Helen Lucas 

Helen helps leaders and their teams use communication to build more effective working relationships with the media, clients and colleagues.

She has 16 years’ experience preparing executives for an array of thought leadership opportunities, including team communication, broadcast, radio and print media, board-level presentations and pitches. Before becoming a communications consultant, she spent 10 years as a financial journalist and editor in London and New York.

Helen’s distinctive approach helps people achieve their individual or team purpose through the many ways they communicate. The result is greater clarity, authenticity and conviction, leading to more trusting and effective working relationships.

She has coached senior executives and their direct reports in dozens of institutions across banks, professional services firms and private equity companies, including Montagu Private Equity, Beazley and S&P Global.

Her workshops and coaching sessions maximise interactivity and sharpen skills through the use of realistic role play and targeted video-taped exercises supported by enlightening media clips. She encourages participants to raise their game through wit, warmth and empathy while steadily building their confidence.

  • Director, Communications Means
  • Former financial journalist and US editor, International Financing Review (IFR)
  • Training in psychometric tools, including DISC
  • Counselling training from WPF
  • BA in English and Drama


Jeremy Adams jeremy adams

Jeremy has 14 years' experience helping executives define and showcase what makes their organisation stand out from the crowd. He helps his clients make the greatest positive impact through presentations, speeches, pitches and in speaking to the media.

Jeremy draws on his 10 years of business journalism experience to help clients build sharp, memorable content that clients can deliver with confidence. He prepares individuals for any communication challenge that moves forward their vision or project.

As well as working with leaders at blue chip finance firms and global businesses, he also assists non-profits, politicians and small businesses.

He has worked extensively with BlackRock, S&P Global, UBS, the author and economist Dambisa Moyo and supported the Nature Conservancy and UK Sport. He has acted as adviser to Baroness (Tessa) Jowell, the former cabinet minister.

Previously he was a financial journalist at Financial News as banking editor and New York correspondent, covering mergers and acquisitions, Wall Street corruption and the fall out from the Dotcom collapse. He also worked for International Financing Review (IFR), covering credit markets and the LBO boom, and Euromoney.

  • Director, Communications Means
  • 14 years of experience in communications coaching
  • Former financial journalist and banking editor, Financial News
  • Training in psychometric tools, including DISC
  • BA in Modern European Studies (majoring Economics and Spanish) UCL


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Sadia oversees the smooth running of Communication Means’ client services and operations. She is on hand to help with day to day client queries, invoicing and pre- and post-session logistics. Sadia has more than five years’ experience working in the professional coaching sector and understands the priorities of our discerning clients. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Queen Mary University, London.  


Julian Lewis

Julian is a strategic communication consultant with extensive experience in financial writing, editing, media and presentation coaching and research management. He has developed expertise in commercial use of social media, including Twitter and LinkedIn. He has worked as a consultant since 2003 after 14 years in financial journalism and investment banking. Clients he has worked with include Absolute Strategy Research, BlackRock and BNPP.

During his career, Julian has trained hundreds of analysts of some 20 nationalities through editing, co-writing, one-to-one presentation coaching and peer review. He has also run production and global distribution programmes of 1,000-plus research reports per year, established equity research policies and served on a group investment committee.

Julian began his career as a staff writer and head of research for Euromoney. He holds an MA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from Oxford University, undertook postgraduate research at the University of Cambridge and completed an Executive MBA with distinction at the University of Bath

  • Financial writer, editor and communication coach
  • Social media advisor
  • Former financial journalist and editor - IFR, Euromoney
  • MBA (Distinction), University of Bath
  • MA Politics, Philosophy & Economics, Oxford



Jan Boucek

 Jan is a seasoned communication consultant who helps business and finance professionals develop clear and concise messages and deliver them with confidence. His many years as a journalist, senior manager and pension trustee give him the insight and experience to help executives successfully prepare written reports, media interviews and presentations.

For over 30 years, Jan was part of The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires group, most recently Editor for Europe, Middle East and Africa operations. During this period, he was also Chairman of Trustees for the Dow Jones UK Pension Scheme. After leaving The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires, Jan spent a year in the Iraqi Autonomous Region of Kurdistan as a consultant to a news service start-up.

His varied experience has taught him the importance of carefully structuring messages for immediate and lasting impact. Jan understands the challenge of getting messages across to time-poor, distracted professionals suffering from information overload.

  • Communication coach and adviser since 2010
  • Former senior financial journalist and editor at WSJ/Dow Jones
  • Extensive management experience
  • Economics degree from Carleton University, Ottawa
  • UK resident, with experience of working on both sides of the Atlantic


Neil McNeil

Neil McNeil

Over the past three decades, Neil McNeil become a leading coach in helping people to present themselves and their organisations effectively, both in internal meetings andto the press, radio and television.

He has trained thousands of people, from junior executives to the Directors and CEOs of blue-chip multi-national companies and financial services firms, as well as senior politicians, celebrities, athletes, charity officials, campaign groups, emergency services personnel, a Wimbledon men's singles champion and an astronaut,

Neil began his career in 1983 as a news reporter in BBC local radio, before becoming the producer of the week-day afternoon programme at Piccadilly Radio in Manchester. He worked as a television newsreader in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia a private radio production company. He produced and presented a science and technology programme for LBC Radio, before leaving to become one of the first presenters on SKY television.


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About us


helenlucasHelen Lucas helps leaders and senior managers use communication to build more effective relationships with colleagues, clients and other stakeholders, including the media.


jeremy adamsJeremy Adams is an experienced communications advisor and coach to business executives, non-profits and politicians.


Our approach


All our small group workshops and one to one sessions are structured with rigour, but low on theory and designed to engage sceptical participants.

Our sessions are fast-paced and challenging, with extensive use of video rehearsal and feedback. Participants will learn to distil and disseminate their key ideas using our proprietary message development tool.

We adapt the sessions according to the ability and requirements of the executives – and according to specific upcoming communication challenges, which we can plan for in the pre-session call.