Former BBC News Presenter, and Virgin Atlantic as well as Eurostar Communications Director, Paul Charles founded The PC Agency, a leading travel and lifestyle PR consultancy. www.pc.agency
The PC Agency employs 21 people and is based in Notting Hill in London. Paul and his agency were named one of the Top 10 Most Influential in Travel by PR Week in 2017 and 2018.
Paul’s clients include Tourism New Zealand, Tourism Ireland, Visit Finland, Visit Rwanda, Choose Chicago, Aer Lingus, Finnair, LimeWood Hotel, Uga Escapes and The Arts Club among many other established and up-and-coming brands.
From 2006 until 2009, Paul was Director of Communications for Virgin Atlantic and key adviser to Sir Richard Branson. Paul was responsible for the airline’s corporate, consumer, strategic and crisis communications worldwide. Paul oversaw new route launches, results announcements, aircraft orders, environmental strategic planning and the communications campaign for Virgin Atlantic’s successful 25th birthday events. Paul was also instrumental in building Virgin Atlantic’s social media strategy.
Before joining Virgin Atlantic, Paul was Director of Communications at the high-speed train company Eurostar and was responsible for launching the UK's first high-speed trainline.
Prior to Eurostar, Paul spent a decade reporting, producing and presenting at the BBC, working on programmes including BBC Television's World Business Report, The Money Programme, BBC1 Breakfast and BBC Radio's Today, MoneyBox, Inside Money and The Financial World Tonight.
Paul was named one of London’s ‘Most Influential 1000 People’ by The London Evening Standard in 2011 and 2012.
Paul has been featured in the PR Week PowerBook every year since it started in 2007 and won several awards, most notably the PR Week PR Professional of The Year 2004 and Best Crisis Communications at the CorpComms Awards 2009. He is a regular newspaper reviewer and commentator on BBC TV/radio and Sky News and also a frequent conference speaker and presenter. He lives in London and commutes worldwide!
Paul was at Nottingham High School from 1979 – 1989 and even became a Prefect!