Senior regional journalist Mike Ribbeck signs up with fast-growing Newgate Communications

PPS Group South West office rebrands as Newgate as former Bristol Post Chief Reporter joins the team

Published on by Ben Lowndes


Newgate Communications today announced that it has appointed regional journalist Michael Ribbeck as a key part of its plans to grow its operation in the South West and Wales, and across the UK.

Mike joins Newgate from the Bristol Post as associate partner, becoming part of an eight-strong team based in Bristol and Cardiff – itself part of a network of offices across England, Wales and Scotland that was formerly part of PPS Group.  It was announced on 3 April that Porta Communications plc-owned agencies Newgate and PPS were completing the next stage of their integration by consolidating under the Newgate brand.

The Newgate South West team has provided public relations and local stakeholder engagement support to some of the region’s best known businesses and projects for 25 years.

He has made the move into public relations after a 26-year career in regional journalism which started as a trainee on the Warrington Guardian series and ended as chief reporter on the South West’s leading daily newspaper. During the course of his career as a journalist Michael has covered business, local government, the courts and six General Elections.  His positions have included night news editor, regional business editor, news editor and chief reporter on the Bristol Post making him one of the best connected and experienced journalists in the South West.

Mike said: “This is an exciting new chapter in my career and I cannot wait to get to grips with the challenges that lie ahead.  Newgate is looking to make its mark in Bristol and the South West and I am thrilled to be a part of that story.  We are in the process of expanding our offer and aim to become known as the best public relations agency in Bristol, the South West and Wales.”

Andy Martin, Managing Partner of Newgate Engage, said: “Our south west team has had a long track record of delivering high profile and successful campaigns for clients in the region.  Having Mike on board will help us to build on that tradition and provide a level of media expertise and experience that will be hugely valuable to clients.  This is a fascinating and challenging time for public-facing organisations, who often struggle to deal with the expectations they face. The need for them to communicate clearly, swiftly  and honestly has never been more important and we have the team in place to help them to do that in the South West. We’re relishing the challenging of supporting our clients with this work.”  

Gavin Devine, Newgate’s Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted to take yet another big step forward in Newgate’s growth by bringing Mike on board.  This is a further step along the road of expanding our regional offer across the UK, enabling us as a fully integrated agency to live up to our promise of being able to help clients engage with audiences from the grassroots to the boardroom.”

Ben Lowndes

Ben Lowndes about the author…

Ben heads up the South West and Welsh offices and has been at the sharp end of major communications and media campaigns for more than a decade, working local and national government, developers and politicians in that time.

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