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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 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, 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 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

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SEC Newgate reports ‘solid’ H1 as industry ‘returns to pre-COVID-19 levels’

Emma Kane, Chief Executive of SEC Newgate UK, reported that the company had delivered “strong financial results”.

SEC Newgate's new London office will save €1 million a year

Emma Kane, deputy group chief executive and CEO of SEC Newgate UK, said: "Our new offices are an important part of our mission to attract and retain the highest calibre people by providing a stimulating environment that is able to adapt to a new way of working and collaborating with our clients and contacts. The space provides us with an environment to focus, meet, collaborate, and innovate."

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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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Current Board Positions

Elton John AIDS Foundation
Deputy 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
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.

Previous Board Positions

The Barbican Centre Trust
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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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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