Paul Drury-Bradey || meaningful marketing

culture and social impact

helping creative people and places

i do PR and business development through strategic partnerships, sponsorship, creative production and publicity

PR and Publicity

Copywriting

Business development

Creative Production

Journalism

Links: www.clippings.me/pauldrurybradey

Strategy and idea generation

I do PR and business development through partnerships, production & publicity. I approach communications and lead generation with a fresh perspective, creating stories centred on culture, social change and campaigns that matter. I'm a creative entrepreneur at heart, which means I'm always ready roll-up my sleeves to make and share opportunities and big ideas for brands, places, and people.

My portfolio of current clients include: East Street Arts (I'm currently delivering a big strategy and storytelling project), the UNBOXED2022 creativity festival, and I'm part of Screen Yorkshire's FLEX cohort exploring new types of agile storytelling.

Recent clients over the past two years include: Durham University (funded by the AHRC, I was entrepreneur in residence across the Arts & Humanities faculty, helping to shape impact for arts research), Reuben Feels (an immersive storytelling agency), arts & science organisation Invisible Dust, and the newly established October! Collective, and the Giudecca Art District in Venice (a new quarter for emerging artists. I've continued to work for major film distributors (such as eOne entertainment and Studio Canal) alongside independent film producers.

Before working for myself, I enjoyed more than ten-years working for three of London's largest independent communications agencies and spent two-years at UnLtd, the UK's biggest funding body for social entrepreneurs. I've worked with brands including Hyundai, Lucozade and Pizza Express; past culture clients included Channel 4, Secret Cinema, Punchdrunk and the Royal Shakespeare Company; and funders such as Comic Relief and Big Lottery. I've also done four international projects - in Tokyo, Delhi, Moscow & Belgrade - through the British Council's Creative Entrepreneur programme, produced stand-up comedy club nights, made nature podcasts, and won a global prize for innovation in play.


That bit about me
So, what do you do? Another year in review - looking back on 2021

So, what do you do? Another year in review - looking back on Culture and Social Impact work during 2021

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So, what do you do? A year in review - looking back on 2020

So, what do you do? A year in review - looking back on culture and social impact work in 2020

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So, what do you do? A year in review - looking back on 2019

So, what do you do? A year in review - looking back on culture and social impact work in 2019

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Freelance life begins

The start of a new chapter... Working with an eclectic portfolio of agencies and artists, on experiences and events. A consultant for culture

Sep 01, 2018
 

Work in social impact

Spent two-years at UnLtd, the UK's biggest funding body for social entrepreneurs. The organisation finds people with entrepreneurial solutions to today’s complex social challenges. My role included partnership working with Red Bull, Pernod Ricard, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund Throughout my time at UnLtd I completed external training courses in coaching, leadership and line management.

Jun 01, 2016
 

Joined Unity, a new kind of creative agency based in Clerkenwell

The agency won 62 major awards during my final year there in 2016 - including PR Week Awards wins and being named UK's most creative PR agency. Clients included Lucozade Energy, vInspired, Ben & Jerry's, Pizza Express, Cancer Research, M&S, Secret Cinema, and the BBC. We helped brands deliver big creative campaigns around social change

Jun 01, 2013
 

A focus on film

I spent three years working in specialist film roles - across PR, marketing and partnerships. This included contracts at Premier, FIVE33 (which was then bought-out by Legendary Pictures) and in-house at London's leading documentary festival Open City Docs

Nov 01, 2011
 

Arrived in East London - my first specialist culture role

I moved to Shoreditch to join Idea Generation. It was the UK's biggest arts & culture communications consultancy Clients included Comedy Central, The Royal Shakespeare Company and Channel 4. I spent four summers working with artists at the Edinburgh Fringe and three summers at the Cannes film festival. Worked with brands such as Beck's, Stella Artois, Vauxhall and Absolut Vodka

Aug 01, 2007
 

Moved to Nottingham for my first agency role

Joined STENCIL - a brand communications agency based in Nottingham and working on clients across culture, events and sport

Aug 01, 2005
 

First job in journalism

My first journalism job, at my local daily newspaper

Jul 01, 2003
 

Graduation

High 2:1 in Journalism Studies from Sheffield University. Also completed professional qualifications in media law, public affairs and shorthand

Jun 01, 2003

Early gigs

Paid my way through university by doing various side hustles and part-time jobs: from film promotion work, to events stewarding at music festivals, and industrial cleaning.

Aug 01, 2000

STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS - AWARDS

Working as part of a team to deliver award-winning campaigns

with the British Council: Elevate 2016, I won international award for play at Unity: together we won 62 major awards in my final year at the agency (PR Week, SABRE awards, CIPR etc) at Idea Generation: Royal Television Society digital innovation award for Such Tweet Sorrow and Campaign magazine award for The Night Chauffeur

Mentoring is important to me, I'm always happy to share contacts and knowledge with people. I've previously mentored entrepreneurs with MassChallenge (a global start-up incubator) and currently work with Sheffield University's widening participation team to help working class students new to higher education.

My training and professional development is pretty up to date. In my last role I did external training courses in line management, leadership and creative coaching. And outside of work I've done courses in digital storytelling and transmedia production with iDrops in Belgium.

I used to do a lot of work in comedy. I've produced comedy short-films (one won an award, we secured sponsorship with brands, and we made it to Cannes. Long story), run my own stand-up comedy clubs, and I completed a comedy production training with Creative Skillset at the BFI.

Through the British Council's Creative Entrepreneur programme I've developed a global creative network. I've led three projects - in Moscow (2011), New Delhi (2012) and in Japan (2015) - that were all about harnessing innovation and creativity for social good.

Finally, I'm proud of being a working Dad. I work flexibly and share childcare with my wife to ensure I spend at least two-days a week with my son Wallace.

SO, WHAT'S NEXT?

In 2019 we moved to Scarborough, and love living here. Happy to work wherever, but I'm hoping to do more things locally over the next few years. Currently looking for freelance campaign, culture sponsorship and PR work in the North of England (ideally working around the Yorkshire Coast)

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Around 900 followers - mostly working in arts & culture and from creative sector agencies

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