for developing cohesive client narratives. His knowledge and content expertise have empowered strategic campaigns around milestones in disruptive fintech. His passions include writing, delving into a wormhole of random research, Philadelphia sports and NBC’s The Office.

P.J. Kinsella

SVP, Media Relations

P.J. is devoted to increasing client exposure, applying his expertise in media relations and social media to his passion for the fintech landscape. Outside of the office he is an avid rugby player who also enjoys reading, movies and a cool glass of Yoo-Hoo.

Matt Austin

Senior Account Manager

Matt got his break in communications as an advertising copywriter in Hong Kong before moving back to London to build a career in PR and marketing, primarily in financial services. Outside of work, he has combined his obsession with language learning and passion for horse-riding to go off the beaten track in locations as diverse as Kyrgyzstan and Iceland. Matt has three (exceptionally intelligent) dogs, which he claims are bilingual in English and Portuguese.

Melissa Even

SVP, Marketing

Core to our clients’ marketing initiatives, Melissa focuses on branding, messaging and positioning, collateral creation, event coordination and all things digital. Central to the company’s internal growth and business development, her enthusiasm drives the team to seek creative angles for our clients. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, traveling and snowboarding.

Yolanne Monteiro

Marketing Manager

As a marketing and project management professional, Yolanne is passionate about transforming the way brands interact with businesses and customers. She is dedicated to accentuating strong brand identities and implementing out-of-the-box marketing strategies that deliver dynamic results. During her free time, she enjoys improv comedy, live concerts, and playing with her two dogs (Ben & Brody).

Zain Abouseido

Account Executive

Zain is fascinated with all things PR. From media relations to editorial pieces, she is always looking for the latest trends and strategies to stay ahead for her clients. Outside of Paragon, she enjoys reading, sports, and analyzing hip-hop music.

Haley Tole

Account Executive

Haley is eager to learn about all things digital. With a passion for social media, writing and research, she is willing to take on a wide variety of projects. In her free time she enjoys reading, rewatching The Office and hanging out with her dog Molly.

Miles Kenny

Intern

Miles is curious about how to connect and build meaningful relationships, so it is fitting that he is studying marketing communications at Drew University. His interests include media, cooking, fashion and creative thinking, all stemming from one common theme: driven by people. Miles also enjoys the simple things in life. Does anyone else want to get caught in the rain?

Crysta Horner

Graphic Designer

Crysta expresses ideas through design. She conceptualizes and develops inventive design solutions, whether they are online or offline. When she’s not making the world a prettier place, she likes to contemplate the laws and theories of physics in their relation to the interpretation of astronomical observations. Oh and pizza; she loves pizza.

Helena Rowe

Consultant

Helena is passionate about delivering creative marketing solutions to clients. With over 20 years of experience in strategic marketing, she enjoys a challenge. An innovative problem solver, she has a strong track record in devising successful campaigns that drive profitability and increase sales. She's also an adventurer - having visited all 7 continents.

Hannah Berry George

Creative Consultant

Quit law. Started acting. Found my funny bone. And have been writing the whole time. I help clients across the globe work out what they want to say and how to say it simply. Clients include Sony, Samsung, MasterCard, chinatown.co.uk, New Balance, notonthehighstreet.com, Delta, and the NHS.

Evan Cooper

Wealth Management Consultant

Evan has spent his career in financial journalism and communications. He has several years in financial PR, first as news bureau manager at the NYSE, later as SVP of Communications at the Securities Industry Association and as a VP at Drexel Burnham Lambert. As a freelance financial editor and writer, he contributes feature articles to InvestmentNews and serves as executive editor of the Content Strategy Studio.

Ben Webb

PR & Marketing Consultant

Ben is an award-winning journalist who started writing for newspapers when the clatter of typewriters filled the newsroom. Today he loves telling unique and compelling stories for corporate clients. Away from work he likes films, wildlife and running... to earn the odd pint of real ale.

Peter Farley

Capital Markets Consultant

Peter is an authoritative commentator and analyst on business challenges and best practises in the capital markets, in particular where IT and Fintech are delivering innovative solutions. He brings insight from a career that spans financial journalism and markets analysis, leading industry IT research teams, as well as working for a major global financial IT vendor.

Simon Hylson-Smith

Founder & CEO

Simon loves solving puzzles on behalf of Paragon's clients, delivering content-based solutions that help drive real business results. As a former reporter and editor, he knows what it takes to capture stories that resonate with top-tier media, and also enjoys writing! Outside of work, Simon enjoys hiking through the England country hills with his three dogs.

Michelle Eliseo

Director, Marketing & Operations

Integrity, passion and creativity are some of Michelle’s hallmarks. These come into play whether she is driving brand strategy and building engaging marketing touchpoints for Paragon’s clients, or perhaps trying something new in the kitchen, exploring museums and planning the next family road trip.

