Experienced, creative media professionals offering bespoke training, mentoring and strategic communications across all platforms

We possess an excellent global network of contacts and associates among the media, diplomacy and humanitarian sectors.

What we do

Using several decades of combined experience in foreign affairs and investigative journalism, we train and mentor international media companies and non-profit organisations to improve their media and communication skills and impact, as well as providing sharp, intelligent information gathering.


Strategic advice and hands-on practical assistance on improving editorial output and communications in today’s fast-changing media environment.


Planning, thinking and executing media strategy for high profile individuals and public organisations, across traditional, digital and social media.

Risk Analysis

Drawing on decades of combined experience as investigative, political and policy reporters and an extensive global network of foreign correspondents to provide insightful, concisely written research.

Who We Are

Created in late 2015, Foreign Desk Ltd is led by three former correspondents and editors, with a widespread list of associates drawn from top tier newspapers, television, government and NGOs. They include former BBC bureau chiefs, leading foreign correspondents, digital and social media editors and special advisers to government ministers.

Dean Nelson

Dean served in India as South Asia editor for the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times for ten years, and was formerly editor of the Sunday Times Insight team in London and editor of the Sunday Times Scotland. He has extensive experience as a risk analyst in Asia. His book on India is due to be published in 2017.

Damien McElroy

Damien has been a roving war correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, covering conflicts in Iraq, Libya and Syria, and a Beijing-based correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph. Currently deputy foreign editor at the Sunday Times, he gives the company the freshest possible information on key personnel at and trends in the industry.

Alex Spillius

Alex served as Southeast Asia Correspondent, assistant foreign editor, Washington correspondent and Diplomatic correspondent for the Daily Telegraph. As a managing director for Mercury public affairs in London, he was a senior media adviser to Prince Ali of Jordan’s FIFA presidential bid, and to the European Movement’s UK referendum campaign.

Our Work

The Nation, Pakistan: Foreign Desk advised one of Pakistan’s leading English dailies on modern internal communication methods, held courses on sharpening up news gathering and reporting skills, encouraged better integration of print and digital output and promotion of content on social media. Our work led its journalists to produce a series of scoops on Pakistan’s biggest-ever child abuse scandal and launch a successful social media campaign to promote them – the story was followed up worldwide.

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COP22 Global Landscapes Forum

Foreign Desk was the principal communications agency for the Global Landscapes Forum, the major side event of the November 2016 COP22 climate change meeting in Marrakech, helping with outreach and story placement, editorial presentation, social media initiatives and the forum’s strategic outlook.

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