External Relations and Communication team

The Bar Council External Relations and Communications team is the mouthpiece of the Bar Council’s Representation, Policy and Services directorate, focusing on external and internal engagement. 

The team is responsible for: 

  • Campaigns
  • Media relations and press enquiries
  • Marketing
  • Public affairs
  • Member-facing communications
  • Social media 
  • Publishing

You can also call the Press Office on 020 7092 8175.


Key contacts

Steve Rudaini


Steve Rudaini, Director of External Relations and Communications

Steve joined the Bar Council as Head of Communications in September 2014. Previously, he worked as Public Relations Manager for global accountancy body, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) where he worked across a number of markets on a range of PR campaigns, social as well as traditional media activity.

Prior to ACCA, Steve worked as a press officer at the Law Society of England & Wales where he was involved in a broad spectrum of communications strategies, including member-facing and consumer-focused campaigns. Steve began his career as a journalist with the Trinity Mirror Group before making the move into PR by joining Mattison Public Relations. 

Steve has an LLB (Law) undergraduate degree and an MSc in Politics & Government. 


Shiryn Sayani


Shiryn Sayani, Communications Manager (Policy & Campaigns)

Shiryn joined the Bar Council as a Policy Assistant in January 2017 and moved to the Communications Team in December 2017 to focus on leading campaigns around the Bar Council’s policy work - first as Comms Officer and then as Communications Manager (Policy & Campaigns). Shiryn was named one of PRWeek's '30 under 30' and her work includes the award-winning 'I am the Bar' campaign.

Prior to joining the Bar Council, Shiryn graduated from university in 2016 and then travelled to the US, where she interned at the District Attorney’s office in Athens, GA. She returned home to intern for Amicus ALJ, a death penalty charity, which furthered her interest in justice issues and human rights. She has also volunteered for Gloucester Law Centre, providing support in their immigration and social housing departments, and has interned at the BBC. Shiryn has an LLB Law degree. 


Nikita Feifel


Nikita Feifel, Communications and Public Affairs Officer

Nikita joined the Bar Council as a Communications and Public Affairs Officer in August 2019. Prior to joining, she graduated with a Master’s in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS, University of London. Nikita has previously worked in communications within the fields of politics and non-profit which have strengthened her interest towards policy, advocacy and public affairs.

Her work includes campaigns and communications as well as raising the Bar Council’s presence in Parliament and Whitehall, alongside the Adviser to the Chair. Nikita is multilingual and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Advertising.


Andy Christie


Andy Christie, Head of Marketing and Communications

Andy joined the Bar Council in July 2018 as Head of Marketing and Communications. Prior to this he was Head of Marketing at SSAT, a membership organisation in the education sector.

Andy has over twenty years of experience marketing memberships, online services, events, training and publications predominantly at organisations in the legal and regulatory sector, including Thomson Reuters and Reed Elsevier. He began his marketing career working at publishing companies including HarperCollins and The British Museum Press.


Anele Trentin


Anele Trentin, Marketing and Communications Executive

Anele joined the Bar Council in October 2018. Previously, she worked as a Marketing and Events Executive at the BSIA (British Security Industry Association), where she produced materials for a range of different platforms as well as supported the planning and execution of events. Prior to BSIA, Anele worked as a Marketing Manager at Dataprom in Brazil, an urban mobility technology company where she lead the Marketing team.

In addition, Anele has worked as a professional lifestyle, portrait, corporate and events photographer for the past 12 years. She holds a Master’s degree in Marketing and Communications, a post degree in Photography and a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design.