Lockdown Lowdown

Lockdown Lowdown

During lockdown, Amazon PR director Louise Morriss interviewed people in different roles and organisations about the ups and downs of working from home, how their professions and sectors are adapting, and what may lie ahead.
It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about leadership, coaching, communications, fundraising, design and much more from some wise and inspiring people who were generous with their time and insights.

Meg Abdy, legacy giving consultant

Meg Abdy is Development Director at Legacy Foresight, Britain’s leading analysts of the legacy and in-memory sectors.

Manny Amadi, responsible business consultant

Founder and CEO of C&E Advisory, Manny Amadi has been described as a ‘responsible business guru’ by The Guardian.

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Vicky Browning, charity sector leader

Vicky Browning is CEO of ACEVO, the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations – one of the leading bodies in the sector.

Ann-Mari Freebairn, executive coach

Following a career in charity communications Ann-Mari Freebairn became a certified executive coach and licensed career coach and has been coaching professionally for three years.

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Steve Hawe, charity fundraising and comms director

Steve Hawe is a leader in the voluntary sector with years of senior-level fundraising, marketing, comms and development experience.

Alice Hemming, children’s author

Alice Hemming is a children’s author and has had over 50 books published in the UK and internationally, including picture books and chapter books.

Lockdown Lowdown Alice

Cat Hoad, interiors expert

Cat Hoad is founder and director of Absolute Project Management, a company that manages and provides interior design services for residential renovation projects.

Kay Hoggett, coach and therapist

Kay Hoggett is qualified and experienced in coaching, therapy, NLP and management. She helps people improve their mental wellbeing, navigate challenges and achieve their goals.

Kay Hoggett

Ray Lock, charity chief executive

Ray Lock is the Chief Executive of the Forces in Mind Trust and a retired senior Royal Air Force officer.

Louise Morriss, PR agency director

In celebration of Amazon PR’s 20th birthday founder and Director Louise Morriss, is interviewed by Stuart Thomson.


Stuart Thomson, head of public affairs

Stuart Thomson is Head of Public Affairs at BDB Pitmans and an honorary research fellow at the University of Aberdeen.

Simon Thorp, architectural lighting designer

Simon Thorp is an architectural lighting designer and a director at LAPD Consultants Ltd (Lighting and Product Design), leading on architectural, retail and landscape projects.


Joe Twilley, head of communications

Joe Twilley is the former Head of Communications at the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, the charity established to promote and support Holocaust Memorial Day in the UK.