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Will Stone

Strategic communications and public relations

Can work in or around Manchester, West Lancashire District, Cheshire West and Chester, Leeds, Liverpool

  • 53.471419
  • -2.244834
  • Suggested rate €500 / day
  • Experience 7+ years
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Location and workplace preferences

Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Can work onsite in your office in
  • around Manchester and 50km
  • Around West Lancashire District and 100km
  • Around Cheshire West and Chester and 100km
  • Around Leeds and 100km
  • Around Liverpool and 100km


Project length
  • Between 1-3 months
  • Between 3-6 months
  • ≥ 6 months
Business sector
Would prefer:
  • Agriculture
  • Raw materials industry
  • Architecture & Urban Planning
  • Culture
  • Civic & Social Organizations
+13 other
Would prefer to avoid:
  • Banking & Insurance
  • Biotech
  • Chemical
  • Consulting & Audits
  • Fashion & Cosmetics
+3 other
Company size
  • 11 - 49 people
  • 50 - 249 people
  • 250 - 999 people
  • 1000 - 4999 people
  • ≥ 5000 people


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  • English

    Native or bilingual


Skills (16)

Will in a few words

Creative, collaborative strategic communication professional with 25 years of working in storytelling for businesses across content, copywriting, journalism, communications, events and marketing. I have worked for internationally listed companies and scale-up organisations, providing brand communications expertise. A writer for CEOs, specialists and technical leaders, I have produced a wide range of films in locations such as Iceland, North America, Europe and the UK.

I am adept at creating long-term communications plans for organisations for campaigns, products or services. Industry-wise, I have worked in academia, technology such as supercomputing and VR, forestry, construction and architecture and the third sector, alongside B2B companies.

A trusted advisor and critical friend, I have written and worked with former Ambassadors, the Secretary of State for Wales and senior leaders. I have advised on complex employee projects, including downsizing, closures and pension scheme changes. I have also been the managing editor for a global magazine. Having run crisis communications for significant incidents, nothing particularly phases me.

Whether it be brand building, writing values or handling the media, I'm versatile enough and experienced enough to handle all types of projects and programmes.


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