Graham Buckley – Business Development Manager
A NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) journalist, Graham left Cornwall where he lived in and around Gloucestershire for 10 years working originally as a news and feature writer on a range of newspapers. He then moved in the world of Public Relations where he was an Account Director for an award-winning agency in Cheltenham, picking up the UK’s Best Charity/Not for Profit and Best Trade or Technical Campaign in his time.
He eventually relocated to Cornwall launching his own PR agency which he ran in Cornwall for 10 years before deciding in 2013 to get ‘back to basics’ freelancing for businesses here in the UK and abroad. In his spare time, Graham enjoys travel, getting outdoors in the brilliantly diverse Cornish landscape, and with his partner likes to keep fit and active with trips to the gym, kickboxing, yoga and swimming. A father of two he lives with his partner and her son in Penzance.
Graham, tell us more about your role:
I work with businesses that go through the two day workshop and then carry on their journey to receive support in whatever area they require. I present on the workshop and assist in the delivery of the marketing follow-on workshop. Having worked in Marketing, PR and Communications for the last 27 years (Aarrggghhhhhh!!) I offer advice and insights to clients on the programme where they have a marketing need.
What experience do you have working with businesses?
I started my own PR and Marketing consultancy in Cornwall and ran that for 10 years. In that role (and my role as an Account Director for a PR Agency in Cheltenham prior to starting my own business) I have worked (and continue to work) with businesses of all shapes and sizes – from start ups to multi-nationals to help them reach out and communicate to prospective and existing customers.
What do you most enjoy about working with businesses?
Making a difference. Chatting through the objectives (or challenges) they have and helping them to consider ways to approach them. Seeing the development that they make and seeing them grow is an amazing feeling; playing just a small role in, is highly rewarding.
How do you stay inspired?
The breadth of people and businesses that we get to work with keeps everything fresh and interesting. Marketing is an ever changing world in terms of techniques and technology but people are always at the heart of it. Communication is vitally important and I love the challenge of helping businesses navigate this.
Tell us something that someone would be surprised to know about you:
I covered the Fred and Rose West Murder case whilst working on newspapers in Gloucestershire.
If you were famous, what would you be famous for?
Helping people to try and make sense of their world and how our patterns of behaviour are just that, we have the power to change them for the better.