privacy policy

Your privacy is important to us. It is Nexus Stratgeic Communications policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect from you across our website, www.nexusadvisory.co.uk, and other sites we own and operate.

We only ask for personal information when we truly need it to provide a service to you. We collect it by fair and lawful means, with your knowledge and consent. We also let you know why we’re collecting it and how it will be used.

We only retain collected information for as long as necessary to provide you with your requested service. What data we store, we’ll protect within commercially acceptable means to prevent loss and theft, as well as unauthorised access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.

We don’t share any personally identifying information publicly or with third-parties, except when required to by law.

Our website may link to external sites that are not operated by us. Please be aware that we have no control over the content and practices of these sites, and cannot accept responsibility or liability for their respective privacy policies.

You are free to refuse our request for your personal information, with the understanding that we may be unable to provide you with some of your desired services.

Your continued use of our website will be regarded as acceptance of our practices around privacy and personal information. If you have any questions about how we handle user data and personal information, feel free to contact us.

This policy is effective as of 1st October 2022.

Targeted, high-level connectivity

London ︎
Nexus is established in the United Kingdom across the political, military, diplomatic, social, and commercial spheres, with election specialists, in journalism and in public relations.

Our clients are individuals, governments, and commercial entities; we assess their requirements, evaluate the most effective process, and provide the solutions.

Nexus then manages the ongoing relationships, ensuring pro-active and high-quality engagement.

We work relentlessly and discretely in our clients’ interests, supporting their ambitions and achieving profound, far-reaching results.

Nexus’ foundations are the strong personal bonds we have with our trusted partners, and that we develop with our clients.

Nexus specialises in forging strategic connections in Washington, D.C. 

Washington D.C. ︎
Nexus works in close partnership with the most influential government relations firms in the United States.

We identify the most suitable and effective solutions in Washington on behalf of our clients, and continually monitor progress. We save our clients time, and we ensure optimal results.

Our partners are integrated into Washington’s architecture at the highest levels; they have a deep understanding of how things work, who to talk to, and what needs to be said. We take the most direct route to solving problems, leveraging longstanding personal relationships to advocate on our clients’ behalf.

Nexus has developed a wide-ranging coalition that extends across the U.S. Government; within Congress, the White House and the Executive Branch, the Department of Defence, politicians from both major parties, federal, state, and local government, federal agencies, editorial boards, and the commercial space.

In the United States, we quickly deliver impact and secure influence.

Nexus worldwide

Rest of the world ︎
Nexus has established a network of trusted government and commercial contacts across the globe.

We are experienced in matching clients with local partners who can advance their goals in a range of countries.

This extends from the developed world and the Commonwealth to some of the most challenging operational environments.

Who we are

James Cecil

Nexus was founded by James Cecil in 2017, after a career spanning military service, politics, and business.
James is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and he served as an infantry officer in the U.K. Armed Forces for six years before leaving with the rank of Captain.
He has worked in a range of capacities for the Conservative Party and was elected to London borough government in 2006. He maintains strong links with the Party, both through historical family ties and ongoing personal connections.
James has a proven track record working both in the U.K. and internationally on government and commercial projects across a variety of sectors and industries.
He lives in West London, and is married with five children.

What we do

Nexus’ areas of specialism include:
  • Bespoke strategic connections (government and commerce)
  • U.K. and U.S. government relations
  • Issues management
  • Press and the media
  • Election research, strategy, and implementation
  • Security and investigations
  • Public relations
  • Litigation support

Our core geographic areas of influence are:
  • London, U.K.
  • Washington, D.C., U.S.A
  • The Commonwealth
  • The Middle East and North Africa
  • Africa
  • Latin America

Advisory board

The Rt Hon Lord Swire KCMG


Hugo was the Conservative Member of Parliament for East Devon from June 2001 to December 2019.

He served as the Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport under David Cameron; he was appointed Minister of State for Northern Ireland, and then Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. His responsibilities included Latin America, Central America, North America, Asia, Asia Pacific, Australasia, and the Commonwealth.

In 2011, Hugo was sworn in as member of the Privy Council and he was subsequently Knighted (Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael) in 2016.

Amongst other roles he is currently Deputy Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council.

Dr Alia Brahimi

Alia is a political analyst and advisor specialising in the Middle East and North Africa. She is currently a Nonresident Senior Fellow within the Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C., having previously held academic positions at the University of Oxford, for many years, and the London School of Economics.

She has also worked as a political advisor on policy areas related to the region and has provided expert briefings to several governments. Her book (Jihad and Just War in the War on Terror) was published by Oxford University Press, and her commentary for a broader audience appears in the Guardian and Foreign Policy.

Alia graduated with a Master’s (MPhil) and PhD (DPhil) in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where she also taught undergraduate and graduate students and completed her postdoctoral research.

Sir Mark Allen CMG

Mark was educated at the Dragon School, Downside, and Exeter College, Oxford, MA (Arabic and Turkish).

He joined HM Diplomatic Service in 1973. He did further Arabic training at MECAS (1974) and then served in Abu Dhabi (1975-77), Cairo (1978-81), and Belgrade (1982-86). He dealt with East European affairs in London (1986-90) before returning to the Middle East as Counsellor (Political) in Amman (1990-94). In London, Mark was later responsible for work on countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, for operational work in Africa and the Middle East, and counter terrorism. Finally he was responsible for Global Issues which included terrorism, WMD and strategic crime. His book, Arabs, was published in June 2006.

In 2010 following a long interest and practice in Arabic calligraphy, Mark was granted an ijaza in Muhaqqaq script by his teacher Nassar Mansour and Nassar’s teacher, Hasan Çelebi in Istanbul. He is believed to be the first Englishman to have been given an ijaza. He edited Nassar Mansour’s “Sacred Script” in 2011.

Since retiring, Mark has been a special advisor to the BP Group, and a senior adviser to Palantir Technologies. He has been a trustee of St. John and St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in London since 2009 and chairman 2019-2022. He was appointed CMG in 2002 and knighted in 2005. He received a Papal knighthood in 2009. He is an honorary fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford.

Thomas M. Keane

Thomas is based in Washington D.C.

Drawing on over 35 years of experience at the intersection of law, commerce, and government, he provides strategic advice to leaders across multiple sectors and geographies.

He brings a wealth of knowledge concerning government relations, and has a deep understanding of the political landscape in Washington.


We elevate our clients’ stories, and the issues that matter to them, across a range of tier-one media.

Our track record includes editorial, op-ed, and front-page articles in the major platforms of the U.K. and the U.S, including:


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