WHO WE ARE

Meet the team and discover our skillsets,
range of expertise and creative edge.

An Introduction to
a lovely bunch.

We are an award-winning, boutique PR and communications agency with a small, young, driven team that has lots of energy and creativity.

This team dynamic is complemented by over 50 years of combined experience working in the dental industry.

We live, breathe and love dentistry!

We have specialised in delivering amazing PR for brands operating within dentistry for over 12 years, so we know what does and does not work.

We’re a really close team and life at Barker PR is always enjoyable, challenging and exciting. We think we take a unique approach to our work and our client relationships – aiming to be an extension of your internal team.

The brands we work stay with us for all sorts of reasons – we’ve been told we are a bit different, a bit special and a delight to work with. See for yourself here:

Check out our photos and bios below to get to know the team (and some of our pooch ‘assistants’).

THE BARKER TEAM

Gemma
Director & Founder

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Gemma has worked in dentistry since 2003. After working as the Marketing & PR Manager for a number of large dental manufacturers and service providers, as well as four years in dental publishing, Gemma launched her own communications agency back in 2008. Gemma brings a unique creative edge and strategic approach to PR and communications, delivering unrivalled results. A speaker, writer, networker and a fabulous talker, Gemma has a thorough understanding of the dental industry and an extensive network to boot.

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Mum to two boys, a cockapoo and nine chickens. A Peloton advocate and masterful chef. Full of beans, positive and always with a smile on her face. 

Nicola – Editorial Manager

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Nicola has almost 20 years of experience in the dental industry, initially working as an editor and journalist for a leading publisher. Prior to joining Barker, Nicola headed up the editorial teams on over half a dozen dental-related titles. Nicola is ideally placed to ensure clients get the very best in editorial support, from generating ideas to producing the finished item.

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Loves a good book or a walk in the countryside with her dog. She likes being super organised and enjoys crossing things off her to-do list!

Olivia (Liv) – PR Manager

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Starting her career working for the largest publisher in dentistry, Liv went on to work for several international media firms, working with behemoth global brands. Liv has developed an expert understanding across media, PR and marketing during her career – if it’s reputation management you’re after, you’re in the right place. Liv maintains a cool head under pressure, she has a strategic, yet creative brain, no idea is too wacky!

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Happiest when skiing in the Alps and devouring raclette. Most likely to be found being dragged around Clapham Common by her dog, or at a live comedy venue with a glass of Prosecco in hand.

Katie Turner – Social Media Manager

Katie Turner

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Katie started her career in the charity sector, working for two of the biggest charities in the UK. There, she found her passion in all things digital marketing – particularly paid and organic social media. Working on a number of multi-channel campaigns, Katie really understands the power and influence that an effective social media presence can have on a brand.

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A tapas enthusiast and lover of a good chilli margarita. Happiest when reading a good book on the beach in Greece!

Vicky – Editorial Consultant

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Vicky has specialised in the healthcare industry for 15 years. Previously, she has edited and contributed to five supplements for The Times on behalf of Raconteur on Cosmetic Procedures, Dermatology and Cosmetic Dentistry. In 2015, she won a Safety in Beauty Diamond Award for her contribution to supporting standards within the aesthetics industry and the MyFaceMyBody Award for Journalist of the Year.

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An advocate of mindfulness, Vicky writes a blog in her spare time about mental health and wellbeing and volunteers with a homeless charity. She loves yoga, meditation and sea swimming, even in winter! Vicky can also be found moonlighting as a DJ on her local radio station.

Rhian – Designer

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Rhian is our highly experienced and creative graphics designer. After leaving university with a Master’s Degree in Graphic Design, Rhian has amassed over 10 years’ experience of delivering high-quality graphic design and branding services, including within dentistry.

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When Rhian isn’t enjoying a glass of wine, she enjoys travelling the world experiencing different cultures and cuisine. In fact, her alternative career choice would have been a chef.

Sue – Operations Manager

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As Operations Manager, Sue’s all-round experience and skillset are invaluable to the team at Barker PR. Having run her own PR company for several years, she knows what it takes to keep a company running smoothly and efficiently, providing invaluable back up and know-how. One of her first clients was in the oral health sector where she discovered her love of all things teeth. Now she’s back where she belongs – firmly immersed in dentistry.

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Sue loves the sunshine, particularly at her apartment in Turkey where you’ll find her soaking up the rays a few times a year when she’s not dabbling in property.

THE BARKING TEAM

Tiggy

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A strong, independent female with a feisty and sassy edge. The dog you may hear barking now and again on a zoom call if the postman rocks up.

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Has a love / hate relationship with the chickens that live in the garden and makes all sorts of weird and wonderful noises when she wants some attention.

Toby

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Born to cuddle, his aim in life is to remain in physical contact with his human at all times. His PR experience extends to sitting on any paperwork in order to get more cuddles.

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He has two birthdays like the Queen and very much enjoys sleeping, preferably burrowed under a duvet.

Goose

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Goose loves snuggling, chomping on tomatoes and being the centre of attention. When he’s not lying on his back snoring, he’s typically people pleasing and trying to make friends with everyone and everything.

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Doesn’t understand why he can’t be centre of attention all of the time. Goose is a shapeshifter and often looks like a pig, a loaf of bread or Jabba the Hutt, rather than a pug. 

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