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Our Team

Adam Dent - Senior Advisor

Adam is a co-founder of Advent Communications and a fully qualified journalist with more than 20 years of experience.

He has worked across the Midlands on a range of newspapers and is responsible for new business development and leads our PR team.

Adam has worked closely with every client on the Advent portfolio and has supervised the expansion of the company.

adent@advent-communications.co.uk


Lee Corden - Director

Lee joined Advent in 2001 after working in regional newspapers.

He works extensively with our property, construction and business management client base and writes regularly for national publications.

lcorden@advent-communications.co.uk


Michelle Wilson - Senior Account Manager

Michelle moved to Advent in 2003 after three years as a senior journalist at the Nottingham Evening Post.

She had previously worked as a senior reporter for Mirror Regional Newspapers based in Coventry.

Michelle works closely with our entertainment and hospitality clients from across the United Kingdom.

mwilson@advent-communications.co.uk


Alex Grantham - Senior Account Manager

Alex joined Advent in 2016 after working as a communications officer for the NHS in Birmingham.

She had previously spent three years as a journalist at the Nuneaton News and also spent time writing for the Burton Mail.

She is a journalism and English language graduate from the University of Central Lancashire, is NCTJ qualified and works across a range of Advent client accounts.

agrantham@advent-communications.co.uk


Chris Smith - Senior Account Manager

Chris joined Advent in November 2020 after two years working in media relations for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Prior to that, he spent 20 years in journalism, and has a wealth of contacts in the public and private sector, and at regional, national and international media outlets.

csmith@advent-communications.co.uk


Rob Milne - Account Manager

Rob joined Advent in September 2016 as a graduate, after gaining experience in PR and in regional news.

He graduated from the University of Sheffield with a first class honours degree in journalism studies and works across a range of Advent client accounts.

rmilne@advent-communications.co.uk


Sam Jackson - Account Manager

Sam joined Advent in February 2019 after working as a reporter for three-and-a-half years with the Leamington Courier.

He graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Biology, before earning his NCTJ Diploma in Journalism from City of Wolverhampton College in 2015. He works across a range of Advent client accounts.

sjackson@advent-communications.co.uk


Catherine Vonledebur - Account Manager

Catherine joined Advent in June 2021, after working as a news and features journalist for regional and national newspapers/women’s magazines.

She previously edited digital lifestyle platform Muddy Stilettos Warwickshire for four years and regional arts & entertainment reporter for The Mirror’s BPM Media (Birmingham Post & Mail) and Coventry Telegraph.

After graduating in English Literature in Cardiff University and qualifying as a journalist, other posts have included senior journalist/features writer at NewsTeam, a national press agency in Birmingham, South Wales Echo, Cardiff and North Wales Newspapers.

CVonledebur@advent-communications.co.uk


Tom Davis - Account Manager

Tom joined Advent in November 2021 after a decade in journalism, most recently as a Local Democracy Reporter at The Coventry Telegraph.

Prior to that he worked as a Senior Reporter at newspapers in Worcestershire and the Black Country, while he has held other roles in sports journalism.

He graduated from the University of Worcester with a first-class honours degree in major journalism and minor English language and holds a NCTJ Level 6 National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ).

tdavis@advent-communications.co.uk


Tom Howell - Graduate Executive

Tom joined Advent as a Graduate Account Executive in September 2021 after completing a Master’s degree at the University of Warwick.

He previously spent a year with Advent as an intern in 2018 while completing a degree in English and Journalism at Coventry University.

thowell@advent-communications.co.uk


Kat Phillips - Office Administrator

Kat joined the Advent team in May 2017 to start her Level 2 Business Administration qualification. She has also achieved her level 3 in Business Administration and was awarded Coventry First Youngpro 2019 award in the Apprentice category.

As well as receptionist and administration duties, Kat is passionate about photography and manages the Inpress Images social media. She is also currently Event Co-Ordinator for Coventry & Warwickshire Champions.

Julie Bristow – Office Manager

Julie manages various aspects of the office and handles staff welfare.

She has worked with the firm since it was founded.

julie@advent-communications.co.uk


I would have no hesitation in recommending Advent to any business looking to promote their achievements on both a regional and national scale.