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Phil Johnstone
Communications Consultant , Self-employed
Auckland, New Zealand
Former journalist with extensive Public Relations experience for BBC News & BBC Worldwide, pharmaceutical firm Merck, World Vision NZ and the health research centre icddd,b in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Most recent communications assignment was in Nepal (June & July 2015) for a global health NGO. I am available for crisis or development communications work.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Communications, IT, Media, Knowledge Management, Editor
Professional Experience:
I am an experienced communicator and public relations director and practitioner. My key roles to date include:

- Journalist, The Dominion newspaper, Wellington, New Zealand
- Political journalist, SOPAC agency, NZ Parliament
- Publicity Officer, BBC TV News
- Press Manager, BBC World
- Head of Press & PR, BBC Worldwide Television
- Public Affairs Manager/Corp Affairs Director, Merck Sharp & Dohme (NZ) Ltd
- Director, Advocacy & Communications, World Vision New Zealand
- Head of Communications, Auckland Museum, NZ
- Communications Contractor, icddr,b (, Dhaka, Bangladesh
- Communications contract work for the Leprosy Mission in Bangladesh and India
- Earthquake response communicator for Leprosy Mission Nepal

I completed the Red R Australia Personal Security & Communications course in Sept 2014 and the Red R Essentials of Humanitarian Practice course in Feb 2015.
I am seeking crisis communications or general development sector communications work.
BA (Hons) in History & Political Science, Victoria University, Wellington New Zealand
Diploma in Journalism, Wellington School of Journalism, New Zealand
Affiliations and Achievements:
I was awarded the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand Supreme Award in 2002, and awarded two Highly Commended PRINZ prizes in 1999 and 2000.
I was President of the Science Communicator's Association of New Zealand (SCANZ) from 2011-2013, and remain on the Association's executive committee.

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Internships / Fellowships

    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    New Zealand
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