Paul Thomas - Journalist, Public Relations Consultant, now Author
Paul Thomas is a former Fleet Street journalist and still spends considerable time writing, including now his first novel, Changing Colours, historical, romantic fiction, publishing early in 2018. And he plans more books.
He says: “My past has always been about factual journalism and activity so departing into fiction – and writing Changing Colours, has been quite a change. Huge fun, hard work, indeed I started a new life… a novice once again. A welcome escape in this world today… perhaps my most exciting venture yet.”
His early years included as a reporter in East London (the East End) in the days of the Kray Twins, renowned gangsters and protection racket champions. He also interviewed Winston Churchill in his last years.
In Fleet Street, Paul latterly became chief sub-editor of a leading national tabloid, the Daily Sketch which became the Daily Mail tabloid.
Moving out of journalism he started his own Public Relations company, Publicity Plus Ltd in Norwich, then London enjoying successful growth, specialising in international tourism, travel, airline and consumer hospitality accounts.
He sold PPL in 1987 to Shandwick PLC, joining that board to help the company grow worldwide – indeed it became the world’s then largest PR company. In 1991 he bought PPL back, re-built it and sold it again on Dec 31, 1999.
In 2000, with a film-making partner, he started a video company, wideangles.tv ; went on to edit a boating magazine covering the East of England and also took on promotion of good causes. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, he has also marketed charities and managed numerous events. Today he is a business mentor to young disadvantaged people, an Associate of the British Guild of Travel Writers and member of the London Press Club, Royal Automobile Club and various boating organizations, sailing and motor boats still being among his greatest interests.
He lives in Norfolk with wife Mary and has two daughters – Marina, a journalist in London – and Louise, a PR consultant in Dubai for the last three years.
His future? Still words and changing colours! “Today a good image and media exposure are key aspects to aiding progress in the world. And changing bad to good. Plus positivity. I hope my future writing will endorse that – although now much of it pure fiction of course!”
Paul Thomas, FCIPR.
0044 (0)1603 738582.