Like father, like daughter?

10 Nov

Our industry is barely a century old, and it’s still not quite a full profession. So it’s not surprising that there are so few British PR dynasties.

I’ve worked with Kevin Traverse-Healy FCIPR whose father Tim is a distinguished practitioner and academic. I remember Chris Corfield (when at A Plus Group) telling me his father had been in PR. Crispin Manners also followed in his father Norman’s footsteps (see the note to editors at the end of this news release).

Have I missed any obvious dynastic examples? Perhaps here’s one for the future…

One of our second year students is the daughter of CIPR president Tony Bradley’s business partner (in Bradley O’Mahoney). She possibly has greater opportunities than her father (since the public relations business is now so much larger), but she will probably face more competition at every stage of her career.

3 Responses to “Like father, like daughter?”

  1. Tony Quinlan 14/11/2006 at 1:54 pm #

    Richard, many years on since A Plus…
    Another to add to your list perhaps is Tarquin Henderson at Financial Dynamics. As I recall, his father ran a medical PR consultancy based in Surrey.

  2. Richard Bailey 18/11/2006 at 9:09 am #

    Long time indeed, Tony. And your comment takes me even further back because I recall Tarquin Henderson as a highly competent PR consultant when I was a humble technology writer. That was, whisper it quiety, in the 1980s (most of my current students hadn’t been born then).

  3. Tarquin Henderson 08/01/2007 at 2:30 pm #

    I’m humbled by your comments.
    Dad set up Henderson Group One in 1967. Working from a mews house in Belgravia, he grew the business into a very well respected Healthcare agency. However in the early days he had clients from many diferent sectors – including John Deere and Sara Lee cakes. These were great for me as I was often the receipient of toy tractors and cream cakes! He’s still plugging away from his PR lair in Haslemere.
    I started working for Dad in 1979 (post room and kitchen mostly) and spent three years at HG1 before realising I’d better get my act together and build a career.
    I am indeed at FD and have been for 9 years. I look after our Corporate & Brand division. Here too is Jonathon Brill who is also the son of a famous PR man. He runs the Retail Sector Financial PR team.

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