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.