Phil Ascough acts as the PR Consultant and Advisor to the Barnsdales group of companies and has been a journalist for more than 35 years – and actually started as a reporter on the Doncaster Gazette. His career since then has taken him to the Yorkshire Post, two spells with the Hull Daily Mail and three years with The Royal Gazette in Bermuda. Phil has also worked with BBC TV and radio and the sports department of the Press Association.
He launched Ascough Associates in 2009 and provides media and PR consultancy services for a wide range of businesses and other organisations. The classic journalistic training which began at the Gazette’s old offices on North Bridge has equipped him to look after clients with interests from commercial and residential property and urban regeneration to engineering training and award-winning, high-end restaurants.
Over the years he’s covered speeches by world leaders including Margaret Thatcher, George Bush, John Major and Vladimir Putin. Interviewees have included Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Roberta Flack, Michael Lynagh, Lord Coe and Bob Hope.
Phil is based in East Yorkshire and is the current Vice President of the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce. He takes the view that property PR is less about the buildings and more to do with the people who are using them to build their businesses.