esPResso chats to PR professionals from across the industry, including our PR Pioneers interviews with the leaders of some of the UK’s most important agencies.
 
PR Pioneers: Helena Fisher, Talk PR

PR Pioneers: Helena Fisher, Talk PR

27 March 2013

If you thought all fashion and beauty PRs are ‘fluffy’, you’d be wrong. Helena Fisher, MD of Talk PR, is keen ...

PR Pioneers: Steve McCool, Hume Brophy

PR Pioneers: Steve McCool, Hume Brophy

28 January 2013

When you join a bank as a tax accountant you probably don’t imagine that one day you’ll be working in pub...

PR Pioneers: Eileen Peters

PR Pioneers: Eileen Peters

5 December 2012

Eileen Peters is not a typical PR practitioner. She grew up on a council estate, is a black belt in...

PR Pioneers: Chris Lewis, LEWIS PR

PR Pioneers: Chris Lewis, LEWIS PR

18 September 2012

While Chris Lewis’s background in journalism set the agenda for the early years at the PR agency that bears his n...

PR Pioneers: Chris Norton, Blue Rubicon

PR Pioneers: Chris Norton, Blue Rubicon

31 May 2012

When Chris Norton first joined his former Powergen colleague Fraser Hardie at the then fledgling Blue Rubicon “run from an a...

PR Pioneers: Mark Borkowski

PR Pioneers: Mark Borkowski

11 January 2012

In the PR agency world, one of the key moments in 2011 was surely the seemingly sudden announcement in April...

Interview: David Silverman, Outpost

Interview: David Silverman, Outpost

16 November 2010

In a band, and having promised the Arts Council he’d help promote new artists in return for a five grand g...

Interview: Charlotte Robertson, Brunswick

Interview: Charlotte Robertson, Brunswick

19 October 2010

Charlotte Robertson is an alumni of the acclaimed PR Internship Programme created and run by Taylor Bennett in association with...

Interview: Graeme Anthony, CVIV maker

Interview: Graeme Anthony, CVIV maker

21 September 2010

Graeme Anthony is a consumer PR bod who recently relocated from Manchester to London and, on arriving in the capital,...

Interview: Melissa Mace, Whitbread

Interview: Melissa Mace, Whitbread

13 July 2010

Melissa Mace had her heart set on a career in PR from school age, so chose to study Public Relations...

Interview: Helen Trevorrow, Green Row

Interview: Helen Trevorrow, Green Row

22 June 2010

Helen Trevorrow studied Communication Studies at Trinity & All Saints College in Leeds, before getting her first professional break at...

Interview: Sarah Willoughby, NHS Hounslow

Interview: Sarah Willoughby, NHS Hounslow

17 May 2010

Having first discovered an interest in communications while working in project management at Edexcel, Sarah Willoughby is now a Communications...

Interview: Jason Gale, Handmade

Interview: Jason Gale, Handmade

27 April 2010

Jason Gale fell into PR while working as a director of a TV creative company during the dot-com boom. Once...

Interview: Claude Peters, Cantos Communications

Interview: Claude Peters, Cantos Communications

12 April 2010

Claude Peters was a participant on the 2009 Taylor Bennett Foundation internship programme sponsored by Brunswick, the unique training initiative...

Interview: Rhodri Harries, Kaizo

Interview: Rhodri Harries, Kaizo

22 March 2010

Having got his first exposure to the PR industry by handling the press for his rugby team at college,...

Interview: Kate Hartley, Carrot Communications

Interview: Kate Hartley, Carrot Communications

26 February 2010

Kate Hartley is a partner at Carrot Communications, a content, communications and PR agency. She’s directed campaigns for clients as varied a...

Interview: Roberta Whitter, Brunswick

Interview: Roberta Whitter, Brunswick

15 February 2010

Having graduated from St Hilda’s College, Oxford in 2004, Roberta Whitter qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte & Touche, w...

Interview: Nikki Rooke, Society Of Motor Manufacturers And Traders

Interview: Nikki Rooke, Society Of Motor Manufacturers And Traders

28 January 2010

Nikki Rooke has spent her entire PR career working in the motoring sector, though has actually worked in a wide...

Interview: Katie Bawler, Eulogy!

Interview: Katie Bawler, Eulogy!

15 January 2010

Katie studied PR at Bournemouth University, graduating from there last June. During the course she did a one year placement...

Interview: Dan Humphreys, Markettiers4dc

Interview: Dan Humphreys, Markettiers4dc

13 November 2009

Dan Humphreys began his career as a journalist on a local newspaper, before moving into PR by joining one of...

Interview: Anne Gawan, IPC Media

Interview: Anne Gawan, IPC Media

28 September 2009

If you want proof that work experience can really help your career, look no further than Anna Gawan, whose first...

Interview: Richard Dawes, Dawbell

Interview: Richard Dawes, Dawbell

15 September 2009

Richard Dawes spent over a decade working with numerous chart topping artists as part of the press team at various...

Interview: Daljit Bhurji, Diffusion PR

Interview: Daljit Bhurji, Diffusion PR

8 September 2009

Daljit Bhurji got his first job in PR by answering a job ad in the Media Guardian. That job was...

