Testimonials

JOURNALISM

“Helen gets to the heart of any news story immediately and can write in the style best suited to the telling of that issue, from a hard-hitting business report to a light-hearted feature – skills reflected in her successful career in the newsroom. Her experience as a writer as well as a news editor on the newsdesk of a leading national newspaper means she has an unrivalled grasp of how traditional and new media work.”
Grainne Gilmore, former Economics Correspondent of The Times, Head of UK Residential Research at Knight Frank 

“Helen Nugent is a thoroughly excellent journalist who can turn her hand to any story and is a talented writer who is full of ideas. I would highly recommend her for journalism, copywriting and media training.”
Helen Carter, BBC Broadcast Journalist, former Northern Correspondent of The Independent, former Visiting Fellow in Journalism at Liverpool Hope University and former Northern Correspondent of The Guardian. 

“Helen is determined and doesn’t give up once she has her teeth into a story. Unlike many journalists, Helen always writes well, with verve and compassion. Because she is passionate about what she does – whether it’s writing about financial issues, theatre or education – the end result is always more than worth reading.”
Helen Loveless, Enterprise Editor at The Mail on Sunday

“Helen is a great asset to The Guardian Northerner and not just because she keeps the sturdy town of Ramsbottom on the map. She’s sent us a series of very interesting pieces on music, theatre and much else, including forays to another great part of the world, Cullercoats and the Northumberland coast further north. She’s got a great track record as a journalist both regionally and nationally and is always a pleasure to work with – quick, efficient and great at finding images to go with her clear copy which also has plenty of links.”
Martin Wainwright, former Northern Editor of The Guardian

“Few people are able to write intelligently and coherently about the arts. So it’s refreshing to find a writer who not only knows her stuff but is also able to convey complex ideas in an entertaining and accessible format. Helen’s features and reviews are always carefully crafted, thought-provoking and a pleasure to read.”
Lucia Cox, Producer at House of Orphans, a theatre and film production company based in Manchester

MEDIA TRAINING AND CONSULTANCY

“Helen knows how to make a story work and how to catapult it to the front page. She has provided me with excellent media training and advice across a number of years and for different companies. She has worked with members of my team on numerous occasions and we have always obtained excellent results.”
Richard Stephenson, Communications Director at the Civil Aviation Authority, and former Group Director of Public Relations, Royal Mail Group

“Few journalists have as broad knowledge of how the media works as Helen, from the BBC to senior positions at The Times and a broad range of business to business and consumer titles. What’s more, Helen is at the forefront of the changing media landscape, and how social media is becoming ever more important in reaching certain groups of people. For media training based on actual experience rather than hearsay or second hand anecdotes Helen is the journalist I choose.”
Vaughan Andrewartha, Director of Votive Communications, a PR agency based in the City of London

PUBLIC SPEAKING

“I asked Helen to speak at a public discussion on the possible impact the Leveson inquiry would have on the way the press worked. With great charm and professionalism, Helen was able to provide some very useful balance in the discussion and offer insights that were profoundly useful. Such robust and clear speakers are unusual, and Helen’s focus meant she rounded off the speaker’s panel delightfully, ensuring the discussion was properly critical and fully tested. A consummate professional and a pleasure to work with.”
Simon Belt, Programme Director at the Manchester Salon