Jonathan Hart

Jonathan Hart – Trainer in Media Relations and Public Affairs

Jonathan Hart has communications media relations experience spanning over 22 years, across areas including trade associations, retail, energy and hospitality. His expertise includes: public relations programmes for international corporate and consumer brands; public affairs strategy; campaign development and implementation; journalism; crisis and reputation management; and business-to-business communications. He is an experienced Chief Executive of an industry trade body. He is an outstanding communicator, exceptionally skilled at clear and persuasive internal and external leadership. He is credible and influential with the media, government and with senior stakeholders from a wide range of organisations. He is experienced in team management and at handling a complex set of demands in an efficient, orderly way.

Highlights of Jonathan’s media career:

  • Persuaded, influenced and formed effective relationships with leaders and stakeholders from a wide variety of sectors including government, business and other leading public bodies
  • Attained significant leadership and communications experience running the trade body of the vending industry, the Automatic Vending Association, a complex organisation with an external focus on the media and government, and an internal focus on membership
  • Organised all aspects of the TRA, a campaign raising awareness of the problem of tobacco smuggling, the detrimental effects it has on shopkeepers and the crimes it funds such as prostitution and human trafficking
  • Ensured the TRA met with the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, the then Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband and the then Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, plus other Ministers, MPs and MSPs
  • Introduced the UK media to Gazprom - the largest company in Russia - as it opened its first UK operations
  • Enhanced the UK profile of the Italian parent company of the Hotpoint and Indesit white goods brands
  • Coordinated a corporate reputation management programme for the nuclear energy giant, BNFL
  • Provided media training and crisis management advice to UK companies such as Diageo and BP
  • Worked as a journalist for BBC Radio Lancashire, BBC Radio Scotland and Scotland on Sunday newspaper

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