PR and client management.
Colin Farmery has been in the business of managing media and public relations, as well as the needs of diverse stakeholders and client groups for more than 20 years. With extensive senior management experience in a Post-16 education setting, as well as wide-ranging media skills, there are few situations which will faze him. See below for three case studies.
Case Study 3
Gosport Marine Skills Centre
The Gosport Marine Skills Centre is a partnership between St Vincent College and the Mabway Academy, a private training provider. Established in September 2011, as the senior manager responsible to the setting up of the project, he had to liaise and manage relationships with a number of key local stakeholders, including employers, politicians to ensure the key messages and goals of the centre were articulated.
In September 2012 work began on a new £150,000 centre to house more than 30 students doing marine-related courses.
Case Study 2
Trust buy-out bid
In March 2012 the Pompey Supporters' Trust (PST) launched a bid to buy Portsmouth FC out of administration. In August, Colin was appointed PST spokesperson. He was given responsibility for ensuring core Trust messages were conveyed in the media effectively and relationships built with key local and national print and broadcast journalists.
Appearing in a range of broadcast, online and print media, Colin is always available and willing to give the media timely and accurate information, both on and off the record, while able to articulate the Trust message effectively when required.
In October 2012 the Trust was named 'preferred bidder' for the club and on November 15 signed a provisional contract with administrator PKF to buy the club.
Case Study 1
College merger fight
In the autumn of 2007 the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) decided to force St Vincent College to merge, against its will, with a neighbouring further education college. Seconded by the principal to the Senior Management Team, Colin headed the media and public relations campaign to get the college message across in the local and national press, as well as engage with key local and national stakeholders to secure support for the fight.
Positive coverage was secured in a range of media outlets and local and national politicians and decision-makers were well briefed on the college's cause. In early 2009, the LSC admitted defeat in its bid - the first time a college had successfully managed to fight a compulsory merger.