History

I’ve spent 20 years working in PR, nine in agency and the remainder freelancing. Agency life includes Cohn & Wolfe, Hill & Knowlton, Porter Novelli and Havas PR UK.

My early days were spent primarily on consumer and youth accounts during which time I co-founded BL Alternative, Biss Lancaster’s specialist youth marketing division. In later years I worked on more issues based, government and technology business, including co-founding Hill & Knowlton’s consumer technology group in 1999.

When I left H&K I concentrated on building my role as Village PR creative director, churning out ideas, running brainstorms and looking after our consumer business.

Industry awards include PRWeek Best Promotional Campaign for Bertie goes to Sotheby’s, a PRCA commendation for Re-Turn Bertie, and a ‘PR in Food Marketing’ Bronze award from Marketing magazine for a cheeky tethering of a 155 ft tall hot air balloon in front of the TV cameras at the London Marathon. The Bridget Jones Diary SMS and FHM’s High Street Honeys campaigns were both finalists for PRWeek Awards.

A few years back I left agency life to carry out one or two personal projects as well as learning a few more skills such as how to design websites.

In 2005 I co-founded and publicised 7/7 Trauma, a not-for-profit organisation comprised of around 100 mental health professionals specialising in trauma treatment that provided psychological assistance to victims of the London bombs.

In 2007 I spent a year working with the lovely people at Cohn & Wolfe, heading up their online PR practice, writing digital PR plans for clients such as Speedo, Discovery Networks and Deutsche Grammophon. And more recently, I’ve worked as digital and creative director for Euro RSCG PR and had a great time working as a creative consultant for Sony Ericsson and as pan-European media consultant for Toshiba Europe.

Current clients include Global Analytics Holdings Inc, Lending Stream, Zebit, onesie makers Funzee, premium eyewear makers C.W. Dixey and Son, international concert pianist Reiko Fujisawa, psychotherapist and EMDR consultant Edward Sim and a number of PR and marketing agencies.

Back in 2006 I was interviewed for a feature on freelancing that appeared in PRWeek. Click here to read my contribution and see what my living room looks like.

July 2nd 2016
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Hendy Ford in Fareham Review

My friend Fiona has some good advice: So I went to collect my "fixed" car today, well the tyres are fixed but.... The glove box is now broken, the inside trim isn't flush, there is a scratch on the inside door, and there is still rust on the window wipers. Not ...
May 25th 2016
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Taking Bank Holidays Costs UK Small Businesses Over £2,500 Each Year

The month of May sees two Bank Holidays (2nd and 30th May), but British small business owners stand to lose an average of £506[1] during May and £2,163[2] annually by choosing not to operate and instead take the extra day’s rest over long weekends. A study of 1,500 UK small business owners by Yell Business reveals that ...
November 18th 2015
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An interview with Ty Jeffries aka Miss Hope Springs

Miss Hope Springs will be performing her Christmas show Now it’s Christmas Time at Brighton's Komedia on Tuesday 8th December. Last year’s show, which has been described as 'a glittering glimpse of vintage Vegas’ was completely sold out. Miss Hope has had rave reviews, as well as winning Best Cabaret Brighton Fringe ...
June 18th 2015
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Alex Reid launches Alma Juicing Retreats

Alex Reid, the former cage fighter - who was married to Katie Price from 2010 to 2012 - has set up the Alma Juicing Retreat in Marbella, Spain and is using his expert knowledge of health and fitness to help people get in shape and achieve their weight loss goals. The ...
September 30th 2014
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MBAs from £4000 from the Online Business School

An online business school is revolutionising business education by offering routes to undergraduate degrees and MBAs costing a student as little as £4,000 - while also enabling them to study “anywhere at anytime”. The Online Business School (OBS), founded by distance-learning pioneer John Holden, provides ‘pay-as-you-go’ pathways to business degrees and ...

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