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Emma Kane

Chief Executive

Newgate Communications

London, UK

Emma Kane


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 Newgate Communications 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 as the 26th largest agency 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, a Trustee of Nightingale Hammerson residential care home and Chair of the UK’s leading ovarian cancer charity, Target Ovarian Cancer. To support Emma’s ‘Biggest Challenge Yet’, visit

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.

Emma Kane’s Newsfeed

PR Week
SEC Newgate freezes recruitment and considers government support schemes


Emma Kane, Chief Executive of Newgate Communications says “Now we have around 600 staff working successfully from home and we are being creative and innovative in the ways we are helping our clients navigate these new, choppy waters. COVID-19 will have an impact on our business but we are working hard to minimise the effect on our business, clients and team.”

Emma Kane’s Background

Chief Executive
Apr 2018 - Present
London, UK
Newgate builds and protects brands, reputations and businesses using strategic communications, advocacy and research. Our difference is that we achieve positive change for our clients and pride ourselves on global excellence and local expertise using agile teams from across the communications spectrum. Newgate was recently ranked in the UK’s top 30 PR consultancies for 2020 by PRWeek.
Deputy Group Chief Executive
Sep 2019 - Present
Milan, IT
SEC Newgate SpA is an international organisation that specialises in communications, advocacy and research in the PR and communications field.The Group has a team of over 600 professionals with diverse expertise, across 31 international offices, who are equipped to handle some of the most complex communications challenges.The Group is listed on AIM in London and is ranked 26th in the world.
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Previous Non-Executive Positions

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.
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.


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. The charity receives no government funding and relies on donations to fund its activities.
Oct 2012 - Present
London, UK
The Barbican Trust is a charity led by a cross-section of corporate and cultural leaders. Every one needs great art - and art needs great funding. The Barbican Centre Trust, chaired by Emma Kane, helps the Barbican Centre with its quest for new supporters, and making sure everyone in the business community knows how much the Barbican has to offer.
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Oct 2018
London, UK
Emma talks about Redleaf’s rebranding as Newgate Communications that consists of a team of highly experienced and diverse professionals that collectively create the best communications service.


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.