Andrew Nicolls

Founder & CEO


Before founding Copperfield, Andrew served as a strategic communications advisor to several financial services organizations working out of London, New York, Hong Kong, Paris, and Limassol. His clients have included, KKR, State Street, JP Morgan, Accor, Thomson Reuters and Sir Robert McAlpine.

Prior to this, Andrew was Vice Chairman of Hudson Sandler, one of the UK’s most established PR agencies, where he led the new business function and directed the firm’s work on behalf of financial services clients. Andrew also oversaw all international activity the firm conducted with clients and agencies and established the Hong Kong office, serving as its Chairman.

In 1998, Andrew co-founded what became the UK’s leading specialist PR agency, Penrose, focused on advising financial services companies. Penrose was sold to the Engine Group in 2010 and merged with two other agencies to become MHP, one of the UK’s largest independent PR companies. 

Before going into communications, Andrew worked in The City of London, initially as a Jobber for Wedd Durlacher Mordaunt, which subsequently became BZW, and ultimately as an analyst at James Capel, the leading broking house of the time. His experience as a derivatives and equities trader and as an equities analyst gives him a unique insight into the working of the capital markets when advising clients in the trading and broking/banking space.

Andrew was listed in the Financial Times 2014 Top 100 list of LGBT Executives for his work in diversity in the workplace and considerable charity work in HIV support and awareness. He co-authored Tartanware, the definitive work on Scottish antiquities of the 19th Century.

Andrew holds a BSc Econ from University College Cardiff in Law and Accountancy.