Posts: David Gallagher

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As a Senior Partner, CEO of Ketchum’s European operations and Chairman of the London office, David Gallagher brings more than 20 years of public relations experience, both as a client and as a senior agency adviser, to some of the world’s leading brands and companies. Interested in PR, politics, Texas Longhorns and life with two labradoodles. Follow him on Twitter @TBoneGallagher.


by David Gallagher| February 10, 2016

The PRCA recently hosted a panel discussion on the role of Public Relations in Britain’s forthcoming referendum on EU membership (click to tweet). Since then, David Cameron has said a draft deal on his reform demands delivers the “substantial change” he wants to see to the UK’s relationship with the EU. With all this in […]

Why PR Training Matters

by David Gallagher| February 2, 2016

As Seen In… PRMoment There’s a cartoon circulating around training departments and HR teams, an exchange between two executives. First boss: What if we train them, and they leave? Second (wiser) boss: What if we don’t, and they stay? Many agency bosses I know face the same dilemma: How do we balance the need to […]

How a “Geek Beyond Measure” Became CEO of Ketchum Europe

by David Gallagher| November 9, 2015

As Seen In… PRMoment “I was a geek beyond measure as a teenager (this may be chronic).” This is the confession of David Gallagher, CEO Europe of PR firm Ketchum, as he describes how he has changed (or not) since his earliest years growing up in the US. “Over the course of a year, I […]

Hurrah! Barcelona Principles 2.0 Take a Fresh Look at PR Measurement – What Do They Mean for You?

by David Gallagher| September 4, 2015

AMEC, the international Association for the Measurement and Evaluation of Communication, launched the Barcelona Principles 2.0 yesterday at Ketchum London. In case you’re unfamiliar, the Barcelona Principles are a framework for measuring the impact of communications activity – see this simple explainer by Ketchum London’s Chief Engagement Officer Stephen Waddington. Past AMEC chairman and Ketchum […]

Put Me in Coach: 5 Tips To Make a Good Team Great

by David Gallagher| August 14, 2015

I come from a family of coaches. My granddad, uncle and cousin all made or make their living coaching kids’ basketball, American football and track teams – and one distant relative was the legendary (in Oklahoma) wrestling coach Ed Gallagher (pictured). The quality of their teams varied. Raw talent is a major factor. Fitness and […]

Practice Before Preaching: 5 Reasons PR Agencies Need To Take Their Own CSR Seriously

by David Gallagher| August 7, 2015

A number of years ago we were wrapping up a very promising pitch to a FTSE 100 company on an ambitious multi-million pound CSR initiative when one of the key decision-makers asked, reasonably enough, “What does YOUR company do for itself for CSR?” We hemmed. We hawed. We fumbled our papers nervously. And tried to […]