Marcus Beard

News and Misinformation Researcher, Fenimore Harper Communications (Ex. UK Gov)

Marcus is a digital communication, misinformation and AI specialist. He founded Fenimore Harper, a digital communications consultancy, in 2021 after a long UK civil service career spanning HM Treasury, Cabinet Office and 10 Downing Street.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Marcus led the UK Government's digital counter-misinformation strategy. Working internationally, he advised partners such as NATO, the G7 and the governments of Ukraine, Bulgaria and North Macedonia.

Prior to his career in government, he launched ‘Brandwatch React’, a viral content vertical for Brandwatch (now a Gorkana company).

Marcus' writing and research has appeared in The Times, The Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, and Bloomberg. He has also provided political commentary for BBC News and Sky News.