My name is Helen Nugent and I am a freelance journalist, content provider, PR consultant, event host, lecturer and media trainer based in Manchester. My experience takes in a wide range of disciplines and subjects including news and features writing, arts coverage, business journalism, corporate writing and media consultancy.
I have 24 years’ experience of writing news and features for the UK’s national newspapers, magazines and websites as well as editing and sub-editing. You can see my work in a wide variety of publications, in print and online. My articles have appeared in, among others, The Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Daily Telegraph, The Mail on Sunday and the i but I have also written for a number of other outlets including Big Issue North, The Yorkshire Post and the British Theatre Guide. I spent 18 months as money editor of The Spectator.
Nine years ago, I founded a culture and enterprise online magazine about the North of England called Northern Soul.
I am also a freelancer presenter and producer and have worked for a number of broadcasters including BBC 5 live, BBC local radio and Sky News.
I have been working as a journalist since 1998. Previous employers include Financial Times Business and emap magazines. I spent ten years at The Times in London in a number of roles including news reporter, crime reporter, politics correspondent based at the House of Commons, assistant news editor, transport correspondent, business writer, personal finance correspondent, and night news editor. As a journalist at The Times, I covered everything from general elections and local councils to company reports, investigations and murder trials.
During 14 years in London, I freelanced for The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, the Financial Times and The Independent on Sunday. I also wrote for specialist trade and consumer titles including Bloomberg as well as undertaking corporate contracts.
Since returning to the North West to pursue a freelance career, I have worked for BBC Radio as a producer and presenter at Media City, covered for the northern correspondent of The Guardian, freelanced for The Observer and The Mail on Sunday, written for The Times’ Northern business supplement, edited and written The Yorkshire Post‘s business magazine Yorkshire Vision, sub-edited for the Creative Tourist website and been a regular contributor to MCR magazine. I was a contributor to The Guardian‘s Northerner blog. I also freelanced for the arts and news pages of Big Issue North.
Following its launch in 2013, the Northern Soul website has gone from strength to strength. As editor, I am in charge of a team of more than 40 journalists, multimedia specialists and photographers. Northern Soul is a top-ranked Google page and read all over the world.
I run media training through my company Helen Nugent Consulting and I also deliver copywriting and content provision services. Previous clients include the Royal Mail, the National Theatre, a Pakistani NGO, tech firms, financial PR agencies based in the City of London, and a number of global healthcare and insurance companies.
As a confident, clear and engaging public speaker with extensive on-air radio and television experience (including Sky News, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC 6 Music, BBC Worldwide, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio Lancashire, BBC Radio Merseyside, GB News, XS Manchester and talkRadio) as well as a number of previous jobs as a chairperson and speaker, I am available as a guest speaker and a chair of conferences and events.
Previous engagements include chairing events for Tech Nation, Virgin Money, Manchester’s CityCo and the NDNA conference as well as speaking at the Political Studies Association and the Manchester Literature Festival and hosting literary events for Penguin Books and the Rochdale Literature Festival. I have also chaired a number of events at HOME, Manchester’s multi-million pound arts complex.
In addition, I mentor aspiring journalists via my Northern Soul website and through the alumni scheme at Newcastle University. I was a visiting lecturer at Westminster University in the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication, at City University and at Huddersfield University. At present, I teach music journalism at Salford University.
During my career I have won a number of awards including Journalist of the Year, Trade Journalist of the Year, Best Newcomer to Health Related Financial Journalism, and Best New Pensions Writer. In 2017, I was shortlisted for Person with Purpose in the Northern Power Women Awards.