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"Richard Peel did an outstanding job in helping to revitalise the image of Thomson Foundation - a long-established charity set up to improve journalism and media in developing countries and emerging economies."

A major achievement was to design and manage a flagship international competition to find some of the world's most promising young journalists. Over a period of eight years it helped to promote journalism's hidden talent while also elevating the profile of the foundation.

Richard's skills encompass a wide range of PR and marketing activity, from crisis management to achieving high-profile, promotional coverage in national and international media. Importantly, his creative talents, calm in a crisis and sense of humour make him a delight to work with."

Nigel Baker

CEO, Thomson Foundation.

"I have known and worked with Richard for a number of years both in providing strategic public relations advice for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) when I was Fundraising and Communications Director and International Director, also in his support for the IMRF, of which I'm a trustee. Richard always approached the various communication issues we faced with a great mix of pragmatism and creativity, blended perfectly with his deep industry knowledge and connections. Above and beyond his considerable skill in PR, he was also always fun to work with which, for me, is a vital component in a successful business relationship."

James Vaughan

International Director, RNLI.

"The International Maritime Rescue Federation is delighted to be able to endorse RPPR Consulting who have helped us build our international profile over the past 4 years. Richard has provided us guidance and assistance that has allowed us to communicate with, members, funders and supporters through an effective media strategy into the maritime sector. The support provided by RPPR has included strategic development of a communications plan, regular press releases into a growing stable of publications, feature articles and crisis media response management."

Bruce Reid,

CEO International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF)

"Channel 4's Press & Publicity team and its Corporate Relations department contracted Richard Peel through the Harthill Partnership to conduct an audit of Channel 4's corporate communications function during the last quarter of 2006.

Richard produced a clear brief for the project and delivered effectively against it within the agreed time frame. He conducted interviews with senior personnel within Channel 4, including the Chief Executive and the Director of Television and Content, and a variety of external stakeholders including regulators, suppliers and key journalists.

He also carried out a number of workshops with more junior staff and all his contacts were handled with appropriate sensitivity. He carried out desk research in support of these interviews, which included useful benchmarking against our key competitors.

The report he produced at the conclusion of the audit was comprehensive and insightful and included a number of realistic recommendations which have been subsequently actioned. I would have no hesitation in engaging Richard to carry out a communications audit for us in the future."

Matt Baker

Head of Communications, Channel 4

Nick Toon

Director of Corporate Affairs, Channel 4

"Richard is the first communications consultant ever to be employed by the Press Association in its 140 year history. This is testimony to my confidence in his ability to make a major contribution to our thinking on public affairs.

I was prepared to listen to his advice because I knew him personally and because of his professional reputation. During the two years he has worked with us, Richard has not only made an impact on our communications work but has also contributed to our wider strategy, in particular the roll out of video journalism across the nations.

His thoughtful assessment during challenging times and intelligent analysis of political and regulatory issues has been of great value to PA's management team. He has also opened up a new network of significant contacts in the communications sector.

I would not hesitate to turn to him in the future to seek advice and guidance."

Paul Potts

Chief Executive, PA

"The audit which you undertook and the report which you submitted to the Board was comprehensive, well researched, robust but fair.

The Board and senior colleagues here recognised your analysis and believed that you correctly identified effective solutions and priorities."

Bill Moyes


"His wise counsel and understanding of the international scene has helped us spread our message to journalists across Europe and Asia and beyond.

His experience in the news business has helped us build the ENPS brand so it now the system of choice."

Eric Bowman

Director ENPS, The Associated Press

"Richard is a consummate media and marketing professional. He is able to offer senior executives a rare combination of high quality advice and wise counsel drawn from years of coalface experience."

Chris Cramer

Global Editor Multi-Media, Reuters and former President of CNN International and International Media consultant

"Richard's instinctively easy relationship with students, together with his skein of immensely professional skills and sporting knowledge also proved invaluable when he played a central role in our sports journalism course - again getting an approval rating from students many full time lecturers would die for."

Patrick Stoddart

Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster

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