Colleen Hylson-Smith

Director

Colleen is at the heart of Paragon, ensuring that Operations and Human Resource run smoothly. With her business background, she understands what matters most and how firms can get the best out of their talent. When she's not at Paragon, you'll find her at the gym, doing yoga, or at home playing with her rescue dogs.

Kelly Leuck

Director of Global Administration

Kelly is extremely organized and has a real passion for helping others. With over 15 years of experience in Office Administration, she has excellent time management skills which have enabled her to become a successful multi-tasker. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids.

Patrick Sutton

Executive Vice President

Patrick is a catalyst for developing cohesive client narratives. His knowledge and content expertise have empowered strategic campaigns around milestones in disruptive fintech. His passions include writing, delving into a wormhole of random research, Philadelphia sports and NBC’s The Office.

P.J. Kinsella

SVP, Media Relations

P.J. is devoted to increasing client exposure, applying his expertise in media relations and social media to his passion for the fintech landscape. Outside of the office he is an avid rugby player who also enjoys reading, movies and a cool glass of Yoo-Hoo.

Matt Austin

Senior Account Manager

Matt got his break in communications as an advertising copywriter in Hong Kong before moving back to London to build a career in PR and marketing, primarily in financial services. Outside of work, he has combined his obsession with language learning and passion for horse-riding to go off the beaten track in locations as diverse as Kyrgyzstan and Iceland. Matt has three (exceptionally intelligent) dogs, which he claims are bilingual in English and Portuguese.

Melissa Even

SVP, Marketing

Core to our clients’ marketing initiatives, Melissa focuses on branding, messaging and positioning, collateral creation, event coordination and all things digital. Central to the company’s internal growth and business development, her enthusiasm drives the team to seek creative angles for our clients. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, traveling and snowboarding.

Yolanne Monteiro

Marketing Manager

As a marketing and project management professional, Yolanne is passionate about transforming the way brands interact with businesses and customers. She is dedicated to accentuating strong brand identities and implementing out-of-the-box marketing strategies that deliver dynamic results. During her free time, she enjoys improv comedy, live concerts, and playing with her two dogs (Ben & Brody).

Zain Abouseido

Account Executive

Zain is fascinated with all things PR. From media relations to editorial pieces, she is always looking for the latest trends and strategies to stay ahead for her clients. Outside of Paragon, she enjoys reading, sports, and analyzing hip-hop music.

Haley Tole

Account Executive

Haley is eager to learn about all things digital. With a passion for social media, writing and research, she is willing to take on a wide variety of projects. In her free time she enjoys reading, rewatching The Office and hanging out with her dog Molly.

Miles Kenny

Intern

Miles is curious about how to connect and build meaningful relationships, so it is fitting that he is studying marketing communications at Drew University. His interests include media, cooking, fashion and creative thinking, all stemming from one common theme: driven by people. Miles also enjoys the simple things in life. Does anyone else want to get caught in the rain?

Crysta Horner

Graphic Designer

Crysta expresses ideas through design. She conceptualizes and develops inventive design solutions, whether they are online or offline. When she’s not making the world a prettier place, she likes to contemplate the laws and theories of physics in their relation to the interpretation of astronomical observations. Oh and pizza; she loves pizza.

Helena Rowe

Consultant

Helena is passionate about delivering creative marketing solutions to clients. With over 20 years of experience in strategic marketing, she enjoys a challenge. An innovative problem solver, she has a strong track record in devising successful campaigns that drive profitability and increase sales. She's also an adventurer - having visited all 7 continents.

Hannah Berry George

Creative Consultant

Quit law. Started acting. Found my funny bone. And have been writing the whole time. I help clients across the globe work out what they want to say and how to say it simply. Clients include Sony, Samsung, MasterCard, chinatown.co.uk, New Balance, notonthehighstreet.com, Delta, and the NHS.

Evan Cooper

Wealth Management Consultant

Evan has spent his career in financial journalism and communications. He has several years in financial PR, first as news bureau manager at the NYSE, later as SVP of Communications at the Securities Industry Association and as a VP at Drexel Burnham Lambert. As a freelance financial editor and writer, he contributes feature articles to InvestmentNews and serves as executive editor of the Content Strategy Studio.

Ben Webb

PR & Marketing Consultant

Ben is an award-winning journalist who started writing for newspapers when the clatter of typewriters filled the newsroom. Today he loves telling unique and compelling stories for corporate clients. Away from work he likes films, wildlife and running... to earn the odd pint of real ale.

Peter Farley

Capital Markets Consultant

Peter is an authoritative commentator and analyst on business challenges and best practises in the capital markets, in particular where IT and Fintech are delivering innovative solutions. He brings insight from a career that spans financial journalism and markets analysis, leading industry IT research teams, as well as working for a major global financial IT vendor.

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