Our team

Who we are

First and foremost we are focused on raising the profile of transformative technology solutions operating within the short-term rental, hotel and real estate ecosystems. Like the brands we partner with – we are passionate about how business is transformed by technology – from SaaS to property automation, virtual concierge to revenue management, energy monitoring and IoT solutions to fintech advances.

Our skills are in transforming potential, creating awareness and communicating authority through our blend of strategic communications, thought leadership development, content creation, digital PR and traditional media relations. We bringing our deep expertise and market knowledge to successfully position your product or service in a dynamic marketplace.

In addition, our strategic insight, fortified by our specific industry experience, leverages the value proposition of your hardware and software solutions and effectively communicates that to stakeholders – your customers, partners, investors, analysts, journalists and B2B influencers.

Our expert team is commercially-driven, supporting your business strategy to achieve long-term goals through owned and earned media channels. It is our business to know and understand the needs, habits, challenges and wants of your customers and their customers too.

By understanding your technology and the disruption it delivers in the short-term rental, hotel and real estate maretplaces, we translate your messaging into impactful storytelling and insightful thought leadership bringing you new opportunities, new conversations and new business.

Jessica Gillingham

Founder, Managing Director

Jessica is the founder and managing director of Abode PR and has over 20 years’ PR experience. She is an advisor to Visit Bath, a leadership mentor and industry commentator writing and speaking regularly on PR, short-term rentals, the lodging industry and proptech.

Jessica loves nothing more than working closely with her clients and watching their businesses grow.

Helen Wedgewood

Content & Media Relations Manager

Helen is our Content & Media Relations Manager overseeing all our key media relationships, over-arching agency media strategy and our content delivery team. After a stint living in travel tech-hub Barcelona, she is now fully immersed in the dynamic short-term rental, proptech and hotel tech industries.

Helen has a keen interest in all things property and loves to keep up with all the latest travel and tech developments.

Jen Childs

PR Account Manager

Jen draws on her broad experience in PR and marketing within the consumer insight industry to provide strategic PR services for our B2B global Hospitality Tech, Hotel Tech and Prop Tech clients, helping them build brand awareness.

As well as the strategic side of her role, Jen loves working at the coal face of campaign delivery, using communications to engage and influence target audiences.

Laura Bolton

PR Account Manager

Laura brings her experience in consumer PR agencies to Abode, in particular her knowledge of the travel industry with previous clients including Airbnb for Work. She enjoys running a slick press office for her clients to help their brand stand out from the crowd, as well as delivering outstanding campaign work.

Laura likes to immerse herself in the latest news within industry press and trends in the short-term rental, prop tech, and hotel tech sectors.

Aaron Finn

PR Account Executive

Aaron graduated in 2020 from the University of the West of England with a 2:1 in Journalism. He brings his journalistic background and passion for communications to support our team with media relations and client services.

Outside of work, Aaron loves sports and going to the beaches in his home county of Cornwall.

Maryann Holmes

Content Writer

Maryann studied Creative Writing at Bath Spa University and graduated in 2016. Her experience using blogging and social media for marketing, along with a passion for impactful, inspiring writing is an addition to the content team.

When not writing for work, Maryann writes contemporary free-form poetry and fiction novels.

Lauren Mills

PR Account Director

Lauren is a former business journalist working across multiple industry sectors. She’s worked for most of the UK’s national press, plus The Wall Street Journal where she launched a real-time analysis blog. After moving into PR she was keen to focus on her lifelong passion for the property and hospitality industries, with a special interest in how technology can be used to disrupt traditional concepts and improve user experience.  

As well as having strategic oversight for our clients, Lauren is a self-confessed news junkie who loves to immerse herself in stories and trends relevant to our clients.  


Read about the values we all work to:

"Their ability to also react to real-time media/press opportunities has demonstrated how professional and responsive they are to really maximising visibility for their clients. We look forward to a continued fun and successful partnership with Jessica and her team."

Mike Liverton, CEO, Jetstream Hospitality Solutions

"Abode PR is a great communications partner for Safely.com - we've worked closely together on media relations, content and on our PMS partner relations. The team has an excellent understanding of the industry and our customers' needs, and we are seeing the results of increased traction in our positioning and industry awareness."

Andrew Bate, CEO of Safely.com

"By working with Abode PR for the ALTIDO launch I witnessed their skills in managing expectations from all stakeholders to successfully build theright message and to put that out to the right news channels and audiences."

Roberto Bricio, Head of Marketing Communications, ALTIDO

"Working with Jessica and her team at Abode PR has been one of the best decisions we’ve made at a partnership level"

Michael Driedger, co-founder and CEO, Operto