Ben Lowndes #viewsoncomms

A perspective on PR, development and life in the South West


Me: photo (c) HCA

About me

I have worked in communications, in government and agency roles since 2005.

I am a director of Social Communications’ South West office, in Bristol, where I’ve worked since moving to this amazing region in 2010. Social is a brilliant outfit that specialises in public engagement and communications campaigns in sectors that I have worked in for some years – housing,  transport, skills and public bodies.

I also worked for five years in the communications team at the Homes and Communities Agency, a government body, which was responsible for supporting almost half of all of the new houses built in the South West during that period.

Before joining the HCA in March 2010, I had five great years at public sector specialist PR agency IPB Communications, where I worked with local councils, social landlords, a leading retailer and employment and training providers.

As a journalist between 1998 and 2004, I worked nights on the Sheffield Star, days on its sister paper the Doncaster Star and for a couple of years on the Reading Chronicle.

I am CIPR qualified and a full member of the institute.

I am Pembrokeshire born and bred. Since leaving home at 19, I have lived in Sheffield (twice), Australia (various), Reading, Manchester and a place called Temple Cloud, based between Bristol and Bath. I now live in Wells, Somerset, with my wife, two children and two cats and two guinea pigs.

Find out more on my LinkedIn profile.

‘Blog rules’

This blog contains my personal views on PR, communications and the media, with a focus on housing and regeneration. Personal posts will also be included here.

Feedback and debate is very welcome – the more the merrier! And as it’s my blog, I am judge of what is acceptable!

3 responses to “Info

  1. gloghome 08/04/2013 at 10:31 am


    i promote the self-build (DIY), by offering house plans so easy to use, anyone can use them. in your opinion, how popular do you see this kind of a thing growing in the UK?



  2. Moi 21/07/2012 at 1:40 pm

    Bravo Lowndes my boy. Good to see you blogging and slogging. Be very good to speak to you soon. Do you still know how to use a telephone? x


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