What our clients say about Garner & Tonic

Professor Gareth Rees

Expert Advisor to the European Union, World Health Organisation, US Environment Protection Agency.

Vicky Garner is a polished and highly skilled communicator. She never fails to make a compelling, articulated and substantiated case. She has the quick intellect required to respond effectively in challenging and bruising situations – such as EU committees populated by professional bureaucrats. I have admired her skills under such circumstances – situations that would inhibit far more hardened individuals. These skills are more remarkable when they are combined with a personal charm and plausibility that does not alienate.

Gary Wilburn

Managing Director, HPW Architecture

In my 20 plus years of working in architecture and the property industry I have never experienced a public consultation event like the one Vicky created for Higher Newham Farm. Vicky designed and delivered a fantastic, welcoming environment, full of well presented information and ideas, which meant the 3 day event was exceptionally well attended by several thousand people.

This helped significantly to generate the overwhelming support that the project received. We should see more public consultation done this way. Genuine consultation which also went on to significantly inform the plans for the village.

Tim Walton

CEO LXB Retail and Living Villages

Very smart. Teaches you as you much as you want to learn. Great listener, but adds immense value through original thought, doesn’t just spit it back out in different words. Works very hard, inclusive and driven to deliver results – which she does.

Tom Sobey

Founder & owner, Origin Coffee

If you are looking for help bringing ideas to life, creating awareness of a product or the story behind a brand you will not regret working with Vicky. She will listen to what you need, get right under the skin of things and work with you to get you where you want to go.

She thinks differently. And her way of thinking delivers results, not just because she doesn’t choose the most obvious route, but because she listens, considers and builds relationships with people. She genuinely cares.

Belinda Phipps

Former Chief Exec National Childbirth Trust, ex Chair Fawcett Society

Vicky is an extremely personable and determined woman who makes change happen. I have been impressed by her ability to bring the voice of the less powerful to decision makers.  Her campaigns are well crafted and imaginatively delivered to make that happen. She has an ability to communicate a story in a compelling way, which engages and enthuses others. This is combined with her steely drive to work with the facts and to find genuine solutions to problems. A great combination making her most enjoyable to work with on a campaign!

Jacob Tompkins

Co-founder The Water Retail Co & ex chief exec Waterwise

I have known and worked with Vicky for over 15 years. She is a fantastic campaigner with a skill for gathering and using real life experiences to evidence a problem. This skill combined with an excellent analytical ability means that she is able to develop solutions to a wide range of problems – and communicate problems and solutions convincingly to decision makers. Her ability to communicate a message, to anyone from school children to Ministers, along with her natural instinct to work collaboratively and in a fact based, solution focused way, makes her an extremely effective campaigner.

Tim Walton

CEO Living Villages

Vicky took a spark of an idea to do something that broke the mould of traditional housing development and has brought it to life. She has researched and built the narrative, instigated and delivered the necessary partnerships, worked up the concept, listened and communicated the ideas and ethos way beyond the usual level of stakeholder engagement work. She has overseen a team of consultants to encourage the design of what has become an exceptionally well supported, genuinely community led proposal for Higher Newham Farm and Village and won planning approval for it. Vicky is a quick, bright, independent thinker who uses her exemplary listening and communication skills to maximum effect

Becky Reed

Justice for Midwife Becky Reed campaign

Vicky became involved in the Justice for Midwife Becky Reed campaign after we met through her campaigning work around midwifery care. Her input was invaluable, particularly around social media and PR where she really helped us increase exposure and awareness.

Vicky was always wonderful to work with, very supportive to me and totally committed to the cause. She put together a facebook page (still active to this day!) to provide information and to coordinate campaign supporters and galvanise them into action.

I have absolutely no doubt that without Vicky’s contribution I would not have achieved the final positive outcome that I did, and I will be eternally grateful to her for all her support