I’ve worked in the UK charity sector for 17 years. I am currently head of communications & marketing in a charity fintech.
I’m a founder member and former trustee of CharityComms, the membership network for communications professionals working in UK charities.
In 2007 I founded the Third Sector PR & Communications Network on Facebook – to connect voluntary sector comms, digital specialists, journalists and fundraisers to each other. This is now superbly run by the very busy Kirsty Marrins (as I quit Facebook back in 2012).
Extracurricular I am a shareholder in the people-owned TV channel, The Community Channel. I am also a Partner Member of The Guardian, a member of Amnesty International UK and of the Barbican Centre; and believe authentic journalism and the arts require our support and funding.
As Public Relations Manager – and latterly Head of Comms – at young people’s charity Whizz-Kidz I developed key relationships with journalists and media to deliver targeted communications to promote the charity’s service delivery, young people’s participation and campaigning. I was also the liaison between the charity and its Patrons. In addition I devised its social media and real-time web strategy.
During my time as a public relations officer at disability charity Scope, I secured key spots on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, ghost-wrote comment pieces for senior management for New Statesman, and Community Care magazine, penned blogs in youth media, and scored national coverage for some of the organisation’s key campaigns such as disability welfare reform.
I managed the media relaunch of Disability Now magazine, introducing new disabled editor Ian Macrae through interviews in The Independent, PR Week and other trade. I also lectured undergraduate journalism students on depicting disability in the press.
End Child Poverty
In 2008 I had the opportunity to work on the End Child Poverty rally in London, and did all of the vox-pop interviews with participants during the march for the official campaign video.
It should go without saying that all opinions expressed here are my own and do not represent the views of my employers or associates.