Gorkana's Award-Winning PR Panel
This event occurred on Friday 14 February 2014.
Gorkana held an ‘awards love-in’ on Friday February 14 to get under the skin of what makes an award-winning PR campaign.
Co-founder of Unity
Nik cut her teeth in the world of PR at global agency Ketchum before moving to a small and now defunct agency called Larkspur which was quickly subsumed into top 10 UK agency Band & Brown where Nik worked for five years. It was at Band & Brown that Nik met Gerry. They had a vision for doing things differently and took the leap in 2005, setting up Unity together when Nik was just 29.
Eight years on Unity has just been named 'Best Consumer PR Agency in the World' at the Global Sabre Awards, where it also picked up 'Best Campaign in the World' and 'Most Creative PR Agency in the World'. It has topped the awards league table of the PR Week Awards for 3 years running, and swept the board at the recent PRCA Awards, taking five gongs including Campaign of the Year. Unity clients include M&S, Netmums, Lucozade, Ribena, Hyundai, Ben & Jerry's, Cheestrings, Baileys and the British Government.
In 2011 Nik was named one of the Sunday Times 35 under 35 – and was featured on the front page of the business section. And Management Today featured her in a recent exhibition of business leaders – her portrait sat between those of Sir Terry Leahy and Sir Alan Sugar.
Senior partner, and CEO for EMEA at Ketchum
As a Senior Partner, CEO of Ketchum’s European operations and chairman of the UK agency, David Gallagher brings more than 20 years of public relations experience, both as a client and as a senior agency adviser, to some of the world’s leading brands and companies.
David Gallagher oversees Ketchum's nine European agencies and their specialist services, which include consumer public relations, healthcare communications, corporate affairs and social responsibility, public affairs, change management, and clinical trial recruitment.
He is a member of Ketchum’s global Executive Committee and chairs the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.
Before moving to London in 2000, David was part of the management team for Ketchum’s Washington, D.C. office and directed the healthcare practice. Prior to joining Ketchum in 1994, David held communications management roles for the American Diabetes Association and the National Mental Health Association.
He is president of the International Communications Consultancies Organisation, a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in the U.K., a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on the Future of Media, and a past chairman of the British Public Relations Consultants Association. He is a regular speaker and writer on matters related to international public relations.
David Gallagher holds dual citizenship in the U.K. and U.S. and is politically involved in both countries. He lives in Hampstead, London, with his wife and two children. He is a journalism graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and a keen, if cautious cyclist.
Founder of Golden Goose
Miki Haines-Sanger is the MD of Golden Goose PR, a boutique consumer agency specialising in creative campaigns that many of you will have heard about. These include creating the world’s largest photo of the Royal Family for the Sea Containers building, the launch of global dating site BeautifulPeople.com and Recycling Glastonbury tents for Wrag Wrap. The agency has scooped a number of awards over the years, and is the current winner of a Gold Lion for Media Relations at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
Before setting up Golden Goose PR ten years ago, Miki was a communications manager at AOL UK, where her team also won ‘Best In-House team’ at the PR Week Awards.
Managing Director of Life at The Red Consultancy
Widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading and most creative PR agencies, Red responded to the increasing need for specialism in consumer PR by offering two sharply contrasting units: Life and Play. As MD of Life (a title which her husband finds vastly amusing) Emily focuses on consumer health and well-being, beauty, parenting, household, public sector, food and nutrition.
During her time at Red Emily has driven high-impact campaigns for Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson, GSK, Pfizer and Nestle as well as creating award winning behavioural-change campaigns for the likes of the Department of Health and NHS Blood & Transplant.
Emily spent a lot of time writing award entries for NHS Blood and Transplant last year. Followed by a lot of time drinking wine to celebrate wins for those campaigns at award ceremonies. Her unwavering commitment to ensuring Red’s blood donation campaigns remain successful includes timing her own blood donations with campaign peaks. Every pint helps!
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