I have over 20 years experience in consumer, B2B, corporate and financial communications. I’ve worked in-house and in agencies for the likes of Lowe Bell Financial, The Communication Group and Holmes & Marchant.
I began my career in financial PR, handling accounts for household names such as the Savoy Group, Bank of Scotland and Burton Group. Most of my time during this period was spent supporting my clients’ financial calendar needs but I worked on some mergers and acquisitions too.
I then moved to Scotland and, after a few years working in-house for Matthew Gloag (which, at the time owned a wide portfolio of brands including Famous Grouse) I returned to agency PR and worked on a variety of consumer, trade and B2B briefs for the likes of Bank of Scotland, British Midland, Scottish Enterprise, Gordon’s Gin, Glenmorangie and Highland Spring.
In the last 10 years, I have been involved in scoping projects and developing strategic, integrated communications plans for a range of clients in the public and private sector. My hands-on experience of most aspects of the PR/marketing mix gives me an unusual combination of skills which enable me to see the big picture when planning campaigns. Two of the campaigns I managed on behalf of the East of England Development Agency won the client Gold Awards in the CIPR Awards for Business to Business campaign (2006 and 2008).
In 2007 I set up The Foundry House which sees me working with colleagues and associates to deliver PR/marketing services, drawing on a wide range of channels from media relations and events/sponsorship to web communications (including, of course social media).
I’m married with three children and I’m a (very) amateur triathlete.