Ian Herbison

Co-founder and CEO @ SpeysideGroup

Ian began his consulting career with PwC in the U.K. before moving to Central and Eastern Europe and working with multinational investors on M&A and privatisation projects. In 2000 he joined Mmd- then the leading global emerging market public relations and public policy consultancy in the world – where he developed and led offices in seven regional countries before assuming overall responsibility for the Central & Eastern European operations.
During his time with Mmd Ian was responsible for leading corporate reputation and public policy campaigns for some of the top foreign investors in the region, with extensive experience in extractive industries, healthcare and financial services. He also directed pan-European campaigns for Visa, Google, HP, GE and Discovery, working with EMEA communications directors to set strategy and lead international teams in up to 19 countries.
In 2009 after the sale of Mmd to London Listed Huntsworth PLC Ian left and co-founded the Speyside Group with Mmd founder and Chairman Alistair McLeish. www.speyside-group.com
Today, the group operates three businesses:

  • A global emerging market corporate communications and public policy consultancy with teams on the ground across Latin America, Central & Eastern Europe and sub-Saharan Africa
  • A global political, regulatory and competitive monitoring and analysis services
  • A boutique global healthcare market access consultancy

Ian serves as a Member of the Advisory Council for Fight for Peace, a global NGO focused on reducing youth violence in under privileged communities - operating through its London and Rio Academies and a network of 140 partner organizations worldwide. www.fightforpeace.net