Galibier PR - A Public Relations agency in Manchester

Introduction

Whether you need to manage reputation, shift perceptions, change behaviours or simply raise profile to sell product, good PR is the answer.

Today, PR is about more than just media relations. If you have something to say (and everybody does), it’s not just a press release. It’s a story.

And communications shouldn't be one-way. Broadcasting your messages at your audiences won't be very effective - you need to engage with them on their terms.

Whether you need to influence editors, social media communities, stakeholders or policymakers, talk to Galibier.

Galibier

About us

Galibier’s team has decades of experience from backgrounds in big agencies, media and politics. We produce powerful campaigns for clients in sectors from education and environment to finance and technology.

Many of the clients we work with operate in highly complex, highly regulated sectors, nationally and internationally, while others are niche businesses simply needing to build a reputation.

No matter how complicated or straightforward the brief, we apply our values of clarity and single-minded focus every time.

We start by getting to the bottom of what you need to achieve, what your messages are, how you back up those messages, and how we can creatively use them to influence your target audience.

Once the strategy is in place, we get on with it and we get results.

Team Spotlight

Oliver Chesher

Founder and Managing Director

Oliver set up Galibier in 2013 after a career in agencies specialising in financial, technical and corporate PR since the late 90s. As PR director at Gyro, which was at the time the world’s biggest B2B agency, he built client relationships with some global brands, notably in financial services and education, and many of these contacts remain Galibier clients or partners to this day. A keen outdoorsman, it was Oliver’s obsession with bikes and mountains that led to the name Galibier, from the highest climb in the Tour de France.

Oliver Chester

Hannah Dawson

Account Director

Hannah started her PR career at Galibier’s Manchester HQ working with clients in tech, education and finance and rapidly developed her expertise in high stakes campaigning, leading to a client-side sabbatical working in policy and higher education. Hannah leads on strategy and the day-to-day operation of Galibier’s client accounts. She is an accomplished netball player and her favourite creature is the cat.

Hannah Dawson

Georgia Burns

Account Manager

Georgia swiftly rose through the ranks since joining Galibier after graduating from Cambridge University in 2020, and now has responsibility for media relations and stakeholder comms campaigns in legal, financial and other high-risk regulated sectors. She has a particular interest in writing and event production, and outside work enjoys seeking new experiences in literature and the arts. Her book and film recommendations are always on point.

Georgia Burns

Marta Santi

Account Executive

Having come from the shores of Lake Garda in Italy to study at Manchester University, Marta then joined Galibier in her first agency role. Before her agency career she completed her MA in political science and produced and edited her own international publication. Marta has a fascination with languages and world travel, and has lived, worked and studied in cities including Paris and St Petersburg. She also has a flair for design and is the envy of the agency with her elegant hand-made clothes.

Marta Santi

Danny Turnbull

Non Exec Director

Danny has spent a lifetime in the agency world (if you count 30 years as a life expectancy in agency world) and half of this running large agencies in the UK and Europe. Galibier founder Oliver first met Danny when working under him while the pair were at Gyro. A certified director and a trained coach, Danny has specific experience in branding, creative and B2B spaces, alongside network/international operations, new business and agency governance, and works as a non-exec with a portfolio of agencies to help them grow. Danny is also a grass roots football coach and occasional player.

Geoff Chapman

Education Strategy Advisor

Geoff is a consultant to the education technology sector, who has worked for many years alongside Galibier colleagues Oliver and Danny since they worked together in previous businesses. Now in his third decade of sector experience, Geoff guides the investment community and tech companies, solving strategic problems as they navigate the education markets. Geoff brings to Galibier a unique expertise and unrivalled connections and contacts in education policy, skills and certification. He informs and opens doors for our education campaigns – domestic and international – from schools and colleges to higher education and lifelong learning. Just like long-time colleagues Oliver and Danny, Geoff shares a passion for music and an encyclopaedic record collection.

Geoff Chapman

Jo Moore

Transformation Advisor

Jo has a background as a highly respected CFO/COO from global banking institutions, notably JP Morgan. She now advises client organisations, particularly multinational and complex businesses, with transformation strategies to shape and scale their operations and governance for the future. As part of this, she consults with Galibier on internal and external communications strategies. While keeping one foot in the City of London, Jo now lives in the Cheshire countryside and enjoys the fresh air with her three large dogs.

Jo Moore

Michael Walford-Williams

Special Advisor, Risk

Michael has advised on risk for some of the world’s largest financial firms, including UBS, Barclays and Visa. Working globally and from bases in the UK, United States, Singapore and Hong Kong, he has experience setting up risk programmes for some of the world’s leading organisations, working with regulators around the world. Nicknamed the “Gentleman Bank Robber” at Galibier, he is experienced at testing institutions’ resilience by breaking through their security and processes, and he works with us to assess reputational risk as part of PR strategies. He is also a versatile musician, particularly as a session guitarist and DJ.

Michael Walford Williams

Our difference

There are many PR agencies out there in the industry. So why choose Galibier? It's all about relationships.

Firstly, we don’t win pitches with a room full of heavy-hitters and then delegate your account to an inexperienced back-room team.

The team you meet are the team that do the job.

That means we get to know you properly. We get under the skin of your organisation, and we align our interests with yours.

We and our clients choose each other because we understand each other’s culture: it’s not just nine-to-five for us.

We take an intelligent approach to every brief. We are not a press-release factory, nor do we blanket-distribute content and hope somebody’s interested.

Everything is considered and targeted.

Also, we’re agile. Unlike bigger organisations that make every decision by committee, we can move quickly with the times. That means we can immediately leap upon new developments, be they fast moving trends or simply a newer, better way of doing things.

But don't just take our word for it, see what some of our clients and partners have had to say:

One of the most proactive and relentless PR agencies I have ever worked with! Galibier is respected and trusted by influential media contacts, and has the energy, enthusiasm and intellect needed to get consistent results.

Martin Frazer Pepper Group

Galibier has a uniquely expert grasp on the technical and political issues in the education sector, both in the UK and internationally. I would recommend this agency for its intelligent, considered, pragmatic approach.

Paul Howarth Times Higher Education

Galibier is the agency we recommend in financial services and tech. It has real expertise in articulating very niche stories in a precise and authoritative way, and an easy way with people that makes the working relationship a truly enjoyable one.

Adam Oldfield Unisys

Galibier is the best in the business. They immediately understood and interpreted the complexity and sensitivity of our work, and helped us to tailor and target our messages to some extremely high level audiences. Their skill at building relationships with the media is truly impressive.

Huw Waters Capita Learning

Our services

Public relations is a very broad concept, with different meanings to different people. Some of the services we offer include:

  • Proactive and reactive media relations
  • Communications strategy
  • Social and digital media strategy / community management
  • Campaign planning and creation
  • Reputation and crisis management
  • Media training
  • Event management
  • Copywriting and editorial
  • Stakeholder engagement and change programmes

We also have a strong network of partners in the creative industries who, like us, are great at what they do. That means that if your brief requires anything from animation and film to design and print; web and digital to live events, we can put the perfect team together for you.

Contact us

We'd love to chat about how we can help your organisation. Here's how you can contact us:

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