Who We Are

Knights MPR is an independent communications, PR, and brand advisory team founded in 2019 by Jason Knights, with a mission to help companies and their employees in maritime, energy, shipping, manufacturing and aerospace to create engaging, accountable content and brand flaring campaigns that help to influence audience mindsets and drive commercial value.

We are a collaborative bunch of networked experts, working diligently and with quality to ensure you get the campaign results you need. We deliver with certainty and reliability every time, and our speed of response helps provide that assurance for you and your team when you need it most – even when the unexpected happens.

Our ethos is to take a ‘Human-2-Human’ communications approach to transform businesses and their markets by engaging with journalists, influencers and authorities to deliver quality insights on economic, social, technical and environmental activities.

We also have a curious mindset, so we always work to find new and innovative ways of communicating with your audiences on everyday service, product or technology insights. No matter your company size, we’ve got the resources, expertise and experience in maritime PR, energy PR, shipping PR, manufacturing PR and aerospace PR to help your brand flare with integrity and influence.

Meet the Team

Our founding roots are in the creative hub of Cornwall, UK, and our team of experts span across Great Britain, Singapore, North America, Canada, Middle East, Italy and Australia. Our network features some of the best experts working in communications, PR, government and industry relations across the maritime, energy, shipping, marine, manufacturing and aerospace sectors.

And, we make sure that every one of our clients partner with an agency director who has a stake in Knights MPR, which means a highly motivated leader will manage your activity, with hands-on senior counsel as standard. There’s no flannel, no time watching, and no hidden costs!

Graham Buckley

Award Winning PR Specialist
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Graham is a highly motivated, experienced and award-winning PR and Communications specialist who for the past 27 years has represented international brands and corporations at local, regional, national and international levels, including Honeywell, Alpha Solway, Globus Group, Ultrabeam, Marigold Industrial, and more!

Known for a clear, strategic and results-focused approach, combined with a highly conscientious and dedicated focus on getting the job done with passion and energy. Industry experience spans a range of sectors including Oil & Gas/Off-Shore, Health and Safety, Renewables, Industrial Engineering, Construction and Medical.

He is NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) accredited with experience as a news and feature writer for a range of newspapers before working in an award-winning agency in Cheltenham – picking up the UK’s Best Charity/Not for Profit and UK’s Best Trade and Technical Campaign accolades in his time.

Graham has developed a broad expertise and experience across the full communications spectrum – often focused on positioning clients as thought-leaders, innovators and specialists in their specific fields.

Alix Valenti

International Maritime and Defence Specialist
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Alix is a recognised aerospace, defence, and security journalist and communications consultant, with more than 15 years’ experience working on a wide variety of projects.

For over ten years, she has been working for European Commission clients on impact assessments and evaluations. She carries out primary and secondary research in four languages and has also conducted a number of case studies in different countries (Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain and the UK).

Since obtaining her PhD on development planning from University College London, which focused on post-conflict reconstruction in urban Timor Leste, Alix has also been working as a aerospace, defence and security journalist. Though she focuses mostly on energy and maritime security and strategy, analysing procurement and technological development trends, Alix also covers land forces, in particular urban warfare and peacebuilding.

Today, the expertise she has gathered in a wide variety of roles in different sectors, is the key to her ability to successfully support clients’ communication needs. From written communication to webinars moderation, the 360° view and the positive energy she brings to her role are an asset for clients’ communication campaigns.

Tom Wadlow

Writer and Content Consultant
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Tom Wadlow, Partner at WD Editorial, is a freelance writer and content consultant working with us on a wide range of editorial and content support. Tom’s experience extends over several years in creating, writing and publishing business and trade magazines. A fully NCTJ-qualified and experienced journalist, Tom has trained at the Press Association before moving on to edit numerous B2B trade publications in various roles, and at award-winning contract publisher Archant Dialogue.

Jonathan Dyble

Writer and Content Consultant
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Jonathan Dyble, Partner at WD Editorial, is a freelance writer and content consultant working with us on a wide range of editorial and content support. Jonathan has worked with Tom over a number of years in multi-industry roles, including three years spent working together publishing business magazines. Jonathan has several years of experience in the B2B media world, producing and editing content across a range of industries. This includes a proven track record in planning and executing lead generation, email and inbound marketing campaigns.

Jason Knights

An Insight into the Founder

Jason is an experienced and chartered communications and marketing specialist, with over 23 years’ experience in B2B and B2C national and international companies, working in the energy, marine, consumer durables, engineering, manufacturing, Local Government and education markets at the highest levels, shaping both business and communication strategies.

He has successfully delivered insight on industry issues, media and investor engagement, crisis management to safeguard industry relations, brand transformations, and results driven communication activities in the public (FTSE 250) and private sectors.

Knights MPR’s contribution is recognised by the Maritime UK Awards for International Trade, the Campaign Experience Awards, the PRmoment Awards and in the StartUp Awards National Series. In 2022 the agency won ‘Best New Agency’ in the Bulldog PR Awards; ‘New PR Agency of the Year’ by Corporate LiveWire Awards; and ‘Best Marine & Maritime PR Experts’ by the Logistics Warehouse & Supply Chain Awards.

The founder’s past contribution at Lloyd’s Register has been peer reviewed and recognised by the Public Relations and Communications Association’s (PRCA) National Awards 2018, the Gartner Communication Awards 2019, and as Finalist in the 2019 Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Awards.

Previous awards include the B2B Marketing Awards 2017, Petroleum Economist Awards 2016, British Quality Foundation Achievement Award for Employee Engagement 2014, and the EIC Award for Supply Chain Excellence 2013.

As well as taking a leadership role in shaping the direction and day-to-day management of Knights MPR, Jason has completed a Non-Executive Director role with CELT Education Trust in the South West of England, UK.

Sabina Zawadzki

International Correspondent and Energy Specialist

Sabina is a 14-year veteran of Reuters, specialising in the global energy sector after postings abroad covering general and macroeconomic news in Warsaw, Brussels, Kiev, New York and Copenhagen. Her experiences range from assignments covering the 2014 war in Ukraine, EU antitrust reporting to scrutiny of the giant U.S. oil market and the global LNG industry.

She also served as a communications manager at Maersk Oil, at the time a top 25 global oil company, where she ran proactive media relations, created and edited a company magazine and handled crisis and M&A communications.

Her energetic approach led her to learn how to escape a sinking helicopter, roll with the North Sea aboard an FPSO, stroll the Kazakh steppe alongside nodding donkeys and witness mile-long trains carrying North Dakotan shale oil. Along the way, she acquired a passion and deep respect for the colossal industries that power the world and the people working for them.

Sabina applies her reporting flair to find stories within companies that evidence key messages credibly. She is passionate about uncovering valuable knowledge – stripping away jargon, rumour, misconceptions – and presenting it in a clear insightful way.

Today, her sleuthing tendencies are used to support management due diligence and helping our clients engage and manage media in the energy and maritime sectors.

“Through the way we engage on commercial and industry insights in maritime, energy, shipping, manufacturing and aerospace, we have proved that compelling content-led PR can be an extremely effective tool for raising the profile of a company, and gaining traction for ideas and initiatives as a mainstream concern.”