With 15 years experience working in the media, I am a former national and international journalist who now runs my own Public Relations Consultancy.
I have worked for news wires, newspapers, broadcasters and websites and therefore I have a deep understanding of how the media works.
I offer media relations, message development, issues and crisis management, copy-writing, event management, project management, campaigning and media training for individuals and companies seeking to enhance or protect their reputation.
Area Covered: London and UK and international
Summary: Calacus PR, Director, January 2008 • Present
Sergey Bubka: Media relations and event management to promote charitable work and Foundation launch for senior IOC Council member.
Generations For Peace: Strategic counsel for HRH Prince Feisal of Jordan’s sports initiative.
BackSoftball: Media relations support for campaign to get softball reinstated in Olympics.
Hilton Hotels: Media training and issues management for international hotel general managers.
Nissan Outdoor Games: Strategic counsel and media relations for sports festival in Switzerland.
Pete Reed: Strategic counsel and media relations support for Olympic gold medallist rower.
Laureus Sports Awards, Communications Officer, 2004 • Present
International media relations and issues management for prestigious international awards.
Porter Novelli, Account Director, April 2007 • December 2007
Gillette: Worked on Champions campaign including maximising EMEA PR opportunities for Gillette ambassadors Roger Federer, Thierry Henry and Tigers Woods.
Gala Coral: Ran a team of six working on media strategy for Great British Poker.
Malaysian Palm Oil Company: Provided strategic consultancy and media relations for controversial energy provider to communicate its sustainable and ethical working practices.
Spinvox: Ran a team of four implementing UK media relations for technology start-up company.
Regus: Launched 3More offices including new Business Lounge offering.
Drivecam: Ran a team of three implementing UK media relations project for road safety client.
Hill and Knowlton, Account Director, October 2005 • April 2007
Daegu 2011 World Athletics Championships Bid: Ran international media relations campaign for Korean city’s successful bid including strategic counsel, media training and crisis management.
The Football Association: Ran World Cup 2006 good fan behaviour campaign with Ray Winstone as ambassador, undertaking media training, message development and campaign support.
UEFA: Promoted the marketing of the Champions League by key UEFA department, dealing with the business of the organisation including message development and media relations.
RFU: Media management of RFU dispute with clubs (PRL) over international player release including message development and media training for senior figures within organisation.
AYH: Strategic counsel and media relations for Arsenal Emirates Stadium project managers.
Freelance Media Consultant September 2003 • September 2005
Weber Shandwick Ran Paris 2012 Olympic bid International Media Office, assisting with strategy, press releases, press conferences, media relations and crisis management.
Jon Tibbs Associates PR consultant organising media launches, placing stories and assisting with strategy. Clients included Glenn Hoddle, Prince Feisal Al-Hussein of Jordan and UEFA.
Berkeley Homes (East Thames) Managed Channel Four documentary makers at Royal Arsenal.
World Snooker Association Press Officer at World Snooker Championships in Sheffield.
Freelance Journalist June 2001 • May 2006
Sports writer: Premiership and Football League matches, news and features for The Times, the Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian, Mail on Sunday, The Mirror and AFP news agency.
Foreign Sports Correspondent: Rome-based for Reuters covering football, rugby and cycling.
Champions League Magazine: Editor with responsibility for commissioning, writing and overseeing magazine.
Feature writer: Four Four Two, Soccerbet, World Soccer Digest (Japan) and Zoo Weekly.
Broadcaster: Reporter for Sky Sports and producer for BBC Radio Five Live.
Online reporter: Sports reporter for Uefa.com, TheFA.com, Sports.com and Nobok.com.
BBC 2000 - 2001
Radio 5Live Breakfast Show sports producer organising sports agenda and interviews.
Teamwork Sports Agency 1998 - 2000
Newspapers: Sports journalist working for ALL national newspapers.
Internet: Arsenal FC Official site; FA.com, Sky Sports; Football 365; Electronic Telegraph.
Magazines: Total Football; Four Four Two; Shoot; Arsenal Official Magazine.
Hayters Sports Agency 1997-1998
Shifts covering press conferences, writing stories and features for the national newspapers.
Reading Chronicle 1996 - 1998
Chief Sports Writer covering Reading FC, Berkshire CCC and Reading RFC.
Company: Force Select
Description: Ongoing PR support for start-up company with national, regional and trade coverage
Education Summary: 1995 - 1996 Highbury College, Portsmouth
NCTJ Newspaper Journalism Pre-Entry Course.
1992 - 1995 University of Portsmouth
BA (Hons) Class II (ii) Cultural Studies.
1980 - 1991 Brentwood School, Essex
A Levels: English, Politics, Modern History.