In a communications career spanning 30-odd years I’ve worked in a variety of roles across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.
Over the last 15 years or so I’ve been director of communications four times, at Arts Council England, two government departments – Defra and the Foreign Office – and most recently at the Financial Conduct Authority.
I kicked off my career in the mid-1980s in campaigning roles at the British Youth Council and Barnardo’s. After that I went on to work in senior communications roles in some high-profile companies – News International (now News UK) where I was deputy director of corporate affairs and Shell International – before joining the BBC where I he was head of corporate and public relations.
All of this has given me wide experience of the full range of communications skills and disciplines in a range of sectors including media, arts and the creative industries, government and regulation and financial services.