Meet the team
Caroline Harris, Managing Director
Caroline provides strategic communications advice and counsel for all Spirit Public Relations’ clients.
She has more than 25 years’ experience in the communications industry with clients from the private, public and not-for-profit sectors and her work has won national PR and marketing awards.
Her strong strategic skills and commitment to her work are demonstrated in the way she has retained existing clients for many years at the same time as attracting new business for the company.
With a wide network of established contacts in Bristol and the South West, before establishing Spirit Public Relations she spent many years in both consultancy and in-house roles.
Suzan Uzel, Senior Consultant
With 10 years’ experience in PR and journalism, Suzan heads up key clients and projects across the Spirit portfolio.
Suzan drives the direction of these accounts, as well as developing and delivering intelligent, engaging and effective PR campaigns. She prides herself in her attention to detail, her excellent news sense and having her finger on the pulse when it comes to the latest communication tools. Suzan also supports Caroline in shaping Spirit’s business strategy and management.
Her client experience spans a range of sectors including property and construction, arts and culture, science and technology, social care, renewable energy and the creative industries. She has worked for major businesses as well as public sector organisations and charities.
Suzan is a qualified journalist and former business correspondent for leading regional newspaper, The Yorkshire Post.
Kierstan Lowe, Associate Consultant
Kierstan is a highly experienced communications professional who has worked across a range of sectors both in consultancy and in-house, including for the NHS and central government. She worked for Spirit for many years before re-joining the team in 2017 as an Associate.
A former broadcast journalist for BBC and independent local radio, Kierstan has an eye for a story and an ability to target material to specific audiences.
Using the full range of communications tools including media relations, stakeholder engagement, content marketing and social media as well as marketing, advertising and events, Kierstan designs and delivers campaigns to help meet clients’ objectives.
Laura Hesketh, Account Executive
With previous experience in both agency and in-house roles, Laura supports clients across the Spirit portfolio.
Using a range of marketing, social media and media relations strategies, she has successfully delivered results-driven PR campaigns in sectors including travel, tourism, heritage and culture. She prides herself in her strong relationships with journalists, bloggers and social media influencers. Laura loves staying on top of the latest social media trends and enjoys producing creative, eye-catching content for clients’ channels.
Before joining Spirit in 2018, Laura worked for Brunel’s SS Great Britain, as well as clients such as Prestige Holidays and Premier Cottages in a previous agency role.
Julie Peel, Associate Consultant
With a background in consumer, charity and arts PR, Julie has particularly strong creative and media relations skills.
She has more than 20 years’ experience across a wide range of sectors, having worked both in-house and for agencies and has worked as an Associate with Caroline for 15 years.