George Thwaites

Head of Corporate

During 15 years on Fleet Street, George held senior editorial posts on two of Britain’s largest national newspapers.

He began his career at The Daily Telegraph and moved to The Mail on Sunday where he was editor of the influential Review section. During his tenure, his team broke numerous stories and investigations. These included exposing the working conditions and suicides at the factories making Apple products in China – a campaign which made global headlines and resulted in the company overhauling its employment practices.

George left journalism to set up Clearwood Media and has since worked with a diverse selection of clients across all sectors – from notable figures across business, politics and entertainment to a wide range of private and public companies, both in the UK and abroad.

He has been listed regularly as a ‘top reputation manager’ in Spear’s Magazine’s Reputation Index. “Thwaites still retains the air and outlook of a journalist,” states Spear’s. “That’s something his clients appreciate as he takes a hands-on approach to writing stories and managing their media presence.”

George has represented clients in a number of high-profile litigations – working with suitcase brand Trunki on an infringement dispute that ended in The Supreme Court and with property developer Mark Holyoake who sued the Candy brothers for £132 million. Of the latter, Spear’s called it “a tricky case that has been described as a ‘PR disaster’ for the siblings.”

He also worked closely with Lord Monson in his fight for justice for his son Alexander, who was brutally tortured and died in police custody after being arrested in Kenya. Police initially claimed he had died of an overdose. After a nine-year campaign, four officers were jailed for manslaughter in 2021.

George has an enviable range of contacts and an insider’s knowledge of how the media operates. He has also invented a social media network of food, produced a chart-topping podcast and managed a band who have played for royalty and at Glastonbury (though not at the same time).

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