A PR/MEDIA/COMMUNICATIONS consultant and commentator, drawing on a wealth of experience at the highest level. This includes editing the Sunday Mirror and the deputy editorships of the Daily Mirror and News of the World, as well as an award-winning record as a foreign correspondent, war correspondent, investigative reporter and political correspondent. Connew has worked in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East and for several years was Bureau Chief for the Mirror Group in the US, based variously in New York, Washington and Los Angeles.
In addition to his print media background, Connew has worked extensively in radio and TV, including being MD of an independent TV production company making documentaries for the BBC, editing Kirsty Young's award-winning Breakfast Show for Talk Radio and producing programmes for talkSport radio. Connew has overseen production of films for both the corporate and charity sectors.
In the charity sector, Connew filled the key role of Director of Communications for Sparks, the high-profile children's medical research charity founded by and supported by many of Britain's leading sports and entertainment industry figures. As a member of the charity's management board, he was instrumental in achieving record-breaking fundraising levels, managing the charity's huge celebrity support base, Royal Patron relationships and the charity's major corporate support relationships, such as Deutsche Bank, BG Energy, BGC, the BOA and many others. He was also responsible for the production of high-quality magazines and appeal literature and in editorial collaboration projects with leading universities and teaching hospitals throughout the UK and abroad. Connew was also the public face of the charity in terms of media appearances and statements.
An experienced scriptwriter and speechwriter, Connew has recently been in demand by a number of broadcast and print media outlets for his views on high-profile issues such as privacy in the modern media age.
With a tremendous contact network, Connew, who is also available for lecturing work, is an expert in the art of generating positive publicity through both traditional and social media options while--where neccessary--advising on the skilful handling of reputational and crisis management issues.
Connew, who has also served on a number of media and charity government liaison groups, is a longstanding judge of the prestigious British Press Awards.