MMU’s PR Team

Our blog is managed and edited by all members of the PR team here at MMU.

Jane Tonge

Before joining MMU to complete a PhD researching networks in public relations consultancies,  Jane worked in the public relations and communications industry at in-house and consultancy level, as well as running her own freelance business. Jane’s experience includes managing PR and communications campaigns; media relations with regional and national press; press relations for local elections; events management; publication management; editing; and web content development. Jane is a Member of the Public Relations Consultants Association (PRCA) and teaches at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level focusing on corporate reputation management and public relations. Her research interests include public relations, networks, and arts marketing. She recently presented a paper at the Academy Of Marketing Conference exploring marketing at Manchester’s Library Theatre.

Mel Powell

Before becoming an academic Mel spent 10 years in local authority public relations practice, including heading a new PR unit at Calderdale Council and the main media relations role at Cambridgeshire County Council. After this she spent four years in arts/theatre marketing.   Mel is now a Senior Lecturer in Public Relations at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School,  and previously lectured at Leeds Metropolitan University (1996-2002). She has previously led PR courses at both postgraduate and professional level, including the MA Public Relations and CIPR Diploma at MMUBS, and the CIPR Diploma and Advanced Certificate at LMU.  She has been a CIPR member since 1992, is a long-standing judge in the Best Campaign category in the annual CIPR Public Sector Group Excellence awards, and is a co-opted committee member of the CIPR North West group. Her recent publications include co-editing Public Relations Cases:  International Perspectives (2010) with Professor Danny Moss, and a chapter on ‘Ethics and the CMACIE Public Relations Management Process’ in Public Relations: A Managerial Perspective (Moss & De Santo eds.  2011)

Susan Kinnear

Susan Kinnear (Susie) is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing Communications and Public Relations as well as teaching on modules across other Manchester Metropolitan Business School programmes.
A former journalist, she has held senior roles in marketing and public relations in both the public and private sectors, as well as working in television production and running her own communications consultancy.  She was a Shell Livewire and Lloyds TSB Business finalist and holds awards for business entrepreneurship and planning.
She has delivered communications contracts for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Royal Courts of Justice, regional development agencies and several blue chip companies including Marks & Spencer.
She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Chartered Institute of Public Relations and Chartered Institute of Journalists.  A fellow of the Higher Education Academy, she also acts as an external examiner for communications programmes at other universities.

Wendy Moran

Wendy Moran is a Senior Lecturer in Public Relations, specialising in PR across the local public services. Her background is in local government communication which she has maintained through her Committee Membership of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Local Public Services Group (LPSG).

Wendy is a judge on the national CIPR LPSG Awards, which recognise the best PR in the sector, and is a co-author of ‘PR and Communication in Local Government and Public Services’, part of the CIPR PR in Practice Series, published by Kogan Page.

Wendy has taught on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In 2009 Wendy launched Second Steps, the first accredited postgraduate programme for local government PR professionals in the UK, in partnership with the CIPR LPSG.

Dee Goldstraw

A PR professional for more than 10 years, Dee has worked in a mixture of PR, marketing and events agencies across the north of the UK. At present she splits her time between lecturing at Manchester Metropolitan University and freelancing for a range of consumer and B2B clients. A member of the PRCA, Dee specialises in online PR and social media with an interest in relationship building online. She is presenting a paper at this year’s Euprera conference on PR and journalist relationships via social media.


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