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Testimonials for Press & PR Clients

Sophie Lea, wife of comic Freddie Starr

"When my estranged husband Freddie Starr died suddenly in Spain the press descended on my home asking for interviews. Feeling very vulnerable after battling mental health issues I needed someone on my side I could trust. That person was David. With his help and support he calmed the media storm and arranged for me to tell my story as I wished. I would totally recommend him as a media advisor."

Sophie Lea, ex-wife of Freddie Starr
SAS: Who Dares Wins contestant Louise Gabbitas.

“When I was selected to take part in SAS: Who Dares Wins, the media took an immediate interest in me. I wanted to tell my own back story and explain the motivation behind me taking on tv’s toughest challenge show. David arranged interviews in The Sunday Mirror and The Sunday People which prompted a fantastic reaction from viewers. I was really pleased with David's work on my behalf." 

Louise Gabbitas, SAS: Who Dares Wins finalist
Martin Amstell, retired film editor

“When tv ‘heir hunter’ Andrew Fraser tried to take control of my aunt’s house that was left to me in her will, the story made national headlines after I won a court injunction ordering him to hand back the keys and pay a six-figure legal bill. Approached by journalists to tell my story, I asked David to represent me as I didn’t want my highly emotional story twisted in any way. He arranged for a two page interview in The Daily Mail. I was delighted with the published article and the respectful way I was treated by David."

Martin Amstell, retired film editor
Ellie Chessell with Eamonn Holmes

“After my ex-boyfriend Claudio Gouveia hired a hitman to carry out an acid attack that left me scarred for life I found myself at the centre of a media frenzy following their sentencing. I chose David to represent me after deciding to speak out about my ordeal. He arranged interviews with the Daily Mirror and This Morning plus a magazine where I was in total control. Going public on behalf of acid attack victims has enabled me to rebuild my life. I would definitely recommend him if you ever find the media chasing your story."

Ellie Chessell, acid attack survivor
Mark Walton, Boyzone founder

"I was innocently drawn into the horrific torture and murder of French nanny Sophie Lionnet by my vengeful ex-partner Sabrina Kouider. After trying to implicate me in Sophie’s murder I had no option but to tell my side of the story following international coverage of the court case. Despite being based in LA, I asked David to represent me. He placed my interview with The Mail on Sunday and Good Morning Britain. His professionalism and sensitivity in handling such a distressing story was fantastic."

Mark Walton, Boyzone founder
Abby Cohen, ex-wife of former England rugby player Ben Cohen

"When my marriage to Ben Cohen ended it triggered a frenzy of stories many hurtful and untrue. Without David's expertise in handling the media I don't know how I would have coped. He's been there for me throughout a very difficult time and never let me down with his calm and reassuring advice."

Abby Cohen, ex-wife of former England rugby player Ben Cohen
Steve Smith, founder of Poundland

"I founded Poundland in 1990 and turned it into a multi-million pound retail empire. I wanted to share my success story to encourage other young entrepreneurs. David at DJM came personally recommended. With his expert guidance, I have secured fabulous media exposure across the national and business press, tv, radio and social media. The extensive coverage has also allowed me to promote my latest ventures Poundshop.com and EstatesDirect.com. The phone hasn't stopped ringing! Thanks David."

Steve Smith, founder of Poundland
Julia Bell, DNA Detective

"As a Genetic Genealogist or ‘DNA Detective’  I needed to enhance my media profile. Through word-of-mouth David at DJM was suggested. Since working with him I have been delighted with the results. David has secured fabulous media coverage about my work across the national press, tv and radio which has resulted in a series of exciting new opportunities coming my way."

Julia Bell, DNA Detective
Tony Cowell, author and broadcaster

“David has brilliant contacts across the media and understands how the industry works and thinks. As Simon Cowell’s brother, I have to be careful whom I trust. David is at the top of that list.”

Tony Cowell, author and broadcaster
Gregg Wallace, MasterChef judge and TV personality

“David’s a top operator and one of the good guys you can trust. I would recommend him to anyone.”

Gregg Wallace, MasterChef judge and TV personality
Michael and Louise Green, owners of Laughlines

“Our family business was threatened with closure after we became embroiled in a legal dispute with Fawlty Towers writer and actor John Cleese over our parody show 'Basil and Co'. We needed to publicise the stressful fight which was costing our company thousands of pounds. On recommendation we approached David who spent hours poring over legal letters making sure our story was covered accurately. We were delighted with the national newspaper coverage it received and the fantastic feedback via Facebook and other social media."

