Gay Collins

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Gay Collins is a founding partner of Montfort Communications and a former executive chairman of MHP Communications.


Collins began her career selling eurobonds to fund managers at Merrill Lynch and Dean Witter. She was then involved in a management buyout to set up Ludgate Communications, which was subsequently sold to Interpublic Group.[1]

Collins then set up Penrose Financial Limited in 1998. In 2010 Mandate, Hogarth and Penrose merged to form MHP Communications, with Collins installed as the executive chairman of the new agency.[2]

In December 2014 Collins announced she would be stepping down from her role at MHP, citing the need for a break and her other commitments.[1]

In 2015 she joined Montfort Communications, an Mayfair-based agency set up M:Communications founders Nick Miles and Hugh Morrison.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 John Harrington Gay Collins steps down at MHP Communications PR Week, 15 December 2014, accessed 2 July 2015.
  2. Alec Mattinson Engine merges Mandate, Hogarth and Penrose Financial brands PR Week, 30 September 2010, accessed 2 July 2015.
  3. John Harrington Former MHP executive chair Gay Collins joins Montfort PR Week, 16 March 2015, accessed 2 July 2015.