Award-winning copywriter, PR and journalist
Harrogate, Leeds, Yorkshire, world
Copy, content and creative concepts for every purpose. PR, guidance and positioning.
David Gatehouse is good with words.
He has more than 25 years’ experience as a copy and content writer, journalist and PR, chiefly supporting B2Bs, B2Cs and non-profits of all sizes across many sectors. As well as devising copy and content for every internal and external communications need, David is a highly respected PR - particularly adept at media relations.
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A business and finance graduate, after in-house roles with the NHS and MOD, David moved into journalism and broadcasting. Senior appointments with national and international communications groups and pre-eminent regional agencies followed.
He provides copy and content for just about every written communications project. Among them are media releases and thought leadership articles; annual reports, corporate literature and high-level investment prospectuses; brochures and direct marketing devices; newsletters and in-house magazines; all internal comms; speeches and presentations; SM feeds, blogs, emails and website population; as well as advertising messages and devices of every kind.
Clients range from ambitious start-ups and local micro businesses to dynamic SMEs and global corporations.
Their activities span legal, financial and professional services; medical discovery and healthcare; charity and third sector; creative media; recruitment and staffing; utilities; maritime; environmental protection; education; trade bodies and industry federations; construction and structural specialists; homebuilding, residential conveyancing and social housing; export; packaging and print; and hospitality, fitness, leisure and tourism.
David is a famously effective PR, with a long track record of impactful coverage in leading national and regional newspapers, broadcasters and onlines and trade titles of every size and focus. He is also a skilled crisis and issues manager and lobbyist and regularly commissioned freelance journalist.
"Gatehouse nails it every time. Whatever copy, content or concept the job requires, he gets his head round the brief quickly and always delivers fantastic, on-message material to deadline."
Director, Xpansive Digital
Copywriting and content marketing
David writes high-quality copy and content for corporate and marketing literature such as annual reports, brochures and newsletters; online tools like websites, social media, email and blogs; and print, broadcast and web media.
Press and media relations
An experienced journalist with a strong network of contacts, David is skilled at securing quality coverage in national, regional and trade publications; writing news, feature and opinion material; and preparing clients for interviews.
David’s has successfully lobbied councillors, MPs, ministers and other influential individuals and agencies, winning many battles and swinging many key decisions for his clients - for example, planning permissions against keen highly organised opposition. He has also secured the public support of leading parliamentarians and prominent figures for major initiatives.
Guidance, positioning and strategy
David has advised many organisations on their business strategies, helping them navigate pitfalls and threats, identify weaknesses and opportunities and capitalise on prospects they had not spotted. He has supported public and private sector senior managers, business leaders and entrepreneurs.
Proofreading and editing
David is a highly experienced proof reader and editor. His meticulous approach ensures that any written material is checked thoroughly and passed back error-free and to the desired word limit. He can also make recommendations about flow, syntax and semantics.
David has reported business news, contributed to lifestyle publications, been a radio news editor and newsreader and provides lively concert and cultural reviews regularly. He can meet any brief.
"The very best at what he does. It's really that simple."
Eastern Hemisphere Events
(hospitality and events management)
“He writes exceptional copy, to brief, and makes it look easy. Trust him. He knows what he’s doing.”
Marketing Officer, Ashville College
(formerly senior copywriter, Definition)
"The consummate communications professional."
Press and PR Manager, National Railway Museum
"David is a versatile communications professional, who can turn his hand adeptly to every aspect of the field."
Director, Precision Words
"David produces the right copy or content for every project, on time, without fuss or drama. Establishing the appropriate tone of voice for each brief and client, he works productively on his own or as a key team player."
Managing Director, Puca Ltd
(concept, design and project management)
"I have known and worked alongside David for more than 30 years and in all that time I have found him to be a true PR and communications professional, committed and diligent in his approach, thoughtful and insightful in his writing and capable of working on his own initiative or within a wider team where he is a reliable and supportive colleague. Oh, and he’s a nice guy too."
Strategic Consultant, Definition & former CEO, Acceleris PR
"Great writer, great journalist, great PR. We've collaborated on a number of projects over more than two decades and his creativity and strategic focus are real assets when turning new concepts into reality."
International hospitality director
(strategy and revenue)
"I have worked with David for well over a decade - across a number of enterprises and through the business cycles of start-up, growth, maturity and exit. He is as fastidious about service, value for money, reliability and results as he is about quality and content. David also adds meaningful value to the business beyond the brief - as a sounding board, fact checker, analyst and generator of ideas."
Managing Director, Cubed Resourcing