Michael and Louise Green, owners of Laughlines
Francine Lewis, impressionist and Britain’s Got Talent finalist 2013

“I’ve known David for a long time and he is a consummate professional. When I’ve had publicity issues he has always been on hand to resolve them with the minimum of fuss, allowing me to concentrate on my career. David is a great person to have on side, fighting your corner.”

Francine Lewis, impressionist and Britain’s Got Talent finalist 2013
Rachel Carrie, competitive shooter and hunter

"I approached David at DJM after I became the target of online trolls for expressing my love of hunting on social media. As a competitive shooter who has represented Great Britain, I refused to be cowed by death threats to both myself and my family. David arranged national media coverage which allowed me to respond to my tormentors and air my views perfectly. The volume of support I received afterwards was overwhelming."

Rachel Carrie, competitive shooter and hunter
Emma Sayle, founder of Killing Kittens and author of Behind The Mask

"David is one of the best connected PRs in the business who enhanced my professional profile and promoted my book superbly. David sensitively understood how I and my business wanted to be projected from a female perspective which meant I could trust him completely. A true professional who I would recommend to anyone."

Emma Sayle, founder of Killing Kittens and author of Behind The Mask
Tony Horne, broadcaster and ghostwriter of ‘Tango 190’ by PC David Rathband

“After my dear friend PC David Rathband was shot by Raoul Moat in 2010, I was literally besieged by journalists seeking interviews. David was one of those journalists. At a highly distressing time, he never betrayed my trust and maintained our relationship long after others had moved on to the next ‘big’ story. Now David is the first person I contact when the media calls me.”

Tony Horne, broadcaster and ghostwriter of ‘Tango 190’ by PC David Rathband
Jamie Hill, son of the late Jimmy Hill

"When I decided to make public the sad news that my father Jimmy Hill had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, I knew because of his public profile media interest would be intense. David expertly managed my press, putting out the exact thoughts I wanted to convey and never once betrayed my trust."

Jamie Hill, son of the late Jimmy Hill
Howard Spooner, entrepreneur and nightclub owner

"After I won a High Court case against my former high profile business partner Guy Pelly, I was approached by media organisations wanting 'my side' of the story. Following a lot of thought, I asked David to represent my interests. His calm and professional approach put me at ease immediately. David explained how my interview would run - most importantly making sure I was happy with the final contents. He’s a top PR who really understands his clients. I would definitely recommend him."

Howard Spooner, entrepreneur and nightclub owner
Kath Rathband, widow of PC David Rathband

"My husband PC David Rathband was blinded by gunman Raoul Moat in 2010 and later tragically took his own life. Subsequently my family and I had our lives pulled apart by the press and social media. I was left with no option but to put the record straight. After careful consideration I chose David to represent me. He understood my story and how I wanted to come across. I was really pleased with the final interview so much so that I later asked David to represent me again when I happily remarried."

Kath Rathband, widow of PC David Rathband
Adam Steenkamp, brother of  Reeva Steenkamp

"After my sister Reeva was tragically shot dead by Oscar Pistorius, the investigation and trial made world headlines. Along with my family in South Africa I had come under extreme pressure from the media. After much soul-searching I decided to tell my story after Oscar was found guilty of culpable homicide. I chose David to represent me. He never pressurised me and understood my concerns. David worked tirelessly to make sure the interview I gave reflected my views. When my story was published it generated extraordinary messages of support."

Adam Steenkamp, brother of Reeva Steenkamp
Paul Wood, former Warrington Wolves Rugby League professional

“I asked David to represent me after a ‘delicate’ injury I received made worldwide headlines and plunged my personal and professional life into disarray. With his careful guidance, I went public to discuss my battle with depression. It’s a decision I have never regretted and the support I have received since my articles were published in national newspapers has been phenomenal.”

Paul Wood, former Warrington Wolves Rugby League professional
Geoff and Louise Long

"After my husband Geoff was freed from prison having being falsely accused of abusing his daughter, we found ourselves bombarded by journalists. David at DJM came recommended and I approached him to manage our story. With his help and sensitivity we secured two exclusive national newspaper interviews. He is also dealing with magazine and tv interest on our behalf. A true professional."

