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Emma Kane

Chief Executive

SEC Newgate UK

London, UK

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Emma Kane’s Biography

Emma Kane is a strategic communications expert who specialises in crisis management and corporate/financial communications. Her career spans over three decades and she brings a wealth of experience to her role as Chief Executive of SEC Newgate UK, and Deputy Group Chief Executive of SEC Newgate S.p.A. The international communications group operates across 5 continents, has over 850 employees and is ranked in the top 30 largest agencies in the world.

Emma's career began in 1986 at Dewe Rogerson and her first in-house role was as Head of Marketing & Communications at ProShare, the body set up by the London Stock Exchange and industry to promote wider share ownership. She later headed investor services at Charles Schwab prior to establishing her own agency, Redleaf Communications. During her tenure as Chief Executive at Redleaf, the agency acquired and effectively integrated financial services public relations agency, Polhill. In 2018 she sold Redleaf, the agency rebranded as Newgate and Emma became CEO of the enlarged group.

Emma divides her time between her executive roles and her...
Emma Kane is a strategic communications expert who specialises in crisis management and corporate/financial communications. Her career spans over three decades and she brings a wealth of experience to her role as Chief Executive of SEC Newgate UK, and Deputy Group Chief Executive of SEC Newgate S.p.A. The international communications group operates across 5 continents, has over 850 employees and is ranked in the top 30 largest agencies in the world.

Emma's career began in 1986 at Dewe Rogerson and her first in-house role was as Head of Marketing & Communications at ProShare, the body set up by the London Stock Exchange and industry to promote wider share ownership. She later headed investor services at Charles Schwab prior to establishing her own agency, Redleaf Communications. During her tenure as Chief Executive at Redleaf, the agency acquired and effectively integrated financial services public relations agency, Polhill. In 2018 she sold Redleaf, the agency rebranded as Newgate and Emma became CEO of the enlarged group.

Emma divides her time between her executive roles and her philanthropic work. She is currently Chair of the UK’s leading ovarian cancer charity, Target Ovarian Cancer. She is also Deputy Chair and Chair of the Global Development Board of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. In May 2021 she stepped down as Chair of The Barbican Centre Trust after 9 years in the role.

She is passionate about the arts and is an avid sculptor. She has a Diploma in Jazz and Popular Music and started life as a tenor saxophonist, trained by Bobby Wellins.

Emma was recognised for her distinguished contribution to the communications sector with the Freedom of the City of London award in 2017. In 2020, 2021 and 2022 she was included in the 'PR Week UK Power Book', the definitive guide to the brightest and most influential PR professionals in Britain.
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Emma Kane’s Newsfeed

PR Week
SEC Newgate appoints board as it enters 'new stage'

Fiorenzo Tagliabue has been confirmed as chief executive, with Emma Kane, Brian Tyson and Tom Parker as deputies.

SEC Newgate UK’s Outlook for 2022

Emma Kane, CEO of SEC Newgate UK, shares her predictions for next year.

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Emma Kane’s Background

SEC Newgate UK
Chief Executive
Apr 2018 - Present
London, UK
SEC Newgate UK works at the nexus of business, politics, communities, markets and media to deliver positive outcomes… the people you come to with an opportunity to seize, or a problem to solve. The Agency was ranked in the UK’s top 30 PR consultancies in 2020 and 2021 by PR Week.
SEC Newgate S.p.A.
Deputy Group CEO
Sep 2019 - Present
Milan, IT
SEC Newgate SpA is a global strategic communications and advocacy group. Our advice is delivered by over 850 professionals across five continents, providing clients with around the clock counsel and support, implementing campaigns locally, nationally and internationally.
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Emma Kane’s Gallery

Current Board Positions

Elton John AIDS Foundation
Vice Chair & Chair of Global Development Board
Jul 2020 - Present
London, UK
Set up by Sir Elton John in 1992, the Elton John AIDS Foundation believes AIDS can be beaten. Funds are raised for evidence-based programmes and policies, and the Foundation speaks out honestly and compassionately about the reality of people's lives.
Target Ovarian Cancer
Chair
Feb 2015 - Present
London, UK
Target Ovarian Cancer is the leading ovarian cancer charity in the UK. The charity’s mission is threefold: to improve early diagnosis of the disease, to provide support to patients with ovarian cancer and to fund research.

Previous Board Positions

The Barbican Centre Trust
Chair
Oct 2012 - May 2021
London, UK
The Barbican Trust is a charity led by a cross-section of corporate and cultural leaders. Everyone needs great art - and art needs great funding. The Barbican Centre Trust helps the Barbican Centre with its quest for new supporters and ensures everyone in the business community knows how much the Barbican has to offer.
Nightingale Hammerson
Board Trustee
Feb 2017 - Oct 2020
London, UK
Nightingale Hammerson is a charity that consists of two care homes, Nightingale House, and Hammerson House. The organisation provides care and support to the elderly of the Jewish community.
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Interviews

Lisbon PR Awards: PR during a pandemic
Interviewee
Emma Kane, Chief Executive of Newgate Communication discusses the impact of Coronavirus on the communications industry.
Emma Kane interviewed on Sky News
Oct 2021
Emma Kane, CEO of SEC Newgate, spoke to Ian King on Sky News about the launch of the SEC Newgate ESG Monitor. Click to view the complete report.

Awards & Endorsements

PR Week Power Book UK
In 2020, 2021 and 2022 Emma was included in the 'PR Week Power Book UK', the definitive guide to the brightest and most influential PR professionals in Britain.
Freedom of the City of London
Awardee
2017
London, UK
Emma was recognised for her distinguished contribution to the communications sector. The Freedom of the City of London is an award that recognises successful individuals in their field. The Freemen are presented with a certificate by Clerk to the Chamberlain during a ceremony held at Guildhall.

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