In four short years this agency has enjoyed some fantastic milestones: from our first FTSE 100 account, through hitting (most) growth targets, to hanging the pictures on the walls of our very cool city centre office.
Perhaps the latest picture on the wall is one of the most significant milestones of all – having one of our own recognised as one of PR Week’s 30 Under 30 2017.
This list brings together 30 of the most influential, successful and promising young people in the entire communications industry, from across government, business and the agency world. And our head of campaigns James Hennigan is one of them.
Awards and accolades in this industry don’t come much bigger.
Rather than ask James to sing his own praises here, allow me to explain why he is so deserving.
Firstly, he grabbed the attention of the judging panel thanks to his illustrious background in politics. Having been one of the youngest ever elected councillors in Manchester and worked alongside a Lib Dem MP on campaigns such as the posthumous pardon for Alan Turing, he entered the agency life with ease while still in his 20s.
Like so many of the best PR people, a great deal of his most important work is under radar – cloaked by client confidentiality and NDAs. His clients here at Galibier range from public sector to FTSE and NYSE listed corporations, and they value his expertise behind the scenes in reputation management and strategic messaging.
His campaign work in the public eye was also judged to be exceptional, particularly his leading role in shaping the national narrative around Further Education and apprenticeships reform.
He is often first to the media with landmark legislative stories, for example he was first to break the story in the HR sector about the apprenticeship levy, first to report details in the property sector about the 2018 Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, and is now campaigning in the financial services sector to tackle knowledge gaps around data security and compliance issues for the coming year.
It is thanks to this forward thinking that he so often creates a spotlight to position our clients front and centre in their industries. The best PR people are always the ones that are first to come up with the story, before anyone else thinks of it. On this occasion, James deserves to be the story.