Channel island Public Relations company Direct Input has expanded its team with the recruitment of two of the Islands’ most experienced media figures. Gwyn Garfield- Bennett and Ben Queree have joined the company as PR Account Managers.
Gwyn has more than twenty years experience in UK national media, as well as most recently working for BBC Channel islands television and BBC Radio Jersey. Gwyn has extensive broadcasting experience as a financial journalist and newsreader with the BBC in London and ITN. She has also written regularly on personal finance issues for national newspapers: The Independent on Sunday and The Express; and her features have appeared in a variety of magazines from Period Home to Your Chicken. Last year Gwyn obtained a Diploma in Public Relations with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. She is married to local Chartered Building Surveyor Matthew Garfield-Bennett and they have two children.
Ben is a former Political Correspondent and weekly columnist at the JEP. A well respected news reporter, he spent three years in the finance industry before joining the newspaper in 2000 as a trainee reporter. His reporting roles covered the courts and the environment before a seven-year stint as the paper’s dedicated political journalist, also covering economics.
Direct Input’s founder and Managing Director James Filleul said: ‘We’re delighted to announce the recruitment of two of the Islands’ best known journalists to the Direct Input team. Our success is based on our experience in, and our knowledge of, the Island’s news media, and the hiring of Gwyn and Ben gives us the capacity to expand our services and our client base in 2013. As well as news media expertise, we will also be supporting our clients with short video production, and social media management; these two appointments increase our capabilities further in both those areas.
The company, founded in 2002, also offers media monitoring and sponsorship advice for its clients, who represent a broad cross-section of Island businesses.