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Joe Phelan


Phelan & Partners

London, UK

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Joe Phelan’s Biography

Joe Phelan is the Founder of Phelan & Partners, a geopolitical consultancy specialising in communications and strategic positioning.

A senior communications executive with 20 years of experience, Joe has devised and led campaigns for heads of state and government, corporations and high-profile individuals.

In 2017 he was appointed Senior Advisor to the Global Advisory practice of APCO Worldwide where he works closely across the firm’s international network.

Earlier in his career, Joe co-founded and subsequently led the geopolitical team of the largest PR agency network in the world. More recently he served as Special Advisor to the Commonwealth Secretary General.

In addition to his leadership of Phelan & Partners, Joe is the Lead Consultant, in Europe and the Middle East, for The Greatest Work Agency, a New York based firm. The company advises educational and cultural institutions on engagement with new and diverse audiences through both site-based and digital experiences.

He is also an Investor and Non-Executive Director of multi award-winning digital media organisation, 1854 Media. The platform has a global community including millions of art lovers, photographers and international brands.

In the not-for-profit space, Joe currently sits on the Board of The Photographer’s Gallery in London and is both a Young Patron of the Royal Academy and a Future Contemporary of the Serpentine Gallery. Joe has been recognised by Spear's Magazine as a Recommended specialist in reputation management and strategic communications since 2019.

Joe Phelan’s Background

Phelan & Partners
2016 - Present
London, UK
Phelan & Partners advises government, corporate and high-profile individuals on strategic communications, political and business engagement.
APCO Worldwide
Senior Advisor | Global Solutions
Apr 2017 - Present
London, UK
APCO Worldwide is a global communications agency that was established in 1984 and has been named ‘Agency of the Decade’ by Holmes Report. APCO helps organisations to navigate and thrive in the dynamic, fast-paced and complex world they operate in.
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Other Business Interests

Esquire UK
Contributing Editor | Politics
2007 - 2010
London, UK
Established in 1991, Esquire Magazine is a monthly magazine owned by Hearst Corporation. The men's lifestyle magazine features articles on luxury design, culture, business, food, technology, style, music and books.

Current Board Positions

1854 Media
Investor & Non-Executive Director
Jan 2020 - Present
London, UK
1854 is a digital media company based in London that specialises in contemporary photography for an international and diverse audience.The organisation publishes the British Journal of Photography; the world’s oldest photography title.


The Photographers'​ Gallery London
Member of the Board of Trustees
Sep 2018 - Present
London, UK
Founded in 1971, TPG was the first public gallery dedicated to the medium of photography. Today it showcases contemporary photographers, champions new and diverse talent and presents an annual award recognising ground-breaking new work.
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Conservative Arts & Creative Industries Network
Advisory Board Member
Jan 2018 - Present
London, UK
Established in 2009, CACIN seeks to improve the dialogue between the Conservative party and the creative sectors, hosting regular events for those who work across the creative industries with MPs, Ministers and policy advisors.
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A Photograph (1854 Access)
London, UK
In the video named ‘A Photograph’, 1854 Media, alongside the British Journal of Photography, celebrates and showcases the incredible talent of the next generation of photographers.


Mr Porter
Style Council Member
London, UK
Mr Porter is a high-end online retailer that sells premium menswear clothing. Apart from e-commerce, that features over 450 international brands, the platform also offers styling advice and shares inspirational fashion content.

Awards & Endorsements

The Mace
The Mace Top 100 Political Consultants and Strategists
London, UK
The Mace is a magazine that focuses on the business of politics. In 2021, Joe Phelan was recognised as one of the Top 100 Political Consultants and Strategists.
The Spear's 500
Spear’s Reputation Managers Index
London, UK
Spear’s is a luxury lifestyle and wealth management magazine that publishes The Spear’s 500, a private client directory, annually. The directory consists of two bands, one that lists professionals in wealth management, law and advisory services and the second band that focuses on lifestyle, alternative investments and luxury. Since 2019, Joe has been featured as a Recommended specialist.

Joe Phelan’s Education

The University of Edinburgh
Master of Arts (MA) History
1998 - 2001

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