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, special advisers to government ministers and top level international governmenatl public affairs officials.

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.

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Global Canopy Programme

Foreign Desk provided new strategic communications guidance for the Oxford-based Global Canopy Programme as part of its embrace of a more diverse audience. It has engaged with top tier media for coverage of GCP’s Trase initiative, a powerful new sustainability tool that enables governments, companies and investors to address the environmental and social impacts of […]

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The Nation, Pakistan

Foreign Desk advised the publisher and editor of the Nation, trained its staff and led them to their first major scoop in several years. Three Foreign Desk trainers worked with small groups in the paper’s Lahore and Islamabad offices and conducted intensive, desk-based training in good copy style, sharper story structure, best news-gathering practice and […]

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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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