Geoff and Louise Long
Natasha Bolter, former UKIP member

“When I contacted David at DJM I had newspapers chasing me for interviews. Having seen my name and reputation ripped apart following a series of damaging articles, David took time to listen to my situation. He explained how I could put my story across and react to the lies written about me. With his help my interview was published exactly how David had promised. Without his help I don't know what I would have done."

Natasha Bolter, former UKIP member
 Sarah Jay, former police sergeant

"I was physically and mentally abused during my marriage to Pere Daobry, a former Met Police firearms officer. It culminated in being left seconds from death after he tried to strangle me during one violent episode. Disappointed by the 12 week suspended sentence he received, I decided to tell my terrifying story to encourage other victims to come forward. David gave me the support and emotional encouragement I needed, never once pressurising me. The final interview which included a National Domestic Violence Helpline number was perfectly pitched by David and empowered me enormously in all areas of my life."

Sarah Jay, former police sergeant
Louisa Rodriguez, motivational speaker and coach

“My former army fiance Simon Buckden was jailed for 16 months after lying about having PTSD and  cancer to swindle victims out of money worth thousands. Having given evidence at his trial I was doorstepped by journalists. With my head in a spin I turned to David for support. On his advice I decided to give my story to Woman magazine. I was really happy with how it was published. Accurately telling my side of the story with David protecting my interests allowed me to move on with my life. He really is a man to have in your corner during a media firestorm."

Louisa Rodriguez, motivational speaker and coach
Alexa Collier, teacher and fitness trainer

“After being charged with GBH on my lover Nicola Lees I lost my teaching career, reputation and close friends despite later being cleared. I approached David asking for his advice on how to tell 'my story’. Never pressurising me he arranged an interview with The Mail On Sunday. I was really pleased with the published article and couldn’t recommend David highly enough.”

Alexa Collier, teacher and fitness trainer
Belinda Coleman, former wife of ex-Wales manager Chris Coleman

"As a footballer’s wife who raised four fabulous children with ex-professional Chris Coleman, I led a dream life in the eyes of family and friends. But our marriage was falling apart. I decided to tell my story not because I was bitter or to humiliate Chris but to talk to other women about the reality of life living with a successful footballer and the emotional and financial hurt when it all goes wrong. I was put in touch with David who understood my story and arranged an exclusive interview which I was delighted with."

Belinda Coleman, former wife of ex-Wales manager Chris Coleman
Matt Fiddes, owner of Matt Fiddes Martial Arts Schools and former Michael Jackson bodyguard

“David understands the value of good publicity by keeping things simple. Since Michael Jackson’s tragic death I have been inundated with requests for interviews from around the world. David has carefully managed my profile, gaining sensible coverage in both print and broadcast media, while simultaneously promoting my business goals.”

Matt Fiddes, owner of Matt Fiddes Martial Arts Schools and former Michael Jackson bodyguard
Sarah and David Finan

"A moment of madness led to a former friend falsely accusing us of sexual assault. When the case came to court, media interest went crazy after we were cleared in 30 minutes. Determined to give our account of events we chose David to represent us. Calm and reassuring he guided us through every step of the interview. We were delighted with the published article and the reaction it received from family and friends."

Sarah and David Finan
Caroline Robinson, Jimmy Savile’s great niece

“David was the only person I trusted to tell my story about how my great uncle Jimmy Savile sexually abused me as a young girl. Speaking out as a member of the family circle put me under tremendous stress. David was there for me every step of the way making sure my story was told exactly how I’d asked it to be. I cannot thank him enough."

Caroline Robinson, Jimmy Savile’s great niece
Terry Williams

“My wife died on the day I retired, when her car was hit by a speeding ambulance. Following the inquest, I had the national press on my doorstep. With David’s advice, I was able to tell my story and call for tighter controls on ambulance speeds. The interview was published exactly as David had negotiated. For that I am extremely grateful.”

Terry Williams
Marisa Cauchi, former girlfriend of Sven-Goran Eriksson

"After the media discovered my four-year relationship with football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson I was pursued relentlessly for my story. Following the publication of his autobiography I decided I wanted to set the record straight. DJM came highly recommended. David personally handled my story from start to finish. I was delighted with how it appeared."

Marisa Cauchi, businesswoman