Terence Fane-Saunders


Terence Fane-Saunders is widely regarded as one of the recognised global leaders of the public relations profession. A renowned expert in the management of crises and acute issues, he has worked with corporate, educational and international government clients to contain some of the most high profile and demanding crises of recent years. He has also helped many organisations – both international and domestic – put precautionary plans in place to prepare for the management of crises or acute issues.

Before founding Chelgate, Terence Fane-Saunders was chairman and chief executive of Burson-Marsteller UK, one of the three largest public relations firms in the country, and served as a member of that company’s international management board. He had earlier served on the worldwide board of Hill and Knowlton Inc, at that time the world’s largest public relations company. Based in New York, he managed 22 Hill and Knowlton offices in Asia, Latin America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, while also directing all international business at the world headquarters.

He had previously spent several years as managing director of Hill and Knowlton Asia Limited, during which time he also opened the first foreign public relations business in the People’s Republic of China.

An Honours graduate of Cambridge University, where he studied law and English, Terence Fane-Saunders has written, spoken and broadcast all over the world on different aspects of the public relations profession. As a specialist in transnational communications and public relations, he has managed a wealth of global and international programmes for governments, multinational companies and special interest organisations.

In the prestigious 2023 Spears 500 he was listed as one of their 12 “top tier” reputation managers, the published profile stating that “Terence Fane-Saunders’ career establishes him firmly in the front rank of the international PR profession”.