What they say

PR Week Award

Accepting the PR Week award for Best Research Based Campaign 2005

Don’t just take my word for it. Here’s some feedback from people I have worked with on major projects:

“Ben provided a mix of strategic and hands-on support to ensure that the core finding and proposal of the review of UK infrastructure was clearly heard and understood by the public, business and decision-makers.”

John Armitt, Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority & City and Guilds & author of review of UK infrastructure planning

“Ben is a skilled, experienced and creative media relations and communications professional. He brought significant campaigns strategy and media experience to the Olympic Delivery Authority communications team. He has very good judgement in responding to breaking issues as well as an ability to plan proactive campaigns on complex issues. Working on a project the scale of London 2012 required teamwork with hundreds of organisations and companies and Ben proved skilled at building and maintaining strong relationships across a wide range of stakeholders.”

Godric Smith, former Director of Communications for the Olympic Delivery Authority, Government Olympic Communications & Executive Director of Government Communications (interim)

“Ben has provided crucial support to help BALPA campaign and communicate effectively. Working with Ben we have improved how we plan and target our communications and campaigns and strategically developed media and other important relationships for the organisation. Ben has also guided and handled our media response to major aviation incidents and breaking stories.”

Richard Toomer, Director of Communications for the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA)

“As a skilled and senior communications professional Ben has supported Run Communications by leading on media relations and athlete media days for the highly successful National Lottery Anniversary Run and supporting a number of other high-profile sports partnerships with the agency.”

Steve Chisholm, Managing Director of specialist sports PR agency Run Communications Communications

“Ben developed the public affairs and media strategy for the Heritage Lottery Fund report State of UK Public Parks, published July 2014 and highly commended at the annual Landscape Institute Awards. Ben helped the team develop the report to ensure that it achieved maximum impact in the media and among opinion-formers.”

Drew Bennellick, Head of Landscape and Natural Heritage UK at Heritage Lottery Fund

“Ben was great at: energetically coordinating high-profile campaigns on major national issues including pensions and work/life balance; developing and implementing campaign plans across all types of communication alongside running a busy and professional reactive press desk; developing strong and effective relationships with senior figures, politicians and their staff, media and partner unions and stakeholders”

Nigel Stanley, Head of Campaigns and Communications at Trades Union Congress

“Ben has been providing the Forum with invaluable strategic advice on the development of a major new initiative for big London parks. Ben quickly grasped the principles underpinning the plan, the detail and complexities and gave solid practical advice on how its ambitious aims could be delivered. He is clearly putting his experience of communicating the creation of the Olympic Park to good use.”

Tony Leach, Director of the London Parks and Green Spaces Forurm

“Ben assisted in running a highly successful press operation at the aquatics centre during London 2012 as Deputy Venue Media Manager. He has strong relationships with the media and good media relations skills.”

Jayne Pearce, former London 2012 Organising Committee Director of Press Operations and now director of Jayne Pearce International.

“During his time at PCS Ben was instrumental in helping build and establish the organisation’s first campaigns team. Ben was able to quickly get on top of complex issues, led successful high profile campaigns and established quality and lasting relationships with the media.”

Tom Grinyer, former Head of Communications at PCS (the Civil Service Trade Union) and now Director of Communications and External Affairs at Royal College of Physicians

 

 

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