Meet the team
Caroline Harris, Founder and Director
Caroline founded Spirit Public Relations after building her career in public relations and marketing consultancy in Bristol and London. She provides strategic communications advice and counsel for Spirit’s 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, she has a thorough understanding of the economic, social, cultural and political landscape in the region. Her work is driven by her desire to make a positive contribution to the communities in which Spirit operates:
“I like to get ‘under the skin’ of an organisation so I can really understand its culture – what makes it tick – and build effective, trusting relationships. I get enormous satisfaction doing work that makes a tangible difference, helps our clients achieve their ambitions and ultimately, makes a positive contribution to Bristol and the wider region.”
Suzan Uzel, Director
Suzan has significant experience in PR, digital communications and journalism.
As a Spirit director, she helps to drive the direction of the business as well as advising clients across the portfolio on media & stakeholder relations, social media, marketing and issues management. Suzan currently oversees some of the company’s key developer clients and projects.
She has forged many long-standing relationships with Spirit’s clients, helping to maintain the company’s strong retention rate, as well as with key journalists in the national and regional media. With her finger on the pulse when it comes to the fast-moving world of digital communications, Suzan is also Spirit’s social media guru, shaping and delivering carefully crafted campaigns that really make a difference.
Suzan is a qualified journalist and former business correspondent for leading regional newspaper and news website, The Yorkshire Post.
“As a former journalist, I’ve always loved really getting to know different industries, what drives them and where the challenges lie. I’m no different in my role as a PR director! I’m very committed to our clients and driven to deliver the best for them; pulling off cracking campaigns that make a positive difference to their business or organisation is what it’s all about.”
Kierstan Lowe, Director
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, central government and Bristol City Council, where she managed the PR team. 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.
“Storytelling is what I love most about working in PR – bringing a subject to life to spark interest, change behaviour and best of all – bring about change. We work with clients to tell their story via the most effective channels for them, from national news outlets and trade publications to social media, video and blogs.”
Our Kindred Spirits
Our model enables Spirit to create the very best teams to meet the specific needs of each client. Every account is led by one of our directors working with known and trusted collaborators with particular specialisms – our Kindred Spirits – to create the right balance of talent and experience.
We are able to deliver effectively across the full communications mix through our strategic partnerships with complementary media companies, from web developers and digital marketing agencies to graphic designers, videographers and photographers.
A creative strategist specialising in digital brand communications, Ryan works in partnership with Spirit PR to produce inspiring, creative content across a range of disciplines and channels.
Originally a trained journalist, Gina worked in consumer, interiors and property PR in London agencies and in-house for more than 15 years before setting up her own design-focused consultancy. A greatly valued Spirit associate and collaborator, Gina works with us on a range of creative property and interiors campaigns and brings strong connections with target media, bloggers and influencers.
Sue has worked with Spirit PR for more than a decade, leading on major corporate accounts, running campaigns and supporting clients to achieve their communications goals.
She specialises in business to business PR and is particularly passionate about sustainability and the environment, working with a range of green sector clients including environmental consultancies, campaign organisations and renewable energy companies.
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 range of sectors having worked both in-house and for agencies and brings a wealth of ideas, innovation and enthusiasm to Spirit’s clients and campaigns.