ABOUT US

We build enduring reputations that drive business results

Changing the way an industry thinks about you is a journey, not an event. On the way, there will be many wins but the ultimate prize of being respected as an industry leader takes time and focus. We’re here to help you do just that.

About Paragon

Paragon is a specialist financial communications agency with decades of top-level industry experience. We build reputations that drive business results, ensuring that you are heard, understood, and respected. Formed in 2012, we provide trusted public relations, marketing and strategic communications support, including digital and content / editorial services.

Dedicated People Doing Great Work

At Paragon, our team brings an array of experiences and capabilities—letting us offer the right expertise to meet our clients’ needs. Our clients make our work fun and we always enjoy the collaborative relationships with them. Together we make a difference for their businesses.

Simon Hylson-Smith

Founder & CEO

Simon loves solving puzzles on behalf of Paragon's clients, delivering content-based solutions that help drive real business results. As a former reporter and editor, he knows what it takes to capture stories that resonate with top-tier media, and also enjoys writing! Outside of work, Simon enjoys hiking through the England country hills with his three dogs.

Michelle Eliseo

Director, Marketing

Integrity, passion and creativity are some of Michelle’s hallmarks. These come into play whether she is driving brand strategy and building engaging marketing touchpoints for Paragon’s clients, or perhaps trying something new in the kitchen, exploring museums and planning the next family road trip.

Colleen Hylson-Smith

Director of Operations

Colleen is at the heart of Paragon, ensuring that Operations and Human Resource run smoothly. With her business background, she understands what matters most and how firms can get the best out of their talent. When she's not at Paragon, you'll find her at the gym, doing yoga, or at home playing with her rescue dogs.

Kelly Leuck

Director of Global Administration

Kelly is extremely organized and has a real passion for helping others. With over 15 years of experience in Office Administration, she has excellent time management skills which have enabled her to become a successful multi-tasker. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids.

Patrick Sutton

Executive Vice President

Patrick is a catalyst for developing cohesive client narratives. His knowledge and content expertise have empowered strategic campaigns around milestones in disruptive fintech. His passions include writing, delving into a wormhole of random research, Philadelphia sports and NBC’s The Office.

Melissa Even

VP, Marketing

Core to our clients’ marketing initiatives, Melissa focuses on branding, messaging and positioning, collateral creation, event coordination and all things digital. Central to the company’s internal growth and business development, her enthusiasm drives the team to seek creative angles for our clients. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, traveling and snowboarding.

P.J. Kinsella

VP, Media Relations

P.J. is devoted to increasing client exposure, applying his expertise in media relations and social media to his passion for the fintech landscape. Outside of the office he is an avid rugby player who also enjoys reading, movies and a cool glass of Yoo-Hoo.

Erin Tye

Account Executive

Erin thrives working in a space where creativity intersects with strategy. At Paragon, her work spans a wide spectrum, from media relations to messaging and positioning to editorial. Outside of Paragon, Erin spends her time reading, cooking and avoiding Times Square.

Johanna Perez

Associate

Johanna is unafraid to try anything new. She is fascinated with social media, digital marketing and content development, and provides a new perspective on client projects. She enjoys passing her weekends reading and exploring nearby eateries.

Haley Tole

Associate

Haley is eager to learn about all things digital. With a passion for social media, writing and research, she is willing to take on a wide variety of projects. In her free time she enjoys reading, rewatching The Office and hanging out with her dog Molly.

Julian Lewis

Consulting Editor

Julian helps clients articulate complex insights, strategies and products in the most compelling way. A highly experienced editor and writer, he relishes the challenge of doing justice to the details while engaging the widest possible audience. Away from the day job, he leads a social enterprise.

Helena Rowe

Consultant

Helena is passionate about delivering creative marketing solutions to clients. With over 20 years of experience in strategic marketing, she enjoys a challenge. An innovative problem solver, she has a strong track record in devising successful campaigns that drive profitability and increase sales. She's also an adventurer - having visited all 7 continents.

Julia Royle

PR Consultant

With more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services and financial technology arena, Julia provides media relations consulting for Paragon clients’ in the UK market. Julia has lived and worked in London, New York and Silicon Valley and has developed a deep network across the industry, working with an extensive range of clients from disruptive start-ups to established market heavyweights.

Hannah Berry George

Creative Consultant

Quit law. Started acting. Found my funny bone. And have been writing the whole time. I help clients across the globe work out what they want to say and how to say it simply. Clients include Sony, Samsung, MasterCard, chinatown.co.uk, New Balance, notonthehighstreet.com, Delta, and the NHS.

