- Kingston Blount, GB
- £30 /hr
- Available now
I have over 14 years’ experience in PR and media relations, working on PR campaigns for extremely high-profile organisations such as HSBC, Warburtons, Danish Bacon and the NHS.more...I have over 14 years’ experience in PR and media relations, working on PR campaigns for extremely high-profile organisations such as HSBC, Warburtons, Danish Bacon and the NHS. This has given me excellent all-round planning and writing skills and extensive experience, knowledge and contacts across the media. I am also very creative in terms of coming up with newsworthy angles and pitching them to the press.
I have played a leading role in developing and driving forward communications strategy for a number of organisations • helping them to realise their overall goals. I am a skilled project manager, extremely proactive in terms of driving projects forward, recognising where challenges exist and working to overcome them and happy with the bigger picture as well as keeping a close eye on quality and tactical execution.
I am confident at building relationships internally with senior management and used to briefing and advising them ahead of and during campaigns. I have significant issues and crisis management experience. I have provided hands-on crisis management support to a number of organisations ranging from 24-hour crisis communications press support, to writing crisis communications manuals and providing crisis training. Issues I have dealt with have ranged from redundancies, executive pay and financial performance to health campaigns (e.g. salt, sugar), planning issues, pressure-group campaigns and product recalls. I also have public affairs experience from my work acting for trade associations.
Area Covered: Remote, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Middlesex, Northamptonshire
Work Experience Summary: I am currently working as interim PR Manager for international law firm, Pinsent Masons. My responsibilities include running the press office, managing a team of press officers, developing and implementing PR strategy, developing relationships with target media, writing, researching and pitching news stories, working closely with management and other comms functions, managing budget and suppliers, managing negative press enquiries, supporting events and award entries and recruiting a permanent candidate for the role.
I have significant agency and client-side experience. I was a media relations manager for HSBC Bank plc for three years with responsibility for proactively generating press coverage for a number of key business units and protecting the brand from negative press attention.
I have also worked for two major international consultancies, directing teams and PR programme for clients across financial services, food, pharma, healthcare, education/careers, technology, SMEs and trade associations. I have also worked for several smaller consultancies, taking a leading role in bringing in and developing new clients and creating and driving PR programmes for clients. I have significant media relations experience, dealing with journalists across the media spectrum every day.
Education Summary: 10 GSCEs - 7 A grades, 3 B grades
A Levels in English (A), History (A), Latin (B) and A/S French (A)
BA Hons Degree in History (2:1) from Exeter University
CAM Diploma (National Magazine award for highest scoring market student)
Freelance Public Relations Consultant