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John Furbisher


A seasoned and respected media and communications executive, John has a high-profile track record in journalistic leadership, public relations and campaign strategy. A confident and energetic publicist, award-winning editor and writer, he has excellent skills of communication, influencing and international reputational development.


John has extensive political, public affairs and media contacts in the UK and the European institutions. His knowledge of politics in Westminster and Brussels, combined with his inside understanding of how newsrooms work in London and the regions, is unmatchable. He knows how journalists, bloggers and editors think.


As well editing two daily papers and working as a staff reporter for the Sunday Times, he spent the four years before setting up Furbisher Media running the communications operation for Britain's Conservative MEPs

Head of media, Conservative MEPs in the European Parliament

July 2011 - October 2015

Directing media strategy for the UK's delegation to the ECR Group in the European Parliament. Heading press relations, political campaigning and communication internationally across traditional and new media. Liaison with UK Government officials, NGOs, EU institutions, global broadcast media and press. Crisis management, media training, speech-writing and collaboration on election campaign strategy.

Editor, The Star

January 2010 - May 2011

Editor of Sheffield's daily newspaper and associated news website - leading 60 journalists, driving digital innovation and fighting key campaigns on policy and profile. Planning and managing a £2 million-plus budget and leading a comprehensive programme of change management.

Editor, Evening Courier

January 2009 - July 2013

Editing the daily newspaper, website and a stable of weekly titles and magazines in Halifax West Yorkshire. Oversaw structural change, directed development of digital media and 24-hour publishing and led several successful and award-winning policy and awareness campaigns.

Deputy editor, head of content, news editor, the Yorkshire Post

October 1993 - July 2003

Filled a series of senior editorial riles at one of Britain's most-respected regional newspapers, including a six-month spell as acting editor, managing a £4 million budget and leading a 100-strong editorial team.

News reporter, Sunday Times

June 1989 - October 1993

Staff reporter at Britain's biggest-selling quality newspaper, covering politics and general news. Regularly contributing front page stories from own initiative and impeccable contacts.


March 2015

Banja Luka, Serbia. Course leader on Westminster Foundation for Democracy seminar: Bosnian Women's Programme, Communications Training.



Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield
St John's College, Oxford, Theology undergraduate


Further Qualifications

2004 – 2005: Johnston Press, Senior Management Development Programme, run by Roffey Park leadership institute.
January - June 2013: European Union inter-institutional language school, French level 4.

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