LONDON — Highgate, the fast-growing global advisory firm specialising in high-stake issues, has added three new female hires to its senior team.

Victoria Ergolavou, based in Milan, joins Highgate as vice president after more than eight years at APCO Worldwide, latterly as a senior associate director. A trained lawyer, Ergolavou (pictured, left) has advised governments and corporate leaders on litigation, reputation management, financial communications and global positioning, and also had a stint in the corporate and public affairs team at Weber Shandwick.

Beatrice Giribaldi Groak (pictured, right) also joins Highgate as a director in London from digital intelligence and reputation management firm Digitalis, where she was a partner working on countering disinformation and advising prominent individuals and CEOs on reputation and crisis management. Before joining Digitalis in 2017 she worked at Lansons.

Finally, Laura Slater joins Highgate in London as a senior adviser. She has worked with actors, celebrities and Premiership footballers as well as families and business leaders who have found themselves in the spotlight as a result of litigation and crises, and also has a focus on child safeguarding.

Founded in January 2020, Highgate has now grown to 25 permanent consultants, representing 13 different nationalities. More than half its employees are senior level consultants, including Patrick Harrison, the former press secretary to the-then Prince of Wales, who spent seven years at Weber Shandwick as corporate affairs director before joining the firm in early 2022.

Highgate founder and CEO Thomas Eymond-Laritaz said: “I am thrilled that we are being joined by three such highly talented and successful female leaders who share Highgate’s culture and values. Highgate’s senior team draws from a remarkable variety of backgrounds to provide outstanding advice and services to our clients”.