Alan Page, born in
Newcastle upon Tyne, north-east England, started compiling a school newspaper at just 10 years of age, modifying news stories to fit his young readership and creating his own by going to interview local business people, politicians, sports stars and ship captains visiting the nearby River Tyne. Fast forward and he was an undergraduate intern in London’s Fleet Street, working on the bustling City desk of a nationally circulating newspaper.
The Early Years
The career of English language scholar Alan unfurled into freelance journalism and copywriting. This ability to apply well-versed writing across the editorial and advertising divide is a rarity. He covered business and sport for the press and broadcast media. He honed copy for prominent advertising agencies. There were teaching and design qualifications, plus a stint as a marketing executive.
Alan entered public relations management in the mid-1970s to lead a talented young PR and advertising consultancy crew in the north-east, catering for clients in chemicals, construction, electronics, leisure, sport and the public sector. Alan moved south to run the busy PR department at a leading business-to-business marketing services agency, soon becoming a director of the company and adding its corporate communications subsidiary to his management remit.
Alan co-founded an international public relations, marketing and advertising services group in the early 1990s, headquartered in the Isle of Man and with production offices in Windsor, Berkshire. Alan was chairman and chief executive, heading up 20 or so staff, specialising in the marine industry, engineering, electronics, commercial finance and leisure: working with many market leading multinationals. After 18 years in charge, he took early retirement. Missing the buzz and itching to return to action, he set forth as an independent consultant and writer.
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