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  • 19/02/2024
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Seasoned mortgage industry journalists John Fitzsimons and Natalie Thomas have joined Square 1 Media, the PR and marketing agency specialising in mortgages, specialist finance and the wider financial services sector.

John Fitzsimons will join Square 1 Media on 1 March as client services director, while Natalie Thomas joined on 1 February as senior PR account manager.

Fitzsimons brings with him a wealth of experience, having worked as a journalist and copywriter within the mortgage and financial services sector for almost 20 years.

 

Mortgage Solutions

John started his career at the mortgage trade publication, Mortgage Solutions, in 2007, rising through the ranks to become editor before moving on to the consumer finance website, Lovemoney, in 2009. After a five-year spell as editor, John went freelance in 2016 and has been a treasured part of the team at Mortgage Solutions on a freelance basis.

Over the past eight years, Fitzsimons has written extensively for both the trade and financial consumer press, with bylines in publications such as The Sunday Times and The Mirror.

He will be responsible for overseeing existing client relationships at Square 1 Media, as well as helping to develop internal structures and identifying opportunities for existing and new clients.

Natalie also brings a wealth of knowledge from her time in the mortgage trade press, where she began her career in 2005. Since then, she has worked as deputy editor at Mortgage Strategy, as well as editor of Lending Strategy and Loan Distributor, before going freelance in 2012.

Thomas has since worked for several mortgage and property publications, as well as providing copywriting services for PR agencies. She will be responsible for managing a number of client accounts as the firm continues its growth.

 

Square 1 Media

John and Natalie will work closely with the company’s managing director, Paul Hunt, and its other directors – Alex Hammond, Scott Philipson and Rob Griffiths.

Paul Hunt said: “This is an exciting time for Square 1 Media. Both John and Natalie bring an abundance of experience, and I’m confident they will be fantastic additions to our team. Together, they have almost 40 years of combined knowledge in the mortgage and wider financial markets, positioning us strongly to meet the needs of our expanding client base and ensuring they are in safe hands.”

John Fitzsimons, future client services director at Square 1 Media, said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the team at Square 1 Media and can’t wait to get started. The firm has an excellent reputation for delivering first-class financial PR. I look forward to building on this and putting my knowledge and experience to good use.”

Natalie Thomas, senior account manager at the firm, said: “I’m delighted to join the team. I’ve received a warm welcome and it’s great to be a part of a group so knowledgeable and experienced within the field of financial PR.”

Square 1 Media was established in 2019 and is a PR and marketing agency specialising in financial services.

The firm offers a range of services, including PR; marketing consultancy; content marketing, partnership marketing; branding & positioning analysis; media training and copywriting.

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