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Emma Kane

Chief Executive

SEC Newgate UK

London, UK

Emma Kane
Avshalom Kalichstein
Hunter Point Capital LP
Steven Kay QC
9 Bedford Row

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 is listed on the London Stock Exchange's Alternative Investment Market (AIM) and operates across 31 countries, has over 600 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 and the agency rebranded as Newgate in 2018 when Emma became CEO of the enlarged group.

Emma divides her time between her executive roles and her philanthropic work. She is Chair of The Barbican Centre Trust and of the UK’s leading ovarian cancer charity, Target Ovarian Cancer. In July 2020 she joined the Board of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

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 and 2021 she was included in the 'PR Week UK Power Book', the definitive guide to the brightest and most influential PR professionals in Britain.

Emma Kane’s Newsfeed

PR Week
SEC Newgate buys Newington outright and merges it with sister shop

Emma Kane, chief executive of SEC Newgate UK and deputy group chief executive, said: “The marriage of Newgate and Newington creates a fully integrated service across communications, advocacy and research, all under one P&L.

Management Today
Should you shut the office following Boris Johnson’s latest advice?

Emma Kane, CEO of Newgate Communications said: "We all have a duty to support the Herculean efforts to defeat this pernicious virus; our starting point is full compliance with the government guidance."

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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 recently ranked in the UK’s top 30 PR consultancies for 2020 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 600 professionals across six continents, providing clients with around the clock counsel and support, implementing campaigns locally, nationally and internationally. SEC Newgate S.p.A. is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the TIDM SECN
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Emma Kane’s Gallery

Previous Board Positions

Grange Park Opera
Board Trustee
Mar 2013 - Nov 2017
West Horsley, UK
Grange Park Opera is an opera company and charity that was established in 1998. It is based in Surrey and has presented more than 70 famous pieces since its inception.
The Wiener Library
Mar 2008 - Sep 2017
London, UK
The Wiener Holocaust Library was founded in 1933 and served as centre of information for Jewish communities around the world about the oppression of the Jews under Hitler’s regime. It is the oldest establishment dedicated to research on the Holocaust.


Elton John AIDS Foundation
Board Member
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
Feb 2015 - Present
London, UK
Target Ovarian Cancer is the UK's leading ovarian cancer charity. The charity works to improve early diagnosis, fund llfe-saving research and provide much-needed support to women with ovarian cancer. It is the only charity fighting ovarian cancer on all three fronts, across all four nations of the UK.
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Lisbon PR Awards: PR during a pandemic
Emma Kane, Chief Executive of Newgate Communication discusses the impact of Coronavirus on the communications industry.

Awards & Endorsements

PR Week Power Book UK
In 2020 and 2021 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
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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