Crysta Horner

Graphic Designer

Crysta expresses ideas through design. She conceptualizes and develops inventive design solutions, whether they are online or offline. When she’s not making the world a prettier place, she likes to contemplate the laws and theories of physics in their relation to the interpretation of astronomical observations. Oh and pizza; she loves pizza.

Simon Hylson-Smith

Founder & CEO

Simon loves solving puzzles on behalf of Paragon's clients, delivering content-based solutions that help drive real business results. As a former reporter and editor, he knows what it takes to capture stories that resonate with top-tier media, and also enjoys writing! Outside of work, Simon enjoys hiking through the England country hills with his three dogs.

Michelle Eliseo

Director, Marketing

Integrity, passion and creativity are some of Michelle’s hallmarks. These come into play whether she is driving brand strategy and building engaging marketing touchpoints for Paragon’s clients, or perhaps trying something new in the kitchen, exploring museums and planning the next family road trip.

Colleen Hylson-Smith

Director of Operations

Colleen is at the heart of Paragon, ensuring that Operations and Human Resource run smoothly. With her business background, she understands what matters most and how firms can get the best out of their talent. When she's not at Paragon, you'll find her at the gym, doing yoga, or at home playing with her rescue dogs.

Kelly Leuck

Director of Global Administration

Kelly is extremely organized and has a real passion for helping others. With over 15 years of experience in Office Administration, she has excellent time management skills which have enabled her to become a successful multi-tasker. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three kids.

Patrick Sutton

Executive Vice President

Patrick is a catalyst for developing cohesive client narratives. His knowledge and content expertise have empowered strategic campaigns around milestones in disruptive fintech. His passions include writing, delving into a wormhole of random research, Philadelphia sports and NBC’s The Office.

Melissa Even

VP, Marketing

Core to our clients’ marketing initiatives, Melissa focuses on branding, messaging and positioning, collateral creation, event coordination and all things digital. Central to the company’s internal growth and business development, her enthusiasm drives the team to seek creative angles for our clients. Outside of work, she enjoys yoga, traveling and snowboarding.

P.J. Kinsella

VP, Media Relations

P.J. is devoted to increasing client exposure, applying his expertise in media relations and social media to his passion for the fintech landscape. Outside of the office he is an avid rugby player who also enjoys reading, movies and a cool glass of Yoo-Hoo.

Erin Tye

Account Executive

Erin thrives working in a space where creativity intersects with strategy. At Paragon, her work spans a wide spectrum, from media relations to messaging and positioning to editorial. Outside of Paragon, Erin spends her time reading, cooking and avoiding Times Square.

Johanna Perez

Associate

Johanna is unafraid to try anything new. She is fascinated with social media, digital marketing and content development, and provides a new perspective on client projects. She enjoys passing her weekends reading and exploring nearby eateries.

Haley Tole

Associate

Haley is eager to learn about all things digital. With a passion for social media, writing and research, she is willing to take on a wide variety of projects. In her free time she enjoys reading, rewatching The Office and hanging out with her dog Molly.

Julian Lewis

Consulting Editor

Julian helps clients articulate complex insights, strategies and products in the most compelling way. A highly experienced editor and writer, he relishes the challenge of doing justice to the details while engaging the widest possible audience. Away from the day job, he leads a social enterprise.

Helena Rowe

Consultant

Helena is passionate about delivering creative marketing solutions to clients. With over 20 years of experience in strategic marketing, she enjoys a challenge. An innovative problem solver, she has a strong track record in devising successful campaigns that drive profitability and increase sales. She's also an adventurer - having visited all 7 continents.

Julia Royle

PR Consultant

With more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services and financial technology arena, Julia provides media relations consulting for Paragon clients’ in the UK market. Julia has lived and worked in London, New York and Silicon Valley and has developed a deep network across the industry, working with an extensive range of clients from disruptive start-ups to established market heavyweights.

Hannah Berry George

Creative Consultant

Quit law. Started acting. Found my funny bone. And have been writing the whole time. I help clients across the globe work out what they want to say and how to say it simply. Clients include Sony, Samsung, MasterCard, chinatown.co.uk, New Balance, notonthehighstreet.com, Delta, and the NHS.

Crysta Horner

Graphic Designer

Crysta expresses ideas through design. She conceptualizes and develops inventive design solutions, whether they are online or offline. When she’s not making the world a prettier place, she likes to contemplate the laws and theories of physics in their relation to the interpretation of astronomical observations. Oh and pizza; she loves pizza.