The Whitehouse Consultancy hires Southbank Centre external affairs lead to boost media and creative sector teams

The Whitehouse Consultancy has announced a number of significant hires to enhance its growing media offer and add further expertise to its successful EU office.

Isabella Sharp joins Whitehouse from Southbank Centre where she led the arts centre’s external affairs team. As Associate Director, Isabella will head up the agency’s media and corporate communications function and bring her expertise to the Whitehouse creative sector and health teams.

At Southbank Centre, Isabella oversaw corporate communications, crisis and issues management and public affairs, including developing the political debate arm of WOW-Woman of the World festival and managing comms for the reopening of two of Southbank Centre’s arts venues. Isabella has considerable healthcare experience, having worked in the NHS Improvement press team and for healthcare and pharma clients at the PR agency APCO Worldwide. She also worked as a parliamentary researcher to Desmond Swayne MP.

Whitehouse has also invested in its established EU arm with the addition of food and drinks expert Simon Benadiba, Ana Rotaru from the European Parliament, and Andrea Gutierrez-Solana who joins from the European Commission’s Directorate General for Trade. The new additions bring a plethora of European languages with them and expertise across consumer goods, law, trade and politics.

Isabella Sharp, Associate Director at The Whitehouse Consultancy, said: ‘I’m delighted to be joining the very talented team at Whitehouse during an exciting time for the business. Whitehouse is a skilled and nimble agency with an enviable record across a diverse range of sectors. I am looking forward to working with the team to further develop our integrated communications offer alongside our strong public affairs core.’

Chris Whitehouse, Chairman at The Whitehouse Consultancy, said: ‘We are pleased to welcome Isabella as well as bringing in Simon, Ana and Andrea to our successful EU team. We have had a series of recent wins across our EU and UK offices. Our new personnel will provide an extra dynamic to complement our existing team and put us in the best position to meet client needs in a changing business environment.’

The appointments are part of Whitehouse’s development of a full suite of issues-based communication services across sectors including energy and the environment, health and social care, food and nutrition, the creative industries, transport, education and housing and infrastructure.

Chairman, Chris Whitehouse returns to take up the reigns as MD after successfully completing his MA in Contemporary Ethics at London University’s specialist philosophy institution, Heythrop College.


For more information contact 

Isabella Sharp on 020 7793 2536/ 0781 330 7490/

Mayar Raouf on 020 7463 0698 / 0750 232 7092/