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Run by Anne Ashford with associates 

Events: Rural affairs: Public realm: Criminal justice: Public health: B2B 

Incorporating Ashford Carter Communications Ltd

Est:1990: Based in the South West of England

  • Anne Ashford

    Anne Ashford
    Principal

    Anne started Ashford Media in 1990 and has been providing PR and marketing services for organisations which require a high-quality, tailored approach ever since.

    She works closely with clients, their strategic partners and external organisations to draw up and deliver integrated communications campaigns.

    Her early working life was spent as a BBC journalist.

    A member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations;
    A member of the Association for Healthcare Communications & Marketing;
    An Associate of Bristol Business School, University of the West of England

     

  • Anthony Gibson

    Anthony Gibson
    Rural Associate

    Anthony Gibson OBE was NFU South West Regional Director for 14 eventful years from 1992 to 2006, before a final two years as Director of Communications. He is probably best known for the championing role that he played in the two great farming crises of recent years, BSE and the 2001 foot and mouth disease outbreak. 

    He is still very active in rural and community issues and is the Chairman of the Somerset Water Management Partnership, Chairman of the Levels and Moors Task Force, a Director of Farms for City Children, a Director of the Royal Bath and West and an adviser to the Devon County Show. During the summer he commentates regularly on Somerset cricket for BBC Radio Somerset. 

  • Josh Beadon

    Josh Beadon
    Design Associate

    Josh has been a design professional for over 20 years during which time he has run an award-winning creative agency and lectured at both Plymouth University and the Arts Institute at Bournemouth.

    He has worked with organisations operating in diverse markets within the private, public and third sectors.

    He draws upon considerable experience when designing material for all forms of printed communications as well as for new digital media, including web and mobile technologies.

  • Jane Blanchard

    Jane Blanchard
    Film Associate

    Jane Blanchard is an award-winning TV programme maker, journalist, media and PR consultant and trainer. She worked for ITV for more than 25 years as a journalist, writer, director, producer and commissioning executive, responsible for every genre from current affairs and factual to light entertainment, politics and sport. Her own programme credits include a similarly wide slate, from consumer, archive and travel series to subjects as diverse as ballet, football, folk music and barbershop singing.

    A Mirror-trained journalist and a bestselling novelist with Time Warner,  combines all her filming and PR skills to make creative films for business. She loves helping companies to promote their key messages with eye catching visuals.

    Awards include the much coveted Royal Television Society award of Personality of the Year 2008 in recognition of her TV career. She was voted Woman of the Year by the YWCA for her services to television. She has been a finalist at the New York, Houston and Celtic Television Festivals with her programmes.

  • Paul Newman

    Paul Newman
    Media-buying Associate

    Paul has years' of experience operating at Director level in the regional press and niche magazine market. He uses his expertise and contacts to buy relevant media at the best prices.

    Member of the Chartered Management Institute

Marketing - Stakeholder communications - Press relations - Crisis communications

Media training - Social marketing - Websites and e-newsletters

  • Public Relations

    Anne joined a Ministry of Justice team to lead the communications for a pilot drug rehabilitation project for ex-prisoners. She achieved essential engagement - and support - from magistrates to offenders, neighbours to private sector providers. As a result five new hostels were opened and the strategy became a blue print for similar projects.
    This short film was made to encourage prisoners to volunteer for the pilot.

    Public Relations
    Propsects - Ministry of Justice
    Clients include:

    Ministry of Justice
    Home Office
    NHS Trusts
  • Marketing

    We hold the Marketing & PR contract for the wonderful Devon County Show. One of our challenges is to ensure our work appeals to the Show’s many different audiences. The multi-strand campaign ranges from websites, branding, design and print, press engagement, media buying, social media and photography to running a press centre.
    We produced a series of three TV adverts highlighting main attractions.

    Marketing
    Devon County Show
    Clients include:

    Taunton Park & Ride
    British Red Cross
    Age UK
  • Press Relations

    As water levels rose across the Somerset Levels we were called in by the Internal Drainage Boards. We used the traditional press to explain the Boards’ role and explain the case for more money to fund a range of flood alleviation measures.

    The argument from the Boards’ engineers gathered traction and influenced the 20 year Somerset Levels and Moors Flood Action Plan compiled by Somerset County Council.

    Press Relations
    Somerset Drainage Boards
    Clients include:

    Balfour Beatty Living Places (Herefordfordshire)
    St Margaret's Somerset Hospice
  • Strategic Communications

    We conducted an audit exercise for Rowcroft Hospice in Torquay to provide the organisation with an accurate and comprehensive picture of itself. We carried out an in-depth review of the Hospice, its brand, market position and relationships with staff and external stakeholders.

    The communications audit informed the extensive rebranding work undertaken by Josh Beadon and his team at Toucan.

    Strategic Communications
    Rowcroft Hospice
    Clients include:

    Devon County Council
    Somerset County Council
    Local authorities

Community

  • I am hugely fortunate to work with many wonderful beekeepers and to share a passion for these fascinating pollinators with others. I am Vice Chair and press officer of the Somerset Beekeeper's Association.

    Inevitably, I let myself down by using as many bee and honey puns as I can in press releases and magazine articles. So, if you see something along the lines of ‘sweet success’, ‘creating a buzz’ and ‘waxing lyrical’ - you’ll know some 'honeyed' words have been flowing!

    Somerset Beekeepers' Association
    Somerset Beekeepers' Association
  • I edit Taunton Buzz – the aptly named newsletter for my local beekeeping association.

    The beautiful design is down to Josh Beadon of Toucan, creative design and digital agency.

    And here’s the cover of our latest issue!

    Buzzing for bees
    Buzzing for bees
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