Marine energy installation at EMEC. Copyright EMEC

Media

Neil has a 20 year track record in press and PR, and a journalist’s nose for a story. He can make sure your company is in the news when it wants to be, and can turn deft copy which will get into the papers – whether it’s an opinion piece in your name in The Scotsman or positive coverage in the West Highland Free Press.

On the reactive side, Neil is well accustomed to staying steady when your business hits the news. He was on the media front line for Scottish Natural Heritage when MV Braer sank off Shetland in 1993 and led PR and public affairs for the Crown Estate during the passage of the Scotland Bill.

Neil is a confident company spokesperson, and can face broadcast and print journalists on your behalf whenever required.

To see Neil on camera, please see his Vimeo footage here.

Public affairs

Public affairs is not about understanding politics for politics’ sake. It’s about understanding how policies, both existing and proposed, may affect your business, and trying to influence these policies in support of your aims.

Neil will work on your behalf to understand which current and draft policies affect your business, and feed your thoughts into the Westminster and Holyrood manifestos for 2015, and European policy to 2020 and beyond.

Wherever possible, Neil will endeavour to ensure you get to meet the right politicians, thinkers and policy makers in person.

Through responding to consultations, examining draft legislation and working with the key trade bodies, from the CBI to RenewableUK, Neil can ensure the key politicians, select committees, special advisers, officials and, where appropriate, the media, are well informed and understand your views.

Here you can see Neil give evidence to the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Select Committee’s inquiry into marine energy.