Welcome to The Tellers.
We are a small, expert team of PR practitioners, publicists and communications strategists. Between us, we’ve advised more than 150 brands over three decades. We’ve worked in-house as directors of communications, spanning capital markets, corporate and consumer PR. More recently, we’ve consulted and delivered measurable results for some of the world’s most ambitious brands. We’ve handled opportunities and crises in equal measure and we’ve been brand spokespeople, appearing on media around the world, Including ABC TV, Radio and Online, the Australian, the Canberra Times, The SMH, BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, most BBC TV news and current affairs programmes, ITV, Sky News, CNN, Forbes, the New York Times and a host of others. Hamish was a visiting lecturer at the University of St Andrews, covering the changing dynamics in corporate communications and the media.
The unlikely ‘base’ for this global network of specialists is an 1856 Gold Rush bank building in rural Tasmania (hence the brand name), but really the idea of a base no longer really pertains. We execute programmes for clients as easily on our doorstep as we do on the other side of the world.
Hamish founded, grew and sold his own PR consultancy, Houston PR. The business won many awards for creativity and outstanding consultancy and was engaged by more than 100 businesses and organisations – from FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies to ambitious start-ups.
Communications have never been more dynamic and more demanding than they are today. Everything is binary, everything is immediate. You switch off for a moment and the world has changed. In some ways this is a difficult thing, in other ways it is enlivening. Rules are constantly broken. It is the digital equivalent of the Baroque age.
But some things never change. For PR to really work, businesses need creative, strong-minded practitioners at the helm. A finely crafted sentence or insight can change the fortunes of a business, can set the mood, can excite and motivate consumers. The fundamental question is whether you want to be heard or just be part of the herd.
We’re here to share some of the things that interest, invigorate, irritate and inform us, to give you a sense of how we think. Please feel free to share anything you like. The easiest way to find Hamish is on Twitter at @hamishmthompson.