Denise Mullen is an award-winning communications professional and former daily newspaper news editor and feature writer.
A former MD at Saatchi and Saatchi, she was a main board director (business development – UK and Europe) for the UK’s largest independent PR network, Harrison Cowley in London, and part of Lord Chadlington’s board at Huntsworth when the company was sold – now renamed Grayling PR and Public Affairs.
Denise was part of the team that launched the UK’s biggest ever consumer brand – The National Lottery – working with the BBC.
She has handled a broad church of campaigns from communications for the nuclear industry and strategic public engagement for NHS health authorities and the Department of Health to working with banks as part of cross-agency teams to design retail finance brands. She has also worked across a number of government departments on behavioural change and stakeholder engagement initiatives. Denise is expert at consumer and B2B communications, political speech-writing, ghosting books and providing content for third parties including Reach PLC (formerly Trinity Mirror Group).
Having left Harrison Cowley to move back to the North West she set up her Manchester agency which she sold seven years later and, after serving two years on the purchasing agency’s board, subsequently set up The Owl Consortium which comprises senior communications, marketing, creative, video and audio content producers as well as consultancy across strategic planning and business development for clients. The Owl Consortium works across a number of international and UK companies and brands.
Whilst working with large businesses, organisations and brands she retains a keen interest in helping professionals at the start of their careers and smaller businesses with their development goals.
An entrepreneur, she is also one of the partners in a growing Lake District holiday cottage lets property portfolio and a co-owner of Spitfire Heritage Gin and Supermarine Vodka. She is also on the board of The Spitfire Heritage Trust.
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