Interview: Neil Mackinnon, Edinburgh Fringe Society

Interview: Neil Mackinnon, Edinburgh Fringe Society

26 July 2009

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is approaching once more, and esPResso’s sister publication ThreeWeeks will be covering it all. So we t...

Interview: Kizzi Nkwocha, PRhq

Interview: Kizzi Nkwocha, PRhq

10 July 2009

A former journalist and TV and radio presenter, Kizzi Nkwocha knows everything there is to know about the media, and...

Interview: Bieneosa Ebite, Bright Star Public Relations

Interview: Bieneosa Ebite, Bright Star Public Relations

26 June 2009

Bieneosa Ebite first moved into PR when a marketing role at Western Union led to her spearheading an internal communications...

Interview: Dom Whitehurst, 33 Digital

Interview: Dom Whitehurst, 33 Digital

11 June 2009

After working for two regional PR companies in Nottingham, Dom Whitehurst relocated to London and, presumably by combining his scientific...

Interview: Dwynwen Williams, ATOM PR

Interview: Dwynwen Williams, ATOM PR

18 May 2009

ATOM PR’s Dwynwen Williams says her first attempts at communicating involved calling her grandmother a “stupid old woman” at the grand...

Interview: Shelley Bennett, Brighton Festival

Interview: Shelley Bennett, Brighton Festival

29 April 2009

This weekend sees the launch of the 2009 Brighton Festival, a three week programme of theatre, music, art, dance and...

Interview: Stephen Waddington, Speed Communications

Interview: Stephen Waddington, Speed Communications

2 April 2009

After starting out as a journalist, Stephen Waddington moved into PR in the early nineties, specialising in tech PR and...

Interview: James Rowe, Firebox.com

Interview: James Rowe, Firebox.com

20 March 2009

James Rowe is Press Officer for Firebox.com, the online retailer particularly known for being first to sell a whole range...

Interview: Karen Bennett, International AIDS Society

Interview: Karen Bennett, International AIDS Society

9 March 2009

Having studied PR at university, Karen Bennett took the obvious first career step and got a job in an agency...

Interview: James Kingsley, Marwyn

Interview: James Kingsley, Marwyn

20 February 2009

James Kingsley discovered his passion for communicating while studying English Literature and International Politics at the University of Manchester, though...

Interview: Nikki Wright, Global Publicity

Interview: Nikki Wright, Global Publicity

5 February 2009

Nikki Wright runs London based Global Publicity, a music PR firm with a difference. She specialises in the live music...

Interview: Oliver Rawlins, BBC Worldwide

Interview: Oliver Rawlins, BBC Worldwide

28 January 2009

Oliver Rawlins knows it sounds cheesy to say so, but he’s proud to work for the BBC. He looks after c...

Interview: Jackie Rowley, GMC

Interview: Jackie Rowley, GMC

9 January 2009

Jackie Rowley has had a fascinating career. Starting out as a broadcast journalist for the BBC, ultimately presenting on BBC...

Interview: Christine Armstrong, BBDO

Interview: Christine Armstrong, BBDO

22 December 2008

Christine Armstrong joined worldwide advertising agency network BBDO five years ago, and is now their Director of Communications and Talent. BBDO...

Interview: Richard Mollet, BPI

Interview: Richard Mollet, BPI

24 November 2008

We’ve had interviews with people who work in music PR before, but while Richard Mollet is very much involved in t...

Interview: Alex Fordham, Scruffy Bird PR

Interview: Alex Fordham, Scruffy Bird PR

31 October 2008

The music business has traditionally split its consumer PR into two divisions – the press department, who try to get n...

Interview: Tom Murphy, Microsoft

Interview: Tom Murphy, Microsoft

16 October 2008

Tom Murphy has been working in both agency and in-house PR roles across North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America...

Interview: Roman Townsend, Penrose Financial

Interview: Roman Townsend, Penrose Financial

4 October 2008

From mortgages – to pensions – to pork bellies. Roman Townsend, Account Director at financial services PR agency Penrose Financial, tel...

Interview: Leila Reuter, Taylor Bennett

Interview: Leila Reuter, Taylor Bennett

19 September 2008

Leila Reuter, now a consultant at communications search company Taylor Bennett, specialises in financial PR and investor relations. She began...

Interview: Gillian Tong, Freelance Communicator

Interview: Gillian Tong, Freelance Communicator

4 September 2008

Internal communications – the discipline that grew out of old-style ‘employee relations’ and gradually moved from being an HR function to be...

Interview: Karen Watt, Taylor Bennett

Interview: Karen Watt, Taylor Bennett

20 August 2008

We think of Karen Watt of communications search company Taylor Bennett as a ‘Public Relations General Practitioner’, by which we mea...

Interview: Madelaine Bennett, Prospero Communications

Interview: Madelaine Bennett, Prospero Communications

6 August 2008

The Edinburgh Festival, the largest culture festival on the planet, kicked off last weekend, offering an unrivalled three week programme...

Interview: Ben Matthews, Waughton

Interview: Ben Matthews, Waughton

23 July 2008

Every issue we talk to another PR person about their work and career to date. This week Ben Matthews, who...